Introduction: Home Remedy for Alzheimer's

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If you are like me and you are pretty sure you are getting Alzheimer's disease, you may be interested in this experimental home remedy.  Shocking thing to say I know, but I prefer to face the facts than pretend they are not there. 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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I highly recommend trying this for anyone who is at all concerned about cognitive decline or any other sort of neurological defect they might be experiencing.

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

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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.

Comments

mole1 (author)2013-11-08

Great graphics! Mostly want to express my sympathy for the horror that motivated you. It's bad enough to watch loved ones deteriorate physically, but to see their essence/personality slowly dissolve is crushing. I hope this continues to work for you.

foobear (author)mole12013-11-08

Thanks - I used a combination of Photoshop and Sketchup for the graphics. It's fun to try to come up with illustrations for ideas using these tools.

foobear (author)mole12013-11-08

thank you!

Dr Qui (author)2013-11-30

I'm also no Dr though my avatar would suggest so (its a pun on Dr Who) I used colloidal silver earlier this year to clear up an infection in an injury on my shin that 3 courses of antibiotics failed to clear up, I bathed the wound with colloidal silver and also ingested 2 cl of colloidal silver which I held under the tongue for about 1 mins and then swallowed as this seems to be the quickest way to get the silver into the system. the wound and infection cleared up 2 weeks at which point I stopped using it.  Not only did it clear up the infection that my Doctor was seriously getting concerned about due to antibiotics showing no sign of fix, (one course of antibiotics made me unbelievably ill and had to be stopped) it also cleared up a chesty cough that had been lingering with me for over 6 months before when I had contracted whooping cough, yes whooping cough at age 42, seems the childhood vaccination wears off.

I did do allot of internet research on colloidal silver and the risk of argyeria, but it seems that guy who now looks like Pappa Smurf you see on You-Tube had been ingesting large amounts of colloidal silver for over a decade and also using a silver based topical cream and also sun beds to clear a persistent  skin disease, this is why he turned purple but seems to be of the mind set that he would rather be blue than suffer a irritating skin disease.

I now use colloidal silver to treat cuts and burns. also if I feel a cold or sore throat coming on will take 2 cl daily for about 1 week which does seem to speed up recovery.

Good luck with the treatment and keep sharing you findings on the internet.

Andy.


foobear (author)Dr Qui2013-11-30

Thank you for your interesting personal account. Maybe the colloidal silver will prove itself useful when the antibiotic resistant bacteria become a bigger problem. I am wary of it and haven't tried it yet, but will use if it I have to. Only on occasions, not continually, of course.

fireontheriver (author)2013-11-11

Interesting approach. To be honest, I think you're probably seeing more cognitive benefits from the extra water (2L is probably more than you'd drink if you weren't making a conscious effort) than the silica, but it's not a bad idea anyway.

To those worried about aluminum intake from their cooking pans/utensils, it should be noted that your digestive tract actively excludes aluminum, so even if any dissolves in your food or drink, the amount you'd pick up is negligible.  The amount you absorb through your skin from using antiperspirants is even less.  Some important enzymes in your cells also need aluminum to function, so you don't want to be cutting it out of everything you use.

Good instructable though!

foobear (author)fireontheriver2013-11-11

Thanks for the feedback. What cell enzymes use aluminum? I'd like to hear more about that.

fireontheriver (author)foobear2013-11-12

Most notably succinate dehydrogenase and alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase, which are both involved in making energy for your cells. The research is still fairly preliminary, but it seems that these function best with a little bit of aluminum. There may be a connection between these enzymes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, but no one is quite sure yet. It could be that too much aluminum makes these enzymes produce too many oxidants, or it could be that something going wrong elsewhere in the cell cycle causes aluminum to build up as a result. Interesting area of research.

foobear (author)fireontheriver2013-11-12

Could you supply some sources for further reading? Thank you

fireontheriver (author)foobear2013-11-13

I can't find any that aren't behind a paywall, but I can dig up a few citations if you would like.

foobear (author)fireontheriver2013-11-14

sure why not, it could be interesting

foobear (author)fireontheriver2013-11-11

Yes, the water intake is hugely helpful in and of itself, but I was already an avid water drinker so therefore was able to distinctly notice a big difference after adding the silica in my general cognitive functioning. Anyway, thanks for reading through it.

skepticaljay (author)2013-10-23

Very anecdotal and a clear case of how placebo and confirmation bias works.

