Three years ago, Mark Hatzer realised that his 82-year-old mom Sylvia was in the early stages of dementia.
It went so far that he was forced to take her to hospital when she became a danger to herself.
The illness got so severe than Sylvia didn’t even recognise her own son, and at one point accused nurses of trying to kidnap her.
However, according to British paper the Manchester Evening News, she followed a certain diet for many months and was able to regain her memory.
Maybe, just maybe, this could be a groundbreaking discovery in the fight against dementia…
Mark’s father died of a heart attack in 1987 and when his 82-year-old mother developed dementia, he was worried he would soon have lost both his parents.
Sylvia was given prescription medication for her disease, but Mark didn’t give it to her. Instead, he designed a special diet to fight the dementia, which had quickly advanced to a severe stage.
After extensive research, Mark discovered that dementia was less common in countries around the Mediterranean. He reasoned there had to be a cause for that; that it couldn’t be coincidence alone.
He didn’t think it was the air or the heat – he was considering something completely different.
He tried to give his mother the same sort of food typically eaten in Mediterranean countries.
“Everyone knows about fish but there is also blueberries, strawberries, Brazil nuts and walnuts – these are apparently shaped like a brain to give us a sign that they are good for the brain,” Mark told the Manchester Evening News.
Sylvia also began to consume broccoli, oats, sweet potatoes, green tea and dark chocolate.
After months on this strict diet, she slowly began to recover her memory. It was an incredible transformation.
“It wasn’t an overnight miracle but after a couple of months she began remembering things like birthdays and was becoming her old self again, more alert, more engaged,” Mark said.
“People think that once you get a diagnosis your life is at an end. You will have good and bad days but it doesn’t have to be the end.”
Alzheimer's sufferer Sylvia Hatzer, 82, has transformed her condition with diet and brain exercise.
Sue Clark, a representative from the “Alzheimer’s Society” believes there is currently no recognised cure for dementia, nor anything that can prevent it. She does, however, concur that healthy food and cognitive exercise can help.
“I did this for my mum – she has got the condition and she has done all the hard work – but if what we’ve achieved can benefit other people as well then that’s great,” Mark says.
In honor of Sylvia and Mark’s potentially revolutionary discovery, the 82-year-old has been invited to Queen Elizabeth’s annual summer party.
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