The United States Medicare system projects that chronic disease care for aging baby boomers will cost over $52 trillion… this will bankrupt the nation unless cost-effective preventative measures are taken.
Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) October 30, 2012
Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5.4 million Americans, with the incidence doubling every 5 years beyond age 65. Parkinson’s affects an additional 1.5 million people, along with nearly 1 million with other dementias. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor and Naturopath, Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that this has a huge financial cost on society for treatment and nursing home care, along with the emotional toll on the victim and his or her family. These tragic diseases threaten to bankrupt not only the family, but the nation itself.
Many genetic and environmental risks lead to the dementias such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, but early recognition and natural preventative measures have been shown to delay and even halt their progression. Following are 6 tips to reduce the risks of dementias based on research from the past few years.
1) Decrease (or eliminate) NSAIDs
According to research published in the April 22, 2009 edition of Neurology, patients taking one NSAID daily (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) for at least 16 months, had a 66% increased risk of dementia, and a 57% increased risk of Alzheimer’s. While early studies suggested that NSAIDs may possibly delay the onset, they do not prevent and have no benefit in established dementias. The conclusion is that NSAIDs may reduce some of the chronic systemic inflammation that leads to dementia, but at the expense of liver and kidney damage. The reduction of inflammation is the key factor in decreasing the risk of getting Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or the other dementias. This leads into the next several tips.
2) Eliminate gluten consumption
The gluten protein is difficult to digest. More than 40% of Caucasians have a genetic tendency toward gluten sensitivity, because they do not have the enzymes to fully break down gluten. As people age, enzyme production also decreases. The cytokines in the immune system then react to the undigested gluten amino acid chains as if they were bacterial invaders, resulting in inflammation. Avoidance of wheat, barley, and rye, such as in the Paleolithic diet, can stop this inflammatory process. Oats are often contaminated with wheat gluten in processing, and should be avoided unless guaranteed to be gluten free.
3) Decrease copper intake
The February 15, 2010 issue of Chemical Research in Toxicology pointed out that excessive copper becomes toxic to the cells by producing excess free radicals and inflammation. When rabbits were fed a diet to induce Alzheimer’s, the rabbits only did so when drinking tap water containing over 0.12 parts per million of copper, less than 10% the allowance of the Environmental Protection Agency. Since over 80% of American homes have copper pipes, alternatives such as reverse osmosis should be considered. Bottled water may or may not contain copper depending on its source. Since there is no copper deficiency in a balanced diet, multiple vitamin-mineral supplements containing copper may potentially also cause problems.
4) Increase dietary cysteine
The amino acid cysteine has also been found effective in binding copper to remove it from the brain. Common food sources of cysteine are red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. At least one meal per day should contain one or more servings of these foods.
5) Increase zinc consumption
The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, September 14, 2010, Volume 25, Number 7 reported that Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients have significantly lower zinc in their blood. Zinc competes with copper in the brain, helping to eliminate excess copper. The report highlighted a 1992 study that demonstrated cognitive improvements of 80% when taking zinc for 6 months. The study suggested 25 to 50 milligrams of zinc daily.
6) Increase dietary anti-oxidants
The July 2004 issue of Neurological Research, Volume 26 reported that a high level of anti-oxidants were beneficial in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s. Large doses of vitamin E were protective for the brain and nerves, and were even more effective when vitamin C and flavonoids were added. The study also reported that 600 milligrams daily of alpha-lipoic acid stabilized cognitive function in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients when taken for 11 months. Mitochondrial anti-oxidants such as CoQ10 (up to 1200 milligrams daily), ginkgo biloba, and vitamins B12, thiamine, and folate were also beneficial. Many of these anti-oxidants can be found in blueberries and cranberries.
Additional information about Chiropractic, Naturopathy, and other forms of natural health care has been provided by Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. at http://www.all-about-wellness.com.
About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP
Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis “The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors.” This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. In June of 2012, Dr. Moellendorf authored his first book titled Healthcare’s Best Kept Secret. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email firstname.lastname@example.org, his website at http://www.all-about-wellness.com, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.