"The doctor of the future will
give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the
human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease."
- Thomas Edison
American Academy of Anti-Aging
goal is to increase average longevity to 120 years or greater.
Longest verified human
lifespan is Jeanne-Louise Calment who lived
"Overeating shortens lifespan
and increases incidence of disease." - Dr Roy Walford
"Wisdom does not show itself so
much in precept as in life - a firmness of mind and mastery of
World's healthiest foods
"Highly oxygenated people
require less food." -
McCabe, page 87.
Warm, damp recesses of the
lungs, "with little or no airflow, are perfect breeding grounds for
all types of infections." - Dr. David Williams
You breathe an average of
28,000 times a day. So you have 28,000 chances to get it right.
"Breathing deeply, fully and
completely energizes the body, calms the nerves, fills you with
peace and helps keep you youthful."
- Paul C. Bragg
oxygen your muscles, tendons and joints function more
smoothly. Your flesh becomes firmer and resilient...your skin clear
and glowing...your hair lustrous. You radiate with greater health
and well-being." -
Super Power Breathing page 13.
"Oxygenation of the tissues is
the name of the game for good health and longevity." -
Dr. Douglass, page 50.
"Studies have shown a direct
relationship between the life span of a species and its ability to
repair damaged DNA." - Dr. David Williams
Fluoride (often found in
drinking water and used in dental offices) actively interferes with
DNA repair enzymes. In the lab, a fluoride concentration of one part
per million reduces DNA repair enzyme activity by 50%.
"Fluoride produces brain changes identical to those
in Alzheimer's patients."
- Dr. Robert Carton
"In point of fact, fluoride causes more human
cancer death, and causes it faster than any other chemical."
- Dr. Dean Burk, Congressional Record 21 July 1976
and ADA now advise to avoid using fluoride.
Mercury (eg. from dental
amalgams) also inhibits the repair of DNA.
Free radicals can damage any
part of the cell, including the DNA. Free radical damage to the DNA
is thought to be one of the causes of cancer. In the absence of
oxygen, the DNA self-repair mechanism does not function. -
Diamond, page 1038.
Excess iron causes free radicals
and promotes cancer. Women lose their
excess iron due to menstruation, which is why women tend to live
longer. Men and older women should donate blood annually.
hyperthermia also removes
filings in breakfast cereal.
Vitamin C is "the first line of
defense against free-radical damage, more effective than
beta-carotene, vitamin E, glutathione, or other antioxidants in
plasma." - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.
"There is a big push toward
eternal youth and life extension in America and other parts of the
world. A major key to postpone aging is moderate exercise." - Dr.
Robert J. Rowen
80 year olds can have the
muscle mass of 40 year olds. The key is ongoing exercise.
Human cells can divide
approximately sixty times before they can no longer divide and
die... Cells divide to provide new cells to replace old, warn out,
damaged cells. To the extent that optimum nutrition can extend the
useful life of existing cells, the need for their replacement slows
and so does the aging / replacement process. -
W. Gregg, Ph.D. (The limit to the
number of cell divisions is known as the "Hayflick Limit".)
Overcome the Hayflick Limit
with L-carnosine, DMAE and acetyl-L-carnitine. See The Nature of
Aging, Part 3
"Based on everything we know,
supplementing with a combination of L-carnosine, DMAE, and Acetyl-L-carnitine
is one of the simplest, most effective, and safest steps we can take
to help turn back the clock and optimize our health." - Jon Barron
Lifestyle changes may lengthen telomeres
Telomeres and telomerase
Shorter telomeres associated with increased risk of
Due to their constant replication, cancer cells are
very, very old.
Coenzyme PQQ works with coenzyme Q10 to protect and rejuvenate
"If you get those herbs, and
live a certain lifestyle, and this is the kind of house where you
live, you can not only cross 100 years, but 200 or 300 years old." -
"If you could avoid all stress
and air pollution while eating a perfect diet, your body could last
600 years." - Dr. David Williams
"If you have a fully quantum
coherent system, you will never age and you will never die." -
Hearing loss can occur when
hair cells in the inner ear are damaged by free radicals.
Antioxidants can prevent this damage.
Resveratrol helps prevent the
amyloid deposits associated with Alzheimer's disease. - Free
Radic Biol Med 03;34:1100-10, Neuroreport 97;8:1499-502.
Resveratrol is the only
substance that has been found to break down beta-amloid plaques. -
J Biol Chem 05;280(45):37377-37382.
Curcumin is the yellow color in
turmeric, an ingredient of curry powder. Curcumin is found to be
very helpful in both treating and preventing Alzheimer's disease.
- J Neurosci 01;21(21):8370-7, Neurobiol Aging
Lithium in the form of lithium orotate or lithium aspartate may
help prevent and remove amyloid plaque.
Vitamin D reduces risk of Alzheimer's
B vitamins (folate or folic
acid, B6, B12) can
reduce brain shrinkage (which tends to precipitate Alzheimer's)
by up to 50%.
Regular consumption of
blueberries can prevent age-related memory problems.
- Nutr Neurosci 03;6(3):153-62, Nutr Neurosci
The amyloid plaques in the
brain characteristic of Alzheimer's disease are associated with
oxidative damage from free radicals. The amyloid-beta molecule is a
neurotoxin that destroys nerve cells.
Individuals who consume
vegetable oils (corn, soybean, sunflower, etc.) have twice the risk
of macular degeneration.
- Dr. Paul Beaumont
vegetable oils for 30 minutes
creates a chemical called HNE (4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal) that is
related to the formation of atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's,
Parkinson's, Huntington's, and liver disease.
People receiving the flu
five years in a row are ten times more likely to develop Alzheimer's
disease. Vaccines contain forms of mercury and aluminum that are
Vitamin D supplementation
may be an alternative to the flu vaccine.
Remove aluminum from the body
- malic acid
Glyconutrients help slow down
aging; increase endurance, sexual function, and fertility; reduce
body fat and build muscle...
Dr. Mondoa page 165
The end of aging?
1 For more videos, search YouTube for "Dr. Aubrey de Grey"
Young looking old people
Dr. Daniel Amen
Brain - Change Your Life
In our experience, hatha yoga
(yoga asanas) and the comfortable breathing exercise called
"pranayama" are very helpful for maintaining physical health as the
years go by.
According to Dr. F. Karach,
daily has the potential to extend lifespan to 140 or 150 years.
A tablespoon of lecithin each day
can help with memory lapses and poor sleep quality, plus it cleans your
arteries and protects your liver.
"Like many other diseases once relegated to the
elderly, the beginnings of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are now
showing up at 50 years of age. After age 65, the risk of dementia
doubles every 5 years." - Dr. David Williams
Medical geographer Dr. Harold Foster has written an interesting and
useful book on the subject of Alzheimer's disease which can be
downloaded free from this
Alzheimer's and dementia are
both associated with
infection. See this
for assistance with infections.
