Alzheimer's and Fungus
According to a paper published this month (October 2015), http://www.nature.com/articles/srep15015, Alzheimer's disease is apparently associated with fungus in the brain. It is not clear whether the fungus may be a cause for the disease, or whether the disease itself may render the patient more vulnerable to fungal infection. In 14 out of 14 cadaver brains of Alzheimer patients, traces of fungus were found, whereas no fungus was found in the brains of 11 individuals without Alzheimer's disease.
Acetaldehyde is a toxin produced by fungus. The abstract for the above-linked study from 2006 states that, "In the presence of acetaldehyde, dopamine is converted into salsolinol, a neurotoxin involved in apoptosis of dopaminergic neurons." In other words, fungus produces a toxin which combines with dopamine to make a neurotoxin, which then causes the dopamine-making neurons to self-destruct (apoptosis is programmed cell death).
Some researchers call Alzheimer's "Type 3 diabetes", as the patients seem to have high glucose levels in their brains. It stands to reason that, in a high-sugar environment, fungi could thrive. Does anyone have thoughts on this?
SO: My thoughts are Thank You for posting and I agree with the broad findings of the article. This is very good research even though I haven't read the article itself, as your abstract post seems entirely sufficient and collaborates with much of my personal experience as well as others here on E.C. who have chronic infections like fungal in particular.
One item I will add, is that the intermediate stage from high glucose levels to fungal infections in the brain, is the same infection in the spine. I have made major progress with the spinal fungus but am still battling it with local Magnet therapy, FIR Belt Heat therapy, and Zapping therapy. No more headaches & brain pain, no more brain fog, and much more clear dreams during REM sleep.
(San Fernando, Philippines)
Hi Sweetorange...For many years I have believed that fungal and mold diseases have been one of the root causes and main perpetuators of chronic disease that can also perpetuate as well as extend many other associated diseases because if its renowned capability of so soundly trashing the immune system using its special and unique weapons - chemical warfare(fungal waste toxins), hormone receptor disruption, biofilms, heavy metal accumulation, breeding with host cells, phenotipic switching (pleomorphic behaviour), disruption of the digetive tract etc. And once the fungus has trashed all that, it then lets in all its pathogenic friends into your body as well to join the party -- other pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, includiing its close and dangerous cousins mycoplasma and mycobacteria.
I've read research where there was a connection found between, heart disease, Dementia, Parkinsons, diabetes, leaky gut, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, depression from the effects of these fungal waste poisons in our bodies. And the sad part about all this is that the doctors are all still pretty clueless about the effects of fungus and mold on the human body. Doctor's are only every taught about drugs, bacteria, vaccines and viruses. They're pretty clueless about parasites as well from the research I've been read over the years.
Other things that I've been researching recently have also quite surprised me. Take spirochetes for example. This is another bacterial form that also has fungal behaviour. This means that spirochetes don't split into two when they reproduce. I watched a video which showed an immune system phagocyte ingest a spiral, corkscrew shaped spirochete in the blood. And then I saw the spirochete being digested inside the human phagocyte. Then suddenly -- bingo!! -- the parent spirochete was suddenly gone and it released 16 baby spirochetes as dark spores which then proceeded to eat and kill the phagocyte from the inside out. Our immune system is clueless on how to handle or stop these spirochetes. Check out this video and this video by Dr William Nordquist if you want some more hints and reasons for unstoppable chronic autoimmune diseases. These videos also try to answer the question, 'How do you kill spirochetes in the body? ' -- and the result from this research were very surprising...Colloidal Silver and iodine did not kill the spirochetes. Almost no effect at all. But honey and TCM did kill the spirochetes in large numbers. Can Lyme spirochetes hide in the same oral areas and gum pockets as ordinary oral spirochetes that cause gingivitis? Watch the videos.
How about “Fungus and Parkinson's” as well, folks? The second research link in my original post, explaining the fungus-acetaldehyde/dopamine-salsolinol dynamics, really pertains more to Parkinson's disease than to Alzheimer's disease. It is the death of the dopamine-making neurons in the substantia nigra of the brain that causes dopamine levels to drop drastically, causing parkinsonian symptoms. Other researchers and/or authors have pointed to fungus as a possible cause of Parkinson's.
Fungal volatile organic compounds: Biogenic toxins as etiological agents for Parkinson's disease
Parkinsonism secondary to bilateral striatal fungal abscesses
The book, Road to Recovery by Richard Rodgers, discusses the author's belief that Parkinson's is caused by a fungal infection. This topic is addressed on page 106. You can read that page by following the above Google Books link.
Chronic polysystemic candidiasis as a possible contributor to onset of idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
A Health-Destroying Toxin We Can't Avoid And Must Detoxify
Article is written by a Clinical Laboratory Scientist--see paragraph titled Detrimental Effects.
Acetaldehyde and parkinsonism: role of CYP450 2E1
In the paragraph titled Acetaldehyde and Parkinson's Disease, they don't mention the fact that acetaldehyde is a by-product of fungus; they relate it to alcohol consumption, which is another reason for acetaldehyde to be present in the body.
Fungal infection possible pathogenic role in Parkinson disease and parkinsonism
This 2015 journal article published in Poland by researchers at Odessa National Medical University in Ukraine is published in the Russian language, but the abstract has been translated into English.
Method for treating diseases of fungal, yeast, and prion protein etiology
This veterinarian believes that many neurodegenerative disorders are caused by fungi. He has developed a method of treating symptoms of the disorders by administering anti-fungal fatty acids, as explained in his patent application.
(Hope, Bc Canada)
Hello, Bill (Philippines) ---
Thanks for your post with video links. Most interesting and most appreciated.
However, I look back at swallowing mercury in the dentist chair and a few other things such as they peddling fluoride and mercury fillings at my own peril. Added to which the procedures which cost thousands of dollars and have caused havoc destroying the health of many.
I for one would have to become indebted and lose my home. Is that the way to go?
I have now lost three teeth this year, make daily efforts to stay above this situation. I hear very well what consequences one may be facing. I have no pain as I keep doing urine therapy but my mouth looks now like those of the head hunters in the trophics who file their teeth.
I have absolutely no confidence in allopathic med. and at eighty am doing actually quite well. So, what to do?
Thank You Bill. Great videos. Janet
Timh, thanks for your kind reply and for sharing your chosen therapies. You wrote, "... the intermediate stage from high glucose levels to fungal infections in the brain, is the same infection in the spine."
So, if fungal infection of the spine can be diagnosed, that can shed light on the possibility of Parkinson's in the future? And there is hope for preventing an existing spinal fungal infection from getting established in the brain?
I read that fungus can enter the body through a leaky gut and follow the tract of the vagus nerve from gut to brain. Probably either scenario is possible ...
I'd like to see a cadaver brain study done for Parkinson's disease, similar to this one done for Alzheimer's. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep15015
Bill, thank you for your reply. Your description of how spirochetes dominate and thrive despite our immune system is interesting. And the way that they reproduce when under attack is scary.
Perhaps it's not surprising that TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) works better than anything else to kill spirochetes. Herbs have complex chemistry, many different compounds within their cells. It's hard for a pathogen to adapt to resist a complex therapy.
I first read about a person that testified to being diagnosed with Mycoplasma infection in the spine which was eventually cured by Ozone injections.
So, there are a number of especially virulent pathogens (virus, fungus, bacteria, and of course the fungal/bacterial hybrid --mycoplasma) that can escape the compromised immune system as well as standard antibiotic therapy, and bone, spinal, and joint fluid seems like the main reservoirs for these P's.
I first started treating brain pain w/ magnet therapy a few yrs ago, and eventually needed to graduate to zapping which, again eventually, zapped my spine and my brain-fog was much reduced and sleep dreams were much clearer. Now my protocol is first do Magnet, then Fir Belt, then Zapping. A local Chiropractor or Massage Therapist could probably use some local natural antibiotics to penetrate those areas with further results.
As for diagnosis, well there is a very large school of scientific study now with the latest researchers, scholars, professionals, educators etc. in the latest format of presentations on YouTube; and there is that great disparagement with the "applied sciences" aka conventional diagnosis & treatment.
(San Fernando, Philippines)
I would certainly agree with you Om about teeth and the dangers of mercury leakage into the body. But, for me, what comes out of all this in a more general way is that the oral cavity -- the teeth and gums region -- is a potential nest of vipers -- a pathogen haven that can be one of the major reasons for your chronic autoimmune disease.
Not only do we have to cope with heavy metals in the teeth, we have to cope with bacterial pathogens infecting us by leaking into our blood supply from bleeding gums or root canals. Also consider that the oral cavity is very near the brain blood supply, so pathogens (as well as the mercury) can leak directly into the blood and go straight to the brain(as Dr Nordquist mentions in the videos).
