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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Is this the real cause of the Dementia Crisis?

(updated Marvch 2022)

Are medications for common conditions such as asthma, inflammation, depression and heart disease the real cause of the rapid cognitive decline in elderly populations? I think they are.

Sharing happy memories, rather than trying to remember what has been lost
Sharing happy memories, rather than trying to remember what has been lost

I've been in the business of promoting good health for more than 45 years and now have a good feel for health trends. One most disturbing trend is the association of diseases of cognitive decline (Alzheimer's and Dementia) with many popular medicines that are in widespread use nowadays and prescribed sometimes for decades without a break.

The medications that seem to be the most implicated are a wide range of blood pressure medications, cholesterol-lowering drugs, anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs, steroids, antihistamines, various pain medications and blood-thinners.

Read this article then continue:

None of this is a medical mystery. It is just not talked about. It has always been acknowledged that most of these drugs do affect cognition by various mechanisms but they are strangely not part of the conversation about the dementia crisis.

I'm constantly testing people to try to identify the root causes of ill health. If we do not identify the root causes of a disease like dementia, then we end up chasing symptoms with no positive outcomes. Here is an example of how we identify the root causes of something like dementia:

How dementia risk typically presents on the HTMA
How dementia risk typically presents on the HTMA

How the HTMA above relates to conditions like dementia and related ailments

  • High calcium is associated with fatigue, hypothyroidism, plus the gradual development and progression of arteriosclerosis.

  • Low copper is associated with conditions such as exhaustion, cancer and Parkinson's.

  • High sodium is associated with chronic stress and high blood pressure.

  • Low zinc is associated with conditions such as viral, fungal and yeast infections, loss of taste and smell, eating disorders, depression, attention deficit and autism.

  • High iron to copper is associated with chronic infection of the bacterial or parasitic kind.

  • Low selenium is associated with chronic inflammation and increased cancer risk.

  • Even tiny levels of toxic elements such as lead and cadmium (common) are neurotoxins and increase health-risks across the board and, most definitely, dementia.

How prescription drugs drive dementia

There are few if any prescription drugs that do not have a long list of side-effects. Less than 10% and perhaps as few as 1% of all adverse effects ever are reported and get to be recorded on an official database. Bear this in mind when side effects are being explained to you by the prescriber.

When a person is on more than 2-3 different prescription drugs, the number of potential interactions become almost too astronomical and complex to figure out. Drugs companies do not have to research these interactions prior to putting a new drug on the market.

Taking drugs is like being in the lottery: the longer you are on the drugs and the more drugs being taken, the more likely it is that nasty side effects will arise.

There are so many ways the now thousands of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can affect the brain that there is no way I can even begin to list these. But I'll cover some of the most important.

Your brain is only as good as its blood flow: as blood flow diminishes so does brainpower

The main processes that interfere with blood flow to the brain are excessively low blood pressure and the gradual calcification of the arteries, including those supplying the brain. This process of the gradual loss of circulation is present in at least 80% of all of us.

  • Meds that reduce blood pressure reduce blood flow to the brain.

  • Many, if not most meds for blood pressure, including statins, inadvertently increase calcification of the arteries. This process of calcification of the soft tissues is seen on the hair tissue test as elevated calcium relative to other minerals.

  • Steroids and other hormones (HRT), including those for asthma increase calcification of arteries.

  • It appears that drugs for mood disorders such as SSRI's and meds for arthritic pain have a similar effect on tissue calcification.

A note about arthritis

Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and dementia go hand-in-hand as companion diseases. They are intimately associated. Kissing cousins. As calcium is drawn out of the bones and deposited in the soft tissue, including the blood vessels, the bone thins and the joints begin to disintegrate to a state of catastrophe. People with mildly arthritic joints typically have an acceleration of their joint degeneration, most obvious about five or so years following commencing medication such as for a heart condition.

Would you serve this to Grandma?
Would you serve this to Grandma?


I argue that hardly anybody dies of old age these days: they die from the combination of medication side-effects and malnutrition.

As people get older their calorie needs may plummet to the point where their daily energy needs could be met by little more than a few wine biscuits, a teaspoon of sugar in their teacup, a tiny serving of reconstituted egg and potato and a plate of ice cream and fruit salad. As energy needs decline with age, the nutrient-density of the food must increase. This is ignored by the dieticians who decide what is fed to the elderly who are in institutional care.

Read this which is relevant to the nutrition of many institutionalised elderly:

Most medications, some more than others, interfere with digestion and/or the uptake of various nutrients. Medications are generally toxic and the body reacts by trying the regurgitate the toxin. This is why anti-reflux medications are often prescribed in conjunction with most medications that are taken habitually.

Anti-reflux medications mostly suppress the production of stomach acid, or they neutralise the acid. While these may reduce reflux or the consequences of vomiting acid up the oesophagus, the longterm consequence is malnutrition and the possibility of nasty diseases of the digestive tract, including IBS, Crohn's, Diverticulitis and bowel cancer.

I'd serve this to Grandma
I'd serve this to Grandma

Low salt confuses, then kills

"Pass the salt", is an expression I doubt is used in elder-care. Salt has been demonised. Salt causes high blood pressure and the best thing to do it cut salt right out of one's diet as much as possible. Yeah-right! This is a health mantra that is simply wrong. Reducing salt consumption may benefit the blood pressure of about 10% of people who are diagnosed with hypertension. For the other 90%, the benefit of excessive salt restriction may be next to nothing. A modest daily intake of salt is fine for most people:

Salt restriction is potentially catastrophic for the elderly

  • Low salt reduces digestion!

  • Low salt accelerates osteoporosis!

  • Low salt increases confusion!

  • Affects balance and increases stumbling!

  • Low salt increases infection!

Here's a typical scenario: Grandma is placed on a salt-restricted diet. She rapidly develops osteoporosis and arthritis (no worries there are meds for these!), she gets confused easily (no worries there are more drugs for this), she is placed in a home. She slips and falls, breaking a hip. She is hospitalised. She develops pneumonia and dies shortly after.

It blows me away that discussion about the Tsunami of dementia that is now upon us does not include frank discussion of the possibility that many, if not most cases of dementia have prescription drugs as a major factor in their genesis.

It would indeed be scandalous if the one health crisis, other than COVID19, that threatens to bankrupt our nation was, in fact, mostly medically induced.