Every 7 seconds someone in the
US turns 50. Would you like to extend your lifespan? Did you know
that the Hunza people frequently live to between 120 and 140
years of age, and are HEALTHY for all that time? Some people say
it is the water they drink, the minerals they consume, certain foods
they eat, their non-toxic environment, or stress-free life. We
address all of these issues on this web site. What we are suggesting
is that those who follow the 8 step program to prevent cancer could
easily live 40 - 60 more years than is presently the norm, and enjoy
good health all that time. A longer, more active and healthier life
is the carrot, and cancer and other disease is the stick to get
people to adopt a healthy diet and lifestyle. Are you interested?
In 1900 life expectancy in the
United States was less than 50 years. During the past 100 years life
expectancy has increased by 60% due mostly to lower infant
mortality, plus better diet (due to refrigeration and
long distance shipping) and
improved hygiene (due to sewers and clean drinking water) which together resulted in reduced infectious
disease. If we can increase the present day lifespan of 80 years by
60% the result is nearly 130 years of life, which is in our target
range. A 60% increase was achieved during the past century as an
unexpected side benefit from other changes in society. Can we do it
again by putting conscious attention on it?
Several studies of healthy
people over age 50 indicate that the death rate from all causes
(including cancer and heart disease) can be reduced by about 50% and
longevity increased an average of
eleven years by taking
nutritional supplements. The higher intake of vitamin C is most
important, and also valuable are two of the B vitamins (B6 and
niacin), vitamin E and vitamin A. The higher the blood level of
vitamin C, the
lower is the risk of mortality from all causes. People who take
more supplements tend to be healthier.
An ongoing study of
mice by Prof. David Rollo at McMaster University is producing
very interesting results. Watch the online video to see the regular
mouse compared to a mouse eating supplements since birth. The difference is
remarkable. The supplemented mouse is eating bagel bits soaked in a
mix of 30 supplements available at health food stores. Here are the
9 vitamins - A (beta
carotene), B1, B3 (niacin), B6, B9 (folic acid), B12, C, D, and
5 minerals - potassium,
magnesium, manganese, selenium, and chromium picolinate
2 healthy oils - cod liver
oil, flax seed oil
5 herbs - ginko biloba,
ginseng, green tea extract, garlic, ginger root extract
plus 9 other nutrients -
L-glutathione, acetyl L-carnitine, melatonin, alpha-lipoic acid,
N-acetyl cysteine, acetylsalicylic acid, Coenzyme Q10, rutin (a
bioflavonoid found in buckwheat), bioflavonoids
The only item in the above
list that we would disagree with is
acetylsalicylic acid. We suggest that people concerned about their
heart and circulation would be better off using some of the ideas
discussed on our healthy
heart and circulation page.
The difference between the child prodigy (i.e. - music, art, math, physics, etc.) and the high school dropout is not genetics or income level of the parents but rather the nutritional (and especially the mineral intake) competency of the child during pre and post natal development.
Simply translated, for $300 to $500 worth of minerals and vitamins per pregnancy, to include preconception supplements and monthly supplements during pregnancy and $50 per month for growth, development and longevity, the unnecessary production of millions of low birth weight babies and severely physically and emotionally disabled children would be eliminated - the ability for more people to
longevity potential of 120 to 140 years would be realized.
Setting aside the unforgivable human tragedy of emotionally and physically disabled children as well as "Bad Seeds" and all of the unnecessary human suffering, the ultimate savings to the American public over the lifetime of a disabled or jailed child would range from $500,000 to several millions of dollars each, for an annual savings to ourselves, the tax payers, in the trillions of dollars!!! -
Dr. Joel D. Wallach pages163-165.
and Ultra H-3 are virtually identical products sold by
different distributors. Vitacel 7 is less expensive.
These products trace their roots back to
Dr. Ana Aslan who in the 1950's was looking for a way to
ease the discomfort of senior citizens in her care. She
tried intramuscular injections of Novocain (procaine). Much to
her surprise, not only did her patients feel better, but a wide
variety of health problems began to clear up. This led to a
lifetime of research and the development of oral treatment
with Gerovital-H3. Improvements
in skin, hair, and nails attracted many movie stars and
famous people to Dr. Aslan.
In the 1970's Dr. Robert Koch began 25
years of research to improve Dr. Aslan's discoveries and to
change the delivery method to a dietary supplement.
Patented formulas such as Vitacel 7 and Ultra H-3 are the
direct result of his efforts.
We highly recommend these products for
all seniors. There are also versions for your senior pets.
animals suggest a 20% increase in longevity is
possible. However, it is the improvements in health that
really catch our attention. Read the many online
testimonials by seniors and senior pet owners.
Read Dr. Aslan's story
Nutrient Dense Diet
In fruit flies and rats, a 30%
reduction in calories eaten results in a 30% extension of life
span, and the rats experienced a one third reduction in
cancer tumors. The physiological changes in the rats on the
reduced calorie diet are also seen in an ongoing (since 1987) study
of monkeys on a reduced calorie diet, suggesting that systematic
under eating ("under nutrition without malnutrition") may be a
useful part of an overall plan for human life extension.
People tend to over eat when
the food they are consuming does not contain sufficient nutrients to
satisfy the requirements of the body ("empty calorie foods").
Overeating depletes digestive enzymes and reduces the
efficiency of the digestive system. What is needed is a
nutrient-dense diet that provides abundant nutrients with fewer
calories. Attaining such a diet for individuals and our whole
society is the purpose of the
nutritional supplements and superfoods we recommend, and
the information on our
Calorie restriction is both
anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic.
Cancer cells eat only sugar. Healthy cells can also eat
healthy fats such as flax oil, coconut oil, olive oil, butter and accumulated body fat. A
diet devoid of sugar will starve cancer cells.
membranes are made primarily of phospholipids. A phospholipid is a
(lipid) combined with a protein. The main phospholipid in cell membranes
is phosphatidylcholine which forms up to
90% of our cellular membranes when we are born, but can fall to 10% as
we age. When only unhealthy fats are available, then these will be
incorporated into the cellular membrane of newly formed cells. How can
such a cell be healthy?
dietary sources of "phospholipids", which are necessary to form
healthy cell membranes. Phospholipids are found in lecithin, milk fat,
butter, fatty fish (salmon, sardines, trout), seafood, caviar and
unsalted fish roe, fish oil, krill oil, sunflower seeds, chia seeds,
ground flax seeds, nuts, legumes, chicken eggs, animal brain, meats,
vegetables and human breast milk. Lecithin is by far the richest dietary source of phosphatidylcholine.
Sunflower lecithin is 25% phosphatidylcholine, plus it contains a variety of
other phospholipids. Sunflower lecithin can be added to smoothies.
Methuselah Foundation Prizes
To encourage scientific research into
longevity, the Methuselah Foundation offers two prizes:
- longevity prize for extending
total lifespan of mice
- rejuvenation prize focusing on
intervention begun at midlife.
The average mouse lives 1.5 to 2 years.
In 2009, calorie restriction won the rejuvenation prize by
extending the age of mice to about 3.7 years.
