Introduction: Home Remedy for Alzheimer's
I watched my mom deteriorate from the disease, though it seemed like she started getting symptoms very early, in her 30s and 40s. Everybody, myself included, just thought she was kind of slow witted, but now that I'm starting to experience similar symptoms I realize it may not have been a deficiency in her mental abilities, but in fact a disease creeping up on her.
Anyway, I have been keeping an eye out for the latest research and stumbled across a very interesting video lecture by a professor at Keele University in England. This particular scientist strikes me as credible, so I have been trying out his recommendation with very positive results so far.
I can't resist sharing it with everyone here in the hopes that other people will find similar benefit from it.
Here's the original video I watched. For those who don't want to invest the time to watch the whole thing (though I recommend it), the upshot is: consuming a particular type of bioavailable silica called silicic acid (SIOH4) dissolved in water just so, will help your body excrete aluminum
Step 1: Proceed With Due Caution
Let me start out by saying: I have no clue! I'm sure that's obvious to everyone by this time. I'm not a doctor or biologist or scientist or anyone who would have proper knowledge about such things as this. So technically speaking, you should not be taking advice from me or anyone on the internet really. You should always talk to your doctor first before starting any sort of home remedy treatment.
This is new information for me. Prior to watching the video, I had never heard of silica being something you could consume. I wouldn't have considered it until finding out about it's natural occurrence in certain bottled water products.
So, it being new information, it has not been road tested by the world. So take that under advisement.
Also we are not talking about just any old silica here. Many forms of silica are extremely hazardous to your health including the dry flaky stuff that can get airborne and give you silicosis. Neither is this the silica that comes in those little desiccant packets that are clearly imprinted with the words "DO NOT EAT". It is not silica gel either.
The professor in the video recommends only two particular brands of bottled water which they actually tested to see how much naturally occurring silica they contained. The two brands he mentions are Volvic and Spritzer. Elsewhere online he has mentioned that actual amount of bioavailable silica contained in these products is about half the amount listed in their chemical constituents. Bottledwaterweb.com has ingredient lists for a lot of major brands of water. For example, Fiji water shows a dissolved silica measurement of 83 mg/liter so you can assume about 41.5 mg of bioavailable silica.
Where I live, Fiji water is $2/liter. That's too much for our budget. On the other hand, it's cheaper than a daily visit to Starbucks. As a less expensive alternative, I've switched to mixing up Ionized Silica solution with water. I don't know if using this instead of the expensive water is going to have the same benefit as using the bottled water brands he's suggesting. Subjectively speaking, I give it two thumbs up anyway. However, I do have some reservations. I'm not 100% on board. I have questions like: Could silica get into your cells and interstitial areas and cause trouble as well? They say silica is biologically inert so there may be nothing to worry about. But who knows, 10 years down the road, they may turn around and say "Oh we found something out that contradicts what we thought before, so nevermind what we said back then". I am concerned about this because it's already known that prolonged consumption of colloidal silver causes an irreversible condition called argyeria in which the silver gets into cells and stays there causing your skin to have a permanent blue/gray tint.
The lecturer suggests you drink the bottled water at a rate of 1 liter per day for 13 weeks and subjectively evaluate your symptoms. I don't know if there is benefit or harm to continuing beyond that length of time.
I'm heading into the 8 month mark on this experiment on myself and I would like to note that sometimes after I drink a glass of the silica water, I remain thirsty afterwards. Maybe I've had too much. So, I've been going back to plain filtered water again. Possibly this should be treated as a periodic cleanse that you do, rather than an ongoing daily regimen.
Step 2: The Suspected Role of Aluminum/Aluminium in Alzheimer's Disease
It has been suspected that aluminum has some role to play in development of Alzheimer's Disease.
Deposits of aluminum have been found amid the neurofibrillous tangles and plaques in the brains of patients with the disease.
