Join Now!      Login

Whole Person Wellness Program Wellness Model
Skip Navigation Links
Health Centers
Key Services
Breast Cancer?
More than three-quarters of women who get breast cancer are over whtat age?
over 40 years
over 45 years
over 50 years
over 55 years


 Interviews with People Who Make a Difference: Brain Longevity  
Interview with Dharma Singh Khalsa MD
   as interviewed by Daniel Redwood DC

The next story is the exact opposite. This was a man a bit older, who came to see me with essentially the same story. I put him on a program, but because he was a wealthy man, a high profile individual, he had a number of private doctors who he had to report to as a constituency. One of his doctors, who had no experience as an anti-aging physician or memory loss specialist, said, "I don't know about any of this stuff, and I don't want you to do it." As a result, the man didn't follow the program. It just shows you how doctors can have a negative effect on a patient.

Another one is a woman around 75 or 80, whose doctor also didn't know anything about anti-aging or memory loss, even though he was a board certified family physician. But in this case, he recognized that he didn't know anything about this, and told the woman's daughter that it was okay for her to consult with me. I put her on a program, and I just got a second e-mail from the daughter saying how much better her mother is.

Redwood: Do you believe that Alzheimer's Disease can be reversed, and do you believe that it can be prevented?

Khalsa: It's already been shown that progression can be slowed. The National Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, led by Karen Sano and Leon J. Sahl, and other academic research institutions have shown that 1000 international units daily of vitamin E halts the progression of Alzheimer's Disease, as does a drug called deprenyl. Clearly progression can be slowed. It's hard to say that it can be reversed. The symptoms can be alleviated, and I think that improvement in activities of daily living can be considered to be a reversal. As to prevention, yes, it can be prevented.

Redwood: What kind of diet do you recommend for optimal mental functioning?

DSK: A lot of pizza. No, just kidding. The ideal diet would be something like 15-20 percent fat, with equal amounts protein and carbohydrate and with the protein coming as much as possible from non-animal sources. Thirty percent fat in the diet is too much. For those who desire it, fish can be good, because it blocks the effect of high calories and high fat. Fish oils are a very good neural [nerve] protector.

Redwood: What supplements do you recommend?

DSK: Definitely a high-potency multiple vitamin and mineral tablet, but not one with excessively high levels. I'm happy with 50 milligrams of vitamin B, and your normal amounts of minerals. A good vitamin-mineral that you buy in a health food store will usually have 25,000 units of vitamin A. 1000-3000 milligrams of vitamin C is okay, although higher is also okay. 400-800 units of vitamin E. Antioxidants are important. When it comes to brain-specific nutrients, I like gingko, coenzyme Q10, and phosphatidyl serine. With specific patients, such as younger patients in their fifties who have memory loss, acetyl l-carnitine has been shown to help. Because of lack of knowledge, many people use acetyl l-carnitine when they don't need it.

Redwood: Is there harm in that?

Khalsa: I don't think there's any harm, but I don't think it does any good.

Redwood: What do you feel is the role for prescription medications in treating memory loss and mental decline?

Khalsa: Deprenyl, which is a prescription medication, is very useful. Hormones can play a role. Studies have shown estrogen to help, but I don't use estrogen. [The hormone] DHEA can be very helpful. One study indicated that Alzheimer's patients had 48 percent less DHEA than a matched control group. And as a rule, if cortisol levels are high, DHEA levels are low. In the brain, DHEA acts as a growth factor, helping neurons to sprout new dendrites. It also helps the brain by controlling levels of cortisol. One prescription medication approved by the FDA for treatment of Alzheimer's is tacrine, which is horrible. I think it should be banned. It is toxic to the liver in some patients and very frequently ineffective.

CONTINUED      Previous   1  2  3  4  Next   
 Comments Add your comment 

 About The Author
Daniel Redwood, DC, is a Professor at Cleveland Chiropractic College - Kansas City. He is editor-in-chief of Health Insights Today ( and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the......moreDaniel Redwood DC
 From Our Friends
Popular & Related Products
Popular & Featured Events
Error Reading Event Calendar
Dimensions of Wellness
Wellness, Movement, dimension!

Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Wellness Inventory       Wellness Center
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us
Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Are you ready to embark on a personal wellness journey with our whole person approach?
Learn More/Subscribe
Are you looking to create or enhance a culture of wellness in your organization?
Learn More
Do you want to become a wellness coach?
Learn More
Free Webinar