Alzheimer’s

Overview

Medicare accounts for twenty percent of all funds spent on care of Alzheimer’s disease, meaning it is a major problem that is increasing among Americans.

At present, 5.3 million persons in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Of these, 5.1 million are over 65 years old. About 700,000 people die from Alzheimer’s (dementia) each year.

Mild cognitive impairment (short-term memory loss, difficulty concentrating) will develop into Alzheimer’s within five years. Approximately fifteen percent of adults have mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Causes:

  • GI Tract Issues (“Leaky Gut“)
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Poor Diet
  • Stress
  • Mold
  • Statin Drugs

Another cause is lack of adequate detoxification when exposed to multiple toxins, especially occupational toxins, heavy metals, and fluoride.

Liver problems are also a cause, such as not producing cholesterol for optimal cell wall structuring and not producing adequate hormones, as cholesterol is the precursor of most sex hormones and adrenal hormones.

When the liver is clean, the pancreas works better and more easily produces insulin when needed. Pharmaceuticals shut down normal body activity through suppression of enzymatic activity. The synthetic chemicals block the function of normal chemicals.

Approximately ninety percent of mental medications contain fluoride. Ninety percent of medications cause constipation. Many medications contain food dyes. Both aluminum and silicon dioxide are common fillers in medications.

A majority of Alzheimer’s causes are epigenetic, not genetic, but some other causes include:

  • Testosterone Plays a Part in Toxicity of Mercury
  • 80,000 Manmade Chemicals in the Environment
  • 200+ Industrial Chemicals and Pollutants Measured in Umbilical Cord Blood
  • 700 Contaminants in Each and Every Individual
  • Microbes:
    • Herpes Simplex
    • Lyme
    • Candida Fungus:
      • Lives Inside Neurons
      • Best Anti-Fungal Agent Is Calcium Disodium Edetate (EDTA)
      • Nanobacteria
      • Chlamydia Pneumoniae / H. pylori
      • Toxoplasmosis

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Management

Maintain Good Cerebral Blood Flow

Reducing vascular damage, atherosclerosis can help maintain a healthy cerebral blood flow. There are mechanisms to reduce plaque formation and to lower naturally vascular risk factors such as high or low density lipoprotein, high triglycerides, high homocysteine, and high uric acid.

Blood flow can be increased with:

  • Regular Exercise
  • Oxygen Inhalation at Home
  • Vinpocetine
  • Gingko Biloba
  • Gotu Kola

Another way to maintain good blood flow to the brain is to ensure adequate heart function and the correction of any anemias.

Increasing nitric oxide production to cause vascular dilatation and increased blood flow is also a good strategy. Common methods include drinking beet juice, taking beet crystals in distilled water, or taking a supplement sublingually such as CircO2 or Neo40.

Ensure Adequate Raw Materials for Production of Neurotransmitters

  • Ensure the appropriate intake of essential amino acids with a good diet or supplementation.
  • Ensure healthy gut and manage leaky gut and bowel inflammation/infestation.
  • Ensure adequate stomach acid and digestive enzymes and healthy gut microbiome with good probiotics.
  • Maintain nerve cell membranes (supplement with good fats for myelin production, such as DHA/EPA from omega-3 fatty acids).
  • Avoid bad omega-6s as pro-inflammatory and instead ingest good omega-6s, such as evening Primrose and borage oils.
  • Remove toxins and heavy metals which damage neurons. Good fats for this include sources from coconut, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and small amounts of saturated fats from organic butter and ghee.
  • The best supplementation includes phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine, with co-administration with B vitamins also being important.
  • Further supplementation to ensure a healthy brain environment includes lipoic or alpha-lipoic acid as a brain and memory power boost.

Neutralize Free Radicals

There are many antioxidants that are helpful in this regard:

  • Green Tea or GT Extract
  • Grape Seed Extract Resveratrol Polyphenols Astaxanthin Apigenin
  • Luteolin

The most important operating factor in degenerative disorders including those localized to the brain, such as ALS, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, is underlying inflammation in the brain. This process starts as early as a patient’s 20s or 30s and manifests later as Alzheimer’s.

