City life and Alzheimer’s disease

SeniorsDrugAbuseHow are city life and Alzheimer’s disease connected?

According to The Week, quoting a recent study, breathing air polluted by traffic fumes may be harmful not only to your heart and lungs, but also to your brain.

A 15-year study conducted by the University of Umea in Sweden, in conjunction with other study groups such as the Aging Research Center of the Karolinski Institute in Stockholm,  came to these conclusions:

The researchers found that people who live in homes in heavily urbanized areas have a 40 percent greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia than those who live in areas of cleaner air.

The researchers discovered millions of tiny particles of magnetite, an iron oxide, in samples of brain tissue from people who lived in busy cities and  had inhaled nanoparticles of metals that entered the brain through the olfactory nerve.

“Abnormal accumulations of brain metals are a key feature of Alzheimer’s,” said Barbara Maher of Lancaster University.

These pollution-derived particles can generate unstable molecules, which can be harmful to other, more important molecules, said study co-author David Allsop. “Iron is very reactive, so it’s almost certainly going to do some damage to the brain.”

City pollution from exhaust fumes have previously been linked to heart disease, cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases.

In fact, the U. N. said this year that pollution/poison air kills as many people worldwide and prematurely as cancer.

That, apparently, is how city life and Alzheimer’s disease are connected.

The study was published recently in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

It is not a very cheerful connection, as so many of the world’s people have gravitated over the years to the cities, due to economic pressures.

Dr. Joseph Mercola says that many other aspects of modern life, such as pesticides, fluoride and aluminum used in many commercial products, contribute to the constantly rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia problems.

According to Dr. Mercola, vitamin D provides a natural, protective armor against the poisons in modern society, as the brain tissues contain vitamin D receptors that serve as a resistance to foreign invaders.

And most older people, who need that protection are severely deficient in vitamin D—the sunshine vitamin!

Mercola says that seniors with a severe deficiency of vitamin D may raise the risk of various dementias and Alzheimer’s by as much as 125 percent!

It is difficult for many people in this modern age to realize that so many natural protections that nature has provided can actually help protect us against the lifestyle diseases of today.

So even if you become concerned about the connection of city life and Alzheimer’s disease and cannot leave the city, rediscover the sun in your little corner.

Replace processed foods with real foods, exercise as you are able, and learn about how you and your loved ones can best naturally reduce with good foods and whole food supplements… the chances of suffering from brain diseases.