Archives for April 2018

Sleep Is More Than Resting: Brain Restoration Requires Good Sleep

Sleep deprivation results in increased inflammation in our brain, which is seen when scientists measured the levels of an inflammatory protein associated with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) that went up significantly with sleep deprivation. That means that poor sleep quality or lack of sleep is very unhealthy for our brain. On the good side, they found that this inflammatory protein disappeared twice as fast in the brains that slept well. These two links are short summaries of current research and are worth a few minutes read: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/lack-sleep-may-be-linked-risk-factor-alzheimers-disease https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/how-sleep-clears-brain The authors state: "Sleep is important for storing memories. It also have a restorative function. Lack of sleep impairs reasoning, problem-solving, and attention to detail, among other effects." It ... Read more

Phosphatidylserine and Memory

As you know, brain health issues are becoming epidemic. Today, Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in the USA, and it is getting worse. It is important to understand that neuroscience is now saying that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia/ memory loss / cognitive decline do NOT have a single cause. The research is pointing to multiple causes, from latent/ hidden infection to blood sugar to nutrient imbalances to toxic metals to chemical exposures to hormonal issues and more…..all of these add up to damaging the brain. This means that it is very urgent to recognize any decline of brain function as early as possible. Medical science now calls the pre-dementia condition as AAMI, or Age Associated Memory Impairment. The criteria for AAMI is: • Over the age of 50. • Not demented. • Intellectual function adequate to remain productive. • Complaint of gradual ... Read more

Brain Protection By Plants: Nature Knows Best

This week I am highlighting a paper that is just extra-ordinary, and the whole paper is free and available to read online. The paper is about the underlying inflammatory processes that are involved in the brain, and not only that, but what plants/supplements can help repair the damage. This information also gives us the way to lead a brain protective lifestyle using plants, herbs, essential fatty acids and more. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3307240/ The authors state: "Over the last 50 years we have learned a lot about the molecular mechanisms involved in neurological damage occurring during central nervous system (CNS) insults, such as strokes, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), exposure to neurotoxic substances, autoimmune disorders, infections, and the major neurodegenerative disorders. There is compelling evidence that a combination of proinflammatory immune ... Read more

Worried About Your Memory: Part 8

This is the last part of the 8 part series on memory. So far we have learned that there are usually multiple causes for cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, memory loss, neurodegenerative conditions and dementia. To keep from getting any of these issues, and to cover as much as possible, requires a program that addresses your entire health, from blood sugar issues, to weight, inflammation, nutrition, immune concerns, exercise, and more. Why is this important? Because, unfortunately, unlike heart disease or other medical conditions, pharmaceutical approaches have not proven helpful at all for this growing problem. Right now, Alzheimer's is considered the 6th leading cause of death in our country, and there is virtually no medical therapies that are effective. In fact, neurologic conditions are the greatest area of pharmacy failure...there just isn't effective pharmacy in this ... Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease and Diet: A Long Latency Poison Is Still A Poison

We are going to shift away from leaky gut to brain health and Alzheimer's, which is a long latency disease. By that, the researchers mean that Alzheimer's begins at least 15 to 20 years before the start of any symptoms. They know this because they can see the changes in the actual structure of the brain decades before memory loss sets in...that means that there is a long period of time of brain destruction BEFORE symptoms appear. So what can we do to head off such a catastrophe?? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27454859 It turns out that diet plays a key role in the development of brain degeneration, which means that we have an enormous amount of control of our risk factors. What did the authors say: TEACHING POINTS: * Single-country ecological data can be used to find links between diet and AD because the national diet changes, such as during the nutrition transition to ... Read more

Worried About Your Memory: Part 7

We are continuing to go over memory loss issues, and this blog will cover a part of the examination, which is the neurologic exam. It is important to recognize that the body will reflect outward what the brain is doing. These are called neurologic soft signs. In other words, before we develop pathology, areas of the brain slow down, become dysfunctional, desynchronized or lose coherence and become unbalanced...and give us symptoms and observable signs. These are called neurologic soft signs (NSS) and are markers of early brain degeneration or developmental delay and can lead to full blown disease. These signs can be mild to severe. NSS are considered to be a signature of development and/or degeneration. Here is a link to give you a brief look into this fascinating ... Read more

Artificial Sweeteners: Ruin Your Gut and Ruin Your Brain

As we go further into digestion, we find the following: that artificial sweeteners actually cause unhealthy changes in the gut microbiome, which increases inflammation and decreases brain health. Not only that, they make us fatter (more inflammation) and encourage blood sugar problems (type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes). https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/endo/71882 https://www.nature.com/articles/nature13793 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0148607111413772 While the preceding papers focus on artificial sweeteners causing gut microbiome changes that lead to inflammation and diabetes, please recall our previous blogs of how changes in the gut microbiome negatively impact the brain. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4367209/ https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn3346 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166223613000088 And ... Read more

Worried About Your Memory: Part 6

This is Part 6 of our memory report. In this blog, we will go over what risk factors you should know and reduce. Why is this so urgent? Please read this short abstract in this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20129317 You just learned that if you have subjective cognitive impairment, that it is a warning of further decline in just the next 7 years!! So, if you feel (or those close to you) that your memory or capacity to think, figure things out, recall anything, do math, or any brain function is declining, then NOW is the time to act. It REALLY does mean that your brain is degenerating, so now these risk factors to causing or aggravating or speeding up brain decay become meaningful. Know and treat your risk factors: Overweight Obesity Diabetes Any blood sugar problem: Shaky, irritable, foggy if you don't eat Sleepy after you eat Crave carbs of ... Read more

Leaky Gut: Initial Steps to Repair

I think by now, we all know that leaky gut is real and is a major driver of inflammation. That means that in ANY chronic health condition, it is wise and well worth the effort to take steps to assist the gut towards optimal function and thus lower our total inflammatory burden. The gut repair process is what got rid of my migraines, tension and sinus headaches and terrible joint pain and is usually helpful across many different types of chronic health problems...simply because it gets rid of one of the most powerful sources of inflammation. This link starts the conversation as to the reality of the condition and bear in mind that it was written in 2014, meaning that there is a lot more clarity about this issue today. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4253991/ Gut repair protocols always need to be tailored to the individual's own unique situation. For example, the ... Read more