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This month's newsletter topic is focused on understanding Alzheimer's Disease.  Alzheimer's is a relatively new disease of the mind that has been linked to many current trends in the US.  Two of which are cholesterol lowering medications and low fat diet trends.  Both of which decrease the amount of "good fat" available for your brain.  The brain thrives on Omega 3 fatty acids (those found in grass fed protein sources, fish oil, olive oil, avocado, coconut oil etc).  Without adequate amounts of Omega 3 "good fat", your brain starves and glucose metabolism suffers, which according to recent research, leads to Alzheimer's. 

Alzheimer's is also strongly linked with a build up of Aluminum in the system from various sources listed below.  A thorough detox program, like the Three-Step Detox we offer at IMC, is an effective way to address buildup of Aluminum, as well as the many other chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis.

Please take the time to read this month's informative edition to help ensure your health and longevity, and be sure to share it with your loved ones too!  

Until our next adjustment...
Yours in Health, 
Dr. Heidi & the InnerMovement Wellness Team
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month:

Scientists and researchers have made great strides in determining the causes of Alzheimer's.  It begins with a breakdown of the brain cells ability to produce energy (in the form of ATP from the mitochondria). Without energy, the brain cell can no longer survive and begins to die off.  This effect is magnified as the pattern continues to occur in multiple brain cells over the course of decades and in specific regions of the brain. The result is a loss of function which brings the diagnosis of Alzheimer's.


As the health and longevity of the mitochondria is vital, anything harmful should be avoided.  This includes stress, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, excessive alcohol consumption, drugs, smoking, and a high-calorie processed food diet. 


The good news is that a healthier lifestyle CAN help to protect the mitochondria and your brain health.  A high quality diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fewer calories, healthy fats, and supplementing your diet with a multi-vitamin, Vitamins B & D and EPA/DHA are all important. 


In addition to following a healthy diet, maintaining proper circulation in the body are equally necessary to ensure proper nerve function and brain health.  A routine exercise program along with an ongoing Chiropractic treatment plan and regular massage therapy care have been proven to positively affect the mind-body connection with Alzheimer's.


New criteria, guidelines for Alzheimer's diagnosis 


Alzheimers Association 

Chiropractic & Alzheimers: 
The Circulation Connection

A slow starvation of the brain over time is one of the major triggers of the biochemistry that causes some forms of Alzheimer's, according to a new study. 


Robert Vassar of Northwestern University recently found that when the brain doesn't get enough glucose, a process is launched that ultimately produces the sticky clumps of protein that appear to be a cause of Alzheimer's. The brain can become deprived of adequate nutrients when its blood flow becomes restricted. 


Subluxations (significant structural misalignments) in the cervical spine create a decrease in joint mobility leading to degeneration of the Cervical spine, which in turn effects the associated tissues.  Over time this degenerative process will cause interference of nerve function and cervical blood flow, thus affecting the required nutrient-rich arterial blood flow to the brain.  Chiropractic care addresses these subluxations and can improve cognitive function by increasing circulation to the brain which would in turn, increase Glucose to the brain tissue as well. 


An Interesting Correlation:  Alzheimer's and Chiropractic Care


Alzheimer's Disease:  Can Chiropractic Make A Difference


For more information on how Chiropractic can benefit your mind as well as your body, please ask Dr. Heidi.

Aluminum:  Known NueroToxin Implicated In Alzheimer's Disease


Aluminum is very toxic to the nervous system; high toxic levels may cause our nerves to become over excited leading to tremors and life threatening convulsions, and is thought to be implicated in Alzheimer's Disease.


How does aluminum consumption affect us?  Scientific research shows that amyloid plaques form within the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease. These amyloid plaques have been found to be very highly concentrated with aluminum deposits, so it has been theorized that aluminum consumption may have a significant role in the progression of this disease.


