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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, May 8, 2020

alzheimers news-here comes the seaweed

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the last thing china sent us was a bad thing
this seaweed thing will be a good thing

here is the scientific article from nature on their research
warning its a lengthy article that has a lot of scientific and medical stuff in it

here is a short summary from being patient the alzheimers educational website thats written in more layman terms

i wrote about this seaweed pill in the past

china has approved a pill called oligomannate which is derived from seaweed for use in mild to moderate alzheimers disease
supposedly it works by altering the gut biology which affects maybe inflammation in the brain

in alzheimers there are three components to the disease

the deposition of amyloid which forms plaques
the unraveling of tau proteins from the nerve cells to form tau tangles
both of these causes brain cell death and inflammation

the worsening of inflammation in the brain from this damage
somehow the oligomannate seems to help in some way by altering the gut bacteria so that changes occur in the brain to fight this inflammation
in the chinese studies folks with alzheimers seemed to show some improvement when put on this drug

its approved to be used in china
it cost around $500 a month

the company that makes it will be doing studies in other countries including the us
yes several well know research sites are looking to take part in the studies

there will be two groups

one group will receive the real drug
another group will receive a placebo drug
after a period of time probably 6 months all study subjects will be placed on the real drug

these studies will be late phase studies my guess is phase 2 or phase 3

this is how you show if a drug really works
many of the us experts are doubtful this stuff helps
these studies will help tell us if it does

i dont mind chewing on a little seaweed if this helps

i use seaweed when i water my veggies with my liquid fish emulsion+seaweed+molasses every two weeks
theres no way i would drink that stuff either
if this stuff would be truly shown to work then i would go for it ie take the oligomannate
but only if it showed it really helped more than slightly or a little bit
for $500 bucks a month i would want it to really work to take it

some countries are not as strict as the us when it comes to evaluating a new drug then releasing it on the market for folks to take

my guess this will not be a cure all
maybe it could be one of those 30+ things i have written about that may slow things down

in the mean time till these studies get done
ill just stick to the healthy things im doing now

the organicgreen doctor

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