Is Alzheimer's Disease A Nutritional Disorder?

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Interviewer: Alzheimer's continues to be a growing concern as well. It's mentioned on your website, I know.

Dr. William Walsh: Yeah.

Interviewer: Can that possibly be tied to a nutritional disorder as well?

Dr. William Walsh: Well, it can. We know some of the factors that tend to promote Alzheimer's and there are things that people can do to protect themselves against Alzheimer's. We know for example it's a condition of oxidative stress. There's been a lot of research on protectors in the brain that stop working and some of these are called glutocyone. But maybe the most important one is a protein called Metallothionein, and that's less than one third normal of people who die of Alzheimer's compared to older people who die of something else. And that is a extraordinary powerful protector both in the blood brain barrier that keeps toxics and other things from getting into the brain, but also in overcoming oxidative stress and free radicals in the brain. And so we've developed a Metallothionein promotion therapy which so far we've only given to 130 people diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but the early results are really exciting. And we find that most of them get a partial improvement in memory and then they stabilize for years. 

But we need to do some double blind control studies to make sure it really works. Other conditions that we work directly with are schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. I've seen more than 3,600 schizophrenics and they also are... Schizophrenia is another name given to completely different conditions and there are three major types of depression, I mean of schizophrenia, that need completely different directed treatment even though main stream medicine regards them as all sort of similar and use atypical anti-psychotics is the main way to treat them. But they'd be far better off if they could identify which type of schizophrenia they're dealing with. Another group that we've worked with is autism. I think, my group and I have seen more autistics than anybody in the world. We've worked with clinically 6,500 cases. I'm certain we have the world's greatest chemical database for autism, and I think we're getting very close to understanding what autism is and how to help these kids.

Interviewer: Okay.

Dr. William Walsh: So that's what I was doing at the time, if you have cancer. And then if you want to maintain, then it's seven apricot kernels per day to not get cancer. And I've heard of people that actually go beyond the limit and take a lot of seeds per day throughout the day, and I guess you can build up a tolerance to that. I haven't experimented with that personally.

Interviewer: Okay.

Dr. William Walsh is an expert when it comes to brain health and nutritional balance. Here he discusses the possible connection between nutritional deficiencies and Alzheimer's Disease. He also touches on some potential new hope in the fight against Alzheimer's as well as how nutrition relates to other conditions.

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