Dr. Rick Sponaugle Reverses Alzheimer’s Findings On PET SCAN


Dr. Sponaugle learned how to heal the brains of Alzheimer’s patients through treating the brain damage caused by drug addiction and alcoholism in thousands of his addicted patients. In fact, the brain scan of patients addicted to opiate pain medication can look much worse than the brain scans of Alzheimer’s patients!

It has proven to be extremely effective in treating patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Doug as seen below with his wife, Dottie, is one example. We actually achieved complete reversal of Doug’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and the Alzheimer’s findings on his PET scan.

While not all Alzheimer’s patients are willing to share their story, Doug and Dottie have chosen to do so, watch their three video testimonies below. They explain in their video testimonies how Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment reversed all of Doug’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and completely reversed the Alzheimer’s findings on Doug’s PET scan.

Alzheimer’s is revealed on PET brain scans as hypo-metabolism, the medical term used to describe diminished brain activity. As seen below, Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s treatment produced a complete reversal of Doug’s moderate Alzheimer’s as noted in the Radiologist’s report.

Doug’s Pet Scan Reports, Before and After Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment
COMPLETE REVERSAL OF ALZHEIMER’S PATTERN

Alzheimer's Treatment

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Doug’s Story – Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s
 

“Two neurologists, a PET scan and an extensive Neuropsychological examination all diagnosed my husband with moderate Alzheimer’s Disease. Doug had gotten to the point where his cognition and memory were seriously impaired, he was so depressed he wouldn’t get out of bed until noon. He no longer wanted to socialize, he suffered with mini seizures, he was shuffling his feet when he walked and his driving abilities had declined so much that he was no longer safe.

He was sleeping 16-18 hours a day because he was so depressed. For the past several years, all his doctors, doctors in New York and in Florida, had referred to him as having a “flat affect.” One of our eye doctors, Dr. Dupree, mentioned the work that Dr. Sponaugle was doing to correct problems with peoples brains. He said that he had personally seen before and after brain scans of Dr. Sponaugle’s patients and was sure that he could be helpful to us.  Click to read more…

ED’S STORY: Stroke – Alzheimer’s – Cognitive Coma

 
Dr. Sponaugle recently treated a 94-year-old gentleman from Clearwater, Florida for Alzheimer’s and worse, a two year cognitive coma. Ed lost all his mental cognition lapsing into a cognitive coma following his second stroke at age 92. His family had heard about Dr. Sponaugle’s brain expertise from a family friend and asked if he could possibly help Ed regain his consciousness.

When Dr. Sponaugle met Ed, he could no longer speak. He had become confused, disoriented, angry and frustrated. He no longer recognized his immediate family, children or grandchildren. In his two year state of a cognitive coma, Ed had required three caretakers, each taking 8 hour shifts to cover a 24 hour day. He could not perform mundane tasks like dressing or going to the bathroom without the assistance of his caretakers.

After just 11 days of Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s treatment, Ed woke up from his cognitive coma of two years. This occurred in Dr. Sponaugle’s office in the presence of Ed’s wife and son. Ed immediately recognized his wife and his 58 year old son and then he began singing beautiful Italian songs. Ironically, his night caretaker of two years was shocked as she did not know that Ed spoke Italian.

Dr. Sponaugle’s Brain -Body Wellness protocol not only brought Ed out of a cognitive coma in just 11 days, it brought Ed out of a state of severe heart failure by increasing the pumping function of Ed’s heart by 50 percent. The heart failure was subsequently causing kidney failure. The 50 percent improvement in Ed’s cardiac output was documented by Ed’s cardiologist, Dr. Kalani, with ultrasound of the heart [Echo-cardiogram]. Ed’s “ejection fraction” had increased from 20 percent to 30 percent, a 50 percent improvement.

Before Dr. Sponaugle treated Ed, his urinary creatinine was elevated indicating renal failure, after 11 days of Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment, his creatinine went down from 2.0 to 1.1. Ed’s kidneys were now receiving much better delivery of oxygen via the increased blood flow derived from his stronger heart.

Ed’s neurologist and cardiologist had previously informed his family that Ed was only going to get worse and would eventually be totally bed ridden. After Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment, they were astonished with his transformation. Ed no longer had leg swelling, pedal edema and foot pain from all the swelling in his feet disappeared. Ed no longer slept sitting upright for fear of drowning.

Ed had three different physicians, an internist, a cardiologist and a neurologist, however, they failed to provide the comprehensive wellness treatment needed to strengthen Ed’s heart and ”wake up” his post stroke brain. Their medical training was similar to Dr. Sponaugle’s, American medicine does not teach optimization of brain and body bio-chemicals to improve function. Dr. Sponaugle has learned through research in his patients how to best integrate natural and western medicine with modern brain science, to reverse brain and body aging.

Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Research:

The brain regions that first suffer diminished activity in Alzheimer’s patients are those that function as our “four-second working memory” located in the lateral prefrontal cortex and our “four-day memory” located in the temporal lobes.

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that the Alzheimer’s brain, much like the brain of alcoholics and drug addicts, suffers from numerous deficiencies of brain chemicals and nutrients that are necessary for optimal brain function.

Alzheimer’s patients have typically sustained more decades of toxic exposure to pesticides, industrial chemicals, and environmental toxins from hidden molds in water damaged homes. In addition, older patients tend to suffer more suppression of the immune system and tend to harbor many undiagnosed bacterial infections that cross the blood brain barrier and cause excessive inflammation.

Through extensive testing on Alzheimer’s patients, Dr. Sponaugle has discovered that most Alzheimer’s patients suffer from undiagnosed genetics that yield an overactive COMT enzyme, the enzyme that metabolizes dopamine. Hence, they unknowingly suffered symptoms of dopamine deficiency their entire life – easily bored, easily distracted and slightly impulsive. Patients with an overactive COMT enzyme often chased dopamine through binging alcohol or using other dopamine-ergic drugs like cocaine and opiate pain medications.

The inherited dopamine deficiency becomes more pertinent regarding reduction of dopamine activity and subsequently, diminished cognitive function, after these patients have lived enough decades in American to sustain toxin induced damage to their intestinal lining – they then begin developing significant nutritional deficiencies, specifically, the amino acids, phenylalanine and tyrosine, both are precursors in the production pathway of dopamine.

Dopamine is the brain’s primary “cognition” brain chemical. The brain’s processing or “working” memory resides in the lateral prefrontal cortex of the brain – this brain region is most sensitive to the rise and fall of dopamine levels – and it is dependent on dopamine for optimal function. The lateral prefrontal cortex is the first brain region to “go dark “on SPECT brain imaging demonstrating reduced activity as seen on the Alzheimer SPECT scan below. Compare the normal brain scan on the left to that of an Alzheimer’s patient on the right.

Dr. Sponaugle’s research has thus far proven that most Alzheimer’s patients have HLA DRBQ genetics. Patients with specific HLA DRBQ genetics cannot make antibodies to Mold mycotoxins, Candida mycotoxins and to the toxins produced Neuro-Lyme, Lyme infection in the brain. These patients cannot effectively remove fatty toxins from their brain and body like other patients. When these neurotoxins deposit and accumulate in brain tissue, they destroy brain neurons and surrounding brain tissue, this accelerates the Alzheimer’s process causing earlier Alzheimer’s disease.

Every Alzheimer patient Dr. Sponaugle has successfully treated was suffering from the following undiagnosed conditions; Undiagnosed Benzene toxicity, Mold toxicity and Lyme disease. Many had, in addition, undiagnosed intracellular infections, a brain infected with Mycoplasma and less common, the brain toxic parasite, FL 1953, which is carried by mosquitoes.

None of these patients had been properly worked up or diagnosed, even though they had previously sought Alzheimer’s treatment at multiple medical centers and Alzheimer’s institutions – all had been placed on Alzheimer’s medications by their neurologist which for obvious reasons, failed to effectively treat their Alzheimer’s disease.

These toxins also destroy the intestinal lining thereby causing significant nutritional deficiencies, subsequently the brain is lacking in vital nutrients that are necessary for repair of damaged brain tissue and the production of essential brain neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that stimulate the brain’s electrical activity.

Through working closely with Alzheimer patients, we have learned that the myriad of biochemical deficiencies and their excessive toxin accumulation cannot be effectively treated with pharmaceutical medications or oral herbals and supplements. He must use intravenous modalities of treatment to achieve success reversal of Alzheimer’s symptoms and reversal of Alzheimer findings on brain scans. Medications like Aricept only address one brain chemical, acetylcholine, and they have proven to have limited success in treating Alzheimer’s patients.

Because the intestinal lining of Alzheimer’s patients has suffered years of toxic exposure, most Alzheimer’s patients have compromised ability to readily absorb the nutrients needed to begin the healing of damaged brain tissue. Furthermore, we have found that it is impossible to accomplish adequate detoxification of brain neurotoxins with oral detoxifying herbals and pharmaceutical medications like, Cholestyramine.

For this reason, Dr. Sponaugle designed his comprehensive Anti-aging Brain Wellness Program for patients who suffer toxin induced destruction of their intestinal mucosa, therefore the program consists of both, oral and intravenous treatment modalities. This program provides more aggressive intravenous detoxification, using all natural medicines and with it, Dr. Sponaugle bypasses the intestine by delivering vital nutrients and natural toxin remover directly into the bloodstream. This program simultaneously “jump starts “the restoration of nutrients that are so vital for reparation of damaged brain tissue and the production of the brain neurotransmitters that stimulate the brain’s electrical activity.