"So far, there's not
much hard evidence on whether taking additional enzymes will
extend lifespan. However, we do know that laboratory rats
that eat raw foods will live about three years. Rats
that eat enzyme-less chow diets
will live only two years. Thus, we see
deficient in enzymes caused a 30% reduction in lifespan." -
Dr. Edward Howell
"Dr. Price traveled
all over the world doing his research on primitive peoples
who still lived in their native ways. He found fourteen
cultural pockets scattered all over the globe where the
natives had no access to "civilization" - and ate no refined
Dr. Price studied their diets carefully. He found they
varied greatly, but the one thing they had in common was
that they ate whole, unrefined foods. With absolutely no
access to tooth brushes, floss, fluoridated water or tooth
paste, the primitive peoples studied were almost 100% free
of tooth decay. Further - and not unrelated - they were also
almost 100% free of all the degenerative diseases we suffer
- problems with the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, joints,
skin (allergies), and the whole gamut of illnesses that
plague Mankind. No one food proved to be magic as a
preventive food. I believe we can thrive best by eating a
wide variety of whole foods." -
Raw foods are fresh and filled
with nutrients and enzymes. It is very difficult and probably
impossible to get fat on raw foods. Some nutrients are destroyed by
heat and are only available in raw foods. In addition to salads, try
to drink some freshly made fruit or vegetables juices regularly. Put
raw fruits or vegetables in a blender or VitaMix,
cover them with water and blend them to create a delicious fruit smoothie or
"veggie shake". Add some soaked chia seeds or organic, cold-processed whey powder for
protein. Many people feel that for good health as much as half of
your diet should be eaten raw.
The nutrient-dense diet
promotes freedom from cancer and increased longevity. Other benefits
from this reduced calorie diet include more "good" cholesterol,
lower blood pressure, reduced triglycerides (bad cholesterol and
triglycerides are risk factors for stroke and heart attack), more DHEA and DHEAS (hormones that
decrease with age), improved glucose tolerance, improved insulin
sensitivity, plus a favorable redistribution of fat away from the
central regions. Rats on the calorie restricted diet continue to
quickly learn mazes long after the more copiously fed controls lose
the ability to learn.
THAT CAN BE EATEN
IN UNLIMITED QUANTITIES
LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES
romaine lettuce, leaf lettuces, kale, collards, Swiss chard,
cabbage, spinach, bok choy.
SOLID GREEN VEGETABLES
artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage,
celery, cucumber, peas,
green peppers, string beans, zucchini.
NON-GREEN, HIGH NUTRIENT VEGETABLES
beets, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, peppers, water
BEANS AND LEGUMES
red kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, black-eyed peas,
apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, grapefruit,
grapes, kiwis, mangoes, nectarines,
all melons, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums,
See Dr. Joel Fuhrman's
For Health endorses the "nutritarian"
diet advocated by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
"You don't have to walk around
hungry. If you change the quality of what you eat, you can be
satisfied with lower calories. There have been experiments in both
people and rats that if you give them the so-called "cafeteria diet"
- a junky American diet - and let them eat as much as they want,
they will eat about 3,000 calories. If you take the same people and
give them a high-quality diet, and let them eat as much as they
want, they'll settle for about 2,500 calories. So right off, you can
knock off 500-600 calories just by eating better food." - Dr. Roy
Animals and humans eating
unhealthy fats "eat six times as much fat and six times as much
food. A lot of money is saved by buying the right kind of fat." -
Budwig pages 22, 33. See our page on
healthy fats. Healthy fats include butter, coconut oil,
olive oil, and flax oil. Unhealthy fats include all hydrogenated
oils, all oils heated to high temperature, rancid oils, and most of
the modern vegetable oils.
Lose weight by eating more?
Eat foods with a high water content such as fruits, vegetables,
cooked whole grains, soups, etc.
important to cancer prevention are also found to prevent and reverse
obesity. To prevent obesity, two substances you MUST avoid are
MSG and the liquid candy called
high-fructose corn syrup.
The Hunza Diet
"The energy and endurance of the
Hunzakuts can probably be credited as much to what they
don't eat as what they do eat. First of all, they don't eat
a great deal of anything. The United States Department of
Agriculture estimates that the average daily food intake for
Americans of all ages amounts to 3,300 calories, with 100
grams of protein, 157 grams of fat and 380 grams of
carbohydrates. In contrast, studies by Pakistani doctors
show that adult males of Hunza consume a little more than
1,900 calories daily, with only 50 grams of protein, 36
grams of fat, and 354 grams of carbohydrates. Both the
protein and fat are largely of vegetable origin (Dr.
Alexander Leaf, National Geographic, January, 1973).
That amounts to just half the protein,
one-third the fat, but about the same amount of
carbohydrates that we Americans eat. Of course, the
carbohydrate that the Hunzakuts eat is unrefined or complex
carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables and grains, while
we Americans largely eat our carbohydrates in the form of
nutritionless white sugar and refined flour.
Needless to say, the Hunzakuts eat no
processed food. Everything is as fresh as it can possibly
be, and in its original unsalted state. The only
"processing" consists of drying some fresh fruits in the the
sun, and making butter and cheese out of milk. No chemicals
or artificial fertilizers are used in their gardens. In
fact, it is against the law of Hunza to spray gardens with
pesticides. Renee Taylor, in her book Hunza health secrets
(Prentice-Hall 1964) says that the Mir, or ruler of Hunza,
was recently instructed by Pakistani authorities to spray
the orchards of Hunza with pesticide, to protect them from
an expected invasion of insects. But the Hunzas would have
none of it. They refused to use the toxic pesticide, and
instead sprayed their trees with a mixture of water and
ashes, which adequately protected the trees without
poisoning the fruit and the entire environment. In a word,
the Hunzas eat as they live - organically." -
Death Rides a Slow Bus in Hunza. You can read
this article in our Library.
Heaven on Earth
That all this chemical horror is as
unnecessary as it is unnatural, that men and women can
into their second century free of all disease, if fed on
properly grown organic food, was first proved by an early
follower of Sir Albert Howard, a distinguished Scots
physician, Robert McCarrison, who did so with the aid of a
crew of city rats. As head of the Nutrition Research Agency
for the Imperial Government of India, and director of its
Pasteur Institute at Coonoor, McCarrison gained a knighthood
and an appointment as personal physician to King George V.
But it was his interlude with rats, while he was still a
young man attached to the Gilgit Agency in northern
Pakistan, that made his fame. It led to the discovery of the
legendary health and longevity of the inhabitants of Hunza,
a hardy people living in a remote and inaccessible valley,
surrounded by the highest Himalayan peaks.
In the course of a comparative study of
the dietary practices of people from various regions of
India, young McCarrison was surprised to find that rats that
ate the diets of Pathans and Sikhs increased their body
weight much faster and were much healthier than those
ingesting the daily fares of neighboring peoples such as the
Kanarese or the Bengalis.
Even more extraordinary, when his rats
were fed the same diet as that of the Hunzas, a diet limited
to grain, vegetables, fruits, and unpasteurized goats' milk,
the rodents appeared to McCarrison to be the healthiest ever
raised in his laboratory. They grew rapidly, never seemed to
be ill, mated with enthusiasm, and had healthy offspring.
