My mother and I have never been especially close. She died in 2008 after having Alzheimer’s disease for 10 years.
When she was first diagnosed at the age of 66, it was a shock. No one in my family had ever had dementia, and my great-grandmother, on my mother’s side, lived into her 90’s. My mother was young, and pretty healthy as far as I knew, so why is she suddenly losing her mind?
Alzheimer’s is an epidemic that is growing. The population with Alzheimer’s will almost triple by the year 2050, according to an article by USA Today. Do you ever wonder why? Aren’t we smarter and more advanced than years ago? So what the heck is going on?
It has to be lifestyle. The disease epidemic has to be related to something we all do. Something we can’t avoid, or choose not to. Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, autism, and so many more, are on the upswing. Many things are taking the blame, such as lack of exercise as we sit at computers all day. Too many processed and fast foods in our diet are wrecking our health. We take ungodly amounts of medication because it’s the fast and easy way to fix our problems.
I’m getting off track. Back to my mother. I can’t say for sure why she got Alzheimer’s, but I can tell you about her lifestyle. She loved to eat, but she loved to eat sweets especially, and that included cake, cookies, pies, brownies, and all those sugary things. I think that every meal she ever made and ate ended with dessert.
When I began studying up on Alzheimer’s disease, there was a correlation between having a sweet tooth and the disease. I thought, “Ah ha! That’s my mother.” But if I think about it now, knowing how bad wheat and gluten are for us, she was gobbling down tons of that along with all the sugar in those desserts.
All of her life she had baked and eaten wheat-filled confections. When she was in her fifties, she began having hot flashes that drove her nuts. She ended up getting a hormone patch to control them, and I believe that thing also contributed to her dementia. Messing around with your hormones is risky. I am now old enough to have suffered through some mighty big hot flashes myself, but I’d never consider medication for it. In fact I stay away from conventional doctors as much as possible.
Between the hormones and daily doses of wheat and sugar, I believe those things contributed to my mother’s demise. She was overweight, and not much of a doer of anything strenuous. She sat around eating stuff that was killing her and she didn’t even know it. It was normal food. We all eat it, don’t we? It’s just harmless food, and as long as we don’t overindulge and get fat, what’s the harm? I think about that a lot.
If you listen to the doctors who advocate avoiding wheat and gluten, you will learn that we are all exposed to ingredients that work against our health, just by eating regular food like sandwiches and pizza – it doesn’t have to be cake! Could that really be why the population’s diseases are exploding? Is all that wheat in the diet catching up with us? I suggest you read up on this information, proposed by knowledgable doctors, and then decide for yourself. If it’s not wheat, it’s something. And we are all a part of it. We have choices, so become informed. I don’t want to end up like my mother.
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