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Co-Therapies and Nutritional Supplements for Parkinson’s Disease

This year alone, 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The number of cases in the US suffering with PD will be close to 1.0 million patients by 2020. This neurological disorder is second in total number of patients only to Alzheimer’s disease. What’s concerning our physicians the most is that the number of cases seems to be increasing. A report from the Mayo Clinic in March 2019, showed that the incidence of PD has increased significantly in the 30 years between 1976 to 2005 (1).

Neurologists serve in the front lines of the fight against PD, ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and Alzheimer’s. Their work load is increasing and sadly, the number of qualified neurologists available to take care of us is not keeping up with the increasing number of cases of these diseases.

The reality of Parkinson’s disease is upon us and the trend tells the full story. We can do nothing… or we can begin to take action now. If you fall into the latter group (and we hope that you do) we’ve got some good news.

Patient education and self-help efforts are increasing. New treatments and local support groups are emerging that help disseminate valuable information to help fight PD. Taking responsibility for your health is THE smartest strategy. Expecting that our health care system will be there for us and take care of us during a chronic disease is not a bet one should take. Take responsibility for your PD.

In the event that you’ve been diagnosed or are currently suffering with PD, what do you do now? Here’re some therapies and co-therapies that will help you fight PD.

  1. Make sure that you’re being treated by your Doctor or Neurologist

    Step one is to make sure that you get yourself the best professional care you can get. You can find a neurologist near you on WebMD.

  2. L-dopa (Levodopa) Supplementation for PD

    This is the go to drug for PD. It helps increase dopamine levels that cause many of the symptoms associated with PD. Although it’s not a cure, it helps keep symptoms under control during the early stages. Remember that L-dopa cannot reduce every PD symptom. Talk to your physician about this therapy.

  3. Nutritional Supplements for Parkinson’s Disease

    The Parkinson’s Foundation lists certain Nutritional Supplements, such as anti-oxidants and vitamins, as possible Over the Counter (OTC) and Complementary Therapies (4). These nutritional supplements for Parkinson’s disease show improvements in the reduction of certain symptoms of the disease. Among the more promising natural remedies for PD are:

    1. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): also known as Ubiquinone, seems to play an important role in Mitochondrial health, the power center of our cells. A more concentrated form of Ubiquinone is Ubiquinol. This powerful neural booster is present in the AAKG+ product from Simplesa Nutrition. This supplement is most helpful in reducing tremors and muscle rigidity.
    2. Vitamins E and C: can fight damage in the brain and neurons caused by free radicals and may even lower the risk of getting PD in the first place. These vitamins are most helpful in reducing damage to your neurons.
    3. Glutathione: is known as one of the most powerful antioxidants available. A better absorbing form of Glutathione is called Liposomal Glutathione. Few supplements have received the level of positive comments from the scientific community that Glutathione has received. This supplement is most helpful in reducing oxidative damage to your organs and nervous system.
    4. Vitamin B-12: also known as Methylcobalamine is an important vitamin in nerve and brain health and may have a significant effect in protecting our memory. Vegetarians often have an acute Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Look for sublingual Liposomal B-12 for best absorption. This supplement is most helpful in helping your higher brain functions and in protecting your memory.
    5. Multi-Vitamin supplements: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has put together a list of recommended nutritional supplements for Parkinson’s for daily use. Most of these vitamins and minerals and in the appropriate dosages for healthy adults are available in Total Health AM. This multi-vitamin and multi-mineral is most helpful in providing the necessary building blocks for a healthy body to help fight disease and repair damage.
  4. Diet and Exercise

    We know we keep hearing about it but Diet (Mediterranean Diet) and Exercise keeps the body healthy, your immune system robust and your renal and endocrine (detoxing) systems humming along. Stay with this winning strategy!

  5. Embrace a Spiritual Life

    If you’re religious, great! If you’re more of a free spirit, that’s ok too. At the very least spend time on the inside. Meditate, pray, breathe deeply, be mindful and be thankful. These simple co-therapies will help you cope with your PD and with the everyday challenges of life. As someone once said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away…”.

So there you have it. PD will probably change your life but it’s not necessarily a death sentence. If you take responsibility for your PD, the progression will be slower, you will be in control, live a quality life and you will most likely increase the number of moments… that take your breath away.

Stay Strong!

Source:
1. Thelen, Gil. “A Parkinson’s ‘pandemic’ is coming and there aren’t enough doctors to deal with it.”, THE MIAMI HERALD, March 25th, 2019.
2. Parkinson’s Foundation, “New Study Shows 1.2 Million People in the United States Estimated to be Living with Parkinson’s Disease by 2030”, PARKINSON.ORG, July 10th 2018.
3. Mayo Clinic. “Parkinson’s disease”, MAYOCLINIC.ORG.
4. Parkinson’s Foundation, “Over the Counter and Complementary Therapies”, PARKINSON.ORG

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

20 things to know regarding Pharmaceutical vs. Nutraceutical protocols for ALS!

Radicava® vs Deanna Protocol®

To understand what the differences between Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical are, we should begin with their definitions:

phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal

Adjective

  1. Relating to medicinal drugs, or their preparation, use, or sale.

Noun

  1. a compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug.

nu·tra·ceu·ti·cal

Noun

Plural noun: nutraceuticals 

a food containing health-giving additives and having medicinal benefit.

Now, let’s compare the new drug approved by the FDA Radicava® vs The Natural alternative for a better quality of life, the Deanna Protocol®.

  • 10 Things to Know About the New ALS Drug Radicava®
  1. It is a Pharmaceutical drug.
  2. The drug underwent a phase 3 clinical trial in Japan and South Korea where 137 ALS patients were given either Radicava® or a placebo. The group given Radicava® experienced a 33 percent reduction in the decline of their physical abilities compared to the placebo group.
  3. Radicava® works by reducing the oxidative stress in the body. People with ALS have high levels of oxidative stress.
  4. Radicava® is administered via intravenous infusions. Initially, patients have a daily infusion for two weeks and then have two weeks’ rest. After that, they need to have 10 consecutive daily infusions followed by two weeks of rest.
  5. Each infusion takes around an hour to complete.
  6. The dosage of each infusion is 60 mg.
  7. The cost of each Radicava® infusion is about $1,000 and it’s reported that the treatment costs about $146,000 annually.
  8. Radicava® should be available to ALS patients in the U.S. by August.
  9. The most common side effects associated with the drug are headaches, bruising and gait problems.
  10. Radicava® infusion contains sodium bisulfite which is known to cause both mild and severe allergic reactions in some people (particularly those with asthma).
  • 10 Things to Know About the Deanna Protocol®
  1. It is a naturally derived Nutraceutical program.
  2. Developed by Doctor Vincent Tedone, a retired physician (Orthopedic Surgeon), for his daughter Deanna who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 30 in 2007.
  3. The Deanna Protocol® has undergone double blind clinical trials at the University of South Florida in mice models. The Deanna Protocol® has over 1,500 anecdotal case studies from patients with ALS.
  4. The Deanna Protocol® is a blend of nutritional powders and liquids that contain powerful antioxidants and amino acids essential to assist your body in its natural efforts to fight neurodegenerative damage. People suffering from other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, have also reported improvements.
  5. It is taken in the morning, in the afternoon and at night as part of your regular, at home, breakfast, lunch and dinner routine. No need to go to the clinic.
  6. The Protocol is the same for everyone but the dosages might vary, depending on the person and what their specific needs are. The most common side effect is an upset stomach usually reported during the initial days as the body adjusts to the protocol.
  7. The cost of the Deanna Protocol® starts at $219.99 for the Core Bundle #1. The next most inclusive package is the Plus Bundle #1 at $249.99. And our most inclusive bundle is the Comprehensive Bundle #1 at $349.99. Above prices are for a 1 month supply and include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and an actual human to answer your questions and provide you with the support you need.
  8. Not sure? At Simplesa’s website there’re 330+ reviews with 4.5 stars from verified and satisfied buyers at simplesanutrition.com or call 1-888-578-5528.
  9. Deanna Protocol® has been in the market for almost 4 years. The popularity of the protocol and the positive reports from the clients, speak for themselves.
  10. The freshness of the products used in the Deanna Protocol is guaranteed, these products are naturally derived and are manufactured in a facility that follows strict Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) (Enforced by the FDA) and is UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certified.

