THEY’RE PLAYING MY TUNE: Harvard Study Reveals New Theory On Alzheimer’s Disease

5481939_origOn May 25th, 2016 Researchers at Harvard offered a new theory of Alzheimer’s Disease in a research paper entitled:

“Amyloid-β peptide protects against microbial infection in mouse and worm models of Alzheimer’s disease”

Three major findings in this research revealed

  • The IMMUNE SYSTEM might play a role in developing Alzheimer’s Disease

  • INFLAMMATION is a mechanism involved in this disease

  • A protein called BETA-AMYLOID, long considered the damaging factor in Alzheimer’s, actually plays a positive role in fighting off pathogens (germs.)

They concluded, “if these findings are true it would upend our understanding of the disease and suggest new routes for treatment and prevention.” Rudolph Tanzi (one of the co-authors) claimed:

“this view also adds weight to the idea that adequate exercise, high quality sleep, healthy diet and other lifestyle factors like treating gum disease can help prevent Alzheimer’s.”

surpriseAlthough I hold high regard for Harvard University, I wonder if they had a chance to read my blog posted on April 12, 2016? You see, I wrote the following paragraph IN MY POST entitled, ARE THERE BETTER TREATMENTS FOR ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS? before this study was ever revealed:

We have learned that plaquing (BETA-AMYLOID) in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease is the result of the body’s protective mechanism (aka the IMMUNE SYSTEM) rather than the cause of this disease. It is part of the INFLAMMATORY response. It is NOT just the accumulation of damaging substances found in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients interfering with brain function.  What are the factors that lead to this inflammatory response? Some of these include metal toxicities, gastrointestinal health, hormonal imbalances, sleep deprivation and infections. Dr. Bredesen reclassifies Alzheimer’s as a Metabolic Disorder rather than a Disease. By incorporating DIET, EXERCISE, STRESS REDUCTION, SLEEP, hormonal optimization, nutrient rebalancing, targeted herbs, brain stimulation and finally pharmaceutical utilization, the progression of this condition CAN BE ALTERED.

lav-grad IISounds to me like the Harvard folk corroborated the findings I shared with you over a month before their paper was ever published. What about the information I have shared with you on cardiac disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, etc… Do we need Harvard to speak up FIRST before we acknowledge that good alternative approaches ALREADY EXIST (WITHOUT the use of PHARMACEUTICALS) to reduce the chances for developing these health maladies? How many times do we have to be told that living unhealthy lifestyles IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF MOST DISEASES!

***AND NOT THE LACK OF DISCOVERY OF NEW PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS!***

There will NEVER be a drug discovered to replace the responsibility and role each of us MUST FILL in maintaining GOOD HEALTH.

It’s nice to know that Harvard has “jumped on board” recognizing that LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION (rather than pharmaceutical intervention) greatly influences the expression of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tell me, have I been passively aggressive enough to convince you a better quality of life awaits if you are willing to shed some destructive behaviors in favor of a healthier and happier life?

If it’s good enough for HARVARD, is it good enough for YOU? Come on, raise your hand…

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54 comments

  1. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (Can you hear my applause???) Because I am sending them your way! Bravo! Now the hard part…putting it into action. 🙈 Let’s get after it! Hugs!

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    1. I can hear it and want to offer my thanks. I have found that helping people change behavior comes from them identifying with the need to do so. Each person is so different and requires different words to find the emotional points that help to stimulate better awareness and the willingness to change. I will continue to share these messages in different ways to find different paths to achieving these goals. Your support is so greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking your time to read these articles.
      Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  2. Many people like an easy solution to their problems. I am learning for myself as I get older the more intentional I need to be about staying motivated, health and active. There is no substitute but a willingness to wake up and show up.
    Its nice to see the medical research profession is not appeasing to the masses and telling people that all drugs can solve their problems.

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    1. I’m not certain whether or not the medical community is going to be excited about sharing the results of this research. Diet, excercise, sleep, etc… replacing prescriptions is not a common theme I witness. Hopefully they will see the value and educate their patients on the role THEY must play to preventing disease and dysfunction.

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  3. You definitely hammered those points home for me. My big fears are alzheimers and diabetes. You consistently remind me that I have the ability affect the potential for those particular experiences to come through.
    I like that you preach balance!

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    1. One of the best ways to override fear is with ACTION. Sounds like you have taken these topics to heart and will likely find a realistic approach to achieving the health and life you seek (without blowing the budget out of the water! 🙂 )

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  4. Hand is raised. ☺

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    1. Mine too! 🙂

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  5. Excellent, excellent post!

    There will NEVER be a drug discovered to replace the responsibility and role each of us MUST FILL in maintaining GOOD HEALTH.

