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Alzheimers in our house

Brittney M. Walker | 12/8/2010, 5 p.m.

"A lot of people are being told to take flu shots, and only flu shots have mercury in them," Rabb pointed out. "According to Dr. (Hugh) Fudenberg those who received five consecutive flu vaccinations during a 10-year span of (an investigation) had a 10-fold increase of developing AD than those who received no shots, one shot, two shots, and he found that there was both aluminum and mercury contained in influenza vaccinations."

Rabb continued, "It's not any one thing, it's a host of many things that people come along with that they are exposed to in their lifetime. Aluminum has long been recognized as a neurotoxin. Anything that is a neurotoxin will damage your neurological system."

Rabb, as a holistic doctor, emphasizes the importance of maintaining a natural balance within the body. The consumption of medications, aspirins, and other toxic substances that are not natural will likely harm the body in the long run.

In his research, the holistic doctor found that contrary to more accepted reports, the progression of AD can be stopped and even reversed, but that can never be done with pharmaceuticals.

He recommends Acetyl-L-carnitine and phosphatidylserine for brain health. Good, healthy eating is also the key to living long, dementia-free lives.

"Sometimes we are so stuck in tradition that we don't even know where the tradition comes from. We stay with it. There are a lot of things we need to change," the doctor said, adding that Americans need to be more conscious of the types of foods they are consuming.

He said eating organically grown foods and staying away from meats and high fatty foods have proven to decrease the chances of sicknesses.

Rabb also mentioned that some Alzheimer's patients have been misdiagnosed and instead died from untreated Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), the human form of Mad Cow disease.

Scientists have found that both diseases contain a certain protein that essentially aids in brain degeneration. A book written by Colm A. Kelleher called "Brain Trust" uncovers the shocking correlation between Mad Cow disease and AD. A 1989 study conducted by Drs. Elias E. and Laura Manuelidis at Yale found that 13 percent of their subjects who supposedly suffered from AD were actually afflicted with Mad Cow disease. Another physician, Dr. Michael Greger, confirms in a 1996 article that 2 to 12 percent of all dementia patients are actually suffering from CJD.

However, the Center for Disease Control states that only three occurrences of CJD have happened in the United States. The CDC's current method of monitoring the disease is reviewing death certificates and present investigations of those suspected of having CJD.

Rabb also said other conditions such as hypothyroidism drug reactions, neurovascular disease, and brain tumors have too been misdiagnosed as AD. He said if this happens, patients are given medications to relieve AD instead of the true ailment.

AD is a serious and deadly disease. Although many have accepted memory loss and deterioration as part of aging, it does not have to be that way. With the correct diagnosis and the right treatment, AD and other diseases usually associated with age can be prevented, slowed, or even stopped. For more information, visit alz.org or drnathanrabb.com.