Sunday, May 15, 2011

Don't be STUPIDO! These are cheap, easy, "staggering" Alzheimer's antidotes

   ( 3/14/14) Vitamins and spices have a demonstrably greater impact on the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease than the tortured chemical confabulations being put on the market by the pharmaceutical industry, according to scientific literature. Why are we being kept in the dark? Why do you think? 
    A study in the May 2013 issue of  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that a simple, 30-cent daily regimen of Vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid slows the loss of gray matter from 5.2 percent per year to 0.6 percent in those with mild cognitive impairment, a common prelude to Alzheimer's. Nothing produced by Big Pharma has slowed the progression at all.  
     “It’s the first and only disease-modifying treatment that’s worked,” said A. David Smith, professor emeritus of pharmacology at Oxford University in England and senior author of the study. “We have proved the concept that you can modify the disease.” 
    The results were characterized as "staggering" by  the Academy. Has your doctor mentioned this to you?

                                                                by Martes Mariguano
    When a guest on the "Dr. Oz Show" described the study and its implications, Dr. Oz said, "Why do we not know this? Why have we not been told? Someone should be shouting it from the rooftops."  
    (That was a year ago. No one's shouting it yet. Consider this a shout.) 
    And then there are nicotine patches, which appear to slow the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study Georgetown professors and other researchers published last year in the journal Neurology.      
    The research indicated that six months of nicotine patch treatment resulted in patients regaining up to 46 percent of normal performance for their age on certain long-term memory tests. The placebo group worsened by 26 percent during that time. A 2010 study had showed that nicotine improves short-term episodic memory-accuracy, and working memory.  
Maybe we really can remain free of this brain-demolishing disease. art by Storm Thurgerson, RIP.
    Shortly after the B-vitamin work was completed, and promptly forgotten about, a study published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that two compounds in cinnamon may prevent the formation of the clumps and knots in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's. “Wouldn’t it be interesting if a small molecule from a spice could have such a profound impact?” lead researcher Nathan Graves asked. Interesting indeed!) (But Big Pharma can't get rich off of vitamins and spices.)
    The same could be said for coffee, which has shown breathtaking potential for using caffeine to stave off dementia in healthy adults and slow the progression of mild cognitive impairment, according to studies cited by the New York Times on June 6, 2013. The statistical results "show the kind of effectiveness you rarely see in any pharmacological agent of any kind."

Your daily med: coffee and cinnamon.
    These are astonishing outcomes. Given the enormity of the Alzheimer's epidemic -- and the devastation it wreaks emotionally and economically -- why aren't our doctors routinely disseminating these data to us? What might happen to the epidemic of brain-ravaging diseases if we all began taking the B vitamins, coffee, cinnamon and nicotine? (I suggest Omega-3 too. It's amazing for your brain as well as your skin, joints and overall inflammatory level.)
A surge of swirling well-being.  art by dawid michakczyk
     The pharmaceutical companies would be throwing a fit. And our doctors are locked in quite a passionate embrace with Big Pharma. A New York Times article on May 5, 2013, noted that a substantial percentage of doctors receive between tens of thousands and more than a million dollars a year from drug companies, in the forms of various gratuities, "consultation fees," and "peer interactions." Hundreds of millions of dollars are doled out each year to ensure that doctors are tightly bound to the drug industry.
    And hundreds of millions in tax dollars are being doled out, by 27 National Institutes of Health agencies and the National Institute on Aging, for drug research that will reap a multibillion-dollar windfall for pharmaceutical firms, whose Capitol Hill lobby is ostentatiously well-endowed. On September 18, 2013, yet another major federal grant was announced. These funds are for clinical trials of drugs developed by Big Pharma and from which Big Pharma will receive the profits ( 

THIS IS AN excerpt from my earlier post on the use of natural substances, rather than expensive, ineffective, pharmaceutical agents that have proven time after time to be effective in preventing or mitigating dementia.

I posted this "outtake" because I believe it's relevant to everyone, and I hope y'all will try the suggestions. Maybe our shared nightmare of losing ourselves into the netherworld of Alzheimer's won't come true, and our loved ones will be spared the heartache many of us are experiencing now, with our own parent.