Son starts to cure 82-year-old mother's Alzheimer's with special diet
When Mark Hatzer learned that his mother, Sylvia, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he knew he had to do something to cure her because common drugs failed to do so.
Sylvia’s case was so tough that Hatzer had to intern her in a health care house for her own safety. According to Western Journal, she reached a point in which she thought she was in the worst hotel she has ever been.
Later, she stopped recognizing Hatzer and accused him and the nurses who were taking care of her of kidnappers. Sylvia even called the police to report that she had been kidnapped.
Saddened and worried for the situation, Hatzer, who lost his father in 1987 to a heart attack, started investigating aspects about mental diseases and dementia and learned that they are not that common in many Mediterranean countries.
He linked their apparent immunity to their diet and, given the fact that the drugs Sylvia had been taking did little-to-nothing for her memory, he decided to change her diet and see if anything changed.
Hatzer pointed out that most of the foods he added to his mother’s diet were supposed to be ‘brain-boosting.’ After a couple of months of eating things like broccoli, oats, sweet potatoes, green tea, and dark chocolate, Sylvia’s memory began improving.
‘Everyone knows about fish but there is also blueberries, strawberries, Brazil nuts, and walnuts - these are apparently shaped like a brain to give us a sign that they are good for the brain.’
Mark Hatzer, Western Journal, April 23, 2018.
Sylvia’s started remembering small things that she had forgotten a long time ago, such as birthdates, and her old personality also slowly came back. She was more alert and more engaged than before.
Apart from eating those foods, they incorporated a gentle exercise routine to help not only her brain but also her body and her memory is still ‘on the upswing.’ Even the Alzheimer’s society has been sharing Sylvia’s recipes and diet plans through the Internet.
As a way to honor her and others affected by dementia, Sylvia was invited to one of Queen Elizabeth’s garden parties this summer. Hatzer’s actions will not only help his mother but also many other people with a similar disease.