Dec 252014
 

Alzheimer’s disease has been featured in the news frequently over the last few days. It just so happens that I’ve been finishing the post on Mad Cow Disease Fears in California and the indestructible prions that are believed to cause it when I noticed news on the rising incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the US.
In the context of my writing, I’ve become curious what causes Alzheimer’s disease. I was blown away when I learned that the cause of Alzheimer’s disease are also PRIONS!!!!!!!

After all that we’ve been told about heredity, arterial plaque and age-related dementia, it turns out that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the same agent as mad cow disease?! It makes one wonder whether there is such a thing as Alzheimer’s disease, at all. (To clarify, I don’t question the tragic reality of Alzheimer’s disease for its patients and their families. I have NO intention of disrespecting their plight or offending anyone. I wonder however whether it is in fact a disease in its own right or may be – just, maybe – a late stage of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human version of mad cow disease, which can take decades before producing symptoms.)

Alzheimer’s disease was identified earlier than mad cow disease, how sure can we be however whether the human variant of mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) didn’t infect some people before it became identified in association with mad cow disease? (It’s common knowledge that susceptibility to disease as well as diet vary from one individual to another and among genders.)
Don’t you find it amazing that the same agent causes both diseases we all fear and while UK keeps the ashes of incinerated, infected cows well-isolated from the public because even the ashes are still considered infectious, the same certainly isn’t true of those diseased from Alzheimer’s disease….

Alzheimer's Disease And Mad Cow Disease

Mad cow disease was first identified in early 1980s. Alzheimer’s disease (even though it was first discovered in early 20th Century) wasn’t considered a serious disease in its own right until 1970s.
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are not entirely different from those of a mad cow disease either and include depression, dementia and affected motor skills (Parkinson-like symptoms).
“Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to start 20-30 years before clinical onset.” (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease could be described the same way!)

Mad cow disease was first identified in the UK. This is an excerpt from the British Website http://alzheimers.org.uk:
• “There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK.
• There are over 17,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
• There are over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
• There will be over a million people with dementia by 2021.
• Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
• The proportion of people with dementia doubles for every 5 year age group.
• One third of people over 95 have dementia.
• 60,000 deaths a year are directly attributable to dementia.
• Delaying the onset of dementia by 5 years would reduce deaths directly attributable to dementia by 30,000 a year.
• The financial cost of dementia to the UK will be over £23 billion in 2012.”

In the US, the situation is quite similar, while the mortality rates for breast cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke have all decreased in the past decade, Alzheimer’s disease deaths have risen 66 percent!

It has to be said that I’m NOT a physician, just a wellness coach and a writer who by a coincidence noticed strange similarities between two very serious diseases that have similar cause, similar symptoms and similar outcome (neither is treatable nor curable) and dares to question their conventional – and separate – definitions. I might be wrong, but what if I’m not? Will we all be eventually decimated by prions?!


Dec 252014
 

Prohibition was the time when the government controlled (actually blocked!) consumers’ access to a substance (in this case, alcohol) known to be – when used in excess – destructive to human health and society. We all know what happened next, the mafia with Al Capone at the helm took control over the market of illegally manufactured spirits. In other words, the official blockade didn’t stop either the supply or use of alcohol.

Why this lesson in history? To draw a parallel between alcohol and other substances which just like alcohol are known to be harmful and yet are perfectly legal and legally available to consumers. Prohibition didn’t work in the 1920s and 1930s and it wouldn’t work now. That’s why even though certain products are available it is up to us to discern whether we should be buying and consuming them or not.

Let’s focus on just two products: sugar and flour.
Chances are, you already know that neither one is good for you. But do you REALLY know why? Once consumed both create within human body an environment that nurtures disease and speeds up degeneration (aging). That’s the short story, the details are even more scary.

Sugar And Flour Warning

The body converts sugar into fat which is why those with a “sweet tooth” gain weight. (It also increases the level of “bad” cholesterol and decreases the “good” which is why sugar consumption is a contributing factor in cardiovascular disease.)
Apart from the obvious, sugar contributes to the development of diabetes, it makes us more susceptible to bacterial infections and food allergies. It can also interfere with the digestion of proteins.
The wide-ranging effects of sugar consumption on children should be considered as well. (It may cause hyperactivity, eczema, mood swings and short attention span in children.) Of course, sugar causes tooth decay in the young and old.
Sugar plays a significant role in stimulating premature degeneration (aging). It not only contributes to osteoporosis but can lower levels of growth hormone which keeps us lean and young.
I saved, the scariest for last, sugar supports the development and growth of cancer! Put it this way, there is NOTHING sweet about sugar!

