And, How Do Those Chemicals Cause Alzheimer’s?
Since a lot of my writings are grounded and rooted in factual research evidence, and since I am a Holistic Nurse with plenty of experience, I think it’s very important that as you read my blog posts, you take a lot of this to heart. With that said, I am not a Certified Doctor, so take these words as educated guidance rather than a prescription.
It’s common for people around the world, but mostly in the Western World, to have a basic knowledge that what we consume and what we surround ourselves with very much affects our internal health.
In most conversations I have been in regarding the topic, American’s are mostly aware that pesticides in food can and may be damaging to us, alongside overhead spraying of pesticides, the use of Parabens and other chemicals in skin products, and Teratogens (Cancer Causing Agents) in these products, cigarettes, and alcohol are detrimental to overall health.
Epidemiologists study which chemicals cause which ailments, and as research databases grow surrounding toxic chemicals, we begin to understand more of our role within this.
We can and ought to be cautious about what we are consuming, and attempt to stay away from all of the above.
Especially as we age and enter our golden years, we can see a decline in mental and muscle capacities. This is the normal effect of entropy (cells degenerate as they age). However, there are ways to slow the process and try to remain as healthy as possible until end of life.
Isn’t it interesting that “one in nine people in the US over sixty five live with Alzheimer’s,” according to Korolev in The Medical Student Research Journal (p. 24)!?
So it got me to thinking, what chemicals in our daily lives might be contributing to more and more Alzheimer’s cases?
Scholars Munoz & Feldman find that “Alzheimers is genetically linked, is caused by pathogens in the environment, and occurs due to advancing age, and exposure to various environmental chemicals (p. 65).
You can spot “Alzheimers in the brain by noticing neurofibrillary tangles” (Munoz & Feldman, p. 66).
Scientist’s and Doctor’s have found that the brain which has Alzheimers will be “inflamed and have mature plaque, signifying there are a large number of environmental toxins at play here (as paraphrased)” (Munoz & Feldman, p. 67). And NSAID’s (anti-inflammatory drugs) seem to have a decent, positive effect on the slowing of tissue degeneration.
But it is encouraging that “in the future it is quite likely that there will be both primary and secondary pre-vention trials that will be guided by our knowledge of both the genetic and environmental risk factors for AD” (Munoz & Feldman, p. 71).
Do you have a loved one who is showing signs of Alzheimers and or anyone in your life who is being exposed to things like: pesticides in food, overhead spraying of pesticides, the use of Parabens and other chemicals in skin products, and Teratogens (Cancer Causing Agents) in these products, cigarettes, and or alcohol?
Or even if you’re struggling with attempting to cut use of these chemicals, just be encouraged by this and do your best to take small, actionable steps to get healthier!
And feel free to e-mail me or message me to talk further about how we can get you & yours’ health back on track! It’s not too late!!
Resources. Howard, P. (2014). The Owner’s Manual for the Brain. Harper Collins Publisher. New York: NY. Print.
Korolev, I.O. (2014). Alzheimer’s disease: A clinical and basic science review. Medical Student Research Journal, 4, pp. 24-33.
Moody, H.R. & Sasser, J.R. (2014). Aging: Concepts & Controversies. Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks: CA. Print.
Munoz, D. G., & Feldman, H. (2000). Causes of Alzheimer's disease. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne, 162(1), 65–72.