“Still Alice” Could Turmeric Have Helped Alice’s Alzheimer’s Disease?


STUDIO CITY, CA.  IN THE RECENTLY RELEASED MOVIE, STILL ALICE, the main character, Dr. Alice Howland is a practicing professor of linguistics at Columbia University and is sensitively and emotionally portrayed by actress Julianne Moore, who won this year’s Best Actress category for her performance as Alice.  In the film, Dr. Howland’s memory and general mental cognitive brain function are rapidly slipping away from her. She has received a devastating diagnosis of a familial form of Alzheimer’s that impacts patients in their  late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Today, 200,000 patients in the US are believed to be suffering from this genetic form of the disease definitively identified by an apolipoprotein (APOE-4) gene variant blood test. The film points out a belief supported by many leading neurologists that the standard prescribed acetylcholine neurotransmitter drugs, Aricept, Naminda and Exelon have been disappointing in controlling this disease at its core and at best only masking symptoms.

And so the question begs, could turmeric’s curcumin have helped Alice in her battle to preserve a lifetime of knowledge and gathered personal memories she had worked so hard to acquire? This question in fact may be a very thoughtful one, particularly since the formation of beta amyloid plaque as it accumulates in the brain as fibril tangles, is the hallmark of this disease and even though  studies have shown turmeric dissolves amyloid plaque, all turmeric is not alike. This progressive encroachment within the brain will eventually overtake the brain’s normal functions and that is the simple explanation of Alzheimer’s. To see the unique turmeric formula awarded the Excellence In New Health Product Innovation award at the Emord & Associates Gala, in Cambridge, Maryland  http://www.abigon.com/buying_turmeric.html

“Professor Murali Doraswamy of Duke University, in addressing the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ at their annual meeting in the UK, 2009 explained: “There is very solid evidence that turmeric’s curcumin binds to and dissolves plaques”. He explained how curcumin also prevented younger mice from beginning the disease forming new plaques in the first place.

UCLA’s Geffen School of medicine researchers traveled to India to study what might explain the lack of Alzheimer disease reported in the country that has the lowest cases in the world.  Researcher, Dr. Sally Frautschy reported t only 1% of villagers over 65 tested showed any signs of having or developing Alzheimer’s.

The American Alzheimer’s Asso. seven stages of Alzheimer’s to know if you or a loved one are beginning to exhibit  any of the advancing signs. http://www.abigon.com/buying_turmeric.html

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