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Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for August 13, 2007

A while back I came across a recent quote from Yoko Ono.

“Curry powder is very good for the brain cells,” she said. “Think of all the Indian people you know who have Alzheimer’s, then you’ll see what I mean.”

It sounds funny but it probably makes some sense. Dr. Google?

Alzheimer’s and Curry Spice

A chemical found in turmeric and curry appears to boost the immune’s system’s ability to clear amyloid beta from the brain. Amyloid beta is a waste product thought to form plaques in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s. Researchers from the UCLA/VA treated macrophages, extracted from blood samples of 6 Alzheimer’s patients, with a drug derived from the chemical curcumin. After 24 hours amyloid beta was introduced to the macrophages. In half of the samples the uptake of the amyloid beta by the macrophages increased significantly. The macrophages that responded were from blood samples of younger patients, suggesting curcumin may be effective in patients with less advanced Alzheimer’s.

Wow…She was right!

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Entry for August 13, 2007

I always wonder if I would’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or something else if I didn’t dive into the vitamins/minerals and take my own initiative to figure out what was going on?

Symptom Summary:

  1. High level of aluminum
  2. Zinc Deficiency / Magnesium loss
  3. DHA Deficiency
  4. Shrinkage of the Brain? (Osteopath)

Four very real symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and I had them all. I totally believe they are all related to magnesium deficiency.

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Entry for August 13, 2007

One more thing about Alzheimer’s that bothers me is a person’s level of DHA. A magnesium deficiency can cause low levels of DHA.

Higher DHA Levels Associated With Reduced Risk Of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Results from a new study conducted at Tufts University suggest that having increased docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels in the blood and eating about three fish meals each week are associated with a significant 48 percent reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in elderly men and women.

The brain is composed mostly of fat, in particular, the Omega 3 fatty acid Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have shown very low concentrations of DHA in the brain indicating a possible DHA deficiency.

And the link to magnesium?

Magnesium has a multitude of different uses in the and is an essential cofactor of the enzyme delta 6 desaturase which converts vegatable derived omega 3 fatty acids to the brain critical omega 3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which is essential for the rapid release of dopamine. Thus if magnesium levels are low, DHA deficiency is very likely to exist.

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Entry for August 13, 2007

Another thing about Alzheimer’s disease is you always hear about the high levels of aluminum in Alzheimer patients but scientists don’t know why. I think it’s simple. Low level of zinc causes magnesium loss which causes the rising level of aluminum. 

This is from the Alzheimer’s Society website:

Aluminum

At the present time Aluminum is one of several factors scientists are investigating in the search for a cause of Alzheimer’s disease. The role of aluminum in the body and the brain is not well understood. Scientists disagree as to whether or not there is a connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease.

And here is an article regarding magnesium’s role with aluminum.

The Aluminum – Magnesium Link

Research have suggested that aluminum may be more likely to accumulate in the brains of persons whose diets are magnesium-deficient — which, unfortunately, includes 90% of Americans! Several studies have shown that animals fed diets low in magnesium accumulate high concentrations of aluminum in the Central Nervous System. One of magnesium’s many functions is to activate the enzyme tubulin involved in the maintenance of nerve tissue cells. It has been suggested that when there is not enough Magnesium in the body to plug into the appropriate receptor site on the tubulin enzyme, aluminum takes its place instead. This leads to the inactivation of tubulin and, consequently, inadequate nerve function. Malic acid can pull aluminum away from this enzyme, making a place for magnesium. This may be a protection against Alzheimer’s disease.

Malic Acid is found abundantly in fruits such as apples. Malic Acid is also produced in the human body. It is a metabolite of the Krebs cycle the set of biochemical reactions used to produce 90% of all energy in the cells of the body. Malic Acid readily crosses the Blood-Brain-Barrier and has been shown to bind to aluminum. It functions in the body by drawing aluminum away from the tubulin enzyme, so that Magnesium can plug into the receptor sites instead. Malic Acid’s unique ability to bind with aluminum means it can be flushed out of the body, preventing unwanted build-up.

Because a Magnesium-deficient diet may increase the amount of aluminum taken up and stored by the body, it is vitally important that we take in sufficient amounts.

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Entry for August 13, 2007

In the beginning when I discovered vitamin and mineral deficiencies I read so much about magnesium and getting to understand the role it plays within the body. One of the things I kept running into was about is how magnesium loss played a role in Alzheimer’s disease.

