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What about alternative treatments?

What about alternative treatments?

by MATT KWONG
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Dr. Norman Relkin, director of the memory disorders program at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, noted that a “medical food” marketed as Axona is becoming popular.

Axona, while approved by the FDA, is not a drug and has “not been vetted for efficacy; only for safety,” Relkin noted.

The powdered food supplement is a fatty-acids mixture that promotes formation of a substance called “ketone bodies,” which Relkin described as “an alternative fuel source for the brain” aside from glucose, which can be negatively affected by the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

“It’s basically a milkshake. You shake it up and the person drinks it once a day,” Relkin said.

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Matt Kwong is a writer based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Toronto, Ontario 



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