Alzheimer’s disease is only seen in developed countries. It is not seen among the elderly in India and Africa. Confounding the issue is that among developed countries, the Japanese rarely acquire Alzheimer’s.
Sturgeon Bay, WI (PRWEB) August 27, 2012
There are many genetic and environmental risk factors leading to Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that 14 million aging baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) will develop Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases. The estimated cost of over $52 trillion to care for the baby boomers threatens to bankrupt the government. Expensive medications for treatment will further add to the costs. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP states that early recognition and preventative strategies appear to be the only real hope in halting the progression of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is a rather recent epidemic, which first appeared about 100 years ago. It has especially exploded during the last 50 to 60 years. In the United States, 10% of those in their sixties suffer from Alzheimer’s, this increases to 20% of those living into their seventies, and during their eighties, 30% are afflicted.
What has confused researchers is that Alzheimer’s disease is only seen in developed countries. It is not seen among the elderly in India and Africa. Confounding the issue is that among developed countries, the Japanese rarely acquire Alzheimer’s. However, when Japanese migrate to Hawaii, the frequency of Alzheimer’s increases to the same level as seen in Americans.
One notable difference between Japan and other developed countries is that copper plumbing is not used for fear of metallic poisoning. The common denominator appears to be copper toxicity, whether from the use of copper plumbing to deliver drinking water, or dietary measures such as multiple-mineral supplements containing copper and foods with a high copper content.
George Brewer of the University of Michigan Medical School published a research paper titled “Risks of Copper and Iron Toxicity During Aging in Humans” in Chemical Research in Toxicology. He found that while copper is an essential trace mineral, it becomes toxic to cells by producing an excess of free radicals when too much is taken into the body. Rabbits fed diets to develop Alzheimer’s disease only did so when drinking tap water. When given distilled water with the same diet, they did not develop the disease. It was found that the trace amount of copper in the tap water was the cause. When 0.12 ppm (parts per million) of copper was added to the distilled water, the rabbits would develop Alzheimer’s amyloid protein plaques. It should be noted that the current Environmental Protection Agency standards consider 1.3 ppm of copper in drinking water to be safe—over 10 times as much! A safe limit would probably be less than 0.01 ppm of copper.
When people were tested for copper, the group in the highest 20% of copper intake lost cognition (thinking, reasoning, and memory) at the rate of 19 years over a 6 year period. This is over triple the rate expected. Most received the majority of their copper from their multi-vitamin/mineral supplements. As copper deficiency is extremely rare, almost no one needs to take it as a supplement. Liver and shellfish also have an especially high copper content. Brewer’s research found that those people averaging 2/3 of an ounce of red meat daily had a death rate 30% lower than those eating an average of 5 ounces daily.
Over 80% of American homes have copper pipes. The amount of copper in the water is dependent on how acidic the water may be. More copper may also leach into the water if the plumbing system is used as the electrical ground for the house as is common in many areas.
The best prevention is to use reverse osmosis for all drinking and cooking water. Bottled water may or may not contain copper depending on its source and how it is processed. Zinc competes with copper in the body, and can be used to lower copper. The daily use of 100 to 200 milligrams of zinc lowers copper levels quickly, but can also lead to a copper deficiency. The safest range is to use 25 to 50 milligrams of zinc daily. 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.
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 jgmoellendorf(at)itol(dot)com, his website at http://www.all-about-wellness.com/, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.