ATAXIA

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

SYMPTOMS

Ataxia can develop over time or come on suddenly. It embraces various neurological symptoms such as lack of muscle control or coordination of voluntary movements, difficulties with speech, eating, writing, swallowing, eye movement, etc.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

Persistent ataxia usually results from damage to the part of the brain, known as cerebellum, which controls muscle movement and coordination. Cerebellum consists of two ping-pong ball-sized tissues found at the base of the brain near the brainstem. The right side of the cerebellum controls coordination on the right side of your body; the left side of your cerebellum controls coordination on the left.

Many conditions can cause ataxia, including numerous autoimmune diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, sarcoidosis, celiac disease, etc.), tumour, stroke, chronic high blood glucose levels, cerebral palsy, brain degeneration caused by Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other less common conditions. Ataxia can be also an uncommon complication of various viral infections and brain inflammation.

Unhealthy diet high in bad pro-inflammatory fats, sugar and other refined products, leading to very common today nutritional deficiencies and lack of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, especially magnesium, zinc, vitamin D, vitamin B12 (and other B vitamins) is one of the key causes of brain damage.

Other causes may include the following: Leaky blood-brain barrier (caused by chronic stress), alcohol abuse and regular use of other popular stimulants, artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, high levels of toxins (including heavy metals), dental fillings containing mercury, solvent poisoning (paint thinners, etc.), and certain medications, including popular statins, barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), sedatives (such as benzodiazepines), or chemotherapy drugs can cause or contribute to the brain damage and ataxia.

Some individuals develop so called sporadic ataxia, which cause is still unclear.

HEREDITARY ATAXIAS

Some types of ataxia can be hereditary caused by inheriting a defective gene which makes abnormal proteins that hinder the function of nerve cells, predominantly in the cerebellum and spinal cord, cause them to degenerate.

Various specific genetic defects may cause different types of ataxia including spinocerebellar, episodic, Friedreich’s, Ataxia-telangiectasia, congenital cerebellar ataxia, and Wilson’s disease (accumulation of copper in the brain, livers and other organs).

TREATMENT

In some cases, treating the underlying cause may resolve the symptoms of ataxia. For instance, it can be achieved by stopping (or changing) medication or treating viral infection that caused it.

In certain cases, however, although it is true that complete recovery may be a very difficult or even impossible to achieve, yet there are many remedies and approaches that can be very beneficial, may reduce symptoms, and slow down or sometimes even stop the progression of ataxia.

The good news is that even the brain damage can be sometimes reversed as a result of proper treatment. The best example can be the scientifically proven recovery from Alzheimer’s disease (a form of brain damage) after regular long-term (one year) intake of turmeric:

Turmeric Produces ‘Remarkable’ Recovery in Alzheimer’s Patients >

Turmeric produces mind-blowing recovery from dementia symptoms, multiple case studies show >

Fortunately, apart from humble turmeric, there are other numerous vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, herbs, super foods and natural remedies that help to detoxify the brain,  improve blood circulation and oxygenation of this organ, improve its function and in some cases of ataxia may even help reverse the damage.

If the cause of ataxia is known to you, select it from the following list and click on it as it will direct you to the detailed description:

In case you don’t know the underlying cause of your ataxia, please continue reading the rest of this article.

PRINCIPLES TO IMPLEMENT

I am aware that initially it might appear to you challenging or difficult to implement all those principles but please do not give up and try to repeatedly study the whole content of the following AD optimal health recovery plan on a regular basis making sure you experience a systematic progress in practicing all the included principles. The more of them you manage to implement the better results you will see:

