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Smoke, French Fries may Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

Physician’s warning: cigarette smoking is also bad for your brain. A recent study showed that the smoke from cigarettes, automobiles and even French fries contain a group of chemicals known as type-2 alkenes, which increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease with constant exposure.

“The thought process and memory deficits associated with Alzheimer’s disease appear to be due to the very early loss of function of nerve endings in the brain,” said Richard LoPachin, a neurochemist and director of research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The research further states that the highly toxic chemicals are being generated within nerve endings during the Alzheimer’s process, which then triggers dementia. The constant exposures to the chemicals, along with the production of the type-2 alkenes, will double the potency of the attack on brain nerve endings “from outside the body and from with-in,” according to LoPachin.

“This dual intoxication of nerve endings led us to conclude that daily environmental exposure to neurotoxic type-2 alkenes could increase the incidence ofAlzheimer’s disease,” he added.

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