Editor’s Note: This author notes the benefits of turmeric for Alzheimer’s patients, and in a separate recent article, about the benefits of turmeric for preventing Type 2 Diabetes. It seems quite clear from this example, as well as countless others, that these different diseases and conditions that have become so commonplace in modern society all have common roots.
Likewise, powerful superfood nutrients, including turmeric, are so well known for their beneficial qualities in preventing diseases and/or reducing the symptoms of diseases that it seems reasonable to conclude that the powers-that-be have focused public attention on the wrong aspects of the issue.
Does one of society’s oldest adages, that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ not hold true anymore?
It seems the system wants people to accept these widespread, debilitating diseases as inevitable, while overselling the treatments of the medical model which tend to be very expensive, carry unnecessary risks and largely only mitigating the symptoms, rarely striking at the root of the cause.
August 13, 2013
Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in ‘remarkable improvements.’
Alzheimer’s Disease: A Disturbingly Common Modern Rite of Passage
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), sadly, has become a rite of passage in so-called developed countries. AD is considered the most common form of dementia, which is defined as a serious loss of cognitive function in previously unimpaired persons, beyond what is expected from normal aging.
A 2006 study estimated that 26 million people throughout the world suffer from this condition, and that by 2050, the prevalence will quadruple, by which time 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be afflicted with the disease.
Given the global extent of the problem, interest in safe and effective preventive and therapeutic interventions within the conventional medical and alternative professions alike are growing.
Unfortunately, conventional drug-based approaches amount to declaring chemical war upon the problem, a mistake which we have documented elsewhere, and which can result in serious neurological harm, as evidenced by the fact that this drug class carries an alarmingly high risk for seizures, according to World Health Organization post-marketing surveillance statistics.[i]
What the general public is therefore growing most responsive to is using time-tested, safe, natural and otherwise more effective therapies that rely on foods, spices and familiar culinary ingredients.
Late last year, a remarkable study was published in the journal Ayu titiled “Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.” [ii] Researchers described three patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose behavioral symptoms were “improved remarkably” as a result of consuming 764 milligram of turmeric (curcumin 100 mg/day) for 12 weeks. According to the study:
“All three patients exhibited irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, two patients suffer from urinary incontinence and wonderings. They were prescribed turmeric powder capsules and started recovering from these symptoms without any adverse reaction in the clinical symptom and laboratory data.”
After only 3 months of treatment, both the patients’ symptoms and the burden on their caregivers were significantly decreased.
The report describes the improvements thusly:
“In one case, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score was up five points, from 12/30 to 17/30. In the other two cases, no significant change was seen in the MMSE; however, they came to recognize their family within 1 year treatment. All cases have been taking turmeric for more than 1 year, re-exacerbation of BPSD was not seen.”
Get Healthy: Make Your Own Organic Juice!
(Truthstream Media.com) Just a reminder — most of us can’t physically eat a heaping plateful of vegetables and fruits in under ten minutes, but we can drink it.
How much nutrition does it contain? It depends on what you add.
Aaron juice recipe typicals:
beets (have over 15 known health benefits including fighting cancer and they contain a lot of folic acid which helps eliminate BPA), red kale (one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet and high in vitamins incl. lots of potassium), celery (anti-inflammatory — especially digestive inflammation), carrots (anti-oxidant with a high level of vitamin A that improves vision and helps make eyes, hair, skin, nails etc. healthy), lemons (protective against toxins, these immune-boosting fruits are antibacterial, antiviral liver cleansers and digestive aids), cucumbers (hydration, anti-inflammatory, fights cancers, keeps blood pressure in check and all kinds of good stuff! One article I read even said cucumbers contain a hormone that helps the pancreas produce insulin to help regulate blood sugar), blueberries (but we ran out this time! Blueberries are considered a brain food for brain health — rich in a bunch of vitamins and has the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit, plus it boosts immunity and neutralizes free radicals), turmeric (a healing spice, one woman has even been the subject of major studies for healing her cancer with it — link below) and ginger (immune boosting, aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients, neutralizes cramps, and fights nausea and colds).