Mom used to love to be with her family, but now she seems so distant and quiet. She often doesn’t remember names or faces and doesn’t participate in activities she used to enjoy. Frequently, she becomes lost just walking around the block. Her husband, a devoted and supportive partner, doesn’t know what to do to help his wife anymore. The woman who was once so independent and resourceful seems to be disappearing day by day and the whole family feels helpless.
The sad thing is that none of the conventional doctors seem to know what to do about it, either. Their only solution is expensive drugs that seem to cause more harm than good or forestall the inevitable. It’s only a matter of time before Mom will need constant care in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Everyone is dreading that day.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or any other cause of dementia that would shorten your cognitive lifespan is very frightening. While we hear so much about this disease, many of us may not understand what it is and what some of its early warning signs are. What is even more alarming, many of us do not know some of the simple things that can be done to prevent or reduce risk factors years before it occurs, mostly because there are very few actually talking about what can be done.
This book will tell you what dementia is, some of the things that contribute to it, and what you can do now to prevent or stall its progression.
About the Author
Lauren Russel, ND, is a board-certified licensed Naturopathic Physician in full-time practice at Tahoma Clinic in Washington State. In her medical practice, she focuses on bio-identical hormone therapy for men and women, thyroid imbalances, adrenal fatigue and stress management, gastrointestinal and digestive health, food allergies, sleep issues and nutritional optimization. She was the lead researcher on two studies investigating the effects of physiologic doses of the hormone, aldosterone, on hearing loss in study volunteers at Tahoma Clinic.
She received her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, and undergraduate degree in the Biological Sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Russel also serves as an adjunct to the naturopathic medicine department at Bastyr University to facilitate key training and testing programs to improve the skills of medical students.
She has been a medical writer and editor for more than 25 years, working with several prominent, peer-reviewed medical and scientific publications and has developed continuing education materials for healthcare professionals throughout the United States.
She has been a contributing author to the publications, NDNR: Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, the Townsend Review for Doctors and Patients, and Life Extension Magazine. She has also co-authored articles with Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD, and researched topics for the newsletter, Nutrition and Healing.