Here is another great paper showing how our lifestyle choices will predict our future brain health. This paper revealed that those with the higher blood markers of inflammation had greater significant shrinkage later in life. DISCUSSION: "Using a large community sample, we demonstrated that a higher level of systemic inflammatory markers measured during midlife is independently associated with lower regional brain volume and reduce episodic memory 24 years later among older adults without dementia. Similarly, participants who had elevations in a larger number of 5 inflammatory markers during midlife were found to have lower regional brain volumes and reduced episodic memory in late life in a dose-response manner." Bottom Line: Please refer back to my blog series on inflammation and all of the causes. We went over blood sugar, sleep, ... Read more

Sorry to get heavy (pun intended) on abdominal fat and brain function, but here is some more information for you. As the article states: Obesity and cognitive decline: Evidence that suggests a link between the two includes: • People ages 40-45 who were obese had a 74 percent increased risk of dementia 21 years later, and those who were overweight had a 35 percent greater risk. This study cohort had 10,276 men and women. Whitmer, RA, et al., BMJ 2005. • A study of 2,223 healthy workers found that a higher body-mass index was associated with lower cognitive scores, after adjustment for age, sex, educational level, blood pressure, diabetes and other co-variables. Also, a higher BMI at baseline was associated with higher cognitive decline at a follow-up five years later. Cournot, M., et al., Neurology 2006. • ... Read more

Here is some more news about how we can use select plant compounds to protect our neurologic health at any age. Please recall that inflammation damages and shrinks our brain, which is obviously NOT GOOD! “Certain naturally occurring dietary polyphenolic phytochemicals have received considerable recent attention as alternative candidates for AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) therapy. In particular, curcumin, resveratrol, and green tea catechins have been suggested to have the potential to prevent AD because of their anti‐amyloidogenic, anti‐oxidative, and anti‐inflammatory properties. These polyphenolic phytochemicals also activate adaptive cellular stress responses, called ‘neurohormesis’, and suppress disease processes.” “Curcumin as an antioxidant, ... Read more

As a chiropractic neurologist whose primary focus is brain health, you soon learn that you have to study far and wide to learn about all of the positive and negative factors that cause brain health or advance or cause brain degeneration and dysfunction. It was surprising to me to learn just how bad for brain health it is when we carry extra abdominal fat. You can even have a normal weight or BMI and be at serious risk for an early and unpleasant death. Obviously this extra abdominal fat is known to contribute to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, abnormal cholesterol levels, cancer, hormonal imbalances and other diseases. It is bad fat in a bad location, and it is slowly killing anyone with increased abdominal fat. But did you know that this fat contributes to dementia, depression, cognitive decline and ... Read more

Thank you for reading this blog, I really appreciate you. Here is more news you can use, and the old adage that says "move it or lose it" is now seen to apply to memory and brain health. This paper highlights the connection between brain health and function (healthy aging) and exercise. It means that in order to keep optimal brain function and avoid age related memory decline, as well as depression and anxiety and a host of other issues, we must keep moving. The authors summarize: "Aerobic exercise in early AD is associated with benefits in functional ability. Exercise-related gains in cardiorespiratory fitness were associated with improved memory performance and reduced hippocampal atrophy, suggesting cardiorespiratory fitness gains may be important in driving brain benefits." This information about ... Read more

In a previous blog, I promised that I would cover the fact that in order to have a healthy brain, there needs to be the understanding that there are multiple causes that lead to brain decline, including the ability to recover from head injury or stroke or anything. For example, when it comes to depression and anxiety, it is now widely recognized that the brain dysfunction that results in the symptoms of depression and/or anxiety has multiple causes. And while depression, or anxiety, are not diseases, they are certainly powerful symptoms of something(s) gone wrong in the way that the brain works. Depression and anxiety can be part of any disease state, such as the flu or Alzheimer’s or post-stroke or even post-pregnancy, so when evaluating your health many things must be taken into account. To have a healthy brain, you need a healthy body as well. Take a look at these ... Read more

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: 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

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

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. 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

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