Dementia In The Tummy

Dementia in The Tummy

 

In the previous blog I presented two bulleted sentences that help describe the causes of dementias such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

  • Foods (and beverages) that contain excess sugar, MSG and citric acid cause dementia.
  • These chemicals powerfully stimulate the nerves of taste (neurostimulants).

To complete this bulleted list I use the results of hundreds of  animal and human diet studies that describe how sugar, MSG and citrus may cause harm. I will also use advice from diet investigators that I respect. Even more important, I will also use what I have learned from my own experiences controlling my own dementia. I do this to teach you how to avoid suffering dementia or, if you or a loved one already are experiencing this brain damage, how to recover from it and then keep it under control. I wish I could tell you how to cure Alzheimer’s and other dementias but they cannot be cured, only controlled. Unfortunately, I know that!

Now, let’s return to the swallowed sugar, MSG and citric acid. We eat foods and drink beverages with these chemicals in two to three meals daily, every day of the year, every year. We consume a lot of it! Once we swallow them, they are trapped in our bodies because, unlike the mouth that quickly rids itself of food by swallowing it, the rest of the body has nowhere to quickly rid itself of these chemicals.   They stay in our bodies for about three days, allowing their effects to increase to a high level as we continue to include them in our meals.

As we age our genes also age including the genes that prevent sugar, citric acid and MSG from causing us harm. Some people are immune to any harm from these chemicals. They are fortunate and can tolerate foods and beverages that others can only dream about. To those of us whose aging genes cannot tolerate the high levels of this  persistent, irritating nerve stimulation—and that’s most of us—these delightful-tasting chemicals are poisons.

They overstimulate and eventually, over many years, injure and even  destroy our nerves. Any nerves, anywhere in the body. Including nerves in the brain which shrinks in size because of this damage. We call this brain-nerve damage and shrinkage dementia. To put this information into a bulleted list, including the first two points:

  • Foods and beverages containing excess sugar, MSG and citric acid cause dementia.
  • These chemicals powerfully stimulate the nerves of taste.
  • Swallowed, they stimulate and over years kill nerves and then the diner.
  • Aging, unfortunate genes and deficient body/mind exercise promote dementia.

End of lesson! This is a simple but I believe a true and simple way of looking at the cause of dementia. Caused in susceptible people by the powerful nerve stimulators that bring delightful tastes that our brains savor.  Want to learn more? Retaining the Mind has information that will help you understand.

Dementias Explained Simply

Dementias Explained Simply

Our modern American Diet causes many illnesses including dementias, strokes, heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, sight and hearing loss. These many illnesses and the foods that cause them complicate my presentations about dementias and consume much time, much more than the 30 to 50 minutes typically reserved for me when I present this information to an audience. I continually search for a way to simplify it; to make it more understandable; to prevent my presentation from exceeding my allotted time.

I believe that I have found this simplification. It allows me to present the major cause of dementias such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases in four bulleted sentences. The first two are as follows:

  • Foods (and beverages) that contain excess sugar, MSG and citric acid cause dementia.
  • These chemicals powerfully stimulate the nerves of taste (neurostimulants).

This stimulation is powerful, powerful enough to carry  a message of delicious taste to our brains. As you bite into a cherry or key lime pie and drink a sweet, citrus drink; you taste delightful sugar sweetness and citrus fruitiness. When you eat a steak seasoned with MSG; the first bite quickly floods your nerves of taste and then your brain with delicious meat flavor: Not on the second or fifth bite but immediately, on the first bite. The magnitude of this overwhelming delicious taste shows the great power of these  chemicals to stimulate nerves.

This power makes citrus, MSG and sugar delicious but also  dangerous. Many studies point out this danger and many people are aware of this danger; if their taste were not so great, they would not eat them. If they stopped eating these flavorful chemicals, they would avoid the so-common addiction to their wonderful taste and avoid the so-frequent illnesses that they cause.

These food chemicals, these neurostimulants, cause their damage quietly and not in the mouth as you eat or drink them. You may have let their lack of harm while in the mouth convince you that they are safe. Actually, in one way you are right, they do not harm you while the food is in the mouth because you swallow the chemicals when you swallow the foods that contain them, freeing the mouth of these nerve-stimulating food chemicals.

To repeat, our look at foods-in-the-mouth shows us that sugar, MSG and citric acid are powerful and quick-acting nerve stimulators. They cause no harm while held in the mouth because they are not held there very long. In the next blog, Dementia in the Tummy, I will examine what happens once they are swallowed.