How to Avoid Brain Inflammation

Gluten can disrupt the blood-brain barrier (BBB), giving rise to “leaky BBB.” Gluten also increases the risk for multiple sclerosis and epileptic seizure.

Avoid grains (sprouted grains are a better form to take these in). Grains have an amylase-trypsin inhibitor which activates an inflammatory response in the GI tract. Grains can also be highly glycemic, especially rice (rice in the U.S. is contaminated with cadmium and arsenic).

Much of the grain stored in silos might also have mold contamination. There is a very toxic mycotoxin produced by mold in the silos called fumonisin. Protein in quinoa can mimic gluten. Corn also increases inflammation by raising the c-reactive protein index.

Mycotoxins lead to hormonal imbalances and give rise to muscle pain and loss. Mycotoxins also cause brain fog, cause brain inflammation, and are present in fungal infestations, such as candidiasis.

Any form of sugar is bad, including coconut sugar, honey, agave, and maple syrup. Flour contains higher levels of sugar, so breads, cookies, and cakes are extremely inflammatory.

High sugar ingestion is associated with a significant increase in fungal infection. Sugar depletes magnesium, which protects the BBB.

Dairy is high in sugar. There are proteins in dairy that mimic gluten. Casein, which is high in dairy cheeses, is a problem as it concerns food sensitivities and food resulting in inflammation.

Processed dairy uses an enzyme, MTGG (microbial transglutaminase), which converts proteins in milk into glute-like proteins.

Insulin and cortisol need to be kept in balance, as high levels of either can result in inflammation. When there is insulin-resistance, sugar trapped in the bloodstream and advanced glycation end (AGE) products are formed, which create free radicals and more inflammation.

These AGEs coat proteins that are normally mineral and vitamin carriers. They also affect proteins that end up as neurotransmitters.

Avoid hydrogenated fats. All hydrogenated fats are unhealthy but some saturated fats are healthy. Cooking with oils that have a low heating point create hydrogenated fats. The best oil to use is avocado oil.

If heating above 120 degrees then use coconut oil (but not sunflower, safflower, canola, olive, or cottonseed. Vegetable oils such as corn, soy, peanut, and almond are often derived from GMO foods.

NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, and Tylenol strip barriers away in the GI tract.

Alzheimer’s Diet

  • Dark green vegetables
  • Oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, turmeric
  • Berries, cherries, pears, Granny Smith apples, papaya
  • Pectin from apples is high in Rutin, a powerful bioflavonoid
  • Lemons and limes (peels included because of high limonene content)
  • Grass-fed beef, bison, elk, lamb, pasture-raised eggs, organic chicken, turkey
  • Organic meats are better than muscle meats as high in coenzyme Q10
  • P-protein, non-denatured whey protein, collagen protein
  • Soaked nuts and seeds to get rid of lectins

A ketogenic diet is also beneficial as it produces beta-hydroxybutyrate helps strengthen neurons and improve mitochondrial density. Food beneficial to ketosis are grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, and avocados.

Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and coconut water kefir are also good for achieving ketosis.

Probiotics are good to add to your diet because good bacteria in the gut convert glutamate to GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). High levels of neuroexcitatory glutamate through microglia causes toxicity and inflammation in the brain.

Good bacteria keep the GI tract healthy. Microbes produce endotoxins, especially E. coli, salmonella, shigella, and H. pylori. These endotoxins seep through the bowel epithelium and cause leaky gut.

These endotoxins also cause amyloid formation, which seeps through the BBB. The bad amyloid, which is non-protective, results from conversion by the enzyme beta-secretase. Protective amyloid in the brain is from the enzyme gamma secretase.

Blood sugar imbalance combined with amyloid proteins tends to preferentially affect the hippocampus, the main site of Alzheimer’s.

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