WFA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to educating all levels of healthcare workers about the dangers of and treatment for Wernickes which is often under diagnosed and under-reported. Wernickes is preventable. and knowledge is power, power to save lives and make changes for good.
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Wernickes when left untreated or under-treated can result in Korsakoff Syndrome, which is a form of dementia.
The Wernickes Korsakoff Syndrome happens when the body doesn't have enough thiamine. You body does not produce any and needs this vital vitamin, B1, to breakdown carbohydrates into useable fuel for your cells. You body only stores 14 days of thiamine and the rest most people get from their food.
Historically, Wernickes has been seen as an "Alcoholic's Disease", when, if fact, more and more cases diagnosed today are related to a thiamine deficiency caused by diet, surgery, HIV, AIDS, and overall lack of nutritional intake of thiamine, or the ability to store and retain enough for your body's daily requirements.
Was a german psychiatrist, physician, and neurologist whose early work involved identification of certain parts of the brain related to actions and functions of your body. One of his many interests was the various forms of encephalopathy that occur. Wernicke was the first to link a lack of thiamine to a devastating encephalopathy.
Did you know the Dr. Wernicke was the first to determine which area of the brain relates to being left or right handed?
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