  • Avoid Amalgam (silver) fillings (remove if possible). Read more >
  • Detoxify brain from Mercury, Fluoride, Lead, etc. using Chlorella >
  • Drink only Distilled or Filtered water (use Reverse osmosis filter) >
  • Take Turmeric, Chlorella, Saffron, Flaxseed (ground), and Ginkgo biloba
  • Use Supplements: Vitamin B12 (Sublingual Methylcobalamin) >, Magnesium, B6 (P5P), B3, L-methylfolate, Zinc, Vitamin D3
  • Take Antioxidants: NAC, Alpha Lipoic acid, Resveratrol
  • Train your brain (Build strong neural networks) by reading, studying & memorising
  • Avoid: Statins, Flu vaccines, Drugs
  • Treat Depression, Learn to control Stress, Think positive, Laugh
  • Lower Cholesterol & Treat Atherosclerosis
  • Avoid meat, dairy, fish, sugar, refined foods, art. sweeteners
  • Go on plant-based unrefined diet (at least 50% raw) for at least 6 months
  • Instead of unhealthy oils and fats use only raw organic Coconut oil. For salad dressing cold pressed Olive oil or Flax oil
  • Avoid all Stimulants (alcohol, smoking, caffeine, cannabis, drugs, etc.)
  • Exercise every day
  • Lose weight (reduce belly size)
  • Make sure your blood glucose levels are always normal, treat Diabetes, High blood pressure & any Inflammatory diseases
  • Treat Leaky blood-brain barrier syndrome by learning to control stress and taking Ashwagandha every day

In addition, read carefully and do your best to implement all the principles and recommendations included in the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >

Avoid coffee, tea, and anything containing caffeine. Please do not believe those who promote drinking coffee to prevent AD (even if there is some truth in it) because  caffeine in coffee and other products is a poison and leads to many dangerous effects on human organism including brain and nervous system:

Caffeine causing untimely deaths >

Caffeine, Blood Flow, and the Brain >

Caffeine addiction >

Find out how to recover from anxiety and DEPRESSION >

Remove mercury  from the brain!

Alzheimer's mercury

Alzheimer's mercury

The best remedy able to remove mercury and other heavy metals and toxins from the brain is CHLORELLA >

Alzheimer's mercury chlorella

Chlorella is one of the best natural remedies to prevent and reverse brain damage not only because it detoxifies our brains from mercury but also because, like turmeric, it can regenerate damaged brain tissue:

Alzheimer's chlorella repairs nerve tissue

Since Chlorella is a powerful detoxifier and energy booster it is better to start with a smaller dose such as 1 teaspoon or 3 tablets 30 minutes before breakfast and the same amount 30 minutes before lunch with 2 glasses of water, vegetable juice or smoothie. Then gradually increase the intake every day (by approximately 1 tablet) until reaching the maximum dose of 2 or 3 heaped tablespoons or 10 – 20 tablets (500mg) 30 min before breakfast and the same amount 30 min before lunch. Altogether you can take 2-6 round tablespoons or about 20-40 tablets (500mg per tablet) of chlorella a day. The dose also depends on age and body weight. After three months instead of Chlorella use Spirulina or even better Clean Greens (Pukka) for a month or two and then come back to Chlorella.

– Avoid aluminum kitchenware as finally a study confirmed direct link between Alzheimer’s and aluminum toxicity! >

– Sublingual Methylcobalamin (form of vitamin B12) is another key remedy which helped many people to reduce or reverse neurological damage as deficiency of this vitamin is regarded as “rampant” today. >

Alzheimer's methylcobalamin neurons

Read a fascinating article on B12 >

Alzheimer's B12 mercury

Chia seeds are very helpful too. Like flax seed it is regarded as the best source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Mix 1-2 tablespoons with fruit juice or plant-based milk every morning and eat it after at least 30 minutes with your breakfast.

