Alzheimer's: a Paradigm Shift
From eNewsletter 10/10/2022
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Alzheimer's: a Paradigm Shift?
Steve: For years, we've been telling you that Alzheimer's disease should be considered type 3 diabetes, a chronic autoimmune condition that constantly attacks the brain, as opposed to a brain disease. Numerous groups of scientists are now proposing this model.
A new study from Alzheimer's and Dementia purports that the focus must be on ameliorating the effects of an overexcited immune system within the brain. Here's a quote from the authors: "To date, most of the approaches in Alzheimer's research have been based upon the theory that a protein called beta-amyloid, which is supposedly abnormal in the brain, clumps up. And when it clumps up, it kills brain cells. But we believe beta-amyloid is right where it should be. It acts as a messenger within our immune system -- so that, if we have head trauma, beta-amyloid repairs it. If a virus or a bacteria comes along, beta-amyloid is there to fight it. That's where the problem occurs. Beta-amyloid gets confused and can't tell the difference between a bacteria and a brain cell and so it inadvertently attacks our own brain cells. This, then, becomes what we call an autoimmune disease. The immune system is actually attacking the host, our brain."
This is why the only proven therapies shown to prevent and reduce the progression of Alzheimer's disease to date have been diet, lifestyle, and supplement related.
Additionally, this is why balancing blood sugar and eating balanced meals are so critical for battling cognition and memory disorders. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are the most inflammatory substances we consume, yet are the most controllable because we can choose whether or not to consume them.
If the focus pivots towards tempering overactive immune systems, we will have a much better time overcoming this insidious brain condition as a populace. In the interim, we have myriad protocols for addressing immune system dysfunction.