Happy New Year to everyone and hope you had an enjoyable holiday season. Thankfully, we are done with the major eating and drinking holidays for awhile. All these festivities can be hard on those of us with only a few brain cells left to operate on!
All joking aside, as the Baby Boomers age, our brains are affected by drugs, alcohol, diet, environmental poisons, food allergies, etc. Poor verbal and image memory are the earliest signs of dementia. There is no cure or treatment for dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) so we need to work on healthy lifestyle habits to support our brain health.
The March 2013 issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology had a paper on “Nutrition and Nuerodegeneration: epidemiological evidence and challenges for future research.” In the abstract of the study it stated, “Current epidemiological data are in favor of a protective role of certain micronutrients (B vitamins related to homocysteine metabolism, the anti-oxidant vitamins C and E, flavonoids, polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D) and macronutrients (fish) in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia/AD.” Diet, nutrition and lifestyle can impact brain health.
10 Early Warning Signs of Dementia/Alzheimer’s
Memory loss that disrupts daily life. (forgets recently learned info, dates and events)
Challenges in planning or solving problems. (hard to balance checkbook or follow recipes)
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
Confusion with time or place.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. (has difficulty reading, judging distances and determining color or contrast)
New problems with words in speaking or writing. (has difficulty finding the right word; stops in the middle of a conversation)
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. (misplaces keys, remote control or purse)
Decreased or poor judgment. (poor grooming; gives away money to scammers)
Withdrawal from work or social activities.
Changes in mood and personality.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. One in three seniors dies with AD or another dementia. But a degenerating brain can develop a different chronic neurological disease:
10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s Disease
Tremor (when resting or relaxing; in fingers, thumb, hand, chin or lip; twitching of limb)
Small handwriting (letters are smaller and crowded together)
Loss of Smell
Trouble sleeping (thrashes around in bed; sudden movements during the day)
Stiff moving or walking. (sometimes stiffness goes away as person moves; lack of arm swing with walking; stiffness or pain in the shoulders or hips)
A soft or low voice
Expressionless face (lack of blinking; told by others they have a serious, depressed or mad look)
Dizziness or fainting upon standing
Stooping or hunching over
Now the problem with lists like these is you can find yourself in one or a few of these and then you panic. Individually, these are early warning signs to a lot of problems that are not Parkinson’s or AD. You have to have most or all of these before you start to worry; not one or two.
Dr. Datis Kharrazian has written a new book called, Why isn’t my Brain Working? He wrote a best selling thyroid book a few years ago and this book should also be a best seller. He also developed a Brain Function Assessment Form (BFAF) that you can get from us and fill out to see how your brain is functioning. He also developed The Brain Health and Nutrition Assessment Form (BHNAF) to help identify your nutritional needs to support a healthy brain. We have both of these forms if you want to fill them out and have them evaluated. Dr. K also developed several powerful supplements to help support brain and nerve function to slow or stop neurodegeneration. The answers to the BHNAF helps to pinpoint what you need specifically plus I can test to see how your body reacts to them.
We will be open on January 2 and the rest of the month during our normal hours.