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The Myths about Alzheimer's

By Don SmithPosted May 28, 2014 2:53pm (EDT)
The Myths about Alzheimer's

According to The Alzheimer's Association, here are the top 8 myths:

1. Memory loss is a natural part of aging.  While its normal to have some memory problems like forgetting someones name of a person you just met, is completely different than Alzheimers. Alzheimer's is more than just the occasional memory loss. It's a disease that cause brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, you will see the individual forget more and more. The memory and thinking problems may also be caused by another type of dementia. 

2. Alzheimer's is not fatal. There has been no survivors. It destroys the brain cells, causes memory changes and loss of body functions. It slowly takes away ones identity and the ability to think, eat, walk or even talk. 

3. Only older people get Alzheimers. This disease can strike people in their 30s, 40s or even 50s - thats when its called younger-onset Alzheimer's. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "It is estimated that there are more than 5 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. This includes 5.2 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 people younger than age 65 with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease."

4. Drinking out of aluminum cans or cooking in aluminum can lead to Alzheimer's. During the 60s and 70s, aluminium was suspect to causing Alzheimer's, Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role auminium may play. 

5. Aspartame causes memory loss. Artificial sweetners like Nutrasweet and Equal was approved by the FDA in 1996. According to the FDA, as of May 2006, there were no scientific evidents that would lead to conclude that aspartame could cause Alzheimer's.

6. Flu shots increase risk of Alzheimer's. Several mainstram students link flu shots/other vaccines to actually reducing the risk of Alzheimers. Read Canadian Medical Journal Report and JAMA Report

7. Silver dental fillings increase risk of Alzheimer's disease. While there is no evidence to support this theory, the concern is that that there would be a link because "silver" fillings are made of a mixture that contains about 50% mercury, 35% silver and 15% tin. Mercury is known to be a heavy metal that can be toxic to the brain and other organs. Read the Journal of the American Dental Association and the New England Journal of Medicine Report.

8. There are treatments to stop progression of Alzheimer's. At this time there is no treatment available to stop the progression or treat the disease. The FDA did approve drugs that temporarily slow symptons for about 6-12months, about half of individuals take them. 


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