MY RATIONALE FOR USING LOW DOSE LITHIUM—150MG/DAY—TO PREVENT BOTH ALZHEIMER’S AND DEPRESSION.
Dementia is a major public health problem. The prevalence is 1% at the age 60 years, and rises to over 30% of the population by age 90 (Nunes et al., 2007). A history of depression doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s. Bipolar disorder increases risk of Alzheimer’s perhaps 6 fold. Perhaps people with mood disorders should start on prophylactic lithium 150mg/day by age 60 y.o. Even lithium 150mg per week might be prophylactic against Alzheimer’s. High amounts of lithium in the drinking water results in less than 1mg/day being ingested.
- Lithium prevents brain cells from dying. It greatly increases Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is the growth hormone of the brain, and it also prevents cell death.
- Lithium in the drinking water reduces risk of Alzheimer’s. In areas of the United States where there is more lithium in drinking water