The central nervous system is amazing! It is the hub for the body’s nervous system.
It is made of two main components, the brain and the spinal cord. The brain is responsible for receiving and deciphering sensory information that it receives from the spinal cord.
The brain and the spinal cord are surrounded by three layers of connective tissue called meninges. There are, also, ventricles within the CNS system. These ventricles are hollow cavities that are linked together into a network, of sorts. This network connects to the spinal cord’s main canal. All of these ventricles are filled with a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid. Cerebrospinal fluid surrounds and brain and spinal cord, too. It serves as a cushion to protect the CNS from trauma. It, also, helps to circulate nutrients to the brain.
Yes…your brain needs nutrients!
Although this is a very basic and simplistic version of how the CNS works, the point is that the body relies on this intricate system in order to run right. It is the reason we all can run, walk, sit, talk, eat, etc. When something goes awry in the CNS, some very serious disorders can come about.
Some of those disorders are ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and MS (Muscular Sclerosis). There are many, many more. All are linked to the CNS malfunctioning and, in particular, the brain.
Loved ones affected by these debilitating disorders have not really been given much hope of surviving them. In fact, the only hope is to slow the progression of these diseases down with, often times, experimental drugs. While these drugs offer some hope to the patients and their families, it is often that they produce serious side-effects that are as harmful as the disease itself! Billions of dollars have been thrown in the direction of CNS disorders but resulting in very little progress. There is still no known cure (only treatments) and there is still no known cause. (Although many believe that these disorders are autoimmune or genetic or??? The point is that no one has been able to come up with a concrete cause, at least in the conventional medical arena.)
Facilities continue to spring up everywhere claiming to specialize in treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, ALS, etc. Usually understaffed, these facilities are only adequate, at best, and extremely expensive. In essence, they are the worst “Bang for Your Buck”.
Insurance companies find new loop holes to try to wiggle out of paying for this type of long-term care. In the end, many families try to manage the care of their afflicted loved one on their own. It becomes mentally and physically taxing on caregivers as they try to lift, feed, dress and move around these loved ones who are now incapable of doing the simplest of tasks for themselves. It is a loving service they provide but there are challenges of inadequate facilities in their homes to help move, lift or even bathe these patients. Constant supervision becomes an issue when the simplest of errands need to be done. It is very difficult to watch a loved one slowly be consumed, bit-by-bit, by one of these terrible disorders.
Is there any hope for treating or even preventing these diseases of the central nervous system?
Let’s take a look at the brain as it seems to be the key in these disorders. Did you know that the brain is comprised of 75% cholesterol? The meninges are cholesterol, too. It seems, then, that cholesterol is an important component of the brain. Have you ever considered what may happen if the brain doesn’t have an adequate amount of cholesterol in it? The latest trend in medicine is to limit our cholesterol for fear of heart attack and stroke.
It has been discovered that in many of these disorders, the brain actually showed signs of too little cholesterol in it!
Since many people are on cholesterol-lowering drugs, could there be a link? If cholesterol is something we have been told to avoid, wouldn’t it seem that by lowering our cholesterol, we are also lowering our brain’s cholesterol? Wouldn’t it also seem that the cholesterol debate needs to be re-examined?
The interesting thing about cholesterol is that it is one of the few defenses that the body has to throw at something that is breaking down. A sudden spike in cholesterol could be an indicator that something’s up. It’s a lot like the red idiot light on the dashboard of your car. That red light indicates that something’s not functioning quite right under the hood of your car. The red light is not the cause of what’s wrong with your car, it’s simply an indicator. If ignored, more problems can arise.
The point is this: taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may only be as helpful as cutting the wire to your idiot light on your car’s dashboard. It could actually cause more harm than good. It’s interesting that the rise of CNS disorders and the increase in the sales and consumption of cholesterol-lowering drugs are parallel.
Increasing the consumption of cholesterol, alone, isn’t the answer. Fragmented nutrition is a dangerous practice!
To address problems with the CNS, the body needs more than just increased amounts of cholesterol. It needs more than mega doses of a single vitamin or mineral. It needs 90 essential nutrients in order to function properly. These essential nutrients cannot be found in food, alone. They are comprised of 16 vitamins, 60minerals, 12 amino acids and 2-3 essential fatty acids.
The body’s ability to absorb these essential nutrients is, of course, the key to good health…period!
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