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Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that commonly affects the elderly, although it can also strike people in their forties.

Up to 50 per cent of Americans over 85 have Alzheimer's, which is characterized by a progressive mental degeneration that interferes with their ability to function at home or at work. Symptoms include memory loss, depression and severe mood swings, and death usually occurs within five to ten years.

The precise cause is unknown, although research points to nutritional deficiencies, particularly of vitamins B 12, A, E, boron, potassium and zinc.

Autopsies of people who have died of Alzheimer's reveal excessive amounts of mercury and aluminium in the brain.

It is useful to be aware that deepwater fish like tuna contain large amounts of mercury, as do fish liver oil supplements.

But eating a well-balanced organic diet can help to increase the levels of vitamins and minerals in the body. Include lots of relaxation techniques to help your client feel they are in a safe place In 2006 a team at the University of Newcastle's Medicinal Plant Research Centre, led by Dr Ed Okello, found that both green and black tea inhibited the activity of enzymes connected with the development of Alzheimer's.

Reflexology is a calm and reassuring non- verbal method of communication.

REFLEX AREAS/POINTS THAT WILL BE WORKED
• Head
• Hypothalamus/ pituitary
• Diaphragm
• Lungs
• Kidneys/ adrenals
• Entire spine

HEAD REFLEX AREA

Support the big toe with the fingers of one hand. Use your other thumb to walk up from the neckline to the top of the big toe. Repeat this several times in lines up the toe in a slow and gentle manner.



HYPOTHALAMUS/ PITUITARY REFLEX
POINT

Support the big toe with the fingers of one hand, then find the centre of the big toe. Place one thumb on the centre for the pituitary gland, and stimulate then toke thumb one step up from the pituitary and one small step laterally and make circfes for 30 seconds.



 

 

DIAPHRAGM REFLEX AREA

Flex the foot back with one hand to create skin tension. Use the thumb of your other hand to work under the metatarsal heads, across from the lateral to the medial aspect of the foot. Use slow steps and repeat this movement six times.



 

LUNG REFLEX AREA

Flex the foot back with your hand to create skin tension. Use the thumb of your other hand to work up from the diaphragm line to the eye/ear general area. You should be working in betvveen the metatarsals. Repeat this process seven times, making sure you have worked in betvveen all the metatarsals.



 
         
         


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