May 22, 2013

Does Vitamin B Prevent Alzheimer's, and How Vitamin B Saved Us over $8,000

Yes, after reading about Vitamin B in 2007 I asked our doctor to give Dotty a monthly B12 shot. He agreed. Did it help? I believe it did. One thing for certain, it saved us over $8,000.

By Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room 

Alzheimers Vitamin B
A couple of days ago a story with this headline appeared in The Telegraph - Vitamin B could stave off Alzheimers. It appears this has triggered off the usual media copy cat frenzy, the latest story in a long list of copy cat stories coming from MSN.

The bottom line here is simple and straightforward - it appears Vitamin B may protect against brain shrinkage. We actually wrote about this and the now hot Oxford University study in 2008 - Vitamin B12 May Protect Against Brain Shrinkage in Baby Boomers. Old news huh?

We have a boatload of stories here on the Alzheimer's Reading Room referring to vitamin B, B12, and even Nicotinamide. You can enter any of those keywords into the search box over on the right hand side of the page and find tons of intellectual capital in our Alzheimer's Reading Room Knowledge Base.

Now I want to get to my main point.

Yes, after reading about Vitamin B in 2007 I asked our doctor to give Dotty a monthly B12 shot. He agreed. 

Did it help? I believe it did. 

One thing for certain, it saved us over $8,000. Read the end of this article to find out how.

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Here are a few articles about Vitamin B that we have here that I think you should consider reading.

I Cured My Neighbors' Alzheimer's
I mentioned that he recently seem dull, lethargic, and was not answering questions very well. He seemed to be having problems assimilated information.

The Vitamin B12 Shot Every Month and Moseying Down the Path of Life
I am not a believer in predestination. I do believe you can change your future. Or at the very least try and change your future.

Alzheimer's and Vitamin B12 Deficiency
The Framingham Offspring Study found that Vitamin B12 Deficiency is a big problem. How bad? As many as forty percent of the population might be at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B12 May Protect Against Brain Shrinkage in Baby Boomers
These findings should be of special interest to baby boomers now entering their 60s. It could be a good idea to consult with a physician about B-12 shots.

Can Drinking Juice Delay the Onset of Alzheimer's Disease?
The answer appears to be, Yes.

Now for the answer. How did getting Dotty a monthly B12 shot result is us saving many thousands of dollars?

Each time we went in to get the B12 shot I asked the assistant if they had any samples of Aricept and Namenda. In fact, I got very good at this, and we received samples just about every time. How? Well that is another story.

Back in the day, it cost about $200-$250 a month for Aricept (before it became a generic drug), and $350 or more a month for Namenda (way more now I think).

If we had payed for all those drug we would have ended up in the Medicare Donut Hole. We did not.

The monthly B12 shot saved us more than $8,000 dollars that we would have had to pay out of our own pocket. We also saved Medicare quite a bit of money.


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Bob DeMarco
Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized Influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The Alzheimer's Reading Knowledge Base contains more than 4,000 articles, and the ARR has more than 343,000 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.