Alzheimer’s Disease Reversed By Researchers In Minutes

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This is no hoax. The end of Alzheimer’s could be in sight. A drug the FDA has approved for psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis improved cognition within minutes in a patient with advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s right. Minutes. This means that an effective treatment for the people we know and love who have this deteriorating disease could be on its way.

Researchers in Southern California injected an anti-inflammatory drug called Entanercept (or Enbrel) in the patient?s spine, and the results could be seen immediately. Other patients not discussed in this article with mild to severe Alzheimer’s given this treatment had the same lasting results. The study has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroinflammation (www.jneuroinflammation.com).

Here’s how it works.

There are protein molecules called cytokines that allow cells to talk to one another. One of these is tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), considered to be the body’s “master regulator.” Too much TNF-alpha has been found in the spinal fluid of Alzheimer’s patients. Entanercept attaches itself to TNF-alpha and turns its signals off, reducing its amounts and inflammation.

“It is unprecedented that we can see cognitive and behavioral improvement in a patient with established dementia within minutes of therapeutic intervention,” said Sue Griffin, one of the editors-in-chief of the Journal of Neuroinflammation, and a pioneer in this field.

The medical community is beginning to recognize something I’ve talked about for years. Inflammation is at the core of many serious illnesses, such as heart disease, arthritis, infections, colitis, periodontitis … the list goes on and on. Now we’re seeing an association between Alzheimer’s disease and inflammation. This should be no surprise.

While foods and anti-inflammatory nutrients won’t calm down inflammation in the spinal fluid like Entanercept, it certainly makes sense to use them preventively.

Begin with your diet. Particular substances encourage inflammation, like sugar, omega-6 fats (in corn, safflower, and peanut oils), and those nasty trans-fats in many prepared snacks. Stop using them.

Antioxidants and omega-3 fats found in fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, and flax oil, are good additions to your daily diet and could be helpful in slowing down any progression to Alzheimer’s. Look through my website for more specific information on inflammation. It’s free of charge to all newsletter subscribers – and could be worth the cost of a subscription if you’re not getting my monthly newsletter.

Here’s a thought. Perhaps a lifetime of eating pro-inflammatory foods is the reason Alzheimer’s affects us as we get older.

Meanwhile, I expect we’ll see Entanercept eventually approved for use in Alzheimer’s patients for one reason. Enbrel powder and liquid are being co-marketed by two pharmaceutical companies, Amgen and Wyeth. Wyeth is hurting financially from the bad press given to one of their best-sellers: Provera. So I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about this drug.

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By Dr. Nan Kathryn Fuchs PhD

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Exercise Helps You Not Having To Suffer From Heart Disease

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Recently, I told you the surprising results of a new study on exercise. This study warns that too much exercise is hazardous to people who have had a heart attack. In that study, the men and women who regularly walked more than 46 miles per week or ran more than 30 miles per week were more than twice as likely to have a repeat heart attack as those who exercised less.

So now we know that intense exercise can be bad for patients who have had a heart attack. But is it also bad for people who don’t have heart disease? Another new study says no. It’s actually better.

Spanish researchers looked at the findings of 10 published studies that examined the effect of elite athletes’ training on longevity. The studies looked at 42,807 athletes, mostly men, who participated in football, baseball, track and field, or cycling. What they discovered just backs up what I have been observing for years.

These heavy exercisers not only lived longer. They died of heart disease 27% less. And they died of cancer a huge 40% less. Dear readers, these are the top two killers and they are markedly reduced by something that is not only easy to do and good for you but it’s free! And the results also suggest that the health effects of exercise are not always confined to moderate doses.

According to Dr. James O’Keefe, a cardiologist and co-author of the study, the recommendations in the study are right in line with what heart doctors have been saying all along. “Exercise is the best thing you can do for your health,” he said. Half of the U.S. population gets too little exercise, O’Keefe estimated, and “maybe one in 20 is getting too much.” So how can you know if you are doing it right?

Not long ago, I invented and patented a process for evaluating proper exercise levels among other things. It’s called Bio-Energy Testing. You can learn more about it in my book, Bursting With Energy. During the testing process, you wear a special mask that is able to measure how much oxygen you take in while exercising and how much carbon dioxide you put out. Between these two measurements it is possible to accurately determine exactly what level of exercise is best for you.

But it gets even better than that. By taking repeated measurements every four to six months, you can track how well your program is improving your overall health and decreasing your risk of disease. In over 10 years of using this testing system, I have never seen anybody with optimal scores develop cancer or any other disease. My findings are right in line with the study above.

Warm regards,

Dr. Frank Shallenberger MD

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