Neurotoxins The X Factor In Brain Disease

Excluding the recent coronavirus pandemic, neurodegenerative disease is the fastest-growing cause of death on the planet. Alzheimer’s disease alone is taking the lives of 50-100 million people around the world now. Millions will die of the disease this year, while millions more will be diagnosed and misdiagnosed. Millions of additional people will go undiagnosed. Prions are an infectious, deadly protein that consumes the brain. The prion pandemic has been accelerating for years. There is no vaccine and there is no cure.

A variety of factors can trigger neurodegenerative disease, including genetics, head trauma and exposure to prions. Prion disease is clinically known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). As the name suggests, TSEs are transmissible via bodily fluids and tissue (milk, blood, saliva, mucus, urine, feces, skin and organs). Few, if any, precautions are being taken to contain these aggressive neurotoxins.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease is not a science, but there are some proven strategies.

If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or another form of neurodegenerative disease, targeted nutrition is the best treatment available. As you will read below and in our book, some foods are superfoods and smart foods when it comes to brain disease.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved six drugs that temporarily improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by increasing the amount of chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain. The effectiveness of these drugs varies from person to person. However, none of the treatments available today for Alzheimer’s disease slows or stops the damage to neurons. Many factors contribute to the difficulty of developing effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. These factors include the high cost of drug development, the relatively long time needed to observe disease progression in Alzheimer’s, and the structure of the brain, which is protected by the blood-brain barrier, through which few drugs can cross. Proper nutrition can benefit those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Despite the ongoing failures in the pharmaceutical world, neurodegenerative disease is manageable. In many cases, it is preventable.

Your personal prevention plan should include the following critical strategies. The sooner that you start a prevention regimen the better:

Nutrition: Poor nutrition can complicate dementia. Provide a balanced diet with a variety of foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods). Limit foods with saturated fat to help keep cholesterol levels down. Go light on fats that are bad for heart health, such as butter, solid shortening, lard and fatty cuts of meats. Fats from avocados and fish are often beneficial, however. Limit refined sugars from processed foods. You can treat a sweet tooth with fruit, honey or juice-sweetened baked goods. In the later-stages of Alzheimer’s disease, weight loss can be a problem, so adding sugar to foods might help. Limit salt consumption to manage blood pressure. Use more spices and herbs to season food. Spices and herbs often contain chemicals that stimulate blood flow and others have neuroprotective properties.

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, loss of appetite and weight loss may become concerns. Add supplements between meals to add calories. Staying hydrated also can be a problem. Encourage small cups of water and other liquids throughout the day. Offer foods with high water content, such as fruit, vegetables, soup, ice cream and smoothies.

Some scientists are studying whether turmeric, magnesium, folic acid and Vitamin D3 are effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The immune-boosting effects of vitamin D3 in combination with curcumin (found in turmeric), seems to help purge some of the protein buildup in the brain. Both vitamin D and curcumin have shown efficacy against Alzheimer’s disease. They might accomplish even more when used in combination. Alpha-lipoic acid supplements also show efficacy when treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Other Alzheimer’s disease studies indicate that foods rich in vitamin B12 and Omega 3 fats might lower your risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil, walnut oil and blueberries also appear to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to Dr. James Duke, affectionately referred to as “Uncle Sam’s Medicine man,” plant-based nutrition offers hope. One of Duke’s books, The Green Pharmacy, has a chapter devoted to Alzheimer’s. He prescribes diets that include rosemary, horse balm, Brazil nuts, dandelion, fava beans, sage, ginkgo, stinging nettle and willow. He says that rosemary and horse balm have compounds that preserve acetylcholine, the vital brain chemical in cognition and reasoning. He notes that while the pharmaceutical tacrine hydrocloride (cognex) preserves acetylcholine and reportedly slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, the herb horse balm contains compounds that can cross the blood-brain barrier. 

Exercise: Exercise is often recommended as a way to boost our overall health and longevity. The theory holds true with many forms of neurodegenerative disease. It has become common knowledge that one of the factors in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is the build-up of proteins in the brain. These proteins proceed to kill neurons in the brain, so it’s important to minimize, if not prevent, the proteins from accumulating. Increasing the blood flow to and from the brain is thought to help minimize the protein threat. Of course, exercise and proper nutrition promote circulation to and from the brain. Any movement is beneficial, but increasing your heart rate with a regular cardiovascular routine is best.

Avoid Neurotoxins: Prions are arguably the most deadly neurotoxin on earth. They migrate, mutate and multiply. They are impossible to neutralize. Prions are infectious, deadly protein that consumes the brain. Prion disease is clinically known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). As the name suggests, TSEs are transmissible via bodily fluids (milk, blood, saliva, mucus, urine, feces, tissue and skin). Prions shed from infected humans via mucus and saliva, for example, are highly transmissible. Items contaminated by prions, such as dental and medical devices, are impossible to sterilize. Prion disease is always fatal.

Thanks to misinformation and mismanagement, this aggressive and progressive brain disease has killed millions of people around the world over the past 40 years. Prion disease also kills livestock (mad cow disease), wildlife (chronic wasting disease) and sea mammals. This pandemic has been gaining momentum for years. Most people don’t believe that Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are infectious. When we press most neurologists for evidence, there is none. It’s all based on wishful thinking. In fact, all evidence confirms that TSEs are transmissible. Research can clarify the issue, but it has been blocked for years. The bad news is that prion pathways are abundant and impossible to avoid. Homes, hospitals, blood supplies, dental offices, food, water and more have become prion pathways. Answers begin with the truth. Be sure to spend more time on this site to assess the prion risks in your world.

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease is easier said than done. Our book explores Alzheimer’s disease as part of a protein epidemic. It dissects several causes of Alzheimer’s disease, including genetics, food, water and contact with patients who have the disease. Explore the pages on this website for more detail about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Join our coalition for truth and reform.

Although the outlook for treatments is bleak, having an early diagnosis helps families plan for the future, make living arrangements, take care of financial and legal matters, and develop support networks. Plus, beginning treatment for Alzheimer’s disease can help preserve function.

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Gary Chandler is a prion expert. He is the CEO of Crossbow Communications, author of several books and producer of documentaries about health and environmental issues around the world. Chandler is connecting the dots to the global surge in neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s diseaseParkinson’s diseaseCreutzfeldt-Jakob diseasechronic wasting disease and other forms of prion disease.