It’s All in Your Head – Part II (Alzheimer’s disease)
The Martial Art of Wellness
Volume 12 – October 2013
Welcome to this month’s BioNews. We must learn to free ourselves from the control that others exert over us. As we learn we become FREE, we become powerful. This pursuit of self defense in wellness, I call “The Martial Art of Wellness.” And as we practice we become Wellness Ninjas.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Yet this is health: To have a body functioning so perfectly that when its few simple needs are met it never calls attention to its own existence.”
– Bertha Stuart Dyment
” I have been taking BAC f3 for 11months and it has kept me from having blood transfusions every two weeks. Prior [to] taking the f3 I was diagnosed with cmml1 leukemia and having to take a blood transfusion every other week. Thanks to f3 my hemoglobin has risen from below 8 to 11.5 eliminating the blood transfusions. I am very grateful to have found this superfood. A big thank you. Ann ”
– Ann, September 2013, FL, USA
As a believer and practitioner of holistic approaches to wellness, I always hesitate to talk or write about diseases or about a specific disease in the conventional standard medicinal fashion. For me, “diabetes” is not a disease that should be looked at separately or allopathically. A person should not be called a “diabetic”, a person should not want to own this label, should not believe in this “condemnation”. Instead I look at this sugar imbalance in the blood in the context of the overall person and at the root causes that lead to such an imbalance. This imbalance is not just a function of the pancreas, which is the usual culprit. While it is a function of specialized cells within the pancreas, one must not forget the intimate participation of the liver and endocrine glands involved in the regulation. To be closer to reality, one must at least look to the cellular level and begin the holistic journey. It is not the organ that is dysfunctioning, rather it is certain specialized cells of the pancreas, of the liver, of the endocrine glands, and of the hypothalamus (the regulator of all glands and organs).
I suggest that you read this article before proceeding further: Awakening the Genius Within
In the same way, Alzheimer’s, taken out of the conventional context of medicine, is decay, is inflammation—a dying off of cells of certain sections of the brain, and a loss of the cellular energy and speed to communicate within the brain. Make sure to catch up with last month’s article: BioNews – September 2013 – It’s All in Your Head – Part I
Because of the rapidly increasing epidemic of Alzheimer’s, I have decided to single it out from the many other brain disorders to discuss in this article.
Forecasting the Global Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease
Ron Brookmeyer, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Elizabeth Johnson, Johns Hopkins University, Kathryn Ziegler-Graham, St. Olaf College, H. Michael Arrighi, Elan Pharmaceuticals
Background: The goal was to forecast the global burden of Alzheimer’s disease and evaluate the potential impact of interventions that delay disease onset or progression. Methods: A stochastic multi-state model was used in conjunction with U.N. worldwide population forecasts and data from epidemiological studies on risks of Alzheimer’s disease. Findings: In 2006 the worldwide prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease was 26.6 million. By 2050, prevalence will quadruple by which time 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be living with the disease. We estimate about 43% of prevalent cases need a high level of care equivalent to that of a nursing home. If interventions could delay both disease onset and progression by a modest 1 year, there would be nearly 9.2 million fewer cases of disease in 2050 with nearly all the decline attributable to decreases in persons needing high level of care. Interpretation: We face a looming global epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease as the world’s population ages. Modest advances in therapeutic and preventive strategies that lead to even small delays in Alzheimer’s onset and progression can significantly reduce the global burden of the disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that develops slowly and gets worse with time.
It is most often associated with memory loss. You lose your keys, and glasses… you do not remember seeing a movie, reading a book, or a person you met. But these symptoms are nothing, as more disturbing events soon occur:
- You find your shoes in the fridge
- You get lost in your own neighborhood.
- You believe things have been stolen from your house.
- You can no longer complete a simple task…
- Yet you try hard. You try to organize with a “cheat sheet”.
But in 40% of Alzheimer cases, the disease reaches the next stage:
- Words fail you and carrying on a conversation becomes more difficult.
- You can no longer put your washing machine on the proper cycle.
- You have terrible nightmares, which sometimes continue when you are awake (hallucinations)!
- The most intimate people in your life (your children, your spouse) slowly become strangers.
- You do not recognize their faces.
- You forget your age, your own name.
- You cannot wash or dress yourself alone.
- You sink into depression.
- You are often subject to rampant neglect in assisted living homes (Watch this revealing PBS documentary)
The final stage of the disease is often death.
Today, Alzheimer’s is the eighth leading cause of death in industrialized countries. Needless to say, this disease can mean drama and tears for all those around the patient.
The problem is that medicine is mostly helpless – drugs do not work against Alzheimer’s
There is currently no solution for Alzheimer’s. The situation is such that doctors are specifically instructed not to screen for the disease in people who do not yet have symptoms. According to the current medical doctrine, screening is not necessary because it is useless to worry the patient by telling him that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s when there is nothing that can be done to help.
There was hope a few years ago with the discovery of AChEI (Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor), a substance that slows the breakdown of acetylcholine, a molecule that allows communication between neurons. It was found that, among other things, a lack of acetylcholine slows down the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. So it was thought that preventing acetylcholine from being destroyed should maintain cerebral faculties. Unfortunately, the AChEI drugs have been shown to cause severe side effects: nausea, vomiting, digestive disorders, even increases in tremors and worsening of symptoms in Parkinson’s disease. Moreover, these drugs would be effective for only 10% of patients. And they do not slow the disease, not even by a few months.
