“Unfortunately, the majority of clinicians dealing with patients who have mental health issues are unlikely to suspect heavy metal toxicity as a cause of their patient’s problems due to a general lack of knowledge of this subject in the medical community.”, San Francisco Preventative Medical Group
The general belief is that aging brains, like bodies, degenerate as they grow older. What can we do to maintain a healthy brain as we advance in years? Is there a way to protect our brains from accelerated aging and degeneration such as dementia?
Setting the stage
Dementia is a collective term, used to describe the progressive impairment of individual cognitive capabilities to the point where memory loss becomes complete. All of those learned tasks, necessary for daily living, become unlearned - an increasingly frustrating and emotional experience for anyone.
The signs of dementia become more noticeable in older people, usually those in their 60s, and beyond.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, a physical disorder, progressive in nature, that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, or neurons, resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioural changes.
The disease is more likely to become prevalent in older people, usually in their 60s and beyond.
Heavy metal toxicity occurs as a result of an accumulation of heavy metals that the body is unable to eliminate through its own natural elimination processes.
The adverse impact of heavy metal toxicity is more likely to become more pronounced in those who have been subjected to exposure to heavy metals in their environment at an early age, and those who have been exposed to relatively lower levels of heavy metals continuously throughout their life and who are now in their 60s and beyond.
A solution lies in assisting the body’s intelligence to eliminate the heavy metals naturally.
Aging - 60s and beyond
Between 1985 and 2025, Canada is predicted to experience a 135% increase in the size of its over-65 population, and the USA will have an increase of 105%. Guatemala, for instance, will have a 357% increase in the number of its elderly individuals over the above 20-year period; for Mexico the increase will be 324% and for India 264%.
More about Heavy Metal Toxicity
From the San Francisco Preventative Medical Group:
“Toxic heavy metals are found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the houses we live in. Toxic metal exposure can result in a wide array of common mental health disorders that can mimic many psychiatric “diseases” and thus lead to psychoactive prescription drug use or other unnecessary treatments. “
“Chronic low-level exposure can lead to a wide array of problems, ranging from neuropsychiatric disturbances such as aggressive behaviour, memory loss, depression, irritability, and learning deficits.”
Early onset dementia - a personal experience
In my childhood, there was little awareness that toxic chemicals and heavy metals negatively affected your brain. As children consume more calories per pound of body weight than adults, there is a greater exposure to toxic metals in food. Science has showed us that advanced aging and dementia are linked to environmental toxins.
In the 1960s, similar to others, I ate mostly junk foods and had a sweet tooth that was insatiable. I ate a steady diet of frozen TV dinners, canned soups, soda pops, and so on. Both of my parents smoked and drank alcohol, and my mother took a lot of pharmaceuticals while pregnant with me.
All of this was considered unremarkable at the time.
In school, I was classified as a slow learner. I was also given handfuls of pills for asthma and allergies. In my 20s, I began to suffer from chronic heavy metal toxicity. I had lots of amalgam fillings and I was medically diagnosed with mercury toxicity. I felt as though I was living life in slow motion, both mentally and physically. I was experiencing extreme mental inertia, lethargy, apathy, and very muddled and confused thinking – all signs of brain dementia.
Through extensive research and by following specific solutions, I have been able to eliminate the impact of heavy metal toxicity. How did I do this?
My first step was to reduce further exposure - I was careful about what I ate and what I absorbed through the skin, lungs, and digestive tract. I changed ny diet, lifestyle, and environment. I then set about cleansing extensively and routinely my accumulated and daily absoption of toxicity.
The relief was almost immediate. I felt calmer. The brain fog lifted, and I felt sunnier and happier. Now, at 56, my mental ability and clarity is very strong. Even my hair is turning dark again. All signs that rejuvenation is occuring.
I, like many people, had suffered from a form of dementia, not realizing they it may be caused by heavy metals and chemical toxicity.
Even though we may able to reduce heavy metals, won’t it be too late for the brain? Can our brains be capable of rejuvenating at any age?
Yes, it can because ...
The brain can bounce back at any time
From the National Scientific Counsel on the Developing Child:
“During pregnancy, the developing brain is extremely sensitive to many chemicals. Environmental influences can be positive or negative in very powerful ways, because they have the capacity to literally change the architecture of the brain as it grows.”
“Although exposure to toxins can result in serious injury, the brain is also resilient as biology protects it over other organ systems and helps it resist the potentially negative impacts of outside threats.”
“Moreover, when given the chance, the brain often demonstrates the capacity to recover from damage. This balance between vulnerability and resilience determines how different environmental conditions affect brain development over time”. (Early exposure to toxic substances damages brain architecture - Spring 2006)
If you begin to notice what appears to be the early signs of dementia in a loved one or in yourself, consider seeking tests for heavy metal toxicity. As we have quoted and noted above, it is possible to reduce the levels and impact of heavy metal toxicity.
If you do have a high level of heavy metals, you may be able to reduce that level.
There are people who demonstrate amazing brain power until their 90’s. Many of them are fit and healthy. They live active lives by exercising and taking care of what they expose their bodies to environmentally. They watch what they eat and they rejuvenate by cleansing regularly.
When you see someone with bright and clear eyes, brilliant white teeth, shiny hair, glowing and pink complexions, and enthusiastic energy, and so on … these are signs that health is expanding, that their body is rejuvenating.
That someone could be you.