Toxins: Understanding the Risk for Cognitive Decline
In today’s world, we are all exposed to some level of toxins. These appear in our food, water, air, as well as in everyday items found around the home . . .
Researchers have linked low-level toxin exposure to many diseases including cancer, cardiovascular, and kidney disease. [There is a] . . . growing body of medical literature that demonstrates that certain toxins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
According to researchers . . .
Losing your train of thought mid-sentence? Forgetting why you entered the room? Blanking out on the name of the show you watched last night on Netflix? You may think it’s just the normal aging process, but it could have something to do with the foods you eat. Your brain uses 20% to 30% of the calories you consume, making it is the most energy-hungry organ in your body. Everything you put on the end of your fork matters in terms of your cognitive function. And if you eat a fast-food diet, you’ll have a fast-food memory.
Taking a regular afternoon nap may be linked to better mental agility, suggests research published in the online journal General Psychiatry.
It seems to be associated with better locational awareness, verbal fluency, and working memory, the findings indicate.
Longer life expectancy and the associated neurodegenerative changes that accompany it, raise the prospect of dementia, with around 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 . . .
People who consume high levels of vitamin C and E in their diet may have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease than people who get only small amounts of these nutrients, according to a new study. . .
[S]tudy author Essi Hantikainen, Ph.D.[stated] ‘“[o]ur large study found that vitamin C and vitamin E were each linked to a 32% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, and we found the association may be even stronger when intake of both vitamin C and E is high.”’
Taking care of your brain health is more important than ever. There are more than 9.9 million new cases of dementia each year worldwide, and this figure is projected to increase to 131.5 million by 2050. Older adults are not the only ones at risk for cognitive disorders. More than one-third of graduate students report suffering from depression . . . Fortunately, good choices about what you eat can make a big difference.
Poor sleep quality and use of sedative hypnotic drugs (sleeping pills) is associated with a significant risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Use of these drugs was associated with a whopping 230% increase over an eight-year period in a study in France while in a study in the U.K., the risk was even greater over a 22-year follow up – a dramatic 294% increase. Other studies have shown . . .
Science shines bright light on root cause of memory problems.
Do you have insulin resistance?
If you don’t know, you’re not alone. This is perhaps the single most important question any of us can ask about our physical and mental health—yet most patients, and even many doctors, don’t know how to answer it.
Here in the U.S., insulin resistance has reached epidemic proportions . . .
Alzheimer’s disease has reached epidemic proportions.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the third cause of death in the United States and over 47 million people live with it globally. . . .
Fortunately, new multisystem approaches to diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s is showing promising results. Leading the charge in the multifaceted approach to treating Alzheimer’s . . .
The Alzheimer’s epidemic may be preventable with lifestyle changes.
The biggest Tsunami facing our healthcare system and our society is diseases of the brain. Whether it’s depression, anxiety disorder, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s or other types of dementias, we as a society are already feeling the burden of these diseases socially and financially.
Can We Cure Alzheimer’s Disease? Understanding the Link between Toxic Exposures, Insulin Resistance, and Brain Health
The recent discoveries surrounding Alzheimer’s suggest that one day getting this disease could become optional. In understanding the progression of this disease better, researchers are finding ways to catch it earlier and identify contributing factors so that we can prevent, stop, and reverse this devastating condition.
In a breakthrough study, scientists found evidence that using tea for Alzheimer’s could drastically lower your risk of developing the condition. It’s true, sipping tea could help ward off Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2017 study out of the National University of Singapore says.
Research shows that staying fit in middle age may reduce dementia risk later.
A high level of physical fitness in middle age may significantly decrease a woman’s risk of developing dementia by up to 90 percent compared to a moderate or low level of fitness, suggests a new study.
This was a small study with a few limitations . . . but the findings are noteworthy . . .
New Research Shows Synergy with Omega-3 Fatty Acids and B Vitamins in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease
The human brain is a marvelously complex system that requires a wide range of nutrients to function properly. Intelligence, memory, behavior and concentration are all influenced by proper brain nutrition. Young or old, our nutritional status plays a vital role in determining how well our brain functions.
