Gina Kolata wrote an interesting article for the New York Times that examines the simultaneous presence of various brain diseases in most cases of Alzheimers. Many of these diseases cause dementia, making it difficult to tease out what the patient has, and what brain disease is causing which symptoms. As she pointed out, this could mean that all of these various diseases are caused by a single unknown cause—possibly blood flow.[Read more…] about Brain defects related to Alzheimer’s generally accompanied by other brain diseases
As you can see from the Google search trends chart above, the idea that coconut oil could help prevent or decrease the effects of Alzheimer’s got a lot of interest back in early 2012. The reason for the interest was some research that came out showing a possible link. More recently, in 2015, Fernando and colleagues published a review article in British Journal of Nutrition that weighed all of the available evidence across multiple studies in different journals.[Read more…] about Does coconut oil help in treating or preventing Alzheimer’s disease?
I haven’t read the original study, but this finding is consistent with the idea that we should eat better in order to avoid or overcome degenerative diseases of the brain (and the rest of the body). I whole-heartedly agree. I don’t know whether there is anything particularly magical or special about green tea or carrots specifically, but generally adding more vitamins from healthy vegetables has to be a good thing.
While Dr. Price’s research may not be endorsed by the modern medical community, it has become so popular with those who choose a more natural, non-traditional approach that it warrants closer inspection. While Dr. Price’s research was really well-done and widely accepted at the time, 80 years later people have moved on. A big difference between Dr. Price and modern nutrition best practices was his advocacy for eating fats. Note, however, that he’s not advocating for Crisco, palm oil, canola oil or any of the modern types of fats that are widely available.[Read more…] about Weston A. Price approach to treating inflammation
This well-written article in Scientific American points to inflammation as the culprit behind Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. I personally found it to be really interesting because I’ve recently heard inflammation linked to various other diseases, including heart disease. What is the cause of the inflammation? It seems to vary and be unclear. The article points to age, being overweight, and stress as some potential causes of this inflammation.[Read more…] about Inflammation the cause of Alzheimer’s?
There is some cool research happening in Norway, showing that (a) the breakdown of the body’s natural cleaning system — at the cell level — is causing Alzheimer’s and (b) when this cleaning system is turbocharged, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease seem to disappear. Apparently, when people are smitten by Alzheimer’s, they accumulate a bunch of defective mitochondria and proteins in their brains that interfere with the brain’s normal function.[Read more…] about Mitophagy enhancement a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s?