I am not a doctor. I am providing information based on experiences that my mom has with natural remedies. The purpose of this blog is to help folks to educate themselves. Use this information with your own discernment.

28 June 2010

Phosphatidyl Choline An Alternative to the Exelon Patch

 Phosphatidyl Choline is amazing.  Our Naturopath prescribed a tablespoon of the granules every day in order to help my mom's brain function.  She had been taking it every morning, a tablespoon in her oatmeal.  Her days were not as confusing for her and she hallucinated much less.

I ran out of PC.  I needed to place the order online but life happened and I forgot.  My mom became more insane.  It became more difficult to remember to order the choline.  I had no idea how beneficial it is for her or I may have been better at re-ordering.

It's all behind us, not much that I can do about what I didn't do that caused us to have a run in with Lewy and the insanity that ensued when the P. Choline was eliminated from my mom's diet.  I did learn and hope that I can help others one day through our experiences with natural remedies for Lewy Bodies Dementia and Alzheimer's.

My mom has been taking Choline again, every day one tablespoon in her oatmeal.  I make it in the microwave.  1/4 cup of organic old fashioned oats that we get from Trader Joe's, 1 tablespoon of Phosphyltidal Choline; I found some at GNC so that I don't have to worry about ordering in advance and mail delivery. 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of blueberries.  

I put the oats and choline in a bowl and mix it in by shaking the bowl a little back and forth sideways.  I add the water and cook on high power for 1 minute 30 seconds.  I stir it around and if it's still too watery, I microwave it for another 20 seconds.  I add the blueberries and microwave for another 15 seconds to heat the blueberries.  I add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and top it off with a little non-fat lactaid milk (milk with lactase enzyme) or coconut milk.

It's been 3 days since my mom's been back on the choline.  It's been 3 days where I have not had to "look" at whatever she was seeing.  She hasn't seen my dad.  She hasn't had sick people in her bed or kids running around her room.  My mom will sit in her chair in her room again, previously there was always someone sitting in it.  She doesn't see my dad either.  She doesn't want to write him email notes, she knows that she's alive and that he's dead.  She told me that she wants to live while she's alive and when she's dead then she'll be dead.  Can't argue with that logic.

Why does Phosphatidyl Choline work?  From what I've read and understand about the topic, cells use Phosphatidyl Choline to produce Aceytlcholine.  The cells of folks with Alzheimer's type illnesses, their brain cells leak the Aceytlcholine, bringing on all the crazy behaviors that Care Givers witness.  The addition of PC into the diet helps to slow the effects of the leaking cells.  Here's the article that I read that describes the benefits of Phosphatidyl Choline - The Nutrient Phosphatidylcholine (PC)

Phosphatidyl Choline is an alternative to the Exelon Patch, it cuts back my mom's hallucinations a lot.  My mom is less agitated and confused.  I hope this lasts because when she hallucinates, it freaks every one out and makes it really uncomfortable to be around our mom.  I believe the Phosphatidylcholine will help my mom to be more present in this world, making it easier for family and friends to spend time with her.  Yay!

1 comment:

  1. That is great news Susan. Does the heat alter the phosphatidl choline? I was curious because somethings need to be added after cooking. My dad is just starting his journey with AD we think. He has not been diagnosed because he and mom are in denial. I read your blog daily. I want to learn what I can. Thank you for sharing. I hope the respite that you got yesterday was refreshing and this week goes better for you. Blessings, Karen