Autopsies showed nothing whatsoever wrong with their organs.
Throughout their lifetimes these rats were gentle,
affectionate, and playful.
Other rats contracted precisely the
diseases of the people whose diets they were fed, and even
seemed to adopt certain of the humans' nastier behavioral
characteristics. Illnesses revealed at autopsy filled a
whole page. All parts of the rats' bodies - skin, hair,
blood, ovaries, and womb - and all their systems -
respiratory, urinary, digestive, nervous, and cardiovascular
- were affected. Many of the rats, snarling and vicious, had
to be kept apart if they were not to tear each other to
from the book
Secrets of the Soil pages 91 and 92.
Fruit flies with more
antioxidants in their body enjoy a
life span extended 66% from 45 days to 75 days. Moreover,
they have a higher level of oxygen consumption and are more
active than controls, suggesting they get more out of
life. Anti-oxidants neutralize molecules called "free radicals" that
Glutathione is the main
anti-oxidant inside cells. Vitamin C is the main anti-oxidant
outside cells. Vitamin E is the main fat-soluble antioxidant in the
body. Alpha lipoic acid is the main antioxidant in the mitochondria
Earthing is the best source of electrons to recharge antioxidants
in the body.
Purification techniques such as
hyperthermia can prevent the build-up of toxic chemicals and
free radicals in the body.
The ancient Ayurvedic herbal
formula from India called
Maharishi Amrit Kalash was specifically designed to promote
longevity. The Sanskrit word "amrit" means "the golden cup of
longevity". Modern scientific research suggests that Maharishi Amrit
Kalash (MAK) is the most powerful food antioxidant available and it is
being used by many cancer patients.
Intermittent fasting (eating ever other day) may also be helpful.
"Detoxification is even more important to
longevity than good nutrition." -
Dr. Felicia Drury Kliment, page 3. A temporary diet of 100% raw
foods is becoming popular as a means of detoxification, as is a
temporary diet of freshly made juices of raw fruits and vegetables.
"We've already found
dozens of ways to live an extra decade or two - in good
health. The easiest and surest way: Increase your body's
supply of glutathione, a natural compound that is a
tripeptide (combination of three amino acids). Buy the
tablets or just eat more cruciferous veggies (broccoli,
kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc.) Of
course, we recognize that some people would much prefer
dying to eating Brussels sprouts." - Dr. David Williams.
The anti-oxidant glutathione is composed
of the amino acids glycine, glutamic acid, and cysteine. Foods that increase glutathione levels in
the body include cruciferous vegetables (Brussels
sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy,
cress, mustard, horseradish, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi),
avocados, ripe seeds of green beans, red beets, the herb
rosemary, grape seed extract, bilberry extract, curcumin
found in turmeric, whey protein powder, and Pycnogenol from
pine bark. A food that is particularly high in glutathione
precursors is whey made from milk.
Glutathione plays a
role in removing various toxic chemicals from the body. As a
result, glutathione levels in the body are reduced by
exposure to heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and
the chemicals used in chemotherapy. Maharishi Amrit Kalash
maintains healthy glutathione levels in the body even during
chemotherapy, resulting in improved survival and reduced
side effects, without interfering with the tumor shrinking
effect of the chemotherapy.
In animal experiments,
increased glutathione consumption increases longevity by
about 40%. Glutathione is an antioxidant. Alpha Lipoic Acid
(ALA) promotes the synthesis of glutathione in the body. As
we saw on our
Oxygen page, Alpha Lipoic Acid is one of five
nutrients necessary to maintain healthy mitochondria for
cellular respiration and energy production. Food sources of
ALA include spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, peas, Brussels
sprouts, and rice bran.
Diseases linked to
free radical damage due to low levels of glutathione include
cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration,
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, the destruction of immune cells
associated with AIDS, and inflammatory bowel disease. Most
diseases are preceded by glutathione deficiency.
depleted by toxic chemicals and drugs as it helps remove
them from the body. In experimental animals, glutathione was
reduced 70 to 80% within four hours after administering
acetaminophen (Tylenol). - Drug Chem Toxicol
and B vitamins are precursors to glutathione. Diagram of the
This combination of
DMG, SAMe and B vitamins works magic in many areas of the
body, helping to prevent cancer and metastases, heal the
arteries, cleanse the liver, strengthen the immune system,
reverse the damaging effects of aging and much more. Many
people may already have sufficient DMG and SAMe in their
body, with their utilization hindered only by insufficient B
vitamins (folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12). We would
suggest starting with B vitamin supplementation, followed if
needed by DMG supplementation because it is inexpensive.
Some of the DMG will be converted by the body into SAMe.
Save the more costly SAMe supplementation for last and only
How to Increase Glutathione
Levy pages 71-80
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Glutathione generally does not
survive the digestive system. There are basically three ways
to increase glutathione levels in the body:
1) consume glutathione precursors;
2) find ways to preserve the glutathione that is already in
3) eat liposomal glutathione or take glutathione
Along with alpha lipoic acid, glutathione protects mitochondrial DNA from oxidative damage.
As people age, their glutathione level generally goes down.
People over 100 years of age have high levels of
There is a direct
relationship between longevity and the ability to repair
DNA. Nucleotides are the sub-units from which the body
creates DNA and RNA. Your body may or may not be able to
create nucleotides (depending on your age and other
factors), and so it is good to get nucleotides from your
diet. Foods providing nucleotides include breast milk,
sardines, brewer's yeast, anchovies, mackerel, lentils, most
beans, animal liver, oysters, chlorella algae and spirulina
Benefits from eating
- aging process
- health improves
- toxins neutralized
- skin more elastic
- increased ability
of body to heal, shorter healing time, shorter hospital
- effect of
antioxidants is enhanced
- better response
and efficiency of immune system, dramatically increased
ability to fight infections
- increased cellular
metabolism and energy
- better memory,
Dr. David Williams (Alternatives
newsletter June 2004) recommends eating at least two tins of
sardines each week. This is because sardines are one of the
richest sources of nucleotides, and because they are also a
good source of omega-3 oils (such as
vitamin D and calcium. Unlike larger and more long-lived
fish, sardines are not likely to be contaminated with
mercury. Plus, they are readily available, economical, and
can be eaten directly from the can. Dr. Williams writes,
"For about 1/10 the cost of most fast-food meals you can
substitute a tasty tin of sardines a couple of times a week.
And, it may be one of the least expensive and easiest ways I
know of to put the brakes on the aging process and all the
problems that accompany it." Dr. Williams also recommends
brewer's yeast or nutritional yeast mixed in a cup of hot
water with some seasoning, making a delicious "soup"
offering lots of B vitamins and minerals.
For more information
on nucleotides read the book
No-Aging Diet by Dr. Benjamin Franks.
