Alzheimer’s Disease – Article 22 in the Series Healing Articles with TruLight Radio XM CALLED “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD.
Alzheimer’s Disease is caused by non-bacterial inflammation. Therefore in order to understand the physical and spiritual dynamics behind Alzhemier’s Disease, you need to first read about non-bacterial inflammation that you are referred to in that section.
Introduction Non-bacterial inflammation is where there is swelling and redness in the body in the absence of infection.
Common diseases that involve non-bacterial inflammation include interstitial cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), ankylosing spondylitis (pain and stiffness in the spine) and myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).
To understand non-bacterial inflammation, you need to read the following two chapters which have essential background knowledge:
• “The Effects of Long Term Fear, Anxiety and Stress on the Body”
• “Autoimmune Diseases” Coming in Next’s Articles
I explained in the Article on stress that when a person’s though life is dominated by fear and anxiety, a whole sequence of hormonal and chemical reactions are set into motion through the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the area in the brain that is the connection between the mind and the body – it translates everything that is going on in a person’s thought life into a physical reaction. One of the effects of stage 2 and 3 of stress is activation of mast cells. Mast cells are part of the immune system that was designed to help you kill and fight off infections. When the mast cells are activated, they release chemicals that cause inflammation, for example histamine, prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Histamine increases the diameter
of the blood vessels (vasodilation) as well as increasing their permeability. This allows the water (plasma) in blood to leak into the surrounding body tissues, which results in swelling and redness.
When you have an over production of histamine in your body, you have swelling. When you have swelling you have pressure on your nerves and surrounding body structures and you have discomfort, irritation and/or pain. The spiritual root behind this is fear, anxiety and stress.
In non-bacterial inflammation, there is a second spiritual root that comes in which is a low self-esteem, self-hatred, self-condemnation and guilt. This is where the chapter on autoimmune diseases is relevant as the immune system begins to attack the body in a specific area, such as the bladder, prostate, heart or bones in the spine. This results in damage to the body tissue and inflammation.
Cerebral Palsy is now considered to be an autoimmune disease that afflicts the baby
while it is in the womb during the fourth month of pregnancy.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain. It is characterized by progressive deterioration in memory, impaired ability to learn and retain information, inability to calculate, confusion, disorientation and deterioration of judgment. Sometimes the person can experience hallucinations (seeing and
hearing something that is not there) and delusions (A delusion is a false belief that cannot be corrected by logical reasoning. An example of a delusion is a lady believing that she is the queen of England or that a chip in her tooth controls world events).
Recent medical research indicates that the degeneration and loss of nerves in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease is caused by autoimmune damage which is part of the profile of non-bacterial inflammation. Sometimes the cells of the immune
system will destroy body tissue and sometimes they will just form a plaque (an accumulation of a substance called B amyloid). That plaque interferes with the function of that part of the body. Your thoughts exist in your brain in the form of chemical reactions and electrical current that travels along the nerves. Alzheimer’s
disease is nothing more than an autoimmune disease in the brain in which the cells of the immune system build up a plaque in the neurological pathways so that thought (electrical current) can’t get through and so it gets interrupted. The person hasn’t lost their memory, they just can’t stay in touch with it.
Whenever you see the immune system not functioning as God designed it to, and attacking or damaging its own body tissue, it has been found that without exception there are varying degrees of self-hatred, self-rejection, self disapproval, a low self-esteem and/or guilt upstream in the person’s thought life. In
Alzheimer’s disease, this mindset comes from fear of man where
the person has spent his (or her) life performing for others. He
has a fabricated personality which he allowed to be formed based
on the expectation of others. As a result he has self-accusation
and guilt because he lacks personal identity where he does not
know who he really is.
To be healed of Alzheimer’s disease, you need to deal with the toxic mindsets causing it. Your identity comes from who you are in Christ, so quit being what other people expect you to be and be who God created you to be.
Sometimes Alzheimer’s disease may be so far advanced that the person no longer has the cognitive ability or mental capacity to be able to renew his mind. In this situation, you need to pray for the person with Alzheimer’s disease and ask God to work a creative miracle and restore the nerves, neurotransmitters
(chemicals in the brain) and brain tissue that has been damaged.
Ask God to restore the person’s memory and mental ability so that he is able to repent and renew his mind. It is also necessary to operate in the gift of miracles even if the person still has the mental capacity to renew his mind since the damage that is done by the disease already is irreversible because brain tissue is not able to heal or regenerate itself.
10% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease are genetically inherited and this is related to the sin of self-hatred in previous generations in the person’s family tree. There are certain defective genes that have been found on chromosome 1 and 21 that cause Alzheimer’s disease (for example presenilin-1, presenilin-2 and the amyloid precursor protein gene). These defective genes incorporate certain proteins into the nerves of the brain which leads to the death of the nerves by self destruction (apoptosis). If other members in the person’s family tree also had Alzheimer’s disease, please read about genetically inherited diseases and deal with it as explained in that Article. God created chromosome 1 and 21 perfect from the
foundation of the world, and if the devil, because of generations of sin, was able to come in and mix up the DNA in the genes – God is well able to change it back the way it was. The devil is not more powerful than God is. I believe that when we line up with His Word and His conditions for healing, God can fix the genetics… and He does. God wants to heal people with Alzheimer’s disease.