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January 20, 2011


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Today's topic:

Alzheimer's disease - is there hope?

Alzheimer's disease and the brain/oxygen connection

There is hope


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What is Alzheimer's disease?

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Alzheimer's disease affects a person's brain. It destroys a person's memory, personality and ability to function independently.

The following is the definition from medterms.com:

Alzheimer's disease: A progressive neurologic disease of the brain that leads to the irreversible loss of neurons and dementia.

The clinical hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease are progressive impairment in

  • memory, judgment, decision making, orientation to physical surroundings, and language.. ...
  • Alzheimer's disease is the most common of all neurodegenerative diseases. It accounts for about two-thirds of cases of dementia with vascular causes and other neurodegenerative diseases making up most of the rest

..... .....The German psychiatrist and pathologist Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915) first described this form of presenile dementia in 1907.

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Alzheimer's disease statistics - Alarming

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  • Alzheimer's, senile dementia appears to be increasing at an alarming rate among our aging population.
  • Alzheimer's disease affects more than 5 million people in the United States. This number may reach 16 million by 2050.
  • One in 10 people over 65 have the disease and the rate is closer to 50 percent for people over 85.

The Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging estimate that the cost of current Alzheimer's care is more than $100 billion annually.

There is evidence that more than a third of U.S. adults have a family member or friend who has Alzheimer's, and three out of five are concerned that they may someday have to provide for or care for someone with this mind-robbing disease.


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Americans' fear of cancer and of Alzheimer's disease

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The following data and quotes are form a MetLife study published in 2006

Most Americans fear cancer the most and Alzheimer's disease second, but this flips for those age 55 and older, where Alzheimer's is the disease they most fear.



"Our survey clearly shows that although adults fear Alzheimer's and the devastating effects it has on individuals, families and communities, few have done anything to prepare for a disease that destroys a person's memory, personality and ability to function independently," said Sibyl Jacobson, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation, in a news release from MetLife.

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Are you afraid of Alzheimer's disease? - I am

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I, Dr. Z., am deathly afraid of developing Alzheimer's disease as I grow older. I'm 65 years old, now.

Most of you, I guess, are afraid as well. This is evident from your many letters I've received over the years.

  • Imagine not recognizing your loved ones and family members.
  • Imagine losing your memory
  • Imagine not being able to place a phone call or to prepare an ordinary meal.
  • Imagine forgetting even simple words.
  • Imagine getting lost in your own neighborhood.
  • Imagine losing your good judgment, such as falling prey to scam artists.
  • Imagine having no control over your moods and behavior.
  • Imagine becoming extremely confused, paranoid, fearful, or depressed.
  • Imagine losing your initiative and becoming very passive.

All of this is terrifying to me.

There were times in my life - approximately 20 years ago - when I had little or no control over my moods, when I was chronically depressed. I do remember those times clearly.

Those times were simply awful. I felt like being stuck inside an invisible prison. A prison without bars, without doors. I could look outside the prison and see people who appeared much happier. I could not figure out what made them different from me. I felt I was cursed.


Fortunately, for me, I refused to go the conventional medical route to find help. I refused to seek out psychiatrists who would inevitably prescribe pharmaceutical "brain" drugs to cover up their own helplessness.

Instead, I researched and studied. I researched more and I studied more. It took me several years of intense searching to slowly pull myself up by my own bootstraps.

It turned out that my depression and mood swings were primarily due to what I was eating, my diet, the state of my digestive system. Without realizing it, I had been a total carbohydrate addict since my childhood in Germany.

  • I loved sweets, chocolate.
  • I ate tons of bread and consumed lots of German beer.
  • I also suffered from severe bloating and gas, and alternating diarrhea and constipation.

This type of diet led to huge blood sugar swings with periods of intense hypoglycemia. My brain was unable to work properly.

  • I never, ever, want to have to experience this feeling of total helplessness again.


It took months to rebuild my digestive system to function normally. For the last 20 years I have learned to pay very close attention to my behavior around foods, what I eat and drink. Let me tell you: every time I do not, I pay a very heavy price. I don't feel good, I get depressed, even suicidal thoughts sneak in.

Since then I have discovered, conclusively, without any doubt, that the health of my brain, the health of your brain, very much depends our own behavior.

I've also found clear evidence that the brain responds, nearly instantaneously, to intelligent and positive changes you make in your behavior.

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There is HOPE in the statistics - YOUR Main Question?

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However, there is actually hope in the statistics. You may ask: WHY.

  • Well, not everybody over the age of 55 develops Alzheimer's disease.

In other words, Alzheimer's disease is not inevitable.