There is a nucleotide nutritional
was developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1950's as a way to help cancer patients
survive chemo and radiation. More recent research indicates
that REgen helps restore the villi in the intestines, which improves the absorption of nutrients while repairing
a leaky gut. This in turn takes a load off the immune
system. As a result, REgen is being used by people with
cancer, digestive problems, autoimmune diseases, and more.
In one study, patients in intensive care receiving REgen
were able to go home 8 days sooner than other patients not
receiving REgen. REgen contains amino acids, specific
vitamins and minerals, organic salts, and nucleotides. REgen
is made from cows, so is not suitable for vegetarians.
made from yeast and suitable for vegetarians include
Nucleo Immune and
Bluebonnet Kosher Nucleotide Complex. A less expensive
Mixed Nucleotides with Imunil does not disclose the
origin of the nucleotides.
Telomeres are structures at the tips
of each chromosome that prevent the chromosome from unravelling.
Telomeres are much like the plastic tips of your shoelaces.
Cells divide to replace old or damaged
cells. However, each time a cell divides, its telomeres get
shorter. When too short, the cell can no longer divide and
becomes "senescent'', which means "old age". When too many of
your cells become senescent, you die of old age.
There are many ways to improve the
health of cells (as discussed on this website), extending their
lifespan and thereby slowing the rate of cell division.
Extending the lifespan of your cells and preserving their
telomeres should lengthen your lifespan as well.
However, the holy grail of longevity
is finding ways to increase the length of telomeres. According
to 2009 Nobel prize winning research by Elisabeth Blackburn,
Carol Greider and Jack Szostak, there is an
telomerase that has the job of restoring the length of telomeres.
However, finding ways to increase the amount of telomerase in
cells in order to restore the telomeres is proving to be a
3) so far shows:
- chronic stress reduces telomerase and
results in shorter telomeres
- obesity and cigarette smoking
result in shorter telomeres
- shorter telomeres are
associated with many diseases (including cancer, heart disease,
diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, other chronic diseases)
- a 4 part program of whole foods low-fat plant-based diet,
moderate exercise (walking 20-30 minutes a day),
stress management techniques including yoga and meditation, plus
more social support and love & intimacy increases telomerase and lengthens
"Every stress leaves an indelible scar
and the organism pays for its survival after a stressful
situation by becoming a little older." - Hans Selye
While waiting for science to further
illuminate the situation, we have some suggestions:
conserve the enzyme manufacturing capability of your body by eating enzymes in
the form of fresh food, high enzyme food such as pineapple and
papaya, and enzyme supplements
- avoid consumption of foods
that deplete your body's store of enzymes such as too much
protein, too much sugar, and too much dead food
consumption of enzyme-disrupting substances such as aluminum,
arsenic, beryllium, bromide, cadmium, fluoride, lead, mercury,
"depleted" uranium as well as toxic levels of copper, iron and
- adopt a lifestyle that preserves the cells of the
body by avoiding excessive wear and tear. This includes not over
eating, not over exercising, dealing effectively with stress,
getting enough sleep, and removing sources of inflammation in
- live a balanced life. Follow the 8 step program
and other suggestions on this web site.
Mice who receive hydrogen
peroxide in their drinking water grow much larger and
as long. -
McCabe, page 34. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is water with extra
Hydrogen peroxide is
made by your immune cells. They squirt it at invading bacteria,
viruses, fungi and protozoa in order to kill them.
Hydrogen peroxide is often
used for drinking water treatment. The use of 35% food
grade hydrogen peroxide can help keep drinking water pure. This is
because a reverse osmosis water filter removes chlorine from the
water. Without the chlorine, there is nothing to prevent bacteria
from growing in the water.
When hydrogen peroxide reacts
with organic material, the hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water
and oxygen. Therefore, hydrogen peroxide can both purify and
Rebounding is a zero-impact
exercise that improves blood circulation, increases the
capacity of both the heart and lungs, and improves physiological
efficiency. With regular rebounding the resting heart rate can
decline 10 beats per minute, which means 5,000 fewer heartbeats in a
single night's sleep.
"Years ago, exercise was
rarely recommended for people who were sick. Patients with asthma,
heart trouble, or cancer were advised to avoid physical exertion and
rest as much as possible. While this may be appropriate for some
individuals, a growing number of physicians have learned that most
patients can participate safely in a wide variety of physical
activities, including aerobic exercises, and that it is vital for
good health." -
Altman, page 186.
In general, exercise improves
health-span, but has only a modest effect on lifespan.
Alkalinity and Aging
"Deficiency of K-base [potassium] in
the diet increases the net systemic acid load imposed by the
diet. We know that clinically-recognized chronic metabolic
acidosis has deleterious effects on the body, including
growth retardation in children, decreased muscle and bone
mass in adults, and kidney stone formation, and that
correction of acidosis can ameliorate those conditions. Is
it possible that a lifetime of eating diets that deliver
evolutionarily superphysiologic loads of acid to the body
contribute to the decrease in bone and muscle mass, and
growth hormone secretion, which occur normally with age?
That is, are contemporary humans suffering from the
consequences of chronic, diet induced low-grade systemic
Our group has shown that contemporary net
acid-producing diets do indeed characteristically produce a
low-grade systemic metabolic acidosis in otherwise healthy
adult subjects, and that the degree of acidosis increases
with age, in relation to the normally occurring age-related
decline in renal functional capacity. We also found that
neutralization of the diet net acid load with dietary
supplements of potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) improved
calcium and phosphorus balances, reduced bone resorption
rates, improved nitrogen balance, and mitigated the normally
occurring age-related decline in growth hormone secretion
- all without restricting dietary NaCl. Moreover, we found
that coadministration of an alkalinizing salt of potassium
(potassium citrate) with NaCl prevented NaCl from increasing
urinary calcium excretion and bone resorption, as occurred
with NaCl administration alone." -
evolution and aging, page 200.
"The capacity to excrete net endogenous
acid does not vary markedly from childhood to young
adulthood but falls significantly with age, implying that
elderly people may require higher daily alkalizing mineral
intake to compensate for renal function losses." -
Berkemeyer S, et al.
"Otherwise healthy adults manifest a
low-grade diet-dependent metabolic acidosis, the severity of
which increases with age at a constant endogenous acid
production, apparently due in part to the normal age-related
decline of renal function." -
Frassetto, LA, et al. See also
2. There are things you can do to help your kidneys
"Insufficient amount of bicarbonates in
our blood reduces our capabilities to manage (neutralize and
dump) the acid our body produces. This is the cause
of aging. The age of 45 is the average age when
human beings start to show symptoms of diabetes,
hypertension, osteoporosis and many other adult degenerative
diseases. And since we cannot manage the acid, we accumulate
acidic wastes in our body. These wastes show up as
cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, urate, sulfate,
phosphate, kidney stones, etc.”- Dr. Lynda Fressetto
Maintaining an alkaline condition in the
body may help prevent age related
loss of muscle mass in the body.
Starting between the ages of 30 to 40, the average person begins to lose about 1% of lean
muscle mass per year, year after year. This protein is replaced by fat.
