With cognitive decline reaching epidemic proportions, you need to ask why modern medicine has once again failed the people it is supposed to serve and help. The article includes memory loss, Parkinsons, Alzheimer’s/Dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Medicine doesn’t care about the root cause of diseases or a permanent cure
I know it sounds cruel and callous, but this is unfortunately the reality. Why? Because Big Pharma have been controlling the medical establishment for years, resulting on an emphasis on detecting disease and subsequently prescribing drug therapies to “treat” the symptoms.
The problem with this approach is twofold; firstly, you’re only masking the root cause and secondly, once disease has taken hold; it is usually too late to reverse the damage.
Why should they pursue such a futile strategy? Simple! There is no money in cures in contrast to the multibillion dollar profits in treating symptoms. Think about it logically; if doctors taught their patients how to avoid diseases and stay healthy, a $750 billion per year medical industry would be drastically reduced to treating rare disorders and accidents.
Most people never consider that medicine is a profit driven business, especially in countries like the UK with the NHS, where treatment is “free” at the point of delivery; however the reality is that the NHS costs a whopping £115 Billion a year.
Would it not be smarter to address the root causes of disease?
For example, Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases are caused by two things:
- Chronic inflammation
- Free radical damage
Control these two conditions and you reduce the risk.
What causes inflammation and free radical damage?
- Pesticides and herbicides – difficult to eliminate totally, but buying the organic version of the most contaminated produce and washing produce in water helps. Improving gut flora helps remove toxins; using probiotic foods or supplements.
- Harmful ingredients in foods and beverages – these include MSG, saccharin and aspartame
- Toxic metals in the air, water, and consumer products – toxic metals including lead, cadmium, mercury and aluminium.
They find their way into certain fish, such as tuna, shark, and swordfish; drinking water, the air you breathe, household products, such as antiperspirants and aluminium cookware.
If you use fluoridated water or toothpaste, even in small amounts, it will increase your aluminium and flouride absorption and trigger a dramatic destruction of the same brain cells we see destroyed in Alzheimer’s patients.
One of the world’s leading immunologists, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, has conducted studies showing that those who receive the flu vaccine yearly for 3 to 5 years increase their risk of Alzheimer’s ten fold.
- Various sugars and sugar substitutes – sugars, grains and other poor starchy carbs e.g. bread, pasta, potatoes, corn, rice etc, stick to sweet potatoes and root vegetables. Ditch the artificial sweeteners and use stevia, erythritol, raw honey or a little date paste. Aspartame is a potent excitotoxin that can literally excite brain cells to death. Instead, use natural sugar substitutes, which are safer and won’t cause inflammation or generate free radicals.
- Omega-6 fats (mainly from refined vegetable/cooking oils) – Omega-6 oils beyond the smallest amounts will cause brain inflammation and that inflammation will excite the microglia into destroying your brain cells.
What’s more, the inflammation will cause more free radical activity that can overwhelm your antioxidant defences, causing a steady deterioration of brain cell function.
Omgea 6 oils line the supermarket aisle and are used in cooking, baking and salad dressings. The ones to avoid include; soybean, sunflower, canola (rapeseed), corn, safflower, refined olive oil, peanut or groundnut and generic vegetable oil.
Only use butter (preferably grass fed), virgin coconut oil, organic ghee and lard from a grass fed animal for cooking and EV olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia and cold pressed seed and nut oils for dressings.
Eat Plenty of Omega 3 foods including oily fish like mackerel, sardines and salmon (preferably wild). Salmon contains astaxanthin, arguably the “king of antioxidants” as does krill oil, which would be useful for supplementing your Omega 3 intake. Good vegetarian options include ground or milled flaxseed (linseed), walnuts and cold pressed flaxseed oil.
Other healthy fats for a healthy brain include; nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and free range, organic eggs.
- Vaccines (including flu shots)
- GMO foods. Genetically engineered foods represent one of the most widespread and underestimated dangers of our time. Among other toxins and other health-disrupting contaminants, GMO foods contain glyphosate, a horrifically destructive chemical that saps nutrients from foods and quite literally makes them toxic to consume.
- Excitotoxins – These are substances that excite the microglia (brain’s immune cells) and cause a storm of inflammation and free radical production and they include chemicals added to foods e.g. MSG and aspartame as well as elevated homocysteine levels caused by poor diet induced inflammation.
- Low levels of the master antioxidant, glutathione, which moderates the brain’s immune system, resulting in inflammation and free radical production, the two brain destroying culprits you must control to avoid neurodegenerative (ND) diseases.
- Infections, brain injury, strokes, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, harmful foods, environmental toxins such as mercury, lead, and aluminium, and also high levels of glutamate, which deplete your body’s store of glutathione.
Find a doctor practising holistic or integrative medicine who can administer heavy metal detox through IV chelation therapy, and while you’re at it, get a glutathione IV drip. This one-two punch will give your brain a big boost of protection.
Mercury is also highly toxic to your brain and immune system, and it’s the main ingredient in amalgam dental fillings. If you still have this type of filling, see a qualified dentist for their proper removal.
Other risk factors:
- A lack of exercise – Numerous studies have shown that moderate exercise, such as a brisk 30 to 40 minute walk every other day, is protective against Alzheimer’s/dementia and other ND diseases. What’s also protective is to exercise your brain by reading, writing, memorising facts, and participating in mental skill games such as bridge, chess or crossword puzzles.
- Nutritional deficiencies – Take some or all of these in supplements and foods; N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), Blueberry Extract, Folic acid, Melatonin, Gingko Biloba, Ashwagandha, Curcumin, Quercetin, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12.
- Hormonal imbalances – A combination of diet, exercise and supplementation should go a long way to addressing any hormonal imbalance.
What else should you do to help protect yourself?
- Take the Sage Test to assess whether you are showing any symptoms of cognitive decline.
- Fasting – this helps control insulin levels, which have been shown to be a factor in ND diseases; Alzheimer’s is often referred to as type 3 diabetes.
Increasing evidence suggests that the brain is not pre-programmed or pre-destined by some genetic blueprint. Instead, we are interacting with and “updating” this blueprint with every one of our actions, mainly via the epigenome, the level above the gene, which interacts with our environment.
This means that our diet, exercise habits, supplementation routines, emotional health, sleep patterns, and relationships all play a role in determining our brain health. Even the quality of our thought patterns (whether they’re positive or negative) can change our brains accordingly.
If you are unfortunate to contract a ND disease, consider Huperzine A, derived from the Huperzia Serrata plant as a natural alternative; it’s just as effective as modern medicines, with little or no side effects. Gingko Biloba and turmeric (curcumin) are also very effective at slowing the progression.