New research investigates the possibility that older people who experience memory and thinking problems may have a lower risk of cancer than older people who do not have these problems. In 2013, Medical News Today reported on a study by Italian researchers, who found that Alzheimer's patients were half as likely to develop cancer and that cancer patients were 35% less likely to develop Alzheimer's. Another study from 2009 looked at 3,020 people aged 65 and older and reported that Alzheimer's and cancer are much less likely to occur simultaneously. "In white older adults, prevalent Alzheimer's disease (AD) was longitudinally associated with a reduced risk of cancer, and a history of cancer was associated with a reduced risk of AD," the authors of that study concluded, adding: "Together with other work showing associations between cancer and Parkinson's disease, these findings suggest the possibility that cancer is linked to neurodegeneration." Other neurodegenerative … [Read more...] about Why is there an inverse association between cancer and Alzheimer’s?
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Professional football players are much more likely to die from Alzheimer's disease, ALS (Lou Gerhig's disease) and other conditions cause by brain-cell damage, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati wrote in the journal Neurology. The scientists gathered data on 3,439 ex-professional football players, average age 57 years, who had played during at least five seasons from 1959 to 1988 for the National Football League. They searched through all the death certificates, specifically looking out for deaths caused by ALS, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. When the study was ongoing, 10% of the ex-footballers had died. The team discovered that professional football players: had triple the risk of death caused by diseases that destroy or damage brain cells compared to other people had four a times greater risk of dying from ALS or Alzheimer's disease had about the same risk of death from Parkinson's disease as the rest of … [Read more...] about Professional Football Players Have Higher ALS And Alzheimer’s Death Risks
The connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease has long been suspected, though concrete proof has yet to be discovered. During the 60s and 70s, the belief that aluminum was causing Alzheimer’s was at a high. Since then, some researchers have debunked the idea. However, many still think that the two are connected. Does aluminum cause Alzheimer? Before we back or dismiss this notion, we need to know what we’re dealing with. What is Alzheimer’s disease? This dreaded disease is a common form of dementia in which the patient suffers from memory loss and difficulty in processing and thinking. The brains of the patients have shrunk and have been discovered to contain senile plaques or decaying nerve terminals. Found within these plaques is the element aluminum. What is aluminum? When we say aluminum, we think of that thin sheet of silver foil used for wrapping food. It is more than that. Aluminum is a neurotoxin. In other words, it poisons the nerve … [Read more...] about Does Aluminum In Pans And Antiperspirants Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease?
We often hear health claims that the next superfood can help fight free radicals, but what does that really mean? Understanding free radicals comes down to chemistry. All cells are composed of molecules, and all molecules are made of atoms being held together by chemical bonds. If some of these chemicals bonds are broken in such a way that an unstable molecule or atom is created, we call this a free radical. This can create a chain reaction that creates more and more free radicals in the body. Atoms are a nucleus formed from protons and neutrons circled by electrons. The important particle for understanding free radicals is the electron, so let’s look closer at what they do. (1) Electrons can be found circling the nucleus in orbitals. Although not completely accurate, for our purposes we can imagine the electrons circling the nucleus in orbits much like the planets circle the sun. This is the Bohr model of an atom that you would have learned back in your high school chemistry … [Read more...] about What Are Free Radicals And Why You Should Care
Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a B vitamin that is part of the complex of B vitamins needed to produce energy in the body. A vitamin B6 deficiency can lead to a variety of health conditions. The entire B complex assist the mechanisms of protein and fat metabolism, and are also needed in order to maintain healthy hair, skin, eyes, and nervous system. B6 is an important nutrient for the production of white blood cells, and has an effect on over 60 proteins. The mechanism of action for B-6 is to in the release of glucose from glycogen. It is also important in the body processes that produce hydrochloric stomach acids, which aid digestion. Action of Vitamin B6 In the skin, vitamin B6 stops acne by reducing sensitivity to the hormone testosterone. In addition, vitamin B6 is used in the synthesizing of both RNA and DNA, which also contributes to the prevention of acne. Vitamin B6 stabilized the electrolyte balance in the body and helps build healthy blood and prevent … [Read more...] about Vitamin B6 deficiency and nutritional requirements
