Volume 1, Issue 1
September 3, 2008
More proof that you can
Did you know that Alzheimer's disease is completely preventable? It's true. No one has to get it. In fact, young people never get Alzheimer's disease? Even if they have the genetics for it, they won't get it until they get older. That's because Alzheimer's is a disease of aging. And that should tell us how to prevent it.
All you have to do to prevent Alzheimer's — even if you have a genetic risk — is to keep your body in a youthful state of health. And now a new study confirms what I have been telling my patients for years. One of the best ways to avoid this terrible disease is with natural hormonal replacement.
In this study, researchers followed 30 young, pre-menopausal women. All of them had bleeding complications from fibroids. Fibroids are benign uterine growths that can lead to cancer. The researchers gave each of the patients a drug to shrink the fibroids. The drug also temporarily shuts down estrogen and progesterone production, producing a state similar to menopause.
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Before they started the drug, the researchers gave each woman a memory test. Then they gave them the same test while they were taking the drug. And finally, they gave the women a third test after they stopped taking the drug (when their ovaries were once again producing hormones).
The average scores were similar before and after treatment. But they dropped a full 10% while the women were on the drug.
The researchers also recorded reduced levels of activity in an area of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex during treatment. This is the area of the brain that's linked to learning and memory.
It's becoming clear that sex hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, do have a direct effect on the brain. However, other studies show that normal HRT, which uses synthetic hormones such as Premarin and Provera, doesn't prevent Alzheimer's. In fact, these drugs not only don't prevent Alzheimer's disease, they actually promote it.
So what can you do to stop Alzheimer's? This study shows very clearly that hormones are the answer. It also shows that natural hormones are the key. The drugs in this study were natural — the ones your body creates every day. It has nothing to do with synthetic hormones.
This means that taking natural hormone replacement might not prevent Alzheimer's. You can find a physician who uses these hormones by visiting www.acam.org.
Finding your real cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
REFS:HRT 'might ward off Alzheimer's'. BBC World News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/health/7312252.stm.
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