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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Alzheimer's Disease Ratcheting Up

FOXNews medical correspondent Dr. Manny Alvarez just reported on FOXNews that there's no way to prevent Alzheimer's Disease (AD). This is response to the latest news that AD is up 10% over the past 7 years (5 million and counting). This "no way to prevent" comment may need to be retracted.

Russell Blaylock (board certified neurosurgeon) wrote a great book,
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, pointing out that the ingestion of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartate (one of three by-products of aspartame, the artificial sweetener found in Equal and NutraSweet) has been shown to excite glutamate receptors to death in the substantia nigra area of the brain. AD victims often suffer loss of 90% of their substantia nigra.

When these two amino acids, aspartate and glutamate, are stripped from their usual body-friendly protein source (proteins being chains of amino acids) they're absorbed too quickly and as such penetrate the blood-brain barrier in a way the body is not meant to tolerate without a measure of damage.

The genetic argument/excuse for the recent rampant rate of increase in numbers of Americans afflicted with AD is highly unlikely. The "living older" argument cannot likely be justified apart from a study incorporating the impact of aspartame and MSG. Unfortunately, the FDA has decreed aspartame and MSG as "safe," hence the research into excitotoxins will likely not be covered in established medical journals to any significant degree. This means major media outlets will not report on excitotoxins as they are merely rote parroters of popular study results published in major medical journals.

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