It also strikes me that you could have the perfect remedy for every disease and you would still be outfoxed by these pathogens. Because they can hide away from your cure in many regions of the body inclusing mouth, intestines, nasopharynx region (behind the nose), backbone fluids, ears, et al. Most people think -- OK I'm taking this nutrient or drug that will definitely kill this pathogen and people seem completely happy with that view. But nobody ever considers or asks the question, "Hey, why is my cure not working?" or "Why does my disease keep coming back?". It isn't working probably because the killer nutrient you are taking cannot even reach or penetrate the pathogen's hidden hideaway or fortress eg biofilms. Or the pathogen has adjusted to it. Or you have been misdiagnosed (think lyme disease and candida) by the doc. If the docs have failed you badly then it all boils down to us successfully doctoring ourselves with a view to a cure and not, as seems to be the doc's habitual advice, just to manage your disease symptoms with truckloads of expensive, poisonous drugs for the rest of your life.
Another contributing factor for a big portion of the population is the food additive, sugar substitute Aspartame, which contains wood alcohol or methanol, which for some people, never get completely metabolized or detoxified and becomes formaldehyde which is directly linked to neurodegenerative disorders.
Zinc & Niacin deficiency is likely responsible for the people who do show symptoms of Aspartame toxicity, especially if they consume alcohol beverages regularly.
Here's a link for more info on Aspartame: http://www.lovethetruth.com/truth_about_aspartame.htm
I was reading a reply to posting Dr. Nordquists you tube video on killing spirochaetes in the mouth and one of the group I am in, talked to a Dr. practicing Chinese medicine and he mentioned the eight ingredient chinese blend in the video is most likely Nin Jiam Peu Pa and has allot of honey in it and is very sweet. several patients in the jawbone group are purchasing to benefit their mouths before surgery. Remains to be seen for an outcome.
But thought you might like a name to research.
You're talking about headaches and brain fog. I was having that and sinus stuffiness, aches and pains all over, chronic fatigue, depression. And more. I'm like the poster child for thyroid deficiency. But by a stroke of God's mercy I stumbled on EarthClinic years ago and discovered the benefits of vinegar and baking soda. I stopped using moisturizer on my face and the sinus problem went away within a day. I stopped using conditioner on my hair and the brain fog and chronic fatigue went away. I actually was having a bad day, feeling very unmotivated, cranky, and washed my hair later that night and washed off the conditioner and felt much better within minutes. I felt so much better I went around cleaning the apartment. I used vinegar and baking soda instead of body wash and the aches and pains went away.
Vinegar seems to be especially refreshing. Rub it into your skin, pour it over your head, inhale the vapors (carefully); I put the vinegar on my hair as conditioner and blow dried my hair. Applying organic raw virgin coconut oil to my skin and scalp is very nice, too. It gets rid of the brain fog and fatigue. But it makes my hair too oily to use as conditioner, and leaves the ends too dry. Vinegar doesn't work for the ends, either. I use hand lotion.
Even if your problem is a fungus, you might want to try quitting all the chemicals, cologne, dish soap (wear gloves), etc. for a week. You may feel a great improvement.
You might also like parsley. It is one of the things that greatly improves my mood. It has glutathion, vitamin C, and chlorophyll. I put it in smoothies, a whole bunch at a time. Cherries, parsley, and a spoonful of frozen orange juice concentrate is very good. Or parsley and lemon juice, but in two separate cups, not mixed together, that tastes terrible.
I also make a drink from artichokes, lemons, and ginger.
How to make artichoke juice:
1. First juice the lemons so you can keep the artichokes from oxidizing. Four lemons per artichoke is what I use. Save the pulp if you want to add it in at the end.
2. Pour the juice into the cup of your high power smoothie maker and add a quarter of a large artichoke. Stem, thorns and all. The stem has a beautiful floral pine scent. You can add a little water if you have to, if the machine makes a lot more noise than usual you probably filled it too much.
3. Blend the ever living daylights out of the artichoke. It turns the juice a very delicate shade of green. If you don't have enough lemon it will darken.
4. Then pour the mixture through a towel layed in a strainer resting over a large bowl. Strain out the pulp carefully, artichokes have thorns. I squeeze the towel to extract the juice, the thorns don't hurt my hands. I also strain it twice, just to be safe.
5. Pour the strained liquid back into the cup and add another artichoke quarter.
6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 with remaining artichoke.
You can add the lemon pulp and thinly sliced ginger to the juice at the end, and blend, otherwise the lemon pulp will make straining out the thorns nearly impossible.
Parsely, artichoke juice, lemons, cherries, green tea, raw potatoes, beans. Cottage cheese, plain yogurt. All quite good. Green tea, cherries raise melatonin. No peanuts, wheat, milk, sugar, tomatoes.
This older lady I knew, they said she had Alzheimer's. They gave her meds for depression if I remember right. She used to drink diet soda, she baked for her church bake sales, she made wedding cakes for people. So you've got the fluoride?, aspartame, the caffeine, the bromide, the glyphosate, the high carbs. And she lived in the goiter belt. Oh yea, and she was constantly getting her hair permed, which adds ammonia? and God knows what else. She was nearly blind and deaf when she died. She was a wonderful lady who deserved better than what she got.
They say aspartame breaks down into formaldehyde and wood alcohol. Don't drink diet soda. And aspartame causes inflammation of the pancreas. Wood alcohol will make you blind. But they'll tell you it's diabetes doing all that, not aspartame?
Maybe the people in India don't get Alzheimer's because they're too poor to drink diet soda. And coffee. Let me tell you about coffee. Coffee (from what I've gleaned online) puts your body in the fight or flight mode. At the same time it causes your body to retain sodium and excrete potassium. This is to protect your heart from dehydration. While in the fight or flight mode your body does not do necessary maintenance as it normally would. Things get put on hold. Like your immune system for example. If you are constantly drinking coffee your body never has a chance to recover and keeps burning the wick at both ends, so to speak. This would create a lot of fatigue eventually (called adrenal fatigue) and lead to increasing amounts of disrepair and inflammation. Your insulin is always high because caffeine raises insulin. Is this starting to look like diabetes? Now add aspartame to your caffeinated diet soda. You've got high insulin, chronic inflammation, formaldehyde, wood alcohol, high blood pressure, dehydration, and low blood sugar. Or do you prefer Splenda? They say 15% of Splenda is indeed digested. That means a tasty sugar and chlorine beverage. What's wrong with ingesting spoonfuls of chlorine? Right?
But the sun is out today and the birds are singing. And EarthClinic is awesome :)
You might want to supplement vitamin A, E, and C, and take some omega 3s if you've been on the caffeine rollercoaster.
Anon: It is refreshing and empowering to read your recent post.
In my current situation I haven't the wherewithal to do all the kitchen recipes you suggest. The extent of kitchen remedies is making Liposomal Vit-C and Colloidal Silver, so I simply rely heavily on supplements.
Yes, I do keep chemical exposures to a minimum. As for the fungus in my spine, it has recently made a comeback as I have not been zapping properly & effectively, so it's gonna take a few wks to get the fungal infections that have spread through out my body killed back. Taking Chitosan helps very much to prevent the absorption of those spores in the gut, but I do not take daily as I should; anyway, now focusing on zapping my entire spine. Using magnets prior to zapping helps very much.
I constantly drink watered down coffee/black tea for a minimal caffeine which seems good for me. Tyrosine is great for the Thyroid, energy, and mood, but currently I can only use occasionally as it raises my BP. Lot's of St John'sWort to fight the Hep and boost the mood. I listen to lots of healing harmonics on YT which helps. Here's one I like and would love to share.
Happy to share the healing journey with you.
Thank you for the link, Tim. The music is nice. Have you tried essential oils like wild oregano oil, thyme, lavender, etc? I like oregano oil especially.
I have a marsh we haven't cleaned it up in years and it's dark and wet slippery mud with puddles and streams and full of horsetail. Horsetail is full of nutrients and silica . Silica helps the body excrete aluminum and aids in the absorption of calcium. It helps bones and teeth be strong and helps fight candida and other fungi. You can make a hair wash with it or drink it as a tea or make other products to use for health.
Horsetail Benefits, Uses, History, Risks, Side Effect, Interactions - Dr. Axe (draxe.com)
Alzheimer's Cause Theories
HI U GOOD FOLKS DOIN,,,,,,,,,,,, guess most saw the articles on the Harvard study that equated Alzheimer's with such things as the Lyme bacteria, etc.
