Are you saving up for a rainy (Alzheimer’s) Day?

Most of us over 40 are thinking about that time when we can retire from full-time employment. We dream of living under the motto of ‘cum dignitate otium’, translated as ‘leisure with dignity’. We save up by way of contributing to a pension scheme, with the view to having a comfortable living, free from debt, where we can do things that are on our ‘bucket list’, such as that world cruise, visiting the Grand Canyon or just enjoying the grandchildren.


We make an assumption that we and our partner will be in good health for at least the first part of the retirement. We also hope that we can live for many years to come with our ‘full five’. When we contemplate this, we often think of dementia and then we immediately put the thought away. Why? Because we do not want to think about getting an illness which is fatal and there is no known conventional cure for.


When you get to 60+, you may become aware of idiosyncrasies which are referred to sometimes as ‘senior moments’, either in yourself or your partner. We immediately go into denial and brush it off as just a temporary lack of concentration. We do not want to think of it being any worse than that – and it may well be exactly that. However, there is a reluctance to go to the doctor and ‘have it checked out’, just in case. Other illnesses can be dealt with. it seems, albeit that they cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be held down by medication. But dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for about two-thirds of dementia cases, is something we do not want to be diagnosed with.


But what happens if we or a loved one is? Then the decline will come to a certain death. Could be 2 years, could be 10. The worst thing is the effect it has on the family and possibly your wealth.


Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) requires that care is available and very often the caregiver is a family member. This family member has to deal with this former stalwart of the family losing mental abilities and towards the end, being likened to an infant. Devastating! Coupled with the frustration and anger or the total passivity of the victim.


The care required at later stages in a home costs money and in some countries, there is no financial support available at all, or in some countries it is capped. This can wipe out the pensions savings of a victim and partner, and when the victim passes away, the partner is left without a penny. Absolutely tragic!


But I have some good news.


If AD is diagnosed early enough, when it is still at a stage of mild cognitive decline, then the progress can be stopped and reversed. Without medication. Due to the research from Dr. Dale Bredesen in the US, learn that AD is not a pathological disease as such, more of a syndrome and the plaque and protein tangles are simply the brain doing its job trying to protect neurons, but because of signalling caused by a multitude of factors, goes amok and starts killing neurons. That is a simplified explanation, to say the least. However, by changing aspects of lifestyle which brought on the condition, it is possible to undo the damage and return the individual to a normal life. This process has been well documented and has a 90% success rate.


With all respect to Dr. Bredesen, a vital factor is not taken into consideration and this factor, namely correct respiration, combined with other factors , combined with others allows the return to normality, or allostasis, without any drugs –  just an intensive lifestyle change which is not a cure that can be stopped after a while, but a way of life that maintains the allostasis. A great advantage is that other syndromes that have their roots in metabolic dysfunctions are also reversed to the great benefit of the individual. No New Age, no magic, no medicine – just common sense engineering.



Here is a diagram where NPMA – Non Pharmacological Metabolic Approach is mentioned, which is based on the Sakharoff Protocol. As you can see in this diagram, there is a tipping point – a point of no return. This is where it is impossible to implement the daily effort needed to change lifestyle through NPMA Before that, indeed up to 20 years, there is a period of plaque accumulation and where a degree of cognitive impairment is displayed and it is at this stage where action must be taken. Therefore, a cognoscopy’ needs to be carried out. Dr. Bredesen recommends that all adults over 45 should take a cognoscopy on a regular basis, just like screening with mammography, colonoscopy or smear tests. Especially if one is genetically at risk by having the Apoe4 gene from one or both parents.


The problem is that the whole subject of dementia is a taboo and that has to change. No one wants to be diagnosed with any form of dementia, because conventional medicine has nothing to offer. Pfizer, the American pharmaceutical giant, recently gave up research into AD and Parkinson drugs. In the USA, insurance companies withdraw support for long-term care if a patient is diagnosed with memory problems.


