Tapping into the source of Alzheimer's

I have been hammering away against fluoride and aluminum in your drinking water for nearly 30 years. What I find most disturbing is the fluoride-aluminum connection: It has been demonstrated in rats that fluoride enhances absorption of the aluminum. And we know that aluminum is found in the brains of most Alzheimer's patients.

President Reagan and millions of others may be the victims of the national water bureaucracy that originates in Washington and filters down to every hamlet in the nation.

But it's not just your old brain that's taking a hit from this poisoning; your kidneys are also affected. The cause of death on your exit certificate may say "kidney failure." The diagnosis may actually have been chronic fluoride/aluminum toxicity resulting in kidney failure and death, but you will not see that on the death certificate.

There are a few very simple things you can do to cut your risk. You should not drink or cook with fluoridated water (and if you love your pets, don't feed them government water either). Do not bake foods in aluminum foil. Aluminum pans are OK for cooking as long as the water you are using is free of fluoride. I do not recommend frying or baking with aluminum utensils. Fluoride will carry aluminum from the pan into your system and hence to your brain and kidneys.

Don't miss a beat!

Researchers have found a substance detectable in the blood that may be able to predict whether you could have a heart attack, before symptoms develop. The sudden appearance of substances called "sphingolipids" in the blood may indicate the patient is suffering from heart disease, even if he is unaware of it.

"When you deprive heart cells of oxygen, they release these sphingolipid, signaling molecules across the membrane out into the environment outside the cell," reported Dr. Roger Sabbadini, biology professor at San Diego State and president of Medlyte, the company conducting the study.

A study known as the Myocardial Ischemia Rating Function (MIRF) Trial proved this to be true. More than 300 cardiac patients had their blood tested for sphingolipids. In 73 percent of them, the test indicated both the presence of the disease, as well as the severity in terms of the number of coronary vessels blocked.

Coronary heart disease, as in stroke, may present no symptoms until someone is actually having a heart attack. Then, if the attack is massive, it may be too late to save the patient. Risk factors, such as hypertension, triglyceride levels, and high cholesterol, are, at best, weakly predictive. They also can be dangerously misleading. A patient can have perfectly normal blood evaluations and still drop dead of a heart attack.

If this test does indeed serve as a sort of early warning that trouble lies ahead, it may give doctors a tool to help prevent heart attacks. It has already proven to be more predictive than all the "risk factors" mentioned above. In the clinical trial, measuring sphingolipids was more accurate at predicting disease than all of the conventional risk factors.

Start practicing the word "sphingolipids" (sfin-go-lip-ids) so you are ready when the test becomes available.