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This Research Library pertains to observations, interesting articles, studies and / or trials using Alternative Therapies on dementia sufferers as well as their caregivers.

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We want to start by introducing to you a research paper done entitled "The Placebo Effect." Our Reason? The use of Alternative Therapies is widespread in both medical and non-medical use. However, the general rule of thought among even the most skeptic physician is, "If it makes them think they feel better, then it has accomplished something."

Many medical professionals are integrating alternative therapies into their practices because they see the value in the use of these therapies when the medical system has failed to deal effectively with an illness. What they accomplish, physiologically and emotionally, extends well beyond "feel good."

There is tremendous validity in the therapies suggested here, however, we feel it important you understand the power of the mind and the relation to the Placebo Effect. When modern medicine negatively effects a patients comfort and possibly creates additional dis-comfort, offering the patient an alternative they think will help them can do wonders for alleviating the issue can go far in accomplishing the task.

There is clinical evidence these therapies may have a positive impact on the patients health. They are not placebos however, like medications, what works for one, may not work for another.

The Placebo effect is an interesting study of clinical trials where control groups were given nothing more than a sugar pill and were told the pill would alleviate symptoms, and in a high percentage of cases, their symptoms diminished or disappeared altogether.

Does that mean the patient was simply stressed or imagining their symptoms? No, it simply means, the mind is powerful and has the ability to change a physiological response to a dis-comforting issue when given the opportunity to think positive thoughts.

Alternative Therapies include teaching positive thought and affirmation and can interact with or change the body's chemistry to have a definitive and positive impact on the system. Improving the quality of life is the greatest impact of all for both patient and care giver.

The Placebo Effect

The Power of Alternative Therapies and Related Articles to The Placebo Effect:

Epigenetics BRUCE LIPTON, PHD - Author of “The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles”

Benedetti, Fabrizio, Mayberg, Helen S., et. al., Neurobiological Mechanisms of the Placebo Effect. The Journal of Neuroscience, November 9, 2005, 25(45):10390-10402; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3458-05.2005

Waston, Maggie, Greer, Stephen, et. al., Relationships between emotional control, adjustment to cancer and depression and anxiety in breast cancer patients,  Psychological Medicine (1991), 21: 51-57, http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=5011904

Crichton, P., In conversation with H. Steven Greer, The Psychiatrist (2000) 24: 189-192.

Kulreet Chaudhary, MD / 10/10/2013 at 5:30 AM / doctoroz.com / The Mind - Body - Soul Connection

Essential Oils:

Code Lavender - Article about Physician / Health Care Industry burnout and how diffusing Lavender Essential Oil in Hospitals and clinics is changing that.

Coconut Oil and its Effects on Alzheimer's - the benefits of Coconut Oil used on Alzheimer's patients show profound results.

A Study of the Use of Essential Oils for Dementia - the benefits of using Essential Oil Therapy / Aroma Therapy on Dementia Patients

Lanza S. (2007) Aromatherapy in Dementia Care. The Dementia Caregiver's Toolbox, Parts 1, 2 and 3. November 18, 20 and 23, 2007http://nurturingnuggets.typepad.com/the_nurturing_nuggets_blo/2007/11/aromatherapy-in.html or

Massage Therapy:

Viggo Hansen N, Jørgensen T, Ørtenblad L, 2006, Massage and touch for dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 4.

MNT2006_Massage May Help Dementia Patients

Sound, Music and Vibration Therapy:

Article - Scientific Research Validates Use of Binaural Beats

Paper - Sound Therapy Induced Relaxation

The link below is to a list of medical and scientific journals that has been compiled for those who may be interested in doing further research into the subject of brainwave states, binaural beats, the frequency following response, and sound therapy.

Copies of these articles and research papers can be obtained through your local public library or university library. You can download the list by clicking this link:

List of Articles and Papers Related to the Study of Brainwave State and use of Binaural Beat Technology

additional studies and articles on music / sound therapy:

"Is Music Therapy an Effective Intervention for Dementia? A Meta-Analytic Review of Literature". Journal of Music Therapy.

The Rewarding Aspects of Music Listening Are Related to Degree of Emotional Arousal "PLOS One" October 2009

The Power of Re-wiring your Brain With Music - Sound Therapy - November 2013 / Silvia Casabianca for "Saludify"

Help for Dementia and ADHD - Lane, Kasian, Owens, Marsh; 1998, Binaural Auditory Beats Affect Vigilance, Performance, and Mood; Physiology & Behavior, Vol 63, No. 2

University of California - Davis (2009) Brain Hub That Links Music, Memory And Emotion Discovered. ScienceDaily, February 24, 2009.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090223221230.htm or:76-Music-Memory-and-Emotion.pdf

Omar R, et al. (2011) The structural neuroanatomy of music emotion recognition: Evidence from frontotemporal lobar degeneration. NCBI.Neuroimage. 2011 June 1; 56(3): 1814-1821.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092986/ or: 77-music-emotion-recognition.pdf

Puzzle Therapy / Memory Boosters:

Ryan (2012) Four Scientific Findings that point to the importance of Brain Fitness for the Aging Population brain. 5/29/2012. http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com/files/Brain_Fitness_for_the_Aging.pdf

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