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Beyond Alzheimer's: How to Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia [Hardcover]

Scott D. Mendelson

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Book Description

Sept. 16 2009
This groundbreaking explanation of the causes and treatment of Alzheimer's disease rests on the author's belief that Alzheimer's is merely one of several types of dementia-and that in most cases dementia is avoidable. He further explains that the various forms of dementia may well be different manifestations of the same set of underlying problems. Rather than being the inevitable result of aging, the author asserts dementia is primarily the result of bad diet, stress, lack of mental and physical exercise, and other poor lifestyle choices. Dr. Mendelson begins his book with a straightforward explanation of how the brain ages-physically, structurally, and chemically. He then explains the various methods for diagnosing dementia, as well as how it can often be misdiagnosed if a person has suffered a head injury or stroke, has a hormone or vitamin deficiency, or is taking a medication whose side effects can mimic dementia. The remainder of the book is prescriptive, and offers hope to both Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers by recommending scientifically tested herbs, vitamins and nutraceuticals that can help mitigate or delay the effects of dementia. Finally, the author suggests lifestyle changes that might help a person avoid dementia altogether, commonsense health tips that include steps to prevent heart disease and diabetes, treatment for sleep apnea, maintaining an ideal body weight, and even engaging in a more active social life.

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...a choice pick for health collections focusing on senior issues. (Midwest Book Review)

About the Author

Scott D. Mendelson is currently a consult liaison psychiatrist at the Roseburg VA Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon. He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1996, and then completed a four-year residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville. His work on the link between metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity and psychiatric illness has been called "magnificent" by his peers, and the Journal of the American Medical Association called his first book, Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness, "brilliant and scholarly." Dr. Mendelson lives in Roseburg, Oregon.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scott Mendelson's "Beyond Alzheimers" Sept. 23 2009
By Carl S. Burak - Published on
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Like his previous book "Metabolic Syndrome and Psychiatric Illness, Dr. Mendelson's new book BEYOND ALZHEIMERS - how to avoid the modern epidemic of dementia -ventures with great clarity to new conceptualizations of very important health issues. His insights are remarkable and I thoroughly enjoy his writing which I find compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia Oct. 27 2009
By Gene Taft - Published on
Highly recommended for anyone interested in A) the definitions for Alzheimer's, Dementia and related issues, B) the causes of Dementia, and C) the many ways to help prevent and treat dementia. Great for both caregivers and those touched by dementia, as well as the layperson simply interested in enlightening him/herself about the realities of this crippling problem that is becoming more and more prevalent across the globe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and very informative Oct. 8 2009
By R. A. Caplan - Published on
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I am a Social Worker assisting clients and families affected by dementia. I must say, Beyond Alzheimer's is the best book I have read on this topic. Dr. Mendelson's writing style keeps both the layman and professional in mind. The book provides easy to understand descriptions of the physiology of the brain as we age, causes of dementia, and preventative strategies - including well studied alternative approaches. Beyond Alzheimer's is very well researched, citing the most current data available. It is on the top of my list to recommend to both colleagues and clients.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick for health collections focusing on senior issues Jan. 9 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Is dementia the result of aging, or something more? "Beyond Alzheimer's: How to Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia" is a discussion of the causes of dementia and what leads to it as many Americans enter into their twilight years. Poor conditioning throughout life, Scott D. Mendelson argues, is a root cause to dementia later in life. Discusses the brain and how it matures through life and can be left to wither without the right care, he provides an intriguing read for those who want to keep their body and mind healthy no matter what their age. "Beyond Alzheimer's" is a choice pick for health collections focusing on senior issues.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mendelson Guides Those of Us with Cognitive Challenges Jan. 26 2010
By Mary Kay Baum - Published on
As a person with early-onset cognitive challenges I so appreciated Dr. Mendelson's approach. He has guided me through a maze of conflicting information. I recommend this book for the most current information on nutraceuticals and vitamins that may be helpful to improve quality of life for those of us with Alzheimer's in our families. I also heard him on Public Radio and I was glad that he values the neuro-protective prescription Selegiline.Beyond Alzheimer's: How to Avoid the Modern Epidemic of Dementia

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