SALEM, Ore., March 7, 2013 ― According to a new study published in the February 6, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease will triple over the next 40 years.
The study projected that the total number of people with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2050 will be 13.8 million, up from 4.7 million in 2010. About 7 million of those with the disease will be 85 or older.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It happens when you lose neurons and the synapses between neurons. When the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient is scanned, it exhibits plaques where deposits of proteins accumulate. The plaques spread as the disease progresses. It’s as if the lights are slowly going out across the brain.
What’s going on with this increase in Alzheimer’s disease?
Before we ask “Is there a drug for that?” maybe we should as whether we can prevent this degenerative process, or at least slow it down.
In 1997, immuno-geneticist Dr. H. Hugh Fudenberg, MD, cited a ten year study conducted in the 1980’s which demonstrated that those who have had five or more consecutive flu shots have a ten-fold chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to those who have had only one or two flu shots.
That bears repeating: Getting the flu shot five or more consecutive times increases the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease ten times.
This is something to seriously consider. There are metabolic consequences from chemicals and biochemical adjuncts added to the human body outside of normal metabolism.
Another development relates to blood sugar metabolism in the brain. There is evidence that Alzheimer’s disease could be a form of diet-induced diabetes, a Type 3 diabetes. When insulin is overproduced in response to excessive consumption of sugary beverages and junk food, brain cells become resistant to it, and insulin resistance appears to cause disorientation, memory loss, and the disappearance of personality – in short, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Researchers identified the possibility of this new form of diabetes in 2005, after finding that insulin is produced by the brain as well as the pancreas. Resistance in the brain to insulin and insulin-like growth factor is a key part of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The brain needs a steady input of oxygen and glucose.
How many people have early Type 3 diabetes? We know the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, which is also diet-induced, is escalating in the U.S. It is likely that Type 3 diabetes is increasing as well.
Flu vaccines and diet are just two possible causes of dementia and early Alzheimer’s disease. Before we go looking for a cure, we should look at these and other basic contributors to this fastest-growing threat to American health.
As the number of Alzheimer’s cases increases, the strain on the U.S. healthcare system will also increase, hence the need for greater nursing-home capacity and greater demand for skilled healthcare providers. It will also increase the strain on families, who often care for afflicted relatives until that burden becomes too great.
There is no time like the present to begin reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A good start can be made by reducing our exposure to toxins and balancing brain chemistry.
Dr Peter Lind practices metabolic and neurologic chiropractic in his wellness clinic in Salem, Oregon. USA. He is the author of 3 books on health, one novel, and hundreds of wellness articles. His clinical specialty is in physical, nutritional, and emotional stress.
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