Today, as I'm 65 years old, my main question is:

What can I do, on a regular basis, to minimize the chance of developing Alzheimer's disease?

Is this your question, too?


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The Alzheimer's-Oxygen Connection - is there HOPE?

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25 November 2006 - From New Scientist Print Edition

Begin of Quote: (bolds added by Dr. Z)

"The many disparate risk factors for Alzheimer's disease may be linked by an underlying common cause. It has been known that diabetes, strokes, clogged arteries and plain old ageing increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's, with only 5 per cent of cases strongly influenced by genes.

Now evidence has emerged that lack of oxygen is the root cause.

Weihong Song at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and his colleagues took mice engineered to develop Alzheimer's-like plaques and put them in a hypoxia chamber for one month, where for 16 hours each day they got less than 40 per cent of the oxygen they needed. Six months later, the oxygen-deprived mice had developed twice as many beta-amyloid plaques - the hallmark of the disease - as similar mice kept in normal conditions. The plaques were also larger and the hypoxic mice performed worse on memory tests." (read more...).

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Dr. Z.'s comments:

Why is this so very important? Your brain weighs approximately 2% of body weight, but utilizes 20% or more of the oxygen you breathe.

*** Your brain requires lots of oxygen.

As we get older we lose some of our capacity to utilize oxygen - it is estimated 1% a year from the age of 20 on.

  • So the older you get, the more important oxygen or the lack thereof becomes.
  • Most people are shallow breathers, to start with.
  • As we age we tend to become more sedentary, less physically active.
  • The less active we are, the less we breathe deeply, the less oxygen reaches the brain - with devastating consequences for the brain.

The question now becomes:

*** How can YOU get more oxygen to your brain?


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Look at this great client letter

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I am 75 years young. I've been using Dr. Z's Personal Portable Oxygen Bar Concentrator every single day for more than a year.

I have been a patient of Dr. Z for many years. Whenever I came to Dr. Z's office he noticed that I had very poor muscle tone and strength. He told me that I could not hold any chiropractic adjustments for very long because of that.

Dr. Z would also measure my blood oxygen saturation. It was always low. I had been aware that it was always tough for me to take deep breaths. Dr. Z explained to me that my body could not work well like this, especially my heart and my brain.

In the early summer of 2007 Dr. Z introduced me to his Personal Portable Oxygen Bar Concentrator. To my amazement, my muscle strength would dramatically improve within just a few minutes on the Personal Portable Oxygen Bar. So I decided to purchase one.

In the 1990's I had suffered from multiple pulmonary embolisms. I was in intensive care for 12 days. The doctors finally decided to use a needle to extract the blood that had pooled in my lungs. It took me more than a year to get better.

Late in 2007 I developed prostate problems with passing blood in the urine. I was scheduled for a MRI. It was discovered at that time that my lung capacity was much reduced, because of the pulmonary embolisms I had suffered 10 years prior.

I sing in a choir. Sustained breathing had been always difficult for me. Since using the Personal Portable Oxygen Bar Concentrator I have noticed a definite increase in my breathing capacity.

I have suffered from seasonal allergies for decades. Whenever using the Personal Portable Oxygen Bar I notice a nearly immediate clearing of my head, my nose and my sinuses. I also use Dr. Z's QC Nasal Spray and the Pleo Muc Eye Drops.

Since using the Oxygen Bar my concentration seems much better. I have also noticed a dramatic improvement or sharpening of my senses, especially my vision and my hearing. I paint a lot. It is as if I have a new perspective in colors. My paintings used to be more neutral in color. Now, I use brighter and more vivid colors. I love it.

My skin color used to be sort of gray. Now my skin looks pink and I have rosy cheeks. Several people have recently commented on my great looks. A lady in the planning department whom I had not seen for approximately for 20 years said to me the other day, "Alan, you never change."

Thank you, Dr. Z, for sharing your Personal Portable Oxygen Bar discovery with me.

Alan R., Nevada City, California

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For 9 years I have suffered with muscle weakness, neck and shoulder pain, numbness in arms when sleeping, low back pain, weight gain, lack of energy and a foggy brain. I thought it was just menopause.

Then, a year ago I developed a skin rash on my left leg and both hands, which then spread to both legs with terrible itching. Next was the indigestion all the time. Not willing to go the usual route of anti-depressants, pain killers, steroids and acid-reflux pills all which mask the symptoms and don't address the underlying cause I was introduced to Dr. Z and his work through my acupuncturist. She spoke very highly of his diagnostic work and thought he would be able to help. Well that was some of the best advice I ever received.................Read more Oxygen Letters



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Thank you again for your interest and support.

Dr. Z

Peter Zeischegg, MS, DC, DACNB
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