Don't ignore those senior moments... get help ASAP
Your health is like your taxes. Any problem you let slide today could come due with interest tomorrow, especially if you dismiss the early warning signs of a major degenerative disease such as dementia.
Yet a recent study shows that just 1 in 4 older adults even MENTION memory problems to their doctor. And they're actually LESS likely to bring it up as they get older and cognitive decline becomes more commonplace.
I understand why you might not want to talk about it. Maybe you're afraid to find out that it'll only get worse over time. You might think there's nothing a doctor can do anyway.
Well, you're half right.
Most mainstream doctors can't do much to stop or slow cognitive decline, but in the world of holistic medicine, there are some steps you can take to stop memory loss... and even prevent it from turning into dementia.
In many cases, dementia-like symptoms may not be dementia at all. It might be something else entirely... something that can be found and fixed... but only if you tell your doctor.
Here are three common and often completely reversible causes of dementia-like symptoms:
- Metals exposure: As I shared last week, heavy metals such as lead that can be found in your water can accumulate in your brain, leading to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, or at least symptoms that seem to mimic dementia. A holistic doctor can test your levels and help you detoxify. Quick action can often stop or even reverse the cognitive slide and lift the fog you had thought was the beginning of dementia.
- Poor nutrition: Your brain needs certain nutrients for proper function, and if you fall short in any of them, you could suffer the consequences.Low levels of vitamin B12, for example, can often mimic dementia so well that doctors just assume you're on the path toward Alzheimer's disease. In reality, all you really need is a B12 boost. Other brain-boosting nutrients include the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil as well as vitamin D and curcumin.
- Meds: Common drugs can cause memory loss, in some cases even the severe decline that docs will assume is dementia, especially if you're a little older.Statins, for example, are so notorious for memory loss that the FDA has warned of the risk. Sleep drugs, anti-anxiety meds, painkillers, antihistamines, antidepressants, incontinence meds and chemotherapy drugs can all take a toll on the brain. A holistic medical doctor can help get you off those meds and onto safer options that won't rot your brain.
If you're in Southern California, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center in the San Diego area and we can get started. Not in the area? I can also offer advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.