On 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.”
Although 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.
Sounds 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…