Aluminum is the most widely used metal on the planet, and is used in the manufacturing of numerous every-day products. Soda cans are aluminum, cookware is made from aluminum, and of course aluminum foil can be found in most kitchens. Aluminum is also present in aspirin, vaccines, antacids, baking soda, and even flour. It is even sprayed into our skies through chemtrails. Unfortunately, there a number of factors that can influence or provoke aluminum toxicity. This overwhelming amount of aluminum means that our risk of exposure is higher than it ever has been. Unlike minerals, vitamins, and trace elements, the body does not need or use aluminum in any way. Aluminum accumulates in the brain, kidneys, liver, lungs and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can adversely affect skeletal mineralization. In infants, this can alter or inhibit growth. Several animal models have linked aluminum exposure to impairments of mental capability. Why is Exposure to Aluminum … [Read more...] about Aluminum Toxicity: Symptoms and Solutions
Robin Williams’ suicide shocked the world. It seems unfathomable that someone so manically funny, who brought so much laughter into our lives, could be plagued with depression. As his beloved alien character Mork might have said … “Does. Not. Compute.” Outwardly, it appeared that he had everything to live for — loving family, adoration from fans, respect of his peers, and financial and artistic success. But Williams suffered lifelong struggles with substance abuse (alcohol and cocaine), depression, and bipolar disorder. Days after his suicide, his wife announced that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, which can produce depression, even in people with no previous history of it. If anything good can come of this, it’s the hope that this will keep the much-needed discussion open on what is going wrong with the state of our collective mental health. Since his death, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and … [Read more...] about Robin Williams and the Growing Epidemic of Depression
In an earlier post that looked at the long-term consequences of antibiotic use in creating chronic, ongoing levels of inflammation in the brain, I discussed the science of how such changes can eventually lead to conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, and other conditions. Now, a new study from several centers in Japan illustrates how this chronic brain inflammation can also play a role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Given the good results that we’ve seen in these areas, it makes complete sense that reversing the effects of antibiotic use is a necessity of modern life. It appears that there is no safe level of antibiotic use, as antibiotics are always creating long-term imbalances in the body that may not produce symptoms until decades later. Earlier last year, I had the opportunity to study with Dr. Raymond Perrin of Manchester, England, who has developed a technique to address CFS … [Read more...] about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Candida
Folic acid is widely known to help prevent birth defects, but it’s not just for pregnant women. Folic Acid, also known as folate or Vitamin B9, has multiple health benefits for women and men of all ages. Folic Acid is found in foods such as leafy greens, pastas, beans and more. According to Men’s Fitness, folic acid helps the body break down, create and use new proteins as well as form new blood cells and create new DNA. Studies have shown that folic acid may help prevent heart disease, depression, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, type-2 diabetes, and even some forms of cancer. 1: Research has shown that if women who could become pregnant were to take a multivitamin with folic acid, the risk of neural tube defects like Spina Bifida could be reduced by up to 70% 2: Women who could become pregnant should take 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid through a vitamin. 3: FOLIC ACID, also known as folate, is continuing to show tremendous benefits in a wide variety of conditions … [Read more...] about 10 Reason Why Our Diet Should be High in Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid) And Its Facts Sheet
Previously, I demonstrated that cholesterol is a vital component of our brain (1). Without it, our neurons cannot work properly leading to an increased risk of neurological problems such as depression, anxiety, Parkinson, and Alzheimer’s disease. The connection between Alzheimer’s disease and cholesterol is based entirely on the amyloid hypothesis. This hypothesis was first proposed in 1984 (2). It states that the accumulation of the protein amyloid (specifically Aβ42) leads to the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain which interferes with the synapses and the death of the neurons. The researchers proposed that the body cannot get rid of the toxic amyloid protein fast enough which kill the neurons. Based on this hypothesis, cholesterol is responsible of the accumulation of plaques in the brain leading to the development of the Alzheimer’s disease. Without any doubt, the presence of the amyloid plaques in the brain is a universal characteristic of this … [Read more...] about What if we are wrong about Alzheimer’s disease?