If we could travel back in time to 1920, or even 1950, and ask anyone on the street, “What is Alzheimer’s?” probably 100 out of 100 would answer, “I don’t know.” Alzheimer’s disease was so rare in the first half of the 20th Century, in fact, that most of the family doctors of the time had never witnessed a case. Today, though, nearly everyone is affected in some way by this devastating disease. Fortunately, there are physicians like Dr. Kelly Miller, author of Saving Your Brain, who are not willing to accept the common thinking that chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s are genetic and thus out of a person’s control. Rather, these intrepid doctors are looking for the cause in order to bring about a cure. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Miller’s book, which is at the top of our recommended reading list:
It does not take a rocket scientist, or even a physician, to see that there is something going terribly wrong in the aging process of people in this country. I can remember my great-grandparents from childhood. My great-grandfather lived to 89, and he was able to function and take care of himself the last years of his life. His mind was still sharp. My maternal grandmother, Grammie, was born in 1898, and lived until she was 97. She was a well-known folklorist and the primary storyteller of the family. She had entertained me for hours with her great storytelling. I was always amazed at her recollection. When she passed away at age 97, she still had good quality-of-life, retaining her mental faculties and sense of humor.
Unfortunately for many of us, our grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and friends are rarely aging in a like manner. What is the difference? What has happened to create this change? The average 65-year-old American is on 6 to 10 medications and commonly has significant physical and cognitive decline by this age. It should be obvious to most that there must be something in the lifestyle or environment of Americans today that is influencing these negative aging changes. It should also be obvious to most that the reason these people are sick is not because they have a deficiency of ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, Prozac, statin medications, Coumadin, and the like in their bodies. If cardiovascular disease, cancers, allergies, autoimmune diseases, overweight/obesity, type 2 diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s disease are all on the rise, isn’t it logical that something is inherently wrong? To answer what has caused these changes, it is necessary to understand what determines a state of health or disease. The Bible says the cause of illness is from three things: what we sow and reap (this encompasses many things including literally what we plant in the ground and eat, what we spend our time thinking about, listening to, and talking about, and everything involved with our lifestyle), and accidents. In 1896, D.D. Palmer, founder of chiropractic, said the causes of disease were threefold: poisons, trauma, and autosuggestion, an unrelenting change of thought. One of my early mentors, M.T.Morter, Jr, DC, stated in the 1980s that health and wellness were determined by 6 essentials: what we eat, what we drink, how we rest, how we exercise, what/how we breathe, and what we think. My practice embraces the beliefs of all three of these sources. The one additional factor I want to contribute is the presence of genetic variants, inherited from your parents. Genetic variants called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) can also occur in bodies as they age due to unhealthy lifestyles, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental toxins. Nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, negative thoughts, EMFs, or poor lifestyle habits often trigger the negative epigenetic expressions. Of these variables, thoughts may have the most influence as they determine how you perceive yourself and the decisions and choices you make in all areas of life.You can get Dr. Miller’s book, Saving Your Brain by CLICKING HERE. Better yet, get the book and join us for BrainTap Partnership Summit September 14-16 in New Bern, North Carolina where Dr. Miller will be giving a presentation on his findings. We’d love to see you there!