FDA Attacking Supplements to Boost Alzheimers Drug Sales?

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by Alliance for Natural Health

Expected New “Blockbuster” Alzheimer’s Drug

Is this why brain supplements are suddenly under attack? Action Alerts!

Does the FDA want to clear away competition for the new drug?

This wouldn’t be the first time this has happened. Just as the first SSRI anti-depressant drug was coming out, the agency banned the amino acid tryptophan. The SSRIs prevented the body from removing serotonin. Tryptophan is used by the body to make serotonin, so the natural supplement was seen as unwanted competition for the drug. The agency used a bad batch of the tryptophan made in Japan as its rather flimsy excuse. Years later, when SSRIs had made billions for drug companies, the agency allowed tryptophan again, but only in a more expensive formulation.

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GMO Cookie Is Crumbling

By Dr. Mercola

In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), determined glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, to be a “probable carcinogen” (Class 2A).

This determination was based on evidence showing the popular weed killer can cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lung cancer in humans, along with “convincing evidence” it can also cause cancer in animals.

Monsanto has maintained that the classification as a carcinogen is wrong and continues to tout glyphosate (and Roundup) as one of the safest pesticides on the planet.1

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The Once Demonized Source of Fat That Kills Cancer and Treats Alzheimer’s

Cancer Cococnut OilCoconut oil was victimized during that era of erroneous dogma that demonized saturated fats, including butter, and created the unhealthy trans-fatty acid hydrogenated unsaturated fat industry, which included margarine. Saturated fats have been resurrected from the trash bin of forbidden foods over the past decade or so with proven health merits.

 

Now that the fog of junk science dogma has lifted, more and more health conscious folks are finding saturated fats, especially coconut oil, are beyond just safe. They are healthy and medicinal. Several published but unpublicized studies have been conducted and are in progress regarding palm or coconut oil’s medicinal properties.

One of the most profound studies that you probably haven’t read or heard about involves cancer. It was conducted by Australian researchers and published in the January 2014 journal Chemotherapy under “experimental chemotherapy”. It was an in vitro (test tube, petri dish) study on human colon or colorectal cancer cells.

Colorectal or colon cancer has the second highest death rate of all cancers and is the third most commonly diagnosed. (more…)

Nutrient Combo Improves Cognitive Function

A recent study from China shows that the combination of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene can enhance cognitive function in the elderly.

Changes in memory commonly occur as we age. Severe deterioration of cognitive skills, though, can indicate dementia—the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects more than five million Americans and experts expect that number to rise to 14 million by 2050. At this point, no cure exists, so prevention is key.

Researchers followed 276 elderly participants who received treatment with vitamins C, E and different doses of beta-carotene, or vitamin E alone. Using standard cognition and dementia tests, they determined that the combination treatment improved cognitive function, particularly with higher doses of beta-carotene.

Blood tests also revealed that the nutrient blend markedly reduced amyloid-beta (which are common in Alzheimer’s patients) and raised estradiol, a form of estrogen that protects neurons and even exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the brain.

The researchers concluded, “Treatment with vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene results in promising improvements in cognitive function in the elderly.”

Reference:
Li Y, et al. Exp Ther Med. 2015 Apr;9(4):1489-93.

The Real Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease Revealed

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Researchers have not even gotten close to creating effective long-term therapies for this disease. However, a recent breakthrough may open many new doors in the way of prevention, treatment and, hopefully, a cure.

For the past two decades, Alzheimer’s research has focused on what was considered the prime culprit in the development of the disease—amyloid-beta. This sticky protein fragment accumulates in the brain and forms plaques. These plaques disrupt cellular communication in the brain, triggering an inflammatory response that ultimately harms the cells.

But research out of the Mayo Clinic shows that another protein called tau may have an even more significant role in Alzheimer’s disease.1

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How to Rid Your Body of Fluoride from All Sources

State Percentage of Fluoride in WaterHaving fluoride in most drinking water and crop irrigation systems for decades means most people have fluoride accumulated in the tissues of their body, even if it’s in small daily doses that are considered “safe”. Accumulation is the key word.
Avoiding it and getting it out should be a priority, since fluoride creates serious health problems including DNA damage, cancer, thyroid disruption, Alzheimer’s disease, hormone disruption, and pineal gland dysfunction.

 

There are two types of fluorides that can contaminate water. Calcium fluoride is common in water from wells, sometimes even if fed by aquifers. It’s not as toxic as the waste material for phosphate mined fertilizer or aluminum plants that’s added into water supplies.

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How Heavy Metals Are Promoting Aging

It’s been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson’s. The fact is that all metals are toxic and the aging and diseases processes run wild without special transport and handling mechanisms to keep them from harming us. This applies just as much as essential minerals, like iron, zinc and chromium, as it does to non-essential metals and metalloids, like cadmium and arsenical compounds.

Metals can directly and indirectly damage DNA and that means an increased risk of cancer (we call this genotoxicity). There are also possibly non-genotoxic pathways, due to irritation or immuno-toxicity. (more…)

Turmeric Extract Improves Brain Function In One Dose

One Dose Of This Kitchen Spice Improves Brain Function

Your spice rack may contain the safest, most fast-acting, brain-boosting substance medical science has yet to confirm effective in a human clinical study. 

A remarkable new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology titled, “Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population,” reveals that the primary golden-hued polyphenol found in the ancient Indian healing spice turmeric known as curcumin is capable of improving cognition and mood in elderly adults (60-85) when administered in either short-term [acute], chronic, or short-term-on-chronic dosage schedules.

The study involving 60 healthy adults found that a single dose of 400 mg of a solid curcumin formulation (trade name Longvida® (non-affiliate link)) resulted only one hour later in significantly improved performance on sustained attention and working memory tasks, compared with placebo.

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New Study: Alzheimer’s & Aluminum Link Can No Longer Be Ignored

New Study: Alzheimer’s & Aluminum Link Can No Longer Be Ignored

by DR. MERCOLA
 

Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.

However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to establish due to the the lack of longitudinal studies, as well as pushback from industries that use aluminum in their products. Despite the shortage of conclusive studies, mounting scientific evidence leaves little room for doubt.

Case in point: a new case study from Keele University in the UK unequivocally shows high levels of aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.

While aluminum exposure has been implicated in Alzheimer’s and a number of other neurological diseases, this case claims to be “the first direct link” between Alzheimer’s disease and elevated brain aluminum following occupational exposure.

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