Dementia/Alzheimer's Prevention Update! Article of the week August 5 to 9, 2019

Chiropractors practice inside-out health care.  If you've been coming to the office for any length of time you have probably heard me talk about this topic in the past.  Essentially what this means is that chiropractors do not add or take anything away from your body.  Chiropractors remove spinal subluxations to reduce interference to the healing power that already resides inside of you. 


The medical health care paradigm is an outside-in health care philosophy.  What this means is that most medical interventions involve adding something to your body (pharmaceuticals) or taking something away (surgery) to help you address a health concern.  I believe that inside-out health care should always be your “plan-A” and outside-in should always be your “plan-B”.  This means you should do everything in your power to look after yourself to prevent health care crises rather than take a wait and see approach and treat health problems from the outside-in after they show up.


Here is one of many examples of why outside-in health care is rarely the best solution.  One particular class of medications that doctors prescribe to treat various conditions is a group of drugs known as anticholinergics.  Anticholinergic drugs are prescribed to treat a variety of health problems from depression to incontinence to insomnia to allergies to epilepsy.  Even over the counter medications such as Benadryl, Tylenol PM or Aleve PM contain anticholinergic ingredients.


Now for the bad news.  Many studies have shown that anticholinergic medications cause dementia and Alzheimer's.  A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in June, 2019 which assessed almost 60,000 people with dementia found a “statistically significant association...of dementia risk with exposure to anticholinergic...drugs”. 


It is now widely accepted that dementia and Alzheimer's (the worst kind of dementia that can be fatal) are primarily caused by diet and lifestyle behaviours.  They really have very little to do with your heredity if anything at all.  By combining prudent lifestyle choices and eliminating your exposure to anticholinergic medications you can essentially eradicate your risk of acquiring dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


Remember, outside-in health care rarely addresses the cause of your health problem.  It will only address the symptom and it will always do so at a cost.  In the long term the consequences of taking a medication can be more costly than the original problem that the medication was designed to treat.


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Dr. Tim

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