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

The hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss, confusion, depression and diminished mental cognition. The brain is both a chemical and an electrical organ. The Alzheimer’s brain suffers from inadequate chemical and subsequently, diminished electrical activity. Diminished brain function can be measured via several advances in medical technology:

QEEG, qualitative EEG studies measure electrical current in the brain. SPECT scans measure cerebral blood flow which correlates with electrical activity. PET scans measure the brain’s active metabolism of glucose. Glucose metabolism has a direct correlation with brain activity.

Tunnel Vision of American Neurology Regarding Alzheimer’ Disease

Alzheimer’s research in American Medical Centers has focused on the development of new medications from Pharmaceutical companies. Assuming that Big Pharma can design a miracle drug to successfully treat Alzheimer’s disease demonstrates the remarkable tunnel vision of American Medicine. It has become increasingly clear that Alzheimer’s Disease has no single etiology which explains why medications, like Aricept, that enhance brain activity of just one “memory” brain chemical, always fail to effectively treat Alzheimer’s patients.

The True Causation of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has revealed that Alzheimer’s patients suffer multiple neurotransmitter, hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. In addition, Alzheimer brains suffer from decades of cumulative neurotoxicity, the excessive accumulation of environmental toxins that worsens with every decade in industrialized countries like America.

Excessive neurotoxicity causes direct destruction of brain tissue and indirect destruction through toxin stimulation of brain inflammation.

Successful Alzheimer’s treatment requires both, oral and intravenous modalities of treatment, in which multiple biochemical deficiencies are corrected and numerous neurotoxins are removed.

Neurotransmitters – Brain Chemicals

Neurotransmitters, called brain chemicals, are chemical messengers that travel from one brain neuron to another as seen in the Dopamine slide below. Excitatory neurotransmitters are responsible for stimulating increased electrical energy in brain neurons. Memory recall, cognition, alertness and mental performance in general are all dependent on the electrical energy traveling throughout the brain.

Historically speaking, our medical training and the scientific community became hyper-focused on one specific brain chemical, Acetylcholine, as the brain’s “memory neurotransmitter.” For this reason, we developed tunnel vision and myopic thinking regarding the treatment of neurological disorders that are associated with memory impairment like Alzheimer’s disease.

Our myopic thinking has unfortunately, resulted in the too many treatment failures of Alzheimer’s patients because the primary focus of treating physicians has been to prescribe medication that enhances acetylcholine activity in the brain, Aricept is just one example.

Multiple Neurotransmitter Deficiencies

Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that Alzheimer’s patients do suffer from suboptimal levels of acetylcholine, however, the enhancement of Acetylcholine alone fails to effectively treat Alzheimer’s because Alzheimer’s patients suffer deficiencies of multiple excitatory neurotransmitters. It is the correction of multiple brain chemical deficiencies and aggressive removal of neurotoxins that has proven to reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms and the hypo-metabolism seen on the PET scans of our Alzheimer’s patients.

Based on our clinical research, optimization of Acetylcholine activity appears to be less important than optimization of other excitatory neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Glutamate, Histamine and PEA.

Stimulation of the brain’s electrical activity from below normal to optimal levels increases cognition and mental performance, both of which are dependent on the rapidity and intensity of “electrical firing” in brain neurons.

Our reserch has revealed that Alzheimer’s patients suffer from multiple nutritional and biochemical deficiencies – amino acids, vitamins, minerals and coenzymes. This combination of deficiencies prevents the necessary manufacturing of excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain.

The gastro-intestinal tract of elderly Americans has suffered decades of insult and injury from excessive exposure to environmental and food laden toxins.

This concept escapes the average American Neurologist because our medical training has historically placed very little emphasis on nutritional education and, far less emphasis on environmental toxicity, medical toxicology and specifically neurotoxicity than European medical training.

Yet, it is in America that we have manufactured over 81,000 synthetic chemicals since 1930, the majority of which have proven to be severely neurotoxic.

Over time, these environmental toxins destroy the intestinal lining causing significant malabsorbtion issues and subsequently numerous deficiencies of the amino acids, vitamins and minerals needed to repair brain tissue and manufacture brain neurotransmitters.

An important component of our Brain Wellness Program is the use of intravenous amino acid and vitamin therapy which by-passes the damaged intestinal tract of Alzheimer’s patients, thereby, delivering vital nutrients directly into the blood stream and on to the brain.

