by Briana McDonald; (UtopiaSilver.com) A disease that was once rare now affects as many as 5.3 million people in the United States, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Ten percent of Americans over 65 and as many as fifty percent of those over 85 are at risk for this devastating disease. How did the rate increase so dramatically? Research shows a few interesting connections to those who have this disease and their vitamin/mineral deficiencies along with the presence of aluminum concentration in the brain. Exposure to excessive amounts of aluminum, combined with a lack of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants may create the grounds for this disease to develop. If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or know someone who has, please know that no one should accept a diagnosis without first undergoing a trial of intensive nutritional therapy for Alzheimers including zinc, vitamin B3 and vitamin B12; perhaps as injections or a liposomal form. There have been many misdiagnoses, but if you feel positive results with nutritional therapy you know that you can rule that out with peace of mind.
The Nature of the Disorder
Alzheimer’s was once considered a psychological phenomenon but is now known to be a degenerative disorder characterized by a specific set of physiological changes in the brain. Nerve fibers surrounding the brains memory center become tangled and information is no longer carried properly to or from the brain. New memories cannot be formed, and memories formed earlier cannot be received. Plaques also accumulate in the brain composed largely of protein-containing substance called beta-amyloid. These plaques accumulate in and damage nerve cells.
Some people worry that their forgetfulness is a sign of Alzheimer’s. A good example of the difference between forgetfulness and dementia would be 1. Forgetting where you put your glasses vs. 2. Forgetting that you wear glasses; symptoms include:
- Progressive memory loss
- Decline in cognitive abilities
- Change in mood or personality
- Speech impairment
- Behavior problems
- Impairment of basic motor skills
Essential Nutrients: All nutrients are necessary for the proper functioning of bodily systems; listed below are the most common vitamins/minerals that are very low in people with the disorder.
|Vitamin B Complex||100mg of each major B vitamin 3x daily||Sublingual form is best (under the tongue) B12 deficiency mimics the symptoms of Alzheimer’s|
|Zinc||80mg daily, in divided doses. Do not exceed a total of 100mg daily from all supplements.||Powerful immune system stimulant. Necessary for T lymphocyte function, which is needed to fight infection.|
|Multivitamin + Mineral Complex||Take as directed on label||All nutrients are necessary in balance. Use a high potency formula, preferable in liquid form.|
|Folic Acid||Take as directed on label||To aid in controlling homocysteine levels. Studies have shown high levels of homocysteine in this disorder.|
|Grape Seed Extract||60 mg 3x daily||Potent antioxidants that readily pass the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells from free radical damage|
|1600 mg daily at bedtime
800 mg daily
|Has a calming effect and works with magnesium.
Acts as a natural calcium channel blocker.
Hair + Mineral Analysis
Mineral content of your hair reflects the mineral content of the body’s tissue. If a mineral deficiency exists in the hair, it will indicate a mineral deficiency or excess within the body. It will also show the presence of heavy metals in the body which is one of the leading causes of most health problems. With Alzheimer’s, the presence of aluminum is almost always a factor. Getting a hair and mineral analysis done will help you determine what nutrients your body really needs and will save you a ton of money and time trying to figure out what your body needs most rather than just “taking a shot in the dark.”
Aluminum Detox with Diatomaceous Earth Silica
One way to rid the body of aluminum is to consume silic acid (silica) which binds to aluminum and reduces its bioactivity. In one study, Alzheimer’s patients who consumed about one and a half quarts of water daily with silic acid showed an increase in their excretion of silic acid and a overall reduction of aluminum in the body. In the same study, women who drink water with appreciable amounts of silica have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. 1.
- Keeping the brain busy may help slow down the progression of the disease. Keeping active and intellectually involved, as well as getting plenty of exercise.
- Include plenty of fiber in your diet
- Have an allergy test performed to rule out environmental and/or food allergies
- Eat a well balanced diet of natural foods and follow a supplement program
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, processed foods, and environmental toxins. Smoking more than doubles the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease according to a study published in the British medical journal Lancet. 1.
- Do not drink tap water as it may contain aluminum. Consume steam-distilled water and drink at least 8 glasses a day.
- If you live in a state where medicinal (or recreational) marijuana is available, new studies have shown that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in the plant can promote the cellular removal of the toxic protein, beta-amyloid. The miraculous potential of cannabis to treat ailments through its anti-inflammatory properties by stimulating the body’s endocannabinoid system is worth noting. Inflammation is believed to be the cause of many diseases. Inflammation in the brain is a major factor of damage associated with the disorder***2.
Intensive nutritional therapy for Alzheimers can slow it’s progression for someone who already has the disorder and can help prevent it from occurring in an individual in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; it’s always better to maintain your health than to recover from illness.
- Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. New York: Penguin Group Inc. 2010.5th Edition.