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The case studies profiled on this website do not reveal the whole story. The truth is, the amazing changes seen in the first two weeks are merely the beginning of the long road back.

Life-changes and life challenges are continuous; some of these changes are welcome, and some are not. But in order for AAT to do its job, one must be very patient and willing to endure the hardships involved. Many of these difficulties are explained in this section.

First of all, AAT is limited in what it can do. Sometimes when survivors begin to feel better and become more cognizant and active, they often ignore health issues that are unrelated to aluminum poisoning. Many think that AAT will eventually take care of everything, but it doesn't always happen like that. For instance, although AAT helps to reactivate the brain, it does not cure arteriosclerosis (a form of heart disease). However, it has been shown to solve a number of related heart problems, such as arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), as well as other health problems that were thought to be unrelated and hopeless. Because of that, AAT has often been viewed as a "fix-all".

Although some people are faced with impossible health dilemmas and unexplained mental problems, most consumers of aluminumized baked goods find they are mostly bothered by frequent emergency situations and ordinary day-to-day setbacks, many of which can be directly linked to their toxic diet or other substances. People lock their keys in their cars, forget appointments, forget to pay their bills, get locked out of their homes, etc. Most people believe these preventable events are normal occurrences common to everyone. But that is not true.

My life used to be much like that. In addition, I forgot the names of ordinary objects and even the names of my closest friends. Eventually, I began to lose my balance; and then unusual signs of fatigue began to emerge. Even after eight hours of very sound sleep, I woke feeling completely exhausted. When I began to fall asleep at the dinner table and in the middle of telephone conversations, I began to realize that something very serious was wrong with me.

As time went on, my fatigue turned into dysfunction, then disorientation, then a host of other health problems. Included was a related heart condition, breathing difficulties, hearing loss, hypersensitivity and many other ailments.

My symptoms reached an acute level after two years of eating an aluminumized diet (muffins, waffles, doughnuts, banana bread, biscuits, pancakes and cake, etc.) consumed on a daily basis. To make matters worse, I lived a short distance from an aluminum factory. In my case, airborne aluminum exposure, coupled with the baker's diet, resulted in acute aluminum poisoning.

My story helps to explain why the ordinary set-backs of daily living can be important signals that may indicate a problem of toxic aluminum exposure. And if such a lifestyle continues unchecked, it often progresses into more serious problems. After I unearthed the cause of my problems and implemented Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy, I was able to return to work. After four years of therapy, all of my related disorders were either healed or at least managable, including the most serious - narcolepsy. Nearly eight years later, I was given a clean bill of health and was managing an Alzheimer's facility.

My healing was accomplished merely by abstaining from aluminum. No prescription drugs or herbal supplements were used, except when medication was needed for unrelated illnesses (such as colds and fever). However, in retrospect, prescription drugs could have helped me in many ways had I chosen to take them.

Others involved in AAT research in the early years have their own fascinating stories. As their lives improved, most eventually attended college and landed well-paying jobs with large high-profile companies. Some became managers.

As AAT became known, more and more people tried it. Some grew impatient with the slow results (it works gradually). Others were unable to sustain it because they couldn't say "no" to their favorite foods. All who remained on AAT found that the road back to normalcy demands strict discipline. At best, all progress is frustrating and challenging, requiring the dedicated support and wisdom of mentors, friends and close family relationships.


SENIOR CITIZENS ARE ESPECIALLY AT RISK.

Although AAT successfully reverses aluminum toxicity at any age, the majority over the age of 65 never recover. Why? Research has shown that when responsible family members observe that AAT actually works, many respond negatively.

One would think that family members would be pleased with any improvement in a loved one's memory and behavior, as well as his/her performance of activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, showering, etc. But such is not always the case.
Unbelievably, some family members poison their loved ones (with aluminum) to hasten the death process. One man stated, "We are not interested in therapy. We want our mother to die."

Fact is, these feelings are very common. Moreover, even in the best of circumstances, family members find that their loved ones in recovery continue to present unpleasant challenges from time to time for a number of years; and many otherwise kind and loving family members are not willing to endure such circumstances any longer. Irrespective of survivor rights, they believe they have suffered enough.

 
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WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR VICTIMS OF DEMENTIA?

Families do exist who are interested in helping their disabled loved ones. They usually have rewarding relationships, and are thus willing to try any therapy that sounds promising.

As these brave souls courageously prepare themselves to face a problematic future, they are surprised to find instead that with AAT, difficult behaviors actually diminish over time. In fact, unless other factors are involved, such as brain injury, drug use, alcoholism and/or other serious problems, patients often resume a number of activities and enjoy family gatherings within a short period of time.

One victim of dementia was forbidden to visit his son's home because he behaved badly toward other visitors. Even when accompanied by others, this father was rejected at the door when his family gathered for special occasions. But after AAT was implemented, the father's behavior improved dramatically, and now he is always welcomed.



WHEN CAN VICTIMS CONSUME ALUMINUM AGAIN?