The commenters on one article noted that the natural folks have known this for many years and the conversation went down hill from there. Now we are learning that the polio vaccine was developed using the Rhesus Monkey which had the cancer virus and the shot was given to 200 million Americans. That is the reason in 1900 only 1 in 100 got cancer. Now 1 in 3 do. As Pogo said, we have found the enemy and he is us. I can promise you that I will outlive you by growing my own food and not taking vaccine shots, nor antibiotics. Cancer has been solved using many protocols in the last 70 years. I am using 3 of these in my own case.
As I have stated in the past ........ follow my path and learn one way or the other. Also learned that the US has 8X the Alzheimer's that India does. What is the difference? Curcumin.
Dear ORH, you are right as usual! We have many Mad scientist creating unbelievable things for pHARMa profit! If people knew what is in vaccines they would never believe it. Aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, aborted human fetal cells, animal DNA, GMO yeast, polysorbate 80, are just a few ingredients. And we wonder why America is so sick.
Alzheimer's and Aluminum
October 30, 2007: does exposure to aluminum cause Alzheimer's disease? A friend's father (65) just passed away with Alzheimer's. His mother (63) died over a year ago with Alzheimer's. They were both diagnosed within 6 months of each other. My friend said that the nutritionist noted that both parents consumed beer on weekends and drank from cans. (Cheaper) Both parents consumed 6 to 8 soda's a day with cans. His mother cooked meat loafs and meats in aluminum pans for easy throw-a-way. If this is true, is there a remedy to remove aluminum from the body? My husband has quit drinking soda's all together.
Re Alzheimer's and Aluminum -- I have read that Juice fasting can remove heavy metals. read up on fasting. get some books, check out curezone ETC.
Dear Diane: Actually, the Alzheimer's Disease problem has a lot to do with free heavy metals (from pots, pans, cans, aluminum foil, canned foods, metal packaging of foods, etc.) or excesses of free heavy metals of a certain kind.
This does not conclude only of aluminum, but also excess free heavy metals of zinc, copper and sometimes iron.
Most scientist view beta amyloid protein, which is found in the victims of Alzheimer's Disease patients to be high of zinc in amyloid beta deposits, when in fact these are more involved in the heavy metal removal from the brain.
The simple reason is that all free heavy metals are very oxidative a high concentration of something as copper and zinc, much like electrodes you find in batteries to help generate electricity from the electrolytes is very much analogous to the blood electrolytes and the copper, zinc and aluminum in generating electrical currents, removing the electrolytic properties from the blood electrolytes and actually shorting out the brain with electricity, causing a cell death in large amount, but may be protective against other viral and bacteria invaders just the same. This is how I prepare antiseptic solutions of copper and zinc, which kills virus and bacteria because of the uniqueness of copper and zinc to have electrical flows acting as an electrode, thus shorting out the virus and the bacteria in solutions. However this is bad news if free zinc and copper are found in high amounts in the brain, where we try to remove Alzheimer's Disease beta amyloids, but in excesses are completely overwhelmed and in such excesses, the oxidative properties of copper, zinc, aluminum and iron causes neural cell death.
As to the question of why certain metals, especially copper, zinc, and aluminum for example are implicated in Alzheimer's Disease I need some basic understanding of galvanic potential, galvanic corrosion, and electrical potentials of these metals to understand, where one metals act as an anode and another acts as a cathode. Once this is understood, then you know how these metals corrode the brain, or actually rusts the brain cells as excess heavy metals such as zinc, copper, and aluminum is very oxidative.
A simple dramatic example, is when you prepare your cooking, of something as innocuous as baking or even using ketchup on an aluminum foil, can cause them to increase the bioavailability of certain metals that are dangerous to the body.
One simple example concerns "lasagna battery" or cell, where a salty food such as lasagna is kept in a steel baking pan covered in aluminum foils. Kept overnight, the aluminum forms small holes where the salty lasagna is in contact and the food becomes covered with corroded aluminum. This is an example of galvanic corrosion, because the metal occurs whenever two metals of different kinds are in contact with the lasagna electrolyte, the two metals act as an electrode and a electrolytic battery it becomes.
The electrodes of two terminals of the battery becomes connected with the lasagna electrolytes as aluminum touches the steel, the electricity is shorted out and an electrical current occurs causing a chemical reaction on the surface of the metal that it contacts.
Now just imagine what happens if those free heavy metals were inside your brain. The Alzheimer's Disease brain gets shorted out as aluminum/copper or aluminum/zinc, or copper/zinc electrode connections occur. Since aluminum is quite high in electrochemical series, an aluminum becomes dissolved metal ion from the galvanic corrosion. It is the same if you cover your meatloaf with aluminum and ketchup creating a puddle of gray aluminum that you can accidentally ingest. But what happens if these very free metals are found inside your cell right now shorting out your cells with aluminum and copper or aluminum and zinc or even copper and zinc. When it shorts out, or the "shorting out process", this would lead to cell death or apoptosis that scientist note to occur in presence of free hydroxyl radical from the iron, zinc, or even copper. One French scientist years ago, was surprised to find why the sudden short lifespan amongst certain villages where drinking water were high in copper from the copper pipes they used, despite a healthy lifestyle.
Looking further on this Alzheimer's Disease phenomenon, it is best to close the issue with a person who watches T.V. Monday night Football (are they still doing it?) eating salty peanuts, potato chips and drinking beer. As his salty lips contacts the beer can with aluminum, the lasagna effect becomes apparent. The aluminum, while it is LOW in the beer can sudden increases tremendously as the lid on the beer on the opening is an exposed aluminum, suddenly shorts out with the saliva high in salty electrolytes.
The same phenomenon can occur just the same as you eat potato chips and the "salty electrolytes" of the mouth shorts out or as the metal braces of teeth, forms a weak electrolytic current with the cheap metal amalgam fillings consisting of mercury and the silver. As the silver forms electrical current with the metal of the teeth braces, the silver gets loose, releasing a toxic mercury. Electrical current ALSO forms whenever the amalgam of the teeth forms an electrical current as the stainless spoons from an electrical current with the silver amalgam freeing the mercury inside your mouth. The salty saliva acts as an electrolyte! A good science project just putting in salty solution with extracted amalgam with a stainless steel spoons and try perhaps with an aluminum spoon - perhaps it can dissolve a lot of amalgam this way - which enters your body in a much larger amount than expected.
Just imagine another Alzheimer's Disease scenario, a housewife cooks a healthy soup (with sea salt) boiling over an aluminum pots using a stainless steel spatula while she stirs over a hot cooker. The electrical current is formed as the stainless steel metals forms and electrical current, freeing the aluminum in your soup. I have always wondered as a child that if left overnight, an aluminum spoon, in a stainless steel pots of soup why this gray color (aluminum!) forms small cloud. Imagine what happens if this healthy lifestyle would lead to Alzheimer's Disease?
Current Alzheimer's Disease researchers are looking at implications of zinc as a role to Alzheimer's Disease, although I tend to look at free heavy metals in general. And if that is not enough, I have as yet to find the source of contamination of many other heavy metals that has found their way into the body that I am constantly seeing, such as uranium, radium, cadmium, arsenic etc. While it is not possible to find them all, what I can tell you is that, excess free heavy metals, especially iron, arsenic, uranium, radium, for example can lead to precocious puberty in children as well as accelerated aging. So the problems of heavy metals is not just confined to Alzheimer.
As a remedy to all this problem is malic acid removes aluminum. But I imagine the pH of the electrolyte solutions (your soup) can very much create free heavy metals more efficiently if the soup pH is below 7, or that it is high in table salt. SALT, should be added last, since the electrolytic salt reacts with every metal cookware, from cooking pans to frying pans to spoons, fork and knives on your dinner table, in presence of another appropriate metal container such as the aluminum and stainless steel. Hence, a salt should be added last when you are about to eat it and not during cooking.
Hence, drinking apple juice (removes aluminum as malic acid chelates out this), but of more importance is the chelating of free metal copper and free metal zinc that is presently being implicated as the cause of alzheimer especially the free metal zinc. The best Alzheimer's Disease supplements I can come out with to do this, is L-Carnosine 500 mg for alzheimer, as well as certain supplements such as oral chelators adding a small amount of EDTA, either sodium EDTA (the ones I like) or other forms of EDTA.
I have found that people generally are low in magnesium with the condition as magnesium is somehow protective and reduces the metal toxicity in cells and studies of people with heavy metal toxicity are more apparent whenever magnesium is low, from the Brazil studies in people with metal toxicity.
It should not be ignored that cooked food should relatively free of salt during the cooking processes, and be added only on the cooking table, but that I should minimized the use of metals during cooking, as well as avoid drinking DIRECTLY from metal cans. The availability of aluminum occurs when the aluminum is exposed during the drinking and the salty mouth contacts the opening, creating a larger amounts of aluminum going inside the body than the aluminum contents found in the beer itself, causing a lasagna effect or even the meat loaf effect, just the same.
