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Alzheimer's Disease Possible Causes Discussed

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    Pineal Gland Calcification may be a cause of Alzheimer's, I haven't taken calcium supplements in years, but do take k2 and magnesium, melatonin at times for sleep, hopefully it's helping...more here.

    Pineal Gland Calcification and Alzheimer's Disease

    A promising new perspective on Alzheimer's disease looks at the role of age-induced brain calcification in neurodegenerative diseases.

    So-called normal intracranial calcifications, which accumulate in the brain with age, are so prevalent today that the conventional medical establishment considers them non-pathological when not accompanied by overt evidence of disease. The primary brain structures affected are:


    • Pineal gland
    • Habenula
    • Choroid plexus
    • Basal ganglial calcification
    • Falx, dura mater or tentorium cerevelli
    • Petroclinoid liagaments
    • Superior sagittal sinus

    Pineal gland calcification is now found in two-thirds of the adult population.[1] While related to neurological injury and innate repair processes, its exact causes in each individual case are complex and mostly unknown. However, one likely culprit is fluoride exposure. [See: Fluoride: Calcifier of the Soul]

    One of the primary functions of the pineal gland is to secrete melatonin, a powerful sleep regulatory hormone and antioxidant, known to be protect against over 100 health conditions, including various lethal cancers.

    A recent study found that the degree of pineal gland calcification (and pineal cyst volume) in study participants correlated negatively with sleep rhythm disturbances; also, the less calcified their pineal glands were found to be the more melatonin was found in their saliva.[2]


    In connection with this finding, Alzheimer's disease patients are commonly deficient in melatonin levels, likely due to the inability of their pineal gland to produce adequate quantities.[3] [4]

    Indeed, Alzheimer's patients have been found to have a higher degree of pineal gland calcification than patients with other types of dementia,[5] and sleep disturbances have been identified as a primary driver of Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis,[6] due to the fact that wakefulness increases the the toxic Alzheimer's disease associated brain protein -- amyloid-β (Aβ) -- and sleep reduces Aβ. Melatonin has also been identified to inhibit the progression of Aβ brain pathology as well as the formation of Aβ protein itself.[7]

    If brain calcification is one of the primary driver's of Alzheimer's disease, as proposed, then inhibiting calcification may be a viable strategy for prevention and treatment. A first line approach would be the avoidance of exposure to cytotoxic materials or environmental contaminants that damage the brain. Stress reduction would also be a viable strategy, as it has also been found in the animal model to produce increased pineal gland calcification.[8]



    There is also a possible role of excess inorganic calcium supplementation (in conjunction with magnesium deficiency) which may drive ectopic calcification, i.e. calcification of soft tissue such as the arteries, breast, prostate, joints, etc.



    Theoretically, any injurious vector – natural or unnatural, dietary or environmental, infectious or pharmaceutical – could contribute to brain damage and subsequent calcification. Here is a list on our database under the 'Adverse Pharmacological Actions' index of over 85 problem substances identified to have neurotoxic properties.


    This also means that beyond the use of targeted crystallization inhibitors such as pyrophosphate and the plant derived substance phytate (and possibly magnesium and vitamin K2), natural, preferably food-based, neuroprotective agents may also hold great promise in decelerating damage associated with calcification linked neurodegeneration.


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    That is pretty interesting, especially the fluoride connection. I have always understood that high cholesterol could be a contributing factor. There's just so much we don't know about the disease. My FIL is in the later stage. He went downhill pretty rapidly, he was still driving just three years ago. We think he had it a lot longer than we thought.

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    Aluminum as Related To Alzheimer's Disease

    Funny how I just came across this article about aluminum in the brain causing dementia. A few days ago I was watching a clip on TV about how baking with aluminum invites it into our systems and brains from the high temps, for a long time I knew there was an aluminum connection to Alzheimer's Disease, which is what one of my aunts died of years ago.

