Alzheimer’s and the nutrition link

Research has now borne out what many nutritionists have been saying for some time – that lifestyle changes could prevent Alzheimer’s disease. There are 820,000 people in the UK with dementia, yet researchers from the University of California have found that a ‘couch potato’  lifestyle with little or no exercise is the biggest culprit.  A healthier diet, more exercise and giving up smoking could actually halve Alzheimer cases.
Smoking, a poor diet, obesity,  high blood pressure and cholesterol  were found to contribute to Alzheimer’s as they cause damage to the blood vessels in  the brain. Blows to the head can also increase the risk of developing the disease later in life.
In addition  it was also claimed that spending  years at school and university protect the brain in old age, presumably due to stimulation of the brain.
Carrying on as we are is not an option with predictions of over 1 million Britons expected to have Alzheimer’s in the next 10 years, particularly as people live longer lives.  It is always a good idea to have homocysteine levels tested because this high  levels of this amino acid in the blood can lead to the disease as well as other serious illness.
The awful statistics

By the time someone reaches 80 they have a one in five chance of getting dementia, and most people who get it are over 65.

Dementia is a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotions. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

Symptoms of dementia are:

Memory loss
Inability to find the right words to say or lack of understanding of other people
Difficulty in performing routine tasks
Changes in personality and mood

Surely it doesn’t need to be like this

Report shows link to nutrition

A report issued by two charities, The Mental Health Foundation and Sustain showed that one of the reasons for the increase in mental illness in the UK has been our change in diet. It found that changes in the way that food is produced and manufactured has reduced the amount of essential fats, vitamins and minerals that we eat.

People are eating far less Omega 3s fatty acids (from oily fish, seeds and nuts) than they used to and consuming farm more Omega 6 fatty acids. Apparently the unequal intake combined with a lack of vitamins and minerals is linked to depression, concentration and memory problems.

It was also found – no surprise here – that only 29 per cent of 15 to 24 year olds eat a meal cooked from scratch every day. Young people are not eating enough fruit and vegetables and a lack of amino acids found in healthy foods is leading to depression, apathy, lack of motivation and feeling unrelaxed.

Other findings showed:

Men eat more takeaways and ready meals than women
There has been a 34 per cent decline in the consumption of vegetables in the UK since the 1940s
Only 13 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women eat five portions of fruit and veg a day
Britons eat 59 per cent less fish than they did 60 years ago (an excellent source of Omega 3s).
That some foods damage the brain by releasing toxins or oxidants that harm healthy brain cells
A diet with adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats (Omega 3 and 6s), amino acids, vitamins and mineral and water enables a balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing

One man who bucked the trend and got better

This case study comes from the website: the website of the Brain Bio Clinic which uses nutrition to help children and adults with problems ranging from ADHD and dyslexia to Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia.

Alzheimer’s Disease Reversed

‘At 47 my memory started to decline. I had a difficult time finding my car in parking lots. Sometimes I couldn’t remember my own telephone number. I was in a perpetual fog; confused, disoriented and becoming a crabby obnoxious jerk.

On my 50th birthday in 1983 our family doctor sent me to hospital for a CAT scan. He told me I had Alzheimer’s disease and quietly explained what was happening to my brain. He said that I might have as long as seven years to live. A few days later another physician rechecked my X-rays and pointed out the brain atrophy revealed by the CAT scan and said there was no doubt about the accuracy of the diagnosis.

Now at the age of 70 my CAT scans are completely normal. My clarity of mind and memory are back. How did I get better?

The turning point came after I read Dr Hal Huggins’ book ‘It’s All in Your Head’ about mercury poisoning from silver dental fillings so I had 26 mercury fillings removed. Within a few months I was back to my old self again.

I know a physician diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease who could not practise, but who recovered within two hours of having 13 root canals removed! They are more toxic than mercury fillings. There has never been an uninfected root canal. Any dentist who tells you otherwise is a blatant liar.

Then I discovered I had low stomach acid (7.2). That’s not enough acid to even digest cake very well. I told Dr Hal Huggins, and he checked his mercury toxic dental patients and found that every one of them had low stomach acid. Mercury toxicity not only causes low stomach acid, candida overgrowth, leaky gut syndrome, food and cerebral allergies, it denudes the myelin sheath that surrounds the synapses in the brain causing the neurofibriallary tangles found in deceased Alzheimer’s patients.

My advice for anyone with chronic disease, especially schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis – that your doctor does not know the underlying cause for and you are not getting better, is to look in your mouth.

If you have mercury fillings find a dentist who has not been placing mercury amalgam fillings for many years, because the protocol for replacing silver dental fillings correctly is not taught in dental schools. Before doing anything get a biocompatibility blood test. Dentists use more than 1,750 different dental materials. I had silver/mercury amalgam under 70 per cent of my crowns and they had to come out too.

Find out about your allergies and chemical sensitivities. Work with a nutritionist and get advice on taking a comprehensive supplement programme including Vitamin B3, B6 and folic acid. I don’t know of one person who followed this advice and did not get better!’

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For further information:
Brain Bio Centre:
Alzheimer’s Disease International
Alzheimer’s Society,
Mental Health Foundation,

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