    That point cannot be emphasized loudly enough, I think.

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  6. Nice post Jonathan 🙂

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    1. I appreciate your support. Hopefully in time more people will recognize the value in these messages to help improve their health and quality of life.

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      1. I’m glad that you’re putting so much efforts to make people aware. Well-done Jonathan. 😊

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        1. I appreciate your feedback and positivity. People in general can be frustrating as I watch and listen to them cause so much unnecessary self damage. On the other hand, so many people are good and kind and add so much value to my life they are truly worth all the effort! As I see people uncover and overcome the weaknesses that lead to their dissatisfaction with life, it is like watch the transformation of a cocoon into a butterfly. That experience is what motivates me each day to reach for the keyboard hoping to find the words to influence better and healthier behaviors for those seeking direction.

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  7. Thank you Tanya. More and more people are providing feedback showing their concern for these topics. This is a wonderful starting point to help people slowly understand the need to modify lifestyles while sharing ACTION STEPS to show them REALISTICALLY how to do it.

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  8. This is so interesting! It makes you question everything and also wonder about other illnesses???

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    1. I’m glad you liked this article. I really appreciate the value you add as a “follower” and thank you for your willingness to share it with your fellow readers.

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      1. I am so happy to do so Jonathan and I really value what you have to say and the fact that you are helping to enlighten us!

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  9. Reblogged this on lynz real cooking and commented:
    Very interesting! thanks Doc!

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  10. This is really a great achievement. I’ve seen one of my friends’ father suffering from Alzheimer’s…:-( It’s unbearable to see anyone losing himself with each passing day…

    “It’s nice to know that Harvard has “jumped on board” recognizing that LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION (rather than pharmaceutical intervention) greatly influences the expression of Alzheimer’s Disease.” I find this really positive.

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    1. Thank you for reading and offering your opinion to this article. I’m very sorry for your friend’s father who is currently living with this difficult diagnosis.

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  11. I would raise my hand but I don’t type very well with the other. So, Harvard’s findings confirmed your post. Doctor Jonathan 1 Harvard 0. Seriously, of all the illnesses we read about, this is one that I am most terrified of. Your plan of finding balance through healthy living, health eating, sleep, and exercise is genius in its simplicity. If all a person has to do is change his/her lifestyle to increase the odds of warding off this or other illnesses, then what is the problem? You have never suggested give up everything in your diet. You have never pushed for anyone to be a gym rat. The changes are easy. There is no excuse to not make these simple shifts in lifestyle.

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    1. Although I lay out a plan of action that is realistic and achievable, it still requires effort and a commitment to oneself. Some people don’t value their lives while others believe they are invincible. Hopefully my articles reach a place deep within people to help motivate them to seek a better and healthier path in life.

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  12. Great information! You are ahead of the rest Jonathan. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Karen. This article was actually meant much less for a “pat on my back” and meant much more for the reader to see how much control they have over this horrible disease as well as many others. Getting people to recognize AND implement lifestyle changes greatly influences the quality of life people choose to live. Since my topics have controversial and strong emotional undertones, I also wanted to help the reader feel more comfortable with the viewpoints I share. I write from the viewpoint of a doctor, a researcher, and a fellow human being; I do not write to spread propaganda and do not stand with any activists. Even if I believe in various causes, I believe it would discredit the unbiased perspective I try to share.

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  13. All makes perfect sense. Thank you for your work and dedication to helping others live better lives. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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    1. Thank you Kelly. Hope you enjoy your holiday weekend.

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  14. Alzheimers is a huge fear for me. We thought my grandmother had it when she died in 1985, either way she she had the symptoms. At that time, they told us it skips a generation, so yes, I am conceened. Your information gives me a lot of hope, that even if it is genetic, that I can do a lot to prevent any occurance. I see my mom with memory problems, but her dr says it is age appropriate dementia. Still, dementia… but mom nevee took steps for her health. Not dissing her, its her generation. But boy, seeing the condition of folks in her assisted living is plenty motivation.

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    1. You will see the term EPIGENETICS more frequently in the future. We are learning how genes (by themselves) DO NOT predict an undesirable outcome for a condition or disease. We are learning the various factors that influence the expression of these genes (the “turning on or off”) and will be better suited to controlling the outcomes by modifying the behaviors responsible for them. Food, environmental toxins, exercise all play a role in gene expression. I think it is amusing as a professional in the field of health care to tell people, “you want to be healthy and functional?” “Do what you are supposed to do.” Doesn’t sound very technical, but this advice WILL GET THE JOB DONE!

