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LDN Family Success Story: Alleviating Fran's Dementia and Yeti the Cat's Pancreatic Cancer

Fran & Yeti
October 16, 2018

About Dementia:

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities. These functions include memory, language skills, visual perception, problem solving, self-management, and the ability to focus and pay attention. Some people with dementia cannot control their emotions, and their personalities may change. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person's functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of living. The causes of dementia can vary, depending on the types of brain changes that may be taking place.
Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-dementia

About Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR):

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory disorder typically seen in older adults that causes widespread aching, stiffness and flu-like symptoms. The cause is uncertain but it is believed to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the connective tissues. Genetic and environmental factors (such as infections) are thought to play important roles. Because it is rare in people under age 50, its cause could be linked to the aging process.

About Feline Pancreatic Cancer:

This cancer in cats is called adenocarcinoma, and is particularly malignant. It spreads quickly throughout the body, harming healthy cells and organs. Symptoms of this cancer include weakness, lethargy, fever, weight loss, digestion issues, jaundice, and abdominal pain. Pancreatic cancer in cats is rare, and usually results in a cat’s death. Survival is typically only a couple of months due to symptoms not appearing until the cancer is in its later stages.

Sandy, your 84 year old mother, Fran, is now taking LDN. What led to that decision?

My mother has dementia and also an autoimmune disease called polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). We don’t know what kind of dementia she has yet and are getting ready to undergo a study at the University of Pittsburgh to try to determine that. They did put her briefly on Aricept and we saw absolutely no change, so we took her off it. When I heard LDN was being tested for neurodegenerative diseases, I contacted the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH researcher I spoke to said he had several colleagues who were having a lot of success using LDN with this population. He said LDN seems to slow down the progression of the memory loss. It doesn’t get the memory back, but it seems to slow down the progression. So that encouraged me to consider LDN for my mother’s dementia, as well as her autoimmune disease.

The NIH researcher I spoke to said he had several colleagues who were having a lot of success using LDN with this population. He said LDN seems to slow down the progression of the memory loss.
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What are your mother’s symptoms from her autoimmune disease, polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)?

Before going on LDN, my mother had been treated with very heavy doses of prednisone for her PMR. She still had a great deal of joint pain despite the prednisone. She also fell a few times & broke 2 vertebrae in her back, so she has chronic pain. Given all of this, I took her to my rheumatologist and I told him that she needs LDN. He put her on it.

How did your mother respond to LDN?

She has had a great response. Regarding her chronic pain, I do feel the LDN helps. With her dementia, prior to LDN, I had been seeing a lot of mood issues, and volatility. I see a great mood now. She has mellowed out from the LDN. My mother used to be very focused on how badly she felt. She’d say, “I just want to stay in bed. I’m exhausted. I want to go to bed.” I haven’t heard that once since she started the LDN. She’s got energy now. She’s at a retirement community playing bridge again, and functioning well with all of these new friends. There were very dramatic improvements in both my mom and her cat once after LDN.

My mother used to be very focused on how badly she felt. She’d say, “I just want to stay in bed. I’m exhausted. I want to go to bed.” I haven’t heard that once since she started the LDN
Why was your mother’s cat, Yeti, put on LDN?

Last year, my mother was living in Florida. She called me in tears saying that her veterinarian suggested that she might need to put her cat ,Yeti, down. The cat had a pancreatic tumor, chronic pancreatitis, and was sick a lot. I immediately did internet research about LDN for pets, and found a veterinarian in New Jersey who was using LDN on various animals. I called her the next day. She was very gracious to describe the different animals on which she was using LDN successfully. The vet explained that it doesn’t work for every animal, but that she’s seen that it does work for a lot, and she’s personally seen a handful of miraculous cases where animals’ tumors have disappeared using LDN. With that information, I tried (unsuccessfully) to find a vet in my mother’s area willing to prescribe LDN. Ultimately, I wrote a letter to my mother’s veterinarian saying that, in lieu of the fact that she has spent several thousands of dollars on treatments for this cat over the years and that they are suggesting to put the cat down, could we please try LDN first? They agreed.

Yeti
The vet explained that it doesn’t work for every animal, but that she’s seen that it does work for a lot, and she’s personally seen a handful of miraculous cases where animals’ tumors have disappeared using LDN.
How much LDN do you give Yeti and in what form?

We give him 0.4mg (based on his weight) of LDN. We mix liquid LDN into his food. We tried the chewable form of LDN (a seafood treat) but he defies the mold by not liking it. So mixing the liquid LDN into his food works really well for him.

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What was Yeti’s initial response to the LDN?

Yeti and I started our LDN on the very same day, Aug 22, 2017. Prior to starting LDN, Yeti was lethargic. He slept, all day and all night. Always in bed. He didn't have an appetite. He was frequently getting sick and throwing up. Just a very ill cat. After the first dose of LDN, Yeti’s appetite improved immediately. He ate voraciously, which he was not doing previously, and he had been losing weight. Yeti was also lethargic before LDN. He was sleeping all the time…barely moving. Yeti is 15 years old, and all I ever saw him do was lay around. After starting LDN, the cat became active and playful. I didn’t even know he knew how to run! You can tell that he feels better, and that has continued during the year that Yeti has been on LDN.

Yeti is 15 years old, and all I ever saw him do was lay around. After starting LDN, the cat became active and playful. I didn’t even know he knew how to run!
How is Yeti doing now, after a year on LDN?

We just had our first visit with a veterinarian here in Pittsburgh. The cat had a tumor in Florida. After LDN, he no longer has a tumor. It’s another miraculous story of LDN. We’re truly a family success story when it comes to LDN.

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More About Farn & Yeti:

Fran is now living in a retirement home in Pittsburgh, PA where her daughter, Sandy, and her family are located. Fran's life is no longer dominated by the low mood and energy symptoms of dementia and autoimmune disease. Thanks to LDN, Fran is back enjoying the good life with elevated mood and restored energy- she has gone back to the business of living. Fran also brought her cat, Yeti, with her to Pittsburgh. Yeti's veterinarian had advised he be euthanized due to a pancreatic tumor and its complications. But LDN gave Yeti a new life- improving his appetite, energy, and pain...and the tumor is no longer detectable! LDN is truly a family affair for this family!