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Alzheimer’s, Part 3: Interesting Questions

Is Alzheimer’s the Same as Dementia?

Alzheimer’s is not the same as dementia, which could be caused by a stroke or even prescription drugs such as sleep aids, allergy drugs, antidepressants, and even cold remedies according to Jon Barron, author of Lessons From the Miracle Doctors.  He wrote that “Alzheimer’s is defined by two distinct brain abnormalities:  amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles” (p.340).

How Many People Have Alzheimer’s?

Worldwide, the estimate was 18 million in 2008.  Projections: nearly double by 2025 to 34 million people and 52 million by 2050 (p. 341).

Who is at risk?

  • Those with serious head injuries,
  • diabetes,
  • heart issues,
  • inflammatory stress leading to metabolic changes in brain proteins,
  • and, possibly, the combination of aluminum and fluoride.

Can We Avoid Alzheimer’s?

Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s is likely to be fruitless.  “Everything we know about Alzheimer’s disease says that it is not primarily related to genetics but to deteriorating conditions connected with the aging process.  Most of these conditions can be ameliorated , or even reversed, through the use of diet and lifestyle changes, and the use of supplements” (p. 342). 

If you happened to read the first post in the bone series, then you know what Barron means by a healthy diet.  Following are ways to make lifestyle changes:

Heavy Metals

Excess levels of heavy metals—e.g., aluminum, mercury, and lead—can cause deterioration of brain function. “Regular use of a heavy metal-chelating formula makes a great deal of sense” (p.343).

Barron wrote that a tincture of cilantro and chlorella is a remarkably effective oral chelator “because cilantro changes the electrical charge on intracellular deposits of heavy metals to a neutral state, which relaxes their tight bond to body tissues, freeing them to be flushed from the body.  Studies have shown that levels of mercury, lead, and aluminum in the urine increase significantly after consuming large amounts of cilantro. Once the heavy metals are free, the next step is to get them out of the body. … cilantro can cross the blood-brain barrier and appears to be particularly effective at removing heavy metals from the central nervous system.

Chlorella possesses the capacity to absorb heavy metals.  … and high doses of chlorella have been very effective in eliminating heavy metals from the body—from the brain, intestinal wall, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue, and bone (p.77).

Exercise

Regular exercise—both physical and mental—is critical.

“Regular aerobic exercise (interval training, in particular) improves oxygen flow to the brain.  Even regular dancing has been shown to help.  Weight-bearing exercise can increase human growth hormone production by as much as 800 percent, which is important because HGH can promote the repair of damaged brain cells.  And stretching opens up circulation to every area of the body.

Thinking exercises that challenge your mind make a huge difference.  Playing bridge, chess, or a musical instrument all help. … Studies have shown that people who do just four crossword puzzles a week have a 47 percent reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease” (p.343).”

What Else I Can Do?

  1. Read the updated digital version of Lessons from the Miracle Doctors on Amazon or the free PDF of the original book by Jon Barron. (1)
  2. Read “End of Old Age” (jonbarron.org) for supplements that wipe out the amyloid plaque in your brain and why you need all three. (2)

Finally, take Ginkgo Biloba (150 mg. 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6 percent terpene lactones):

“Known as the brain antioxidant, ginkgo has been shown to increase brain functionality, which makes it useful in helping to improve concentration and memory” (p.166).

Till next time,

Please be kind to everyone you meet, for we all have our hidden sorrows. ~Tzaddi

Resources:

(1)  Barron, John. Lessons from the Miracle Doctors (2008). PDF  is free at jonbarron.org

(2)  Barron, John, “End of Old Age” online

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