Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Dysfunction: Same or Different Pg. 1

Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Dysfunction: Same or Different Pg. 1

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Comic strip focusing on the similarities often withdrawn from research due to species. Brain structure is different between humans and animals, however, the micro-nutrients that support healthy brain function remain the same. Considering medical research relies heavily on animals as the subjects, the question of how the benefits reach humans, yet, do not reach the animals remains baffling.

Storyboard Text

  • I'm sorry, Mrs. Blason, your mother has Alzheimer's Disease. It explains why she suddenly started wandering through the house at 2 A.M.
  • Alzheimer's Disease effects the circadian rhythm, our biological clocks, which can lead our bodies to believe it's much earlier or much later in the day. It also effects memory, so it may be a good idea to have someone live with her for emergency situation and transportation to and from daily activities.
  • Medication is available, although patients prone to experiencing side effects and their caretakers often express concern if it actually improves the quality of life. Surgeries are also available, but the window for that option is closing as she gets older.
  • There is an alternative, naturopathic  treatment that focuses on a Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and social activity. The diet's main meat is fish since it is rich in Omega-3. Other meats in the diet include liver and other organ meats as they are high in B-12. The diet includes fruits and vegetables high in Vitamins C and E. These micro-nutrients aid against brain deterioration.
  • If she does not like one of the foods I mentioned, such as fish, the supplements will do just as fine. The liver, she can take the oral supplements if her digestive tract tolerates it, or B-12 injections are available as well.
  • The Next Day
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