• What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease & Can We Fight It?

    Dr. Russell Blaylock may be a quack. He’s certainly been called that and worse. He also thinks he has a better handle on factors that possibly lead to Alzheimer’s Disease than most, and his views don’t fit into those of the conventional medical world. Since I am interested, I wanted to simply pass along some of his thoughts, right or wrong though they may be. If you find that you are interested as well, I would definitely suggest some research.

    Russell L. Blaylock is a retired neurosurgeon and a former clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. His works include Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994), Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life (2002), and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (2003). His monthly e-newsletter, the Blaylock Wellness Report, is sold via email subscription. The list of other works by Dr. Blaylock is long and impressive.

    According to Blaylock, he has developed strategies to not only prevent certain forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, but also to treat and reverse the dreaded symptoms. He also believes that following his strategies would reduce the risk of certain cancers.

    The study is extensive, but I’d urge you to spend some time doing a little reading and make up your own mind on a subject that affects us all. Today, I’m giving you the nutshell version of the villians.

    1. According to Blaylock, dementia such as Alzheimer’s is primarily caused by inflammation and free radical damage, and there are specific triggers for generating both (pesticides and herbacides, harmful ingredients in food and drink, toxic metals, sugar substitutes, Omega 6 fats, vaccines, and excitoxins). Controlling both the inflammation and the damage from free radicals will drastically reduce your risk. (Taking fish oil/cod liver oil suppliments help control inflammation.)

    2. Parkinson’s Disease is caused by (according to Blaylock) the above. Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients have very low levels of the antioxidant glutathione. Avoiding processed foods with glutomate as well as the excitotoxin MSG and are the best ways to avoid these low levels.

    Also, if you have low levels of glutathione, supplimenting is imperative; however, you must stop the excitotoxins which create inflammation and free radicals.

    EXCITOTOXINS

    From alz.org

    An excitotoxin is a substance that “excites” the system. It is also viewed by many as poison to the system. Excitotoxins are often used in foods to stimulate the system into thinking you are eating something very good; I assume so you will eat more of it. The most popular wording is “flavor enhancer,” and the most common enhancer is MSG (monosodium glutamate).

    Of course, now that we are getting smarter about those initials, food companies have had to add MSG under other names which include autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, maltodextrin, hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, mono-potassium glutamate, and textured protein. Read More…

    Aspertame which is found in most sugar substitutes including diet colas and gum is another common excitotoxin as are certain types of metals and flouride.

    “Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. In fact, one aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile, and you see the same effect with MSG. It also causes a cancer cell to become more mobile, and that enhances metastasis, or spread. These MSG-exposed cancer cells developed all of these pseudopodians and started moving through tissues, which is one of the earlier observations from cancer.

    From medicine.net

    When you increase the glutamate level, cancer just grows like wildfire, and then when you block glutamate, it dramatically slows the growth of the cancer…” Read More…

    Avoiding the Omega 6 oils is equally important, and I’ve done so for years. Those to avoid are Soybean Oil (actually avoid anything to do with soy), Sunflower Oil, Canola Oil, Safflower Oil, and Corn Oil.

    Since you cannot avoid these oils altogether, be sure to suppliment with Omega 3 Oils to help reduce the effects of the Omega 6s (the Cod Liver Oil suppliment is best) and use olive oil and coconut oil for cooking at home.

    One study showed that supplimenting with the Omega 3s reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60%!

    And finally, and the one you will hate to hear the most, is that one of the best ways to avoid excitotoxins, inflammation, free radicals, etc. and the damage they bring is to avoid carbs when at all possible. (This I can vouch for myself because I’ve done it for years.) Dr. Blaylock actually goes so far as to suggest that President Reagan’s Alzheimer’s Disease may have been partially a result of his jelly bean “addiction.”

    I realize that I’ve given you an extremely narrow overview of a terribly broad and important subject, but I hope it has been enough to whet your interest and that you will do some studying of your own.  If there is one thing I have learned it is that we have to take our health in our own hands. Blindly trusting any system to take care of us usually does nothing but take us where we do not want to go.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    16 Responses to What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease & Can We Fight It?

    1. lynette355 says:

      From what I find this is unfounded. http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/aspartame.asp

      • Tiza says:

        I’m not really fond of snopes, and I don’t trust a lot of what they may say. I can tell you 100% that aspartame is most definitely toxic, at least to many people. If my husband were to have a diet cold drink with aspartame in it, he would get severe panic attacks a couple of hours later. We went to a neurologist when he was getting panic attacks, then he had a CT scan done and it showed nothing was wrong. It was several years later when he figured out by accident that aspartame caused his panic attacks.