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)
I am really glad I read this. Just made a healthy (organic) soup, in an aluminun pot, and sea salt was one of the first things I put in. Used a wooden spoon, if it matters, and it has not been on the heat but in the fridge, and reheated not in the pot but in ceramic bowls. To top it off, I had frequent seizures as a young kid (am 41 now) VERY likely from a MSG-laden vaccine, but am completely cured of them for the last 30 yrs, save for never being able to get out of obesity.
Just one question though. On a separate note, what about taking zinc and copper supplements for Alzheimer's Disease? They seem to offer many benefits. If they are labelled as chelated, are they fine and not considered as bad? The last thing I want are the antioxidants that I've been believing are helpful actually having a detrimental effect.
(Philadelphia , Pa)
Hello, thank you for mentioning the link to metal toxicity as a potential cause of AD. I don't know if zinc or copper are as problematic as some of the other well known heavy metals since both zinc and copper are essential for immunity and fighting microbiota. Many people are actually low in these two essential trace elements. Signs of deficiency can be found on Dr Myhill's website.
So far no one has mentioned vaccines as a source of aluminum in the elderly who are strongly encouraged to have yearly flu shots. There was one study I came accoss showing increasing doses of flu vaccine with higher rates of altzeimers. Some have even suggested that altzeimers is very similar to autism and that both seem to result from a combination of metal poisoning and a resulting chronic inflammation in the brain.
Mercury is an other culprit. We all should be very careful to avoid this neurotoxin yet it is fairly easy to be exposed to it from "silver" dental fillings, coal smoke, contaminated food and water and from vaccines that contain thimerosol.
Some other heavy metals to watch out for are cadmium, lead, arsenic, and nickle. Lead pipes are still a problem in older houses. Arsenic is becoming a major problem because it was used as an agricultural pesticide for many years and remains in the ground where food crops can easily take it up as with citrus and rice from heavily pesticided southern US states. Nickle is a component of stainless steel cook ware and silver jewelry. It, like the others, is neurotoxic and carcinogenic.
I would also like to highlight the problem with cholesterol lowering drugs. Dr Mercola has spoken out against them because they may in fact cause dementia and AD. Neurons need cholesterol coatings so preventing cholesterol should lead to brain problems. Low fat high carb diets are potential cause of dementia for the same reason. Each cell is composed of cholesterol. Vitamin D needs cholesterol to be produced in the body. MSG and aspartame and other synthetic neurotoxins are probably to blame too. Vaccines often contain MSG, formaldehyde, and other strange chemicals.
As for treatment, I see coconut oil mentioned very often. The Weston A Price Foundation also had a fabulous article on the need for sulphur to detox, in which case cruciferous veggies, garlic and eggs should help. DMSO is another good option for detoxing. Finally, I know proper gut bacteria can play a huge role in overall health, improving metabolism, fighting bad bugs, making vitamins, and helping eliminate heavy metals. Fermented foods or probiotics could help here. Others have mentioned vitamin D, iodine and selenium, B 12, juicing etc.
Can you or anyone reading this suggest good and safe types of cookware. It looks like every set of cookware has aluminum in it. Even ceramic will have nonstick coating which is also dangerous. I thought cast iron was the answer, but I read here that iron is a problem as well. I have even read that stainless steel is a problem, and that it doesn't even really exist except as just a brand name. Please help. Everything around us is either aluminum or plastic. What material/brand is safe to use? If you cannot mention a brand name, please include a link where I can purchase safe cookware and supplies. Thanks in advance.
Have you considered glass cookware? Check out Amazon.com where they feature glass stovetop and glass ovenware. We use a glass kettle to boil water for tea. Corningware might also be an option.
Let us know what you come up with when you find a solution. All the best to you!
Chlorophyll will remove heavy metals from the body use separate in the morning 1 hour apart from any medications or supplements, because it will remove them as well. Will help to build healthy clean blood. The spice turmeric also works well.
(Thessaloniki / Greece)
Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Alzheimer Disease. The body-mind connection.I have worked with people who have been diagnosed with this condition on a personal level in health care setting. What I have witnessed is that the dominent one, in a marriage or relationship, never has this Alzheimer's Disease condition.It is always the one that is the dominated one. I have seen them come out of the condition for short periods of time when they are removed from their mates company. People who stay in relationships because they feel like they have to stay for religious reasons (keep the family together;don't ever leave, ect) find relief from the toxic feeling of helplessness and escape by creating this condition. A warning to all of us to be equals in our relationships with friend and family. If anyone is interested I will be happy to give exact casees and what I learned more completely.
(The Beach, Canada)
i'm sorry but i completely disagree with this assessment. i'm sure you have seen many cases of Alzheimer's Disease, but i have seen only two up close and personal. my mother and my aunt. these women ran their household with a strong hand. every aspect of there lives were their responsiblility and i would have to say they were the dominent one in their marriage. if anything i think that maybe an emotional burn out of handling everything took it's toll on these ladies.
I agree with Shining Star and with your comment as you are both right. Alzheimer's is more complex and cannot be diagnosed one way only. It is true that we often find the less dominant in a relationship with Alzheimer's as described by Shining Star. Others with Alzheimer's are the type with very controlling active brain. Those people eventually get so exhausted that they just let go and eventually are no longer able to lead. It could just be light dementia and exhaustion but too often the doctor jumps to conclusion and prescribes medicine for A and most of the time it is not a cure but a crutch. I have a partner who is beginning Alzheimer's and he has both qualities you mentioned. His previous partners were very controlling and being the soft kind one, he just let them take over. He was also very active mentally doing many complex things at the same time. He does tend to let me want to take over but I have to help him be who he really is and it's not easy. I am succeeding.
(Ireland, Ireland, Ireland)
I'd have to disagree as well. I have worked with the aged and seen patients from pre to post alzheimers and could't see a definite trend in dominence. I have seen couples get it and hit a point where they didn't know each other.
There was one couple, very gentle people, who didn't know each other. If you asked him who she was, he would say he "didn't know her at all but from everything he heard she was a very nice woman altogether." Posing the same question to her she thought he might be a new neighbour. But if she saw any of the nurses or doctors or helpers going too close to him she would violently attack them and tell them to leave him alone. Walking away she would keep shouting that they fancied him. She couldn't tell us why she did it. And it never happened with anyone other than her husband.
The original attraction was still there.
I do not think the body-mind connection for Alzheimer's Disease that I spoke about is something that is seen. It is felt. The feelings are never seen but they are out-pictured in the body. Feelings of insecurity, hopelessness, powerlessness, boredom even boredom. Who can see a feeling? Each of us wears a mask do we not? But knowing how this observation would not be received in the spirit it is intended, I posted it anyway. It is leading edge and you will see more and more people beginning to explore this as science and medicine fails them. One can not explore someone else's insides or feelings but the results are out pictured in the body and mind. One lady I took care of had not spoken in 5 yrs and had a feeding tube in her stomach. I worked with her and observed. One day she stood up (been on a walker shuffling) and started talking. I called her husband who was golfing and asked hime to come home and witness this miracle. He refused. She took the phone and told him he had done her wrong. They talked for a few minutes and then it was over. She passed a yr later and then him a year later. He never spoke of that day to me. They were married for 52 yrs. He told me that when he quit smoking her took a cigarette from her mouth and told her she was quitting and she never said a word and quit smoking. He was amazed at this even though it had happened over 20 yrs earlier. This is a perfect example of what my point is. This lady worked all of her life, appeared at social functions and retired with plenty of money. Outside she appeared to have it all.But see what I mean? I have had 3 more cases that with close observation though looking different produced the same Alzheimer's Disease which means lack of ease.
Hi Raquel: I think you are really onto something here! It takes a lot of energy to suppress negative emotions. If she spent her life with an emotionally abusive/neglectful partner, maybe she did want to check out. Her moment of clarity is a snapshot of her marriage of all thoes years. Wow so sad!
I am very inclined to agree with your post regarding Alzheimer's disease. I am not sure how the disease is diagnosed because that has not been my field of study. My study is holistic health, nutrition, psychology, addiction, family dynamics and the mind body connection. I have come to the conclusion through my work with families that there is a very strong long standing "passive-aggressive" sickness going on with many couples. This sickness is so widespread because it is almost impossible for normal people to correct it or cope with it in their relationship. It leads to "crazy-making. " I worked in group settings with many women who had what was labeled Alzheimer's. In all cases the care givers and nurses in control of these people were dominant players and definitely passive aggressive which I found the mates of the "Alzheimer's" patients to be also. I am just a mellow, easy-does-it, empathetic type of volunteer and my experience with these patients was remarkably different from the experience of the busy impatient caregivers who "tried" to act patient.
