The human brain. Arguably, the pinnacle in all of nature. There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy and 100 billion nerve cells in an adult human brain. Weighing about 3 pounds (1.5 kg) and about the size of a cantaloupe, even the most respected neurosurgeons marvel at the mysteries and complexities of the brain. When the brain is firing on all cylinders, we get Nobel prizes, patents, diplomas, humor, books, computer programs, symphonies, and bliss. When the brain is struggling, we get depression (10% of Americans are on anti-depressant medication), bipolar, anxiety, autism, schizophrenia, dementia, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and brain cancer. from Wikipedia.com
Best Foods To Protect Your Brain
Given the rising incidence of the above conditions, it is clear that the brains of modern humans are under assault. 5.4 million Americans and 30 million globally suffer with Alzheimer’s disease, a chronic degenerative condition of the brain, eventually leading to death.
Ronald Reagan was the poster child for how bad Alzheimer’s can be: 10 years of requiring full time nursing care lead to his death at age 93 in 2004.
Alzheimer’s Disease Becomes a Serious Threat
Alzheimer’s diagnosis is growing at an alarming rate. Current costs to treat Alzheimer’s make it one of the most expensive conditions for medical care. About 1/3 of people over 85 years of age have Alzheimer’s disease. Global costs to treat Alzheimer’s is currently $605 billion, or roughly 1% of the global domestic marketplace. The grief of being a care giver for a loved one whose mind slips into the twilight zone is beyond price or description.
A real MRI/ MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram) of the brain vasculature (arteries). This MRI study is often used to show/find brain aneurysms.
As many countries move into a “graying period” of the aging baby boomers, Alzheimer’s disease becomes a serious threat to the stability of many developed countries. There are no medical drugs or cures for Alzheimer’s disease, only palliative care…make the patient comfortable. Alzheimer’s disease was first diagnosed in 1901 by the German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer.
But there is good news!
For the first time ever, medical scientists have revealed that Alzheimer’s disease is not as inevitable as death and taxes. Scientists have shown that a lifestyle of excellent diet, exercise, meditation, proper sleep, hormone adjustments, and more can even reverse Alzheimer’s. An acidic body can have an impact on your brain health!
It was the concept of “dualism” from the French scientist, Rene Descartes in 1641 who theorized that the brain and the body were separate. The brain was the seat of intelligence and the soul, and the body was somewhat the “vehicle” to carry the brain. This confusion lead to the division of the human body, like when Europe divided up post war Germany in 1945. There is no connection between the body and mind, because there is no separation. The two are seamlessly interwoven. Therein lies the future of treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Alexander Fleming received the Nobel prize in medicine in 1945 for his discovery of penicillin, a radical new therapy for treating bacterial infections. Millions of lives have been saved with the various antibiotics that emerged from this new field of medicine. However, a major illusion surfaced: that all diseases could have their “penicillin”, or magic bullet cure. Richard Nixon launched the “war on cancer” in 1971 with the goal of having a cure for a major cancer by the Bicentennial, or 1976. It didn’t happen. Still hasn’t.
That same error in strategy has been applied to Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute of Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC, continues to search for drugs to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Therein lies the problem and the solution to Alzheimer’s.
Prevent and Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
We must embrace 3 major paradigm shifts in order to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease:
The human brain is both extraordinary in its potential and highly vulnerable to toxins and malnutrition. The complexity of the brain makes it more likely to suffer when sub-optimal conditions exist in the body.
The brain and body are not connected, because there is no separation. All systems of the body and all organs are involved in a critical symphony for health. Problems in the digestive tract will result in problems in the brain.
Problems in the immune system will result in problems in the brain. Problems in the circulatory system, which contains the pump (heart) and 60,000 miles of blood vessels to nourish the 40 trillion cells in the body, will lead to problems in the brain. The heart must pump upward, against gravity to feed the brain. If the blood vessels are blocked (atherosclerosis) or hardened (arteriosclerosis) or the blood is thick (coagulation), then feeding the brain properly is impossible and some disorder of the brain will occur, possibly Alzheimer’s.
Embrace lifestyle changes to reverse or prevent chronic degenerative diseases.
If you are in a motorcycle accident, then go to the nearest big city trauma center where you will get the best medical care in the world. However, if you have a degenerative disease, such as diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and much more; then emergency medicine is of limited value. Our drugs and surgery model for illness has reached the limits of its capabilities.
The World Health Organization has called western medicine “ invasive, controlling, disabling, dangerous, overpriced.” Yet, lifestyle changes can resurrect many people from the throes of many illnesses. Diet, exercise, supplements, rest, toxin avoidance, attitude, and energy alignment are the main tenets of integrative or functional medicine. American health care costs $3 trillion per year, of which 4.3 billion prescriptions costing $374 billion/year. Much of this expense follows the ineffective approach of seeking a magic bullet cure while ignoring the underlying cause, or etiology, of the disease.
A healthy human body is self-regulating and self-repairing.
The Solution: Healthy Lifestyle.
It was the 1990s when researchers noticed that people in India had a very low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease compared to the rest of developed countries. After a great deal of research, the likely therapeutic agent in the Indian diet was curry, with the potent herb turmeric. Dozens of studies now show that turmeric is protective against Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, and more.
Proof That Alzheimer’s is Reversible:
Researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles selected 10 Alzheimer’s patients and applied a lifestyle program of a special diet, exercise, meditation, adequate sleep and hormone adjustments. Nine of the 10 patients showed objective or subjective improvement, as reported in the peer reviewed journal Aging in September 2014.
Alzheimer’s is Preventable:
A separate group of researchers followed 923 participants ages 58 through 98 for 4.5 years and found that the MIND diet (see below) lowered the risk for Alzheimer’s by 50%, as reported in the journal Alzheimer’s Dementia in September of 2015.
Foods That Age Your Brain
There are foods that seem to prematurely age the brain and set up the conditions for Alzheimer’s disease:
- Red meat
- Fried foods
Best Foods To Protect Your Brain
There are foods that seem to nourish the body and mind and slow the aging process and lower the risk for Alzheimer’s:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Other vegetables
- Whole grains
- Olive oil
- Moderate intake of wine.
Protective Individual Nutrients
There are many nutrition supplements that have been shown to be neuro-protective. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, quasi-vitamins, herbs, and food extracts. These nutrients work by enhancing blood flow to the brain, or improving the ability of the brain cells to extract energy from foodstuffs, or as anti-oxidants that retard aging, or anti-inflammatory agents to reduce swelling, or lowering blood glucose, or any combination of the above.
lithium and others.
Given the failure of monotherapeutic approaches from modern medicine to prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s, the above information is the good news breakthrough that the public and health care practitioner’s around the world have been waiting for. Indeed, spread the good news that memory loss and Alzheimer’s are not inevitable consequences of the aging process.