        How we found out is we went off cold drinks completely on a special diet and drinking more fresh veggie juiced drinks. Then a couple of years later, he got a Diet Coke from a friend. Two hours after he drank it, he got a bad panic attack. So he stays away from them completely. Since that last time, he hasn’t had a panic attack at all, period.

        His panic attacks were terrible. They were like him having a heart attack. Oh, he also had a headache for over a month as well. His headache stopped, too, when he stopped diet drink.!

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    3. Christie Grossklaus says:

      Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It’s the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. These changes are severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. .”:’

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    4. terry click sr says:

      10 years ago i did a lot of welding on aluminum in a DOE test pilot plant.i welded on nothing but aluminum for 10 hours a day 6 days a week for 2 years.now im having a lot of short term memory loss.driving forget where im going,lay something down and forget where i put it,even walk from one room to the other and forget what i was going for.i am 5 years old and have been a pipefitter welder for 36 years.drs. have done ct scans and MRIs and say nothings wrong its all in my mind.well i say damn right its in my mind theres something going on in it to cause this but no one can tell me what?could the welding of this aluminum and other so called speacialty metals have caused this?

    5. terry click sr says:

      really could use some good help on what to do or where to go

      • Music Man says:

        Terry, CAT Scans and MRIS’s are pretty much all that is available to us. Blood, hair, and skin sampling is next, but expensive. Call a local University, especially one that has, or is connected with a teaching hospital, see if they are doing any studies, and volunteer. You’re too young for Early Onset Alzheimer’s, so that would rule out dementia too. I’m 58 myself, and sometimes forget why I walked into a rum, but that’s usually because something distracted me. I’ve known some welders in my life and have never heard them complain. Dr Blylock says his program can reverse these conditions so maybe give him a try.

      • deeds says:

        dear terry, although it is from a while ago, i read your comment and, i care, and i am hoping you might receive notification of this and let me know if you’re okay…

        i’m 32 years old and, after a lifetime of poverty and living on things like cheap ramen soups (seasoning packet…monosodium glutatmate and/or yeast!) and a lot of other poor choices, i have such memory problems – it feels like every other sentence out of my mouth is “what was i going to say?” because i forgot – and such brain fog… i used to be a smart girl, with top marks in school, now i feel like i can barely add 2+2…

        maybe ms. jones has already sent you far better info than this (by the way, ms. jones i so like your writing…so level-headed and thoughtful~ …and it was so nice of you to reach out to terry, here), and i don’t know if this would help you any, but,

        maybe look into supplements for heavy metal chelation (one product i know of is called metal shield by swanson vitamins, and/or look for humic acid or fulvic acid capsules,
        and,
        though this doesnt tackle aluminum specifically, to avoid making the problem worse for other reasons, try to avoid substances like here in the article…aspartame, monosodium glutamate and/or yeast (all the substances listed, and there are more!),

        and also glutamine the amino acid, and protein – i know we need protein to live, just try to not over do it, because some protein sources are very concentrated, like, whey powder, just one scoop and, you have yourself there quite a dose of glutamine –

        to maintain your body’s muscles, maybe try “branched chain amino acids,” also called bcaa’s – a blend of 3 amino acids, NOT including glutamine …leucine, isoleucine, and valine, that have an affinity for muscle tissue and are thought to help your body’s own protein synthesis)

        i wish i had better information and/or more info specifically regarding aluminum, to help you…

        with my memory problems, all this information has certainly been a lot to get a handle on…i make notes! i hope this info, or something can be of help to you! i hope you might receive notification of this message and, let me know if you’re okay… god bless~ dee

    6. T says:

      I suggest googling and looking into ketones and memory loss. Ketones have been found to help in cognition and memory recall. Ketones are naturally produced in your body and one can increase production through the intake of medium chain triglycerides, which can be found in organic pure coconut oil and MCT oil. I’m no doctor I’ve just done research on it myself to help my parents and now I cook most everything with coconut oil. Dr. Mary Newport, Dr. Blaylock, and Dr. Mercola including NIH have written about ketones in diet. Might be a good start. Hope this helps.

    7. raymond says:

      How come there are not many successful case of cures listed with testimonials? Should Blaylock start a clinic or health farm to treat such cases. the world would beat a path to the proverbial “better mouse trap”.

    8. Asad Zaman says:

      Thanks for the information. Following links provide additional relevant information, some of it critical of Blaylock, some not. However, they do not discuss most issues raised in the original post.

      SKEPTIC: http://www.skepdic.com/blaylock.html

      CNN:
      http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/expert.q.a/11/04/nutrition.alzheimers.jampolis/index.html

    9. Tiza says:

      One thing that I wish to mention, Dr. Blaylock is a great doctor. He should receive a medal for how he’s helped people.

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