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10 Steps to a Healthier and Youthful Brain

Brain health is an important topic these days. It is estimated that  at least 5 million people have  dementia in the United States; world wide, it is close to 50 million people!  Most adults know someone suffering  from one form or another. The primary type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined.

Between 2000 and  2018, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease increased by 146%! One out of every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.  The cost emotionally and medically is staggering. Medically, the cost this  year will be about $300 billion and it  is estimated by the year 2050, it will  be over $1 trillion.

Dementia Prevention Strategies

A whole-body approach is best when  dealing with any chronic illness. The goal  is to reduce general inflammation which  underlies all disease, thereby increasing  your susceptibility to various health problems. Reducing inflammation is done using  multiple modalities: nutraceuticals, dental  treatments, homeopathy, various energetic  treatments, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, EEG  guided micro-current and pulsed magnetic  therapies, Biomagnetic Pair Therapy (BPT),  detoxification protocols, colonic hydro therapy, and more. 

We view dementia as the end stage of  a downhill process that has been progress ing for many years. Obesity, hypertension,  and diabetes are all associated with different types of dementia; these issues need to  be dealt with, preferably at the early stages.  As you can see, approaching dementia  from the holistic point of view could take  many pages. In this article, we would like  to limit our discussion to things that can  help prevent dementia and perhaps miti gate some of the symptoms or signs of the  already manifesting disease. 

Ten Steps to a Healthier and Youthful Brain 

  1. Avoid Head Trauma.

    Head trauma,  especially where there has been a loss  of consciousness, appears to be linked  to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s  disease. Think of football players and  the associated problems with repeated  trauma to the brain. We all know that a  concussion is a type of head injury, but  it’s more than just a bump or a bruise.  Concussions are serious because they  are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).  As a result of a sudden blow, jolt, or  change of direction (e.g., whiplash), the  brain suddenly shifts within the skull.  This head trauma can result in torn  nerve axons, bruising, and damage to  blood vessels. If not treated properly,  damage and inflammation can adversely  affect brain function, even long after the  initial injury. It is essential to wear a helmet when playing contact sports, riding  bikes, or playing soccer. 

  2. Exercise.

    Physical activity is essential  to increase blood flow and oxygen to  the brain. Exercise has been shown to  increase Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF), a nerve growth factor.  BDNF helps our brain improve cognitive  abilities and helps us with memory and  learning. The more BDNF, the better. If someone is starting to show signs of  dementia, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is often beneficial. While we normally  breathe oxygen at a 21% concentration,  a patient in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber breathes 100% pure oxygen under  pressure. This pressure allows for oxygen  to dissolve in the bloodstream and  diffuse into tissues such as lymph and  cerebrospinal fluids at concentrations  not allowed under normal atmospheric  conditions. The body’s blood and tissue  oxygen concentrations may increase up  to 20 times the normal level. Today the  most profound use for hyperbaric oxygen is for the treatment of neurological  disorders. With the help of hyperbaric  oxygen therapy, brain damage believed  to be irreversible may reverse.

  1. Keep Mentally Active.

    Try brain  exercises and study new topics to keep  mentally active as the brain benefits  from mental exercise. Also, it is essential to be socially engaged, studies  show loneliness significantly increases  dementia. Try brain exercises such as  IQ Mind Wear for Brain Training for  Cognitive Ability and Resilience  (iqmindware.com) 

  2. Sleep.

    General healing occurs during  sleep. This healing process includes the  brain. Sleep apnea is associated with  increased diabetes, cardiovascular dis ease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and dementia.  If you snore, wake up tired, or fall asleep  easily while reading or watching TV, you  may be suffering from various levels of  sleep apnea. When taking a 3-D Cone Beam  dental scan, we find a significant number of patients have a restricted airway,  which usually indicates an apnea problem. If suffering from any of the above,  a sleep study is a good idea. Make sure  you practice good sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene means that your bed room should be dark and quiet, with no  EMFs, and it is best not to be on your  phone, computer, or watching TV for at  least an hour before going to sleep.

