Could you have dementia… and NOT know it?
How do you treat a disease that you don’t know you have?
It’s a trick question.
You can’t – and that’s why dementia remains almost impossible to treat, even in 2018.Two new reports show what folks are up against — and it’s not just the disease itself.
It’s doctors’ total inability to spot it.
The first report is a new study that finds 6 in 10 Medicare patients with dementia don’t know they have it.
It’s not because they don’t visit the doctor. They do.
And in most cases, it’s not because the disease has left them unable to understand the situation.
It’s because they’ve NEVER been diagnosed!
That’s a failure of their doctors – and the second new report shows how widespread that failure is, as the mainstream revises the guidelines doctors are supposed to use for Alzheimer’s disease.
You’re really not going to believe what this revision entails.
It’s urging doctors to screen patients who have the warning signs.
Anyone who reports or has a spouse who reports cognitive struggles should get checked.
The guidelines also remind doctors that memory loss should never be dismissed as “normal” aging.
You can’t argue with that. It makes perfect sense. It makes SO MUCH sense that you just have to wonder: How in the world is that not already the very first step in the very first guideline?
That’s why you get what that first study found. We have a silent epidemic of people living with dementia who don’t know they have it… and have never been diagnosed.
Because they’re not diagnosed, they’re not getting treatment, and that means that the disease is almost guaranteed to get worse – fast.
Given how long it takes for guidelines to turn into practice, that’s going to stay the case for years to come.
But that doesn’t mean dementia – diagnosed or not – has to be in your future.
If you spot the warning signs… if you feel yourself slipping… or you just KNOW something is wrong “up there”… don’t dismiss it. Don’t let your doctor dismiss it, either.
Get help. Get screened. Get tested.
There’s not a lot mainstream medicine can do for dementia just yet, but there are steps you can take to slow this disease down or stop it cold — especially if you act fast.
In some cases, “dementia” is a drug side effect that reverses when you get off the meds. In others, it can be caused by toxins, and natural detox therapies such as chelation can lead to remarkable improvements.
Work closely with a holistic medical doctor.
If you’re in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
Not in Southern California? I’m also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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