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Alzheimer's disease - protect yourself against these two common products.

Updated on September 27, 2016
Sodium Fluoride used in mains water
Sodium Fluoride used in mains water
Organophosphates used as a pesticide in food
Organophosphates used as a pesticide in food
Organophosphates used in sheep dip
Organophosphates used in sheep dip
Warble fly
Warble fly
Organophosphate insecticide used on fruit trees
Organophosphate insecticide used on fruit trees
Water treatment plant
Water treatment plant
Water treatment jug for home use. Will remove harmful chemicals.
Water treatment jug for home use. Will remove harmful chemicals.


During my studies of Alzheimer’s disease and all of its complexities there were two products used in everyday life that can either cause or contribute to the disease and that most people would not necessarily associate with this frightening condition.

We will take a look at them one at a time and start with a product which is very familiar to all of us and that is Fluoride

Fluoride addition to public water supply

The optimum level of fluoride permitted to be added to the nation’s water supply was set in the 1940s at approx. 1 ppm based on the assumption that the total intake of fluoride would be no more than 1 mg /day. However, at the time fluoride was nowhere as widely used as it is today and now fluoride does not just occur in water. Nearly 71% of soft drinks each contain 0.60ppm, toothpaste, beverages, processed foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, vitamins and mineral supplements all contribute to the overall intake of fluoride. It is estimated that the total amount now ingested is about 8 mg/day, which is eight times the original estimated optimum level.

To compound the problem aluminium is often added as a clarifying agent to water. In itself the body does not readily adsorb aluminium but when fluoride is present it forms the compound aluminium-fluoride, which is easily adsorbed. This is known to cause severe kidney damage and lesions to the brain, similar to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and may contribute to the start of full blown Alzheimer's.


Fluoride used in toothpaste


Fluoride is heavily used in toothpaste but can be avoided by reading the tube and buying the non fluoride version.

Dentists will sometimes offer to coat the teeth with fluoride to protect and harden them. This is a bad idea and should be refused.

Organophosphates used in food production

The other product is not so widely known, but which is used in huge quantities in foodstuff, or contact with food is an insecticide group Organophosphates.

Some years ago I wrote a detailed piece of research concerning the relationship between Organophosphates (OP) and BSE/NvCJD which is a prion protein disease the same as Alzheimer’s. The subject and implications are long and involved and I therefore won’t try to give a précised version, except to say that foods treated with OP should be avoided at all costs. You may wish to read it and therefore click on the link below which will explain the relationship in detail. It is quite apparent that organophosphates and Alzheimer's are connected and that OPs are contributory if not a primary cause of dementia. Suffice to say that the scandal of the British farmers being forced, by law, to treat their cattle with Phosmet (an organophosphate formulated by the Nazis as a weapon) to treat warble fly, continues to be denied by HMG. It is interesting to note that Britain (the only country to enforce the use of Phosmet) has the highest incidence of BSE/NvCJD.

Superb work continues to be carried out by Mark Purdey (Somerset farmers and biochemists) into Organophosphates and manganese compounds and I would recommend their web site for some rather thought provoking reading.

Having been acquainted with the facts you may well ask “how can I protest to the water authority” and “how can I tell if my meat, fruit, grain etc. has been treated with Organophosphates “.

The water authority is easy, just write to their head office pointing out the facts and as usual they will just ignore you, or send a computerised letter with various platitudes which will amount to the same thing. What you can do is to take practical steps by drinking only bottled spring water (and your pets) or by using a jug or purifier that will remove pesticides, heavy metals etc. from your tap water. Do not ingest any untreated tap water and that includes cooking, cleaning your teeth or even washing. Do not use untreated tap water for watering vegetables or filling children’s paddling pools.

Foodstuff is more difficult, even impossible to do as the use of OP is so widespread. Where possible you should try to source products that are organically grown or grow your own.

Read the pack and buy only those foods that carry the organic foods mark.

As more evidence comes to light a greater number of uses for Ops are banned but there are still enough to cause concern.

