Mercury: Research on the Environmental Neurotoxin’s Link to Dementia


| 1/11/2018 10:26:00 AM


Tags: healthy communities, environmental health, toxicology, mercury, Judy DeLorenzo, Connecticut,

Dementia and Alzheimer's 

The epidemic of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease effects countless numbers of families worldwide, mine included. In an effort to understand the root cause of this relatively new phenomenon, I spent over 80 hours reading through scores of research studies and the data that I uncovered may startle you, but also give you hope. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease is not “normal” or our fate. There are clear causative factors which can be mitigated once you understand them. There is a lot of information to cover so this exposé is being presented in three parts to make it easier to digest. The first two parts will reveal causative factors, and the third part will offer solutions.

It is estimated that more than 5 million people in the US currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the US. Those numbers don’t include other types of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association further states that 1 in 3 seniors will have one form of dementia or  another when  they die. [1] These numbers are staggering and expected to grow as the baby boomers age. We are so used to the elderly being afflicted by dementia that many accept it’s our fate, as if our minds have an expiration date. However, as the World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Association explain, older age may be a risk factor, but dementia actually isn’t a normal part of aging. [1, 2]

Much is written about how to diagnose, treat, and manage dementias, as well as warning signs and risk factors. But that’s not what I want to discuss in this 3-part series. Instead, I want to talk about the “elephant in the room” namely the correlations between dementia, heavy metal toxicity, and microbes. Many in the scientific community agree that there should be more research into these areas, but did you know that there already has been a great deal of research completed with compelling results? Probably not, because it’s not routinely discussed in the doctor’s office or mainstream media. This series will take a look at the relationship between dementia and just two toxic metals, mercury and aluminum, as well as the role microbes may play. However, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and copper in our environment may also be entering our bodies and causing harm to our brains and central nervous systems.

Mercury as a Neurotoxin

There is no question that mercury is a neurotoxin, in fact one of the most toxic substances on the planet, with no safe level of exposure. [3] It has been established that mercury can pass through the blood brain barrier, and accumulate in the brain. [4] Studies have found elevated levels of mercury in the brains of deceased Alzheimer’s patients. [5, 6, 7] However, this mercury toxicity may not be detected in a living dementia or A.D. patient because mercury levels in the blood, urine, and hair don’t indicate if there is mercury stored in the brain; an autopsy is the only way to determine this. [7]

In 2010, a team of academic researchers from the US and Germany conducted a comprehensive and systematic review of studies already completed on this topic. They reported “Thirty-two studies, out of forty testing memory in individuals exposed to inorganic mercury, found significant memory deficits”. [6] One of the researchers, Professor Deth, a now retired professor of pharmacology at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences stated, “Mercury is clearly contributing to neurological problems, whose rate is increasing in parallel with rising levels of mercury. It seems that the two are tied together.” [8]

JudyDelo1
1/13/2018 12:40:13 PM

Hello SerenityNow, I'm the author of this article. You can quote from it as long as you give me credit. The complete article can also be found at http://www.alifewellplanted.com/herbal-wisdom/mercury-research-environmental-neurotoxins-link-dementia-alzheimers-disease Warm regards, Judy DeLorenzo biofieldhealing@gmail.com


JudyDelo1
1/13/2018 9:30:36 AM

Hello SerenityNow, I'm the author of this article. You can quote from it as long as you give me credit. The complete article can also be found at http://www.alifewellplanted.com/herbal-wisdom/mercury-research-environmental-neurotoxins-link-dementia-alzheimers-disease Warm regards, Judy DeLorenzo biofieldhealing@gmail.com


JudyDelo1
1/13/2018 9:30:34 AM

Hello SerenityNow, I'm the author of this article. You can quote from it as long as you give me credit. The complete article can also be found at http://www.alifewellplanted.com/herbal-wisdom/mercury-research-environmental-neurotoxins-link-dementia-alzheimers-disease Warm regards, Judy DeLorenzo biofieldhealing@gmail.com





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