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Alzheimer’s Disease

And memory loss

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Lady in Gold by mallory mishler

Alzheimer’s is described as a progressive deterioration of mental function or a generalized degeneration of the brain that can occur in in middle or old age. It is the commonest cause of premature senility and is listed officially as America’s sixth leading cause of death, but that doesn’t take into account medical errors, drug misuse and environmental toxins of themselves may not be fatal, may in fact contribute to dementia.

Alzheimer’s is thought to be responsible for approximately 70% of all dementia cases, making it the most recognized trigger of dementia and a problem for + 36 million worldwide, but only 1-in-4 are diagnosed.

Alzheimer’s is not dementia, Alzheimer’s is a lifestyle disease and dementia is a set of signs, symptoms and behaviours triggered by diseases which may includeAlzheimer’s.

A majority of Alzheimer’s patients are women, and the disease is twice as likely in blacks and Hispanics. The human cost is incalculable; the financial cost is pretty staggering too, at over $220 billion annually in the United States alone.

Diagram of a neuron Picture from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuron)

Diagram of a neuron from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuron)

The physiology of Alzheimer’s:

Australian researchers think that there is a build up of of neurotoxic amyloid plaques that affect the energy flow or communication between brain cells. In much the same way that electrical cables exposed to salt water gradually fail to conduct a current, like a short circuit. Eventually those plaque laden cells die and the dementia becomes permanent.

The Australian researchers are trialling a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques and shows some promise of slowing or even reversing the decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.

Meanwhile researchers at Stanford have discovered that nerve cells die because the cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits as described above stop working.  These cells called ‘microglia’ function well when people are young, but as they age, a single protein called EP2 stops them operating efficiently.

Scientists have shown that blocking the EP2 protein allows the microglia to function normally again so they can hoover up the dangerous sticky amyloid-beta plaques. Drug trials in mice show positive results in blocking EP2  reversed memory loss and other Alzheimer’s-like symptoms.”

As a lifestyle disease, the buildup of plaques only happens because the body is not working properly and the only reason the body stops working properly is because it is either getting insufficient or imbalanced nutrition, a lack of physical and mental exercise, and/or an overload of environmental toxins.

Therefore if one is to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia, the treatment begins early in life with a sensible diet and lifestyle plan as well is the avoidance of environmental poisons. Unfortunately it’s almost impossible to avoid environmental poisons in this day and age without taking the trouble to seek out organic produce.

Given that the Australians are using ultrasound, one must ask whether or not activities like singing or some types of pranayama that resonate different frequencies in the head would also be effective as a preventative medicine?

Living with Alzheimer’susdr

Eventually anyone suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia requires a full-time care. It must be understood that while Alzheimer’s is a cause of dementia, it does not make its victims stupid or unaware. The Alzheimer’s sufferer is often aware of the decline in their health and cognitive functions which is a cause for anxiety.

In the beginning they may present with a degree of forgetfulness which steadily progresses to the point where they require full-time care. While their logical functions are sliding away, their emotional functions may remain unaffected.

References:
The Telegraph on the Stanford discovery
Science Alert
ABC Australia

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