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Ask Dr. Scott – Alzheimer’s

It should be self-evident that every person licensed to treat the elderly has a responsibility to watch for and recognize the signs of nutritional deficiencies and to correct the state of malnutrition that may be present, as an essential part of the treatment of the patient.



Q: My father is becoming really forgetful. Our family has a history of Alzheimer’s, and I am worried about early-onset of this disease. I am frightened about what may lie ahead for our family. Do you have any advice? 

A: All those who care for the more than 5 million people in the US who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease need to learn how to protect the brains of their loved ones with nutrition. Currently, approximately 15% of all persons over 65 years of age have Alzheimer’s disease (or 5 million Americans) and the pervasiveness of the disease is increasing rapidly. Unfortunately, the number of people with Alzheimer’s roughly doubles every 5 years so that people who live beyond 85 have a nearly 50-50 chance of developing it. And unless a medical breakthrough finds a way to prevent or treat the disease, by 2050 the number of Alzheimer’s victims will triple to a staggering 15 million people in the US. (National Institutes of Health, 2012)

The annual costs of caring for people with Alzheimer’s to Medicare, Medicaid, and US businesses is an astounding $148 billion. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 9.9 million people provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, about $94 billion worth of care when given by paid attendants. Alzheimer’s disease places a greater economic strain on the healthcare system than does the combined influence of heart disease and cancer.

Only a handful of drugs have been approved by the FDA to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and none of them stop or reverse the course of the disease. They have been shown to slow the worsening of the disease, but only for about six to twelve months, and only in about half the people who take them. (NIH, Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease, 2012)

Essential Basic Nutrition for High Risk Individuals like your dad

With the statistics cited above, the following should be of critical importance to everyone over 50 years of age: there is now excellent evidence that insulin resistance is a prominent characteristic of Alzheimer’s, and that a simple dietary intervention can bypass this fundamental problem and provide fuel to energy-starved brain cells, thereby keeping the brain healthy and functioning. In patients with Alzheimer’s, the neurons in certain areas of the brain are unable to absorb glucose due to insulin resistance and slowly die off, a process that begins one or more decades before the symptoms become apparent. Additionally, medium-chain fatty acids can sometimes reverse or at least stabilize the disease (coconut oil particularly) (Newport, 2012) An important article for you and your father is the following: There really is hope for those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases.

The brain (we now know) can actually grow new cells throughout life. This process is known as neurogenesis, and was not accepted by scientists until the end of the 20th century, partly because the sophisticated technology required to detect new brain cells wasn’t available.

Whole food supplements containing the complete families of vitamins B, C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, Coenzyme Q10, and trace minerals should be taken by anyone at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as they protect the aging brain from degeneration and encourage the process of neurogenesis. A number of other specific nutrients are advisable for particular patients, but these should be discussed with your doctor who practices functional medicine and nutritional therapy. Most important is changing one’s diet to fresh fruits and vegetables, no red meats (chicken or turkey and fish instead), avoid fluoride, eliminate processed foods and drink only pure filtered water.

Numerous scientific studies have now shown that aging people are usually deficient in several important nutrients, especially vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid, and numerous vitamins and trace minerals. Oftentimes, these deficiencies are subclinical, meaning that, while they do not produce obvious signs such as bleeding gums or easy bruising (vitamin C complex deficiency) or bowed legs (vitamin D deficiency), the body is still unable to optimally function. (Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, 2013) 

It should be self-evident that every person licensed to treat the elderly has a responsibility to watch for and recognize the signs of nutritional deficiencies and to correct the state of malnutrition that may be present, as an essential part of the treatment of the patient.

There is no doubt that advances in medicine and surgery have saved millions of lives and relieved a tremendous amount of suffering. But, we can do much better if we combine nutritional treatments with conventional treatments. In many instances, nutrition can alleviate chronic diseases that do not respond to conventional medical treatment.

In my practice, we use a newer approach called applied kinesiology that has been profoundly successful at helping people move themselves beyond mental and emotional issues sabotaging their dietary success. 

Whatever method you decide to try, right now during the holidays — when hope runs high but so does temptation — is an ideal time to start practicing it. What better gift to give yourself, and those you love, than a truly healthier you?

About Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott Cuthbert is a chiropractor at Chiropractic Health Center in Pueblo, Colorado, as well as the author of two textbooks and multiple research articles.

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Denver’s Wes Watkins dynamic new future-funk EP is from another planet




Future-Funk Party Starter | Wes Watkins

Dreams Out from Denver’s best kept secret Wes Watkins wears so many musical hats it needs a rack; downtempo G-Funk homage and sweltering nee-Soul / Rn’B are all over this release, all covered with a thicc pop glaze and a penchant for electronic-sonic experimentation that keep every song fascinatingly adventurous while maintaining a danceability and groove that easily, easily warrants multiple listens. Don’t sleep on this one.

Lo-Fuzz Folkie | Hoi Ann

The beauty of Hoi Ann’s Tangenier lies in both what you can hear and what it may want you to not hear. Lo-fi folk and bedroom-pop are easily tangible on its surface, but the buzzy electronic tones that sparingly flourish the 5 songs of this release lie low and create a unique aural atmosphere for listeners, like hidden secrets for your ears only.

Indie-Punk Sweeties | Gestalt

The pop-punk shred-bois in Gestalt are back at it again; The irresistible combo of the Get Up Kids earnest midwestern-emo and smart pop-punk wit of the Wonder Years is strong on the tracks that encompass LongBoix, as is an acute fondness and growing appreciation for the finer indie rock of yesteryear. Well I guess this is growing up.

Psych-Rock Screamcore | Gone Full Heathen

On their criminally good self titled EP, Fort Collins heavies Gone Full Heathen friggin dare you to try and trap them in a single genre. Nice try, but they’ll just chew right through your puny ropes using a gnashing blend of crushing stoner-rock laced hardcore punk and overdriven psych-rock / post-metal induced bite like the righteous rock and roll wolves that they are.

All releases available for purchase now thru Bandcamp. Go Local!

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The Haze Craze for Lazy Days



There are many different styles of beer. Ranging from light lagers (think Bud Light) and ales to sours, stouts, and IPAs.

Within those styles, however, are varying styles.

For example, one would think a sour beer is a sour beer, right? Wrong. According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, which defines every style of beer, there are six recognized European sour styles.

For IPAs, there are seven. American beers have four; stouts have three… You get the point.

Even with viewing the list of recognized styles, it’s not a complete list.

Take New England IPAs (NE IPA), as a prime example. Many breweries are currently mass producing this style of beer, and it’s selling like crazy.

You may have heard one of your annoying beer loving friends talk about drinking a “juice bomb,” or a requesting a “hazy IPA” at the pub, and shrugged it off. It turns out, they (sometimes) know what they are talking about.

What makes NE IPAs so popular when compared to a more traditional, West Coast IPA? NE IPAs have all of the hop flavors, without an overabundance of bitterness.

Instead of constantly adding hops throughout the boil to achieve a fruity flavor balanced by bitterness, the NE IPA has a small hop addition at the begging, and then nothing else until after the boil has finished.

That translates into a beer with very little bitterness, and plenty of hop aroma and flavor. Hops like Citra, Mosaic, Mosaic, Galaxy, and El Dorado are most common in NE IPAs, according to the Homebrewers Association. Those hops tend to impart a fruity, and dare I say, juicy flavor profile.

Between the juicy flavor and the seemingly natural haziness to NE IPAs, it’s not far fetched for an NE IPA to look like a tall glass of orange or grapefruit juice, only carbonated and full of alcohol.

NE IPAs are starting to gain momentum here in Colorado, with breweries turning their focus to the haze craze. Specifically, Odd13, WeldWerks, and Epic Brewing coming to mind.

Odd13 is based in Lafayette, Colo. and has a long list of NE-inspired IPAs constantly rotating through the tap room and distributed throughout the state. Codename: Super fan and Noob are two beers that are found in cans, and both offer a different approach to the haze craze.

WeldWerks is based in Greeley, Colo. and has accumulated a cult-like following in just a few short years for its Juicy Bits NE IPA. The brewery just started self-distributing locally, so you’ll have to make the trip to the brewery and pick up a crowler or four. Be sure to check the WeldWerks Facebook page for availability and limits. Yes, they have to place per person limits on how much you can purchase.

