Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Pesticides Are Risk Factors for Lou Gehrig's Disease

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 10:20 AM

By Dr. Russell Blaylock

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Question: What is the connection between ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and exposure to pesticides?
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
It is now accepted that exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides is a risk factor for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). These chemicals trigger chronic inflammation in the motor areas of the brain and spinal cord by activating immune cells called microglia.
Once chronically activated, these cells release high levels of the excitotoxins glutamate, aspartate, and quinolinic acid, as well as inflammatory cytokines. In combination, these chemicals will lead to degeneration of the motor cells controlling movement.
New evidence suggests that several supplements can reduce this process. These include curcumin, quercetin, magnesium, resveratrol, EGCG, baicalein, and other flavonoids.
Because excitotoxicity is a major process in this disorder, one should avoid all food additive
excitotoxins, including MSG, hydrolyzed proteins, soy, autolyzed yeast, and natural flavorings.

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