Category Archives: Medical Home Care

Telemedicine is here to stay and morphing before our eyes!

Study: National telemedicine service expands healthcare access.

A study of adult users of a national telemedicine service found that it appears  to be expanding access to patients who are not connected to other providers. Its  users were younger, more affluent, had no established healthcare relationships  and were less likely to have a follow-up visit, according to research published at Health Affairs.

Read more: Study: National telemedicine service expands healthcare access – FierceHealthIT

Alzheimer’s Minimization (updated)

Alzheimer’​s is an insidious disease. It’s no wonder there are so many Caregiver Support groups, including online groups and 24×7 Helplines for those who can’t leave their patient alone. Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers is excellent.

We’ve received  two additions to our earlier post and embedded them, below, with the suggestions that have made a difference in our patient. These are not complicated or expensive, but they do take some diligence.

A summary of what we’re doing food-wise:

  1. 4-5 oz of 100% Concord grape juice in the morning with his medications to reduce brain plaque (Prevention magazine said red or purple grapes)
  2. Substitute pure coconut oil for other oils whenever possible (coconut oil idea per Dr. Oz & other sources)
  3. Snack: use 1 Tablespoon of pure coconut oil to pop 1/8 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  4. Minimize ingestion of metals (metals found in brains of Alzheimer’s patients per Dr. Oz). Minimizing aluminum is healthy for all of us, but it’s important to note that metals are also found in medications as well as leaching from several types of cookware.
  5. Minimize meat from four-footed animals; maximize meat from 2-footed animals (birds); and have seafood at least once per week to keep cholesterol low.
  6. Vitamin E can slow Alzheimer’s decline (WSJ Jan 2, 2014)

Plus one very important general anesthesia suggestion:

  1. Don’t undergo general anesthesia unless absolutely necessary. This is often the prelude to severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It seems that younger people come out of the “general anesthesia fog” rather well; older people do not do as well. Have seen this happen many times. I truly wish there were more serious research into this matter!

Any more suggestions?! What’s working for you?

Alzheimer’s Minimization

Alzheimer’​s is an insidious disease. It’s no wonder there are so many Caregiver Support groups, including online groups and 24×7 Helplines for those who can’t leave their patient alone. Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers is excellent.

Here are a few suggestions that have made a difference in our patient. They’re not complicated or expensive, but they do take some diligence.

A summary of what we’re doing food-wise:

  1. 4-5 oz of 100% Concord grape juice in the morning with his medications to reduce brain plaque (Prevention magazine said red or purple grapes)
  2. Substitute pure coconut oil for other oils whenever possible (coconut oil idea per Dr. Oz & other sources)
  3. Snack: use 1 Tablespoon of pure coconut oil to pop 1/8 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  4. Minimize ingestion of metals (metals found in brains of Alzheimer’s patients per Dr. Oz). Note: metals are found in medications as well as leaching from several types of cookware.
  5. Minimize meat from four-footed animals; maximize meat from 2-footed animals (birds); and have seafood at least once per week to keep cholesterol low.

Plus one very important general anesthesia suggestion:

  1. Don’t undergo general anesthesia unless absolutely necessary. This is often the prelude to severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s. It seems that younger people come out of the “general anesthesia fog” rather well; older people do not do as well. Have seen this happen many times. I truly wish there were more serious research into this matter!

Any more suggestions?! What’s working for you?