Jan. 13, 2010 - Issue #743: Broken Embraces
Five feet high and rising
Our brains need care to stem the tide of dementia
Some, in the wake of other false health alarms, are dismissing the projections of a recently-published Alzheimer's study as an unjustified ploy to generate research funding. The study, called Rising Tide, has projected that more than a million Canadians will be living with some kind of dementia by 2038. While it's true that Pfizer was a sponsor, and that drug research isn't where the answer lies, it is also true that Alzheimer's is devastatingly real. We do need a strategy.
We're living longer (though not necessarily better), and dementia is already the leading cause of disability among seniors. Those afflicted deserve better care, and caregivers deserve more support.
The study recommends, among other things, increasing prevention efforts, but prevention won't be brought to us by Pfizer. Prevention is going to involve a whole lot more than the current focus on mental exercise or yet another drug. The real potential for slowing the plaques and tangles and protein build-up occurring in our brains lies elsewhere.
What we need to know about cognitive well-being is this: no amount of brain exercise or medication can put nutrients our brains are starving for back into our brains, nor can those approaches offer a solution to the toxins that have set up camp in our brains.
If we want to avoid this flood of living death, those two issues will have to be addressed. The solution, in part, lies in a major move away from factory farming. Factory farming is the reason our topsoils are depleted and our veggies no longer deliver the essential trace minerals they once did, and it is the reason meat and dairy products no longer deliver the kinds or amounts of fatty acids they once did.
The solution to our hungry brains lies in finally acknowledging the absolute failure of the low-fat mantra to prevent anything at all. We have been busy rejecting animal fats in favour of processed vegetable oils and low-fat cheeses for decades now, and our brains (along with every other cell in our bodies) are making themselves heard. Even non-dividing neurons eventually begin to feel chronic shortages of fatty acids and minerals.
The solution to our inflamed and plaque-forming brains also lies in doing something about our high intake of sugars and high-fructose corn syrup. These cause insulin surges, which cause inflammation in our brains. And high-fructose corn syrup, found in almost everything these days, is also often contaminated with mercury as a result of contaminated caustic soda used in its production. Combine mercury, which is indisputably toxic to our brains, with insulin surges and multiple nutritional deficiencies and it should be no surprise our brains are having a little trouble.
Researchers are now calling Alzheimer's diabetes of the brain, or type 3 diabetes. That's because even moderately elevated levels of insulin increase inflammatory markers in our blood and brain fluids. The logical first defense then—a happily free and completely non-invasive one—is to lower insulin levels, which is easily done with serious carbohydrate restriction.
What we need to avert this coming flood is a Food Inc. overhaul. We need to challenge our government's recommendation of a low-fat carbohydrate-based diet, and we need information about exactly how much insulin we need to produce for that kind of diet. My son, a type 1 diabetic, could tell you exactly how much is required.
We need to stop pumping vaccine neurotoxins directly into the bloodstreams of our babies, where they quickly bypass their digestive systems and their blood brain barriers to set up camp in their still-developing brains. Because despite the never-ending pro-vaccine messages we are subjected to, neurological inflammation has been keeping step with ever-increasing vaccination.
And finally, we need our governments to step up to the plate and put our health ahead of industry interests. The chemical industry is now so powerful that, in the United States at least, it has legal right to keep from the public information about potentially harmful new chemicals, if disclosure of that information might harm business. Of new chemical notices submitted in the United States in recent years, 95 percent have requested secrecy.
We could stop this rising tide, easily. V
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