In keeping with the general idea that the excess intake of drugs and nutritional supplements is clearly unsafe, we suggest only a very few products. We only suggest products that might have some particular relevance to reducing risks associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease (Alz). They are likely worthless for treating advanced Alz. Also, any advertised product claiming to cure or halt the progression of Alz, once established, is surely misleading and a scam. Although the FDA has attempted to control the sale of these “so-called” drugs and supplements they continue to emerge under different names so that enforcement of this false advertising is not well-controlled.

Good Manufacturing Practices

It turns out that many of the drugs and supplements being sold in the USA are manufactured and sometimes packaged for sale in countries other than the USA. That is no problem, if the manufacturing and packaging facilities conform to an international standard know as Current Good Manufacturing Practices. Of course, the place manufacturing drugs must be especially clean and sanitary (of course, free of fungus, bacteria or viruses or even very small doses of known poisons). The scales for measuring ingredients in a pill must be very accurate. The product must be made to standards that are met time and time again as more pills are made (i.e., pills should not vary in contents). This is only the general guidelines, the full guidelines contain a lot of details ensuring that the contents in the containers you take home are safe to be taken, often taken repeatedly.

To ensure that good manufacturing practices are maintained, inspectors from the FDA inspect the facilities, records of productions and the general environment to make sure that good practices prevail. Obviously, it is easier for staff of the FDA to inspect facilities that are in the USA than in a country half a world away. It is easier to do inspections unannounced when in USA than in foreign countries.

Recently inspectors and whistleblowers have become alarmed that far too many foreign manufactures are not maintaining Current Good Manufacturing Practices. Since there is no regulation specifying that the labels on containers show where the product was made in its final form, or where essential ingredients were made, it seems prudent to go with products known to be made in USA.

Currently, we recommend only a few products sold without a prescription. We only suggest products that might have some particular relevance to reducing risks associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease (Alz).

Always consult with your physician about any dietary supplement or other health-care product you may choose to take. Also, the nutritional supplements we advise buying were selected for what we think is good cause, for example, their relevance to Alz and final manufacture is in the USA.

Drugs with an Anticholinergic Burden (AB)

There are many drugs available in the USA. Over 150 of them have what is called an anticholinergic burden. The extent of the burden can range from nearly none, to a mild burden, a modest burden, and an large, significant burden, rated 1,2 or 3, respectively.

Acetylcholine (Ach)

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Acetylcholine (Ach) is a neurotransmitter used in the brain to transmit information between areas of the brain that are critical to memory. Ach is essential, and it is produced in the body from what is known as precursors. Research indicates that many citizens do not have optimal levels of Ach throughout the body including in the brain. Alpha-GPC is a product (choline) from which Ach is produced, hence Alpha-GPC enhances the availability of Ach which, in turn, makes possible better cognition.

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Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALC) plus Alpha Lipoic Acid

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There is considerable evidence that Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALC) plus Alpha Lipoic Acid has beneficial effects on sustaining health while aging. ALC is an FDA approved drug but sold as a nutritional supplement. One study suggests if ACL is taken early in the development of Alz that it might slow the development of the disease.

Note: those with a history of seizures, bipolar disorders, and under-active thyroid should avoid ACL-use.

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Vitamin D3

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Vitamin D3 is often found to be circulating at lower concentrations than optimal. Interestingly, exposure to sunlight is part of the process of having sufficient levels of Vitamin D3.  Consequently, you might consider taking Vitamin D3  if you live in the northern regions of the USA where, during winter your skin is not exposed to sufficient sunlight.

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B-vitamins

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To ensure an adequate supply of the B-vitamins, there are pills that contain all of them.  The formulation we are featuring is a slow-release product, i.e., the doses of the vitamins are not available all at once.  This feature seems reasonable.  An adequate supply of the B-vitamins is generally healthy.

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Turmeric

Why buy this? 

Turmeric is widely considered to be a healthy dietary supplement. Some nutritionist suggest it is particularly helpful in terms of Alzheimer’s disease.  They base their ideas on the observations that people who have a lot of food with turmeric flavoring seem to have fewer incidence of Alzheimers. We are not sure of quality of the data. But surely the supplement, if taken in moderate doses, is safe.

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Managing a Common Cold

The common cold is indeed common. Children are often infected, by one or more of the multiple viruses inducing the common cold, as many as 4 times in a year. Older folks usually are infected once a year. The only cure for the common cold is to allow the natural immune system of your body to cure the disease and it does that time and time again without failure provided that you do not “mess” with the natural immune system as you might. You might by buying and taking the wide variety of cold “medicines” offered in your drug stores and now on the Web. These drugs tend to inhibit your natural immune system . These drugs do suppress the symptoms of the common cold but stand a good chance of reducing the effectiveness of your body’s method of curing the cold.

The best advice is to rest and guard against infecting your fellow citizens. The natural way of curing a common cold takes about 10 days with only a few days of severe discomfort. No drug cures a common cold and does not shorten the duration of a cold in a significant way, but if you take the drug during the cold when it is getting better you have the perception that it helped.

We recommend only a few products that might produce some calming relief from an infection of the common cold. One is an old-fashion way of helping. It is a salve, a chest rub, that provides scents that when inhaled provide some help in moving mucus out of the airway. It does not interfere with the ordinary functioning of the body’s way of curing a common cold.

There are articles in the Site’s Library that discuss how common cold medicines may provide little benefit and perhaps considerable harm.

SVASTHYA BODY & MIND Eucalyptus Vapor Rub

Why buy this? 

A vapor rub similar to the one shown has been used for decades to help with the common cold. As said in a number of places, we are reasonably convinced that many of the products advertised to manage the symptoms of the common cold are risky. Therefore, we do not recommend them. The best thing to do for a common cold is do little or nothing and rest and allow your immune system to do its good work. Your immune system regularly and almost inevitably cures the common cold.

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Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissue Cube,68 3-PLY Tissues- Pack of 8

Why buy this? 

There are two reasons for getting special products to handle runny nose and cough associated with cold. One, you need a strong tissue to handle the common cold and it helps if it has some anti-viral capacity. Two, this product can be helpful toward not infecting other people.

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Digital Basal Body Thermometer

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You ought to take your body temperature when you have a common cold.  Colds usually do not raise body temperature, but bacterial infections and flu viruses do.  If you have a sustained high body temperature, you should immediately consult a physician and that doctor can then get you an antibiotic, or medicine for the flu.

If bacterial and flu infections go unchecked they can develop into a disease that can be fatal (e.g., diseases of the lungs).  Products claiming in their advertisements to be medicines for treating flu are not prudent.  If you have a high temperature, the supposed medicines for a common cold will not cure a progression of flu virus.

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A Thermometer

Why buy this? 

This is a relatively new way of measuring body temperature.  The device picks up body temperature by applying it to the forehead.

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