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© 2012 Peter Geekie

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      Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

      I have been concerned about both these environmental pollutants for some time. Women in Lincolnshire living in the vicinity of fields treated with the orphanophosphate lindane had two and a half times the national rate of breast cancer. I know some have been banned but I'm sure they are still used. Perhaps we couldn't read a whole treatise, but I really would like to read a whole hub on organophosphates and the main concerns about them.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Mazzy Bolero

      The article was quite long and discussed the relationship between organophosphates, Alzheimer's, BSE, NvCJD and other prion protein diseases. You can read it on:

      https://hubpages.com/health/Alzheimers-and-its-rel...

      Kind regards Peter

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      H C Palting 4 years ago from East Coast

      Here in the US many people wrongly assume that if it's available for them to purchase, it must be safe. This mindset mystifies me. They don't care enough about their own health or their loved ones to take time to read inform themselves, let alone advocate for themselves. There are many things that cause concern, reactions, and even death that are widely available and not contested by consumers or their governments.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      What you say is true, we trust our Governments to protect us against products that are unsafe as we don't always have the knowledge to realise such things are dangerous. Sadly this trust is often misplaced.

      kind regards Peter

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      Healthyannie 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Peter. I have recently noticed that all of my clients with diabetes and who use diabetic food products which contain artificial sweeteners such aspartame are developing memory problems, and many have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. ( Yes, we are talking 100%) My diabetes clients who do not use

      products containing aspartame seem to be perfectly healthy apart from the diabetes. Coincidence? I mention it in one of my hubs.

      Would be great to have your input. Annie

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear healthyannie,

      Firstly my apologies for the delay in replying but I have suffered some rather hectic hospital visits recently.

      There is quite a lot written about linking artificial sweeteners and aspartame in particular to Alzheimer's . In over a 100 clinical studies no link has been found and it would seem that the use of artificial sweeteners is being wrongly attributed to the cause of the disease.

      Regrettably any symptoms of memory loss or forms of dementia is being thought of as Alzheimer's when in most cases it has nothing to do with prion protein disease.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

      With regard to Healthyannie's comments, I am personally very dubious about the use of Aspartame for diabetics. I have a friend with type 2 who used to drink a lot of diet drinks and it caused scary hypos. I searched for info and, although I don't understand all the terminology in the research papers, it was clear that excessive or chronic use is a really bad idea!

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Mazzy Bolero

      The question was linking artificial sweeteners (incl. aspartame ) with Alzheimer's of which there is no evidence. If we extend the question to whether aspartame is harmful in other ways, then that is a totally different matter. Many of the modern, so called, diet drink sweeteners are sugar but with the molecular structure altered. I am an insulin injecting type 2 diabetic and would not touch any artificially sweetened foods or drinks except those with the original saccharin which is pretty harmless although rather metallic tasting. Generally speaking I would stay away from aspartame which can have some unknown but serious long-term effects on the digestive system and other organs, but it does not cause diabetes or Alzheimer's .

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      Mazzy Bolero 4 years ago from the U.K.

      Thanks, Peter. I wasn't expecting you to go into all the effects of Aspartame, I realize that wasn't Healthyannie's question, I just wanted to mention the problem as I know many diabetics use it and even diabetes associations recommend it, so they think it's got to be okay. It's interesting to find that you as a diabetic wouldn't touch the stuff. Sorry for going off at a tangent, but your response was very interesting.

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      Ivan 2 years ago

      I had no idea it was World Alzheimer's day on Sunday. I think the organising ctmmiotee will need help to get more publicity next year. I am sure you have ideas to put into place for that Seeker. It is a good motto "no time to lose".I am proud to say that I rang home on Sunday and had a good talk to Grandma who told me all about her trip to Maroochydore with "Forever Young" tours. I spoke to Gramps but he is a bit deaf so doesn't talk long but he is doing well. They are both very precious to me.I'm sure your Mum was very happy to see you again.xx

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      Peter Geekie 2 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Ivan

      I'm glad you are dealing with the problem in a constructive way.

      Very good luck for the future.

      kind regards Peter

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