This process “jump starts” the optimization of nutritional status in our Alzheimer’s patients so they can begin reparation of damaged brain tissue, and once again, begin to manufacture vital brain chemicals that stimulate the brain’s electrical function.

Multiple Hormonal Deficiencies

Our clinical research has revealed that the average Alzheimer’s patient suffers from over 20 hormonal deficiencies. The majority of America’s neurologists remain unaware that receptor activation by the brain’s excitatory neurotransmitters is dependent on optimal levels of specific hormones.

American Internists and Neurologists typically fail to recognize the importance of hormones regarding Brain Chemical activation. European research has proven optimal hormonal levels are vital to ensure neurotransmitter activity in the brain.

Neurotransmitter “receptivity” is the ability of a neurotransmitter to “fit on” and activate its brain receptor, receptivity being dependent on specific hormones makes correcting hormonal deficiencies a vital component of Alzheimer’s treatment. Research at Sponaugle Wellness Institute has proven that hormonal deficiencies are often a primary cause of reduced mental performance in Alzheimer’s patients.

Dopamine is a primary cognitive brain chemical. Both Testosterone and Thyroid Hormone must be at optimal levels for Dopamine Receptor activation or “Dopamine Receptivity.”

Adrenaline or Epinephrine cannot readily activate nerve receptors in the brain or body without the hormone Cortisol.

In the female brain, Serotonin cannot activate Serotonin receptors when Estradiol levels fall below a critical level, serotonin receptors actually close and are unavailable for serotonin activation.

One of the many components of Dr. Sponaugle’s Brain Wellness Program is the evaluation and optimization of the hormones that are vital to brain and body function.

Excessive Inflammation

European research has placed more emphasis on the concept that excessive brain inflammation is the primary cause of TAU body formation in the brain. Dr. Sponaugle diagnoses multiple underlying disorders that cause excessive inflammation in Alzheimer’s patients.

A common cause of excessive inflammation in Americans is antibiotic induced Gastrointestinal Dysbiosis, the overgrowth of pathogenic yeast and bacteria in the Gastro-intestinal tract.

Toxins produced by foreign invaders of the intestinal tract destroy the lining of the intestinal tract causing LGS, Leaky Gut Syndrome. In addition, excessive exposure to bio-toxins in our food supply, bio-toxins produced by indoor molds in water damaged buildings and from undiagnosed infections such as Lyme disease and Mycoplasma destroy the gut lining causing Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Environmental Biotoxins – Neurotoxins

American industry has created 81,000 synthetic chemicals since 1930. Scientists have not tested most for their harmful effect on the brain, however, testing has proven that the top 100 are severe neurotoxins, they accumulate in and destroy nervous tissue, especially the brain. Simply living in America for several decades assures excessive exposure to these lipophilic “fatty” neurotoxins.

Neurotoxin-Induced Destruction of Brain Tissue

Molecular Destruction of Fatty Brain Tissue by Fatty Neurotoxins

The human brain has 60 percent fat content, it is the “fattiest” organ in our body. Because the brain is the body organ that is most fatty in structure, “fatty” toxins migrate to and deposit in the brain. Over several decades, excessive accumulation of these neurotoxins in brain tissue displaces the good fatty molecules like Omega 3 with harmful fatty molecules, this destroys the structural integrity of brain tissue.

Fatty neurotoxins destroy the integrity of brain neurons, particularly the myelin sheath [insulation] on the axon of brain neurons. The myelin sheath is 80 percent fat, the fattiest part of our brain and is particularly vulnerable to insult from environmental and industrial chemicals.

When the myelin sheath becomes “sick” and inflamed, it cannot repair, thus myelin destruction continues causing an overall slowing of the brain’s electrical current. This further exacerbates down -regulation of the brain’s metabolic and electrical activity, the hypo-metabolism seen on PET Brain Imaging. Multiple Sclerosis patients demonstrate “white spots” on MRI, these white spots represent scarring of the myelin on brain neurons.

Our research suggests that those patients who develop Alzheimer’s symptoms early in life are patients with genetic susceptibility to toxic overload. Patients with HLA DRBQ genetics more readily accumulate excessive levels of “fatty” toxins.

Neurotoxin-Induced Brain Inflammation

Industrial and environmental fatty toxins are registered by our immune system as foreign invaders; they have no business “hanging out in the brain.” When our immune system attacks “foreign” fatty molecules that deposit in brain tissue, surrounding brain tissue gets caught in the crossfire.

The attack on bio-toxins stimulates excessive production of inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, thus increased inflammation throughout the brain and body.