    I did little things like stopping the use of anti-perspirants which almost always, if not always contain aluminum. Been using a more natural deodorant instead for years, doesn't stop sweating, but controls odor. The only aluminum pot we have left is used only when I give the dog a bath in the tub, to rinse him off. Yesterday was the first time in years of putting aluminum foil under my coals in our bbq grill for easy cleanup, just put the coals in without the foil.

    More info about aluminum and dementia in this article, and this video is from there too. SOURCE



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    Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Aluminum Toxicity in Dementia Patients

    Cases of how coconut oil has helped reduce the effects of aluminum toxicity and aid dementia sufferers. More here.

    August 1, 2018


    by Brian Shilhavy
    Editor, Health Impact News

    Another study has been published here in 2018 looking at the positive effects of virgin coconut oil for Alzheimer’s disease.
    This is the third peer-reviewed study we have covered so far in 2018 looking at the effects of coconut oil on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Here are the first two:
    Study: Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Aβ Plaques, Inflammation, and Oxidative Stress Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

    More Research Published Supporting Coconut Oil’s Claim to Heal Alzheimer’s Disease

    This latest study is titled Possible prophylactic anti-excitotoxic and anti-oxidant effects of virgin coconut oil on aluminium chloride-induced Alzheimer’s in rat models.
    It was published July 13, 2018, in the Journal of Integrative Neuroscience. The study was conducted by researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. This year’s previous studies on AD and coconut oil were also conducted outside of the U.S. (Japan and Iran.)

    This study is significant because it addresses the issue of aluminum toxicity, which has been increasingly linked to AD. (See: Study: High Amounts of Aluminum in Brains of Alzheimer’s Patients.)

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    Saw this show on 60 minutes this weekend, a husband watching his wife's memory and abilities worsen with her Alzheimer's diagnosis, the video clip can be seen here if interested, it's 13 minutes. https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes...f-alzheimer-s/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBreeze View Post
    Saw this show on 60 minutes this weekend, a husband watching his wife's memory and abilities worsen with her Alzheimer's diagnosis, the video clip can be seen here if interested, it's 13 minutes. https://www.cbs.com/shows/60_minutes...f-alzheimer-s/
    Yeah, I watched this show, and it was quite heart wrenching. 60 Minutes has followed this couple for the past several years, and the progression of this woman's condition, and the effects it had on her husband were awful. I hope medical research finds a way to halt or reverse this illness....as losing the ability to "function" would seem, to me, to be one of the worst "curses" of aging.
    "Do Not regret growing older...it is a Privilege denied to many."

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    There is so much to think on and each and every time I go to a Caregiver's site, makes it ill...

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0617165716.htm

    I can't imagine ever going off grape seed extract for so many reasons..this one for sure. Amyloid reduction in Alzheimers. There are many more links on this amyloid protein and grape seed extract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don M. View Post
    Yeah, I watched this show, and it was quite heart wrenching. 60 Minutes has followed this couple for the past several years, and the progression of this woman's condition, and the effects it had on her husband were awful. I hope medical research finds a way to halt or reverse this illness....as losing the ability to "function" would seem, to me, to be one of the worst "curses" of aging.
    I agree with you Don, dealing with such severe loss of memory where you don't remember who you are, what your age is, who your spouse is, or how to care for yourself must be devastating to all involved. I heard they had a treatment in the works, but we'll see.

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    My life has been about Prevention since I hit my early 50's...and keep learning.

    I know everyone is on their path.

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    Using familiar things that dementia patients remember from years ago to help them and make them more comfortable when suffering with Alzheimer's.


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    Is there a genetic cause?

    Does it run in families?

    I don't like experiminting with unknown and unproven theories.

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    I don't believe memory loss issues are major in my family line. But I do believe in Prevention for about everything that can go wrong and to keep our bodies going optimally as we can and there is a lot to absorb on this issue. I truly believe in antioxidants.

    https://www.naturalproductsinsider.c...cline-part-1-2

    It's a good bet that those people in the Alz home did NOT take antioxidants.

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