Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, characterised by confusion, disorientation, speech disturbances, restlessness, memory failure, agnosia, hallucinosis, and an inability to perform purposeful movements. It counts for over half of all dementia cases, and typically occurs over the age of 65 years.
While there is no defined causes or cures for this condition, it is clear that there is a direct link between lack of minerals and oxygen to the brain and dementia-related illnesses. Processed foods, sedentary lifestyles, and environmental toxicity (including pollution, household chemicals, and mercury amalgams) are implicated in neurological degeneration.
Research has shown that aluminium is linked with Alzheimer’s, and can be found in surprising products. Most of us know that anti-perspirant deodorants typically contain aluminium, but did you know that baking soda, antacid preparations, shampoos, and food additives can also contain aluminium? Many people who are of the ‘baby boomer’ generation were exposed to much higher levels of aluminium as this metal hit peak popularity in everyday household items such as foil, pots and utensils, bakeware, and pre-made dinner containers.
When it is heated up, aluminium deposits get into the system via the bloodstream, and end up in the brain – where they inhibit bloodflow and therefore oxygen uptake. This leads to mental deterioration and disrupts the processes of memory, thought, cognition, movement and speech.
Aluminium is not the only culprit though – radiation to the brain also impacts negatively, particularly long-term exposure to more subtle forms of radiation through television, microwaves, cellular phones, and computers.
So what can you do to prevent or slow this degeneration? Plenty of fresh local produce and wholefoods, pure drinking water, daily exercise, sunshine, and oxygenating herbs such as gotu kola, black walnut, blessed thistle, damiana, and ginkgo biloba. Gotu kola in particular is well-suited for Alzheimer’s since it contains a substance known as bio-aluminium, which attaches to manufactured aluminium and helps to remove it from the body.