The end of Alzheimer’s

The book I read recently, called The End of Alzheimer’s, is the inspiration for this post.  It is written by Dr Dale Bredesen and can be purchased here.

Seven years ago I was struggling with various health issues including a terrible short term memory.  As I worked through the process of finding out what my problem was, I discovered that many common dietary habits are linked to poor short term memory and the general fatigue I was experiencing.

More recently I heard about this book that claims to contain the solutions to preventing and even reversing the cognitive decline of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.  I was intrigued since the causes of cognitive decline outlined in this book are eerily similar to what I discovered were the causes of my earlier health issues.  That is my excuse for why there are so many internal links to my previous posts.

I will attempt to summarize these causes and their solutions, but read the book for full details if you are seriously concerned about yourself or someone you care about.  What I took away from reading this book is that the main cause of cognitive decline (dementia including Alzheimer’s) is an overproduction of sticky amyloid plaque that destroys the synapses of the brain.

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This amyloid is produced naturally as a defence mechanism when our immune systems detect irritants or pathogens in our bodies.  The problem becomes when our immune systems face a chronic (consistent) bombardment of irritants to fight and never shut off.

According to this book, the three culprits that cause our immune systems to be overworked resulting in the overproduction of amyloid are:

  • inflammation including infections (viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic) poor hygiene (gum disease) and poor food choices (trans fats, omega 6 fats vs omega 3s, sugar, dairy, gluten)
  • the shortage and decline of nutrients, hormones and molecules that are necessary to support our brains
  • toxins (metals, chemicals, antibiotics, medication, alcohol) and biotoxins (mold)

So, how do we prevent or reverse the onset of cognitive decline and yes, even Alzheimer’s?  The author uses the analogy of terrorists on an airplane.  If you prevent the terrorists from getting on the plane, they cannot blow it up mid air.   Likewise, we can thwart these neuroterrorists (listed irritants) that are wreaking havoc on our immune systems by not ingesting them.

Note that the first two irritants on the list are diet related, meaning they should be easier to control.  Removing the toxins in your home and life may be more complicated, but can be done.  Note too that this neglect or abuse of your immune system has (most likely) gone on for years.  That means fixing it won’t happen over night!

From my own personal experience I can say that eliminating gluten, reducing sugar and trans fats, choosing omega 3s over 6s, and reducing my exposure to toxins for the past seven years has made an incredible difference in my overall health.

 

 

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Rid your home of toxins by adding houseplants to your decor

Toxins are present in your home in the form of cleaning products, paints, furniture, synthetic building materials such as particle board and insulation, carpets, and even your printer and photocopier!  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are harmful gases released by all of these common household items listed. Exposure to these VOC gases can cause lethargy, skin rashes, headaches, drowsiness, itchy eyes, asthma-like symptoms and even cancer.

My body reacts to these toxins with cold and asthma-like symptoms.  Almost immediately upon exposure, I start off with a heaviness in my lungs, a vague headache and a tickle in my throat.  I then develop a dry cough which can last up to four days after the exposure, as my lungs try to eliminate the toxin I have inhaled.  I have learned to avoid many of the toxins I was exposing myself and my family to by switching cleaning products.  Since switching to non-toxic cleaning products my mild asthma symptoms have disappeared.  Please visit the Melaleuca page on my website to see the products I now use, all made with tea tree oil, an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, natural ingredient.

You can also make your home healthier by adding house plants to your decor. This will help remove toxins you have less control over.  Not only do plants look nice, they can help keep your family healthy.  Carbon dioxide and the VOCs described above, as well as other harmful gases such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene are absorbed through the roots as well as through pores in the leaves on plants.   In exchange, beneficial and healthy products like oxygen and moisture are released into the air for us to breathe.

Choose plants such as spider plants, dracaena, English ivy, mother-in-law tongues, bamboo palms and other tropical plants; they are all easy to grow and readily available.  Tropical plants are suitable for indoors in homes and offices because they are used to growing and processing gases in reduced light under the canopies of jungles and rain forests.  Water your plants thoroughly with warm water and let the soil dry out between watering; too much water is the easiest way to kill your house plants.

These houseplants are suitable for a bright, sunny room…

 

and these are more suitable for rooms with less natural light…

 

Fifteen medium to large houseplants (greater than six-inch pots) can greatly improve the air quality in an average sized 2000 square foot home. What are you waiting for?   Get growing and remove the toxins from your home!

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Body Cleanses

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Cleanses are currently popular methods to detoxify the body to feel better, look better and possibly even lose weight.  Most cleanses are made of natural ingredients, so should not cause any adverse effects, if instructions are followed closely.

All disease is caused by toxins or contaminants that entered the body through the skin, drinking tap water, eating processed foods and even just from breathing air from the environment. After entering the body, harmful microscopic organisms such as viruses, bacteria, parasitic worm and yeasts live within the digestive tract, feeding off nutrients there.

The body is somewhat equipped to remove toxins on its own. The role of the liver is to recognize, and breakdown toxic compounds, removing them from the body through waste.  However, the liver can be overwhelmed and overloaded with toxins, at which time this natural detoxification process slows down or stops altogether.

