Two Facts to consider about Alzheimer's
1). Figure 1 shows a ngram or plot of the number of times the term
"Alzheimer's" has been mentioned in Google literature.
It is clear from this plot that something happened around 1970 or so
and the incidence of Alzheimer's began a huge increase. Today
the rate of Alzheimer's is doubling every 10
2). More woman get Alzheimer's than men do. The ratio is
3 women to 2 men.
3) Alzheimer's is a example of a "Disease of the
Affluent". This means that it occurs mostly in
rich countries and poorer countries have very little and sometimes
no Alzheimers. There is however an
exception. A very rich country that has almost no
Alzheimers. It is Singapore. But
Singapore is a very strict country. They cane
people. They fine you for jaywalking, They have banned
chewing gum to keep their sidewalks clean. It even
may be that their strict laws also ban the chemicals that cause
Alzhermers. ( If indeed Alzheimerss is caused by toxic
Here is a link to data on the prevalence of Alzheimers in different
So what can we deduce from these three facts. To me the first
item points to the fact that something happened around
1970. The most probable thing is that some chemical or family
of chemicals was introduced and its use has increased.
Perhaps this chemical (or family of chemicals) is responsible for
The second item listed above seems to indicate that whatever we are
exposed to that may cause Alzheimer's it is used more by women than
The third item indicates that poor countries do not have the
chemicals or whatever it is that rich countries have.
There is a lot written about Alzheimer's being caused by plaques,
amyolids and tangles but this does not explain why it began in 1970
or why it affects women more than men or why it is lower in poor
I would like to propose an alternative theory.
Our brains are protected by a blood brain barrier. This
membrane has the function of allowing nutrients to pass through to
the brain but it keeps many toxic materials (even those in our own
bodies) out of the brain.
This blood brain barrier presents modern day medicine with the
problem of overcoming this blood brain barrier to deliver drugs to
the brain. The blood brain barrier prevents their passage.
That problem has been solved by using a class of chemicals called
But there is a caution mentioned in the last sentence of the above
abstract in that the same chemicals that allow medicines to pass
into the brain may allow other unwanted materials to pass into the
brain. To me the usefulness of surfactants
has with it the caution not to use these things where they could
possibility cause harm. So what do we
do. We put these things in our foods and our household
cleaning solutions where women are exposed to them more than men
are. And then we totally ignore the possibility of damage to
the blood brain barrier and assume Alzheimer's is solely a disease
of the brain. It is possible that Alzheimers is the result of
the destruction of the blood brain barrier and the
damage toxic materials do to the brain.
The SDS that is mentioned in the article is a surfactant it is one
of many. Another one that is used to help medications
pass into the brain is Polysorbit 80. This surfactant is also used
in some vaccinations.
mainly used in detergents for laundry with many cleaning
applications. It is a highly effective surfactant and is used in any
task requiring the removal of oily stains and residues; for
example, it is found in higher concentrations with industrial
products including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash
concentrations, it is found in toothpastes, shampoos, shaving
creams, and bubble bath formulations, for its
ability to create a foam (lather), for its surfactant properties,
and in part for its thickening effect."
Here is the link that statement came from.
And here is a list of uses of polysorbit 80
Thus it seems reasonable that the blood brain barrier is important
to good health and while a case may be made for using surfactants to
deliver medications to the brain, it seems that we should be wary of
using these materials with abandon. They have dire
consequences and should be used with caution.
All I ask is that we look carefully into our use of
surfactants. We all need to be careful of the cleaning
solutions we use and avoid those foods that contain surfactants like
ice cream and salad dressings.