Nearly everyone is touched in some way by heart disease and cancer. Perhaps it affects a spouse, parent, family member, or friend. Perhaps we will personally experience the wrath of these diseases. The number of people affected by one of these killers is staggering. However, you may be shocked to learn that although these two primary killers will take the lives of a record number of North Americans, there is another disease that will overshadow them. Scientists predict that within thirteen years, brain disease will kill or disable more North Americans than cancer and heart disease COMBINED! In addition to the many disastrous personal and societal effects of brain disease, leading researchers estimate that the economic impact of this growing problem will be $30 billion every year.
A growing volume of research links brain disease with environmental toxins, chemicals and altered fats in our food supply, and poor lifestyle choices to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism, and many others. Consider one groundbreaking study entitled, Toxic Nation: A Report on Pollution–it found that no matter where people live, how old they are or what they do for a living, they are contaminated with measurable levels of chemicals that can cause cancer, disrupt hormones, affect reproduction, cause respiratory problems or impair neurological development. Canadians tested showed high levels of industrial pollutants, including lead, mercury, DDT and PCBs. Astonishingly, the latter two have not even been in commercial use for decades. Researchers found lead and mercury in the blood of ALL the subjects of this study.
And Americans are no different. Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) performs a study of the chemicals found in human fat tissue samples. Chemicals like DDT continue to be found in 100 percent of the tissue examined. Research links these environmental toxins with the rapidly growing incidence of brain disease.
Currently, over 100 studies show that environmental, nutritional, and lifestyle factors play a significant role in initiating or accelerating brain disease.
But there is good news: scientists also continuously prove that nutrition and lifestyle factors are able to protect the brain from damage and even reverse brain damage in some instances. New research even demonstrates that certain foods and nutrients, eaten frequently and in specific doses, can even access the brain and escort the toxins and metals out.
There are foods and herbs, which I will share in the next issue, that literally lock out brain-destroying toxins while letting in brain-building nutrients. I’ll share more information on these powerful foods, herbs, and nutrients in “Detox Your Brain–Part 2″ next week.
Adapted from The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson’s, and Other Diseases (Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, 2007)
Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, ROHP, RNCP is a best-selling and six-time book author and doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan. Learn more at: www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.