There are a number of different factors for magnesium loss but from a first hand account I know now that a zinc deficiency can cause magnesium loss. When I came across this article I was mildly amused because zinc plays a role in the sense of smell. Made me wonder if warts are linked with Alzheimer’s? If they’re not, they should be…

Alzheimer’s linked to poor sense of smell

Study finds those who do poorly on odour tests more likely to show mental decline over time

Jul 03, 2007 04:30 AM
Associated Press

CHICAGO–Difficulty identifying common smells such as lemon, banana and cinnamon may be the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study that could lead to scratch-and-sniff tests to determine a person’s risk for the progressive brain disorder.

Such tests could be important if scientists find ways to slow or stop Alzheimer’s and the memory loss associated with it. For now, there’s no cure for the more than 5 million Americans and estimated 300,000 Canadians over 65 with the disease.

Researchers have long known that microscopic lesions considered the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s first appear in a brain region important to the sense of smell. “Strictly on the basis of anatomy, yeah, this makes sense,” said Robert Franks, an expert on odour perception and the brain at the University of Cincinnati. Franks was not involved in the study, appearing in yesterday’s Archives of General Psychiatry.

Other studies have linked loss of smell to Alzheimer’s, Franks said, but this is the first one to measure healthy people’s olfactory powers and follow them for five years, testing for signs of mental decline.

In the study, 600 people between the ages of 54 and 100 were asked to identify a dozen familiar smells: onion, lemon, cinnamon, black pepper, chocolate, rose, banana, pineapple, soap, paint thinner, gasoline and smoke. For each mystery scent, they were given a choice of four answers. A quarter of the people correctly identified all the odours or missed only one. Half of them knew at least nine of the 12. The lowest-scoring quarter correctly identified eight or fewer of the odours.

The subjects took 21 cognitive tests annually over the next five years. Those who made at least four errors on the odour test were 50 per cent more likely to develop memory problems than people who made no more than one error. Difficulty identifying odours also was associated with a higher risk of progressing from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s.

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Entry for August 12, 2007

The Morning After:

Woke up and the only place that was slightly burnt was the top of my shoulders. No visible burn on my chest or my back. Nothing! My wife had the same thing and Natalie with no sunblock whatsoever showed no visible tan anywhere. I was slightly shocked but more proud that it did work again using vitamins as a natural sunblock. My daughter drinks three to four glasses of goat’s milk a day and she probably had plenty of vitamin D for sun protection.

So if none of us got any kind of sunburn, what exactly does sunblock do?

Sunscreen may actually increase the risk of cancer, so proposed California researchers in a paper published in January, 1993, in the Annals of Epidemiology. The researchers contended that UVB- blocking sunscreens had contributed to increasing skin-cancer rates, by disabling the body’s natural alarm mechanism: sunburn. The researchers also posited that because UVB rays are the main source of vitamin D, and because vitamin D may inhibit the progression of melanoma, and because sunscreens block UVB rays- sunscreens might promote vitamin D deficiencies and cause melanomas. (UVB is the shorter wavelength of ultraviolet light that damages the skin. UVA is the longer of the two types of ultraviolet light that reaches the earth. UVA is responsible for tanning.)

In a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in January,1993, researchers from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center applied three common types of sunscreen to mice and then exposed most of them to sunlamps twice a week for three weeks. Melanoma cells were then injected into all the mice. The mice exposed to the ultraviolet (UV) rays, even if they were treated with sunscreen, had a higher incidence of melanoma than those not exposed to UV rays. The researchers theorized that sunscreens may allow enough UV to penetrate the skin to suppress the immune response and/or damage DNA, thus allowing tumors to develop.

UVA can cause skin cancer, particularly melanoma, according to the Texas researchers. The sunscreens used in the mouse study blocked little or no UVA.

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Entry for August 11, 2007

Just as we got to the beach, I took 1000 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E and 400 IU of vitamin D and hit the water. From three o’clock until six thirty I spent the day in full sunshine. My wife didn’t use any sunblock either and we made the slightly nervous decision not to use any sunblock on my daughter who is 21 months tomorrow.

We had a great time and spent most of the time in the water with my shirt off. By the time we left, I didn’t feel burnt at all. My daughter looked fine with no visible tan lines.

I think it worked again! We’ll find out tomorrow…

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