Question: What is the connection between ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and exposure to pesticides?
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
It is now accepted that exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides is a risk factor for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). These chemicals trigger chronic inflammation in the motor areas of the brain and spinal cord by activating immune cells called microglia.
Once chronically activated, these cells release high levels of the excitotoxins glutamate, aspartate, and quinolinic acid, as well as inflammatory cytokines. In combination, these chemicals will lead to degeneration of the motor cells controlling movement.
New evidence suggests that several supplements can reduce this process. These include curcumin, quercetin, magnesium, resveratrol, EGCG, baicalein, and other flavonoids.
Because excitotoxicity is a major process in this disorder, one should avoid all food additive
excitotoxins, including MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, soy, autolyzed yeast, and natural flavorings.
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