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Alzheimer's Disease -Roger Mason
Why do we fear growing old so much? Mostly, it is because we start to lose our mental clarity, memory, and therefore our independence. Alzheimer’s is a fast growing epidemic in America and most of the world. 50% of Americans over 85 will suffer from it. This disease has only appeared in the last few decades. It was simply unknown until very recently. We have other epidemics never seen before, especially diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. We have these new epidemics because we are doing things humans have never done before. These record rates are confined to the industrialized nations, especially America. No one has ever hogged down so many calories, fat, sugars, chemicals, preservatives, and nutrition-less food than we do. No one. Basically, Alzheimer’s is based on inflammation and oxidative stress. This is very related to the same factors that cause coronary heart disease (the biggest killer). Our insane intake of over 160 pounds of various sugars is the main cause. What can we do about it? We can avoid cognitive decline and failing memory. Genetics is a minor factor, especially since this condition didn't even exist 100 years ago. Also, it was never prominent until recently. We can prevent Alzheimer's as well as dementia, and serious cognitive decline as we age. Once Alzheimer’s takes hold, it cannot be cured though. The most important causes are sugar intake, high blood glucose, high insulin, and insulin resistance. This comes down to a dysfunctional blood sugar/insulin axis. Let’s look at the other major factors:
Sugars. We swill down over 160 pounds of various sugars every year. This is prima facie insanity. One in three American children will grow up diabetic. This is the main cause. This sugar intake causes high blood glucose, high insulin, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes). Sugars rot your brain. Read the article Sugar is Sugar. It doesn't matter whether you eat honey, fruit juice, dried fruit, molasses, agave syrup, raw sugar, sorghum, or white sugar. Now we have toxic sugar substitutes such as sucralose that cause the very same problems.
Insulin resistance, high insulin, and high blood glucose. This comes from eating all that sugar. Our blood glucose rises. Our insulin no longer is effective, so we keep making more and more to compensate. This leads to metabolic syndrome, and then outright diabetes. Caffeine in any form will do the same. Even one cup of coffee, or one energy drink a day will eventually wreck your blood sugar metabolism. We should have a fasting blood insulin level of about 4-5, not 9 and above. Our blood sugar should be 85 or less, not 100 and above.
Obesity. We’re the fattest nation on earth, and getting fatter every year. Every year we get more obese. The fatter you are, the higher your chances are of getting every known disease, including Alzheimer’s. You can eat all you want, never be hungry, and lose weight, if you just make better food choices. Just make better food choices. Fat makes you fat, not food per se.
Saturated animal fats. We stuff over 40% saturated fat calories in our face. This should only be 10 to 20% unsaturated oils, and from vegetables only. Excessive fat intake is a major factor here, as it is with all other diseases. Eat less than 20% vegetable oils. Americans have the highest cholesterol levels and highest rates of CHD in the world.
Hormonal imbalance. The average person over 40 is a hormonal mess. Men have about seven basic hormones to deal with, while women have about ten (due to their three major estrogens). Natural hormone balance is vital here. Testosterone, DHEA, pregnenolone, melatonin and progesterone are all vital here. Pregnenolone is especially important. High estradiol and estrone are major factors in both men and women. Read the article Balance Your Hormones.
Too much food. We eat TWICE the calories we need. We eat for two people. We never stop eating. This country now has wall to wall fast food grease pits wherever you go. No one else out-eats America. Eat two meals a day. Fast one day a week. Make better food choices, and you can eat all you want and never be hungry. The less you eat, the longer you'll live, the healthier you'll be, and the higher your quality of life. Calorie restriction is the most effective way know to increase lifespan.
Lack of exercise. Who walks anywhere anymore? How many people do you know who go to a gym or have a home gym? Playing golf in an electric cart really doesn’t count. Exercise, even just walking every day, is a powerful preventative. The more you exercise the more bulletproof you will be to mental decline as you age. Exercise raises your feel good endorphins, too.
Oxidative stress. This means the free radicals in our body are overwhelming us. This comes from our diet and lifestyle. It is not enough to just take proven antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and melatonin. These, on their own, will not make up for bad diet and lack of exercise. Diet and lifestyle cures oxidative stress.
Bad habits. Caffeine is the most popular psychotropic drug on earth, and is insidiously addictive. We don’t drink as much alcohol as the Scandanavians, but we sure try hard. Tobacco is still an epidemic, and 1 in 3 smoke. These three drugs alone contribute dramatically to our high rates of disease. Recreational drugs are another cause. We now have a national opiate epidemic. We have an outright marijuana pandemic. Don't think it is innocuous at all, because it causes serious cognitive impairment over time. You have to go cold turkey on all bad habits. Yes, that can be tough, but there's no way around that.
Prescription drugs. We take far more prescription drugs than anyone else in the world. Read the article Most Medicated Nation. No one on earth takes nearly as many of these toxic, poisonous chemicals as we do. These CAUSE all manner of illness, including cognitive decline. The more prescription drugs you take the more at risk you are for Alzheimer's and dementia.
Mineral deficiency. Everyone is mineral deficient, no matter how well they eat. Take a good mineral supplement. Mineral deficiency is one of the root causes of every single disease known to man. Our food and soils are mineral deficient. Read my booklet The Minerals You Need.
Undernutrition. Americans are overfed and undernourished. Even though we eat twice the calories we need, there is simply no nutrition in the food we eat. We eat a mere 1% whole grains, but should be eating 50%. We eat twice the protein we need, and eight times the fat we need, but we aren’t getting the nutrients we need. Lack of minerals, vitamins, sterols, and lignans is especially critical here. Take proven supplements like beta glucan, vitamin D, ALC, lipoic acid, NAC, beta carotene, CoQ10, vitamin E, flax or fish oil, acidophilus, glucosamine, FOS, DIM, glutamine, and PS.
Aluminum intake. People with Alzheimer's have large amounts of aluminum in their brains. Aluminum does exist in very tiny microgram amounts in our food and soil, and thus in our body and blood. Fortunately, our aluminum cookware is now almost universally coated with protective Teflon, but we still use aluminum foil. We get aluminum from two sources- baking powder (not soda), and underarm deodorants with transdermal aluminum salts. Use sodium based (e.g. Rumford®) baking powder. Over 90% of deodorants contain aluminum. It should be banned outright. Read your labels. Eat and use nothing with aluminum in it. Always read your labels on the food you buy.
Mental and emotional stress. We are under a lot of stress in the most productive affluent society on earth. Stress will kill you faster than anything else. People were never under as much stress as they are today in modern society.
You have a choice in life. You can be a breathing vegetable in a nursing home, after your “loved ones” dump you there. Or you can be bullet proof to Alzheimer's, and other forms of dementia, if you deal with all these things. An ounce of prevention is worth ten pounds of cure. Health is real wealth, and diet and lifestyle are the key to a long life. Think whole body, holistic health, and not just brain health. Print out the Seven Steps to Natural Health article, and tape it to your fridge. Think whole body, holistic health, and not just brain health.
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