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– Every day eat fresh raw (not cooked) sprouts (alfalfa sprouts, watercress sprouts, sunflower sprouts, etc.). The process of seed germination results in a dramatic increase in their vitamin, mineral and phytochemical content. According to Dr. J. Mercola, „Sprouts can contain up to 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables! Sprouted seed, nut or bean has a whopping 43 times the enzyme power when compared to the non-sprouted variety! Sprouts are the highest source of ENZYMES which improve digestion of food and absorption of essential nutrients.”
Sprouts are also bioactive food as they are the only plant based food that is still growing as we consume them! Purchasing very inexpensive sprouts at retail stores is the simplest method for adding sprouts to your menu, but growing them at home on a large tray with soil is much better. Using good quality soil to grow your own sprouts, you make them organic and free from pesticides and other unwanted chemicals. I make my own sunflower sprouts as they are most delicious and very potent. Try to avoid consuming the same type of sprouts every day for a longer period of time. Instead use variety of different sprouts but the most important seem to be fresh sunflower sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, and watercress sprouts. On YouTube you will find numerous videos explaining how to make your own sprouts at home.

– After a long and close analysis and comparison of different healthy vegetarian and vegan diets I believe that the most effective one is the Hallelujah Diet. And one of the key reasons of this conclusion is that this diet is based on raw fresh vegetable juices and it is 85% raw. There are thousands of testimonials written by people who on Hallelujah diet recovered from all sorts of health problems often regarded as incurable. In order to get strong motivation to start juicing read my article on Vegetable juices and Hallelujah diet.

Glasses with fresh vegetable juices isolated on white. Detox diet.

Drink 1 or 2 glasses of fresh raw and possibly cold-pressed (using slow juicer) vegetable juices (carrots, beets, broccoli, kale or spinach, etc.)  2 to 3 times a day before meals or instead. It is even better to have them with chlorella or spirulina, alfalfa, turmeric and barley grass. If you want to maintain your health drink 2 to 3 times 1 glass. In case your intension is to treat different health problems such as cancer, etc. you need to have 2 glasses 3 to 4 times a day. Read more about VEGETABLE JUICES >

– Take 500mg of Vitamin B3 (Niacin) in the form of nicotinamide with breakfast as nicotinamide form of vitamin B3 restores cognition in Alzheimer’s disease transgenic mice. > Find out more about Niacin >

– Take Good quality Multivitamin-mineral formula: 1-2 tablets after breakfast. A 2009 study demonstrated that, “A multi-vitamin/nutrient formula has therapeutic value in moderate-stage to later-stage Alzheimer’s disease.” > Please do not buy cheap formulas as their potency is very low and they contain only short list of inorganic ingredients. It must be a good quality formula such as  Daily Essentials Multi Vitamin & Mineral by Phoenix Nutrition >, Earth Source (Solgar) or Healthy Mega (HealthAid) > which is an excellent multi-vitamin and mineral formula fortified with alfalfa powder, rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, bromelain, lutein, PABA, lycopene, herbs and many other super nutrients. Take 1 tablet, preferably with first meal. If your diet is very healthy and you stay away from refined foods, sugar and stimulants then take only 1/2 tablet after breakfast.

– Brainvit is another excellent multivitamin/nutrient formula containing most important ingredients to promote brain health and memory. Brainvit can be used together or interchangeably with mentioned above multivitamins.

– Expose your body to the sun whenever possible.

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– Drink 3 times a day 2 or 3 glasses of distilled water > about 30 to 60 minutes before each meal or about 2 hours after. During hot days you need even more. Your urine should be transparent, if it is yellow it means you don’t drink enough water.

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– Go to sleep as early as possible. Try to sleep at least seven or eight hours a day.

– Avoid eating foods rich in refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates such as white flour products (body turn white flour into blood sugar).

– Avoid all artificial sweeteners! Artificial sweeteners can usually be identified by many different names such as sucralose, saccharin, or aspartame (Splenda, Equal, Sweet n Low). There are almost a hundred side effects listed by the FDA, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, memory loss, nerve cell damage, Alzheimer’s, migraines, reproductive disorders, brain lesions, weight gain, food cravings, seizures and more.

– Avoid high glucose/fructose syrup (HFCS).