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  15. Great post, Dr. J…Agree with you totally! I worked as a nurse manager in a Behavioral Health Unit for depression and dementia. Not many elderly patients got the message about life style modification and healthy habits early on. As a nurse practitioner, I had patients in an assisted living facility and many clients were unaware of how they could improve their health. You can bet I counseled them how! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 💛 Christine Elizabeth

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    1. I’ll bet you did. You seem like you have a lot of energy and a wonderfully positive attitude about life. These are the character traits so important to help reshape our world and return it to a course of prosperity. If people could experience how much fuller life is when we take responsibility for ourselves and participate in choosing our pathways in life, the world would be a better, happier place. I’m sure your words and efforts are making substantial contributions in “moving the needle” in this direction. Wishing you and your family much joy, good health and happiness.

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  16. The kitty at the end is a nice touch.

    It’s worth mentioning that the usual caveats about extrapolating from mice (and worms!) to people apply to lab results supporting what U and I believe, much as they do to lab results that seem to support a narrow focus on a few chemicals.

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    1. When writing about sensitive topics, sometimes placing something that brings a smile to most faces (in this case, the kitten) softens the emotional impact.
      I shared my post and its timing with the Harvard study to help readers “teetering” on the fence of “CHANGE” in attitude and behavior. I want them to objectively and critically evaluate the information I share whether it confirms or refutes the current studies. I think the average person is less defensive when they see my information is supported by a Harvard Research Study. Personally, I couldn’t care less whether it was Harvard or a community college as long as the design and conclusions were credible.

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  17. Its like you learn my thoughts! You appear to grasp so much about this,
    like you wrote the guide in it or something.

    I believe that you just could do with a few % to pressure the message house a little bit, but other
    than that, that is great blog. A fantastic read.
    I will certainly be back.

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    1. I appreciate your recommendations as well as your time reading my article. I look forward to seeing your comments in future postings. Thank you for all your kind words.

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  18. So interesting, and again, it boils down to healthy lifestyle, and healthy eating habits ! Again, we are a huge factor to prevent these dreaded diseases. I maybe out of line here but I also feel that ‘we'(people who abuse their bodies with unhealthy foods) are like drug addicts. The drug is the food and the lifestyle, and only the person himself or herself has to want to change….so I hope that all your posts of awareness hit home, they can only help. I know I live a healthy lifestyle, but I am by no means perfect, and your posts for me do wonders, it is just that reminder to stay on the right track.

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    1. Food addiction is a very real effect caused by our unhealthy foods that are growing in quantity and convenience. They affect the brain’s clarity and increase hormonal imbalances promulgating the issue. It requires a strong commitment to oneself to overcome this difficult dilemma.

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  19. Another good blog…and your way ahead of them over at Harvard!! Thanks for all the wonderful advice and information so that we can make rational, educated choices in our lives….I have posted all your post to my Facebook page and continue to receive positive feed back…thanks Jonathan for caring for us….I appreciate it more than you know!!! xxkat

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    1. Your ongoing support is so very much appreciated. I wish you all the success possible on your ongoing journey. You are a star, Kat!

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      1. thanks Jonathan….I really appreciate all your support as well…lots of room up in the heavens for more stars…..

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  20. Therᥱ is dеfinately a llοt to ⅼearn about this issue.
    I ⅼkѵe all оf the points you’ve made.

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    1. I’m so glad this article peaked your interest. We ALL have a lot to learn as new information becomes available and challenged with critical thinking. Thank you for contributing to this article.

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  21. You’re a trusted source for many of us, but the rest of the world wants to see big names, like Harvard, in front of studies. It’s too bad that most of them are flawed and biased, but I digress.

    Well done! 😀

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  22. Thank you Scarlet Pen. The world is SLOWLY opening their eyes and ears to new sources of independent unbiased information and is SLOWLY realizing these sources have THEIR INTERESTS in mind. I have more and more people contacting me confirming many of the messages and information I share. It is exciting to me to watch the world apply this information and witness the enhanced quality of living.

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  23. Great post !

    Sabrina 🍃🌼🌺

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    1. I appreciate your comment. Thank you so much.

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  24. Thank you for sharing this great information
    Anita
    🙂

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    1. Thank you for coming back to my site. I hope to share my information to help people make the best informed decisions possible. Thank you for being part of my mission.

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      1. oh you’re wlcome Dr Jonathan
        🙂

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  25. Very interested post, Alzheimer’s Disease one of the worst diseases around my grandmother had for decades and not only it was hard on her, it was very hard on everyone who has been around her. Thank you for sharing

    Alex

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    1. I’m so sorry your family had to deal with this difficult disease. My blog site is dedicated to informing the public and sharing a perspective that often remains hidden from the consumer. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and share your comment.

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  26. My Hand is raised too!

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  27. Smiling! (But is your hand as cute as the kitten’s “hand?” 🙂

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