by: Walker, Morton, D.P.M.
Dr. Morton Walker is a former doctor of podiatric medicine, and has long been
recognized as the world's most outstanding medical journalist specializing in
holistic medicine. He is the author of 64 published books and more than 1600
published magazine, newspaper and clinical journal articles. He is the winner
of 23 medical journalism awards and medals. He received the 1992 Humanitarian
Award from the American Cancer Control Society, the 1981 Orthomolecular Award
from the American Institute of Preventive Medicine for outstanding achievement
in orthomolecular education, and two prestigious Jesse Neal Editorial Achievement
Awards from the American Business Press. His books include Smart Nutrients, The
Yeast Syndrome, The Healing Powers of Chelation Therapy, Orthomolecular Nutrition,
Toxic Metal Syndrome, Pain, Pain Go Away and How to Stop Baldness and Regrow Hair.
CHELATION THERAPY Chelation therapy is an amino acid which is given through intravenous infusion, and it is used for two major purposes: it pulls toxic heavy metals out of the body and brain cells which are damaged, and it pulls atherosclerotic plaque off the arterial walls. If you have arteries which are blocked and you are designated to have a coronary bypass operation, you can "bypass" the bypass by taking chelation therapy. A bypass is a very serious operation with immense side effects. For instance 30% of bypass patients end up with mental problems or mental derangements as a result of the bypass because of the interruption in blood flow, and that affects brain cells. You don't need that operation; in fact some 90% of coronary bypass operations are unnecessary.
SYMPTOMS Alzheimer's disease was discovered in 1906 by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. From that time until now, there has been no treatment or drug for Alzheimer's disease. Instead, people deteriorate steadily with a variety of symptoms. It causes a devastating loss to a loved one, a loss of intelligence and the ability to love. The inability to love may be the worst because there is no longer any expression of emotion. There is disorientation and no sense of time. There are mental changes: lack of comprehension, inability to concentrate, a short attention span, memory loss, abstract thinking is lost, and there is a loss of judgment and delusions. An Alzheimer's patient may have no judgment about how hot a bath should be and draw a scalding hot bath and get in. There will be emotional changes: loss of emotional control, anxiety, irritability, hostility, stubbornness, no sense of humour, suspicion, jealousy and paranoia. There will be altered behaviour, no initiative, apathy, and inability to perform various personal needs. There will be restlessness, ongoing sorting and organizing, impulsiveness, hoarding, hiding and misplacing items, and loss of inhibition. Because the stages of Alzheimer's disease affect the brain cells, there is steady damage and deterioration until eventually the brain cells don't function any longer.
STAGES OF ALZHEIMER'S There are seven stages to Alzheimer's disease. Stage one is normal behaviour. Stage two is minor memory lapse. In stage three there is confusion and loss of names; this a borderline condition which does not necessarily lead to Alzheimer's. Stage four or "mild" Alzheimer's is the inability to think rationally. In stage five, "moderate" Alzheimer's, the patient can't remember names of close relatives. In stage six, "moderately severe" Alzheimer's, there is inability to dress oneself and take care of personal needs. In stage seven, there is loss of speech and incontinence. The eighth stage of Alzheimer's disease is death.
PATHOLOGICAL BRAIN CHANGES In Alzheimer's patients, the nerves of the brain have a series of breaks or tangles called neurofibrillary tangles, so that they crunch up and do not even attach to each other. The synapse is destroyed which means the brain impulse cannot cross the synapse opening, and the brain impulse is lost. This occurs because of a natural body protein called amyloid which we all have in our bodies and which usually functions normally until around age 45 or so. Thereafter, the amyloid starts to change and alters itself into beta amyloid, which will not have a pathological aspect unless we come in contact with toxic metals. The metallic molecules combine with the beta amyloid protein which is already tending towards pathology and change the beta amyloid to cause destruction of nerve cells and the formation of neurofibrillary tangles. Then the tangles combine together in a kind of gel in the brain and create senile plaques. You can't test for the presence of senile plaques, but there is a change in the behaviour of the patient. You will see the plaques only after death when there is an autopsy on the patient's brain, and indeed that proves that the patient died of Alzheimer's disease.
