One Way to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Are you taking medications for a physical problem?

pill question markWhether your problem is asthma, bladder spasms, stomach cramps, diarrhea, pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, or allergies, the medication you are on might be impeding the action of one of your important neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical signals from one nerve to another in all parts of your body.  Acetylcholine is very important for your cognitive function.  Drugs that reduce its function, called anticholinergics, are used to treat the symptoms mentioned above as well as others. I thank Dr. David Williams for pointing out this problem in his booklet The Only Way To Reverse Alzheimer’s.  Dr. Williams also mentions statin drugs, the ones to reduce cholesterol, for their side effects in the nervous system.  Muscle pain, muscle tenderness and weakness are some of those side effects. If you need to take medication, be sure to also take supplements that reduce your vulnerability to the side effects.  If the side effects become disabling, talk with your doctor about changing your medication and check if the medication is really necessary for your condition.  Remember, many times there are safe and effective remedies like nutrients, herbs and homeopathics that can resolve the same issues.    The philosophy in alternative medicine is to determine the cause of the symptom(s) with the goal of remediating the whole problem.

As that brilliant thinker, Anonymous, said, “Take care of your body.  It’s the only one you have.”

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