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WEEKLY TIP: Avoid Toxins and Keep Your Brain Healthy

Thursday, 05 August 2010 09:54 AM

Keeping our brains healthy and sharp as we age is a top priority. But products we use or come in contact with on a regular basis could damage our brains cell by cell until we eventually slip into the shadows of dementia.

Avoid further injury to your brain by steering clear of these known brain toxins. (See my newsletter "Maintaining Your Memory" for additional information on how to keep your memory sharp.):

Aluminum. Avoid all aluminum-containing foods (processed cheeses, teas with lemon, pancakes, biscuits and all foods using baking powder), cookware, medications, vaccinations, and topical ointments. Do not eat foods high in aluminum when eating or drinking citrus-containing foods and drinks (orange juice, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, etc).

MSG. It is critical that you eliminate foods from your diet that contain excitotoxins such as monosodium glutamate (MSG). It hides under these names: hydrolyzed protein, soy protein, whey protein extract, natural flavoring, textured protein, and soy extract. To do this you must avoid processed foods. If you can’t avoid processed foods, check labels for these disguised names.

Pesticides. Don't use pesticides and herbicides, especially within the home. A considerable amount of evidence links these toxins to increased risk of Alzheimer’s dementia and especially Parkinson’s disease. Startling evidence shows that combining pesticides and herbicides greatly increases their toxicity to the brain, and in sensitive individuals even minute concentrations can result in advanced and very rapid onset Parkinson’s disease. Instead of pesticides, choose natural pest-control methods.

Vaccinations. Shun vaccinations, especially the flu vaccine. With the growing threat of bioterrorism, public health organizations will be offering a whole host of new vaccines. I would avoid them all. In newsletters, I have outlined ways to effectively combat bioterrorism and daily infections without vaccinations.

Fluoride. Fluoride is a powerful brain toxin, especially when combined with aluminum. You should avoid fluoridated water, fluoride toothpaste, and mouthwashes that contain fluoride. Many natural fluoride-free brands are available. My special report "Why Fluoride is Toxic"will give you all the details.

Mercury. Do not let your dentist fill your teeth with mercury-containing amalgam (looks like metal) or in any way manipulate your fillings (teeth cleaning, etc). If you have amalgam fillings, have them removed by a dentist trained in proper removal procedure. The International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) trains physicians in this procedure and can give you the name of a trained dentist near you.

Strenuous exercise. You should exercise your body regularly, but do not engage in aerobics. They dramatically increase free-radical generation that can lead to numerous diseases including neurodegenerative disorders. Several studies have shown moderate exercise to be protective against Alzheimer’s dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

By following these steps, even if you have a strong family history of dementia, your risk will be greatly reduced. Find more details on how you can use natural gifts of nature to keep your brain sharp by reading my report "Save Your Brain."

For more of Dr. Blaylock’s weekly tips, go here to view the archive

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Keeping our brains healthy and sharp as we age is a top priority. But products we use or come in contact with on a regular basis could damage our brains cell by cell until we eventually slip into the shadows of dementia.
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