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  Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome  
 
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Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome stems from causes similar to those of beriberi, depletion of the body's stores of thiamine (vitamin B1) from many years of malnutrition due to alcoholism. Symptoms include anemia, anxiety, depression, and confusion. About 40% of those affected also have anemia as a result of folic acid deficiency. Weekly injections of thiamine and daily doses in capsule form can be used. Korsakoff's psychosis, a disorder stemming from destruction of nerve fibers connecting brain cells, is a serious neurological/psychiatric disorder seen in advanced alcoholism. It stems from the effects of the acetaldehyde that builds up in the liver and spills over into the bloodstream, where it creates free radicals that cause damage throughout the body. In the brain it can impair cellular communication by injuring the nerve fibers connecting cells. The prescription drug Hydergine stimulates regrowth of these damaged nerve fibers. The most effective form of Hydergine comes in tablets, which can be placed under the tongue for immediate absorption. Ask your doctor about Hydergine if you feel you need help in this area.
 

 
 

Signs, symptoms & indicators of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:
 
 
Symptoms - Mind - General  Periods of confusion/disorientation
 
 

Conditions that suggest Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:
 
 
Circulation  Anemia (Uncommon Nutritional)

Mental

  Anxiety
  Depression
 
 

Risk factors for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome:
 
 
Symptoms - Food - Beverages  Being a recovered alcoholic
  Moderate/high alcohol consumption
 
 

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome suggests the following may be present:
 
 
Circulation  Anemia (Uncommon Nutritional)
 
 

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome can lead to:
 
 
Mental  Depression
  Anxiety
 
 


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GLOSSARY

Anemia:  A condition resulting from an unusually low number of red blood cells or too little hemoglobin in the red blood cells. The most common type is iron-deficiency anemia in which the red blood cells are reduced in size and number, and hemoglobin levels are low. Clinical symptoms include shortness of breath, lethargy and heart palpitations.

Anxiety:  Apprehension of danger, or dread, accompanied by nervous restlessness, tension, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath unrelated to a clearly identifiable stimulus.

Folic Acid:  A B-complex vitamin that functions along with vitamin B-12 and vitamin C in the utilization of proteins. It has an essential role in the formation of heme (the iron containing protein in hemoglobin necessary for the formation of red blood cells) and DNA. Folic acid is essential during pregnancy to prevent neural tubular defects in the developing fetus.

Free Radical:  A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron. Because another element can easily pick up this free electron and cause a chemical reaction, these free radicals can effect dramatic and destructive changes in the body. Free radicals are activated in heated and rancid oils and by radiation in the atmosphere, among other things.

Hydergine:  The prescription drug Hydergine stimulates regrowth of damaged nerve fibers in Korsakoff's psychosis. The most effective form of Hydergine comes in tablets, which can be placed under the tongue for immediate absorption.

Korsakoff's Psychosis:  Korsakoff's psychosis, a disorder stemming from destruction of nerve fibers connecting brain cells, is a serious neurological/psychiatric disorder seen in advanced alcoholism. It stems from the effects of the acetaldehyde that builds up in the liver and spills over into the bloodstream, where it creates free radicals that cause damage throughout the body. In the brain it can impair cellular communication by injuring the nerve fibers connecting cells.

Thiamine:  (Vitamin B-1): A B-complex vitamin that acts as a coenzyme necessary for the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, which is burned in the body for energy. It is essential for the functioning of the nervous system.

Wernicke-Korsakoff:  Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome stems from causes similar to those of beriberi, depletion of the body's stores of thiamine (vitamin B1) from many years of malnutrition due to alcoholism. Symptoms include anemia, anxiety, depression, and confusion. About 40 percent of those affected also have anemia as a result of folic acid deficiency.