If you yourself have any suspicion of cognitive impairment (CI) or you have a spouse or a parent/grandparent who you suspect of having CI, get tested. Then you can go here for more information on a course of action – whether you or a relation will help you, or a trained professional will guide you back to normality. This makes a lot of economic sense, as the costs will be a fraction of the potential total costs of care.


So, carry on saving for that world cruise and a long, healthy life – but don’t forget the cognoscopy!

The Return to Frolov

I have just had a 30-minute session with the Frolov respiratory training device, and I am surprised how well it went after a long break. I’m not sure why I stopped; perhaps it’s because I was feeling so right after the last run that I made the mistake of thinking I didn’t have to go any further. It is because I went on holiday and somehow being on holiday in a hotel room on the beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia did not seem compatible with spending time using this device.

The Frolov Respiratory Training Device

What device? I hear you say; The Frolov respiratory training device, an individual simulator inhaler. This is a Russian invention designed two retrain the medulla oblongata in the brain to allow you to retain more carbon dioxide say what question mark why on earth would you want to retain more carbon dioxide? Surely the point of breathing is to expel as much carbon dioxide as possible? Well actually, no, and paradoxically you can increase the oxygen into cells by retaining carbon dioxide hence the training to fool the automatic breathing centre in the brain to keep more carbon dioxide in the lungs and thus bloodstream. So as you can see from the photo, this device consists of a container, a flexible pipe and a mouthpiece. The idea is that you put some water into the pot and then breathe through your mouth a short breath in, followed by a natural long through the mouthpiece mouth so that you are breathing to a degree your carbon dioxide which increases the body’s tolerance carbon dioxide. Enough of the technical details at the moment, only to say that I am most pleased with my initial progress and my ability to oxygenate my cells has not been too severely compromised over the last 18 months. That is because I do other exercises, especially when I’m out walking, to naturally increase the amount of carbon dioxide in my lungs and my bloodstream.

Don’t waste your carbon dioxide!

Retaining carbon dioxide as a mechanism for getting more oxygen into cells is one of the Five Pillars of the Sakharoff Protocol and from my own experience has been clear that this is tremendously useful in enhancing one’s health.

For people who suffer from various lifestyle diseases such as bronchitis, bronchial asthma, COPD, hypertension, stenocardia and other chronic inflammatory conditions, this is a potent tool to use. Essentially the respiration training device is replicating the low oxygen conditions found at high altitude. Now, you may be able to remember that in the Soviet times the Russians were very keen to talk about the longevity of the residents in the Caucasian mountains and this has now been put down to among other things the fact that they live at high altitudes.

The benefits

What benefits have I had from this and what am I looking to improve? My blood pressure is normalised, I feel my metabolism is better, and I have more energy; I don’t get out of breath so quickly and cycling and walking fast is a great pleasure by using a technique called nose breathing where you keep your mouth closed when you’re doing exercise. I also feel that I am developing resilience and gaining strength. I have a gut feeling that I’m doing something that will keep me healthy for many years to come.

As well as measuring the periods of a respiratory cycle, that is, inhalation and exhalation compared to the amount of water I put in the container, I can also monitor my resting pulse. At this juncture, it is 51, although during the last period of using the device my resting pulse was as low as 41.

The Control Pause (CP)

I can also measure my so-called Control Pause, both in the evening and first thing in the morning. Let me define what the Control Pause is: if you breathe out and then try and refrain from breathing in, it is the amount of time in seconds that it takes for you to get air hungry and feel the need to inhale air. The interesting fact is that modern humans in western society have a Contol Pause (CP) of between 15 and 20 seconds whereas the records from 100 years ago show that the average CP was between 40 and 50 seconds. The Russian Doctor, Buteyko, observed that people who had cancer had a very very low CP of between 3 and 5 seconds. Conversely, healthy people have a CP of over 40 and it has been observed that cancer has a very hard time surviving when cells are oxygenated to the degree that there is enough carbon dioxide in the bloodstream indicated by a CP of over 60 seconds. At best, my CP was around 110 seconds 18 months ago, but alas, it has fallen back to about 60 seconds now. But I want to attain Super Health and build my CP up to 120 seconds and beyond. It seems that you can go all the way up to 240 seconds. If I get there, I will have attained Super Health. I don’t believe this; I know it. I have seen testimonials from those who were seriously ill and have transformed their health situation by learning how to breathe correctly and build up their CP to the Super Health level.