By old age the accumulated loss of muscle mass causes frailty that leads
to falls, lack of mobility and eventual loss of independence. "And
by correcting the pre-existing low-grade metabolic acidosis,
KHCO3 decreased the pre-treatment rate of muscle
proteolysis, further contributing to the improvement in
nitrogen balance. The magnitude of the KHCO3-induced
nitrogen sparing effect was potentially sufficient to both
prevent continuing loss of muscle mass and to restore
previously accrued deficits." -
page 209. See also
KHCO3 is potassium bicarbonate.
In Hunza, the drinking
and irrigation water for farming flows from the melting
glacial ice sheets. Clouded by the mineral rich glacial
silt, it is revered as the "milk of the mountains" (38). On
the average, a Hunzakut will drink 4 liters a day. A
missionary chemist who was there some years ago analyzed
this glacial water for cesium and found it to be abundant.
The diet of the Hunzakuts appears to be rich in the minerals
and transport enhancement nitriles which would be expected
to reduce the incidence of cancer in accordance with the
high pH theory. - Dr. A. Keith Brewer, High pH Cancer
Therapy With Cesium, page 17.
There are five isolated areas
in the world where people live to a great age. Dr. Henri Coanda
concluded after studying them that the only factor they shared in
common was the quality of their drinking water. This water
has an abundance of alkaline minerals, a negative electrical
charge (so it acts as an anti-oxidant), and a small cluster size
which helps it to penetrate body tissues to rehydrate the body and
There are two kinds of water.
One has a pentagonal (5 sided) cluster shape and is called "bulk"
water. The other has a hexagonal (6 sided) cluster shape. The
hexagonal water is healthier. To transform pentagonal water to
hexagonal water requires
energy which can come in the form of
electricity (Earthing, lightning, electromedical devices,
water ionizers), light (sunlight, UVB sunlamp,
infrared / far infrared sauna), and alkalinity (OH- has a negative
electrical charge). Fresh fruit and vegetable
juices should be a good source of hexagonal water. As a person ages the
cells in the body get smaller. This is not just due to inadequate
fluid intake. It is also a matter of not drinking the right kind of
fluids. What is needed is fluids containing a high percentage of
hexagonal water, because it is hexagonal water that is most readily
absorbed by the cells. Hexagonal water is also called
structured water or
"Aging is a loss of
Hexagonal Water from organs, tissues, and cells, and an overall
decrease in total body water." - Dr. Mu Shik Jhon in
The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key.
Human Growth Hormone
The hormone called Human
Growth Hormone (HGH) is associated with a youthful physiology,
including reduced body fat, increased lean muscle mass, thicker and
more youthful looking skin, improved energy and sex drive.
Experiments with increasing the level of HGH in the body produced
many damaging results. Recent research indicates that the body's
production of HGH does not decline with age. Rather, it is
our ability to utilize HGH efficiently that is declining. Many of
the dietary and lifestyle defects that help lead the way to cancer
are also found to interfere with the body's utilization of HGH. To
maximize the beneficial effects of human growth hormone and increase
- Eat more vegetables, fruits,
legumes, nuts and
seeds. Eat less animal products - meat and milk.
- Increase your dietary
potassium relative to sodium. Processed foods almost always have
more sodium than potassium (read the labels), so avoid them. Eat
a diet of fresh whole foods.
- Supplement with potassium
bicarbonate and potassium magnesium citrate.
- Avoid sugar. Sugar
interferes with the release of HGH. Eat low glycemic index
- Exercise induces the
release of HGH.
- Try to not eat much within
two hours of going to bed.
- "Juice fast" one day a
week. This not only gives your HGH a boost, but also cuts down
on your calories eaten.
Much of the degeneration that accompanies aging is
associated with chronic, systemic inflammation.
- good sleep
- moderate exercise
- calorie restriction
- anatabine citrate
(the first dietary supplement specifically for reducing inflammation)
- xylitol toothpaste
- chlorophyll (green leafy vegetables)
- omega 3 oils (flax, chia, sardines, walnuts, pumpkin seeds)
- Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)
- coconut oil
- oil pulling
- coenzyme PQQ
- carotenoids (red, orange, yellow fruits / vegetables /
- flavonoids (green, blue, purple fruits / vegetables
/ berries / beans)
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
- natural source vitamin E (with mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols)
- MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide)
- low glycemic index foods
- St. John's wort
- silymarin (found in milk thistle)
- cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
- longer telomeres
- healthy gut
- sleep deprivation
- chronic stress
- omega 6 oils (corn, sunflower, safflower, etc.)
- rancid oils
- trans fatty acids (hydrogenated oils)
- wheat products, gluten
- high glycemic index foods
- red meat
- junk foods
- foods cooked at high temperatures
- nightshade plants (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant)
- food allergies (common allergens include milk and dairy, wheat, corn,
eggs, beef, yeast, and soy)
- shorter telomeres
- unhealthy gut
Chronic inflammation can cause
cancer. In fact, it may be the ONLY cause of cancer,
with all the other factors involved with cancer simply
contributing to chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is the
body's response to injury or infection. Inflammation results
in the destruction of badly damaged cells and the healing of
less damaged cells. As we age and health declines, the body
responds with a chronic low level of inflammation. Aging is
a kind of autoimmune disease. As time passes and health
continues to decline, the immune system has to fight harder
and harder until finally our internal resources are
exhausted and we die. Scientists now speak of "inflammaging".
The fact that our immune system reacts to
the "normal" effects of aging as if they were injuries is a
clue that age-related degeneration is, in fact, not normal.
A biological marker of inflammation is
called "C-reactive protein" (CRP). CRP is elevated
by injuries, infections, inflammatory diseases (with names
ending in "itis"), and cancer. To keep your CRP down you
need to minimize the amount of inflammation in your body.
The normal level of CRP in the blood of healthy people is
below 1 mg/L. When inflammation is present, CRP can increase
to 200 mg/L or more. Your CRP level can be used to measure
your response to treatment. The above list of anti-inflammatories
and pro-inflammatories should help you reduce inflammation
in your body and lower your CRP level. You will also need to
deal with any health problems that may exist in your body.
"The key to successful aging and longevity is to decrease
chronic low-level inflammation without compromising an acute
response when exposed to pathogens." - Dr. Claudio
Glycation End Products (AGEs)
Within the body, an advanced glycation end product is the result
of an unhealthy chemical reaction between sugar and protein or
lipids in the absence of enzymes. AGEs can
affect nearly every type of molecule and cell in the body. AGEs
cause "cross-linking", which is a scientific way of saying that
they gum things up. AGEs are proinflammatory and associated with
various inflammatory diseases. AGEs cause the production of free
radicals, which in turn create more damage. High blood glucose
promotes the formation of AGEs. Fructose in the blood produces
ten times more AGEs compared to glucose.
The formation and accumulation
of AGEs contribute to the creation of plaques in the body. AGEs
are associated with Alzheimer's Disease, arthritis, asthma,
atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, cataracts in the eyes,
diabetes mellitus, kidney damage, myocardial infarction,
nephropathy, neuropathy, periodontitis, reduced muscle function,
retinopathy, and stroke. The cross-links created by AGEs cause
problems in both microcirculation and macrocirculation.