Brain Inflammation Reducing Brain Blood Flow

Extensive collateral damage occurs when the immune system battles foreign neurotoxins. Brain tissue suffers from the toxin induced inflammation. The brain’s smallest blood vessels, the capillaries, become inflamed, subsequently, the 8 micron diameter capillary lumen “shrinks“ making it more difficult for the 7 micron diameter red blood cells to squeeze through, this reduces cerebral blood flow.

Less blood flow to Brain neurons

Higher risk of Mini-Stroke [TIA} and Stroke [CVA}

Less effective removal of the toxins that initiated the excessive inflation that causes more brain damage.

Less delivery of nutrients for repair of damaged Brain tissue

Less delivery of Oxygen to Brain neurons

Brain Inflammation Causing Hypercoaguability

Neurotoxic induced cytokine production stimulates excessive production of the blood clotting cascade. Excessive production of clotting factors known as Fibrinogen and Thrombin Anti-thrombin III, creates a phenomenon called hypercoaguability – excessive blood clotting.

When in excess, these clotting factors “plug” the tiny 8 micron lumen of the capillaries or “mini-pipes.” The micro-circulation in the brain is greatly diminished because the 7 micron diameter red blood cells have difficulty traveling through the brain’s smallest capillaries.

This further exacerbates neurotoxin build up because of decreased “wash out” of toxins, thus inducing more brain damage in addition to causing micro-hypoxia or lack of oxygen delivery to brain cells.

These fibrin clotting factors also become entangled in brain tissue producing the classic Alzheimer’s TAU bodies.

Healing the Alzheimer’s Brain – Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment Protocol

It becomes obvious that healing the Alzheimer’s Brain requires much more than simply prescribing a few medications. One must heal the Brain on a cellular level. When Dr. Sponaugle attempts to heal the Brain of an Alzheimer’s patient, his goal is to increase blood flow to the Brain, reduce Brain inflammation, remove harmful toxins from the Brain and increase Brain cell metabolism and electrical function by performing restoration of multiple Brain Chemical and Hormonal deficiencies.

This feat is accomplished with a comprehensive Anti-aging Body and Brain Wellness Program that reverses age of the body and the brain. Dr. Sponaugle has learned through healing thousands of addicted brains that we cannot heal the brain without treating a myriad of undiagnosed medical disorders in the body.

Dr. Sponaugle’s comprehensive Alzheimer’s Treatment is based on 5 principle goals and can be completed in six weeks:

Restoration of Numerous Biochemical Deficiencies:

Analysis and optimization of more than 200 vital bio-chemicals including Brain neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are deficient in all Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Sponaugle has designed an intravenous program for Alzheimer’s patients that by-passes the gastrointestinal tract.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Subclinical “Undiagnosed” Brain Infections:

Dr. Sponaugle routinely diagnoses “stealth” infectious agents like Lyme, Bartonella and Mycoplasma in Alzheimer’s patients. These intracellular microorganisms take up residence inside of individual brain neurons causing excessive inflammation, tissue damage and subsequently, acceleration of the Alzheimer’s process. These stealth infections remain below the radar of the average American physician, however, in Europe, scientists have proven they often cause Parkinson’s, MS, ALS and Alzheimer’s.

Removal of Brain Biotoxins – Neurotoxins that Destroy Brain Neurons:

Dr. Sponaugle’s intravenous toxin removal protocol provides much more efficacious removal of harmful bio-toxins than oral modalities of treatment.

It is impossible to measure all of the 81,000 synthetic chemicals manufactured by American Industry since 1930. The majority, including pesticides, are fatty or lipophilic in nature and are removed with Dr. Sponaugle’s intravenous toxin removal protocol.

Several European studies have proven that Melatonin and Serapeptase enhance the removal of TAU bodies from the brain. In Dr. Sponaugle’s family workshop, he teaches families about several herbal medicines that prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Doug’s Story – Dr. Sponaugle’s Perspective

Doug and his wife, Dottie, came to Sponaugle Wellness Institute in February of 2011, seeking help for Doug’s Alzheimer’s disease. They were referred by Dr. Dana Dupree, an accomplished ophthalmologist who specializes in retinal diseases. Dr. Dupree see’s many patients with Alzheimer’s disease and is familiar with my success treating brain disorders like Alzheimer’s.

Doug had 10 years of frightening and progressing Alzheimer’s Symptoms before Doug’s two neurologists made the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and later, confirmed it with Doug’s first PET scan which revealed moderate, not mild, and diffuse “hypometabolism. This is a classical Alzheimer’s pattern on PET scan which reveals a severe reduction of brain activity.

Just 3 weeks into our Brain Wellness Program, Doug had miraculous improvement in his cognitive function, at that time he performed his second video testimony. In comparison to his first testimony, Doug had regained his memory, cognitive function and his depression was gone.