Skin conditions such as eczema and many other health issues can arrive from the buildup of these toxins and contaminants capable of invading the body. To learn how to cleanse your body, ridding it of these harmful toxins, read on.

There are some things that can be done as safe body cleanse tips to reduce the number of toxins the liver is exposed to such as eliminating processed foods, sugar, alcohol and caffeine from the diet.  Instead, the diet should consist of a predominance of natural, organic produce and ingredients. Heavy exercise can also help rid the body of toxins through sweat.

The colon and kidneys also play important roles in the detoxification process of removing toxins and contaminants from the body. The colon expels the toxins from the digestive system removing them within bowel movements while the kidneys remove toxins from the blood system through the urinary system.

Natural herbal remedies can be helpful as a body detox as well.   Dandelion, turmeric and ginger root teas as well as organic apples, cranberries, grapes, garlic, sprouts, cucumbers and onions all help to detoxify the kidneys.  Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice added to water is effective as a colon cleanse and liver cleanse.

Although the above information describes how to detox your body naturally, the liver, kidneys and colon sometimes need help from available commercial detoxification products to remove the buildup of harmful toxins that have been stored in the body for many years.  Cleansing the liver, kidneys and colon will help restore their natural detoxification effectiveness.

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The Many Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Natural products are frequently used today to fight infections and treat mild health problems due to the fact that people are becoming better educated and worry about the toxic ingredients found in conventional medicine.   Cleaning products using natural, non-toxic ingredients are also becoming more popular for similar reasons.

Melaleuca oil is the Australian name for tea tree oil that is one of these natural, plant based compounds that can be purchased inexpensively over the counter at most pharmacies or health food stores and used at home to treat many common symptoms and conditions.  Be sure to buy a high grade oil though, as there are many diluted and weaker imitation products out there.

Tea tree oil or melaleuca can be used to fight many unsightly and uncomfortable health conditions such as acne, toenail fungus, skin tags, ringworm, fleas, psoriasis, yeast infections, lice, dandruff, warts and more. Use the 100% pure type of tea tree oil to concoct recipes for toothpaste, face cleanser, shampoo, body wash, soap, body lotion and more, or look for products with the ingredient in them.  The taste is not pleasant and the smell is quite strong, but it works wonders.

Tea tree oil used as a viral and bacterial disinfectant is also effective in household cleaners to replace the more common toxic and less environmentally safe products that have been available for years.   Tea tree oil can be used in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, family rooms and more.  Dilute some in a spray bottle to wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters, door knobs, remote controllers, and light switches to keep germs at bay.  Add some to your laundry wash cycle to disinfect towels and sheets.  Even spray some in sports equipment bags to keep them fresh smelling and to kill bacteria lurking there.

Regardless of what purpose it is used for and where it is used, melaleuca, or tea tree oil has been proven to be very effective at treating and preventing viral and bacterial infections as well as minor skin irritations.   Readily available today in the cosmetic or health department of most stores it is already becoming very popular in many homes.

If you are interested in buying or selling products that contain tea tree oil, visit Melaleuca for further information.  I am a preferred customer with this company.  You can become a member yourself or purchase items through me; either way, let me know and I can help you through the process.

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The Joys of Juicing….Revisited

 

 

One of my first posts on this blog was  http://lorieb.com/2012/01/16/the-joys-of-juicing/ about the smoothies or “milkshakes” as my sons call them.

Two years later, with one son moved out and another very rarely home, I still make smoothies a few times a week.  My current favorite ingredients are mostly green; baby spinach, cucumber, lemon juice, avocado, green tea, turmeric and ginger.

These ingredients ensure I get my “greens” targeting my individual health concerns, but the combination tastes great too. Spinach is an anti-inflammatory, an anti-oxidant, full of vitamins A and K, with anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits. Cucumbers help remove toxins from your body, are full of vitamin B, and help fight joint pain/stiffness.  Lemon juice increases your body alkalinity (see http://lorieb.com/2013/06/16/your-blood-ph-keep-it-alkaline/ ) and removes toxins from your body. Avocados offer omega 3s (the good fat) and make the smoothie creamy. Turmeric and ginger are good for joint stiffness and pain.  Green tea also contains anti-oxidants, improves brain function and enables fat loss.

To make your smoothie, blend all solid ingredients and spices until very smooth.  Add the liquids and pulse until creamy.  I never measure the ingredients, but  1/2 cup spinach, one cucumber, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 cup lemon juice, two tablespoons each of ginger and turmeric, and one large cup of green tea should do the trick.   This makes a blender full, so I drink half of it in the morning and save the rest for later in the day.  You can adjust the taste to suit your palate with more juice or spice.  If it is not creamy enough for you or too sharp tasting, add some greek yogurt.  Be adventurous and make up your own recipe!

Lorieb is an avid gardener and reader from Kanata, Ontario, Canada. Please visit her website at www.gardens4u.ca to read about the gardening services she provides in her area, as well as her off season interests.