Cross-linking reduces flexibility and increases stiffness
throughout the body. The AGEs and free radicals contribute to
the general decline in health associated with "aging".
AGEs are also absorbed into the body from food and cause
AGE-related tissue injury. When food is
exposed to heat during cooking,
it is the formation of AGEs that cause the cooked food to turn
brown. The browning is associated with denaturation and
cross-linking of proteins, particularly lysine and arginine.
Higher cooking temperatures and longer cooking times cause
increased formation of AGEs. Dietary AGE restriction reduces
serum AGE levels.
kidneys will excrete AGEs in the urine. However, when kidneys
become damaged by AGEs then the kidneys become less able to
excrete AGEs and a vicious circle ensues, with more AGEs in the
blood causing increasing damage to the kidneys.
Nutrients that may
help prevent damage caused by AGEs include enzymes, vitamin C,
benfotiamine, alpha-lipoic acid, carnosine, and resveratrol. Raw
foods offer enzymes, plus they do not contain the AGEs created
by cooking. We suggest that at least
half of what you eat should
be raw. Plus, stop eating sugar.
The practice of
Transcendental Meditation as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has been found to improve many of
the parameters associated with aging. When comparing "physiological
age" with "chronological age" TM meditators are found to be
physiologically younger than their chronological age, and the degree
of youthfulness (relative to chronological age) increases with the
number of years the person has been meditating. You can see charts
http://www.t-m.org.uk/SCIcharts.shtml, and a bibliography of
scientific research here
Question: Can this state of suspension
be prolonged indefinitely and if so, what is the
effect on the brain cells?
Maharishi: Yes, it can be prolonged
indefinitely. If it is held for a very long
time, the body will become alkaline. Because,
not to decay is the quality of alkaline body.
And as long as the individual mind gets to that
universal consciousness, the body has to be
intact. In order that it remains intact, it
If the body is acidic, more of acid in the
system, then the oxygen going in becomes carbon
dioxide. If the body is acidic, more carbon
dioxide is produced. To throw it out, the
exhalations become deeper, heavier. When the
exhalations become heavier, inhalations become
correspondingly heavier also. So the breath
grows heavy when the system is acidic.
Opposite to this, when the acidity becomes less
then the breath becomes slow. That is why during
meditation the breath becomes slow, the body
becomes less acidic, more alkaline.
This is the reason why the body lasts longer for
those who meditate, long life. With meditation
the blood chemistry changes, becomes less
acidic, more alkaline...
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Hochgurgl, Austria,
1962, tape number 2.
Maharishi makes it clear that alkalinity and
respiratory suspension go together. When the
mind becomes still, the body becomes still.
Stillness of the mind is called transcendence. A
physiological correlate of transcendence is
From this we
conclude that an acid condition in the body is
an obstacle to transcendence, and that an
alkaline body will attain transcendence and
respiratory suspension more readily. Plus, an
alkaline body will breathe less and live longer.
The expected impact of our 8
Step Cancer Program on longevity is summarized here:
||8 Step Cancer Program
Impact on Longevity
alertness, visual acuity and relaxation. Mice grow
larger and live twice as long.
bring mental and physical relaxation. Alkaline body
fluids bring increased oxygen to the tissues. The
negative charge of alkaline body fluids will neutralize
positively charged free radicals.
||Less free radicals
||Toxic chemicals that
create free radicals are an irritant in the system.
Antioxidants such as MAK and various nutrients help to
neutralize free radicals. Life span extended up to
66% in the laboratory.
of the lymph resulting in nourishment and purification
of the body tissues. Increased heart & lung capacity and
||Helps to remove toxic
chemicals from the body, thereby reducing free
radicals. Improved circulation.
digestion and all metabolic activities. Possible
50% extension of lifespan compared to those who are
enzyme deficient. Use herbs to regenerate your
pancreas (Gymnema sylvestre) and
liver (milk thistle/silymarin). Do not
B17, F, C, D & glyconutrients
||Relief from many
"hidden hungers" that cause agitation and discomfort at
the cellular level. Less demand on the body's store of
enzymes. Increased calmness. In experimental animals:
30% extension of life span by eating less. Vitamin F
promotes increased oxygen to all areas of the body.
Average 11 years longer life in people who take
vitamin C and other supplements.
||Release of stress
resulting in calmness of mind, body and emotions,
together with increased attention span. Many parameters
such as faster reaction time, lower blood pressure and
improved near-point vision verify the increased
youthfulness of individuals practicing TM.
"His days shall be one hundred
and twenty years." - Genesis 6:3
"Man is very lucky.
We have a very long life span for a mammal. In the Bible
it says seventy years in one place and 120 in another. I
wrote a whole book on this once, but to summarize. If
you drift, eat as the masses eat, do not exercise and
have a bad attitude, your chances of making it to
seventy are not that bad. This is sort of a given age.
The systems most prone to break down and cause death,
will keep going until this age most of the time. If a
person is unlucky, has a genetic weakness, smokes or
does other things this can be shortened. On the other
hand if you do it all right. If you are born into a
strict living foods vegan household, exercise, do yoga
and think right all your life, at age 120 you should be
in the same physical shape as those born at the same
time who do not care for their health, were at seventy.
The difference is not only that your potential life span
is fifty years longer. You will very likely have had a
much better quality of life. As I said earlier, I had a
(heart) valve that was making my life much less
enjoyable six years ago. I could not run. Playing with
my kids was difficult. The defect in my heart affected
the quality of my life. This is also very true of
smokers, overweight people, etc. They all have a lower
quality of life as well as quantity. If you live
perfectly, your life is not just longer, it is longer
and better. A 100-year-old that can climb mountains, and
is lucid and contributing to life has a better life than
a 50-year-old with emphysema and oxygen starvation to
the brain. Living well is not just a matter of living
longer it is living better. Part of that living better
and longer is reducing the chances of developing cancer."
- Dr. Jerry Glenn Knox,
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Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight
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Building Wellness with DMG - How a breakthrough nutrient gives cancer,
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Choices, Volume 1, Issue 15, November 2004. (Read this article on
David Perlmutter recommends 4 things to avoid Alzheimer's
1. do not eat sugar/carbohydrates
2. do not eat gluten
3. eat healthy fats
4. aerobic exercise
According to Dr. Perlmutter, even a "normal" level of blood
sugar is too high, and is associated with inflammation.
Inflammation creates free radicals which cause brain
shrinkage. Replace carbohydrates with calories from healthy
Gluten sensitivity can affect any part of the body,
including the brain. Much of the population does not have
celiac disease, but still is sensitive to gluten. The gluten
can affect different parts of the body besides the gut.
Dr. Perlmutter shows scans of brains that are inflamed and
shrinking as a result of high blood sugar and/or gluten
sensitivity. He also says that the body will regenerate
nervous tissue in response to eating healthy fats and
How sugar harms your brain and drives Alzheimer's epidemic.
