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Featured Health Article –By Paul A Philips
Natural Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
The following information is very important for over 50 year olds. If you are in this age group and are not in line with the following then I cannot see how anyone including yourself can guarantee the future of your health.
The aging-related illness Alzheimer’s disease has alarmingly increased in recent years. The same can be said about other forms of dementia.
Using the UK Alzheimer’s Society figures as an indicator reflective of the western world a disturbing continual exponential rise in dementia is expected. More specifically, a reported 700,000 plus have dementia in the UK, burdening the economy with a cost of more than 17 billion: The estimation for 2051 is around 1.7 million; that’s means roughly 2.5 times more dementia cases in the next 40 years, possibly costing well over 60 billion. Then there’s the vast numbers of unpaid carers; close friends and family members currently affected or to be affected...1
So, there could never be a more important statement than the old adage ‘Prevention is the best form of cure.’ What are the preventions for keeping Alzheimer’s away?
As I have been saying in my previous articles regarding the treatment of other diseases, the answer lies in 4 highly underestimated or sometimes even ignored vital life-saving factors. These 4 factors are the key to the natural prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, preferably organic, free of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. Those rich in antioxidants such as pomegranates, strawberries, leafy-green vegetables like spinach, watercress and broccoli have been shown to significantly reduce Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Get about 80% of raw food in the diet (salad a day??) since the heat from cooking food can greatly reduce the nutrition value by denaturing the food’s vitamins and enzymes.
Good quality fats
Unfortunately, due to the effects of deceptive or misleading marketing and bad press, fats have been unjustly demonised. Doesn’t it say in the biology/nutrition texts books that fat is an essential requirement in our diet? Of course it does. Good quality fats taken in appropriate quantities are absolutely essential for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Good quality fats include foods rich in omega-3 such as eggs, seeds and nuts and fish oils...
Virgin coconut oil is an excellent fat for cardiovascular function, weight loss, digestive problem, insulin control, thyroid gland stimulation and has anti-fungal properties.
“A doctor’s husband made a remarkable reversal of his serious Alzheimer’s problem by ingesting coconut oil daily. Dr. Mary Newport had her husband Steve get off the pharmaceutical Alzheimer’s drugs as his condition just kept worsening with them, along with added negative side effects…. Steve’s condition has improved greatly since coconut oil was included in his diet.” 1
High-strength supplements and foods rich in B-Vitamins greatly improve cognitive function such as better memory recall while reducing brain atrophy. 2
“Researchers at Oxford University found that the mild memory problems suffered by healthy people stopped getting worse when they took a B vitamin supplement.
About one-and-a-half million people in the UK suffer from age-related memory loss, or ‘mild cognitive impairment’. It starts gradually — forgetting keys, wondering what you came into the shop to buy — but half of those affected will progress to Alzheimer’s and dementia within five years. Until now there has been no way to slow down memory loss.
The people in the Oxford University trial were taking a single pill containing three types of vitamin B (folic acid and vitamin B6 and B12) all in doses far in excess of the recommended daily amount (RDA). The pill contained 0.8 mg of folic acid (twice the RDA), 0.5 mg of B12 (250 times the RDA) and 20 mg of B6 (12 times the RDA).” 3
Evidence has shown Alzheimer’s patients to be deficient in vitamin D. 4 Daily exposure to direct sunlight, around 15 minutes plus a day, or vitamin D3 supplements giving 3000 – 5000 IU a day is the recommendation. Vitamin D aids immune system and bone health.
The plain and simple fact is that people in general do not drink enough water. People over 65 have been known to lose their natural sensation of thirst which compounds their bodies ‘drought condition’, bringing on a range of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.5
Drink plenty of water. Here’s what the management at a care home in Suffolk England had to say about the remedies of drinking more water.
“Staff at the Martins care home in Bury St Edmunds started a ‘water club’ for their residents last summer. Residents were encouraged to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day, water coolers were installed, and they were each given a jug for their room. They report significant improvements in health as a result — many fewer falls, fewer GP call-outs, a cut in the use of laxatives and in urinary infections, better quality of sleep, and lower rates of agitation among residents with dementia.
“It’s been fantastic. The whole home buzzes now; there isn’t that period after lunch when everyone goes off to sleep.”
For Baroness Greengross, a cross-bench peer, it reinforces a conviction she has had for some time now — that many old people simply are not drinking enough, and it is harming their health.” 6
Avoid eating junk foods laden with sugars, too much salt and nasty trans-fat...
The saying ‘use it or lose it’ is definitely the operative here. Take on new challenges that keep you mentally active, whether it’s by learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, solving puzzles or studying...
Learn to deal with stress. Meditation and yoga are very effective ways for handling stress. What other ways can you think of?
Don’t spend too many lengthy times alone. Stay regularly in communication with people.
Research has shown that people who frequently exercise (3-5 hours a week recommended) are 75% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. 7
4. Avoid environmental toxins
Aluminium toxicity in brain cells has been known to have an involvement in severe memory loss and senility. 8 If you have them throw out your aluminium cooking utensils and foil packing. The same goes with antacids, antiperspirants or deodorants containing aluminium. Avoid canned drinks (aluminium cans).
Lead toxicity has been known to have an involvement in hyperactivity and aggression. People in cities may overly accumulate lead from petrol fumes produced by heavy traffic. Industrial pollution is another one to watch out for.
Mercury poisoning can be connected with a range of illnesses such as memory loss and headaches. Dental fillings, some vaccinations and sea foods from polluted waters are a few of the mercury containing things to be aware of.
Chelation therapy is a natural therapy used to remove the above three toxic metals. Consult a naturopathic practitioner. When chelated: Zinc and magnesium removes aluminium, vitamins C, B1 and zinc removes lead while selenium removes mercury. 9
-Indeed, this is not an exhaustive account of the natural prevention of Alzheimer’s, but something to encourage you to do further research while benefiting from taking preventative action such as that from the above recommendations.
- www.Credence.org Philip Day on Alzheimer’s
- Daily Mail, 14th September 2010
- www.vitamindcouncil.org; Evatt ML, Delong MR, Khazai N, Rosen A, Triche S, Tangpricha V “Prevalence of vitamin d insufficiency in patients with Parkinson disease and Alzheimer disease”, Arch Neurol. 2008 Oct;65(10):1348–52
- Batmanghelidj F and P Day, The Essential Guide to Water and Salt Credence, 2008
- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7466457.stm: “How Care Home Keeps Elderly Healthy” , 23rd June 2008
- www.naturalnews.com Friday, May 16, 2008 by: Sheryl Walters
- Lancet, I (8629): 59–62, 14th Jan 1989; McLachlan, D R, Kruck, T P and Lukiw, W J “Would decreased aluminium ingestion reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease?” Can Med Assn J, 1st Oct 1991
- The ABC’s of Disease by Phillip Day Credence publications