Just about every day, I see her walking down the street near my office. She used to walk alone, but now it appears that she has walking companions, probably her family. Her name is Ann and I have had the pleasure of meeting this gentle soul a number of times. She lives across the street at the assisted living home and has come by to inquire about our services. She has even attended one of my public wellness workshops.
Unfortunately, the last time she came in, she didn’t remember having attended the lecture or even who I was, even though we had met a number of times. Her plight is one that an increasing number of people and their families will have to deal with.
Conditions like Dementia and Alzheimer’s are increasing at an alarming rate. The Alzheimer’s Association states that 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In 2013 it will cost the nation $203 billion with that number expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by 2050.
According to the National Institute on Aging, it is likely that damage to the brain starts a decade or more before problems become evident. Over time, neurons lose their ability to function and communicate with each other, and eventually they die.
They also state that it is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent it, cure it or even slow its progression. This is where my opinion would differ. While we don’t treat Alzheimer’s or any other condition, removing harmful toxins and building health with specific nutritional support can be beneficial in all cases.
Testing in our office shows memory challenges linked to heavy metal toxicity. Mercury is by far the most common type of heavy metal toxicity that we see in conjunction with patient’s presenting with a history of memory loss symptoms. Sure, we see other heavy metals, like aluminum, and even toxic chemicals show up in testing, but not nearly as prevalent as mercury. Mercury toxicity is pandemic amongst the last few generations subject to amalgam fillings and compulsory vaccination. It is also quite prevalent in the environment as well. Just ask the fish.
Tune in next time and we’ll discuss what we can do about it.