There is an atmosphere of thick palpable emotions that radiates from the "well" people who deal with "Alzheimer's" patients; an atmosphere that sensitive people can cut with a knife. But most of the "well" people have turned off their sensitivity valve because it is expedient to do so. People mentally fall apart for a variety of reasons; and people who hold on to their mental faculties do so for their own reasons.
In my observations of couples over the past 30 years some of them had a real history of being bullied by their mate and when they reached a certain age or crisis incident in their life the tables were turned and the docile partner began to drive the more dominating person crazy through a ton of passive aggressive games. Many games being unconscious. Frankly I think all forms of mental disorder start early in life because of a lot of unfair, untreated, unresolved family matters.
I absolutly agree with your Alzheimer's Disease comment towards the end of your feedback. My father-in-law is very "diabeticly sick". Everything bad they could have, he has it. For starters I have countless of times tried giving his wife remedies, she would try it once and say its not working or come up with her own ideas! I feel sorry for them because I know he could better himself, but there ignorance wont allow them. Her patience with him is very low and talks to him as if he were a child and not to mention he was not a very good husband, so she now has resentment towards him, is very angry that she now has to care for her once abusive and now helpless husband. AND if they just listen a little, he could be taking care of himself. Love all you earth clinic-ers! =)
(Seattle, Wa Usa)
Pam - It is only normal that she would have resentment towards her "once abusive" husband! For petes sake, until you have walked a mile in her shoes... Please do not be so quick to place judgement.
My father in law is in the same condition, and my mother in law is also having a very hard time of it. People in their predicament need day to day help.... They are being totally overwhelmed. Just saying. Maybe she needs some outlet or some help with him? ?Best to you.
I agree. I have begun my own Alzheimer's with the usual forgetting words and what I was planning to do as I went from one room to another. The silly thing is, when I wait a few minutes the word I was seeking, comes, so it was there, in my head all the time, but I chose not to access it. I don't know why.
Alzheimer's description. EG: I don't give a damn anymore & that includes having to remember every little thing. It illustrates the control we have. We already accept, selective memory.
Here are some of the quotes from EC's posts. Body-mind find relief from the toxic feeling of helplessness and escape by creating this condition, insecurity, hopelessness, powerlessness, boredom even boredom, bullied by their mate, are reasons why we make ourselves sick;
I was always attacked by my older brother, hence the programmed, being always ready for 'fight or flight'. 'Older Brother" is first born who gets all the love, cuddles, food, pretty clothes and everyone for miles around says, " Isn't he/she lovely - just like his/her blah, blah, blah", and this goes on for a year or so, getting all the love, pretty clothes, toys and attention. Then the sky falls. There's something else, 'younger brother/sister' getting all the love, etc, etc, etc and the first born is getting ignored and starts to hate the little brother/sister and gives him a push, a shove, a pinch when this little thing is in the cot and a year or so later, just pushes him aside when he's not really in the way. Bullies him/her.
When little brother/sister wants to do something, go somewhere, older brother says "No, you're not old enough yet", and so on and the bully grows to enjoy his power and hate and in school becomes a prefect or leader of something and later gravitates to a position of power where he can continue to bully and control.
Mindless bullying leads to mindless Government, administrators, local Government, police etc. and you know who all the rest are.
Little brother/sister resists older brother/sister and tries to beat the nasty older brother and excels at just about everything. Check it out. How many people you know are in positions of power, have a younger brother/sister?
One example of our control which I enjoy involves: "A women of 52 who had carcinoma of the uterus, originating near or in the cervix. It had spread to the intestine, and death was expected within weeks, but her much-hated drunken, bullying husband suddenly died. Today, a year and a half later, she is entirely well, the baseball size lump has disappeared. " Remission of cancer means, 'I did it myself'
With alzheimers the reason usually is, the person is in an intolerable situation which anyone who is just a bit of a thinker will feel, living on this planet of defective homosapiens. An intolerable situation might be: I see no answer to the retarded races who have controlled, dominated and killed and imposed ignorance, caused poisoned air, food and water and kill people who won't submit. So I don't want to live here. I will forget everything I can and eventually go belly up without the imposed fear, or stress and go 'being peace', not feeling peaceful but being peace. Alzheimers sounds OK to me.
Peer pressure, consensual opinion, consensual belief force us to have to remember all sorts of things, and behave as others want us to, we never had to before, when living in a much earlier time.
However if being here with all the nonsense is your desire, then I read 2 tbs coconut oil a day, mixed into your morning oatmeal helped to remember lots of little things. I will try it and if I don't like remembering, I'll stop.
I think you are seeing things here and trying to link things that are not linkable. My mother, aunt, and grandmother, and several great-aunts and uncles all have/had Alzheimers. It is very genetic. But for many years, no one knew what the symtoms where cumulative of, or called it something else, just like my ADHD. That is called Medical Progress. And it will continue. I am sure there may be a case or two where people just give up, and their symtoms over take them, I've seen that. But to link one set of symptoms only on one disease, and not conclude that there could be other factors or diseases at work is incorrect to do. It is misleading. It looks like Alzheimers can also be caused by our environmental factors of what our diets are, our nutrition, vitamins and suppliments. Even though Alzhemimer's has everything to do with memory and loss of, and there are great emotions, I don't think your conclusions hold water. I don't think dominate people won't get it vs. dominated people will get it. This is just not relevant in the world of Alzheminer's. What you are seeing is what you want to pick out and try to make work, but it isn't there. There are many domintate individuals who have gotten it. For example. My grandmother. Mother, Uncles, Father, and the lists go on for many. It, like ADHD, is not a one set of symptoms-fits-all diagnosis.
(San Diego, Ca)
The two people I've known who died from Alzheimer's were very domineering (the "boss" in the family but not necessarily in a good way - both women) so I completely disagree with this idea.
I'm more inclined to beleive the aluminum/heavy metals theory (and therefore detox from those), and would also look into coconut oil/ ketones as a cure.
(Union Grove, Wisconsin)
Dear Heather, I would like to know if your Chronic fatigue S. has been any better these days. I have this terribly also. Many of your posts sound like all the issues I have been having through out the years. I am using Methylane blue not to help and I use borax which is a big help. Please let us communicate about this so we both can learn. Many thanks for posting here on the earth clinic all your results. Nadine
(Fort Worth, Texas)
I also do not agree with the "domineered" theory as a cause for Alzheimers. My mom has it and was definitely THE domineering type, both in marriage (which ended in 2 divorces) and at work, where she was a tough manager. If anyone has anything else on the coconut oil remedy or anything else, please advise.
(Los Angeles, California)
I just read that if you are a nervous person you are more likely get Alzheimers. I have had severe panic attacks and depression for many many years. I have already started to forget so many things. Does anyone have help for me? Thank you. Mary
(San Fernando, Philippines)
Hi Mary...If you are having both panic attacks and depression, try taking higher dose niacin. To fully understand niacin's beneficial and useful effects, please read this.
How to Take Niacin for Depression and Anxiety
Although niacin(Vitamin B3) is the cheapest and best form to take (and the form that I take regularly ) -- it can give you an unpleasant flush effect on your body. You can also take the no-flush niacinamide form. But, as the article in the link above says, niacinamide does not appear to be as good as niacin for relieving depression or anxiety.
Another useful alternative for you to supplement is the no-flush or slow release niacin form called Inositol Hexanicotinate. You can buy this slow release niacin form at any health shop chemist.
Try taking this slow release niacin form at 1500 mgs twice a day at mealtimes. This should help to rapidly reduce your depression and your anxiety and will also help you to sleep better and you will wake up rested with more energy.
I would also take 1 x B50 vitamin complex pill per day(with a meal) along with higher dose vitamin C(1000 mgs three times a day) every day as well together with the niacin.
Taking a tablespoon of VCO twice a day with your meals also significantly helps against Alzheimer's.
Virgin Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's Disease
By the way, niacin also helps protect against dementia and Alzheimers. See these links
I currently take 500 mgs niacin regularly for maintenance and would increase this dose during more stressful periods in my life. That's the way to use niacin. I've also found that supplementing niacin keeps me both calm and clear-thinking.
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
Re your panic attacks and forgetfulness;
I use niacin for panic attack issues. See "Doctor Yourself" .... Dr. Abram Hoffer's work on Niacin Therapy is very enlightening for his use of Niacin; which is Vitamin B 3.