However, as I have mentioned in previous posts, this is only part of the story, and by combining breathing with the other factors in the Sakharoff Protocol, there can be a dramatic synergistic effect on the body and the psyche.

I will keep you posted on my progress with the Frolov respiratory training device.

PS: My average resting pulse according to my Fitbit, is 49, down from 51 yesterday and from 57 a week ago. My resting pulse last night before I went to bed was 42! Not bad for a 64-year old!

Does Alzheimer’s scare you?

PET Scans. source: creative commons

I suppose that question depends on how old you are, or if you have people in your family who have died of Alzheimer’s. If you’re one of those, I don’t have to tell you how dreadful this disease is. To see a loved one lose their identity and become an empty shell, finally, to die from the lack of ability to eat or breathe.

 Alzheimer’s Epidemic?

It seems that Alzheimer’s disease is affecting more and more people. According to figures, there are over 530,000 people are present in the UK suffering from Alzheimer’s disease out of 862,000 suffering dementia. There are massive implications for society and the health service. Some £36,000 is used for every patient on average because full-time care is required. There adds up to some £30 billion a year, for which the NHS bears most of the burden.

The estimates are that the number of people with Alzheimer’s will triple in the next 30 years . You could say that that is a consequence of people living longer, which to a degree is true, and you could also say it is because the medicine currently available slows down the progress of the disease. Slowing down the disease, is in my opinion, a double-edged sword.

Early Onset

40,000 people under the age of 65 have dementia . There are currently nearly 36 million people with dementia in the world, but as many as 28 million of those living with dementia worldwide do not have a diagnosis .

The outlook in the United States is even bleaker: according to the Alzheimer’s Society , AD is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s at present, and by 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million. In 2017, Alzheimer’s and other dementia will cost the United States, $259 billion. By 2050. These costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion. Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease. It kills more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

Alzheimers disease beta-amyloid plaque formation. source: Creative Commons

Drugs cannot cure Alzheimers – only slow down its progress

If you look at the material on Alzheimer’s on the Internet, you will find that there is a lot of research being done, but at present the does not appear to be a cure. At least, I cure by drug-related treatment. Unfortunately, it seems that money for research is channelled into discovering drugs or concentrating on genetic causes.

Although there are is no doubt that some of the cleverest brains in the world are facing the challenges of finding new treatments and drugs, it may well be that they are “barking up the wrong tree.”.

If one takes a look at the research going on that is not funded by drug companies or has a genetic causation slant, then you will find that some promising discoveries are being made. The primary thrust is that Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases are possibly caused by metabolic dysfunction, in turn, caused by chronic stress, and although genetic factors are critical, it is the way that genes are expressed. Given the chronic stress applied which leads to the disease.

Reverse Alzheimer’s? Are you serious?

This research has not gone unnoticed by Misha Sakharoff, who has developed a protocol which provides a drug-free path for the prevention and reversal of lifestyle diseases. He believes that by applying this protocol, early diagnosed Alzheimer’s can be stopped and even reversed.

You probably will choose not to believe the last sentence, because it is beyond most people’s belief system. Reverse Alzheimer’s? A crazy? When has brain tissue been destroyed?

Yes, it does sound a little far-fetched but happens to be based on sound engineering principles, which takes note of the very latest medical research.

You’re right to be scared about Alzheimer’s disease. It is a terrible thing. Some doctors say that everybody over the age of 45 should undergo a test, maybe have a brain scan, to see if they are in the early stages of dementia. But what is the point of having those tests, if there is no cure? I suppose many people would do that and then start looking at lifestyle changes to try and avoid developing the disease later, or merely pray and hope that some wonder drug is invented to cure all the 36 known metabolic pathways that need to be fixed. Even the drug companies admit that this is not feasible.