One of the problems with medical research . . .
A Western-style diet, which tends to be high in meat, is linked with increased risk of dementia
You’ve heard time and again that it’s not wise to eat too much red meat, especially if processed, since higher intakes are linked with increased risks of obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and several cancers. A growing number of studies suggest dietary patterns high in meat may promote cognitive decline, too.
Boost your brain in 2018—week 3 of 4.
Stress manifests differently for each of us. While common symptoms include muscle strain, headaches, digestive problems, sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating, worry, and even depression, the triggers for stress are highly individualized.
Stress . . . has a generally negative connotation in our culture. We often associate stress with “distress” . . .
Ever find yourself wondering, “Is diet soda bad for you?” It may seem like a better option compared to sugary soda, but the science shows that viewpoint falls flat. And now, we have even more reason to avoid soda at all costs. Artificially sweetened drinks increase risk of stroke and dementia. In other words, it’s hammering your brain.
New Study Postulates the Role of Dietary Advanced Glycation End Products in the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Evidence that cooking foods at high temperatures increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease has been gained through a new study. This study looked at the content of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in national diets and clinical studies and compared total AGEs to Alzheimer’s disease rates.
In this illuminating video, Dr. Georgia Ede, MD, talks about the burgeoning mental health crisis, from anxiety disorders to dementia, that is afflicting people worldwide. Dr. Ede explains how the deleterious modern diet largely fuels this epidemic and describes the wholesome eating habits that foster sound mental health and vitality.
The quest for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease has been . . . frustrating. Billions have been spent testing hundreds of compounds, but 99.6 percent of the clinical trials have failed to slow progression or improve symptoms, let alone cure Alzheimer’s.
Two types of medications have been approved: cholinesterase inhibitors . . . and memantine . . . The effects of these drugs are modest . . . [I]t’s hard to even tell if they’re helping . . .
New research suggests that reading makes us sharper and also socially-aware.
When we read, we use many parts of our brain. We use vivid imagery as well as memory to follow a plot, or main idea. Reading can be like mental gymnastics for the brain. Recent research supports the notion that reading influences our thought processes and is a very potent form of brain training.
Resveratrol is a plant compound similar to flavonoids. It is found in low levels in the skin of red grapes, red wine, cocoa powder, baking chocolate, dark chocolate, peanuts, and mulberry.
There has been a great deal of hype regarding resveratrol supplements, but there have also been some positive clinical studies showing positive results in improving memory . . .
Can the water you drink every day affect your mood, memory, and risk of dementia, suicide, and antisocial behavior? A growing body of research suggests it can and does. It all depends on the level of lithium in your local groundwater.
You may be thinking, “But lithium is a psychiatric drug.” You’re right.
However, lithium is also a natural element . . .
Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by growing your “cognitive reserve”
The offerings in the billion-dollar brain game industry are compelling. On the surface, it seems logical that improved performance on a computer memory task could lead to better daily memory skills.
The problem, however, is that even if memory on a computer game improves . . . this improvement generally doesn’t transfer to real-world tasks . . .
I’ve often been quoted as stating that there is no pharmaceutical approach that has meaningful effectiveness on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, I have to continue to make this claim. . . .
I was discussing this challenge with . . . Dr. Dale Bredesen . . .
. . . He posits that an approach that . . . ameliorates a variety of problematic issues is the key to solving the Alzheimer’s challenge.
When seniors complain of cognitive problems—particularly memory loss and dementia—more often than not, it’s chalked up to old age. But what’s really causing these issues? It could be your medications. According to new research, long-term use of anticholinergic drugs and dementia go hand-in-hand.
Results of a trial published in JAMA earlier this year found that regular use of anticholinergic drugs . . .
Enhance your future success with better brain health.
Ready to try an inspiring New Year’s exercise? Take a few moments to picture yourself – at the peak of health and happiness – one year from now . . .
So how does this relate to boosting your brain power? Your success in achieving your . . . vision . . . will be significantly greater if you improve the health of the amazing three-pound organ that sits between your ears . . .