Use of niacin helps with forgetfulness with me. I also use some brain nutrients such as phosphatidylcoline, phosphatidyserine, ginko, calcium AEP (NOT just any calcium, but AEP). I also use real ginger as a tea. Ginger is a "driver" and increases circulation.
Thank you so much for this information you have given me the most excellent information to help me live again. God bless you always and for taking the time to give me the source of your information, I will go and get asap!
Thank you so much for your valuable information. I really want to live and am so tired of this constant fear. Blessings to you always.
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
Mary...also besides what to take is what to make sure the sufferer is OFF of....
Someone suffering from dementia styled issued must get off of statins. Statins STOP the liver's beneficial and necessary production of cholesterol in the Liver...with that production stopped (80 percent produced by our own body) then cell development is impaired.
They will likely have a shortage of CoQ10 also. So for a long term statin user; get extra CoQ10 and Evening Primrose Oil. EPO is wonderful for helping with all kinds of myelin sheath issues. And dementia styled issues can be linked to that deficiency also.
I don't see discussion here on Alz/Dementias being a Type III diabetis of the brain. There is a lot of science data on this now. The brain is unable to process glucose which is the main source of energy. This could have many causes. Our pancreas's may have had it with all our dietary and toxic abuses. There is some data showing that vaccines & GMO's may contribute to diabetis. But regardless of cause. Excess sugar or carbs that break down to sugar will surely advance things. Also the brain is literally starving for a fuel it can process to create new brain cells. Coconut oil is rich in ketones/medium chain fatty acids that the brain can use for fuel. 4-9 tblspoons spread out 3x day seems to be recommended.
It is also interesting that the plaques contain sticky misfolded Prion proteins, (a much more advanced misfolded prion protein shows up with Mad Cow disease/advanced brain wasting). No one knows yet, why these proteins are reverting to abnormal almost virus like proteins. But it is theorized that the Beta Amyloid is actually an immune response. Which may also explain why no drugs have been able to stop the formation of the Beta Amyloid plaques.
Turmeric/Curcumin to combat inflamation and Coconut Oil are musts. Along with dietary changes. My brother has mid range Frontal Dementia, and he got a huge recovery within 48 hrs of Curcumin capsules. Early onset folks on Youtube show immediate recoveries on even just coconut oil.
If you look at the brains of these patients one will see that they look like swiss cheese or dried up fruit. The brain is 40% cholesterol , called Mylitan, and has increased to one of the leading causes of death in the past 15 years. Also consider that we have been told that cholesterol is terrible for our health. My doctor, Dr Joel Wallach, has shown that it is the low/no cholesterol is the real cause of Alzheimer's and Dementia. Eggs are the best source for safe cholesterol and he recommends that everyone eats 4 - 6 eggs daily. I have 4 a day and have seen remarkable changes in my health and vitality. With that, I also take fish oil 3 times a day to keep the veins and arteries clear. That oil also helps with brain function.
(Hope, Bc Canada)
I cannot help but disagree with these findings. Just using common sense. Have you ever seen how chickens live and are tortured by the people who make a living that way? They allow them no space, debeak them and tear their tail feathers by brutal force. Their food is GMO even if they are "free run". There are some additional practices which hidden from consumer knowledge, would change the minds of many. You are also taking in the subtle part - their suffering that will make up your psyche, the brain and a hidden source of heart disease. This is called "heart bypass" if you understand right.
As to anything from the ocean, not what the placard in my grocery store proclaims " The Ocean, a Healthy Place". North Americans continue as if nothing has or is, happening. Fact is that many newborns have thyroid problems as this radiation affects the young in particular.
So people eat food procured by exquisite cruelty, thinking it is for good health. Part of our ocean has died but see how many times the comment "I only eat fish or chicken".
We are made up of the five elements as is everything we see. We do it to ourselves and we also experience the results.
Many Alzheimer sufferers have in the past put faith in Allopathic meds that actually cause eventually their condition. Wake Up.
I second that. Well said.
I had terrible panic attacks and it was LYME! And I know of many more with this symptom from LYME!
I didn't dismiss your post because I knew a lady who had Alzheimer's and had gone completely silent. She couldn't find her own room in her own house. Her husband refused to care for her because he had always been a rat bas---d. Her kids moved her to a care facility 150 miles away from him. She immediately began to visit, interact and pray for all her new friends. I wouldn't dismiss your observations outright because the causes, like many conditions, can be physical and emotional.
Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Do silver plated utensils contribute to Alzheimer's? Three old ladies I know with memory impairment/Alzheimer's have that old fancy silver plated silverware, and use it.
Alzheimer's Cause Theories
Alzheimer's seems to be caused by the herpes virus!!!!!!!!!!!!!! see for yourself-- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081207134109.htm
(Oz, KS, US)
Doesn't turmeric, since it's antiviral, help prevent Alzheimer's and also help with herpes cold sores?
(Tustin, California Usa)
If a herpes virus does turn out to be one cause of Alzheimer's Disease then the amino acid Lysine could be a useful addition to any treatment regimen as Lysine is quite effective at treating cold sores. Lysine has been shown to be safe at levels that will control cold sores and can cross the blood / brain barrier as can the antioxidants alpha lipoic acid and melatonin which have both shown benefits of varying degrees in Alzheimer's patients and rodent models. Of course the patient studies seem to be of more practical value for those that feel that rodent models of Alzheimer's diease are a poor substitute for the real thing.
Coconut oil also has the ability to inhibit some herpes viruses and there is increasing anecdotal evidence that it can improve the Alzheimer's disease state at doses that are reasonably practical.
In the case of melatonin, it is not only an antioxidant itself, but it also acts to activate the bodies own antioxidant system, something that not all antioxidants are capable of. Melatonin also acts in an anti-inflammatory role which is an important aspect of Alzheimer's disease progression. Melatonin has also shown the ability to protect the human brain from many of the known damaging effects to the brain caused by Alzheimer's disease. Melatonin also can help alleviate some of the sleeplessness symptoms associated with AD. Another benefit shown in human studies is melatonin's ability to alleviate the symptom refered to as "Sundowning".
The good news is that not only are these supplements generally considered safe, they are readilly available, relatively cheap and are purported to have many other health benefits also!
Does anyone know anything about apoaequorin or where to get it? Its a natural protein that clears excess calcium from the brain. One of those nobel prize-winning discoveries that has been suppresed by the Alzheimers industry.
This is the best link I can find on it, apologies for any inherent bias. http://naturalhealthinsiders.com/AwakeningfromAlzheimers...
I saw this quote..."withanolides, chemical compounds derived from ashwagandha, help improve the structure of both healthy and already damaged brain cells in subjects with Alzheimer's disease". There is a product called Ashwagandha KSM-66 which has 5% withanolides. I actually bought some a couple weeks ago just to experiment with it for cognitive related problems. It seems to get a lot of positive reviews.
Regarding Alzheimer's, the beta amyloid always gets mentioned as the culprit. Here is another perspective.
..."If beta amyloid were the cause of Alzheimer's disease, then why would ridding the brain of this protein actually cause patients to worsen? Harvard researcher Dr. Stephanie Soscia and her associates may have the answer. Their recently published research questioned why beta amyloid accumulates in the Alzheimer's brain in the first place, and concluded that in fact, the protein actually serves to rid the brain of a variety of bacteria and viruses. They described beta amyloid as an "antimicrobial peptide" which accumulated in response to an infectious agent. Their work looks upon beta amyloid in a new light as they stated, "If the normal function of beta amyloid is to function as an antimicrobial peptide, then an absence of the peptide may result in increased vulnerability to infection." Rather than causing the disease, beta amyloid may be our brain's natural response to an infectious agent, accumulating as a way of defending us against a pathogen. So perhaps we should reconsider beta amyloid since it has been said that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend...."
This may be more evidence as to the efficacy of Coconut Oil in preventing or treating Alzheimers. We have been assuming the saturated fats in VCO was supplying the brain w/ an alternative fuel source in the absence of glucose, but the antipathogen properties of VCO may also be at work here.
B12, Coconut Oil
My husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. His memory had gotten to the point where he could no longer even take a walk in our neighborhood without getting lost. He was even losing his ability to speak. We started giving him 2-3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil in homemade hot cocoa (split into 2-3 cups) every day. This improved his memory dramatically. We then started giving him a mega dose of vitamin B12 (sublingually, under the tongue ones that melt). This has almost completely cured his Alzheimer's. He lost many family members to this horrible disease. We asked the Lord to give us the answer, and He surely did. If you are having memory issues, this is the way to go!
The use of cocoa may also contribute an independent beneficial effect. Cocoa powder contains flavonols that improve cognitive function, blood sugar and lipid profile. Your homemade hot cocoa may be giving a boost. For best effect the cocoa powder used should be the natural unprocessed kind (so not alkanized/dutched) and mixing with sugar and milk should be reduced or avoided since milk might neutralize its effects.
