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Posted by MAI on June 20, 2001 at 01:42:16:


Examining Alzheimerís and Ways to Protect Your Brain

June 19, 2001


CBN.com - Pat Robertson spoke with Dr. Russell Blaylock, a doctor who specializes in treatment of degenerative diseases of the brain, about the causes of Alzheimerís disease and ways people can protect themselves against it. They discussed harmful additives in food, antioxidants that protect us, and even dangerous fillings used in cavities.


Pat Robertson: Here to discuss more about the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease is Dr. Russell Blaylock. He is a physician in private practice specializing in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the brain, such as Alzheimer's. He also treats cancer patients and is the author of Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills ó a book about dietary substances harmful to the brain.
Blaylock: Well, when we look at the cause of Alzheimer's disease, we know a lot about the disorder now. We pretty well have a handle on how it happens, plus Parkinsonís disease, Lou Gehrigís disease, they're all pretty much the same mechanism. What happens is a lifetime destruction of portions of the cell, DNA, lipid membranes, and the mitochondrion. The cell begins to lose its energy supply because of all this free radical attack over 30 years, or all your life. When you reach about 50 years of age, it becomes a substantial accumulated damage to DNA, cell membranes, and you begin to lose the ability of your cell to produce energy. So this loss of energy from the mitochondrion cell is key to the process. Once that happens, it triggers increasing excitotoxicity in the brain. Once that happens it triggers even more free radical generation. So you get this cyclic process that continues until the cell is quickly destroyed. And that's what Alzheimer's disease is.

Robertson: How do we prevent that destruction of these cells?

Blaylock: Key to it is, number one, stopping the oxidant destruction of the brain. You do that with antioxidants.

Robertson: Vitamin C and A and that kind of thing?

Blaylock: Well, that's generally right, but what we don't emphasize is that antioxidants all operate at different parts of the cell. They destroy certain types of free radicals. So you have to use a mixture. Flavonoids from plants are very powerful antioxidants and very versatile. They attack the ones that cause Alzheimer's. With vitamins C and E, it's difficult to do that by itself because it only works out on the periphery. The others work at the central process itself. So you have to combine them all, C, E, beta-carotene, all the carotenoids, plus the flavonoids. When you do that as a whole global process, then you do it. Second thing is you increase brain cell energy production. We know the brain loses its energy supply about 20 years before you develop any symptoms. And that you can increase that energy by using the B vitamins. There's a new factor called NT factor that's been developed that will increase mitochondrial generation 20 percent, and it may hold a key to preventing a lot of these degenerative brain diseases.

Robertson: Tell us about excitotoxins. What harms our brains? What do we eat that does damage to us?

Blaylock: Well, excitotoxins are basically things that are produced naturally in the brain itself and are called glutamate and aspartic acid. You can get them in foods and when you get them in foods, the brain level increases to toxic levels and it overstimulates the brain. Thatís what we call that excitotoxicity. It starts shearing off the connections called synapses, and if the process continues it kills the cell itself.

Robertson: Glutamate ó is that something that is produced just in the brain itself or is there something we can take to modify or ameliorate the problem?

Blaylock: Well, it's both. The brain naturally uses glutamate as a neurotransmitter, but it's very, very carefully controlled so that if the level reaches too high of a level, all this excitotoxic destructive process take place. So God created a system to control it. But in our diet they use glutamate as a taste enhancer in things like MSG [monosodium glutamate], hydrolyzed protein, and these are very high in the glutamate. When you feed them to humans or animals, the blood levels get very high, the brain levels then will increase and under certain conditions will produce severe destruction of brain cells.

Robertson: The MSG is in almost all kinds of spicy foods. Do they do some of that only in New Orleans Cajun cooking or is there something else that has it?

Blaylock: It's virtually in every processed food. If it's a diet food, they put a lot in it. If it's a soup, they generally put three or four different types of excitotoxins it in. What we find is if it's in a liquid food, it's more toxic. If there are three or four small doses in a food, it's additive and synergistic so that you get full excitotoxic effect. Children are very vulnerable. Pregnant women's unborn children are vulnerable. The elderly are extremely vulnerable.

Robertson: We have something called ADD, attention deficit disorder. You've got these kids so hyper, they put them on Ritalin. Is some of that caused by these excitotoxins youíre talking about?

Blaylock: Iím getting ready to publish a paper in that very field, excitotoxicity in autism. What we see is that the vaccinations, the mercury and various other processes in that child dramatically increase excitotoxicity in the brain. And when you have it in their food ó in fact I have a child I was working with who ate a little pizza and for two weeks they were devastated and they had been doing very well before that.

Robertson: Oh my goodness! Talk to us about the fillings of teeth. Are there some of the things they put in fillings that are causative agents of Alzheimer's?

Blaylock: Well, what we're finding is there are several metals, aluminum, iron, mercury, and lead, that also generate this excitotoxic reaction. Particularly damaging is mercury. Mercury is a very powerful brain toxin. What it does is inhibits the ability of the brain to control the glutamate, so the glutamate raises to extremely high levels. So even minute concentrations. The fillings in your teeth contain 50 percent mercury. Every time you chew, every time you drink something hot, it releases a mercury vapor. Eighty to 90 percent is absorbed into the tissues up into the brain. The brain absorbs ten times more than the blood and it stays there for 30 years. So it's a very slow release from the brain.

Blaylock: If you have the amalgum, it should be removed but it has to be removed by a special dentist. He has to be trained in the proper technique to do it, otherwise your mercury level triples during the removal process. It has to be chelated and has to be done by a trained dentist.




Re: excitotoxins

Posted by Vince F on June 20, 2001 at 08:19:28:

In Reply to: excitotoxins, Alzheimer and mercury posted by MAI on June 20, 2001 at 01:42:16:

I am trying MSG because glutimate is said to treat
encephalopathies.

VF



Re: excitotoxins

Posted by MAI on June 21, 2001 at 03:26:01:

In Reply to: Re: excitotoxins posted by Vince F on June 20, 2001 at 08:19:28:

MSG can make you very sick!


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Re: excitotoxins, Alzheimer and mercury (Archive in Alzheimer's.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 22, 2001 at 08:47:48:

In Reply to: excitotoxins, Alzheimer and mercury posted by MAI on June 20, 2001 at 01:42:16:

Thanks, MAI.

NamastŤ

Walt

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