What Really Causes Alzheimer's Disease
Medical geographer Dr. Harold Foster
has written an interesting and useful book on the subject of Alzheimer's
Disease which can be downloaded free from this webpage
http://www.hdfoster.com/publications. Dr. Foster found the following:
There are more than 70 types of dementia. Alzheimer's disease
accounts for about half of all senile dementia patients. Many small strokes
will cause a different dementia
the incidence of Alzheimer's in East Boston is about 3% for ages
65-74, 18.7% for ages 75-84, and 45.2% for those 85 and older. Compare this
to the Swedish island of Lundby in 1947, where dementia was 0.7% for men and
0.5% for women in their 70s, and 1.9% and 2.5% for men and women aged 80 and
- the brains of Alzheimer's patients experience progressive
demyelinization, and loss of mental abilities as the myelin is lost
degeneration of the brain in Alzheimer's disease is similar to ALS and
- biopsies of all three disorders reveal abnormally high
levels of calcium, silicon and aluminum in the brain
- aluminum inhibits
three membrane bound enzymes Na+K+ATPase, acetylcholinesterase, and the
myelin-specific enzyme 2'3'-cyclic nucleotide phosphohydrolase
- autopsies of
Alzheimer's patients brains show clumps outside of cells (beta-amyloid
plaques) and tangled proteins inside cells (neurofibrillary tangles).
Beta-amyloid plaques trigger an inflammatory response that ends up destroying
many other brain cells. Anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce the probability
of developing Alzheimer's
- healthy neurons contain microtubules that guide
nutrients and other molecules from the cell body to the synapse and back.
These microtubules are made of tau protein. In Alzheimer's the tau protein
microtubules become abnormal and tangled
- the plaques and tangles affect
the neurons (the grey matter on the exterior of the brain). The loss of
myelin affects the axons (the white matter inside the brain). The brain
shrinks (cerebral atrophy) as the disease progresses
- there are at least four genetic defects that contribute to Alzheimer's
disease. However these are not sufficient to cause Alzheimer's
excitatory amino acids such as glutamate and aspartate destroy brain cells
when the brain is hypoglycemic, as in Alzheimer's disease
causal factors are too much consumption of aluminum and insufficient
consumption of magnesium and perhaps calcium
- aluminum interferes with
numerous enzymes and disrupts myelin. "It has been known for over a century
that aluminum is a neurotoxin."
- Avoid all sources
of aluminum - antiperspirants, municipal tap water, foods in aluminum
cans, vaccines, antacids, buffered aspirin, food additives, etc.
Compared to human breast milk, aluminum is increased 10-20 times in
dairy based infant formulas and 100 times in soy based infant formulas
magnesium and calcium are
easy to add to the diet. Silica also has a protective effect. Alkaline
drinking water (pH 7.85 - 8.05) has a protective effect
avoidance of aluminum and supplementation with necessary minerals should
make Alzheimer's relatively easy to prevent
- acid rain makes aluminum more
soluble in water. Additional aluminum comes from aluminum sulphate used as a
"flocculant" by water treatment plants
- acid foods dissolve aluminum if
they are canned, cooked or wrapped in foil. Soft drinks are acidic and
typically packaged in aluminum cans
- the processed food flavor additive
"maltol" facilitates the passage of aluminum through the blood-brain barrier
- dietary intake of magnesium has been falling for the past 100 years and is
now less than half what it used to be.
- brain glucose metabolism
declines as Alzheimer's progresses
- choline, one of the B vitamins,
helps with lipid metabolism and maintains cell membranes.
its metabolites such as acetylcholine are deficient in Alzheimer's.
Choline is found in lecithin, and eating lecithin increases the amount
of choline in the blood and brain.
- aluminum and oxidized iron work
together to create free radical damage in the brain
- brains of rabbits that drink
tap water form beta amyloid plaques more easily than when rabbits drink
- other factors associated with
development of Alzheimer's include high blood pressure, high
cholesterol, elevated homocysteine, depression, chronic stress, diabetes
- healthy diet
(fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables) protects against
- early childhood education protects against Alzheimer's
- alternative (non-drug) treatments that are
showing promise include sage (Salvia lavandulaefolia), bacopa (Bacopa
monniera), Ginkgo biloba, Huperzia serrata, Lion's mane mushroom
(Hericium erinaceum), B vitamins, vitamin E, selenium, mineral
ascorbates (potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, and chromium
ascorbates), lithium, and Phosphatidylserine
- the drugs in
common use for Alzheimer's merely prolong the disease and are of no real
benefit to either patients or caregivers
The mineral ascorbates mentioned above were a product called Super Gram
III by Alacer Corporation. Super Gram III is no longer available.
Choline stabilized orthosilicic acid is an effective chelator of heavy
metals including lead, mercury, arsenic, and aluminum.
Choline stabilized orthosilicic acid is the most absorbable form of
dietary silica, and offers many additional health benefits including
better hair, skin and nails, plus stronger bones and collagen.
Choline stabilized orthosilicic acid is available in products
such as Silidyn Rejuvenate, and Biosil by Natural Factors. Ongoing
supplementation with choline stabilized orthosilicic
acid is found to reduce aluminum in the brain, and help
prevent senility and Alzheimer's disease. Less expensive (and less
absorbable) sources of silica include silica gel and the herb horsetail.
EDTA chelation therapy is more expensive than orthosilicic acid, and
will also remove heavy metals from the body. Dr. Hoffer writes of an
elderly man with Alzheimer's disease who received 20 chelation
treatments and no longer had Alzheimer's disease (Hoffer
& Saul, page 243).
The bottom line for extending
your long and healthy life is understanding that hardly anybody dies
of old age. Nearly everyone dies of disease or the failure of a
particular part of the body. Putting one's attention on maintaining
good health by giving the body what it needs: good fuel, moderate
exercise, adequate rest, and practicing a technique to dissolve
stress, people can reasonably expect to live far longer than is
generally the case at present. Our anti-aging program is really a
pro-health program. Similarly, our
healthy heart and anti-cancer
pro-health programs with different starting points. All pro-health
programs are likely to have much in common, with certain points
emphasized a little more depending on the health situation you are
There are thousands of
diseases but only one health. Modern medicine studies
disease and places very little attention on health. Then it attempts
to remove disease without simultaneously creating health. In fact,
medical treatments often further destroy health. Without health, the
disease-free state has a very weak foundation. To increase your
lifespan you need to work on your "health span".
Plus, who wants to live longer without good health? Lacking physical
and mental health, long life can become a nightmare of pain, disease
and loneliness. Extending healthspan is a better goal. One's
healthspan is something that everyone can impact, beginning at any
age, and the result should be a longer and better life.
In the ancient Vedic
civilization, the time of "retirement" had a profound purpose - the
attainment of ever higher levels of enlightenment. Retired people
have time to meditate, and if they are wise enough to do this then
their wisdom may grow without bounds, and society will begin to find
in them the enlightened leadership that is so sorely lacking today.
Enlightenment is perfect health.