Blood Work for Detecting the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the train whistle signaling the oncoming progression of the brain inflammation that causes the freight train collision called Alzheimer’s. The inflammation causing Alzheimer’s is the exact same inflammation that causes “heart attacks, strokes, autoimmune conditions, asthma, kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, etc. The difference is the genetically predetermined site where critters overgrow and cause the immune system to produce the chemicals causing inflammation – cytokines.

Damage done to cells by cytokines can cause them to not be able to make what they normally make. In the case of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, thyroid hormone producing cells are damaged, resulting in hypothyroidism. In vitiligo, melanin producing skin cells called melanocytes are damaged to such a degree that they no longer produce the skin pigment melanin. This results in blotches of skin devoid of color.

In the case of Alzheimer’s, brain cells that produce acetylcholine (ACh) are damaged. ACh is the camera film or storage disk in your brain where sensory input is stored. Information you see, hear, touch, feel, or smell is stored on molecules of ACh.  Not having adequate ACh is similar to taking pictures with a camera that has no film or storage disk – those images are not retained for later uploads. This is manifest by people with MCI asking the same questions over and over. I remember this being an early sign of dementia in my granddad.

Alzheimer’s is a rheostatically progressive condition, like boiling water. You put a pot of cold water on stove, then turn heat on high. The water gets progressively, rheostatically hotter. At some point, you start to see steam, then bubbles, then boiling occurs at around 212 degrees F. Third degree burns will happen to skin exposed to boiling water. However, first degree burns happen at a much lower temperature – 140 degrees F. If you have your hand in the water, pain is your early warning signal or “train whistle” that you’re in imminent danger of being burned. By the time you get MCI, you’ve already suffered first degree burns to brain cells that produce ACh.

There are “dog train whistles” that most doctors don’t “hear” on your blood work that will warn you that the heat has been turned on (Inflammation).

1) Hemoglobin A1c – Hgb A1c measures the average level of sugar molecules attached to your red blood cells over a three month interval. The higher your Hgb A1c, the more sugar is attached to your red blood cells. Sugar attached to red blood cells is like food left out at a picnic, it attracts critters and promotes critter overgrowth. The immune system will respond to this critter overgrowth by producing chemicals called cytokines. While the primary objective of cytokines is to kill critters, they can also destroy normal cells, like the ones that produce ACh. An Hgb A1c above 5.2 signals excess blood sugar that will attract critters and lead to inflammation in the brain, arteries, joints, or somewhere else, depending on your genetics. Hgb A1c is not included on a routine blood panel. It is included on my Whether Report at Any Lab Test Now.

2) TSH – Thyroid stimulating hormone is produced in your brain in order to stimulate your thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormone if the brain senses low levels of thyroid hormone. TSH is analogous to the thermostat controlling the temperature in your home. If temperature in your home drops below a designated temperature, the thermostat kicks on to increase heat. So, if temperature in your home gets low, your thermostat goes high. Similarly, if your thyroid levels get low, TSH gets higher. A higher TSH signals low levels of thyroid hormone. A TSH above 1.0 signals the beginning of hypothyroidism. A TSH is not included on a routine blood panel. It is included on my Whether Report at Any Lab Test Now.

3) MCV – Mean Corpuscular Volume is a measurement of the size of your red blood cells. Red blood cells ferry oxygen and iron to cells throughout the body. Their ability to do this critical job is determined by an Intelligent Design size. If red blood cells get larger or smaller, it becomes like having the wrong size screwdriver or wrench. An MCV above 85 suggests your red blood cells are getting larger. The usual reason for this is a deficient level of vitamin B 12. The usual reason for a B 12 deficiency is lack of absorption due to inadequate stomach production of hydrochloric acid. Your stomach normally produces enough hydrochloric acid to make your stomach three million times more acidic than your blood. This acidity is required for breaking down proteins into individual amino acids, absorption of minerals like potassium, magnesium, and iron, and absorption of vitamins like B 12. This highly acidic pH is also critical in controlling Candida overgrowth for two reasons. One, is that your good bacteria, acidophilus, require this level of acid for survival. The “philo” in the nomenclature comes from the Greek for “love” as in Philadelphia (brotherly love) and philosophy (lover of knowledge/wisdom). Your good bacteria require a high level of acid (low pH) in order to survive. These good bacteria are one Intelligent Design defense mechanism against critter overgrowth. You see the consequence of their absence when antibiotics are given. Antibiotics can decimate your good bacteria population and allow Candida to overgrow, causing thrush or vaginal yeast infections. This Candida overgrowth can also cause pancreatitis. An MCV above 85 suggests you are not producing adequate hydrochloric acid. An MCV is included on a routine blood panel.

4) Elevated liver markers – The most common critter causing the immune system to over produce inflammation causing cytokines is Candida albicans. This is a yeast organism that normally lives in the large intestine. There, it serves a useful purpose of breaking down waste to free up nutrients that can be reabsorbed. Candida is the microscopic equal to larger scavengers like flies and vultures. These are the garbage collectors of Intelligent Design. Not a good idea to totally eliminate flies and vultures but you don’t want them in your living room. If blood sugar rises above a hemoglobin A1c of 5.2, this gives Candida the nutrient it needs to overgrow – sugar. As the Candida population grows, it has to seek out more sugar. The gold mine of sugar in humans is the liver. This is where we store sugar in large sugar warehouses called “starches” or glycogen (glyco=sugar. Glycogens generate sugar). There is a direct passageway that connects the large intestines to the liver – the portal vein. If thyroid levels are low, hydrochloric acid production is inadequate, and blood sugar is high, Candida will overgrow and march to better feeding ground in the liver. The native immune cells on critter surveillance in the liver, Kuppfer cells, will respond to this invasion by initiating the immune system response of inflammation. Anytime inflammation happens, it can make cells start to overproduce what they normally produce. If anything normally produced in the liver starts to rheostatically rise, suspect inflammation. Things normally made in the liver include: Liver enzymes (AST, ALT, GGT), cholesterol, triglycerides, clotting factors, ferritin, CRP, interleukins, LDL, and other lipoproteins. The earliest “smoke signals” come from liver enzymes – AST/ALT/GGT. If these numbers rise above 25, it indicates significant inflammation (first degree burns) in the liver. Liver damage is also caused by alcohol produced by the fermentation of sugar in the liver by Candida yeast. It’s the same process used to make wine, beer and hard liquor. The condition is called Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (steato = fatty; hepa =liver; itis = inflammation; the condition is also called Fatty Liver Disease). Long-term, the process causes the exact same liver damage seen in alcoholics and will lead to irreversible liver scarring (cirrhosis) if not reversed. Liver enzymes, triglycerides, and cholesterol are usually part of routine blood work.

The key to not getting hit by the train is to get off the tracks when you hear the train whistle. The key to Alzheimer’s prevention is listening for the “dog train whistles” on your blood panel.

 

Here’s a recent article from the LA Times with Alzheimer’s activist Maria Shriver:  http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-maria-shriver-fights-alzheimers-20170603-story.html

 

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