 This Blog is for educational purposes. We hope that the above information helps you make the right decisions to address your neuro-degenerative concerns. And as always consult your physician.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.

Sources:
alsnewstoday.com
winningthefight.org
simplesanutrition.com/deanna-protocol/

 

INTRODUCING OUR 2018 LOYALTY PROGRAM

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Tips for Caregivers

 caregivingCaregiving – It’s one of the hardest, physically and emotionally draining roles anyone can undertake.  In a 2015 survey from AARP and the National Alliance of Caregiving it was found that a third of all Americans are caregivers, providing care to someone who is disabled, ill or elderly.  The same study found that almost 80% of these caregivers stated they needed help.[1] Caregivers can be family members or friends. Many caregivers have jobs, families, and the additional responsibility of the minute to minute needs of the person to whom they are providing care 24/7.  It is not just driving to doctor visits or making meals. Many caregivers are providing nursing care (maintaining Stomas, catheters, or feeding tubes), often without the training or previous experience to do so. Caregivers learn quickly as the lives and well-being of someone they love relies on them. Perhaps the person being cared for is not a good patient, or does not remember you, or has tremendous guilt in being ill or helpless. These are all potential circumstances that many caregivers have to face every day. It’s one of the experiences in life that unless you have done it – you won’t quite understand the demands or the challenges.

Tips for Caregiver:

The first rule of taking care of others: take care of yourself first. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the nation’s 90 million family caregivers. So as a family caregiver, remember to pay attention to your own physical and mental wellness, and get proper rest and nutrition. Only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”

  • Caregiving can be a stressful job. Most family caregivers say they feel stressed providing care for a loved one. With all of their caregiving responsibilities – from managing medications to arranging doctor appointments to planning meals – caregivers too often put themselves last.
  • The stress of caregiving impacts your own health. One out of five caregivers admit they have sacrificed their own physical health while caring for a loved one. Due to stress, caregivers have a disproportionate number of health and emotional problems. They are twice as likely to suffer depression and are at increased risk for many other chronic conditions.
  • Proper nutrition helps promote good health. Ensuring that you are getting proper nutrition is key to help maintain your strength, energy and stamina, as well as strengthening your immune system. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most powerful things you can do to take care of yourself and keep a positive attitude overall.
  • Ensuring good nutrition for your loved one helps make care easier. As many as half of all older adults are at risk for malnutrition. Good nutrition can help maintain muscle health, support recovery, and reduce risk for re-hospitalization – which may help make your care of a loved one easier.
  • Remember: “Rest. Recharge. Respite.” People think of respite as a luxury, but considering caregivers’ higher risk for health issues from chronic stress, those risks can be a lot costlier than some time away to recharge. The chance to take a breather, the opportunity to re-energize, is vital in order for you to be as good a caregiver tomorrow as you were today.[2]

What is Respite?

According to the Lifespan Respite Care Act (PL 109-442), Lifespan Respite is defined as ‘coordinated systems of community-based respite for family caregivers of children or adults regardless of special need.’  For more information, on Respite please visit: https://archrespite.org/index.php

Tips for Others:

As a caregiver your world at times feels like it’s in chaos and out of your control.  Interacting with other people can often be tiresome and difficult as you simply feel too overwhelmed to participate in social settings. Other people often want to help and support you, but struggle with what they can say and do to help.  We have compiled some great suggestions for what to say or not to say to caregivers.  Please feel free to send suggestions we have not mentioned in this blog. Interesting enough, there is some overlap on the advice on what best to say or not to say to caregivers. Bottom line:  speak from the heart and be supportive of their needs.

12 Things You Should Say to a Family Caregiver By Becky Benishek

Keep in mind many caregivers won’t ask for help, so the best way to help someone is to do things for them that they may not have the time, money, or mental energy to do for themselves. Social settings and activities may at times be too draining, or the fear of being a “bummer” or not in “the best mood” can often cause many caregivers to go into recluse mode.

A Dozen Things You Should Never Say to A Caregiver by Ann Brenoff

There is assistance and resources to help caregivers.  Many times a caregiver is so consumed in the day to day tasks of caregiving they don’t have the bandwidth to research tools or support.  One such resource is geared to caregivers of Veterans.  Per the Veteran Benefits: Caregiver Programs and Services on Military.com website:

On May 5, 2010, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 was signed into law. Title I of the Act will allow VA to provide unprecedented benefits to eligible Caregivers (a parent, spouse, child, step-family member, extended family member, or an individual who lives with the Veteran, but is not a family member) who support the Veterans who have given so much for this Nation. The law distinguishes between Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 (post-9/11 Veterans), and those Veterans whose injuries were incurred prior to Sept. 11, 2001 (pre-9/11 Veterans).

Please visit the VA’s caregiver page for more information, and to apply for these services.

 Caregivers Toolbox:

http://caregiveraction.org/family-caregiver-toolbox

http://www.caregiving.org/resources/

http://www.rosalynncarter.org/caregiver_resources/

https://www.medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012

http://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/for-caregivers/understanding-aging-and-caregiving.html

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-dozen-things-you-should-never-say-to-a-caregiver_us_5621409fe4b08589ef474317

[2] http://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month-theme/

Complementary Regimes of Lunasin and Deanna Protocol® for Veterans

VeteVrans Day is an important time to raise awareness of the ongoing health, physical and mental issues encountered by veterans during and after service. Recent studies show that veterans have a 60 percent higher risk of getting ALS than the general population.

“We don’t know what about service could lead to increased risk of the disease in veterans,” said Patrick Wildman, vice president of public policy for the ALS Association. “It could be a variety of factors from head trauma and excessive physical activity to exposures. It also could be a combination of a genetic predisposition with an environmental trigger.” The Mayo Clinic surmises that reasons for the connection “may include exposure to certain metals or chemicals, traumatic injuries, viral infections and intense exertion” but says that “exactly what about military service may trigger the development of ALS is uncertain.”[1]

These statistics are so staggering and alarming that Veterans Affairs has made ALS automatically service connected.

It doesn’t matter in which era the veterans served. From World War II through the Gulf War and even in peacetime, multiple studies show that the rate at which vets develop the condition is still twice as high as non-vets. In fact, the evidence is so convincing the Department of Veterans Affairs has assumed since 2008 that a veteran’s ALS is automatically service-connected.[2]

Finding ways to combat the onset or slow the progression of ALS is critical for patients with ALS (PALS) until a cure is found. Improving the quality of life for all those with ALS is a focus for Simplesa®.  The Deanna Protocol® (DP) is an all-natural metabolic program that works to support mitochondria dysfunction with energy production and counteracting oxidative stress. DP helps improve the quality of life for people with ALS. Patients who consistently follow the plan have reported an improvement in energy production, reduction in muscle twitching and cramping, and improved coordination, balance, and limberness.