SOURCES OF TOXIC METALS Alzheimer's disease is an accumulation of metallic particles. There are six toxic metals which cause Alzheimer's disease: aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, iron and manganese.
ALUMINUM is the most commonly found metal in the brains of Alzheimer patients. It has a specific affinity for the brain, specifically the tangled brain cells that characterize the disease. Aluminum pots and pans, aluminum foil, and soda and beer cans are all sources of excessive aluminum ingestion, especially when they are in contact with vinegar, and acidic fruits and juices including tomatoes. Check the ingredients when you buy products. Cheese products, baking powder, free flowing table salt, pizza, and non-dairy creamers often contain aluminum additives, all approved by the FDA. Hair spray, deodorant, douches, lipstick and other cosmetics, toothpaste, etc. contain aluminum compounds. Antacids, buffered aspirin, arthritis formulas and antidiarrheal drugs contain aluminum. Aluminosilicates are found in talcum powder, asbestos, cat litter and cigarette smoke.
MERCURY amalgams in your teeth predispose you to Alzheimer's disease. You should get rid of your dental amalgams.
LEAD contaminates the land near foundries, gas stations and highways. It is present in drinking water in homes fitted with old plumbing and new dripless faucets made of alloys containing lead. It is present in insecticides, private wells, certain plastics and lead crystal. It is present in old paints, enamels and glazes made before it was banned in the early 1970s.
CADMIUM like mercury is toxic to all body systems. Cadmium poisoning can result from cigarette smoking. Cadmium is found in fungicides, pesticides, superphosphate fertilizers, paint pigments, polyvinyl plastics, silver polish, soft water, evaporated milk, oysters and seafood, etc. Cadmium toxicity is neutralized by zinc.
IRON excess causes a delay in the transmission of the various neurotransmitting agents in the brain that send thought processes. I would suggest that you not take any nutritional supplements containing iron especially if you take more than 20 mg. of iron per day. If you have to take iron because of anemia or some other problem, then you should take zinc to neutralize the iron.
MANGANESE When manganese is present in the brain, it causes antisocial behaviour. Violent criminals who commit rape and murder and armed robbery were examined in California, and it was found that these violent criminals had about seven times more manganese in their brain tissues than the townspeople around the prisons. So if you want to avoid antisocial behaviour, you should try to avoid manganese in your body. A five mg. intake of manganese is all right, but 20 mg. is dangerous. So look at your nutritional supplements and make sure you are not taking too much manganese.
TREATMENT FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE There is no allopathic treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Chelation therapy is not part of mainstream medicine. In my book Toxic Metal Syndrome, we have described the chelation protocol to follow to reverse Alzheimer's disease, and it works. Dr. Richard Casdorph, the co-author of this book, found that when he gave chelation therapy to his patients to remove atherosclerotic plaques from the arteries, the minds of his patients began to clear up and function appropriately. He discovered that chelation therapy works beautifully to bring Alzheimer's disease patients out of the convalescent homes and back to their loved ones if enough treatment is administered in a specific dosage range. This protocol is described in the book. The usual number of treatments for heart disease begins with a series of 20 intravenous infusions, then goes on to another series of 20, and up to 80. If you go on to give 100 treatments, the brain clears up. Dr. Casdorph published his studies in professional journals, and many physicians around the world have adapted the Casdorph protocol for their own patients with Alzheimer's disease. Physicians' names and phone numbers are published in the appendix of the book. They belong to the American College for Advancement in Medicine, and I have to keep updating the book because the number is growing all the time. My book The Healing Powers of Chelation Therapy has a newly updated list.