Epic Brewing recently announced its NE IPA, which will rotate between four different flavor profiles throughout the year. The cans will look the same but will be different colors as a quick way to tell identify which version you have.

So the next time you walk into a brewery or liquor store, it’s OK to ask for a hazy or juicy IPA. It’s a thing, and, frankly, they are damn good.

On Tap: By the time this hits newsstands, ThunderZone Pizza & Taphouse will have opened on the CSU-P campus. Located at 2270 Rawlings Blvd., the ThunderZone features 32 taps, a carefully curated tap list, and is locally owned.

At the opening, the tap list includes tasty brews from the likes of Florence Brewing and Lost Highway.

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Senators upend GOP health care bill in true Trump style… Twitter



WASHINGTON — When Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran decided they were in ready to disrupt the GOP rewrite of the health care law, they chose President Donald Trump’s favorite medium.

They could not support Senate Republicans’ plan, the somewhat unlikely pair of conservatives tweeted at 8:30 p.m. Monday night, giving no heads up to the White House or Senate leaders before pressing send.

The story behind the statement reveals two senators willing to be branded as bill killers and seemingly unconcerned with trying to soften the blow with party leaders.

The announcement, coming after some 10 days of conversations between the men, stunned official Washington and left Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at least two votes short in the closely divided Senate from being able to move forward with the GOP bill, effectively sinking the measure. It landed shortly after Trump dined with a group of senators to discuss strategy – unwittingly plotting a plan that would immediately become outdated.

Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican leader, found out about Lee’s defection after the White House dinner of rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash. He “had no idea it was coming,” Cornyn said.

Another Republican, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, found out from TV news.

Moran, a second-term lawmaker from Kansas who isn’t known for making waves, and Lee, a two-term senator from Utah who has clashed with Trump, have been talking over the past 10 days about the health care legislation and agreed the GOP bill did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare or address rising health-care costs. They decided to announce their position to make the bill’s fate clear and allow senators to move on, Moran said.

“It could have been prolonged for days or weeks while no one said anything,” Moran said in an interview.

Moran, who oversaw the Senate Republicans’ 2014 election campaigns, concluded last week he wouldn’t vote for the latest version of the bill but “gave myself a weekend in Kansas to think about it,” he said.

Lee had helped draft an amendment, along with fellow conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow insurers to sell skimpy plans alongside more robust ones to lower costs. Cruz agreed to some changes in wording by GOP leaders, but Lee thought the new language allowed too many Obama-era regulations to remain in place.

After talking again, Moran and Lee agreed Monday night on a statement drafted earlier in the day. They issued their statement shortly after a White House dinner attended by seven GOP senators – all likely yes votes on the health care bill. Neither Lee nor Moran attended.

A Lee spokesman said the statement – and its timing – “had nothing to do with the White House dinner. It was not a reaction in any way.”

The statement was made public as soon as it was ready, the spokesman said.

Neither Trump nor McConnell received advance warning about the statement, although it’s likely that neither the president nor the Senate leader was completely surprised.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend calling lawmakers, including Lee and at least seven other GOP senators, according to the administration. Trump talked politics, while Pence discussed policy.

Trump called Lee on Saturday, and Lee told the president he was leaning against the bill, for the reasons he later made public.

Lee told Utah’s KSL Newsradio that he had a great conversation with Trump, when he told the president his “consumer freedom” amendment had been weakened and that he wasn’t sure that he could support the bill.

“He was encouraging to me and said, you know, ‘Just see what changes you can make to it,’ ” Lee said.

Lee and McConnell did not talk over the weekend, but Lee spoke twice to Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip.

Trump, who frequently takes to Twitter to announce proposals or denounce opponents, was blindsided by, of all things, a tweet.

He told reporters Tuesday he was “very surprised when the two folks came out last night, because we thought they were in fairly good shape. But they did. And, you know, everybody has their own reason.”

Moran said while he remained committed to repealing the health care law, Congress needs to make a “fresh start” on writing a replacement bill in an “open legislative process.”

“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said, in a statement that followed the tweet.

In his own statement, Lee said the GOP bill does not repeal all the Obamacare tax increases and “doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”

Both explanations were issued on social media.

“Twitter is a nice medium to get your message out,” Lee’s spokesman said.

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