Lunasin, a soy peptide that may alter histone acetylation, has been associated with ALS reversal.[3] Lunasin was the first dietary compound with an identified epigenetic mechanism of action. PALS often have elevated levels of free radicals. Lunasin is significant to the ALS population as multiple studies show Lunasin helps reduce free radical production while also scavenging free radicals. Research indicates that veterans with ALS and/or similar neurological issues have damage that is receptive to epigenetic therapies like Lunasin.

Dr. Richard Bedlack, Professor and Director of the ALS Clinic at Duke University, is conducting a study on Lunasin in 50 ALS patients. The study is a first of a kind clinical study that is investigating the efficacy of Lunasin in the support of ALS. It’s the fastest enrollment study ever conducted in their history. The clinical trial is based on Mike McDuff, an ALS patient who showed a remarkable reversal after taking bioactive Lunasin. He gained back his weight, went off his feeding tube and could talk again. Not all people will have the same results, but it greatly improved Mike’s quality of life.[4]

 

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Simplesa® is committed to helping veterans. They have a dedicated customer support staff of veterans to assist with questions about Simplesa’s Lunasin product called LunaCell™ and the Deanna Protocol®.

Simplesa® has always been steadfast to meeting the unmet needs of its consumers, and they quickly saw the benefit to PALS to provide more options with the Deanna Protocol® products and LunaCell™. These two complementary regimes provide additional choices for PALS to help improve their quality of life.

For additional information on available veteran resources contact: http://www.pva.org

Sources:

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/11/health/als-and-military-veterans/index.html

[2] www.wearethemighty.com/veterans/military-veterans-are-twice-as-likely-to-get-als-and-no-one-knows-why

[3] www.mndassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/FINAL-WIP-booklet-Dublin-081116.docx

[4] lunasin.com/studies

 

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Simplesa® is now offering the Deanna Protocol® and Lunasin to ALS Patients

Simplesa, a nutrition company established in 2013 after the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) community showed its support for a metabolic supplement treatment called the Deanna Protocol (DP), has expanded its products for the Deanna Protocol with the addition of LunaCell™ for consumers.

Patients with ALS (PALS) have been following the Deanna Protocol (DP) since it was first released in 2011. The Deanna Protocol is an all-natural metabolic program developed by Dr. Vincent Tedone, a retired physician whose daughter, Deanna, was diagnosed with ALS. The Deanna Protocol works to support mitochondria dysfunction with energy production and the counteracting oxidative stress. The Deanna Protocol (DP) helps improve the quality of life for people with ALS. Patients who consistently follow the plan have reported an improvement in energy production, reduction in muscle twitching and cramping, and improved coordination, balance, and limberness.

lunacellLunasin first caught the attention of physicians and the ALS community when Mike McDuff, who was diagnosed with ALS, took the nutrient in 2012 and had a remarkable recovery. Therefore, Lunasin, a soy peptide that may alter histone acetylation, has been associated with ALS reversal.[1] Lunasin was the first dietary compound with an identified epigenetic mechanism of action.  PALS often have elevated levels of free radicals. Lunasin is significant to the ALS population as multiple studies show Lunasin helps reduce free radical production while also scavenging free radicals.    Since that time, Lunasin has caught the attention of many trying to cure and/or treat ALS.  Among those interested in Lunasin and ALS is Dr. Richard Bedlack, Director of the ALS Clinic at Duke University. He started the first of its kind study on Lunasin with reporting conducted through a patient network and real-time research platform called Patients Like Me.

As with the Deanna Protocol, Simplesa saw the potential to help PALS with Lunasin.  Simplesa® recently released its Lunasin product, LunaCell™, which consists of a superior bioavailable form of Lunasin and is priced relatively lower than other Lunasin products. This formulation allows patients to take less capsules and quickly absorb more Lunasin into their system.

Feedback from verified consumers of the products has been very positive:

It seems impossible but after two days my dad muscle movement on leg that is useless for more than a year. – Andrej

 

I only take half of the capsules and it costs half as much as other Lunasin I took. Thank you. – Pedro O.

Simplesa® has always been committed to meeting the unmet needs of its consumers, and they quickly saw the benefit to PALS to provide more options with the Deanna Protocol® products and LunaCell™. This new program is opening doors for additional choices for PALS to try both complimentary regimes and improve their quality of life.

Sources:

  1. Oxidative Stress and Radivcava: 

https://alsnewstoday.com/2017/08/03/nine-things-to-know-about-the-new-als-drug-radicava/

  1. Oxidative Stress and Lunasin:

https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/3616328.pdf

  1. Oxidative Stress and Deanna protocol: 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0103526

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272828777_ALS_Untangled_No_20_the_Deanna_protocol

[1]www.mndassociation.org%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2FFINAL-WIP-booklet-Dublin-081116.docx&usg=AOvVaw0QgHpgvjCAB2Dae8-77Ins

The Deanna Protocol® Continues to Impress ALS Patients

The Deanna Protocol is an all-natural metabolic program developed by Dr. Vincent Tedone which is continuing to improve the quality of life for people with ALS.

It was just a few years ago that the Ice Bucket Challenge caught everyone’s eye and raised awareness for ALS, or Lou Gehrig ’s disease.  At the time the Deanna Protocol® was relatively new but it was already helping many ALS patient’s lives.  According to a study by Winning the Fight, which researches “The Deanna Protocol,” a metabolic therapy with Deanna Protocol supplementation delays disease progression and extends survival in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) mouse model.[1] The benefits of the Deanna Protocol to patients with ALS (PALS) is evident in the anecdotal feedback in recent years.

The Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Plan (also known as the DP™Plan) is a natural, drug-free, and inexpensive metabolic program developed for ALS. Scientific studies have proven that the DP™ Plan significantly slows the progression of ALS and extends life span. The DP™Plan is not an ALS treatment drug like Rilutek/Riluzole. It is a list of substances (AAKG, AKG, GABA, CoQ10, Niacin, and 5HTP) that are already found in the body. However, the amounts found in the body are not nearly enough for those who have ALS, so the DP™Plan provides the body and nerve cells with more of these substances to compensate for what they lack.  It is determined that the substances in the DP™ Plan provide energy to cells that are dying and in doing so keeps them alive.  This is very important because when nerve cells die, they release glutamate which kills the contiguous cells.[2]

In 2014 CBN News wrote that ‘Deanna Protocol’ Makes a Splash in ALS Research’. The study found “mice on The Deanna Protocol had improved neurological scores, increased motor function and most importantly, survived longer than the mice who weren’t on it.”[3]  Since this initial article, the Deanna Protocol has evolved in several major ways, in conjunction with assistance from Simplesa’s commitment to the ALS Community.  Simplesa® was founded in 2013 because it saw a need and had a solution.  ALS patients were having success following the Deanna Protocol, but it was too complex and expensive the way it was distributed. Simplesa® formulated products specifically for these ALS patients to simplify their regimen and lower the cost of the metabolic protocol.

