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Chrohn's Disease and dementia

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  • Posted By: jhpackard
  • December 2, 2008
  • 11:49 AM

Does anyone know of a link between Chrohn's Disease, or GI tract problems generally, and dementia (early-onset Alzheimer's, for example) or symptoms that mimic dementia? My wife might have Alzheimer's disease, but there is no way to diagnose Alzheimer's except by autopsy. I seem to notice that when her GI problems (heartburn, acid indigestion, a feeling of having been punched in the stomach, etc.) worsen, her cognitive functions and her emotional state also worsen. A few years ago, she also had occasional bouts of IBS. A compounding pharmacist with whom we consulted related that there is a definite link between mental acuity and malabsorption of nutrients essential to health brain functioning: the brain (and emotions) can mimic the symptoms of alzheimer's.

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