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Updated on February 15, 2015

For years patients of Alzheimers have crossed that unknow point of no return leaving their families devastated. A new study shows there might be hope now.

The devastating feeling you get when your mother doesn't recognize you anymore, is probably compared only with the pain of a massive heart attack. I remember my mother like this cheerful person, always caring about everyone around her, and reading about the existence of other forms of life in the universe .

She would collect every article on the newspapers related to UFO's sights around the world, and she had every single book by Erich Von Daniken, who is a famous researcher for these kind of phenomenon.

About 2 years ago, we all started noticing how our mother was isolating herself from everybody, she would spend long periods of time in her bedroom, and she would get really mad if dad or one of us would go in to try to talk to her. Our concern grew one afternoon, when we couldn't find her anywhere! We searched the house several times, we called everyone we knew thinking that she could be there, and finally we called the police fearing the worse.

About 2 hours later, we received a phone call from the Sheriff's department saying that they had found her wondering around about three neighborhoods down the road. 15 minutes later they brought her back home, she was scared, disoriented and crying. She couldn't remember what had happened, and she was saying incoherent things about her past, and people that had already died.

The doctor confirmed what we had suspected for a while, mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The thief who steals your love ones submerging them in a distant world forever. Despite the danger of mom escaping again, we refuse to leave her in a nursery home, instead me, my dad and my 6 siblings took turns to be with her at all times, giving her the medication on time, and trying desperately to keep her active, so the "enemy" wouldn't take her away from us.

However, mom's Alzheimer's was more advanced than we thought and she began having these sudden violent spells, then she would just fall asleep for hours, until one day she never came back from that world again. We all agreed that the best thing to do was to get some home assistant so we could go back to our regular schedules and provide for our families.

The medication the doctor had prescribed her was so strong, she was sleeping all the time through the day, sometimes she would only wake up to eat. Everyone in my family was devastated, and as much as I tried to avoid it, I also found myself falling into a deep depression. I spent hours in front of my computer searching for a "miracle cure" for Alzheimer's, and every time I would come across some scammers websites promising a "guaranteed" cure with some product made overseas. I watched tons of video showing so called doctors talking about how amazing that product was, and "testimonies" of people "cured" by the capsules advertised on the web.

The truth is that there is no cure for this terrible disease yet. There a lot of studies going on right now to find a cure for Alzheimer's, but they will take time and even if the results derive into some kind of medicine it will have to be approved first by the FDA, before becoming available to the public. The discouraging part is that the price will probably be so high, only rich people will be able to afford it.

In the meanwhile, mom was getting more and more lost in that silent world. One afternoon I decided to cheer myself up and for the first time in my life, I went to one of those "nails" places. The people there were from Japan, the technician I got was very friendly and talkative, and during the conversation I kind of mentioned my mom. The technician told me her uncle had Alzheimer's too and then she told me about this mushroom called Lion's mane or Monkey's head, which grows wild in the woods of Asia, and had neuro cells regenerative properties. Digging a little bit more in the subject, she told me that they sold it here in America! and to look for it either on the Internet or at the naturist stores.

Kind of skeptic, I research the Internet and I found it. Apparently in 1991, a Japanese doctor Dr. Kawagishi discovered that this mushroom contains Hericium erinaceus, which had "neuroregenerative" properties and so far, two Nerve Growth Factors have been discovered on it. The whole article was fascinating, and I got encouraged to read a lot more information from other sources as well.

After I spoke to my family we decided it was worth giving it a try. We spoke to mom's doctor, and he had already heard about it. We are lucky to have a doctor like him, so open minded and willing to look for natural resources too, instead of stuffing mom with all kind of medicines, which carry so many side effects, it was ridiculous!

We were able to find the mushroom in its dry form in a Korean store, but we also find a site who sold it in capsules. We started to gradually include the natural form of this mushroom in mom's diet, blending it with at least one of her meals. For about three months, we thought we were noticing improvements on her memory, but I would still kind of skeptic.

By the forth month mom had being consuming the dry mushroom on every meal, and taking the capsules at least twice a day, then one day she was able to smile when one of my children kissed on her cheek. She wouldn't sleep that much, and she seemed to be more alert.

We were not expecting a miracle, but it was kind of happening! The doctor confirmed that her condition somehow had improved a little bit, and he encouraged talking to her more, even if it seemed that she was not listening, and write on a piece of paper every reaction she had to external stimulus, such as smiles, looking up to someone or an object, any sound she would make, everything!

Today, two years later, I can say that between the Lion's mane and our love and dedication we retrieve my mom from the enemy, at least partially. She is actually "present" in our daily life, and she participates in every single family event, she still not able to fully express herself, but she smiles, and she seems happy to be among us again.

The doctor stopped prescribing some of the regular medications and he is encouraging now other patients with Alzheimer's to try the mushroom, based on our experience. During our last visit, mom looked at him on the eyes while he was talking to her, he was gladly surprised by her gesture.

I have included several sites I visited, where the Lion's mane was mentioned. I cannot tell you if what they say is true or not, all I can say is that it did work for my mother, and I will be always grateful to that Japanese lady, she doesn't even know what her information meant in our lives. I guess what they say is true: "Every person that crosses your life is for a reason, even if you don't see that person ever again".


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      Amethystraven 2 years ago from California

      This is very good information. I hope this article can help other people on hubpages. Alzheimer's is a very destructive disease. It is my belief that Mother Nature has a cure for everything that me disease our bodies. I'm glad to hear the information from the nail salon woman helped your mother.