– If you tend to struggle with having a sweet tooth try to substitute the unhealthy products with fresh and dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs, prunes, etc.). If you miss traditional dairy ice creams, which are very unhealthy, make your own delicious and healthy ice creams by blending frozen bananas or other frozen fruits. You can experiment adding some raw honey (or sweeten the ice cream with xylitol or stevia), soya crème, lemon juice, plant-based milk, a little bit of carob powder, ground cashew or other nuts to improve the flavour.

– Avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG).

– If possible avoid drugs and slowly replace them with natural remedies and healthy lifestyle.

Alzheimer's statins

SUPPLEMENTS

Alzheimer's folic acid

 

High Vitamin C supplementation reduces amyloid plaque deposition (cause of AD), blood brain barrier disruptions and mitochondrial dysfunction in the brains. >

Vitamin E, acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid are superior to the drug donepezil (Aricept) at normalizing biomarkers associated with brain damage in an animal model. >Alzheimer's magnesium

– Take 20,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day >

Alzheimer's vitamin D

Alpha lipoic acid: 2 times a day 250-300mg. Alpha lipoic appears to be an effective neuroprotective agent in Alzheimer’s disease. >

Alzheimer's resveratrol regeneration of nerves

– A large body of studies suggests that selenium may be beneficial in reducing Alzheimer’s pathology. >

– Avoid foods containing Arachidonic Acid (animal products). According to Dr. Greger, “Arachidonic acid in our diet produces inflammatory compounds which may inflame our brain. The omnivores ate 9 times as much arachidonic acid than the vegetarians, which is not surprising, given that arachidonic acid is not found in plants!” (Michael  Greger  M.D., Improving Mood Through Diet, 29/09/2011)

Alzheimer's arachidonic acid brain inflammation

Alzheimer's arachidonic acid brain inflammation

Alternative hot and cold showers > will improve circulation, elimination of toxins and will stimulate the nervous and immune system. Start with hot shower, and after about 5 minutes when your body is warm enough take a short (3 min) cold shower slowly reducing the temperature. Then alternate the flow of water from hot to cold, back and forth 5-7 times in a row. Before using this treatment consult your physician first if you have any chronic health conditions especially if they are associated with heart.

– Increase SEROTONIN! Because of the extensive serotonergic denervation that has been observed in the AD brain and the important role played by serotonin in both, cognition and behavioural control, this neurotransmitter has become a focus of a research effort to identify new treatments for ataxia.

We know that serotonin is very important in improving memory, fighting depression, fatigue, or insomnia. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone and neurotransmitter which helps us regulate moods and use good judgement. Unfortunately, the older we get the less serotonin we tend to produce. Dr. Carolyn Meltzer’s research has demonstrated that with age serotonin receptors decrease by over 50%. People who struggle with overweight, obesity, and depression, those who commit serious crime as well as people who commit suicide have very low level of this extremely important hormone.

Serotonin deficiency can be caused by sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activity), insufficient light during the day, refined and low in nutrients diet, use of stimulants (alcohol, nicotine, coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate and other caffeine products), or insufficient amount of sleep.

Exercise in the morning outside to boost serotonin!

In the beautiful book „Ministry of Healing” Ellen G. White wrote that, “The sick, shut within four walls, look out on houses and pavements, with perhaps not even a glimpse of blue sky or sunshine, of grass or flower or tree. Shut up in this way, they brood over their suffering and sorrow, and become a prey to their own sad thoughts. The pure air, the glad sunshine, the flowers and trees, and outdoor exercise amid these surroundings, are health- and life-giving. Outdoor life is the only remedy that many need. It has a wonderful power to heal diseases caused by the excitements and excesses of fashionable life, a life that weakens and destroys the powers of body, mind, and soul. How glad would they be to sit in the open air, rejoice in the sunshine, and breathe the fragrance of tree and flower! There are life-giving properties in the balsam of the pine, in the fragrance of the cedar and the fir, and other trees also have properties that are health restoring. In nature may always be found something to divert the attention of the sick from themselves and direct their thoughts to God. The beauty of nature leads them to think of the heavenly home, where there will be nothing to mar the loveliness, nothing to taint or destroy, nothing to cause disease or death.”