Doug in fact, could not only drive his car again, he drove to Washington, DC. He also took his boat out in the Gulf of Mexico, something he had not been able to do for 3 years.

Six weeks into our Brain Wellness Program, Dottie stated she felt Doug’s mental and physical function, including his energy levels, were that of his thirties. Our Brain Wellness Program is actually an Anti-aging – Brain and Body Wellness Program. We have learned to heal the brain, we must heal the entire body, optimize body function in order to heal brain damage caused by years of insult from toxins and oxidative stress.

Our Anti-aging, Brain and Body Wellness Program reverses years of the aging process in both, the Brain and body.

Doug’s Story – Parkinson’s / Alzheimer’s

Doug - Alzheimer's / Parkinson's Symptoms Prio to Dr. Sponaugle's TreatmentDoug first sought Dr. Sponaugle’s help for his Alzheimer’s Disease in February of 2011. Doug’s initial PET scan a year earlier in February of 2010 is seen above on the left, it confirmed his neurologist’s clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Sponaugle began treating Doug in February of 2011. Within just 3 weeks of treatment, Doug experienced 90 percent reversal of his Alzheimer’s symptoms, see Doug’s second testimony. Doug had a repeat PET scan in June of 2011 before he returned to New York for the summer months. Doug’s second PET scan as seen above on the right, revealed none of the classic Alzheimer’s “hypometabolism” seen on Doug’s PET scan before Dr. Sponaugle’s Alzheimer’s Treatment.

Doug’s reversal of Alzheimer’s symptoms correlates with the Radiologist’s report on the second PET scan. Following Dr. Sponaugle’s care, Doug has no Alzheimer’s symptoms.

No brain fog – no memory loss – no cognitive impairment – no depression!!Doug and Dottie, feel his memory, cognitive function, brain performance and happiness have returned to a level Doug enjoyed in his thirties.

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A Response To My Video Blog On The NFL Study – Dr. Daniel Amen


I have received a lot of very thoughtful and interesting responses to the video blog I posted about the recent study on NFL players and dementia. Here is one from Dr. Rick Sponaugle, Medical Director of Florida Detox and Wellness Institute, that I would like to share with you:

“I have utilized Dr. Amen’s brilliant research and SPECT brain imaging in my addiction practice since 2004. Since then, I have treated many NFL and college level football players who developed Oxycontin addiction from their football injuries.

I encourage all of my professional wrestlers and football players to undergo SPECT imaging at the Amen Clinics a month or so after drug detoxification. Every football player and professional wrestler I have treated for opiate addiction, if they played through college level, NFL or WWE, came back from the Amen Clinic with really ugly, traumatic brain scans.

Most of the players suffered severe temporal lobe damage and subsequently exhibited rage issues, often with spontaneous panic attacks, some with depression. Their wives insisted that they suffered more from their husband’s rage issues, while some of the players considered the rage an occupational advantage, eventually they all admitted it got them into trouble. The players also think that it is normal to experience “deja vu” once a week, not once a year. [Read about temporal lobe trauma in Dr. Amen's Book, Healing Anxiety and Depression.]

With the tremendous advantage I have gained by intense study of Daniel Amen’s research, I have proven that these addicted football players and pro wrestlers, were in fact, using Oxycontin, more for the purpose of quiescing the mini-seizures in their damaged temporal lobes, than for treating their physical knee/back pain.

When treated effectively with high dose pharmaceutical grade GABA or anticonvulsant medication, the players/wrestlers no longer crave or “need” Oxycontin, nor do they abuse alcohol for its GABA A receptor effect.

Alcohol and Oxycontin “like” pain medication, eventually shut down pituitary gland function, creating multiple hormonal deficiencies that are causative for increased pain sensitivity, depression, chronic fatigue and disorders like “Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Hopefully after completing his NFL study, Dr. Amen will commence a study on professional wrestlers and soccer players.”  — Dr. Rick Sponaugle

Hear What Former NFL Players Are Saying About the Amen Clinics

In the wake of the recent NFL-commissioned study on brain injuries and the ensuing media storm, I thought you might be interested to hear what an actual NFL player has to say about our program here at the Amen Clinics. If you have been keeping up with my blog, then you probably know that we are currently conducting one of the largest brain-imaging studies on retired NFL football players.

Using sophisticated imaging techniques our goal is to visualize the brains of NFL players to characterize the damage incurred by playing professional football and to provide treatment strategies to improve the players’ brain function and improve their lives.

One of the retired players we scanned for the study is Harry Carson who played for the New York Giants from 1976-1988. Harry was diagnosed in 1990 with post-concussion syndrome and has been dealing with the effects of brain trauma ever since. He recently wrote a blog encouraging other former players to participate in the study:

“If any of you are wrestling with neurological issues that you are aware of or may have been brought to your attention by a loved one I would strongly encourage you to take advantage of the Amen Clinic’s free offer. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, please consider doing it for your families.”

