Alzheimer's and Dementia
Environmental toxins get on our nerves
According to our observations, which have been repeatedly confirmed over the decades, the rate of Alzheimer's and dementia is increasing. This is not only due to the increasing number of elderly people in Western industrial societies but also to the widespread presence of environmental toxins such as lead and mercury (very high rate of contamination) and fat-soluble detergents (our brain is primarily made up of fats). In most cases, we observe a lack of essential nutrients such as omega-3 fats and phospholipids, poor overall vitamin balance (especially B vitamins), and a deficiency in vital minerals and trace elements. Chronic oxygen deficiency as a result of arteriosclerosis or sleep apnea syndrome and latent underlying chronic inflammation of the arteries supplying the brain also contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease.
As a rule, all the mechanisms described above are simultaneously involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
So Alzheimer's/dementia is not an inevitable fate, but can be influenced by timely and targeted countermeasures and in most cases avoided.
In recent decades, neurological diseases, like other toxic and autoimmune diseases, have been on the rise. The only conceivable explanation for this phenomenon is the constant increase in everyday environmental toxins combined with the simultaneous decrease in vital nutrients in the diet. The food may look pleasing to the eye, but it contains far less essential and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Fast food and convenience food promote chronic latent underlying inflammation while the extreme sweetening of all foods and bad fats (trans fats) does the rest (see, for example, Michael Moore's film "Super Size Me").
64% of our nervous system is made up of various fats. And all the common fat-soluble substances used in our daily lives are potentially harmful to our nervous system.
Detoxification of the Brain
Due to the particularly high average metabolism in the brain, there is also a correspondingly high need for biochemical waste disposal. This is of even greater importance here, since some substances, especially malformed proteins and a host of environmental toxins, pose a threat to the brain.
Waste disposal in the brain is made more difficult by the filter systems of the blood-brain barrier and the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier as well as the isolation of the lymphatic system. From the outside, the latter only reaches the meninges.
Although evidence of the existence of a special detoxification system in the brain dates back to the 1980s, it was not until 2012 that it was discovered as an independent internal circulatory system with the help of advanced detection methods. It was called the glymphatic system in reference to the lymphatic system and because of the decisive role of the glial supporting cells.
Through narrow vascular spaces around the outer wall of veins, the so-called perivascular space, a small percentage of the cerebrospinal fluid from the space between the top of the skull and the brain (subarachnoid space or outer cerebrospinal fluid space) flows into all areas of the brain. It is distributed there with the help of the glia and finally flows - along with toxins and waste products - back to the cerebral membrane and to the lymphatic system outside the brain.
So we have many possibilities to specifically support the brain with detoxification.
INUSpheresis® has also proven to be an effective therapeutic tool in this case.