Alzheimer’s Prevention: It’s All About Your Lifestyle

Hello everyone: Today I want to focus on dementia to let you know how the current science is trending. First of all, there has not been any prescriptions found that have any significant benefit despite 40 years of research and trials. The reason for this is that dementia has multiple causes. To put this in perspective, here are some selected quotes from this link: “Four decades of intense research and development (R&D) efforts have failed to yield any effective interventions for neurodegenerative diseases. The lack of success in the search for a drug to improve the devastating symptoms of these chronic brain disorders has been one of modern medicine's greatest frustrations with a failure rate of nearly 99.6 % as compared with about 20% success rate for cancer drugs. One important new fact about AD (Alzheimer’s ... Read more

Move Your Body & Grow Your Brain

Hello again everyone: Here is some interesting information on how yoga improves brain function! As you know, I want to provide practical tools we can all use and incorporate into a health building lifestyle that reduces risks to all chronic diseases as well as protects your brain/cognitive/emotional health. The author’s state: “Yoga combines postures, breathing, and meditation. Despite reported health benefits, yoga’s effects on the brain have received little study. We used magnetic resonance imaging to compare age-related gray matter (GM) decline in yogis and controls. We also examined the effect of increasing yoga experience and weekly practice on GM volume and assessed which aspects of weekly practice contributed most to brain size. Controls displayed the well documented age-related global brain GM decline while yogis did ... Read more

Can Food Really Destroy Your Brain?

Hello everyone: Hope your summer went very well. Here is a paper that summarizes how what we eat can destroy our memory and ability to think (cognition), and how alterations in our gut bacteria are part of this equation: The author’s state: "Consumption of a Western Diet (WD) that is high in saturated fat and added sugars negatively impacts cognitive function, particularly mnemonic processes that rely on the integrity of the hippocampus. Emerging evidence suggests that the gut microbiome influences cognitive function via the gut-brain axis, and that WD factors significantly alter the proportions of commensal bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Here we review mechanisms through which consuming a WD negatively impacts neurocognitive function, with a particular focus on recent evidence linking the gut ... Read more

Beware of the Brain Fog!

Subjective cognitive impairment or decline is what is experienced when we start noticing that our brain is off. This is a great article that reveals the multiple possible causes of ‘fog’ and leads to the discussion below: Fundamentally, the authors state that ‘foggy’ brains are exposed to inflammation, and they go on to list many causes, from mold to being overweight. This is an important article to pay attention to and read through as it lists many of the symptoms of ‘fog’, which is in reality, the early manifestations of neurodegeneration!! Subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), or ‘fog’, is really any new decline of brain function that you notice that persists or is recurrent. Most likely, no one else will notice until the disturbance gets bad enough to be called MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairment), which then can ... Read more

Music and Meditation Can Improve and Save Your Memory!

Hope your summer is great, and here is some news that you can use to improve your lifestyle, enrich your life and protect your brain. The authors state: "Findings of this preliminary randomized controlled trial suggest practice of meditation or ML (music listening) can significantly enhance both subjective memory function and objective cognitive performance in adults with SCD, and may offer promise for improving outcomes in this population." First of all, subjective cognitive decline is what precedes mild cognitive impairment which is what precedes dementia. This is why it is critical to pay attention to any type of loss of brain function because an early warning sign of dementia is subjective ... Read more

Brain On Fire: Part 3 Putting Out The Fire

We are continuing to explore ways to put out the fire of inflammation that leads to brain degeneration, brain fog, memory loss, anxiety, depression and more, so please take a look at this incredible paper: There are several points worth mentioning that the authors state: “For prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, curcumin has been shown to effectively maintain the normal structure and function of cerebral vessels, mitochondria, and synapses, reduce risk factors for a variety of chronic diseases, and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The effect of curcumin on Alzheimer’s disease involves multiple signaling pathways: anti-amyloid and metal iron chelating properties, antioxidation and anti-inflammatory activities. Indeed, there is a scientific basis for the rational application of curcumin in prevention and ... Read more

Brain On Fire: Part 2 Putting Out The Fire

I hope everyone’s summer is going well. I want to stress something that I went over in a recent blog of 7/16/2018, simply because it is really incredible that this information is out there, yet not discussed. This is really a crime and needs to be addressed, and this especially applies to those with Alzheimer’s (AD) in the family or anyone who feels that their cognitive abilities are slipping: Conclusions: Neurovascular inflammation and metabolic dysregulation driven mainly by poor diets likely serve as an essential underlying etiology of LOAD (Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease). Human clinical trial evidence of plant-based diets for eliminating comorbidities and risk factors of LOAD support its potential as a powerful prevention strategy. In particular, plant-based diets as well as a number of anti-inflammatory nutrients ... Read more

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids Improve Brain Function

Here is more good news about how you can shape your environment to actually and substantially improve your health and decrease your risk of brain degeneration. In conclusion, the authors found the following: Dietary fish oil supplementation increases red blood cell omega-3 content, working memory performance, and BOLD (cortical Blood Oxygen Level-Dependent activity) signal in the posterior cingulate cortex during greater working memory load in older adults with subjective memory impairment suggesting enhanced neuronal response to working memory challenge. Because the Standard American Diet (SAD) is actually low in dietary sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids, it may be wise to supplement your diet with fish or algal oil to make sure you get optimal intake of these critical nutrients. Having a great working ... Read more

Exercise Can Save Your Memory

I am trying to focus on information that you can use now to create the health and lifestyle that saves your brain. Research has shown that virtually every prescription medication that has been evaluated has failed when it comes to being effective for the treatment of subjective cognitive decline (brain fog), that leads to mild to moderate cognitive impairment, that then leads into dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease, or AD). Why have all 150 medications failed to make a dent? Because brain disorders like AD have MULTIPLE causes, and it is turning out that the things we can do in our day to day lifestyle are very effective in preventing and treating this dread disease or condition. One of those things that is essential is: exercise!! The author’s state: In the present article, we provide a review of current knowledge regarding the role ... Read more

Herbs for Brain Health: Part 2

Hello again: Last blog I mentioned how Curcumin and Berberine are beneficial for blood sugar issues and are neuroprotective. Here is more information about brain health and how these herbs fit in: Conclusions: "Neurovascular inflammation and metabolic dysregulation driven mainly by poor diets likely serve as an essential underlying etiology of LOAD (Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease). Human clinical trial evidence of plant-based diets for eliminating comorbidities and risk factors of LOAD support its potential as a powerful prevention strategy. In particular, plant-based diets as well as a number of anti-inflammatory nutrients or plant-based foods have been shown to reverse cognitive deficits in clinical trials or protect against LOAD in epidemiological studies." So here is some more info about the anti-inflammatory ... Read more