Sugar? There is nothing sweet that is beneficial for anything. For good health, sugar should not exist even in the smallest amount in any diet. It is poison and immediately addictive not to mention that EATING ANY KIND OF SUGAR HAS THE POTENTIAL TO REDUCE YOUR BODY'S DEFENSES BY 75% OR MORE FOR FOUR TO SIX HOURS. Ask Dr. Pauling.
I wouldn't be so quick to condemn sugar. My aunt has used it in her coffee for 60 years & in her mid 80's she is sharp as can be. I would be more concerned about chemicals, drugs & shots than I would be about sugar. My dad was also a big sweet eater and he was very sharp up until he died. My mother-in-law has alzheimers & she lived on that crappy coffee creamer full of artificial ingredients; she also had some work on her teeth a year before losing her memory; same thing happened to Peter Falk (Columbo) the poisons travel to your brain. She also rarely ate protein & just ate processed food (more artificial food) Just food for thought...........
B12, Folic Acid
I have given a b12 lozenge that contains hydroxycobalamin with a drop of a high-potency folic acid liquid supplement that contains 5 mg per drop on top of the lozenge every day to parents to help dementia. It really does help as some medications depete the body of these nutrients. Gives energy to them. Cognitive thinking. Not any b12 and folic acid will work.
Its best to not to supplement with folic acid. Recently found out that I have MTHFR gene mutation. About 40% to 50% of people have it and don't know it. People with MTHFR mutations don't break down the Folic Acid which is man made. They need to get it naturally from food or take the methylated folate, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. And most importantly they should avoid foods fortified with folic acid. Excess folic acid reduces immune function and has been found to mask Vitamin B12 deficiency.
(London, United Kingdom)
I totally agree with Kathryn about folic acid, I have read a lot of bad things about this. She is correct when she is talking of folate. I also sadly disagree with Bill Thompson although I know he is absolutely brilliant, but to tell someone to take 1500 mg of niacin made me extremely ill. I phoned a priest once in desperation, he asked me if, when I looked at clocks? Did I get the hands mixed up? Yes I did, he told me to take 1500 mg of niacin! Never ever again! I was seriously ill and felt I was fighting for my life. I had to phone my doctor who asked me what I was taking? I told him "oh various vitamins? He told me to go through each vitamin or pill I was taking? And if the symptoms went I would know which one was causing it? I went through each vitamin and realised it was the niacin! I was so ill I thought I was dying, I was fighting for oxygen, I was boiling hot from head to toe and when I told my doctor he said "who the hell told you to take 1500mg of niacin? Now I cannot tolerate any doctor from the NHS but this doctor was the most wonderful and the only doctor I ever praised. He was a missionary, white, and had helped people as a missionary in Africa, no matter what was wrong if I mentioned a vitamin or anything at all, he was quite willing to let me try it. At the time I suffered severe depression, chronic anxiety, afraid of people, afraid of what people thought of me, was diagnosed as agrophobic? No I didn't fear open spaces, this was caused by my sick evil mother who was locked away for two years in a secure mental unit and let out after having 12 ETC treatments only to continue doing what she had already done, I cannot put it on here, the horrific treatment was bad enough all I will say is had the little 6 year old girl been taken away I don't think that little girl would be alive today! A long story, but she had it in for me. I loved my mum, but I was petrified of her sick evil mind, and she knew it, I turned to a priest In desperation who thought I had the symptoms of hypoglycaemia? Whatever he thought, the 1500mg of niacin made me feel so ill, even my doctor knew about niacin and said I should have started off slow. No one should ever start off with a high dosage of 1500 mg. As for coconut oil? I think this has been hyped up. I am a 71 year old lady who spent over 31 years dominated by my evil sick mother, whom I still loved very much, but in no way do I have any signs of alzheimers disease. I think if you keep active, do crosswords, keep your mind adjusted it really helps. I am one of the most intelligent people anyone will ever meet, I can recall anything from the age of 3 years! Every day a memory comes back to me from 3 years of age and I will relive that situation again again and again! I honestly don't think coconut oil will improve a serious illness like alzheimers disease, neither do I think a dominant personality causes it. I am one of the most gentle, loving, caring people anyone could wish to meet, I will do anything for anyone despite what they have done to me, and willing to forgive, not that it ever worked, I have 13 letters after my name, been under so called psychiatrists whom I had to correct their every mistake and was shocked when I requested my medical records as to what girls in their 20s had put about me, which I felt was totally sick and certainly untrue. I stopped taking 1500 mg of Niacin, simply because I really felt I was dying, I was literally near to collapse, and although I know there is a doctor who has saved many people (with psychiatric disorders) I too have been there with 31 years of chronic tranquiliser addiction, fighting to pretend I was normal in the face of the medical profession who almost took my life away with their ridiculous writings in their notes! I was cleverer than any of them. I had to fight to stay sane! And I won!
I know Bill is highly thought of but I beg anyone who is going to attempt to take niacin, if you know what I went through, please start at a very low dose. I honestly don't think coconut oil will help people with alzheimers disease? I am a researcher and have spent years going from website to website and made many notes of any serious illnesses, and I read of a man who actually cured his wife of alzheimers disease. It was cheap and to him it worked? Now I don't know about that but it is worth a try? The problem is I write everything I find that will help absolutely anyone, I take notes, but at the moment having hundreds of so called cured for cancer, etc, etc, I have mislaid it, but as soon as I find it I will put it on earth clinic? Now if it doesn't work then it wont, and if it does that would be brilliant, you see I have a male friend who breaks down every time he sees his sister who is suffering with severe alzheimers disease, he is suffering more than her, and if I can help my friend, I will do just that! I have never charged a penny for anything I do, and have even bought medicine to help people with no charge. My aim in life is to help others unconditionally. I have been coming to Earth clinic for many years, and I also tell anyone I know if you have a problem go to earth clinic and just type in what is wrong with you? Sadly I was chronically ill 3 days ago, so I came online, I wrote down every single thing in an attempt to help myself, but not one single thing worked, not one! But I am willing to try and what didn't work for me could work for others! Alzheimers is a terrible illness, and so sad to see someone you love who doesn't recognise you, can be heartbreaking so I know where each and everyone of you is coming from, you are looking for answers, and I think that is wonderful. Don't give up! Like I said, what works for some wont work for others, but please, niacin is probably a wonderful thing, but please take it very slow, I really thought I was dying and my wonderful doctor and the only one I ever believed in tried so hard to help me but I did it all myself. Even today, I have 5 Polish half sisters who I've done so much for, I cannot believe what they have done to me, they don't care if I live or die, but I don't care about them anymore, I am a better person than they will ever be, because I will help anyone I can, no matter what creed, colour or race, if I can find what a man said that cured his wife in two weeks, I will put in it earth clinic, now like I said I have no idea if it will work? But it is cheap and worth a try? As I don't have anyone neither have I ever had of anyone in my family suffering with alzheimers disease. I finally joined a few days ago, around 9th August, but I can assure you every time something is wrong with me, I come straight on earth clinic? And I have to admit, I feel I owe Earth clinic and its members a very big thank you when I thought I was suffering with a heart attack and had no one to help me? My chest was on fire, like a block in the centre of my chest. The pain was unbearable, it turned out to be chronic acid reflux? I rushed out of my computer room and swigged a dose of gherkin vinegar? Yes, I was violently sick, but it took all the massive heat from my chest, and although it took me two days to recover, I felt without the help of the wonderful people on Earth Clinic, I could have been in a worse situation. Try whatever you can, no matter how silly or trivial it sounds whether it be coconut oil or anything else, all I am saying is, alzheimers disease is a very serious illness and I simply cannot see how coconut oil could assist? I know of many people that are losing their hair with the long term use of coconut oil and I value my hair! So no! I won't touch coconut oil in an form any more than I will horsetail, licorice herb etc, and nuts that people are taking in extremel quantities? and they wonder why their hair is falling out? Too much of anything can do more harm than good? Start off slowly with anything. Now if I can find what I read about alzheimers disease I will certainly come back to Earth clinic and will write down what I took notes off. May I wish you all the very best and hope you find your cures in whatever ails you. Rosina from London, United Kingdom x
Rosina, I am so sorry you suffered as your mother was struggling with life. It is true that one man's help is another mans poison. I cannot eat salmon or olive oil. My stomach goes into absolute fits and swells out like a balloon. I use coconut oil for my memory and for me it works best with some sugar. My mother has no memory and knows nothing at 81 yrs of age. My brother cares for her and he will inherit the estate for his time and energy. She was mentally ill as long as I can remember and quite intelligent all the while she was out of her mind. It affected all of her children, who self medicated with street drugs as youth. My brothers drink and drug. My sis and I just use supplements trying to get our health back. I hope you find the sweet spot with your supplements and friends where your life is filled with JOY. Love, Charity
p.s. Mary Newport wrote a book on coconut oil helping her spouse with memory restoration
Chronic Bacterial Infection
Here some publshed articles about the implication of chronic bacterial infections in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer:
The funny things is the company Kenrico already patented Nattokinase for Alzheimer disease, because the enzyme digests the biofilms of Chlamydia pneumoniae and abviously the amyloid proteins are nothing but something related to Chlamydia biofilms in the brain in the second article.
