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A Natural Remedy for Alzheimer's
This is truly wonderful news - and more proof that my discovery is correct. But the most wonderful thing is that we - every one of us - can now go ahead and do something about Alzheimer's, instead of waiting helplessly to find out if an ill fate will destroy our mind - or pass us by.
This also offers great good hope that a daily diet high in seafood - the higher the better - will arrest Alzheimer's and, perhaps, even cure it. This remains to be seen though, but now we have every reason in the world to give it a try.
That it also lowers the risk of heart disease - as I keep on saying in these pages - is a great wonderful bonus.
Again though, all the evidence points to the complete natural range of the 72+ trace elements in seafood. The author states that egg is the only other source of DHA, and this is a bit iffy, depending upon what the hens are fed. So, this raises the question why Alzheimer's was extremely rare not so long ago here - and why it is still extremely rare in Sri Lanka, China and Japan?
And this tallies very nicely with the fact that the neglect of over 60 trace elements by our modern agriculture has resulted in the severe deficiency, or total lack of these trace elements in our daily food - as well with the fact that the traditional agriculture in these eastern countries maintains the complete range of the 72+ trace elements in their food, via the return of all life-wastes to the soil, and along with them, all of the 72+ trace elements.
The other side of this story is, of course, our agriculture which, through its studied neglect of over 60 trace elements in its soils - and hence in most of our daily food - inflicts this, and a myriad other horrors upon us.
And this could be corrected so easily, so quickly, and so cheaply that it is almost ridiculous - just by maintaining the complete range of the 72+ trace elements in the soil with a sea-derived fertilizer. It can't get any simpler, or any cheaper (see POISON-FREE GARDENING - AGRICULTURE
in these pages).
Eating Fish May Prevent Onset of Alzheimer's
A study was published this week in Lipids, a U.S. scientific journal, which says eating fish appears to protect people against Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. According to a new University of Guelph study, of 70 elderly Toronto people, one-quarter of whom have Alzheimer's disease, found the healthy people had high levels of a fatty acid from fish in their blood and the group with dementia had much less of it.
Julie Conquer, a biology professor at Guelph and the study's lead author, said people with some form of dementia had on average 30% to 40% less DHA in their blood than the healthy group. She doesn't know why. And she acknowledges there's another possible interpretation: that whatever causes Alzheimer's also breaks down DHA in the blood. DHA is from the same group of omega-3 fatty acids that also lowers your risk of heart disease.
Red meat has no DHA. The only other source is eggs, where the amount of DHA depends on what the hens eat. Still, her group concludes that this is pretty strong evidence that we should all eat more fish, especially the higher-fat species such as salmon, tuna, herring and trout.[Lipids", Jan. 2001]
[ my comment; it has to be on a daily basis - otherwise it does not work ]
Consumption of Fish and n-3 Fatty Acids and Risk of Incident Alzheimer Disease
Martha Clare Morris, ScD; Denis A. Evans, MD; Julia L. Bienias, ScD; Christine C. Tangney, PhD; David A. Bennett, MD; Robert S. Wilson, PhD; Neelum Aggarwal, MD; Julie Schneider, MD; Arch Neurol. 2003;60:940-946.
Background: Dietary n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids improve brain functioning in animal studies, but there is limited study of whether this type of fat protects against Alzheimer disease.
Objective: To examine whether fish consumption and intake of different types of n-3 fatty acids protects against Alzheimer disease.
Design. Prospective study conducted from 1993 through 2000, of a stratified random sample from a geographically defined community. Participants were followed up for an average of 3.9 years for the development of Alzheimer disease.
Patients: A total of 815 residents, aged 65 to 94 years, who were initially unaffected by Alzheimer's disease and completed a dietary questionnaire on average 2.3 years before clinical evaluation of incident disease.
Main Outcome Measure: Incident Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in a structured neurologic examination by means of standardized criteria.
Results: A total of 131 sample participants developed Alzheimer's disease. Participants who consumed fish once per week or more had 60% less risk of Alzheimer disease compared with those who rarely or never ate fish (relative risk, 0.4; 95% confidence interval, 0.2-0.9) in a model adjusted for age and other risk factors. Total intake of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids was associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer disease, as was intake of docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n-3). Eicosapentaenoic acid (20:5n-3) was not associated with Alzheimer disease. The associations remained unchanged with additional adjustment for intakes of other dietary fats and of vitamin E and for cardiovascular conditions.
Conclusion: Dietary intake of n-3 fatty acids and weekly consumption of fish may reduce the risk of incident Alzheimer disease.
[From the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging (Drs Morris, Evans, Bienias, Bennett, and Wilson), Departments of Internal Medicine (Drs Morris, Evans, and Bienias) and Preventive Medicine (Dr Morris), Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center (Drs Evans, Bennett, Wilson, Aggarwal, and Schneider), and Departments of Clinical Nutrition (Dr Tangney), Neurological Sciences (Drs Bennett, Wilson, Aggarwal, and Schneider), and Psychology (Dr Wilson), Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Ill.]
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