Alzheimers Mike’s Notes March 19th 2014-03-20 UK Statistics 2012: Men 1 All cancers 19% 2 Heart disease 16% 3 Lower Respiratory 6% 4 Stroke 6% 5 Alzheimer's etc 6% Note: All but ‘flu are degenerative diseases All are occurring at earlier age Women 1 All cancers 2 Alzheimer's etc 3 Heart Disease 4 Stroke 5 Flu/pneumonia 14% 12% 10% 8% 6% Possible Causes Internal External Stress Environment Food Look at Food: Food as fuel - very important that we hav the right fuel: eg wrong fuel damages your engine For some reason we are able to eat almost anything, anywhere, unlike many animals. eg Horses, cats, pandas, koalas etc. Looking more closely, however, it would appear that we fare better when we eat local, seasonal and natural. Eskimos (Innuit) traditionally eat only fat, feeding the proteins to the dogs. They live in extreme cold conditions, do not suffer from heart disease or common cold. All this changed when they started eating imported "foodstuffs". Instinct tells us that eating only fat in a Saharan desert environment might not be as successful. In the last 100 years and especially the last 50 years, the UK diet has changed massively. The ways in which livestock are reared, the ways in which our fruit and veg have been hybridised and produced and also the fact that most of us live in centrally heated and insulated homes and places of work and that we take less exercise have all conspired to move us to where our bodies are having to manage what, in effect, are extreme internal and external environments. Hardly surprising therefore, that our internal systems are feeling the strain and eventually failing. Overfed and undernourished is only a part of the overall syndrome, but is a good place to start. The symptomatic approach of the establishment to chronic and degenerate disease will only paint over the rust. The blind belief that there are only two problems in the field of health care - an insufficiency of drugs and excess of organs will continue to boost the profits of the pharmaceutical companies and do nothing to stem the tidal wave of degenerate and chronic disease. Until we recognise the urgency of identifying and correcting the fundamental causes and educate at the grass roots level, consumers will continue to eat rubbish and suffer the consequences.