Consider the Cause of Alzheimer's Disease (Opinion)
Monday, November 09, 2009 by: Hesh Goldstein, citizen journalist
(NaturalNews) We, Americans, are losing our minds to Alzheimer`s disease. It is an epidemic and it is not typical of what`s going on in the rest of the world. The World Health Organization estimates that there are 18 million people with Alzheimer`s. Over 4 and1/2 million Americans have the disease. We account for 25% of all Alzheimer`s cases, even though we represent only 4.6% of the world`s population. Europe is experiencing half our rate of disease. For Americans over 85 years of age, 50% are thought to have Alzheimer`s. The question is: Why?
Alzheimer`s was first discovered in 1906, about 20 years after aluminum cookware was introduced. It is not a part of normal aging says the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH contends that the cause of Alzheimer`s is not known. They say, "Prior theories regarding the accumulation of aluminum, lead, mercury, and other substances in the brain have been disproved".
Do not believe that?! Federal agencies have a talent for not finding environmental causes for many diseases. They live by the motto, "Do not seek and thou shall not find". Kind of like their outlook about mad cow disease. Genetic triggers and lifestyle choices get the research dollars for pretty obvious reasons: Their findings don`t hurt polluters` profits.
Initially, it was thought that aluminum might be the sole cause of Alzheimer`s. Persons with Alzheimer`s have been found to experience increased absorption of aluminum in the brain, as well as to exhibit densities of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. However, there are no reports that suggest plaques and tangles do not always signify Alzheimer`s, and vice versa.
Further clouding the issue are patients on kidney dialysis machines. They are unable to excrete aluminum, plus they may also be treated with medicines that include aluminum. However, reports say that dialysis patients don`t develop Alzheimer`s, although they can develop dialysis dementia if the equipment doesn`t filter out aluminum. And therein lies the problem. The process of kidney dialysis requires very purified, non-fluoridated water. Do you get the feeling that fluoride is aluminum`s partner-in-crime?
Aluminum, along with fluoride, is in our drinking water, foods, beverages, processed foods, and consumer products. Europe, which is largely unfluoridated (the U.S. is over 60% fluoridated), has half our Alzheimer`s rate. It doesn`t take rocket science to see a definite correlation.
There are other intriguing issues as well. Why do people with thyroid disease have an increased risk for Alzheimer`s? In the U.S., thyroid disease has reached even greater epidemic levels than Alzheimer`s, with as many as 20 million American victims. Besides problems with iodine intake, a common cause of thyroid disease is radiation.
There are also unbelievable similarities between Alzheimer`s and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD) aka mad cow disease. Mad cow disease is linked to feeding animal parts back to vegetarian animals through livestock feed and fertilizer. So what do radiation, livestock feed, fluoride, and fertilizer have in common which may have led to the emergence of the Alzheimer`s epidemic? The phosphate fertilizer industry!
Fertilizer use was not a common practice in the U.S. until after 1870, when phosphate and lime were applied to crops like cotton and tobacco. By the end of World War II, an era of intensive agriculture began. Of the phosphate produced in Florida, about 95% is used in agriculture (90% goes into fertilizer and 5% into livestock feed supplements). The remaining 5% is used in a variety of foods and beverages, plus personal care, consumer and industrial products - so says the Cargill Fertilizer Company, the largest producer of phosphate fertilizer in the country and the largest source for the fluoride products, which are added to the water supplies in the country.
George Glasser writes in the Earth Island Journal, "Radium wastes from filtration systems at phosphate fertilizer facilities are among the most radioactive types of naturally occurring radioactive material wastes. Uranium and all of its decay-rate products are found in phosphate rock, fluorosilicic acid (fluoride) and phosphate fertilizers".
The Florida Institute of Phosphate research says, "Removal of uranium as a product is no longer profitable and all of the extraction facilities have been dismantled. The uranium that remains in the phosphoric acid and fertilizer products is at a low enough level that it is safe for use". Hello! This is not very reassuring as chronic exposure to low levels of contamination can be as dangerous, or more so, than chronic high levels of exposure or acute occurrences.
Of particular interest is calcium silicate, another by-product of the phosphate fertilizer industry used as an anti-caking agent in iodized table salt. Is calcium silicate also radioactive? Would that have a significant impact on the thyroid? Given the relationship between Alzheimer`s and thyroid disease, Alzheimer`s may be destined to increase exponentially.
The phosphate fertilizer industry seems to be the common thread in Alzheimer`s and maybe also in thyroid and mad cow type diseases. Aluminum by itself may not cause Alzheimer`s, but in combination with the radioactive products of the phosphate fertilizer industry, it could be wreaking havoc on our health. Ponder this: flu vaccines contain enormous amounts of mercury and aluminum - two substances that do wonders for the brain. Guess who the "powers" scare into taking flu vaccines? The elderly. Guess which section of the population is succumbing to Alzheimer`s type symptoms? The elderly. Draw your own conclusions.
Whatever the cause, we deserve real answers to the Alzheimer`s epidemic, not the red herrings of research on genetics and lifestyle. The number of American victims is totally out of proportion to the incidence of Alzheimer`s worldwide. Yet, organic sulfur crystals have been proven to reverse Alzheimer`s. Why doesn`t anyone tell us that?
Something truly has gone terribly wrong when the Almighty Sign ($$) takes precedence over health!