8-week course to learn about the latest research

Misha is offering an eight-week video course for all comers, to explain the what’s and the why of Alzheimer’s and how is protocol can stop it. Beyond this course, if early-diagnosed sufferers wish to take up the fight, there is the possibility of joining a paid course, in which the progress will be monitored by medical doctors.

Is this wishful thinking bullshit? I don’t think so. I’ve seen results of applying this protocol, and I have adopted the protocol to the ultimate benefit fit of my health. An American doctor has achieved a success rate of 9/10 patients returning to normal brain function. Even if this course leads to just 10% being cured, it is better than what we have right now.

It is possible to sign up for this course by visiting this page. If you know anybody who has early stage Alzheimer’s, has parents who have died from Alzheimer’s, or you simply want to address your fear and change your lifestyle to minimise the risk, I suggest you sign up. It is free.

Adopt, Adapt, Adept

I saw this graphic on a Tweet today from Jamie Scott:

“Some health professionals are also confused – they have to discard the old nutrition is dietary dogmas that they learned at college, took to heart and have been preaching to decades and take on board the latest advances in nutrition science based on high-quality evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) And epidemiological studies published in leading peer-reviewed journals.”

The point is that we should not be confrontational with nutritionists and other health professionals, but rather educate them as to the current state-of-the-art.

Adopt, Adapt, Adept

We have a mantra at Adopt, Adapt and be Adept. Through this, we have the possibility to create a revolution in health care.

One of the questions I want to put to the responsible citizens of the world is how they expect to be treated in old age? Do they want to be such a burden on society and indirectly on children? Do they expect to have the care that they will require when they have a bouquet of lifestyle diseases? When there are simply not enough resources to go around?

Adopt a new lifestyle

What is so difficult about learning a new lifestyle? Is it because that the dogmas that have been in place for the last 40 years or so embedded in people’s psyche that they cannot possibly think of changing? Is it because we are under so much stress in our daily lives are that we take on bad habits just to be able to keep up?

The High Cost of Chronic Disease

Perhaps it is a combination of all these things. If one accepts that lifestyle diseases all have this more or less the same root causes, then you can start assessing the cost to society. It has been said that each Alzheimer’s patient in the United Kingdom costs the National Health Service some £32,250 a year[1]. I wonder what the figures are for heart disease, asthma and diabetes? In Denmark asthma is considered to be the source of many million lost working days every year.

By taking on the education and adopting the lifestyle changes, it would be possible to save nations a lot of money. In Denmark, the equivalent National Health Service is responsible for about 10.4% of GDP[2]. Of that, we can attribute some 12% to the cost of medicine[3]. (However, these numbers are substantially higher in the US.)

The Danish government has introduced a system to deal with the high cost of medicine, whereby copy medication is preferred over the original. The joke about this is that each copy medicine has its colour code and this means with older patients; they become very confused about the dosage and which medicine to take.

Yes, it is true people are getting older and living longer. But we must seriously look at the quality of life and the availability of care for older citizens. In non-Western countries, there has been a tradition of the sons and daughters to look after their parents when they get old. Unfortunately, with the migration to Europe, this aspect of traditional life is being discarded. Then you have the awful situation of older citizens, who do not necessarily have the language skills in the new country, having to be cared for by the welfare state.

Reduce Doctors’ Workload

I’m sure that family doctors have a very high workload in dealing with chronic diseases among the population. I sincerely hope that they would welcome a way of reducing this workload. It would be far more effective if the doctors were responsible for educating the citizens instead of medicating the citizens.

Is it fair to expect citizens of all intellectual abilities to learn how to take responsibility for their health? In this country, as well as most countries I would think, citizens are obliged to understand every law, especially tax laws. “Ignorance of the law is no defence”. Learning new habits as to how to live healthily is no more difficult than, say, understanding the law required to drive a vehicle. Yet most people learn how to drive.

We did it with smoking…

Governments have been quite successful, although not entirely so, in persuading people not to smoke. It has been estimated that one unit of currency spent on prevention of smoking saves 10,000 units of currency in treatment later in life. With smoking, governments were dealing with a highly addictive substance and a very strong industry.