I have found so many articles about MS and lyme disease. I will post the articles when I have more time. But it's interesting to know that the so called chronic disease can be treatable if the medical community and the pharmaceutical companies focused in the causes rather than symptoms. These pharmaceutical companies hire brilliant talented young scientists and I'm pretty sure they know all about this. But Money comes before health and it's up to us THE HUMANS to stop this and tell people the truth for a better world for all of us.
Money is not happiness. Maybe a means. Helping others is the true happiness.
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)
If you were diagnosed with alzhiemers.. A few years ago a doctor would tell you to start smoking! He didnt know why nicotine halted or slowed the onset.. But it might be the antifungal properties of nicotine got through the the blood brain barrier.. And disrupted a possible fungal trigger?... The possibility that Parkinsons and altzhiemers are the same.. Is well worth considering as Parkinsons can progress on to alzhiemers. So perhaps methyl blue might be a consideration as for parkinsons.
A study published in 2011 describes success using water soluble cinnamon extract to reduce plaques and improve cognitive ability in animal models of Alzheimer's Disease. Has anyone tried water soluble cinnamon extract to address Alzheimer's disease?
Interested persons can read the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3030596/?tool=pmcentrez
Note: Do not confuse water soluble cinnamon extract with cinnamon oil. The researchers make this distinction in the last paragraph of the introduction.
I hope this helps someone...
I will post every month, but my Father has severe Alzheimers, is 76 and it was downright scary. Forward 6 weeks later now, and three tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil each and every day, his symptoms have improved so much that I think we are all still stunned. I will keep this thread alive with my posts to let everyone know what is going on with his progress. I overcame gallstones myself, so our family has had a little awakening at how certain foods can have such a vast affect on our bodies to make them well again.
It's much too early to tell which way my Father is going as he is quite stubborn, but so far, it's hard to believe his progress. Will post every month or so and keep everyone updated, but today he did a happy dance that made us all burst out with laughter. If you could have seen him about 6 weeks ago, you would swear he was on his last legs.
(York County, Southern Maine)
(Vancouver, Bc, Canada)
Hi Linda. That's true, time just moves so fast now it seems. Yes, really wonderful news for him, but also for us, as it's not easy seeing someone you love wither away like that. 6 weeks ago everything looked hopeless, but now, it's such an improvement, so I'll keep posting here good or bad to see how he progresses.
I'm about to start this for my father, 79. And myself, 52. Might not be alzheimers or dementia, but he has severe memory issus and mine is getting bad. Must be genetic but I'll be dammed if I let the Monsanto madness take me out like that. Thanks for this thread and best of luck with your efforts.
Use, Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), preferably organic. You can start with a teaspoon twice a day, and after a week increase to a tablespoon 2-3 times a day. NOTE: too much VCO may create a mild case of diarrhea.
It's easier to take if you melt the VCO first. Simply place the entire container of VCO in a pan of hot water. VCO becomes liquid at 76 degrees. Then you can easily measure out a teaspoon or tablespoon.
Hi Sherry, I see everyone asking for an update, I am not that person. But I can tell you what she said does work. My mother suffered with Alzheimer's also. I was very sad when she started not knowing who I was. It hurt a lot. So, I went on a tangent and searched for answers on my computer. I found the same information and started my mother on the coconut oil. It worked, but not without side effects. When I put her on the oil she didn't want to eat. When I took her off the oil, she would eat but would lose her memory. I had to go back and forth. Like 3 days off and 3 days on. I tried to explain to my mother it was the oil trying to tell her she is full when she's not full. But I couldn't get through to her. She passed the memory test 100 percent, and the doctor was shocked. She even answered questions I couldn't at 94 years old. So, the oil does work just to let everyone know. At least for my mother it worked.
This is a video that everyone should see about Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's. A doctor came up with this cure for her husband with Alzheimer's: http://www.cbn.com/tv/1472017228001. Everyone needs to see this video.
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
I-healthtube has also posted some doctor/researcher recommends on Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's. Big problem is that the medical/pharmaceutical industry doesn't want to loose any profits for the research or treatment of chronic diseases like Alz. The sequester budget cuts which are to go into affect here in the USA on March 1, would include millions (if i'm not mistaken) in research on Alzheimer's Disease over the next decade.
So, its probably best that the issue doesn't get major research/studies funding and mass media attention. If this happened, there would be a push to make C.O. a "prescription drug", like what's already happened in E.U. Countries. For those on the road less traveled, the word is out that Coconut Oil is very beneficial for Alz, as well as Thyroid and Immune disorders.
Thanks for the link. I was shocked by the amount of coconut oil they were putting into the food, though. I watched as they put a chunk the size of half a tennis ball into oatmeal - pouring what appeared to be a melted 1/4 cup onto a serving of corn, etc. I wouldn't think it safe to take doses that large.
Unfortunately, the video article didn't mention how much is recommended per day, which would have been useful information.
Well, I do have to watch my caloric intake as I have always had to struggle to maintain my weight. The size of the serving in the video was HUGE. I would guess it was the equivalent of 6+ tablespoons. That's over 700 calories!
And while the benefits of coconut oil 'sound' promising, the reality is, that there are no scientific studies to support the claims. ALL of the current info is anecdotal.
(Rustenburg, North West, South Africa)
Hi Brandi, The only thing that causes weight gain is starches in all its forms, elimination of starches = weightloss. So coconut oil will not cause weight gain but the coconut oil will actually help with weight loss.
Coconut is actually very good in aiding weight loss. Just don't take it before bedtime if you are aiming to lose weight.
My father was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's. We knew as far back as 10 years ago something was wrong. His sister just died of the disease a year ago. This is after my father followed the politically correct (lipid hypothosis) version of nutrition that forbade meat, eggs, animal fats... The very foods that nourish the brain. He also had a diet high in sugary snacks.
Once my father was "officially" diagnosed my parents began to finally listen to my diet advice. I have since put my father on coconut oil (building up to three TBS three times a day), phosphatidylserene and vitamin B3.
One theory of Alzheimer's Disease is that it is a type of diabetes. It has been discovered the brain makes is own insulin (sugar regulating factor, I'll call it). If there is a problem with the brain making it, or the cells of the brain not being senstive to it, then the sugar the brain needs for fuel will not be available. Cells begin to weaken and die. When enough cells have been affected symptoms appear, but the damage begins decades earlier.
The alternative fuel the brain can use (besides sugar) is ketones, produced by the body from coconut oil. (The other two supplements I listed with the coconut oil are important for strengthening aspects of the brain cells themselves, simply put.)
My dad also takes many other general nutritional supplements like liver (copper, vitamin A) and iodine (in the form of kelp, but I use Lugol's), eggs (minerals and choline, vital for the brain), meat, raw milk, limited whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits (limited) sea salt, vitamin D, B12, cod liver oil (vitamins A and D), magnesium, vitamin C. He is in otherwise very good health (other than weight being low due to Alzheimer's Disease). He haas good BP, heart rate, etc.
Bottom line, Dad experienced a recent more accelerated decline due to the Alzheimer's Disease. He was becoming withdrawn, more confused, glum, grumpy, non-conversational, etc. Upon starting the coconut oil he showed a marked improvement in mood, concentration, socializing with some improvement in memory (more progress may be made long-term in the memory areas we hope). He has stopped declining and that is key.
Please do research on ketones and coconut oil and Alzheimer's Disease for yourself on the Internet and then try this for your loved one. There is nothing to lose and lots to gain.
Other neurological diseases such as Parkinson's also respond to the coconut oil.
I'm writing this post to give back to the community for all the direction I've received in the past for other conditions... Including the idea for further researching coconut oil for Alzheimer's Disease. I'm so glad I did.
As an aside, elderly folks often feel cold (as do some younger folks like me). A nice side effect of the coconut oil (and iodine) is a general warming.
I am in the same boat with my Dad. I am giving him coconut oil 3x a day.
Are there any particular brands of those supplements that you recommend?