Future generations will no doubt look back on modern America and wonder how we could eat ourselves and drug ourselves into such a sad state of mental and physical health. But today, the links between lifestyle choices and chronic disease are only beginning to be documented, so much of it is new to most Americans. What's happening right now is that our obesity epidemic is not only causing diabetes, heart disease and clinical depression today, it's also setting up the nation for an epidemic of Alzheimer's a few years down the road.
New research is showing that a person with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high body weight is far more likely (600% more) to lose healthy brain function and be diagnosed with Alzheimer's than people who maintain a healthy body weight, who eat green vegetables, and who engage in regular brain exercises.
But the real story here is that more than half of all middle-aged Americans fit the profile that leads directly to Alzheimer's. In other words, thanks to terrible nutritional habits (like eating junk foods, soft drinks and fried foods) and zombie-like television addictions among middle-aged Americans, we are in the process of producing a nation of citizens with dementia!
By the time the country figures this out, it will be too late: the damage is being done right now, all over the country, by people who avoid healthful activities and just eat or do whatever they feel like doing. Let's face it: you can't eat a lifetime of processed foods, avoid physical exercise, avoid taking nutritional supplements and glue yourself to the television set and then expect to have a healthy brain. It just doesn't work that way.
The pharmaceutical industry is eating this up, no doubt: they can't wait for the wave of Alzheimer's to kick in so that the country can be hooked on anti-Alzheimer's drugs. It's potentially a multi billion dollar "opportunity" for pharmaceuticals. But the real answer to Alzheimer's isn't to take more drugs, it's to stay healthy by engaging in sound nutrition, controlling your body weight and using your brain. And if you do that, you'll be preventing far more than just Alzheimer's: you'll be preventing diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, clinical depression and a hundred other serious diseases.
About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health researcher, author and award-winning journalist with a passion for sharing empowering information to help improve personal and planetary health He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, and he has published numerous courses on preparedness and survival, including financial preparedness, emergency food supplies, urban survival and tactical self-defense. Adams is a trusted, independent journalist who receives no money or promotional fees whatsoever to write about other companies' products. In 2010, Adams launched TV.NaturalNews.com, a natural health video site featuring videos on holistic health and green living. He also launched an online retailer of environmentally-friendly products (BetterLifeGoods.com) and uses a portion of its profits to help fund non-profit endeavors. He's also a veteran of the software technology industry, having founded a personalized mass email software product used to deliver email newsletters to subscribers. Adams is currently the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and enjoys outdoor activities, nature photography, Pilates and martial arts training. He's also author a large number of health books offered by Truth Publishing and is the creator of numerous reference website including NaturalPedia.com and the free downloadable Honest Food Guide. His websites also include the free reference sites HerbReference.com and HealingFoodReference.com. Adams believes in free speech, free access to nutritional supplements and the innate healing ability of the human body. Known by his callsign, the 'Health Ranger,' Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at www.HealthRanger.org
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