I think public opinion should be developed to allow governments to take on Big Agri, Big Pharma, and Big Food. The problem of sugar addiction remains. No eyebrows are raised today when someone eats cakes or put sugar in their tea or coffee, or consume massive portions of carbohydrates and seemingly incessant eating. Indeed, the advice has been to snack regularly.

Today, not many people would light up a cigarette in a home or an office, because the customs have changed, bolstered by legislation, which means that people have to go outside to smoke. What’s more, it is an antisocial habit – yes, because smoking directly affects other people around. Of course, eating yourself fat does not have the same effect on others. Not directly in any case. In the long term, there is a devastating effect. In countries like the United States, the burden of health may land on the family and developing chronic diseases can seriously damage your wealth. In Western Europe, the state has a responsibility of providing health care universally. But who is the state? Regarding finance, it is the citizens having to pay tax. It is the hospitals who have to divert resources to pay for medication, very often cutting down on nursing – the function that is required to heal people, in the case of acute illness.

So it should be quite clear that the current path is unsustainable. Nations will drown in health care costs. Something has to be done, and has to be done now!




It’s the Insulin, stupid!


Steve before
Steve 87 kg
Steve After
Steve 71 kg








If you did not know yet, I am a subscriber to the notion that insulin is the root cause of lifestyle disease. Or rather, insulin resistance. Insulin – isn’t that something they give to diabetics? The man in the street might well know nothing more than this. The fact is that we all have (and need) insulin in our bodies to survive.

The problems start when you don’t have any or you have too much. Having none is a condition known as diabetes myelitis, or T1D. In this case, your pancreas stops producing insulin and you die. You waste away. Unless you get insulin from other sources as medicine injecting into your body. It stops your muscles withering. It requires the monitoring of blood glucose levels to be able to regulate the insulin dose.

The cause of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is by one of two conditions. The pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to maintain control of blood glucose. The second is where the pancreas produces enough insulin to control glucose in the blood. The resulting high concentration causes diseases – lifestyle diseases.

The diseases caused by T2D include retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke. Also, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, sleep apnea and cancer.

Insulin Resistance (IR) is the term for elevated levels of insulin in the blood. This is whether of not T2D is present.

This makes me more worried about IR than high cholesterol. This is why I have cut sugars, refined foods, bread, potatoes, rice and pasta from my diet. I have replaced them with saturated fats. Animal fats and vegetable fats. Dairy fats. Butter, cheese, cream, meat with fat, oily fish, avocados, coconuts. Cold-pressed virgin oils (flax, olive, coconut). Nuts – walnuts, coconuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almond nuts. Seeds -Chia, sesame, hemp, flax.

I still eat some carbohydrates: leafy greens, berries. Other fruits and vegetables that have a lot of fiber. 100 grams max. per day. I enjoy my food.

I was born in 1953. That made me 62 at the time of writing. I do not want to be ill. I do not want to have to visit the doctor. I do not want to take medications. I want to live a full life with no restrictions. That is why I eat a low-carb diet. To keep my insulin levels at an optimal level that will stabilize my blood glucose levels.

It is that simple. Anyone can do it.

I want to enhance this, so I do other things. I follow a protocol. This protocol integrates nutrition, breathing, building immune resilience, structured movement and mindfulness.

I swim. I bike. I do yoga. I exercise 90 minutes every day. I expose my body to sunshine when I can, to get vitamin D. I am aware that I need to balance the oils (omega-3 vs. omega 6).

I take magnesium and zinc tablets and vitamin c tablets as required. I take magnesium to control the amount of calcium in my blood. Calcium in the arteries is a reliable biomarker of impending heart attacks. More so than cholesterol or LDL.

I weigh 71 kg. That is the same as I was when I was 22. I was 87 kg a year or so ago. People ask me if I am ill. I say “Why?” They say “Because you are so thin”, so I say “Are you ill?” and they say “Why?” and I say “Because you are not thin”.

I hope this is an inspiration for you. I wish I had read this 30 years ago. Never mind. I live one day at a time – to the full.

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