Now all of the products needed to follow the protocol are offered in easy to follow combinations. Due to the improved ease of following the Deanna Protocol with the Simplesa products, the number of people following the protocol has increased. As the number of PALS following the Deanna Protocol has increased, Simplesa has also been able to reduce the cost of the protocol.  Additionally, to add further savings and flexibility to PALS, Simplesa® and Winning the Fight® teamed up to break the Deanna Protocol down into three bundled and more personalized options: Deanna Protocol Core, Plus, and Comprehensive Bundles.

The Deanna Protocol Core Bundle focuses on six essential nutrients of the Deanna Protocol. These nutrients primary support providing energy production to the body through the mitochondria of the cells.  The Plus Bundle builds on the Core Bundle by adding in Liposomal Glutathione, which helps the body push out toxins. It is considered the best antioxidant for the nervous system.  The Comprehensive Bundle builds on the Plus Bundle by adding in the AM & PM Blends. These blends come in two powders, one for the morning and one for the evening, and they contain an additional 20 amino acids that support muscle and nerve health. These combinations are based on the research publication by the NIH on nutrients that should be consumed by people who have ALS.

The affirmative feedback and reports from PALS to Simplesa® on the Deanna Protocol® have been very positive in the years since its inception.  PALS have continued to report improvement in quality of life:

“This product has worked wonders helping to reduce my pain, improve energy, lessen the severity muscle spasms, as well as improve balance and vertigo. I notice a day and night difference within taking my morning dose. I recommend taking the AKG throughout the day, not in lump 3 times a day to improve energy life.”

“My husband has been on the Deanna Protocol Products for two months now. He feels he has more energy and strength. We Would recommend these products!”

For more personal accounts on how the Deanna Protocol is helping PALS please click here.

The Deanna Protocol is not a cure for ALS, but it is a natural metabolic protocol that can help PALS improve their quality of life. To find out more about the Deanna Protocol® please contact Simplesa’s support team for information to see how it can help you or someone you know impacted by ALS.

References

*http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313919.php

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061944
[2] https://www.winningthefight.org/deanna-protocolreg-metabolic-plan-for-als.html
[3] http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2014/August/Deanna-Protocol-Gains-Ground-in-ALS-Research

Metabolics and ALS

We often hear that we are what we eat.  Most people know how important it is to eat balanced healthy foods to stay healthy, but the importance of diet and nutrients is increased when you are ill. Often the symptoms or side effects of the disease are impaired metabolic function. Even eating a healthy diet won’t completely rectify this concern. Chronically ill patients sometimes can’t obtain the nutrients they require and/or the metabolizing process of nutrients has broken down. This breakdown impacts other critically important bodily functions.

Basics of Nutrition and Metabolism

Figure 1 – https://prezi.com/j5mbaoirevn1/copy-of-nutrition-vs-metabolism/#

In the recent article from National Institute of Health in November 2016 researchers found in the study “Metabolic Biomarkers and Neurodegeneration: A Pathway Enrichment Analysis of Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”:

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) lack robust diagnostics and prognostic biomarkers. Metabolomics is a postgenomics field that offers fresh insights for biomarkers of common complex as well as rare diseases. Using data on metabolite-disease associations published in the previous decade (2006-2016) in PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Web of Science, we identified 101 metabolites as putative biomarkers for these three neurodegenerative diseases. Notably, uric acid, choline, creatine, L-glutamine, alanine, creatinine, and N-acetyl-L-aspartate were the shared metabolite signatures among the three diseases. The disease-metabolite-pathway associations pointed out the importance of membrane transport (through ATP binding cassette transporters), particularly of arginine and proline amino acids in all three neurodegenerative diseases. When disease-specific and common metabolic pathways were queried by using the pathway enrichment analyses, we found that alanine, aspartate, glutamate, and purine metabolism might act as alternative pathways to overcome inadequate glucose supply and energy crisis in neurodegeneration. These observations underscore the importance of metabolite-based biomarker research in deciphering the elusive pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases. Future research investments in metabolomics of complex diseases might provide new insights on AD, PD, and ALS that continue to place a significant burden on global health.[1]

A year earlier, another study published in JAMA, October 2015, “Association Between Dietary Intake and Function in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis” concluded:

 that Antioxidants, carotenes, fruits, and vegetables were associated with higher ALS function at baseline by regression of nutrient indices and weighted quantile sum regression analysis. We also demonstrated the usefulness of the weighted quantile sum regression method in the evaluation of diet. Those responsible for nutritional care of the patient with ALS should consider promoting fruit and vegetable intake since they are high in antioxidants and carotenes.[2]

Nutrition is especially important for ALS patients, and following the Deanna Protocol™ “supercharges” the right nutrition for patients with ALS (PALS). It also aids as a metabolic therapy and supports energy metabolism. A study published in 2014 by the National Institute of Health investigated and found that the Deanna Protocol® (DP):

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disorder of motor neurons causing progressive muscle weakness, paralysis, and eventual death from respiratory failure. There is currently no cure or effective treatment for ALS. Besides motor neuron degeneration, ALS is associated with impaired energy metabolism, which is pathophysiologically linked to mitochondrial dysfunction and glutamate excitotoxicity. The Deanna Protocol (DP) is a metabolic therapy that has been reported to alleviate symptoms in patients with ALS. In this study we hypothesized that alternative fuels in the form of TCA cycle intermediates, specifically arginine-alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG), the main ingredient of the DP, and the ketogenic diet (KD), would increase motor function and survival in a mouse model of ALS (SOD1-G93A). ALS mice were fed standard rodent diet (SD), KD, or either diets containing a metabolic therapy of the primary ingredients of the DP consisting of AAKG, gamma-aminobutyric acid, Coenzyme Q10, and medium chain triglyceride high in caprylic triglyceride. Assessment of ALS-like pathology was performed using a pre-defined criteria for neurological score, accelerated rotarod test, paw grip endurance test, and grip strength test. Blood glucose, blood beta-hydroxybutyrate, and body weight were also monitored. SD+DP-fed mice exhibited improved neurological score from age 116 to 136 days compared to control mice. KD-fed mice exhibited better motor performance on all motor function tests at 15 and 16 weeks of age compared to controls. SD+DP and KD+DP therapies significantly extended survival time of SOD1-G93A mice by 7.5% (p = 0.001) and 4.2% (p = 0.006), respectively. Sixty-three percent of mice in the KD+DP and 72.7% of the SD+DP group lived past 125 days, while only 9% of the control animals survived past that point. Targeting energy metabolism with metabolic therapy produces a therapeutic effect in ALS mice which may prolong survival and quality of life in ALS patients.[3]

One thing shown over and over via these studies and anecdotal reports from PALS is that the Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Therapy is helping many PALS with quality of Life.

New studies are underway. the scientists at University of South Florida (USF) are moving forward with the experiment to determine the efficacy of the Deanna Protocol® Plan when combined with glutamic oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT). [4]

The DP® Plan focuses on cell metabolism. It delivers Alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) to the Krebs Cycle in the neurons. The increase in AKG enables their mitochondria to produce enough energy to keep cells alive, despite their exposure to an unhealthy amount of extracellular glutamate.  AKG usually does not pass through the cell membranes in normal healthy cells.  Based on our experience, we found that the permeability of the cell membrane in diseased or damaged cells changes and allows AKG to permeate the cells. Due to the fact that AKG only enters diseased cells, the substance only goes where it is needed.

