TPS-Therapy - Testimonial 2

Moderate to advanced Alzheimer's dementia

The joint decision of physician and family proves to be purposeful

Preliminary remark by Prof. Citak: “When family A. came to my Hamburg practice for a preliminary consultation with the patient, I was initially inclined not to recommend treatment. This was due to the fact that according to data and subjective assessment, also on the part of his wife and daughter, Mr. A. no longer suffered from moderate Alzheimer’s dementia, but was already more advanced. Until then, to my knowledge, there had been no such cases outside of clinical trials that had already been treated with TPS. So it was up to me as a physician to make a decision. However, from both a scientific and a human point of view, I finally decided, after carefully informing the family, that in the end not much, or perhaps nothing at all, could be expected from daring to try it. And what can I say? We are all happy that we made this decision. Mr. A’s life, and thus that of his family, has really taken a clear turn for the better.”

The back story:
D. A. is 72 years old and lives with his family in Switzerland. All his life he has only worked, provided for his family, never drank alcohol, never smoked. If someone needed help of any kind, D. A. was the first one on the spot. He has a helper syndrome, you could say. His large family is his everything, he is a gentle man and a good father, a picture-perfect dad, as his daughter tells us, and he also has a picture-perfect marriage. When he retires, he takes even more intensive care of his grandchildren, they go on many outings and he walks a few kilometers every day – for the sake of his health and because he simply enjoys it.

In the middle of 2019, the running suddenly becomes less. Wife and daughter ask about it. He evades, saying it’s too cold, it’s too late, he has other things to do. At some point, he confesses, “I’m afraid I won’t find my way back home.” He begins to forget everyday things, to misplace things, he gets into the car from the wrong side. And: He begins to withdraw, becomes more monosyllabic, sadder too. The joy of life dries up. Something is wrong here, the family already suspects it. One goes to the family doctor.

“We have to commit your father to an institution” – the family says: No!

Already at the family doctor it becomes clear: D. A. is suffering from a rapidly developing Alzheimer’s dementia. The best thing to do is to commit him immediately to a closed institution, where he can be diagnosed more precisely and helped with medication and therapies, says the family doctor, because there is nothing else that can be done with this disease. The family is horrified! No, there is no question of sending the father to such a hospital. The shock is so deep that the A. family does nothing for several months, except to give D. the prescribed medication, which does not help. D.’s condition quickly worsens: he can no longer sleep, at night he sees people walking through the apartment whom the wife cannot see because they are not there. He can no longer shower alone, he can no longer get dressed, his zest for life is extinguished, he is a shadow of his former self. At the end of 2020, after many examinations, the neurologist made a clear diagnosis: “Yes, it’s Alzheimer’s, give him these tablets and come back in half a year.

At home. A. D. says, “I used to have a wife.” His wife stands in front of him, ” But I am your wife!” And he answers: “But you look quite different. My wife is still quite young.” He is in the past, his wife and daughter are crying. What should they do? The daughter phones doctors – “no, resign yourself to it, there’s nothing you can do.” She searches the Internet. Everywhere the same: Alzheimer’s is not curable, there is no therapy. One should give the medicines of the physician, Ergo and music therapy could help a little. Above all, on the pages of the associations: Donate! We support the Alzheimer research, soon there will be a medicine.

Daughter A. falls into a deep hole, is hopeless. She herself is in the middle of life, has a responsible job with numerous employees, husband and child at home and now the desperate mother together with the more and more fading father, who is no longer himself. In the meantime, he hardly speaks, he can no longer eat with a knife and fork, he can no longer see the water glass in front of him on the table, let alone hold it and bring it to his mouth. He hardly perceives anything anymore – he is quite far away.

November 2021: Daughter A. watches the feature on RTL about transcranial pulse stimulation

“I thought I wasn’t seeing right,” daughter A. reports in conversation. “There is supposed to be a therapy? Why don’t I know about it? Why don’t the doctors know about it?” She immediately goes to the Internet, searching for Prof. Citak, whom she has just seen on TV. Indeed: if you search for ‘transcranial pulse stimulation’, you will find something, you will even find some things – but only if you know the right search term. And it also finds Prof. Citak in Hamburg.

After some preliminary discussions and preparations, daughter A. flies to Hamburg with her mother and father. “I was just hoping and praying,” she says. “Will the professor treat my father, isn’t it already too late?”. It doesn’t look good. In the medical history and the MMS test, Prof. Citak sees that Mr. A. has far-moderate, in fact, advanced Alzheimer’s dementia. The women hold their breath. “But, we dare,” the professor decides: “there is still a chance. Let’s take it.” They begin TPS therapy.

Swiss and Italian, drinking coffee and sightseeing in Hamburg: a new stage begins

Even toward the end of the first treatment, D. A. suddenly begins to speak – first in Schwyzerdütsch (Swiss German) and later in Italian with his family. And so it goes on, from treatment to treatment: D. A. blossoms, he walks through Hamburg with his wife and daughter. He walks alone, he no longer needs his wife’s hand. He talks, no, he tells, he makes jokes again, he puts on his socks and shoes alone again, he hangs his jacket on the hook in the hotel again himself. “Shall we go for coffee, Dad?” asks the daughter. “Yes, of course,” he answers. In the café he orders himself, he drinks his coffee, he eats the cake with a fork. Day by day, the person D. A. used to be returns more and more.

At home in Switzerland, the rest of the family welcomes the father, grandfather and uncle he once was. They go on trips like in the old days, he flawlessly lists all the cars including paint that he has ever driven in his life, he is back to himself and “all in”. He can play with the grandchildren again and his wife is overjoyed – he is married to her again in the here and now, not in the past, together they have grown older.

“Why is it that such a therapy is not known and used everywhere?”

This is what daughter A. asks me in the phone call. Everyone asks this question. I explain to her how it is with the timelines of studies and approvals and that a therapy that is just a medical-technical, physical one and does not come from pharmacy has a hard time getting noticed – to put it mildly and very simplistically.

“It’s just unbelievable,” says daughter A. “,if I hadn’t seen that RTL report, we would have just had to watch Dad deteriorate and we would probably have been standing by his grave soon? And thousands of families feel the same way we do! And our doctors sit there and don’t care. And these associations want donations from us instead of advising and helping us. This is an inverted world! Please keep it up, we too will tell everyone about Transcranial Pulse Stimulation. By the way, we don’t care that health insurance companies don’t cover the costs. How often do people pay € 3,000.00 without batting an eye, for a vacation, for a new couch. But no, medicine must not cost anything. If the health insurance doesn’t pay for it, it’s not a good therapy. The opposite is the case: This therapy is priceless! And thanks to Prof. Citak: He is a wonderful, courageous and competent doctor. We are happy to travel from Switzerland to Hamburg for this.”