To read the full text of Harry Carson’s blog on the Amen Clinics, click on one of the following links:

http://www.footballsummit.com/2009/09/harry-carson-on-the-amen-clinics/

http://davepear.com/blog/2009/09/harry-carson-on-the-amen-clinics/

To find out more about the NFL study and to see Dr. Amen’s video blog on it, click the following link: http://www.amenclinics.com/blog/1956/dr-amen-on-the-nfl-dementia-debate/

Alzheimer’s Rate Ten Times Higher, With Five Consecutive Flu Vaccinations


Alzheimer’s Treatment – Click here to read more.

Mercury in Flu Shots

SHOULD YOU GET THE FLU SHOT?

By RFD Columnist, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, www.nmaseminars.com

News reports have been flooding us with articles warning that the impending flu season may be the worst in years. Even though it is difficult to separate the facts from the hype, a close evaluation of the flu vaccine will reveal that serious questions must be raised about the recommendations that are routinely touted, namely high efficacy with little risk. Anyone considering a flu shot should become informed about the substances coming through that needle, and should be determined to investigate the safety and efficacy issues that are still unresolved.

The Vaccine Virus

Each year, a new vaccine is developed that contains three different viruses (one influenza B and two influenza A strains). CDC officials select the new viruses based on which viruses were prevalent during the flu season in China and Australia the previous year. The CDC admits that the viruses selected for the new vaccine are chosen on the basis of an “educated guess.” [i]

What’s in a Flu Shot?

The influenza virus is grown in “specific pathogen-free” (SPF) eggs. Eggs are tested for a variety of agents—usually between 23 and 31—to confirm the absence of those specific pathogens. Laboratories limit the number of agents that are screened due to the shear abundance of potential viruses and/or bacteria to choose from. In addition, screening for every potential agent would be cost prohibitive.[ii] If none of the tested agents are detected, the vaccine is reported as “pathogen free.”

However, it should be understood that there is a distinct difference between “pathogen free” and “specific pathogen-free.” In its July 1996 report, the Institute of Medicine acknowledged that “although it is not possible to produce a completely uncontaminated animal, it is possible to produce an animal [or egg] certified to be free of specific pathogens.”[iii] Viruses that are harmless to their animal host, however, may be potentially harmful to humans.

During the manufacturing process, antibiotics (neomycin, polymyxin B and gentamicin) are added to eliminate stray bacteria found in the mixture. The final solution can contain the following additives in any combination: Triton X-100 (a detergent); polysorbate 80 (a potential carcinogen); gelatin; formaldehyde; and residual egg proteins. In addition, many of the influenza vaccines still contain thimerosal as a preservative. Thimerosal (mercury) is being investigated for its link to brain injury and autoimmune disease.

Does the Flu Shot Protect?

There are no guarantees that the influenza viruses selected for the vaccine will be the identical strains circulating during a given flu season. In fact, it has recently been announced that this year’s flu vaccine does not include the strain that is being reported by doctors in the community called the “A Fujian” strain. Outbreaks have been reported in Texas, Colorado and elsewhere[iv] that involve strains that do not match the current flu vaccine. CDC tests have confirmed that more than 80 per cent of the 55 strains of influenza virus isolated thus far are the A Fujian strain. Even so, the CDC still maintains that the current vaccine could provide cross-protection against the new variant, but the fact is, no one knows for sure.

Moreover, the majority of illnesses characterized by fever, fatigue, cough and aching muscles are not caused by the influenza virus. Non-influenza viruses (e.g., rhinoviruses respiratory syncytial virus [RSV], adenoviruses, and parainfluenza viruses) can cause symptoms referred to influenza-like illnesses (ILI). Certain bacteria, such as Legionella spp., Chlamydia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, have been documented as the causes of ILI.[v]

Notably, these microbes are not part of the flu vaccine. Unless an organism’s antigen is contained within the vaccine, there is no protection conferred by the vaccine. It is estimated that most adults will average 1-3 episodes of ILI, and most children will average 3-6 episodes. The CDC also admits that “many persons who have been vaccinated against influenza can still get the flu”[vi]

Targeting the Elderly

The flu vaccine is generally recommended for persons aged 65 and older, and those with medical conditions who could experience serious complications from the flu. Medical journals report broad differences in effectiveness for the elderly, ranging from 0 to 85%.

The CDC states that 90% of deaths from influenza occur among the elderly. Considering that nearly 65% of all deaths (from any cause) occur in this age group, it is nearly impossible to prove that flu shots significantly increase life expectancy in this group. The truth is that most people—young and old—will weather a bout of the flu without hospitalization or complications.