If you need more information on how Simplesa® Deanna Metabolic Plan can help you, please contact us for assistance.

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27828769

[2] http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2570546

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061944

[4] https://www.winningthefight.org/latest-developments

Caregivers – “Take Care to Give Care”

 caregivingCaregiving – It’s one of the hardest, physically and emotionally draining roles anyone can undertake.  In a 2015 survey from AARP and the National Alliance of Caregiving it was found that a third of all Americans are caregivers, providing care to someone who is disabled, ill or elderly.  The same study found that almost 80% of these caregivers stated they needed help.[1] Caregivers can be family members or friends. Many caregivers have jobs, families, and the additional responsibility of the minute to minute needs of the person to whom they are providing care 24/7.  It is not just driving to doctor visits or making meals. Many caregivers are providing nursing care (maintaining Stomas, catheters, or feeding tubes), often without the training or previous experience to do so. Caregivers learn quickly as the lives and well-being of someone they love relies on them. Perhaps the person being cared for is not a good patient, or does not remember you, or has tremendous guilt in being ill or helpless. These are all potential circumstances that many caregivers have to face every day. It’s one of the experiences in life that unless you have done it – you won’t quite understand the demands or the challenges.

Tips for Caregiver:

The first rule of taking care of others: take care of yourself first. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it is also physically and emotionally demanding. The stress of dealing with caregiving responsibilities leads to a higher risk of health issues among the nation’s 90 million family caregivers. So as a family caregiver, remember to pay attention to your own physical and mental wellness, and get proper rest and nutrition. Only by taking care of yourself can you be strong enough to take care of your loved one. You really do need to “take care to give care!”

  • Caregiving can be a stressful job. Most family caregivers say they feel stressed providing care for a loved one. With all of their caregiving responsibilities – from managing medications to arranging doctor appointments to planning meals – caregivers too often put themselves last.
  • The stress of caregiving impacts your own health. One out of five caregivers admit they have sacrificed their own physical health while caring for a loved one. Due to stress, caregivers have a disproportionate number of health and emotional problems. They are twice as likely to suffer depression and are at increased risk for many other chronic conditions.
  • Proper nutrition helps promote good health. Ensuring that you are getting proper nutrition is key to help maintain your strength, energy and stamina, as well as strengthening your immune system. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most powerful things you can do to take care of yourself and keep a positive attitude overall.
  • Ensuring good nutrition for your loved one helps make care easier. As many as half of all older adults are at risk for malnutrition. Good nutrition can help maintain muscle health, support recovery, and reduce risk for re-hospitalization – which may help make your care of a loved one easier.
  • Remember: “Rest. Recharge. Respite.” People think of respite as a luxury, but considering caregivers’ higher risk for health issues from chronic stress, those risks can be a lot costlier than some time away to recharge. The chance to take a breather, the opportunity to re-energize, is vital in order for you to be as good a caregiver tomorrow as you were today.[2]

What is Respite?

According to the Lifespan Respite Care Act (PL 109-442), Lifespan Respite is defined as ‘coordinated systems of community-based respite for family caregivers of children or adults regardless of special need.’  For more information, on Respite please visit: https://archrespite.org/index.php

Tips for Others:

As a caregiver your world at times feels like it’s in chaos and out of your control.  Interacting with other people can often be tiresome and difficult as you simply feel too overwhelmed to participate in social settings. Other people often want to help and support you, but struggle with what they can say and do to help.  We have compiled some great suggestions for what to say or not to say to caregivers.  Please feel free to send suggestions we have not mentioned in this blog. Interesting enough, there is some overlap on the advice on what best to say or not to say to caregivers. Bottom line:  speak from the heart and be supportive of their needs.

12 Things You Should Say to a Family Caregiver By Becky Benishek

Keep in mind many caregivers won’t ask for help, so the best way to help someone is to do things for them that they may not have the time, money, or mental energy to do for themselves. Social settings and activities may at times be too draining, or the fear of being a “bummer” or not in “the best mood” can often cause many caregivers to go into recluse mode.

A Dozen Things You Should Never Say to A Caregiver by Ann Brenoff

There is assistance and resources to help caregivers.  Many times a caregiver is so consumed in the day to day tasks of caregiving they don’t have the bandwidth to research tools or support.  One such resource is geared to caregivers of Veterans.  Per the Veteran Benefits: Caregiver Programs and Services on Military.com website:

On May 5, 2010, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 was signed into law. Title I of the Act will allow VA to provide unprecedented benefits to eligible Caregivers (a parent, spouse, child, step-family member, extended family member, or an individual who lives with the Veteran, but is not a family member) who support the Veterans who have given so much for this Nation. The law distinguishes between Veterans who incurred or aggravated a serious injury in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 (post-9/11 Veterans), and those Veterans whose injuries were incurred prior to Sept. 11, 2001 (pre-9/11 Veterans).

Please visit the VA’s caregiver page for more information, and to apply for these services.

 Caregivers Toolbox:

http://caregiveraction.org/family-caregiver-toolbox

http://www.caregiving.org/resources/

http://www.rosalynncarter.org/caregiver_resources/

https://www.medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/?cmp=RDRCT-CRGNG_APR12_012

http://www.easterseals.com/explore-resources/for-caregivers/understanding-aging-and-caregiving.html

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-dozen-things-you-should-never-say-to-a-caregiver_us_5621409fe4b08589ef474317

[2] http://caregiveraction.org/national-family-caregivers-month-theme/

Metabolic Support and ALS

As children we grew up with our parents and teachers telling us how important eating well was to our health.  Our bodies are delicately balanced between nutrition and energy. When we are ill, our body often requires additional energy or that metabolic relationship may become damaged.  Some diseases or their symptoms can cause or contribute to the metabolic imbalance.  In ALS, as the disease progresses, this imbalance can lead to “malnutrition, common with progression of disease, muscle strength and breathing capacity due to weakening as well as increase the relative risk of death.”[1]

A recent study was released in June 2016 which examined the relationship between nutrition status and the progression of ALS.  The study was “Association between estimated total daily energy expenditure and stage of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in ALS patients” and it wanted to “investigate the relationship between total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) and progression of disease in ALS patients and sex differences in TDEE.”[2]   The highlights of the study were:

●Total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) decreased with progression of ALS.
●Energy intake of ALS patients was not sufficient as compared with TDEE.
●Nutrition support should be started before stage 3 of ALS.

370 ALS patients’ TDEE were evaluated and followed in regard to resting energy expenditure (REE) and physical activity.  The results were that the TDEE decreased as the ALS progressed.  The study suggests:

that TDEE decreases with progression of ALS, and patients consume insufficient energy compared with required intake at all stages, particularly at stage 3, suggesting that nutrition support should be started at least prior to stage 3. Additionally, among the five equations for TDEE, TDEE 2 could be the best for evaluating the nutritional status of ALS patients.[3]

Previous studies and articles have examined the relationship between energy intake (nutrition) and ALS before.  In 2014 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released the article “Estimating daily energy expenditure in individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.”  Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) experience progressive limb weakness, muscle atrophy, and dysphagia, making them vulnerable to insufficient energy intake. [4]

As with any chronic illness, nutritional support is critical.  The challenge is that the physical symptoms of ALS make energy intake difficult. Proactive and ongoing nutritional support and metabolic balance is important in the overall progression and well-being of the patient.

