New Book Helps Families Navigate Neurodegenerative Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic and others, most cases of Alzheimer’s disease are preventable. Unfortunately, there is not a cure.

Neurodegenerative disease is now the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. It’s a cruel wasting disease that takes both the mind and body. Many cases of cancer and heart disease are proving to be treatable and beatable, while millions of people around the world are dying from neurodegenerative disease.

First of all, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are forms of prion disease. The main difference between Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease is the region of the brain initially impacted by prion infection. The difference between CJD and Alzheimer’s disease is the severity of the prion infection and the stage of disease progression. As one neurologist explained, CJD is like Alzheimer’s disease on steroids.

Prion disease is technically known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). Prion disease is transmissible.

Therefore, prion aversion in your lifestyle influences whether or not you will contract neurodegenerative disease. Prion disease in humans is so transmissible that wildlife around the world have now contracted prion disease from human waste. Cities are dumping millions of tons of infectious waste on crops, ranches, forests, parks, golf courses, school grounds, and beyond. These practices and others have created a public health disaster around the world.

In wildlife, prion disease is known as chronic wasting disease. In livestock, prion disease is known as mad cow disease. It’s all essentially the same, except for the fact that there are thousands of different mutations spreading rampantly and there are more mutations made every day. Humans are spreading the disease into the environment in numerous ways, while Mother Nature feeds them right back to us through the food chain and our water supplies.

The food and water that we consume are important factors. The right foods can help us avert Alzheimer’s disease. The wrong foods and beverages increase our risk.

A strong heart is a critical factor as we defend our brains. Strong blood flow helps keep the brain healthy. High cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes, increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Many studies suggest that what we eat affects the aging brain’s ability to think and remember. These findings have led to research on general eating patterns and whether they might make a difference.

As author Gary Chandler explains, animal products are highly correlated with Alzheimer’s disease. Persons who consume the most saturated fat had more than twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Trans fats are equally harmful. Saturated fat is particularly abundant in dairy products and meat. These trans fats are found in many snack foods and dairy products. Other studies have also implicated saturated fats in cognitive decline.

Learn more about the foods to seek and those to avoid to defend yourself and your family from neurodegenerative disease.

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Gary Chandler is the CEO of Crossbow Communications. He also is the founder of Sacred Seedlings and Earth News. He is the author of 11 books about health and environmental issues from around the world. Chandler is connecting the dots to the global surge in neurological disorders.