How are we exposed to environmental aluminum? One of the biggest contributors of aluminum consumption may be alum,which is found in pancake batter and bleached flour as well as other pastries and bread products that use a baking powder that contains alum.  Aluminum cookware and aluminum cans, the latter of which can leach the aluminum into the liquid, particularly if this liquid is an acid like soft drinks that are high in phosphoric acid. Some antacids also contain high levels of this metal. Aluminum is also found in body deodorants and is absorbed through the skin.


International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease:  Link between Aluminum and the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease
Coconut Oil:  Food For Your Brain


Researchers are actively looking to Coconut Oil and it's positive effects for Alzheimer's patients. The human brain uses glucose for fuel. Most of the time our brains rely on glucose from carbohydrates, but if that isn't available - because we haven't eaten anything for a while or because we're eating almost no carbohydrates - then our brain cells can switch to using the energy from our fat stores. This energy comes in the form of small molecules called ketones.

Through brain scans, Alzheimer's researchers have found that as the disease progresses and gets worse, sections of the brain lose their ability to properly process sugar into energy. When this occurs, the brain begins to use its own cells for energy, causing severe deterioration and dementia.


Coconut oil may help by boosting the brain's energy supply as it is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). When the human body metabolizes MCTs, it creates ketone Beta-hydroxybutyrate. This ketone helps to protect the neurons in the brain and provide energy to cells (much like glucose). The ketones found in coconut oil provide a fuel to the brain that is thought to be very beneficial to those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's.  


How to get the benefits of coconut oil into your diet?  

* Take 4 teaspoons per day.

 Where to buy?  Whole Foods, Trader Joes & most health food stores


More information:

How Coconut Oil May Rescue The Brain From Alzheimer's Disease


ABC News


Daily Mail UK


Coconut Oil:  Research on Alzheimer's

Nutrition Corner: Brain Boosting Foods
  • Eat Fish and Seeds:  Fish and seeds are rich in Omega-3's, particularly DHA.  Eating one serving of oily fish a week is associated with halving the risk of Alzheimer's.  Fish is also an excellent source of vitamins B12, D and choline, all essential for the brain. (Resource: Mercury Levels in Fish) For non-fish eaters, Chia seeds and Flax seeds are also excellent sources of omega 3. Omegagenics EPA/DHA product is on special this month - 20% Off!  
  • Eat 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day:  Plant-based foods are shown to reduce cognitive decline with vegetables being particularly protective. Your best veggie options are: carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, spinach and mushrooms. The best fruits are berries, especially blueberries and strawberries.
  • Supplement your B Vitamins:  High dose B6 (20mg), folic acid (800mcg) and B12 (500mcg) has been shown to greatly reduce the rate of brain shrinkage and memory loss in those at risk of Alzheimer's. Biotics B-Comples is on special this month - 20% Off! 
  • Minimize sugar and refined foods intake:
     Keeping your blood sugar level down preserves your memory. Avoiding sugar as much as possible and eating slow-releasing 'whole' carbohydrate foods. Combine your carbs with a healthy, lean protein to reduce the glycemic load.  Follow the "Mediterranean Diet". See our recipe of the month below.
  • Limit your coffee intake:  Coffee both raises homocysteine levels and promotes the excretion of protective B vitamins.  Make the switch to green tea.
  • Add Coconut OIl to your diet: (see article above) Easiest way?  Add 4 teaspoons to your breakfast smoothie!
Recipe Of The Month
Mediterranean Tuna Antipasto Salad
(serves 4)
  • 1- 19-ounce can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained & rinsed
  • 2 - 6-ounce cans water-packed chunk light tuna, drained and flaked 
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 4 teaspoons capers, rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 8 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
1.  Combine chickpeas  tuna, bell pepper, onion, parsley, capers, rosemary, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl. Season with pepper.  Set aside.

2.  Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon oil and salt in a large bowl. Add salad greens; toss to coat. 

3.  Divide the greens between 4 plates. Top each with the tuna salad.


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