The study published online “Hypercaloric enteral nutrition in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial” emphasizes the need for a dietary and/or nutritional intervention to offset the metabolic dysfunction PALS experience.

In summary, we believe that our study results provide preliminary evidence for a novel, simple, low-cost, low-risk treatment for this devastating disease. The results of this study also support growing interest in the use of dietary interventions to treat neurological diseases. Our results also support the concept that ALS is a multi-organ systemic disease, characterized by metabolic dysfunction.3   We believe that given the promising results of this pilot study and lack of treatment options for ALS, nutritional interventions should be studied in larger randomized controlled trials at earlier stages of the disease.[5]

Simplesa® offers the metabolic plan called the Deanna Protocol for PALS.  This protocol has been found by many ALS patients to help quality of life and slow progression of the disease.  Additionally, other nutritional supplements are available to offset the metabolic balance and gain or maintain weight in PALS or others with health concerns where adequate nutritional intake is compromised or inadequate.

[1] http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0004-282X2014000200157

[2] http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(16)30096-X/fulltext

[3] http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(16)30096-X/fulltext

[4]https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262046313_Estimating_daily_energy_expenditure_in_individuals_with_amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4176708/

The Fight against Neurodegenerative Diseases

The recent death of Muhammad Ali has saddened a lot of people and reinforced the urgent need to aggressively develop a cure for neurodegenerative diseases.  ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases have very similar characteristics regarding their causes and symptoms. They also all have no cure and are impacting too many people.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are the second and third most common human adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases, respectively, after Alzheimer’s disease. They are characterized by prominent age-related neurodegeneration in selectively vulnerable neural systems. Some forms of PD and ALS are inherited, and genes causing these diseases have been identified. Morphological, biochemical, and genetic, as well as cell and animal model studies reveal that mitochondria could have a role in this neurodegeneration. The functions and properties of mitochondria might render subsets of selectively vulnerable neurons intrinsically susceptible to cellular aging and stress and overlying genetic variations. In PD, mutations in putative mitochondrial proteins have been identified and mitochondrial DNA mutations have been found in neurons in the substantia nigra. In ALS, changes occur in mitochondrial respiratory chain enzymes and mitochondrial cell death proteins.[1]

Beyond the genetic factors to inherit these diseases, many who have had traumatic brain injury are at an increased risk of developing one of these debilitating diseases. Athletes who are involved in boxing, football and hockey, Veterans, and others are especially susceptible:

Over a lifetime, we believe that Parkinson’s and several other neurodegenerative diseases are caused by genetics AND some kind of trigger in a person’s life with age. For example, inflammation in brain tissue caused by either genetic susceptibility or triggered by accumulating cellular proteins and external events, such as severe concussions, will leave the brain more open to injury. [2]

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS attacks the nerve cells located in the brain and spinal cord (motor neurons). As the disease progresses, the patient loses the ability to control muscle movement as the motor neurons die. ALS is a terminal disease currently with no cure. Metabolic treatments like the Deanna Protocol have been reported by patients to improve quality of life for those with ALS. The ALS.org shared this amazing infographic to help increase awareness and knowledge about ALS – See:  http://web.alsa.org/site/PageNavigator/Chal15_what_is_ALS.html?_ga=1.11083444.1475505218.1462481428

Parkinson’s Disease

This is a progressive and neurodegenerative disease whose cause and cure is currently unknown. Nerve cells in the brain malfunction and die.

Motor symptoms result from the loss of pigmented neurons or cells in the substantia nigra of the brain. These cells produce dopamine, a chemical responsible for smooth purposeful movement. A decrease in dopamine does not account for all symptoms experienced in PD. Research is ongoing to better understand the pathology of Parkinson’s. [3]

Alzheimer’s Disease

Despite a common misconception, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The damage and death of nerve cells causes the symptoms most commonly associated with this disease:

  • Loss of Memory
  • Inability to carry out normal or daily activities
  • Personality changes

The brain has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell connects with many others to form communication networks. Groups of nerve cells have special jobs. Some are involved in thinking, learning and remembering. Others help us see, hear and smell.

To do their work, brain cells operate like tiny factories. They receive supplies, generate energy, construct equipment and get rid of waste. Cells also process and store information and communicate with other cells. Keeping everything running requires coordination as well as large amounts of fuel and oxygen.

Scientists believe Alzheimer’s disease prevents parts of a cell’s factory from running well. They are not sure where the trouble starts. But just like a real factory, backups and breakdowns in one system cause problems in other areas. As damage spreads, cells lose their ability to do their jobs and, eventually die, causing irreversible changes in the brain.[4]

A recent study by researchers from Indiana University, concludes that:

An enzyme that protects the brain against oxidative stress may also protect against the formation of protein clumps – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurodegenerative diseases. An accumulation of protein clumps is known to occur in a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In Alzheimer’s disease, for example, studies have shown that patients often experience a build-up of a protein called tau, which clumps together in nerve cells to form “tangles.” This process – known as proteinopathy – occurs with different proteins in a variety of brain diseases and is believed to play a role in their progression.[5]

Every day someone we know or love is struggling with the challenges of a neurodegenerative disease, and many are dying. It is important to understand how these diseases are connected so we can find a cure for them all.

The Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Plan for Other Neurodegenerative Conditions

Winning the Fight ® (WFND) plans to begin researching the DP™ Plan and its effectiveness in conditions other than ALS. Why? Other neurodegenerative conditions (such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, Alzheimer ’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and more) may have different causes, but they all share one common denominator: Glutamate. Regardless of the disease/condition, all nerve cells release excess glutamate into the extracellular space when they die and this glutamate will kill neighboring cells. Therefore, nerve cell death probably spreads throughout the nervous system the same way in all of these conditions. Since the DP™ Plan manages the spread of neuron death, it could likely help manage all neurodegenerative conditions, regardless of their initial cause.

WFND has one case study showing that the DP™ Plan is extremely effective in dramatically reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, even in the advanced stages of the disease. This further encourages us to test Dr. Tedone’s hypothesis that the DP™ Plan may manage many conditions aside from ALS. They plan to conduct research testing the DP™ Plan’s effectiveness in the neurodegenerative conditions mentioned above. They also plan to test the effectiveness of the combination of the DP™ Plan and GOT in each of the aforementioned conditions above. Lastly, they aim to customize the DP™ Plan and the DP™ Plan/ GOT combination for each distinct disease.[6]

​For more information on the DP™ visit:  https://www.simplesanutrition.com/deanna-protocol/

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20413846

[2] http://www.mcleanhospital.org/news/2016/06/05/fighting-parkinsons-lab

[3] http://www.apdaparkinson.org/parkinsons-disease/understanding-the-basics/

[4] http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp#brain

[5] http://sourceinformer.com/index.php/2016/06/05/neurology-neuroscience-alzheimers-dementia-parkinsons-disease-muscular-dystrophy-als-brain-enzyme-could-prevent-alzheimers-neurodegenerative-disease/

[6] http://www.winningthefight.org/why-the-deanna-protocolreg-plan-works.html

Nutritional Challenges for PALS

May is ALS Awareness month, and during this time of raising awareness it is also important to discuss some things that can help PALS with maintaining their quality of life. Nutritional concerns are an issue for anyone facing any disabling disease. Every type of illness impacts people differently and maintenance of nutritional and key vitamin balance is critical for well-being.  The ALS Association wrote an article called “Maintaining Adequate Nutrition: A Continuing Challenge in ALS,” which provides some helpful information on the challenges of getting and maintaining appropriate nutrition and the impact on quality of life for PALS.  Getting adequate nutrition can be hard for even a healthy individual, but for someone with a disabling disease like ALS, who will face the additional issues of difficulty or loss of the ability to swallow, it is life threatening.