Another common drug against Alzheimer’s, Memantine, acts by blocking NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors. The common side effects include confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, insomnia, agitation and / or hallucinations. Exactly the opposite effects of those intended. In addition, in May 2011, a new analysis of data from three clinical trials with Memantine showed that patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s had no improvement in their mental function or their ability to perform everyday tasks, compared to those taking placebos. In patients with more advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, researchers have found meager improvements.
Many physicians therefore adopt an attitude of resignation towards Alzheimer’s disease. If they do prescribe drugs to their patients, it’s mostly to not disappoint them and make sure they do not feel abandoned. The prescribed treatment(s) often have nothing to do with Alzheimer’s and are more for the patient’s comfort and social life (allocation of home help and assisted living), or palliative: sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and antidepressants.
Act now against Alzheimer’s
Yet there are solutions available now that the mainstream medicine and YOU cannot continue to ignore. Do not wait until your doctor brings up Alzheimer’s. There are real precautions and steps that you can take to prevent the disease. 0.5% of the population is affected with Alzheimer’s before age 65, one in 40 are affected beyond 65, and beyond 80 years, 15% of the population is affected by the disease, nearly one in six!
Study results have been mixed about whether diet, exercise or other healthy lifestyle choices can prevent or reverse cognitive decline. But there is no doubt that these healthy choices promote good overall health and likely play a role in maintaining cognitive health. Remember that memory problems are NOT a normal sign of aging. Instead, they are a sign that you need to act now. So there’s no harm in including the following strategies right away in your general wellness plan:
- Social engagement and intellectual stimulation will not only make life more satisfying, but also help preserve mental function.
- Exercise will help fight Alzheimer’s – Regular exercise has known benefits for heart health and may also help prevent cognitive decline. Exercise may also help improve mood.
- Some research shows that people living with Alzheimer’s have less protein PGC-1alpha in the brain. This is a protein that is also deficient in Parkinson’s disease. However, regular exercise is known to increase the level of PGC-1alpha (and of many other beneficial molecules), which may explain why exercise is so beneficial to maintaining the proper functioning of the brain.
- Most published research is very convincing: one study showed that moderate physical activity among middle-aged people reduced the risk of developing cognitive impairment by 39% and in older people, physical exercise also lowered the risk by 32%.
- Another study even found that intense aerobic exercise over a period of six months is enough to improve brain function in people already affected by minor cognitive impairment, which often indicates a transitional phase between a normal brain state and the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s.
- A diet low in fat and rich in fruits and vegetables is another heart-healthy choice that also may help protect cognitive health. A diet rich in carotenoids and fatty acids is known to prevent tumors and cancers and improve heart health. Most research showing possible benefits for cognitive health include the consumption of omega fatty acids as a yardstick.
BAC and Alzheimer’s
Absolutely do not hesitate to add BAC to your daily regimen. BAC was proven in large animal and farm studies to increase brain function and to prevent and restore a multitude of conditions and diseases. There is more than sufficient evidence that consuming BAC on a regular basis as a complement to a good diet will significantly support your body’s ability to prevent loss of brain function, loss of endocrine and other bodily functions. In many cases where there are engaged mental/brain disorders there will be tangible evidence and signs of returning cognitive functions (focus, memory, clarity, etc.) after taking BAC. Here are a few reasons why you should include BAC in your life:
- 18 years of Soviet research went into making BAC an “Extra-Ordinary Efficient Food.”
- BAC is a blend of four (4) specific algae that, when combined, contain more than 15,000 nutrients/phytonutrients. These include proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and chlorophylls, which are considered nutritive, as well as many that are considered protective, such as essential fatty acids (EFAs) Omega 3, 6, and 9, GLA, and many pigments (green and red) with extraordinary antioxidant power.
- BAC will not only feed your deficient cells, but will nourish those more difficult to reach cells of the governing organs, the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, restoring their energy and efficiency.
- BAC efficiently influences the hypothalamus. In the words of Dr. Kiriac “BAC awakens the genius within.”
- BAC delivers daily required nutrients, boosts your immune system, and helps restore energy and balance.
- In large animal trials, BAC was proven to prevent conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity, and to reverse many advanced conditions. It was awarded International Honors and Medals for its successful use with the people of Chernobyl who suffered radiation ills from the nuclear explosion of 1986.
- BAC significantly quickens the recovery of your healing energy.
The algae in BAC, along with the specific way that they are combined, make it the most nutritional and functional food on earth.
Many phytochemicals and trace elements found in BAC have been linked to the reparation of nerve damage in the brain and nervous system. In addition, many nutrients in BAC have been clinically shown to have preventive and curative properties when it comes to all sorts of cancers. BAC also contains a high content of those rare and difficult to obtain essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6 and GLA, as well as other “supposedly” non-essential acids like Omega 9. These nutrients are critical for healthy brain function and disease prevention. This explains why BAC is often helpful in the prevention and recovery from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.
Find out a whole lot more at The Magic is BAC.
Speed of Brain Signals Clocked: New Studies Illuminate Brain’s Complex Neurotransmission Machinery
How fast does the human brain compute, and how much information can it store? http://www.ualberta.ca/~chrisw/howfast.html
Alzheimer and dementia Statistics at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_and_figures.asp
The Magic is BAC at www.themagicisbac.com
Awakening the Genius Within at www.awakeningthegeniuswithin.com