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Understanding Dementia and Water Contamination

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What is Dementia? Dementia is a disease of the brain characterized by a progressive loss of cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, which goes beyond the normal impairment and deterioration associated with old age.

Signs and Symptoms of Dementia include:

  1. Impaired intellectual functioning which disrupts normal everyday activities of life.
  2. Interference with problem solving abilities.
  3. Behavioral and personality changes demonstrated by: Decreased ability to maintain emotional control.
  4. Confusion, agitation, delusions, hallucinations, memory loss and aggression in some cases.
  5. Cognitive impairment as in judgment, reasoning and perception.

Approximately 4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease with accompanying dementia and approximately 250,000 are diagnosed each year. The age groups most commonly affected are those 65 and older. The cause of dementia is unknown however several theories exist to explain the condition. These include amyloid plaques and balls in the brain created by toxic debris from protein metabolism, environmental factors such as exposure to solvents and the presence of metals and pesticides causing contamination of drinking water.

Arsenic, lead, cyanide, fluoride, acyclamide, mercury, chlordane, oxamyl, toulene,1,1,1, trichlorothene, bromate, aluminum and xylemes are elements found in drinking water are toxins which will have some effect on the brain. Heavy rains cause chemicals to enter the water system through run -off from landfills. It also carries insecticides used in spraying crops and discharges from chemical, petrochemical and metal degreasing factories. Municipalities utilize MCLS (Maximum Contamination Level) an index to assess the level of each metal in drinking water. The goal is to maintain the contamination level where no harmful risk will be produced to their residents’ health and welfare.

The blood-brain barrier protects the brain by filtering harmful agents before the blood reaches it. Studies have shown that aluminum does not pass through easily but when combined with certain compounds as in aluminum fluoride will. Many municipals treat their water supply with aluminum sulfate and aluminum fluoride, both of which combine very easily in the blood. This weakens the barrier possibly creating a pathway for other harmful agents into the brain. Aluminum competes with calcium for absorption; this could cause a build-up of aluminum in the bloodstream. One could easily hypothesize that sufficient quantities built up in the brain over a period could possibly lead to dementia.

Prevention of Dementia:

  1. Eating a nutritious diet combination of fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, wheat bread and cereals. Drinking 3-4 cups of coffee in midlife has proven effective with a 65% reduction risk
  2. Playing mind stimulating games, musical instruments, working puzzles and regular social interaction.
  3. Use of NSAIDS as an anti-inflammatory agent helps to reduce inflammation of amyoidal plaques.
  4. Drink purified water that is free from chemicals and heavy metals like aluminum, lead and mercury which all have a negative effect the on human brain.

Water is a necessity for good health. It is used to maintain blood volume necessary for regulating body temperature and delivering oxygen and nutrients to the brain, and removing wastes and toxic substances. Water helps the biochemical reactions that occur in the brain cells to take place.

Water is lost daily through perspiration, salivation and urination. Fluid has to be replaced to prevent dehydration and damage to brain cells. Drinking purified water especially water that has been filtered through a reverse osmosis process, will remove contaminants that can damage the brain and replacing fluid loss to the body. At least eight glasses of water a day is recommended. Those with heart or kidney problems should consult their physician as to their individual intake.