Supplements are often recommended by medical providers to help ALS/MND patients get the appropriate nutrition they need. This means getting adequate calories, vitamins and minerals. This is in addition to the ingredients in the Deanna Protocol (DP™ Plan), which have been shown in studies, and reported by many PALS, to improve quality of life.

The DP™ Plan is a natural, drug-free, and inexpensive metabolic program developed for ALS. Scientific studies have proven that the DP™ Plan significantly slows the progression of ALS and extends life span.[1]  The goal of the DP™ Plan is to provide energy to the nerve and muscle cells to prevent them from dying. To do this, the DP™ Plan includes a list of several supplements that are taken in doses throughout the day.   These supplements may be found online by doing an internet search for each supplement individually, or Simplesa® makes products in powder or liquid form and combines several of the supplements into single products. The Winning the Fight website provides very detailed information on how the DP Plan is helping not only ALS patients but is also now being tested and used on others with Neurodegenerative diseases.  Some of the key points in regard to metabolic and nutritional importance of the DP Plan are explained by Winning the Fight®:

Glutamate, ALS, and Cell Death
To understand the basis for the Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Plan, one must first consider the pathology in neurodegenerative conditions in general and ALS specifically. Death of motor neurons spreads throughout the body in individuals with ALS due to glutamate. When cells die, they burst and release intracellular glutamate into the extracellular space. This increase in extracellular glutamate causes neighboring healthy motor neurons to die, to burst, and to release more glutamate into extracellular space, which will kill even more neighboring cells. This so-called storm of glutamate in ALS causes cell death to happen at an exponential rate. (The spread of cell death via excess extracellular glutamate has already been proven in other neurodegenerative conditions, such as traumatic brain injury. It has not yet been proven in ALS research. However, we know that all cells release glutamate when they die and that excess extracellular glutamate kills neighboring cells, regardless of the disease/condition.)

​Dr. Tedone, Winning the Fight’s Medical Liaison, hypothesizes that somehow, the exposure to excess extracellular glutamate in ALS kills neighboring healthy neurons by interrupting the Krebs Cycle in each of them. Dr. Tedone’s hypothesis holds that this Krebs Cycle interruption is a chief cause of cell death. After all, when cells cannot produce energy efficiently, they die.

How the Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Plan Stops Cell Death Caused by Extracellular Glutamate in ALS 
Does the Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Plan (DP™ Plan) neutralize the excess extracellular glutamate in ALS? No. the DP™ Plan focuses on cell metabolism. The DP™ Plan delivers Alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) to the Krebs Cycle in the neurons. The increase in AKG enables their mitochondria to produce enough energy to keep cells alive, despite their exposure to an unhealthy amount of extracellular glutamate.  AKG usually does not pass through the cell membranes in normal healthy cells.  Based on our experience, we found that the permeability of the cell membrane in diseased or damaged cells changes and allows AKG to permeate the cells. Due to the fact that AKG only enters diseased cells, the substance only goes where it is needed. [2]

The needs of anyone who has a disabling disease when it comes to nutrition is complex and varies from individual and disease. One common factor is the importance to maintain weight, nutritional balance, and allow the person enough energy to fight the disease and also maintain quality of life. For more information on the Deanna Protocol, please feel free to contact is for additional information.

[1] http://www.winningthefight.org/deanna-protocolreg-metabolic-plan-for-als.html

[2] http://www.winningthefight.org/why-the-deanna-protocolreg-plan-works.html

Deanna Protocol – Nutritional/Metabolic Protocol for People with ALS

The Deanna Protocol: Help with ALS

A diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may leave you feeling overwhelmed, scared, angry, depressed and confused. But there is hope and help with the Deanna Protocol®.

ALS

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder for which there is no cure. In ALS, nerve cells that control your muscles degenerate and die, leading to loss of function, including the ability to move, eat, speak and breathe. Life expectancy following a diagnosis is two to five years.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that ALS affects about 1.6 people per 100,000 population in the United States and that about 5,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year. Researchers have found that in patients with ALS:

  • Nerve cells lose energy
  • Without energy the nerve cells die
  • Glutamate, a neurotransmitter (a chemical that sends messages from nerve cells to muscle cells) byproduct of cell metabolism, is present in excessive amounts

These findings led to the development of the Deanna Protocol.

The Deanna Protocol

In 2009, Dr. Vincent Tedone, a retired orthopedic surgeon, was motivated to research alternative ALS therapies when his 30-year-old daughter, Deanna, was diagnosed with the disease. He wondered if ALS could be treated similarly to diabetes, a disease in which the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas produce little or no insulin, causing high glucose levels in the blood that can damage the heart, kidneys and other organs and systems. Diabetes treatment consists of replacing the missing insulin. Dr. Tedone theorized that replacing the missing metabolic enzymes that provide cells with energy would slow ALS progression.

As a result, Dr. Tedone put together the Deanna Protocol, a metabolic therapy, that has been shown to improve muscle function, reduce symptoms and increase longevity in mice with ALS. Although no human clinical trials have been conducted at this time, patient testimonials about reduced symptoms, improved functioning and better quality of life support these findings.

The Deanna Protocol consists of:

  1. Daily intake of naturally occurring metabolic supplements to supply energy to the cells and antioxidants
  2. Massage with extra virgin coconut oil
  3. Nonexhaustive exercise, including resistance training and aerobics

For more information about the Deanna Protocol, visit Winning the Fight or Simplesa®, a nutritional supplement company.

Simplesa®

Simplesa® is a nutritional supplement company that has developed formulations based on the Deanna Protocol. Simplesa products are the first-ever specific vitamins and supplements for ALS patients, making it easy and affordable to follow the Deanna Protocol. For more information, visit Simplesa.

Additional Support and Resources

Additional help is available from the ALS Association. This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to researching a cure for ALS and providing resources and assistance to ALS patients and their families. Visit their website to find educational materials for both patients and caregivers and for access to local programs and services that can help you cope with ALS.

Deanna Protocol Bundles – New Year, New Options, Lower Pricing

Deanna Protocol
Deanna Protocol Comprehensive Bundle

 

Each New Year provides new opportunities to grow and help expand our efforts to our customers.  The last year saw heightened attention and popularity of the Deanna Protocol.

A Recap of the Deanna Protocol®

The Deanna Protocol® is an all-natural metabolic program developed by Dr. Vincent Tedone through his extensive research on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Scientific studies conducted on the Deanna Protocol® by Winning the Fight have shown that it benefits individuals with ALS.

Simplesa offers several choices for the Deanna Protocol®

Simplesa® understands your struggle with ALS as well as the expense and financial burden for many who want to follow the protocol. The popularity of the Deanna Protocol has enabled us to lower our costs and pass those savings on to you. We’ve reduced the price of the Deanna Protocol Bundle Packs.  The additional bundle choices include preferences for powders, capsules or liquids in the bundles.  Our goal is to make following the Deanna Protocol as simple and cost effective as possible for you!

The one thing that has not changed is that you will still get the same quality products and service you’ve always received from Simplesa!

What are the changes in the bundles for following the Deanna Protocol?