Because aluminum is poisonous, consumption is always risky, even for a normal person. Unfortunate circumstances can occur very quickly after eating foods contaminated with aluminum. Numerous stories can be told of those who locked their keys in their cars, forgot important appointments, ruined job interviews by displaying odd behavior, behaved badly during important family functions, got locked out of the house, used bad judgement, became irrational, etc.

When elderly victims are in the early stages of recovery, life-changing episodes are virtually unavoidable when aluminum is consumed once again. One such client, after five years of AAT, was doing very well. But after years of abstinence, she became weary of it and began eating aluminumized foods again, insisting that all would be well. Unfortunately, just minutes after eating a few muffins made with aluminum, she became disoriented and was pulled over for careless driving. Although she was ordinarily a careful driver, her license was suspended forever.

Another 76 year old patient on AAT thought she could get away with cheating just once. Because this woman was not an Alzheimer's patient, she was considered stable enough to be left alone for short periods of time. One day she asked for a piece of cake when she was at a restaurant. After being warned about the possible side-effects, she still insisted on having the piece of cake. Forty minutes after eating only one serving, she experienced hallucinations and was unable to recognize her own familiar surroundings. It took three days for the effects of that single piece of cake to disappear. She was never left alone after that.

More recently, a younger male victim of aluminum poisoning accidentally ate something contaminated with aluminum and experienced a few days of confusion, disorientation and hypersensitivity. He had been on AAT for over two years. When one of his close friends suggested that his problem may be due to aluminum, the man searched his trash can for evidence and found a wrapper with aluminum listed on the label.

Coincidentally, that same weekend, I deliberately purchased a food item that contained aluminum, because I wanted to see how it would affect me after eleven years of abstinence. It came as no surprise to find that I experienced most of the symptoms the man experienced in the story above. The man called to ask how many days it takes for symptoms to go away. I answered, "Three days per dose." And that is how long it took for our acute symptoms to disappear.

Whenever I talk to skeptics, I suggest they deliberately eat something with aluminum so that they can see for themselves how toxic it really is. Doctors and healthcare professionals are usually receptive to the information, but medical students frequently scoff at it. One such student began to use products made with aluminum in order to prove that AAT is bogus. It wasn't long before this young man became hypersensitive and began to neglect his appearance. When I ran into him some time later, it was obvious that he was feeling much better. To my surprise, he gave me a hug and thanked me for my work.

All it takes is observation and objectivity to come to the same conclusion as thousands of others. Aluminum indeed changes brain chemistry and behavior.

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HOW SOON AFTER ONSET OF THERAPY SHOULD ONE EXPECT TO SEE A DIFFERENCE IN BEHAVIOR?

Dramatic changes occur within the first two weeks. Indeed , the changes are so drastic that family members are usually stunned. The following story helps to illustrate this phenomonen. Bradley (not his real name) appeared to be mild-mannered when interviewed for services, but after he was accepted, he was found throwing things about in a frenzy. Because he refused to cooperate, his family considered placing him elsewhere. After being encouraged, however, they decided to give AAT a try. In less than two weeks, Bradley was like a different person. In fact, he became so cordial, several stated that he was their favorite patient!

In spite of the amazing changes seen in this initial period, all subsequent progress is extremely slow. Although Bradley improved much faster than the others, I told his family that the rest of his transformation would take many years. One family recently asked how long it will take for their father to get well. After observing the patient, I answered, "Fifteen years."

In reality, a prognosis is impossible to determine. Fifteen years may turn into twenty years or more. It takes a very long time for even a "normal" brain to cleanse itself from aluminum toxicity, thus it is unlikely that elderly patients with dementia will live long enough to return to a state of normalcy. In fact, it is unlikely that they will ever be able to live independently for the remainder of their lives, unless they are diagnosed with "acute" aluminum poisoning. The reason is because related and unrelated disorders have usually taken their toll, and their conditions are usually too progressed to be treated easily. In addition, abstinence therapies are far too complex for elderly patients to implement alone. The truth is, whether or not a family chooses to use AAT, the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease will be seen for many years.

With AAT, however, a calming effect is virtually universal, so its use is highly recommended. And because AAT is very effective in treating urinary incontinence, it is now being used in a number of healthcare facilities. In fact, a caregiver from another group called our facility, asking to be transferred, because, she said, "We don't have to change diapers at your facility." It was true. Very few diapers were actually needed, in comparison.



WHAT CHANGES SHOULD FAMILY MEMBERS EXPECT TO SEE?

It is important to know that just as initial symptoms differ in each person, each patient responds to therapy differently. Victims in recovery each display different characteristics than their counterparts, making the recovery process alot of guesswork. One elderly patient developed a delightful sense of humor that he had not displayed in his lifetime. One began reciting the alphabet and playing BINGO once again, yet her condition was so poor before AAT began that she was unable to slip her feet into a pair of slippers or button her blouse. Another patient was so frightened of water that she had never taken a shower her entire life. Five months after AAT was implemented, she was showering daily.

