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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

June 1st, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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