Hey, Dr. Clark here. I want to talk about early Alzheimer’s disease and why a major focus of how I work with that is decreasing inflammation.
There’s a neat little study that just came out that shows that even mild infections speed up the decline of Alzheimer’s. What they’re talking about is a little chemical messenger in the body called tumor necrosis factor alpha.
Now, in terms of the immune system, this is what we call a TH1 cytokine.
I’ll give you the short reason why I’m even saying that.
The immune system can kind of be broken down into two pieces. You’ve got a TH1 and a TH2.
You’ve got to have both to have a normal immune response, but in many of the people (90 percent of the people that I see in my practice for different chronic neurological and metabolic problems) they’ve got a shift, as we call it, or a dominance.
TH1 or TH2 has become more dominant than the other, and this is what we call an autoimmune condition, or a functional autoimmune condition.
In Alzheimer’s--what this new study shows is that even when someone gets a little bit of an infection and their TH1 system bumps up, they start to decline very rapidly.
This is why one of my main targets in helping Early Alzheimer's is balancing the immune system.
Now, it amazes me that this research is out there...but no one thinks about trying to work on the immune system. They waste too much time trying to effect neurotransmitters.
Instead, they’re going to give them different medications to work on acetylcholine, but they ignore the immune system...
...and I will tell you that if you’ve got a loved one that you’re concerned may be showing signs of early dementia, early Alzheimer’... you need to perk up and listen to this because what this is telling you is that the immune system plays a profound role in if whether we’re going to be able to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer's is kind of a garbage can diagnosis, just like "fibromyalgia" and "multiple sclerosis". it’s just a label. It doesn’t tell you what to do.
If there is someone in your family that you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s, early dementia, what you need to do is find someone that can take a functional immunological approach.
And I would put them on a gluten free diet because it is not gonna hurt them and if you know me at all, the posts that I’ve put up and the research is there-- gluten is a huge factor in many chronic health problems. The only thing it’s gonna do --at worst-- is decrease the levels of inflammation in that person’s body, which can only help them.
It was published in the September 8 issue of Neurology. It says,
“Short lived illnesses or conditions that cause inflammation outside the brain, outside the brain, are associated with a marked decline in memory function.”
This is another message I try to teach the doctors that I train.
Inflammation out here in the periphery will cause inflammation in the brain.
that’s probably a topic we should talk about at some other time, but just know this...
You’ve got to focus on the immune system if you’re really gonna help Early Alzheimers.
Focusing on acetylcholine, that stuff is great (Acetycholine is involved in controlling inflammation but the doctors don't seem to know this)---, but it’s not the only thing you have to look at.So, I just couldn’t wait to share that with you. We’ll talk to you soon.
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