It is not well understood how the aluminum gets there and what role it plays in the onset of the illness. But anyway, the studies are ongoing and the debate continues as to whether aluminum is really involved. Aluminum is very widely used in a number of products on the market. For instance, it is the principle ingredient in deodorant. It is often a constituent of baking powder which is used in a majority of baked goods. It is used as an adjuvant in vaccines to stimulate an immune reaction in the body which helps the vaccine do its intended work. Aluminum, in the form of aluminum salts, also called 'alum' is a component of many toothpastes and antacids. It is used in water purification plants. So, it's just coming at us from all directions.
I am not advocating that anyone skip their vaccinations. I think the adverse effects of such a decision would far outweigh that of the accumulation a bit of aluminum in sensitive individuals. The good news is, at least according the information suggested by this lecturer, you can likely bring about a reduction in your body burden of aluminum by drinking silica rich mineral water.
Anyway, I'm just stoked that there is something I can possibly do about it that is reasonably harmless and possibly utterly helpful in combating this serious condition.
Step 3: Materials
As the researcher, Professor Exley, tells us in the video. They explored several different sources of naturally occurring dissolved silica and identified several brands of bottled water which had it as a significant constituent. The professor recommended Volvic water as one that contains the highest bioavailble amount and also another brand called Spritzer.
I don't have access to Volvic water, so I started out drinking Fiji water, which, according to bottledwaterweb.com, contains a significant amount of naturally occurring dissolved silica (83mg/liter). I noticed a big improvement right away, but then plateaued soon and decided to find a less expensive alternative.
I searched online and found some sources of dissolved silica.
Ionized silica: I've tried two brands of ionic silica so far, Eidon and Good State. I prefer the Eidon version. ~$20
Filtered water of your choice: I've been using a Brita water filter system for some time now and am happy with it. I don't think the brand matters here though.
Step 4: Combine and Consume
I've been adding one capful of the Eidon Ionic Silica to two liters of filtered water and drinking it throughout the day.
Side note: I don't recommend adding more than one capful to two liters - tried that and wound up with a sour stomach.
Step 5: Experience So Far
I've been doing this for 7 months now - well beyond the 13 weeks recommended.
I have noticed a huge improvement in my general cognition. Now this is of course subjective, but I've noticed that given a list of items to remember, I can generally remember the whole thing, every element in the list comes back to me readily. Whereas before I might have remembered only the first or last elements.
Little things. I can find things now. I remember where I laid my keys. I remember where I last used the scissors. Little things like this.
In general, information is sticking with me and coming back to me more readily which is a very encouraging sign of progress.
Step 6: Upshot
I'm so glad I discovered this, that's all I can tell you. I hope if you try it you will find it as beneficial as I have.
Step 7: For the Doubtful
When I first started this experiment on myself, I looked into aluminum tests that I could purchase and use at home. I found this one, but the reviews on it are so bad that it doesn't seem worthy of the $25 investment. I don't know of any way to measure how much aluminum is stored in my body.
Here are some links to studies which provide some interesting support to the general theory
Evidence for participation of aluminum Neurofibrillary Tangle Formation and Growth in Alzheimer’s Disease
Kinetics of uptake and elimination of silicic acid by a human subject: A novel application of 32Si and accelerator mass spectrometry
Acute toxicity of aluminium to fish eliminated in silicon-rich acid waters
The reaction of aluminium with silicic acid in acidic solution: an important mechanism in controlling the biological availability of aluminium?
Effect of Organic Acids on Aluminum Toxicity in Subsoils
The chemistry of aluminum and silicon in relation to Alzheimer's disease.
The amelioration of aluminium toxicity by silicon in higher plants: Solution chemistry or an in planta mechanism?
Biological and therapeutic effects of ortho-silicic acid and some ortho-silicic acid-releasing compounds: New perspectives for therapy
A biogeochemical cycle for aluminium?
Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease, a personal perspective after 25 years
Review of studies on exposure to aluminum and Alzheimer's disease
Mechanisms of aluminum-induced neurodegeneration in animals: Implications for Alzheimer's disease
Aluminum as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
Effects of aluminum on the nervous system and its possible link with neurodegenerative diseases.