Alzheimer’s – the Cause and the Answer

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 in
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Last month we kicked off a series on the debilitating diseases that are destroying our way of life for aging adults in America.

Today, we're starting a series on Alzheimer’s, a tragic disease named for Dr Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor who first described it in Auguste D., a 51-year-old patient he saw in 1901. Her memory, speech and comprehension were failing, and she suffered from hallucinations and paranoid delusions that her husband was unfaithful. Unable to finish writing her own name, she told Alzheimer, “I have lost myself.”

When Alzheimer dissected Auguste’s brain, he found it markedly shrunken, a wasteland of dead and dying nerve cells littered with strange deposits.

There were two types of deposits:

  • Plaques - occur between nerve cells, and are now known to consist of clumps of “Beta Amyloid”, an abnormal protein.
  • Tangles - form inside nerve cells, and are made of a protein called “Tau” that is normally part of a system of tubules that carry nutrients to feed the cell. Once Tau is damaged, the nerve cells essentially starve to death.

She died in 1906, completely apathetic, curled up in a fetal position and in spite of all the care and attention, suffering from bedsores. Although the disease slowly shuts down vital brain functions, infections usually are the cause of death; pneumonia, bladder infections or sepsis from bedsores.

A century later, patients still die in much the same way

Until the 1970’s, Alzheimer’s disease was considered a rare brain disorder that mysteriously struck younger people like Auguste D. It was thought to be different from senility, which was assumed to be a consequence of aging.

When researchers compared the brains of younger people who had died of Alzheimer’s with elderly people who had been senile, they discovered a similar pathology with plaques and tangles. Senility they decided, was not a natural part of aging; it was a disease.

The Amyloid Hypothesis

The leading theory of Alzheimer’s says that Beta Amyloid, or A-beta, is the main culprit, building gradually in the brain over decades and short-circuiting synapses, the junctions where nerve cells transmit signals to one other.

Gradually, the theory goes, the cells quit working and die. Everybody produces A-beta, but its purpose is not known.

People who develop Alzheimer’s either make too much A-beta or cannot get rid of it. Although scientists once blamed plaques for all the trouble, more recent research suggests that the real toxins are smaller bundles of A-beta molecules that form long before plaques do.

Dr. Dennis J. Selkoe, a professor of neurological diseases at Harvard, said that just as lowering cholesterol can prevent heart disease, lowering Amyloid Plaque or A-beta may prevent Alzheimer’s or slow it, particularly in the early stages – provided that drugs or something natural can be found to do the job.

Eating Curry Can Lower Alzheimer's 400%

Yes, 400%!

One of my great passions is to get people to eat whole foods from plants that give live and support the body in being robustly healthy. As a result, I am constantly on the lookout for healing foods, immune boosting foods, anti-cancer foods in particular.

In my research and travels years ago, I came across an incredible story of the power of certain curries that people in India consumed on a daily basis. Interestingly they were found to have overall cancer rates one-sixth that of America.

Turmeric roots and powder with curcuminThis same information has now resurfaced regarding the special spice used in these healing curries from India that gives curry their golden color. It turns out Turmeric roots contain a collection of potent compounds called a Curcuminoids.

What researchers told me when I was in India, was that if you ate curries every day, disease would never happen to you, particularly Alzheimer’s and Cancer.

Is all this possibly true? Yes, yes, yes!

We now know that the build-up of plaque from Beta-Amyoid deposits is the foundation of Alzheimer’s. Documented research now proves that these curcuminoid compounds helps the body’s immune system clear away these deposits and bring the brain back to operating clarity.

The Singapore National Mental Health Survey of the Elderly, led by Dr Tze-Pin from the University of Singapore, recruited 1,010 elderly Asian subjects 69 years and older and compared scores for various intakes of curry infused with curcuminoids.

The researchers reported on three different categories of consumption often, occasionally and never or rarely, and compared them.

Dr Tze reported that 43% consumed curry at least once a month to daily, while 10% never or rarely consumed the dish. When the researchers looked at the consumption of curry with measures of cognitive impairment, it was reported that those who consumed curry often, or very often were associated with a 49% reduced risk of cognitive impairment, compared to those who never or rarely consumed. Eating the Curcuminoid rich curry occasionally was associated with a 38% reduced risk.

Dr Tze went on to say:

“Interestingly, it has also been purported that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in India among elderly people between 70 and 79 years of age, is four-fold less than that of the United States.

“The results reported in our study are therefore quite significant, as they point to a significant beneficial effect on cognitive functioning with even low to moderate levels of curminoid-curry consumption.”

Curcumin has increasingly come under the scientific microscope in recent years, with studies investigating its abilities for reducing cholesterol levels, fighting arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and clogged arteries. And now Alzheimer’s.

But what if you can’t stand curries every single day? Or can’t make them or don’t want to?

Mother Nature to the Rescue

I like to think of our website as God’s Drugstore, containing natural compounds and nutrients from all over the world to help you fight disease, without artificial drugs or vaccines.

Super Curcumin C3 ComplexIn putting this drugstore together, I have developed very special relationships with fabulous researchers and labs all over the world. One of these researcher groups is in India, and they make a spectacularly powerful, pharmaceutical-grade, curcuminoid formula, in convenient tablet form. Just one tablet is equal to 12 bowls of curry! Two or three tablets a day is all you need. I take this formula religiously, and so should you.

It is called, logically enough Super Curcumin C3 Complex.

If you’ve read this far, I am sure you know deep down within you that this is one formula you and your family should be taking, regardless of their age.

More Tips and Suggestions:

  • Eliminate all NutraSweet/Aspartame soda drinks. Aspartame is a “sweet poison” that kills the brain. Ditto for milk, cheese, ice cream and butter.
  • Eliminate or at least reduce intake of red meat, pork and chicken. These are very dangerous saturated fats that contaminate the brain and the heart.
  • Eliminate use of any Aluminum such as commercial deodorants, buffered aspirin or TUMS which use Aluminum. This has been shown to rot the brain.
  • Walk briskly every single day to get needed oxygen into your brain. This was Einstein’s favorite exercise. Enough said.

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