FOLIC ACID AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.txt
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FOLIC ACID AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

 
Alzheimer's disease means that a person loses his ability to reason 
and think and eventually dies of not being able to use his mind. 
Dr. David Snowden has published continuing results from his famous 
Kentucky Nuns Study showing that the nuns who were most likely to 
suffer Alzheimer's disease have low blood levels of the vitamin 
folic acid and high levels of the protein building block 
homocysteine.

He reported previously that the nuns who were most likely to suffer 
Alzheimer's disease had ministrokes. This extraordinarily well done 
study shows that not eating enough leafy greens can deprive you of 
the vitamin folic acid, which raises brain levels of homocysteine, 
that punches holes in arteries and causes plaques to form in them to 
cause ministrokes, which damage your brain so you can't recognize 
your loved ones. 

In 1942, the US Government passed a law requiring all flour products 
that cross state lines to have three vitamins, thiamine, niacin and 
riboflavin added back in. In 1994, the government required folic 
acid to be added back in. In the 1960s, Kilmer McCully was fired by 
Harvard Medical School because he had the nerve to state that lack 
of vitamin B12 and folic acid causes heart attacks and strokes. He 
was forced to leave the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital 
for a small hospital in Rhode Island because he preached what other 
doctors called quackery. Today, his theories are solid and the quack 
is now a respected prophet.

Methionine is an essential protein building block that your body 
uses to make another nonessential building block called cysteine. 
If you lack any of the three vitamins: B12, folic acid or 
pyridoxine, methionine is converted to a poison called homocysteine 
that damages arteries and causes strokes and heart attacks. Eating a 
diet that is rich in meat and low in leafy green vegetables and 
whole grains can cause Alzheimer's disease. Meat is one of the 
richest sources of methionine and leafy greens and whole grains are 
full of folic acid that prevents methionine from being converted to 
homocysteine. Loading up on methionine from meat and not eating 
folic acid converts methionine to homocysteine that causes 
ministrokes.

Reducing your intake of meat and chicken lowers your intake of 
methionine. Folic acid is found everywhere in nature that you get 
carbohydrates, because folic acid helps your body convert 
carbohydrates to energy. You help to prevent Alzheimer's disease by 
getting folic acid from all whole grains and fortified cereals, 
leafy green vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, and most plants and 
reducing your intake of methionine by eating less meat and chicken. 
If homocysteine remains above 100, take folic acid, pyridoxine and 
B12 (readily available in combination pills such as Foltex or 
Fol-B.) 

Checked 1/7/04