1. Alzheimer’s Revolution On The Way
This is another of my famous: I Told ‘Em! items.
Doctors have discovered it’s a nutritional disease, not a deficiency of Aricept (current Alzheimer's drug being peddled that has been proved totally worthless in all studies, yet they still keep selling it, via ignorant MDs).
A breakthrough study (I don’t use that word lightly) was conducted in England and published in the Public Library of Science
(an accelerated peer-review journal), Sept 8th 2010, showing simple vitamins have a profound affect on the brain damage of Alzheimer’s.
What you may not know is that this is THE FIRST AND ONLY STUDY TO SHOW ANY ALTERATION OF BRAIN STRUCTURE. Professor Smith, leader of the study, said: 'This was a disease-modifying study. All other disease modifying trials have failed. What we can say is that this is the first one that shows a glimmer of hope and success.'
A simple vitamin cocktail, costing pennies a day, could actually change the whole landscape of dementia. A tablet containing B6, B12 and folate cut brain shrinkage linked to memory loss by up to 500 per cent.
There is no need to bore you with the dreary statistics of Alzheimer’s. The media love to sing out the bad news every day. But it’s not good.
The answer, to me, is screamingly obvious. As our lifestyles deteriorate, and years of dietary absurdity and abuse finally kick in, there is little surprise that dementia is on the rise. The typical diet is shorn of virtually all nutrients; B vitamins, notably, are reduced by over 90% in the process of milling and refining flours.
The manufacturers brag about having “enriched” or “fortified” their bread and other products with vitamins and minerals. Ha! They take out 95%, put back 2%, and try to tell you they have done you a favor. It’s like a mugger grabbing $100 and giving you back $5. Would you feel “enriched”?
OK, back to the study: to date, no drug trial has shown any benefit with Alzheimer’s. “There is nothing we can do,” intone ignorant doctors around the world.
I was asked to speak at an Alzheimer’s Association conference in Sri Lanka. I wanted to stand up and say “It’s easy! Just fix the lousy nutrition! It’s a lifestyle disease”. As soon as word got out, I was blocked!
The Alzheimer’s Association is paid for, bought and sold by pharmaceutical interests. It’s not a patient support group; it’s a drug peddling propaganda machine, there to warn people off natural medicine and lifestyle changes and further the mythology that drugs like Aricept have any benefit. There is NONE.
But you can see why they wouldn’t want me as a speaker.
The new British study* ignored drugs and chose to focus on a well-known vitamin treatment for raised homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is bad news for those who want to stay well and live long—it’s highly inflammatory and attacks arteries and brain.
It’s been long known that vitamins B6, B12 and folate dramatically lower homocysteine levels (that’s why you should take them). In fact, for a time, this was accepted as a valid treatment for heart disease. But then one bad trial (against the many trials that showed it worked) and it was dropped. “Vitamins don’t work”. You see it every day in the medical and public press.
The thing is, homecysteine has been linked to memory loss, as well as Alzheimer's. So the study was designed to see if giving patients the vitamins would be good for memory.
Working with colleagues in Norway, the Oxford University team recruited 270 pensioners suffering from slight memory lapses that can be a precursor to Alzheimer's. Known as mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, it affects one in six aged 70-plus, or 1.5million Britons.
Half of those with MCI will develop dementia within five years of diagnosis. Half of those taking part in the trial took a high-dose vitamin B tablet a day for two years. The rest took a placebo, as you would expect.
Brain scans were carried out to check if the pill reduced the shrinkage of the brain that happens naturally as we age and speeds up in memory loss. What they found was amazing! Vitamin B cut the amount of shrinkage by 30%, on average.
If a drug could do that, it would be hailed as a MIRACLE! The drug company would make $trillions (all under patent control, of course; nobody allowed to get well without them milking the medical system for obscene profits).
Instead a 10-pennies a day vitamin formula does it!
The vitamin trio brought down homocysteine levels, halving, or in one case reducing it by 5-fold. As would be predicted, those with the slowest rate of shrinkage did best in memory tests and in some cases their ability to recall lists was as good at the end of the trial as it was at the start.
The results suggest that a basic cocktail of vitamins can achieve results that have evaded pharmaceutical companies, despite billions of pounds
being spent on experimental dementia drugs. Of course they are not interested in this result, which threatens their profit.
I expect you are dying to know the doses, huh? Well, it doesn’t really matter. Just take plenty. But if you want the quantities they are hoping to patent, it’s as follows:
•B6 20 mg
•0.8 mg (800 mcg) of folate
•0.5 mg (500 mcg) of B12
The Alzheimer’s Research Trust, which part-funded the study, said that delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s by five years could halve the number of those who die with the condition.
[REFERENCE: Smith AD, Smith SM, de Jager CA, Whitbread P, Johnston C, et al. (2010) Homocysteine-Lowering by B Vitamins Slows the Rate of Accelerated Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12244. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012244]
Interestingly, I see that on the same page of the PLoS website, the drug crowd had managed to slip in their work. A drug that may combat the sticky amyloid deposits that clog up the brains of Alzheimer’s patients has been created by U.S. scientists. In tests on mice it cut levels of a compound key to plaque formation, without any side-effects, the journal Neuron reports.
Trouble is: plaque has been just shown in a recent study to be a red herring. Getting rid of it will not help Alzheimer’s. That’s last year’s science!
* Trouble is, you Americans will never get to hear of this study. Did you see this amazing