EDTA Chelation therapy consists of injections of a synthetic amino acid, a protein, whose name is ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid, also known as EDTA. It consists of hydrogen, carbon, sodium, oxygen and nitrogen. It actually captures a metallic particle floating in the bloodstream or brain fluid, surrounds it and draws it into its center where it is trapped. The body has no use for EDTA and gets rid of it, so the EDTA molecule with the trapped metallic particle is urinated out of your system within 24 hours. This is an effective way of detoxifying your arteries and your brain cells.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) affirms that chelation therapy is the best remedy for heavy-metal toxicity. In the U.S., chelation therapy was used against lead poisoning in battery factories and for sailors who regularly repaint Navy ships. Its most current use is for radiation poisoning. Exercise is also a chelating agent which pulls toxic metals out of the arteries. You are getting rid of the toxic metals by evacuation and urination.
I have taken chelation therapy myself. I have had 85 treatments, not for any disease process, but for prevention of disease, because if you take chelation therapy you can live a good long life. Mankind's projected years should be 120. But we don't live to 120; we die at an average age of 74 because we bury ourselves with what we eat or what we do to ourselves. When you have chelation, you visit a physician who is a chelating physician. There a number of them in Canada, but none in Ontario because the province of Ontario does not allow chelation therapy to be administered. If you can't get chelation therapy in Ontario, you can go to Niagara Falls. There are names, addresses and telephone numbers in the appendices of my books of physicians who give the treatment. The protocol for chelation therapy is set down by the American College for Advancement in Medicine. It is a protocol that works, has no side effects and is risk free. If the doctor changes the protocol, by speeding up the process by taking lesser dosage for shorter periods of time more frequently, that is not following the protocol and may cause the patient some problems. There are also many nutritional (oral) chelation formulas that you can use at home.
ANTI-ALZHEIMER'S DIET The concept that what we eat influences the functions of our brain was illustrated in the movie Lorenzo's Oil, a true story about how a child's life was saved with a treatment using two common cooking oils, olive oil and rapeseed oil. In a somewhat similar manner, a combination of essential fatty acids have been found to help brain function and memory of Alzheimer's patients. Alzene is a brand name drug product containing two fatty acids, alpha linoleic acid and linoleic acid which has been used for Alzheimer's patients. Supplements of cod liver oil and cold-pressed flaxseed oil are also recommended for Alzheimer's patients, one tablespoon of cod liver oil and one tablespoon of flaxseed oil daily, both excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In general cold-water oily fish are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but it is better to derive this nutrient from vegetarian sources like flaxseed oil because fish is often exposed to contaminated waters. A healthy diet consists of fresh and low-fat foods based on vegetables, brown rice, whole grains, small amounts of fish only as a side dish, and almost no meat. Eat any grain and any legume (like beans, lentils, tofu) sometime during the same day. We suggest removing coffee, black tea, cola, cocoa and alcohol from the diet of the Alzheimer's patient.
SUPPLEMENTS Supplementation helps to retard the progress of Alzheimer's disease. Calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, folic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, thiamine, vitamin C and vitamin E, L-tryptophan, phosphatidyl choline and acetyl L-carnitine would be advantageous supplements. Gingko biloba is effective in the early stages of Alzheimer's due to its anti-oxidant properties.
Q. How would you compare EDTA with desferoxamine.
A: Desferoxamine is a toxic agent. It is also a chelating agent. It works perhaps better for the reversal of Alzheimer's Disease than does EDTA. However, desferoxamine has numerous side effects and consequently doctors avoid the difficulties of desferoxamine by using EDTA. EDTA does work; it just takes a little longer.
Q: Does chelation therapy work for the hereditary type of Alzheimer's?
A: Hereditary Alzheimer's disease is caused by a gene. There is no treatment for it. The Alzheimer's disease which is caused by environmental pollution can be treated by chelation therapy. Even if you have the gene for Alzheimer's, you can still treat it with chelation therapy. That will get rid of the environmental factors so that maybe the gene won't take hold because you won't have the pollution in your system.
Q: How does the doctor decide how many treatments of chelation therapy are needed?
A: The doctor decides how many treatments are necessary through a series of laboratory examinations which determine how much toxic metal you have to get rid of.
For more information about chelation and dietary treatment for Alzheimer's disease, read Dr. Walker's book Toxic Metal Syndrome (1995), complete with full scientific references.