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Dementia Is Not Inevitable

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012 09:12 AM

There appears to be an alarming increase in the number of neurological disorders affecting people worldwide, especially the elderly. While much of this is due to the significant increase in the numbers of very old individuals, we are also seeing a significant increase in young people who develop these diseases.
For the elderly, there are a number of factors linked to this increase, such as aging itself, exposure to increasing amounts of environmental chemicals (pesticides), poor diets, insufficient exercise, food additives (especially excitotoxic additives), exposure to neurotoxic metals (mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, and manganese), and excessive vaccinations. For both the young and the old, excessive vaccination is now, in my opinion, a major contributor to neurological disease.
Despite what the medical establishment and popular media tell you, there is very strong evidence for this link in research literature. Over-vaccination damages the immune systems of young children, and increases the risk of neurological disorders as they grow older. I have written a number of peer-reviewed articles on the mechanism linking vaccines to neurological injury, and my report "Vaccines and Brain Injuries — Are You At Risk?" will give you more information on the dangers of vaccines.
Vaccines also contain aluminum and mercury, both of which can cause abnormal development of the brain in children, and do severe damage to the adult brain in small concentrations. What’s more, both of these brain-toxic metals are accumulative, meaning that they can slowly build up in certain areas of the brain, leading to neurological disorders.
Commonly used pesticides, such as rotenone and the fungicide maneb, have recently been linked to Parkinson’s disease. It has been shown that vaccination can dramatically increase the brain’s sensitivity to these pesticides. The vaccine increases the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease when one is also exposed to pesticides/herbicides.
With millions of elderly people getting yearly flu shots, this is a real concern. Especially when studies show that the flu vaccine is ineffective at reducing death and hospitalization in the elderly — the two reasons most doctors advise seniors to get flu shots.
Most studies designate aging itself as the leading factor linked to developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This is because below age 65, dementia is very rare. Yet by age 75, the incidence jumps up to 15 percent, and after age 80 it is almost 50 percent. If we look closer, we see that the reason for this is to a large part nutritional and due to a lack of regular exercise.
For example, we see a progressive deficiency of vitamin D3 with aging, especially after age 80. (To learn more about vitamin D3, read my special report "Vitamin D's Hidden Role in Your Health."


At that age, we also see much poorer eating and exercise habits. A growing number of studies are showing that a regimen of good nutrition, physical exercise, and mental stimulation plays a major role in preventing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

With aging, we also see a number of specific nutrient deficiencies that occur along with dementias, such as deficiencies in magnesium, carotenoids, chromium and vitamin D3. Dr. Mark Mattson, one of the top experts in brain disorders, is convinced that neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), can be prevented. His studies using animal models of human degenerative brain diseases show that reducing one’s intake of calories and regular exercise, for example, can dramatically reduce a person’s risk.

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