Growing Old Healthfully: Part I
Avoiding Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS—three words that can strike terror in the strongest of hearts! We’ve come to believe we are doomed to follow in our ancestor’s footsteps and succumb to these diseases. But is that really true? Read on and we’ll shed new light on the subject. Let’s begin by looking at what happens to the brains of people diagnosed with these diseases.
When autopsies are performed on the brains of people who had Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s they find the following:
• Neurons (nerves) have disappeared (the number varies).
• The remaining nerves are twisted into distinctive tangles.
• Large amounts of aluminum were found in the brains of people with these conditions.
• A decrease in brain cholinergic activity was also found (this means they had less cholinesterase—an enzyme necessary for healthy brain function). Aluminum is known to increase or decrease the amount of this enzyme.¹
Reports from the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Diseases and Stroke in Bethesda, MD, in conjunction with the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine shed light on the causes of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. This work was reported in Science News.² Using the scanning electron microscope and x-ray spectrometry they found that people with these conditions had excessive levels of aluminum in their brains. They also saw neurofibrillary tangles in the neurons of the brain. This article also said that the same type of work and finding were done at the University of Toronto and the National Institute of Environmental Science in North Carolina.³
In Principles of Neural Science by Kandel and Schwartz, the authors say that although neurons cannot multiply they have regenerative capabilities. Therefore there is hope for recovery or improvement in neuron diseases.⁴
Now let’s look at how to avoid Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as the healing capability if a person already has these conditions.
• Most importantly avoid all of the most common sources of aluminum including:
Antiperspirants and some deodorants
Sodas and other drinks in aluminum cans
Food packed in aluminum cans
Baking powder (read labels to find aluminum free brands)
Most antacids and buffered aspirin
Some salt products
Some food additives
Some processed cheeses
Some white or wheat flour (those bleached with aluminum)
Some toothpastes and dental amalgams
Many pots, pans and other cooking utensils
Aluminum foils and foil pans
Become a serious label reader. Call companies to ask about aluminum in their products.
• Drink spring or filtered water (for water filters I recommend the company Clean Water Revival. For more information call (800/444-3563) and ask to speak to Dr Roy Spiser or check them out on the web at www.cwrenviro.com).
• Use a non-fluoridated toothpaste (fluoride increases the absorption of aluminum).
• Use stainless steel or glass cookware.
• Celtic, Himalayan and Real Salt are the best brands.
• Eat a diet composed of organic whole foods—not refined. Lots of vegetables and fruits (they are very alkaline). Also eat as much raw food as possible.
• Take supplements, most importantly, a whole food B complex, an organic green supplement rich in alkaline minerals, a whole food vitamin C complex and calcium/magnesium (2 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium). The only brand of supplements I recommend are Nutriplex Formulas. They are 100% whole food and herbs.
• Last, but by no means least in importance, are the thoughts we think and the words we speak. Most people think that they are genetically predisposed to develop the same diseases as their parents. The field of epigenetics has shown us that this is not true. All the research has shown, that except for the approximately 5% of people who have birth defects, all sickness and disease is due to environmental factors. The word epigenetics means “factors above the genes”. One of the most important factors is the mind—what we believe, think and speak. There are many ways to change our thinking and beliefs. I have been very successful in helping people change their subconscious programs, which is the greatest issue in this topic of epigenetics. I have seen some amazing changes in people’s health in response to this work.
I bring this subject up in regard to Alzheimer’, Parkinson’s and ALS because most people who suffer from these conditions believe that they are sick due to their genetic makeup. According to epigenetics this is not true. And the only way to truly get well is to believe you really can and stop believing you are a victim of your genes.
This is a great overall plan. Call our office for questions about your specific needs (773-262-7611).
• Cecil’s Textbook of Medicine, 15th Ed, 1979
• Zinc and Other Micronutrients, Dr Carl Pfeiffer
• Science News, Vol 122, p 166, 1982
• Principles of Neural Science, Kandel and Schwartz