  1. Stress.

    Stress elevates cortisol which has  been linked to cognitive decline. Having  a positive attitude, not being a victim of  circumstances, praying, yoga, exercise,  meditation, a hobby, and anything else  that helps you relax is essential. Walk  barefoot in the sand or on the grass to  “ground” you, thereby absorbing the  earth’s electrons. Get plenty of sunlight  as low vitamin D is associated with in creased dementia risk. It is a good idea  to know your Vitamin D level, this can be assessed with blood laboratory test ing and is now included in our in-office Oligoscan testing.

  1. Lower Your Toxic Load.

    We live in a  toxic world. We have found that almost  everyone has a problem with toxins.  Among these toxins are heavy metals,  pesticides, chemicals, solvents, and  mold. All of these toxins are pro-inflammatory. There are various ways to test for  these toxins and to decrease the toxic  burden. We can do a chelation challenge urine test for heavy metals. There  are laboratory tests for various toxic  chemicals, pesticides, and mold toxins  as all of these can affect the brain. At  our office, we offer the OligoScan and  energetic EAV testing to help determine  your toxic load. 

  2. Clean Up Your Mouth.

    Studies show  periodontal disease is associated with  increased Alzheimer’s disease. Hidden  dental infections, including abscessed  teeth, cavitations, and root-canaled teeth  are toxic burdens on the immune system and are all pro-inflammatory. 3-D  imaging of the dental structures avail able in our center often uncovers these  previously undetected problems. In  the book “Beating Alzheimer’s,” author  Tom Warren tells how he reversed his  Alzheimer’s disease. Tom attributed his  success in large part to removing various dental infections, mercury (silver)  fillings, and other metals in his mouth.  Mercury fillings give off mercury vapor  which goes directly to your brain cells. If  you remember the expression “Mad as a  Hatter” associated with the Mad Hatter  character in The Adventures of Alice in  Wonderland, that was a reference to  the “hatters” in Danbury, Connecticut.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, the  processes of making felt for hats used  mercury nitrate, a toxic substance that  hatters were exposed to, causing a variety of physical and mental problems. 

  3. Limit Pharmaceuticals.

    Pharmaceutical  drugs have many side effects and the  interactions aren’t known, especially  when taking more than one drug. The  number of prescriptions per capita in  the United States in 2013 was twelve.  For a person over age 65, that number  jumps to 27. Who knows what the effect  on the brain is from these drug interactions. Dr. Duane Graveline, an astronaut  and flight surgeon, wrote a book about  his memory loss when taking Lipitor®, a  cholesterol-lowering statin drug.

 

  1. Gut Flora.

    Intestinal health is directly  related to brain function as the gut is  looked upon as a second brain. The  brain’s longest nerve, known as the Vagus nerve, innervates our gastrointestinal  system. This connection is a two-way  street, the brain can have a direct effect  on the gut, and the gut can have a direct  impact on the brain. This relationship is  why having a healthy and balanced gut  microbiome (bacterial environment) is  so important. In fact, the bacteria in our  gut make numerous neurotransmitters  that can affect our gut motility and brain  function. Consuming a gut-healthy diet  is essential and this can be different for  individuals; however, eating processed  and sugary foods is a problem in general  for everyone.  

  2. Foods and Supplements for Brain Health.

    Avocados, blueberries, broccoli, celery, bone broth, extra-virgin  cold-pressed olive oil, walnuts, coconut  oil, eggs, and beets are foods that are  rich in the nutrients for your brain. You  may need to supplement your diet, as  support for numerous biochemical processes is essential for brain health and  function. For instance, a new clinical  trial published in The Lancet’s EBioMedi- cine (July 2020) suggests higher Omega-3 DHA dose may help Alzheimer’s  Disease. To list all the supplements that  aid in brain health would require a separate article. Your holistic practitioner is  often the best resource to advise which  supplements are best for you at this time  in your life. He or she usually has access  to high-quality, medical-grade products  that are not readily available elsewhere.

 

Dr. Adam BreinerDr. Adam Breiner, ND, practices naturopathic medicine  at Whole-Body Medicine in Fairfield, CT. Patients from  Connecticut and surrounding states seek his care for Lyme Disease and Brain Injuries such as stroke, concussions, TBI, as well  as enhanced Brain Performance.

Visit the  Neuroedge Brain Performance Center at  www.wholebodymed.comor to schedule an appointment or consultation, call  203.371.8258 ext. 2.

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