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Alzheimer's Disease -Roger Mason
Why do we fear growing old so much? Mostly it is because we start to lose our mental clarity, memory, and therefore our independence. Alzheimer’s is a fast growing epidemic in
Sugars. We swill down over 160 pounds of various sugars every year. This is prima facie insanity. One in three American children will grow up diabetic. This is the main cause. This sugar intake causes high blood glucose, high insulin, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes). Sugars rot your brain. Read the article Sugar is Sugar. It doesn't matter whether you eat honey, fruit juice, dried fruit, molasses, agave syrup, raw sugar, or white sugar. Now we have toxic sugar substitutes such as sucralose that cause the same problems.
Insulin resistance, high insulin, and high blood glucose. This comes from eating all that sugar. Our blood glucose rises. Our insulin no longer is effective, so we keep making more and more to compensate. This leads to metabolic syndrome, and then outright diabetes. Caffeine in any form will do the same. Even one cup of coffee, or one energy drink a day will wreck your blood sugar metabolism. Read Caffeine is Poison.
Obesity. We’re the fattest nation on earth, and getting fatter every year. Every year we get more obese. The fatter you are, the higher your chances are of getting every known disease, including Alzheimer’s. You can eat all you want, never be hungry, and lose weight, if you just make better food choices. Just make better food choices. Fat makes you fat, not food per se.
Saturated animal fats. We stuff over 40% saturated fat calories in our face. This should only be 10 to 20%, and from vegetable oils. Excessive fat intake is a major factor here, as it is with all other diseases. Eat less than 20% vegetable oils. Americans have the highest cholesterol levels and highest rates of CHD in the world.
Hormonal imbalance. The average person over 40 is a hormonal mess. Men have about seven basic hormones to deal with, while women have about ten (due to their three major estrogens). Natural hormone balance is discussed in my books. Read the article Balance Your Hormones. Pregnenolone is especially important.
Too much food. We eat TWICE the calories we need. We eat for two people. We
Lack of exercise. Who walks anywhere anymore? How many people do you know who go to a gym or have a home gym? Playing golf in an electric cart really doesn’t count. Exercise, even just walking every day, is a powerful preventative. The more you exercise the more bulletproof you will be to mental decline as you age.
Oxidative stress means the free radicals in our body are overwhelming us. This comes from our diet and lifestyle. It is not enough to just take proven antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and melatonin. These, on their own, will not make up for bad diet and lack of exercise. Diet and lifestyle cures oxidative stress.
Bad habits. Caffeine is the most popular psychotropic drug on earth, and is insidiously addictive. We don’t drink as much alcohol as the Scandanavians, but we sure try hard. Tobacco is still an epidemic, and 1 in 3 smoke. Recreational and prescription drugs are other causes. No one takes as many toxic prescription drugs as we do. These dangerous, synthetic poisons cause all manner of disease, including cognitive impairment. Read Most Medicated Nation. The more prescription drugs you take the more at risk you are for Alzheimers and all other diseases.
Mineral deficiency. Everyone is mineral deficient, no matter how well they eat. Take All Your Minerals® with 20 minerals in the amounts you need. These are clearly stated on the label. Mineral deficiency is one of the root causes of every single disease known to man. This is the only comprehensive mineral supplement in the world. Read my booklet The Minerals You Need.
Undernutrition. Americans are overfed and undernourished. Even though we eat twice the calories we need, there is simply no nutrition in the food we eat. We eat a mere 1% whole grains, but should be eating 50%. We eat twice the protein we need, and eight times the fat we need, but we aren’t getting the nutrients we need. Lack of minerals, vitamins, sterols, and lignans is especially critical here. Take the 20 proven supplements listed in the article Serious Supplement Program. ALC and PS are vital here.
Aluminum intake. People with Alzheimers have large amounts of aluminum in their brains. Aluminum does exist in very tiny microgram amounts in our food and soil, and thus in our body and blood. Fortunately, our aluminum cookware is now almost universally coated with protective Teflon, but we still use aluminum foil. We get aluminum from two sources- baking powder (not soda), and underarm deodorants with transdermal aluminum salts. Use sodium based (e.g. Rumford®) baking powder. Over 90% of deodorants contain aluminum. It should be banned outright. Read your labels. Eat and use nothing with aluminum in it. Always read your labels on the food you buy.
Mental and emotional stress. We are under a lot of stress in the most productive affluent society on earth. Stress will kill you faster than anything else. People were never under as much stress as they are today in modern society.
You have a choice in life. You can be a breathing vegetable in a nursing home, after your “loved ones” dump you there. Or you can be bullet proof to Alzheimers, and other forms of dementia, if you deal with all these things. An ounce of prevention is worth ten pounds of cure. Health is real wealth, and diet and lifestyle are the key to a long life. Please read my book Macrobiotics for Everybody, and the article Seven Steps to Natural Health. Do all seven steps with no excuses. Think whole body, holistic health, and not just brain health.
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