– Increase consumption of foods high in Tryptophan (to boost Serotonin): Cooked soy beans, Tofu, beans, lentils, ground sesame, tahini, humus, etc.

Alzheimer's tryptophan serotonin

Alzheimer's tryptophan serotonin sesame

According to Dr. Michael Greger, “Prozac appears to work by boosting serotonin levels but it can cause significant side effects. How about using foods high in serotonin, such as plantains, pineapples, bananas, kiwis, plums, and tomatoes. Plants contain dopamine, serotonin, and melatonin at concentrations high enough to actually alter levels in our bloodstream. We don’t need serotonin in our blood, though; we need it in our brain. Serotonin can’t cross the blood-brain barrier, but the precursor to serotonin can. This precursor is an amino acid called tryptophan that we get from our diet. When people think tryptophan, they think Thanksgiving turkey, but researchers at MIT dispelled those myths about a decade ago. Tryptophan is one amino acid among many found in turkey (or meat and dairy) proteins, and they compete with one another for transport across the blood-brain barrier into the brain. Since tryptophan is present in most animal proteins in relatively small quantities it gets muscled out of the way. When we eat plant foods, though, the carbohydrates trigger a release of insulin that causes our muscles to take up many of the non-tryptophan amino acids as fuel, potentially leaving our tryptophan first in line for brain access. Animal foods can even make things worse. In the experiment, those given a turkey/egg/cheese breakfast experienced a drop in tryptophan levels, whereas those given a waffle/orange juice breakfast saw their levels rise.”

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– Boost Dopamine levels!

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– Take 5HTP (tryptophan supplement).

–  Take Vitamin B6, B1, B3 (Niacin), Magnesium citrate, Zinc, Folic acid, as they are required to produce serotonin.

– Increase intake of Omega 3 fatty acids: Chlorella, ground flax seed, soaked in water chia seeds, good quality organic Omega 3 fish oil with antioxidant to prevent oxidation (HealthAid offers a very good quality molecularly distilled Omega 3 fish oil >).

SUPER FOODS AND HERBAL REMEDIES

Alzheimer's recovery natural remedies

Magnesium (citrate or another well absorbed type): 400 to 800 mg 60 min before breakfast and 400 to 800 mg 1 to 3 hours before bed.

– If possible you can also add NAC to the above list: 2 – 3 times 200mg.

– A study demonstrated Ginkgo biloba is as effective as the drug donepezil (Aricept) in improving symptoms of brain damage, but with much less side effects.>

If your blood sugar is higher than normal address the problem according to the description included in DIABETES >

  • Read carefully and do your best to implement all the principles and recommendations included in the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >
  • In case dementia is resistant to this treatment go on HALLELUJAH DIET for about 6 months and at the same time keep on using the above mentioned remedies and recommendations.

MOTIVATION AND EMPOWERMENT

Please read this extremaly important part (LINK) very carefully as it reveals the secret of finding true source of strength necessary to overcome bad habits and will help you to gain a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.

HEALING RECIPES >

REFERENCES & SOURCES

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ataxia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355652

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/radically-new-understanding-alzheimers-disease-causes-and-cures

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/disease/alzheimers-disease

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11569602

Brewer GJ, Kaur S. Zinc Deficiency and Zinc Therapy Efficacy with Reduction of Serum Free Copper in Alzheimer’s Disease. Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;2013:586365. Epub 2013 Oct 10.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/17/alzheimers-zinc-deficiency.aspx

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/diagnosis-diet/201609/preventing-alzheimer-s-disease-is-easier-you-think

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071001172855.htm

 

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