Flour (either bleached or not) is nearly as bad for us as sugar. It is known to contain Alloxan which causes diabetes. But you don’t have to develop diabetes to suffer the many ill effects of flour. It adversely affects the sinuses, may contribute to eczema, food sensitivities, slows down digestion, contributes to weight gain, the list goes on. (In case you’re wondering: flour – in any form! – does contribute to higher cholesterol levels and increases the risk of heart disease as well.)

Overwhelming, isn’t it? As people with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease sufferers will tell you there are many options (like rice, buckwheat, or quinoa) to replace flour with. Sugar? Well, there isn’t really a substitute that’s quite as satisfying without the negative impact of sugar. (The rumor you may have heard about honey or molasses being good for you, isn’t quite true.)
The healthiest form of sugar is fructose, the sugar most fruit contains naturally. Since it isn’t pure sugar but a part of fruit, it gets digested along with the fruit’s flesh and therefore slower. With that said, even if you conscientiously abstain from sugar, there is an overload of sugar hidden from us in processed meats, canned goods, etc. We can’t entirely avoid it. The smartest thing we can do is to eat fruit instead of sugary snacks, pastry, candy and desserts. Give it a try! Shop like a health-conscious consumer and eat like one!

If you knew that rats are invading your home, you wouldn’t feed them. Now YOU KNOW that cancer thrives on sugar and flour (both rapidly raise blood sugar levels!), why deliberately create a cancer-friendly environment within your own body? (The “best” for last: a recently released scientific study announced that sugar may have more impact on raising blood pressure than salt….)


Dec 222014
 

If you REALLY think about it, there is an obvious correlation between eating habits and disease. If you exclude consequences of lifestyle choices (I’m referring to smoking, alcohol consumption, drug use, etc.) and contagious diseases, most of the remaining ones are related to eating habits.

Consider such common maladies as GERD, allergies, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and even colon cancer to name a few examples: most of the sufferers could have prevented their health problems and some may be even able to reverse their conditions still by changing their eating habits. And yet, so few believe in the power of nutrition and so few are willing to change! To those of us committed to green living, disease prevention, maintaining good health and living not only longer but healthier, it’s hard to believe just how many people don’t value themselves enough to change their eating habits.

You are what you eat, it’s as simple as that. The knowledge is in place: most people are aware of it and still, the majority chooses disease, pain, degeneration and earlier death. Incredible, isn’t it?

Eating Habits And Disease

I spoke with some people who would like to change their eating habits (and lose weight) but struggle without guidance. Here are the most important steps:
1/ proportions: whatever you’re eating, make sure that you eat more vegetables and fruit than anything else
2/ portions: we eat to live as opposed to living to eat. (People who eat less feel better and live longer…)
3/ know your enemies: sugar, white flour (and products that contain them), meat, soft drinks, processed and fast foods shouldn’t be consumed at all
4/ understand that nobody is born with the skills to drive a car or cook. Whenever you begin something new, there is some learning involved. Smart eating habits and healthy food’s preparation are learned.

Too many still believe that being a vegetarian or a vegan is akin to entering a convent. In other words, they see it as a sacrifice and a life of deprivation. It isn’t. A vegetarian or a vegan doesn’t feel deprived; he or she is just as satisfied as you’re after a good meal but doesn’t have the many unpleasant, severe and minor complaints as those who follow the mainstream diet.

Living Green – in many aspects of life – is common sense. We’ve all heard the expression “limited natural resources” when it comes to fuel, for instance. Forget the fuel for a moment, your own natural resources are limited, too. Natural resources have to be managed wisely; it applies to global resources and individual ones. Eating wiser will help you feel better, strengthen your resistance to disease, restore your energy, help you lose weight, live better and longer.

Are you in the process of turning green? Have you already made the transition from mainstream diet to vegan? Would you like to share your experiences and help make the transition easier for others? Your experiences, tips and advice are welcome. Newbies need to learn how to shop for wholesome foods and how to prepare nutritious, healthy meals. Anybody out there?…. Don’t be shy: contribute your Green Wisdom!


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