A Serious Concern: Alzheimer’s Disease

Hugh Fudenberg, MD, an immunogeneticist and biologist with nearly 850 papers published in peer review journals, has reported that if an individual had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is ten times higher than if they had zero, one, or two shots.[vii]

Dr. Boyd Haley, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, Lexington has done extensive research in the area of mercury toxicity and the brain. Haley’s research has established a likely connection between mercury toxicity and Alzheimer’s disease. [viii] In a paper published in collaboration with researchers at University of Calgary, Haley stated that “seven of the characteristic markers that we look for to distinguish Alzheimer’s disease can be produced in normal brain tissues, or cultures of neurons, by the addition of extremely low levels of mercury.”[ix] EMPHASIS ADDED

Does this prove that the mercury contained in the influenza shot can be directly linked to Alzheimer’s? No, absolutely not. But further research in this area is critically needed because the absence of proof is not the “proof of absence.”[x]

Flu Vaccine Now for Children

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) adopted a resolution effective March 1, 2003 that expanded the use of the influenza vaccine to include children aged 6-23 months. The recommendations also included vaccinating those aged 2 to 18 years who live in households containing children younger than 2 years of age.[xi]

The flu vaccine most commonly given to children is Fluzone, a trivalent vaccine grown in chicken eggs. Harvested with formaldehyde and containing the recommended ratio of 15 ug of each of the three prototype viral strains, each dose of Fluzone also contains 25 ug of mercury.[xii] The new CDC recommendations include giving the influenza vaccine to children beginning at six months of age and then annually, for the rest of their lives. Children less than age 9 receiving their first flu shot, two doses of vaccine are recommended, with a minimum interval of one month between the two doses. However, the CDC does not provide a direct reference to substantiate this recommendation.[xiii]

On June 17, 2003, the FDA approved an intranasal influenza vaccine for use in healthy persons aged 5–49 years. Flumist is a live-virus vaccine that can cause a litany of problems.

Alternatives?

If you choose not to receive the flu shot, have a discussion with your doctor regarding other options. However, some simple and possibly quite effective things you can do for yourself to prevent the flu include: 1) avoid white sugar;[xiv] 2) exercise regularly; 3) get adequate sleep; 4) eat a healthy diet, omitting trans-fats; 5) drink plenty of purified water daily and 6) wash your hands. A common way people contract viral illnesses is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with a virus. The CDC states, “the most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands.”[xv]

We are so used to taking medications—for prevention and treatment—that it is difficult to comprehend that these modest recommendations are really the most powerful ways to minimize the likelihood of getting the flu.

Making the Decision

You may decide to consult a physician who is schooled in alternative medicine to assess a variety of options for you and your family. What is most important, in the end, is to become as informed as possible regarding your options for keeping healthy and avoiding the flu.

REFERENCES

[i] Sabin, Russel and Reynolds. Breakdowns Mar Flu Shot Program Production, distribution delays raise fears of nation vulnerable to epidemic. San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 25, 2001

[ii] Charles River Laboratories, A Laboratory Animal Health Monitoring Program: Rationale and Development,’ (Winter 1990); Source: Internet address

[iii] Institute of Medicine Press Release: Federal Guidelines Needed to Ensure Safety in Animal-to-Human Organ Transplants. July 17, 1996.

[iv]CBS: The Associated Press. CDC Says Flu Season Is Going Strong in Parts of U.S., Vaccine Doesn’t Match Strain Doctors See.

[v] MMWR. November 9, 2001 / 50(44);984-6

[vi] MMWR Nov. 9, 2001/50(44); 984-6

[vii] Hugh Fudenberg, MD, is Founder and Director of Research, Neurolmmuno Therapeutic Research Foundation. Information from Dr. Hugh Fudenberg came from transcribed notes of Dr. Fudenberg’s speech at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA September, 1997. Quoted with permission.

[viii] The Relationship of Toxic Effects of Mercury to Exacerbation of the Medical Condition Classified as Alzheimer’s Disease by Boyd E. Haley, PhD.

[ix] NeuroReport, 12(4):733-737, 2001

[x] http://www.testfoundation.org/

[xi] MMWR. 2002;51[RR-3]:1-31

[xii] Package insert. Influenza Virus VaccineFluzone® 2003 – 2004 Formula

[xiii] MMWR. 2002: 51 [RR-3], pg. 19

[xiv] All forms of refined sugar depress white blood cells’ ability to destroy bacteria. See Sanchez A, et al. Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis. Am J Clin Nutr 1973;26:1180.

[xv]CDC—Handwashing: An ounce of prevention keeps the germs away.