Alzheimer's Disease effects about 10 percent of people over age 65 and nearly 50 percent of all people over age 85. It is a progressive disease that results in the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain and shrinking of the brain matter.
The United States accounts for 25 percent of the cases, yet we only represent about 4.5 percent of the world's population. Within the U. S. , 75 percent of the cases occur in Caucasian people. The first case of AD was documented in 1906.
The medical documentation indicates that the disease is still a mystery. Yet there have been several factors that show correlation with the disease that should not be overlooked.
One factor that seems to be most universally accepted in a higher level of aluminum found in people with AD. The main sources of aluminum can be found in drinking water, foods, medications, antacids, antiperspirants, aluminum cookware, aluminum foil, and aluminum cans.
You can check with your municipal water office to obtain a report analyzing the contents of your water. The World Health Organization has recommended the amount of aluminum present in drinking water to be below 200 micrograms per liter.
Replace your cookware with stainless steel or cast iron, Pyrex or glass.
Do not let foods, especially acidic foods, come in contact with aluminum foil. The food will leach the aluminum from the foil. Food and soda in aluminum cans will do the same thing.
Avoid antiperspirants containing aluminum. Read labels on medications, ask your pharmacist or doctor if they contain aluminum and if so, is there an alternative medication.
Avoid antacids. Focus on ways to prevent heartburn by drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day. Take digestive enzymes with your meals, chew your food slowly and thoroughly, practice proper food combining (don't eat proteins and starches in the same meal).
Controlling the future intake of heavy metals is one preventive measure. Ridding your body of metals that are already in your body is recommended, too. You can do a heavy metal detoxification cleanse that will remove the metal toxicity from your body.
Another factor that may contribute to AD is a higher level of mercury caused by amalgam fillings in the teeth. Consider replacing them or when they do need to be replaced, consider an alternative material.
Vitamin deficiencies have also been implicated in the development of AD.
A vitamin B-12 deficiency can actually show similar symptoms as AD and may actually progress to AD eventually. It is estimated that 40 percent of elderly Americans suffers from a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Other vitamin deficiencies that have been linked to AD are vitamins A, E, and beta-carotene.
Could the key to preventing or decreasing the chances of developing AD be as simple as removing heavy metals from our body and taking a good nutritional supplement? It certainly seems like an easy preventive measure to consider in order to avoid a disease that has such an enormous impact on our family both emotionally and financially.
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