|Betreff: Alzheimers and EMF's....Science is Sound...David Perlmutter, MD...2002|
|Von: JCMPelican @aol.com|
|Datum: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 01:09:18 EST|
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
Jonathan Collin, MD
Disease - A Functional Approach
by David Perlmutter, MD, Board-Certified Neurologist
(adapted from the book "BrainRecovery.com")
The alarming increase in AD, coupled with the aging of the Baby Boomers, projects a horrific old age for many. Although drugs have not been effective, there are specific natural supplements such as anti-oxidants proven to improve cognitive function.
In these days of hand-held cellular phones, personal computers, and an abundance of other electronic devices, the general public seems to be at least marginally concerned about the possible health risks of electromagnetic radiation exposure as evidenced by articles appearing not only in alternative medical publications, but in mainstream journals as well.
In 1995, attention was drawn to the possible link between electromagnetic radiation and Alzheimer’s disease following a landmark publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.7 Subsequently, these researchers confirmed a direct relationship between occupations exposing individuals to higher levels of electromagnetic radiation and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Their report, published in the December 1996 issue of Neurology, revealed a substantial increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in individuals whose occupations exposed them to higher than average levels of electromagnetic radiation. The occupations determined to be “high risk” with respect to exposure included electrician, machinist, machine operator, seamstress, sewing factory worker, sheet metal worker, typist, keypunch operator, welder, machine shop worker, and several others. The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in these individuals was calculated to be as much as four times higher than the general population. Subjects evaluated were at least 65 years of age at the time of their first examination and their recorded occupations reflected what they had been doing up to 40 years prior to their evaluation and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.8
It is critical to recognize that the data used in this research reflected levels of electromagnetic exposure long before our population began using “cell-phones,” personal computers, and the like.
How exposure to electronic devices may lead to Alzheimer’s disease is unclear. Several authors have indicated that the electromagnetic radiation produced by electronic equipment enhances the formation of beta amyloid, a protein known to be prevalent in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.9 Exactly how electromagnetic radiation increases beta amyloid is unclear, but it is clear that this protein enhances brain inflammation, now known to be the primary cause of brain degeneration in this disease.10
Perhaps because influences like electromagnetic radiation and toxic chemicals in the environment cannot be seen or perceived, there is reluctance by mainstream medicine to recognize potential health risks associated with these factors. Typically, when these topics are raised, a common response by defenders of the status quo seems to be “There is no peer-reviewed literature supporting these outlandish claims.” But in reality, that is simply not the case. The journal in which this research was published is the “Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology,” perhaps the most well-respected peer-reviewed journal dealing with neurologic disease in the world. Somehow it seems that articles linking environmental factors with disease, much like research dealing with the impact of nutrition on health, are generally overlooked in favor of concentrating on pharmaceutical approaches to treating the illnesses they cause........
Alzheimer’s Disease – A Functional Approach
Adapted from the book BrainRecovery.com
by David Perlmutter, MD Board-Certified Neurologist
ISBN: 0-9635874-1-2, www.BrainRecovery.com
[Note: There are numerous references/"studies" to support the above statements....too numerous to list here but accessible by clicking on site at end of this email.....jcm....12 31 06....]
David Perlmutter, MD
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