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|Posted by: GGFarber
May 7, 2008
WHY HAS THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY & ALZHEIMER'S ASSOC. IGNORED ONE DISCOVERED CAUSE & PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA?
Here are but a few of the universally obtainable websites I discovered, which indicate the possible link of celiac disease or gluten-intolerance, and dementia; some reported many years ago!:
---------------------------------------------------------------MAYO CLINIC DISCOVERS POTENTIAL LINK BETWEEN CELIAC DISEASE & COGNITIVE DECLINE Oct.-2006 ( http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2006-rst/3688.html-31K
Mayo Clinic neurologist Keith A. Josephs, MD says, "It is almost unheard of to see a reversal in dementia or cognitive decline." .......
NEUROLOGICAL COMPLICATIONS OF CELIAC DISEASE:
Source: Tiege, et al, American Journal of Gastroenterology, 92:40, 1997. Lifeline, Winter 1998, Vol XVI, No 1, pp 1-2
CELIAC DISEASE PRESENTING WITH NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
National Library of Medicine www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10529537
Dept. of Neurology, Tampere Univ. Hosp., Kuopio, Finland
Eur Neurol. 1999;42(3):132-5.
It is well known that celiac disease may be associated with various neurological manifestations.
We have a high index of suspicion of celiac desease during our years in our neurological clinic.
As a result 10 (7%) out of 144 of our new celiac patients were detected because of neurological symtoms. PMID: 10529537 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE].......
"EMERGING EVIDENCE THAT DIETARY RESTRICTION CAN FORSTALL THE DEVELOPMENT OF AD ........PROVIDES OPTIMISM THAT THESE DEVASTATING BRAIN DISORDERS OF AGING MAY BE LARGELY PREVENTABLE." Mattson MP, Pererson WA, Duan W, Cumsee C.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999;893:154-75. Review. PMID: 10672236 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
THE NEUROLOGY OF GLUTEN SENSITIVITY LLWonline 2002
Dept. of Neurology, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.
Wills AJ, Unsworth DJ Adrian.Wills@sdah-tr.trent.nhs.uk
Clinicolopathological features heal on a gluten-free diet and relapse when gluten is reintroduced. An immunopathology is suspected. A number of neurological syndromes may be associated with celiac disease....... This is an exciting hypothesis because it offers new therapeutic possibilities including simple exclusion diets....[PubMed- indexed for MEDLINE] www.ncbi.nih.gov/pubmed/12351994
The shocking aspect of my genetic Celiac disease, diagnosed 6 years ago, at age 75, instigated my research of my family's medical history, resulting in unexpected discoveries that our tragic history of genetic Alzheimer's can now undoubtedly be linked to our genetic Celiac disease! ( One of many Celiac web-sites is www.celiac.com )
Alzheimer's has proven responsible for the deaths of 4 members in my maternal family, and is strongly suspected to be responsible for at least 4 fatalities of our previously-named "senile-dementia" victims. I have learned that at least 3 of these relatives also had disabling symptoms often associated with Celiac Disease. My mother was one of these victims who I have been able to definitely trace as having had at least one celiac-gene; my positive DNA test for celiac disease resulted in two identical genes, one from each parent. (www.enterolab.com)
Another family member was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, and tests have indicated her Celiac-gene as well. I have been shocked that the Alzheimer Association has ignored my many letters and several calls since I first contacted them about my family in '04, but I am even more baffled to learn that they have also ignored the Oct.'06 Mayo Clinic discovery.
I had been very hopeful, in Dec., '05 when I read that Dr, Richard Mayeux, at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease, at Columbia Univ. was researching genetics! This lab, which employs hundreds, was described in a 10-page article, "The Gene Hunters", in The New Yorker Magazine of Dec. 12, '05. Dr. Mayeux,for nearly 20 years, "has been compiling the world's most comprehensive genetic library of families with Alzheimer's, in an effort to uncover the biological origins of a disease that effects 4.5 million Americans." ......
"There's a simple reason that no one has found a new Alzheimer's gene in more than a decade" he says,“statistics." I read that he was searching for families with genetic Alzheimer's who have additional genetic diseases which may link to AD! I wrote to Dr. Mayeux, to the New Yorker, to the Taub Institute, and to the writer of the article, Sue Halpern, in 12-'05. I received no replies.
Can it be a coinsidence that this startling info about my family statistics, which I have sent to many other AD research labs, to organizations, to the media, & to physicians, have virtually all been simply overlooked? When my mother's autopsy finally indicated Alzheimer's Disease, in 1980, very little had been known about our family's anguish; losing her so painfully for 10 long years... And by now there have been 3 more family members in MY generation diagnosed with AD, with little more ability still, to avoid these seemingly endless tragedies? I think
we have, at the very least, earned the respect of being heard.
Meanwhile, AARP notes that "The Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2007"--asks congress for apprx. $1.3 BILLION in federal funds.....Apparently for more drug research, as the article ONLY defines pharmaceutical promises. In the AD newsletter (Winter '07) N. Calif. Alzheimer Assoc. CEO Wm. Fisher reminds us that, "Alzheimer's costs this country $148 billio annually.....[and] threatens to bankrupt the Medicare and Medicaid systems in this country." Again, on a full page of newsletter-research proposals- there is only mention of drug-research!
These warnings came 6 months AFTER the Mayo Clinic proposed link to a cause or prevention was published, and 3 years after my first letter to Mr. Fisher. I don't pretend to have proof of this family-linkage, but don't you think there is enough possibility indicated by now, so that a portion of those billions can be used for simply testing those who have been diagnosed with AD, for possible gluten-intolerance?
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