You said it.

Not having a control is a slight problem.

foobear (author)explosivemaker2013-10-24

Of course, one should always look to the Home Remedy contest for the latest in rigorous scientific discovery.

foobear (author)skepticaljay2013-10-23

Sorry, I don't have any scientifically validated proof that it works. Anecdotal is all I have I'm afraid. I understand there are studies going on. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22763878. Maybe one day we can look back on this subject and laugh or cry and exchange I-told-you-so's in the reassuring light of hindsight bias.

alannarosewhitney (author)2013-10-23

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Also interesting and related:

http://discovermagazine.com/2011/may/22-seafood-toxins-causing-als-alzheimers-parkinsons#.UmffwijDlvZ

If you are suffering from a mental decline due to aging it's good to supplement B6 (&B12), magnesium, coenzyme Q10, selenium, ginkgo biloba and flax oil (to name a few.)

Kiteman (author)2013-10-22

Presumably this will have the most significant effect on those with a source of aluminium in their diet, such as aluminium saucepans...?

If, like me, you have no aluminium utensils, no aluminium in the water supply, will this have a noticeable result?

foobear (author)Kiteman2013-10-22

Well, I have heard that aluminum salts (alum) are used in antiperspirants, antacids, also sunscreens, and frequently used in water purification plant processes. The most notorious source is in vaccinations where alum is used as an adjuvant.

Kiteman (author)foobear2013-10-23

I know for a fact that the vaccination one is pure scare-mongering by the anti-vaccination campaigners. Even those vaccines that do contain aluminium contain it in only trace amounts, and are given only once. If the constant application of antiperspirants is only *suspected* to be linked to degeneration of neurons, by a minority of campaigners, then the vanishingly small traces in vaccines can be ignored.

On top of all that, aluminium is no longer suspected (by those who research it) of being linked to alzheimers. For instance, an accident at a water plant several years ago accidentally dumped aluminium compounds into the drinking supply of a small town (the aluminium compounds are cleaning agents, not used on the drinking side of the system). They dumped so much that people's hair turned green with the accumulation of aluminium compounds in their body, but the rate of neurodegenerative conditions in the town remains unchanged.

Kiteman (author)Kiteman2013-10-23

http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/toxic-myths-about-vaccines/

foobear (author)Kiteman2013-10-23

Just to make it even more clear, I'm not advocating that anyone skip their vaccinations, only that this researcher suggests that drinking mineral water with high amounts of bioavailable silicic acid can help the body excrete aluminum.

Kiteman (author)foobear2013-10-23

I didn't think you were, but there are folk out there who will grasp any straw to make their case.

Take this comnent from a blogger campaigning against measles vaccinations:

foobear (author)Kiteman2013-10-23

I haven't been following that whole media thread, but it strikes me as lunacy that anyone would want to skip significant vaccinations. I do know it's a hot topic right now and I will probably have to dampen down a few more flames before the week is out.

Similarly for deodorant, even the lecturer admits he will not give that up, as there isn't a satisfactory substitute. I've been trying Tom's aluminum free version which has some modest efficacy, but it doesn't hold a candle to the alum based ones.

Kiteman (author)foobear2013-10-23

As long as the spray contains no "nano" particles, I do not think there is a risk of them penetrating the skin anyway. Just hold your breath while you spray.

foobear (author)Kiteman2013-10-23

I'm assuming you're referring to the Camelford water pollution incident? According to wikipedia, there were adverse affects in the long term for some residents there, anecdotally reported at least.

Anyway, I have absolutely no clue, so everyone must manage their own mileage when it comes to advice they find on the internet. 

Perhaps you're absolutely right and there's nothing to fear from aluminum accumulating in the body.  In which case, you can carry on as you were.

foobear (author)2013-10-23

Let me reiterate, I am not advocating that anyone skip their vaccinations. My only intention was to publish the notion that drinking silica rich mineral water can help the body eliminate accumulations of aluminum.