In spite of these incredible changes, those involved must not hope or expect that their loved one on AAT will miraculously become a different person. Again, each responds differently. Brains clogged with toxic debris are dysfunctional, each in varying degrees. Even a normal brain cannot be expected to perform beyond its most extravagant effort to heal itself. Expect much less from the brain that has been poisoned over a long period of time. Family members should only expect that their loved one will become more functional and more cordial over time. All other improvements are icing on the cake.

Although some victims improve very dramatically and their behavior is rarely a problem, not all respond this way. Unfortunately, some patients on AAT become difficult, even though they are in the process of calming down. This is so common, in fact, that the next section is entirely devoted to the subject. Even as victims improve, family members should expect their loved ones to display negative behavioral episodes from time to time. Such behavior, after all, is often seen in normal individuals. The Foundation website will include more on this subject in greater detail.

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UNDERSTANDING THE NEGATIVE CHANGES

One of the many and varied challenges for victims and family members involve learning how to cope with the changes that occur as AAT does its work. Sometimes family members express their fears that their loved one is getting worse, and they often panic, not knowing how to respond.

These fears are understandable. Although recovering victims usually begin to display renewed desires and abilities along with increased vocabulary, memory and a sense of responsibility, etc., some also begin to act in ways the family had not previously observed.

One woman began to speak of romantic interests, although her family stated that sort of thing was formerly out-of-character for her. Another began to use profanity, even though she had been a devout Christian most of her adult life. When one of the caregivers complained about her bad language, I replied, "We can be happy that she is able to talk once again."

Another patient displayed a new [and strong] sense of independence, whereas she had been formerly passive and submissive. Another began to talk of stealing and later attempted to shoplift when he went on an outing with his son. His family reported that it was uncharacteristic of his former behavior. However, AAT calmed this man considerably, to the point that he became very cooperative, whereas he had been brusque and dictatorial with others much of his adult life.

Why do these unusual responses occur? It is not always possible to determine why a patient responds in a certian way. The victim may feel a new and compelling sense of freedom to develop those desires and behaviors that were once inhibited by fear. It is also possible that the changes may be indicative of a patient's former lifestyle.

There are thousands of reasons why difficult patients misbehave. Some are strong willed; some suffer from serious unrelated mental illnesses. One patient remained mentally-ill because her childhood traumas were so brutal.

Some victims were raised in criminal homes. If an incarcerated patient would begin treatment with AAT, prison officials would most likely find that the person would return to h/her former way of life, because it was the convict's most recent experience (and sometimes h/her only frame of reference). Most criminals are seriously disturbed, or they wouldn't do the things they do. It is common for those who have been released from prison to return to drugs and alcohol. It is imperative that they begin psychiatric treatment, as well as AAT and other therapies.

Most seriously ill patients are unable to distinguish truth from reality, yet they believe they are normal. Thus, they begin to make their own decisions, many of them being foolish. What's more, some begin to act in ways they did when they were younger. To get an idea of how a loved one may respond, learn as much as possible about the person's past. It may offer clues that will help explain why their loved one behaves in the ways h/she does.

Because these changes are disconcerting and sometimes provoke unpleasant feelings within the victim's family members, victims and all family members should seek professional counseling when implementing AAT. Even healthy individuals using AAT should seek the help of a therapist. One should not go it alone when help is available. There are many businesses and therapists that offer free services through numerous non-profit organizations. The Foundation website will provide links to many of these organizations.

Fortunately, with AAT, most patients' maladjustments lessen over time, so patients receiving professional help can have hope that counseling sessions will not last forever. As a patient improves, the need for professional help lessens. And because the positive aspects of recovery outweigh the negatives (in most instances), problems become less trumatic and more easily solved as time goes on. Nevertheless, even when everything seems to be going well, it is advisable to continue counseling and mentoring on a regular basis. Even normal families find that the help of a therapist is invaluable in sorting through difficult situations.

Remember, Alzheimer's disease is a mental illness. Depending on how severe one's condition is, when aluminum is removed from the diet, the person may continue to be somewhat mentally ill for a number years. When an individual begins therapy he needs to be reminded over and over that his problems will not disappear; they will merely diminish slowly. If the person remains aluminum-free (and drug-free), he/she should be able to see remarkable improvement month by month.

IMPORTANT: Expect setbacks, especially in warm weather when the air quality is unhealthy. Toxins in the air affect all of our brains and often cause victims to regress. Some do not get enough fluids and become dehydrated, causing even more anxiety and altered behavior.

During these difficult times, understanding the victim is especially important. Theirs is a world that no longer belongs to them. Some have been captives of difficult behaviors all their lives. AAT may be their only chance to achieve some happiness and reach goals for the first time in their lives, even if those goals are as simple as just getting organized. Treating difficult cases presents social dilemmas that will not be easily solved, but it is a small price to pay to give unfortunate victims a future and a hope.


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