Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with the disease—those with the late-onset type—symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. (Source: National Institute of Aging)
Alzheimer's disease is thought to be caused by the abnormal build-up of proteins in and around brain cells. One of the proteins involved is called amyloid, deposits of which form plaques around brain cells. The other protein is called tau, deposits of which form tangles within brain cells. (Source: NHS UK)
Why plaques around brain cells?
Plaques form when protein pieces called beta-amyloid (BAY-tuh AM-uh-loyd) clump together. Beta-amyloid comes from a larger protein found in the fatty membrane surrounding nerve cells. Beta-amyloid is chemically "sticky" and gradually builds up into plaques. (Source: www.alz.org)
Why proteins surrounds nerve cells?
Nerve tissue is a biological molecule related to the function and maintenance of normal nervous tissue. An example would include, for example, the generation of myelin which insulates and protects nerves. These are typically calcium-binding proteins. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Me thinking: This means we need proteins around our nerve cells to protect them.
"Scientists have now shown that a protein called neurexin is required for nerve cell connections to form and function correctly. Neurons, or nerve cells, communicate with each other through contact points called synapses.” (Source: www.sciencedaily.com)
Synapse, also called neuronal junction, the site of transmission of electric nerve impulses between two nerve cells (neurons) or between a neuron and a gland or muscle cell (effector). A synaptic connection between a neuron and a muscle cell is called a neuromuscular junction. (Source: www.britannica.com)
Me thinking: That means our nerves are connected to our muscles.
Nerves are actual projections of neurons or nerve cells. Neuron is an individual specialized cell which are primarily involved in transmitting information through electrical and chemical signals.
A neuromuscular junction (or myoneural junction) is a chemical synapse between a motor neuron and a muscle fiber. It allows the motor neuron to transmit a signal to the muscle fiber, causing muscle contraction. Muscles require innervation to function—and even just to maintain muscle tone, avoiding atrophy. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Me thinking: Neurons transmit signals to the muscle fibers causing muscle contraction causing muscles to do what needs to be done, either writing, exercising, moving a hand to the left or to the right. Muscles require innervation to function else atrophy happens.
It's pronounced “inNERVate," accent on the “nerve.” To innervate is “to supply nerves to.” It also means “to stimulate” or “to supply with energy.” The word innervate sounds like what it is — it means to “put the nerves into” something. When nerves go into muscle fiber, they innervate the muscle fiber. (Source: www.vocabulary.com)
Me thinking: That means our nerve function and the muscle function are connected.
Are neurons connected to our thoughts?
When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought. How the brain bridges the gap between these two tiers of neural activity remains a great mystery, but a new kind of technology is edging us closer to solving it. (Source: www.scientificamerian.com; 24 Aug 2016)
Neurons release brain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, which generate these electrical signals in neighboring neurons. The electrical signals propagate like a wave to thousands of neurons, which leads to thought formation. One theory explains that thoughts are generated when neurons fire. (Source: www.pressconnects.com; 18 Mar 2019)
Me thinking: Neurons are connected to the formation of our thoughts which leads me to think that nerves (neurons) are connected to our thoughts.
Are neurons connected?
Neurons are connected to each other through synapses, sites where signals are transmitted in the form of chemical messengers. ... It is here that it receives signals from other neurons. One cell talks, the other listens. The signals are then computed and forwarded by a "cable", the axon, in the form of electrical impulses. (Source: medicalxpress.com; 22 Sep 2016)
A chemical messenger is any compound that serves to transmit a message. A chemical messenger may refer to: Hormone, Long range chemical messenger. Neurotransmitter, communicates to adjacent cells. Neuropeptide, a protein sequence which acts as a hormone or neurotransmitter. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Me thinking: Chemical messengers transmit messages to our cells and those messages come from our nerve cells or neurons.
How many neurons are connected to the brain?
100 trillion connections.
Join together 100 billion neurons—with 100 trillion connections—and you have yourself a human brain, capable of much, much more. (Source: www.scientificamerican.com)
Brain cells and nerve cells
The neuron is the basic working unit of the brain, a specialized cell designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells. Neurons are cells within the nervous system that transmit information to other nerve cells, muscle, or gland cells. Most neurons have a cell body, an axon, and dendrites. (Source: www.brainfacts.org)
Me thinking: This leads me to think that Nerve cells are the brain cells so what has happened in our body that causes an abnormal build up of protein around the nerve cells (our brain cells)? Almost like an abnormal protection of the nerve cell? Protein is hard in a way. It is not hard from a scientific perspective but we use or need protein to build muscle which eventually is associated with something hard and strong. It is a muscle which is a tissue and it can be soft but generally we see it as something hard and strong. So why something hard and strong around the nerve cells (the brain cells)? Why do we want to protect something? Is it a memory? Is it our past? Is it “from not wanting to forget, we are made to forget”?
Muscles are connected to our nerve cells, nerve cells carry our thoughts, our brain cells are our nerve cells which means all of this is our thoughts. Our body is our thoughts. Our body carries everything that we think and that we have become today - our thoughts and our beliefs. The protein that seems to cloud the brain cells by creating disorder in the brain, memory loss, inability to think properly and carry out simple tasks. It even sounds too much. Has everything become too much for the person affected? Do they feel it is too much or that the life has become too much for them? How did they feel before they got sick? Did they work too much and did not rest much? Where they always on the go?Have they chosen to block their own inner voice (intuition) at some point to keep carrying on? It is not like they forget everything, many times people with Alzheimer’s remember random facts or stories and people we have never heard about and perhaps we have never heard about them because all of a sudden they are connected to their soul on a level we have not been able to connect yet, they have become one with their soul speaking the language of their soul that we are not accustomed with. To us, it feels strange, it feels wrong. Our ego speaks up and wants them to remember us, our children, remember things that we want them/expect them to remember, not talk about something that we do not know or can't be bothered with. Why? Why is our Ego bigger and stronger than our love and willingness to get to know them from the start, to get to know their soul, to get to know their true light? All of a sudden we find ourselves looking after an adult that we expect to know how to walk, eat, do chores. It is all an expectation, our expectation. All their soul wants now is to rest, to be looked after. Perhaps they have worked too much in their lives, perhaps they never took a day off, perhaps they never went on holidays, perhaps they sacrificed all their life to their children and supporting the family. Perhaps they never got a break and so it was too much, the brain shut down and now they are just a soul that knows nothing and knows a lot at the same time but perhaps not what we expect them to know at this moment in time. Wisdom comes from the times we least expect it. There is wisdom there. Listen carefully. Be the story. Be in it. No expecations just curiosity to know more, to learn more. There is wisdom in everything, in every word spoken, even if it makes no sense today. Listen.
It is not to say it is easy or hard. It just is. At the end of the day, all we want is love no matter how sick or healthy we are. Love is what heals and what makes everything a little bit better.