Brain Fog and Nerve Damage

I told you about Jane (not her real name) and her experience with sugar addiction. While we talked, she brought up another subject. She told me that sweet treats (fructose sugar) makes her suffer ‘brain fog’.

This interested me as I, myself, had just experienced an episode of brain fog: For a day and a half I felt as my brain was operating in a thick fog. I particularly noticed this in my speech. I had to search for each word and phrase in this fog; like I was drawing them from a muddy swamp. This happened several days before my presentation; thank heaven that I had time to recover my ability to speak before I gave my presentation. I have tried to speak when I am suffering active Alzheimer’s: It was utterly disastrous and horribly embarrassing.

I have learned much about Alzheimer’s disease by searching for the cause of any worsening of my symptoms. In the case of this brain fog, I suspect the cause was whole milk. In my book, Retaining the Mind, I discussed the lactose intolerance that has to be present before I feel comfortable diagnosing a case of Alzheimer’s disease. This brain fog episode happened after I had returned to drinking whole milk; I should have tolerated it well as I drank it in small amounts. However, although the amount I drank was small, I must have exceeded my milk tolerance. Evidently, it precipitated an episode of nerve damaged the nerves in my brain impairing my speech. Probably an episode of brain swelling or bloating and not brain nerve death, as speech was much easier the following day. However, I will reduce my milk intake or avoid it entirely to prevent this fog in the future.

What part of the milk caused the fog? Remember that Jane and I suffer from fructose-sugar-craving that may have led to brain damage. From my previous experience with the way foods injured the patients I treated in my allergy practice, and from my experience with sugar sensitivity, I suspect that the sugar of milk, lactose, is the culprit. What caution should you learn from this information? Be careful with milk. Enjoy it if you tolerate it. Do not exceed your tolerance when you drink it, it may be a cause of your symptoms.

Dementia’s symptoms: poor sleep

To know if you suffer from dementia, you must know its symptoms. I can teach you these symptoms because I have dementia; I know them.  I will start with sleeplessness, which may be, to the brain, the symptom most destructive. Because of my many experiments with foods and beverages, I have much experience with sleeplessness. I consider myself a typical dementia sufferer, believe that my sleeplessness is typical of dementia, and will use it to teach you.

Before I realized that I suffered dementia, my sleep was poor. I would quickly fall asleep but then would awaken after four hours. From a sleep that was not deep or healing. The deep and healing part is important because with deep and healing sleep, the mind tucks away information in the proper folders, casts aside worries and fears for a few hours, and rests to restore energy for the trials and tribulations of the next day. If, instead, the sleep is tossing and turning, the sleeper awakes tired, edgy, disorganized and irritated; susceptible to the damage of the aging chemicals.

(To review, I call them the aging chemicals because many of the debilities associated with aging are relieved by lowering the consumption of these diet chemicals . Debilities that are caused, not by age alone, but by the action of these destructive diet chemicals on older people.)

Reducing the eating and drinking of the aging chemicals, citrus, MSG and refined sugar, should pleasingly restore restful sleep. Then, returning again to consuming excesses of these aging chemicals, sleeplessness will most likely  return, often not the night  of the excess but on the night after. Reactions  to dietary  excess often occur hours after the excess and then often to last for 3 days; I do not know why there is that delay or prolonged distress. So, don’t let delayed onset and delayed resolving of symptoms convince you that you are not reacting to the foods you are eating. You are reacting.

I know that the above  description of poor sleep is a bit flowery but I believe it is decently accurate. To help you visualize this situation further, the nerves in many areas of the brain are involved in promoting sleep or inhibiting wakefulness. These nerves must be susceptible, like other nerves, to the overstimulation of nerves caused by MSG, especially if these nerves are also chronically infected by a virus and therefore sensitive to damage caused by citrus. And further damaged by disrupted chemical balance in the body caused by refined sugar. This nerve destruction must promote dementia. Especially since these destructive foods and beverages have been pounding on these nerves for years. (Research indicates that nerve damage is present years before the appearance of dementia).

The above raises two possibilities. 1) sleeplessness harms nerves, thereby promoting dementia. 2) Dementia harms nerves thereby promoting sleeplessness.  I suspect both are true; the reason sleeplessness promotes dementia is that poor sleep harms nerves and the irritation from this nerve damage promotes poor sleep: A reinforcing feedback loop.The same mechanism must also damage the other nerves of the body in the arms, legs, eyes, ears, etc. Determine if you suffer this injury by following the diet I teach you in these blog entries and in my book, Retaining the Mind.

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