A career in industrial chemicals may not seem the best preparation for someone trying to find a cure for Alzheimer?s disease.
But to Martin Joynes, it isn?t odd at all.
?I?ve always had an enquiring mind,? the Richmond Hill resident said.
For more than five years, Mr. Joynes has devoted his spare time to researching the nature and causes of Alzheimer?s. Based on his research, which includes documented cases of recovery, he has concluded most patients are suffering in vain.
The secret is naturopathy. Alzheimer?s has many causes, but the good news is most of them are related to diet and are as simple as poor metabolism, mineral or vitamin deficiency or high toxicity, he said.
After working out the most common causes of the disease, Mr. Joynes put together an all-natural diet aimed at fixing those problems.
?It covers all the bases,? he said, adding most people show major improvement within weeks or days.
?The patients in the worst condition rebound the best. Their eyes light up and they start asking questions. The noticeable effects are quite dramatic,? he said.
Mr. Joynes is now gathering a group of volunteer patients and caregivers for a study group that he hopes will provide systemic evidence. The study will be conducted in Richmond Hill and will be based on the regimen of patients who have recovered.
?No drugs. No side effects. It?s a matter of rebuilding the body. If we keep putting good nutrients in the body, it will heal itself,? he said.
Mr. Joynes, who is semi-retired, began his research project eight years ago soon after he became suddenly and seriously ill. Within months, he went from a state of good health to the point where he couldn?t rise from a chair or open a door without extreme difficulty. He was in constant pain.
In addition to chronic fatigue, he developed fibromyalgia, an illness that causes persistent muscle and joint pain.
?I was almost in a wheelchair and the worst thing is doctors don?t know what to do,? he said.
In the end, the solution didn?t come from a doctor, but a nurse.
Mr. Joynes decided to go to a lecture on day and afterward stayed to talk to the presenting nurse. She said the cure for his illness was nutritional.
?I followed what she said and I bounced back in three weeks. Within a week, I realized I didn?t hurt anymore. I was mobile again. I just got better and better. It was astounding,? he said.
With a new and keen interest in naturopathy, he began his research. He went to meetings, talked to nurses and searched the Internet. It led him to a remarkable discovery.
On the Internet, he learned seven Alzheimer?s patients across North America has cured themselves through natural means. None of them knew about the others and each found the solution by accident, on the advice of a friend or their own experimentation.
He also found Beating Alzheimer?s by Tom Warren, which helped him understand all the information he had collected and put it together into a single system.
?I had a fascination with it. And I kept feeling I was getting closer and closer to the answer. Why would I give up on it?? he said.
A former researcher with British Petroleum, Mr. Joynes described himself as ?a bit of an inventor?. He likes nothing better than applying his mind to difficult, tricky problems and has developed a process to break down automotive rubber and plastic into their component elements, a process required to recycle car parts. The technology has been sought for years.
?My mind seems to work in a contrary manner than most academics. I seem to be able to do things differently from everyone else and be successful at it too,? he said.
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