Archive for September 2015

Alzheimer’s: Same Old Tune

Alzheimer’s will affect 1 in 3 newborns at some point in their lives according to a new study, and this life robbing disease will affect women more than men.

The researchers at Alzheimer’s Research UK call it a ‘looming national health crisis’ and warn that girls born today are at a 10% higher risk of developing dementia later in life, compared to boys of a similar age whose risk is 27%.

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Dr. Matthew Norton, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and, if we are to beat it, we must invest in research to find new treatments and preventions.”

Well in response to Dr. Norton’s comments, the prevention strategies are already here and have been for some time, so why aren’t they promoting them widely and secondly why are they even mentioning new treatments, when they have been largely ineffective to date and based on Big Pharma’s record on producing drugs in general with poor efficacy, there is nothing to suggest that after millions more of further investment, this is about to change. So when you see the next sensationalist media headline such as “Alzheimer’s Breakthrough” or “Game Changer”, just ignore it and here is the reason why.

Let’s face it their record is abysmal for most, if not all disease types including cancer. Incidentally the BBC journalist made reference to the success of cancer treatments and asked why Alzheimer’s is lagging behind. I’m not sure where he got his information from, but cancer is not much better after the Billions spent on research and treatments.

In 2012, a researcher then at the biotechnology company Amgen wrote in Nature that when his team tried to reproduce 53 landmark cancer studies, they could replicate just six; that’s only 11%.!

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 or very difficult to reverse the damage.

Why should they pursue such a futile strategy? Simple! There is no money in cures in contrast to the multi-billion dollar profits in treating symptoms. Think about it logically; if doctors taught their patients (if they were trained in natural medicine, a big IF) 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 3 interdependent factors:

Control these 3 conditions and you reduce the risk or slow down the disease. NB Mitochondria are the energy producing “batteries” of the cells, which turn food into cellular energy, namely adenosine triphosphate or ATP. Our modern lifestyles conspire against the mitochondria’s ability to produce energy optimally, leading to increased free radicals and cellular inflammation. This sets the stage for multiple diseases, including neurodegeneration.

What causes mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation and free radical damage?

  • Pesticides and herbicides – they are 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. Flouride causes the calcification of the pineal gland, which is now implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s. Chlorine is also a calicifier of the pineal gland.

  • Various sugars and sugar substitutes –  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.
  • High carb diets – increase the risk of Alzheimer’s by 89%. They produce way too much glucose, which eventually leads to insulin resistance in the brain and associated inflammation, oxidative stress (from free radicals) and mitochondrial dysfunction, in turn leading to cell death. Hence the reason why the disease is often referred to as type 3 diabetes. In fact the brain does not need glucose and can manage very well with ketone (fats) bodies for fuel. This is one of the reasons why coconut oil is so effective at slowing the diseases’ progression.

    Also avoid grains, which cause high insulin spikes and contain anti-nutrients including the most damaging of all. namely gluten; gluten is a neurotoxin and should be re-classified as a health hazard, since it has been linked to at least 200 diseases and removal of it from the diet can actually induce recovery in Parkinson’s.

    Grains and other poor starchy carbs include wheat flour (bread, pasta, cereals, noodles, pies, pastries, ready meals), oats, potatoes, corn, rice; stick to sweet potatoes, squash and root vegetables. Also replace some starchy carbs with more fibrous vegetables.
  • 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.

Other Causes:

  • Vaccines (including flu shots) – 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.
  • 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 glyphosatea 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.
  • Household and beauty products – are toxic and as such trigger the vicious cycle of inflammation and free radicals and more inflammation and mitochondrial damage.
  • Poor gut health – causes poor immunity; 70% of immune cells are made in the gut; microglia (the brain’s immune cells) are crucial for brain cell protection.
  • Low levels of the master antioxidant, glutathione – 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 practicing 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:

 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.
  • A high healthy fat diet (see healthy fats above) – reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s by 44%. Believe it or not the brain is 60% fat, so why on earth would the Government and all their health cronies advocate a low fat diet? Simple, to appease the food companies who make Billions from low fat, junk foods, which make you ill, and the Big Pharma companies who make Billions selling you drugs in a futile attempt to “cure” you, but all they do is poison you.
  • Either install water filters in your home or stick to mineral spring water to avoid flouride, chlorine and other toxins.

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.

You and I both know that these “treatments and preventions” will certainly not involve alternative healthy breakthroughs, but rather ineffective, highly damaging chemical drugs that are foreign to the body and as such pose many other risks, while at the same time having little to no efficacy.

Developing policies to clampdown on junk food manufacturers, curtailing the use of pesticides and the over-prescription of antibiotics and other medicines and advocating at least some of the aforementioned supplement options would be a start.

However money, power and scientific egos are so intertwined, that they prove time and time again to be a tough nut to crack. Hopefully by reading this, it will provide food for thought and the confidence to take control of your own health by making the lifestyle changes necessary to help protect you from this life stripping disease..