Stop dementia FIVE YEARS before it strikes

The smells this time of year can be pretty overwhelming.

I don't mean the natural smells. Who doesn't love the scent of a freshly baked pumpkin pie?

But the artificial scents have gotten to be so bad that last week, a Baltimore school was evacuated -- and a hazmat team called in -- over a noxious odor that turned out to be a pumpkin spice air freshener.

Five people were sent to a hospital over this!

If you've got a sensitive sniffer yourself, you might dread this time of year.

But on the flipside, if you happen to notice that those overpowering artificial smells are starting to fade -- now in autumn or any other time of year -- it might be time to take action.

New research shows again how a faltering sense of smell could be your earliest warning sign of dementia, helping you to spot the risk a full FIVE YEARS before the actual cognitive struggles show up.

And that means you could have five years to stop it.

When a scent drifts up your nostrils, it hits what are called the olfactory nerves. Think of them as dozens of tiny little wires connected to a little pad in your brain called the olfactory bulb.

Once a scent hits the nerves, the bulb lights up and triggers the neurons that get to work identifying the smell.

Normally, it's an instant process: One whiff, and you KNOW it's pumpkin spice (unless it's the artificial hazmat version, in which case a different set of neurons might go off, signaling alarm).

The same type of damage that wrecks the parts of the brain needed for memory and cognition can also short-circuit this whole smell system.

But here's the key: The new study finds that olfactory damage might be your canary in the coal mine.

That damage shows up as much as FIVE FULL YEARS ahead of the warning signs of true dementia.

And that means you can use those same five years to take action.

The mainstream wants you to believe there isn't much you can do about it. Once the process kicks in, its "experts" say, that's it.

That's not true at all.

There are natural therapies that can help slow, stop, and even reverse cognitive struggles -- but they work best when you get to them early.

So, if your nose no longer knows... if smells seem to be a little off... speak to a holistic medical doctor who can run some tests to help see if you have the early warning signs and then work with you on a treatment plan to stop the damage.

If you're in the San Diego area, I can run those tests right here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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