Is there more to immune-mediated dysfunction in even more neurological disorders?
It seems all I talk about these days is the critical importance of immune health and how we are all standing on the precipice of good, the not-so-good, and just plain bad immune protection. We already know there are numerous things in our environment and as part of our daily lives such as poor air quality, EMFs, unhealthy diets laced with pesticides like glyphosate, chemicals, toxins and food additives that can negatively impact our health. But are these external influences also potentially a factor in disrupting our immune systems to the point of initiating such serious considerations as neuropsychiatric disorders and even suicidal behavior?
The brain behind the mask.
We are living in the proverbial “aluminum age” and for all intents and purposes, our brains are essentially sinks into which this highly neurotoxic element is being deposited.
A recent study sheds more light on the autoimmune origins of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and, quite possibly, other forms of neurodegenerative disease as well through the interplay of genetics and the environment. We have ample evidence that chronic neuroinflammation driven by multiple mechanisms leads to the breakdown of our blood-brain barrier and subsequent neurodegeneration. But now we have additional insight into these cellular activities that can hopefully lead us to more targeted responses and enhanced treatment protocols.
In the wake of ongoing and continually increasing concerns regarding the effects of air pollution on our health, a new study now cites air pollution as a possible risk factor for the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers in Italy who conducted the study noted that the risk was 29% higher among people who lived in urbanized areas.
Dr. Suzanne Gazda, Integrative Neurology