A woman at the age of 82, who was suffering from dementia and could not recognise her own son, has miraculously got her memory back after changing her diet.
When the condition of his mother became severe, and she had to be kept in the hospital for her own safety, Mark Hatzer almost came to terms with losing another parent.
The old woman named Sylvia had lost her memory, as well as parts of her mind. She had even phoned the police once, accusing the nurse who was caring for her of kidnap. Yet, one change in her diet, which was comprised of high amounts of blueberries and walnuts, has proven to have had a strong effect on Sylvia’s condition.
She also started eating healthy foods, which included broccoli, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, as well as green tea, oats, sweet potatoes and even dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa. All these foods are known to be very beneficial for brain health.
Mark and Sylvia devised to the diet together after deciding that the medication on its own was not enough, they looked into the research which was showing that the rates of dementia are much lower in the Mediterranean countries and copied a lot of other eating habits.
According to Mirror.co.uk, Mark, who had a brother Brent who died in 1977, said the following:
“At the time when my mum was in the hospital, she thought it was a hotel – but it was the worst one in which she had ever been. She did not recognize me and phoned the police because she thought she had been kidnapped. Since my dad and my brother died, we have been a very close little family unit all the time, just both of us, so for her to not know who I was, was devastating for me.
He continued his story:
We were going everywhere together. I despaired, and I never felt alone as I had no other family members to turn to for any help if I needed. Overnight, from a happy family, we went to one that was in crisis. When my mum left the hospital, instead of prescribed medication, we thought we would maybe try alternative medicine. In several countries, Alzheimer’s is virtually unheard of because of their diet. Every one of us knows about fish, but there are 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 health.
Also, there were some cognitive exercises that Mark and his mother would do together such as jigsaw puzzles, crossword and meeting people in social situations, and Sylvia would also exercise by using a pedaling device outfitted for her chair.
Mark also said:
It was not an overnight miracle, but after a couple of months, my mother started remembering things such as birthdays and was becoming her old self again, more alert, as well as engaged…
A lot of people think that once you get a diagnosis, your life is at an end. You are going to have good and bad days, but it does not have to be the end. For an 82-year-old, my mum does very well, she looks ten years younger, and if you met her, you would probably not know that she had gone through all of these things in life.
She had to have gelled with all sorts of things, but now she is turning it around. In this country, we are living to the older age, but we are not necessarily living healthier.
We are telling this story in order to show how resilient our bodies really are if they are given the right environment. Most of these types of diseases are usually related to the diet in the first place, meaning that they can certainly be reversed with a proper diet. Sure, some of them are genetic, and you may be a carrier of the gene, but that is not a guarantee that it is going to become active, as there are things which you can do in order to minimize the risk. Our health is our greatest wealth, so we have to realize that we do have a sat in our lives and what our fate is.