Dementia, Pollution and Nutrition

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Dementia is not just about aging, there are many preventable aspects such as exposure to pollution and nutrition. A new study carried out at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine reveals that the polluted air we inhale can affect our brain and lead to cognitive loss. Experts say that our brain could decrease in size and people who are most exposed are more likely to suffer from strokes or dementia. Study lead author Elissa H. Wilker, Sc.D., who is a researcher at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston mentioned that the most affected people are the middle-aged to older ones.

“Dementia” is an umbrella term covering an array of neurological diseases and conditions that develop when neurons in your brain die or cease to function normally. The death or malfunction of neurons causes changes in memory, behavior and ability to think.

Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most serious form of dementia, eventually leads to the inability to carry out even the most basic of bodily functions, such as swallowing or walking. Alzheimer’s is ultimately fatal, as conventional treatment options are few and limited in effectiveness.

Disturbingly, Alzheimer’s has reached epidemic proportions, currently affecting an estimated 5.4 million Americans. In the next 20 years it is projected that Alzheimer’s will affect 1 in 4 Americans, rivaling the current prevalence of obesity and diabetes and by 2050, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to triple.

Already, more than half a million Americans die from the disease each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer. Considering there’s no known cure and so few treatments, prevention is key.

Vitamin D deficiency, air pollution and occupational pesticide exposure are the highest risk factors in developing dementia. Living close to power lines also has “limited yet robust” evidence suggesting it may influence your susceptibility to dementia.

The risk factor with the most robust body of research behind it is air pollution. In fact, they couldn’t find a single study that didn’t show a link between exposure to air pollution and dementia. Particulate matter, nitric oxides, ozone and carbon monoxide have all been linked to an increased risk.

Aside from raising your risk for dementia, a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on environmentally related deaths claim that 1 in 4 deaths worldwide are now related to living and working in a toxic environment — with air pollution being the greatest contributor to this risk.

So what to do? Eliminate as much pollution as you can in your life, choose where you live carefully. Go organic and use body and cleaning products that do not have toxic chemicals. Get some sunshine every day. As for diet use coconut oil and get lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid sugar and processed foods and above all avoid all vaccinations. Vaccinations have aluminium and mercury that affect brain health in a very negative manner!

Submitted by Tricia @ Nutrition by Tricia



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