Simplesa has created new bundle packs for those choosing not to follow the full Deanna Protocol Comprehensive Approach, but instead follow core approaches.

We now offer a more varied and flexible approach with more choices for you:

1.     “CORE” Bundles contain the DP Plan Essentials;

2.     “Plus” Bundles which add Liposomal Glutathione to the Core Bundles;

3.     “Comprehensive” Bundles for an all-inclusive approach.

What are the differences between the three options?

1.     The “CORE” Bundles contain all of the DP™ Plan Essentials nutrients: AAKG, AKG, Ubiquinol, GABA, Niacin and 5-HTP. 

a.     You will see two options for the CORE Bundles

i.     “CORE” Bundle 1 – includes AKG+ Capsules

ii.     “CORE” Bundle 2 – includes AKG Liquids

1.     The difference between the two “CORE” Bundles are the choice of AKG+ Capsules or AKG Liquids

2.      The “PLUS” Bundles contain all of the DP™ Plan Essentials nutrients plus Liposomal Glutathione, considered the best antioxidant for the central nervous system.

a.     You will see two options for the “PLUS” Bundles

i.     You get the “Core” Bundle 1 plus you get Liposomal Glutathione

ii.     You get the “CORE” Bundle 2 plus you get Liposomal Glutathione

 

3.     The “COMPREHENSIVE” Bundles contain all of the DP™ Plan Essentials nutrients plus Liposomal Glutathione and the AM & PM Blends. Liposomal Glutathione is considered the best antioxidant for the central nervous system. The AM & PM Blends contain 20 nutrients that support muscle and nerve health based on research from the NIH.  All are included in the Winning the Fight Program for ALS.

a.     The “COMPREHENSIVE” BUNDLES give you 4 choices

i.     “COMPREHENSIVE” Bundle 1  or Bundle 2 include a choice of “CORE” 1 or 2 Bundle plus Liposomal Glutathione and AM & PM Powder Blends

1.     The difference is the choice of AKG+ Capsules or AKG Liquids combined with the AM & PM Powder Blends

ii.     “COMPREHENSIVE” Bundle 3  or Bundle 4 include the  “CORE” 1 or 2 Bundle plus Liposomal Glutathione and AM & PM Liquid Blends

1.     The difference is the choice of AKG+ Capsules or AKG Liquids combined with the AM & PM Liquid Blends

 

How will these changes in Simplesa® Bundles help me?

You now have more choices on how you can follow the Deanna Protocol and at lower prices.

Please click here to explore the new choices and savings on Simplesa® Deanna Protocol Bundles. If you have questions or need help please contact – we are here to help.

Healthy Weight Maintenance in Chronic Illness

The elderly, chronically ill patients or those with life threatening diseases are at risk for poor nutrition and subsequent weight loss. The maintenance or gain of healthy weight and proper regular, consistent nutritional intake can profoundly impact the disease, along with the body’s ability to combat disease, and most of all a patient’s overall quality of life. Patients with chronic illness often lose their appetite or cannot tolerate food well, and the consequences of that beyond losing weight they are also losing vital nutrients that are imperative during illness. The deficiency in nutrients subsequently lead to a decline in the person’s energy and their ability to withstand medications or prescribed protocols. Malnutrition is a common problem for those facing diseases and can play a factor in the patient’s side effects, decreased ability to fight infection and overall prognosis and outcome [1].

Simplesa ™ understands how important nutritional maintenance is, which is why we have introduced a new product called Simplesa Retain™ to support healthy weight management and stable nutritional balance.

Retain™ is a high calorie nutritional supplement that includes high quality, complex carbohydrate and protein ingredients helpful for promoting healthy weight management and increased lean body mass. The combination with other essential nutrients has a low glycemic index and is also low in fat. The benefits of Retain are that it provides for a healthy sustained energy source for patients who are struggling with appetite or weight loss problems. This nutritional supplement significantly lowers insulin and blood glucose response compared to maltodextrin. It also does not cause bloating or gastric discomfort as it moves quickly through the stomach for rapid glycogen replenishment and nutrient uptake in the muscles. The new product comes in a convenient powder that is available in either natural chocolate or vanilla flavors.

As with all nutritional supplements we suggest that you speak with your physician to determine what works best with your health situation and lifestyle needs. Retain™ Does Not Contain Sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives artificial perspectives or color.

 

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For more information on Retain please visit the product pages:
http://www.simplesanutrition.com/products/retain-vanilla-2-31-lb.html
http://www.simplesanutrition.com/products/retain-chocolate-2-31-lb.html

[1] http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/side-effects/appetite-loss/nutrition-hp-pdq

Simplesa Deanna Protocol

At this time there is no cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Many patients facing this diagnosis are in a state of helplessness and hopelessness.

Dr. Vincent Tedone, a retired physician faced this same news when his daughter Deanna (at age 30) was initially diagnosed with ALS. Not wanting to give up and determined to find something to help her, he developed the Deanna Protocol. This all-natural metabolic therapy is a specific combination of nutrients found naturally occurring in our bodies that are administered in a consistent and daily protocol. Although not a cure for ALS, the Deanna Protocol has been reported by patients to slow the disease’s progression and allowing some individuals to achieve a better quality of life. In fact, a study performed by the University of Florida showed positive correlation and supporting results of how the Deanna Protocol supplementation delayed ALS disease progression and extended survival in mice. The study’s findings indicated that “metabolic therapy produces a therapeutic effect in ALS mice which may prolong survival and quality of life in ALS patients. “1

CaptureThe goal of the protocol is to provide supplemental energy to the nerve and muscle cells to help in the prevention of cell death. Simplesa provides pre-packaged versions of the supplements required for the Deanna Protocol. The Simplesa products offer the convenience, cost effectiveness, and consistency of quality that supports the requirements of the Deanna Protocol.
The bottom line is that battling ALS requires fighting hard until a cure is found. The Deanna Protocol offers a natural therapy that has helped many people improve their quality of life. Find out more about how it might help you or someone you know battling ALS.

For more information on the history of the Deanna Protocol please visit: http://winningthefight.org/t/Deanna-Protocol

 

References:  [1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25061944

Preparing for Emergencies When You Have ALS

Emergencies can be frightening and dangerous for anyone. When you have a chronic illness like ALS, natural disasters pose additional risks for those who have limited mobility or are homebound.

Recently, the ALS Association posted a wonderful Emergency Preparedness Checklist for People with ALS. One of the most important things to do is to be proactive in case of emergency. The ALS breaks it down for you suggesting to take the time and work to prepare as you will then feel less vulnerable if and when an emergency arises. These disasters could include natural disasters, home fires, acts of terrorism, or accidental occurrences.
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Deanna Protocol Multi-Pack Overview

Simplesa offers convenient Deanna Protocol Multi-Packs with our DPS-AM & DPS-PM Blends. The Multi-Packs are a convenient option for ensuring you have everything you need for a 30-day supply. Each Multi-Pack offers the same nutrients, with a liquid and powder focus. Below is an explanation of each Multi-Pack.multi-pack-w-akg-liquid-ampm-powders.jpg
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Simplesa – A Simplified Approach

At Simplesa, we make complex nutrition simple. We are consistently looking for ways to formulate products that combine well researched and document nutrients, which target a specific health focus and blend them together for an all-inclusive approach that not only saves our customers money, it also provides optimal nutritional support.
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