Memory & Brain Support

  1. MRIs can leave toxic compound in the brain

    Hidden dangers linked to MRI scans

    They're supposed to be the better, safer option for looking inside the body.

    Unlike X-rays and CT scans, MRIs use no radiation and often provide a sharper, clearer image. But while an MRI is certainly safer, it's not risk-free -- and the latest science reveals a possible problem that the doctor who orders that scan won't warn you about.

    MRI scans can leave behind a compound that can linger inside your body, rushing through your arteries until it reaches your brain.

    And once it gets into your skull, it doesn't leave.

    It's an element called gadolinium, and it's found in one type of the "contrast agents" used in MRI scans.

    That's the dye they pump into your veins before a scan.

    Once inside your body, the dye acts like an internal highlighter pen, helping to light up whatever it is your doctor hopes to see and expose possible trouble spots.

    Docs have assumed the gadolinium is flushed out via the kidneys, and SOME of it certainly is.

    But the new report finds that SOME of it lingers behind... in the brain.

    The amounts appear to be low -- but, over several scans, you could end up with a secret stash of this element building up inside your skull.

    Now, it's not yet clear what that gadolinium does inside the brain. It hasn't been studied extensively enough yet for anyone to say for sure if it's harmless or if it could lead to problems.

    But I wouldn't want to be the first to find out, either.

    That's not the only risk. In some cases, gadolinium can damage the kidneys, especially if they're already not operating at full strength due to other health conditions.

    Of course, if your doctor has any indication that you might have a serious health problem and you need an image, then of course have the procedure.

    But you can take these three steps to protect yourself from those risks:

    1. In some cases, your doc might be able to use an ultrasound instead of an MRI. It won't always reveal as much, but it could reveal enough to determine if an MRI is truly necessary.
    2. If you do need the scan, ask your doc if a non-gadolinium dye will work for you.
    3. After any scan such as this one -- especially if you've had several -- work with a holistic medical doctor on natural detoxifying therapies to help rid your body of gadolinium and anything else that might be accumulating.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me 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.

    And don't forget to connect with me on Facebook!

  2. Don’t let dementia steal your precious memories – or your life

    What we can learn from a music legend's dementia battle

    Glen Campbell wasn't just a country music legend.

    After all, the singer and guitarist worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys, performing in everything from pop to rock to gospel.

    So, fans of music in every genre are mourning his loss to Alzheimer's disease.

    But more than a musical icon, Campbell spent his last years putting a public face on a disease that so many people battle in private.

    And that, more than any hit song... more than "Rhinestone Cowboy" or "Wichita Lineman"... might be his ultimate legacy.

    Even after his diagnosis, he continued to work, tour, and give interviews sharing his struggle. Yet as his death at the age of 81 painfully shows, the mainstream still has no lasting treatments for this disease... and no cure.

    But that doesn't mean you have to suffer his fate.

    New research reveals that at least HALF of all Alzheimer's cases are brought on by lifestyle issues that are COMPLETELY within your control.

    For example, when you sit around doing nothing all day, you lose more than just muscle.

    Your brain can turn to mush!

    Being sedentary is a major risk factor for Alzheimer's, and it's something you can fix as easily as getting up and going for a walk. That daily activity alone will slash your Alzheimer's risk by up to 65 percent, according to the new study.

    Good eating goes hand-in-hand with good activity, and the study finds a healthy diet will cut your Alzheimer's risk by nearly a third.

    That's not the only way to protect your brain.

    If you're a drinker, cut back or quit completely.

    While some studies claim that "light" or "moderate" drinking can prevent Alzheimer's, that's not quite the full story. Some studies show drinking can actually increase your risk, and heavy drinking especially is a major risk factor for the disease.

    Other risk factors include many of the "usual suspects" such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and poor kidney function as well as high blood sugar (especially if you have diabetes).

    Glen Campbell had a very public battle with alcohol and illicit drugs. It's not clear if his bad habits played a role in his disease, but they certainly didn't do him any favors.

    All of these are lifestyle conditions, and that means you have the power to bring all of them under control.

    Combine these lifestyle fixes with brain-protecting nutrients such as B12, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids, and you can bring your dementia risk down dramatically.

    If you're healthy enough to read this letter, then it's not too late for you to make some changes and pick up these healthy habits.

    Glenn Campbell helped raise awareness for this disease like few other stars. His public battle -- and heartbreaking end -- show what's on the line.

    Now, let's show him something in return: the power of his legacy. Let's take these simple steps that can do something drugs haven't... and finally reduce the number of people living with Alzheimer's.

  3. Depression linked to heart risk

    EVERY heart patient needs to watch for this warning sign When you've got heart disease, you know what's on the line. One American dies of this condition every 49 seconds -- so, every single minute matters, and every single day is like a bonus. Now, the latest research reveals one MAJOR risk factor that could add years to your life...
  4. Cognitive decline linked to emergency hospitalization

    The must-do after ANY hospitalization Home from the hospital? Be sure to get some rest to help speed your recovery. Just don't rest TOO easy -- because you've got some business to take care of. You might be home, but you're still at risk -- and it's for a condition that probably has nothing to do with your reason for...
  5. Dementia linked to speech problems

    The FIRST warning sign of dementia risk... revealed! It could be the EARLIEST possible warning sign of dementia -- and you don't need a blood sample, a brain scan, or an expensive consultation to identify it. All you need to do is speak for ONE MINUTE! Amazing, isn't it? The ability to spot who is most likely to develop the...
  6. Dementia linked to sleep loss

    The secret cause of dementia It's a serious health problem shared by tens of millions of Americans -- and most of them think it's no big deal. If you're routinely missing out on sleep yourself, you might even think the only "prescription" you need is another cup of coffee in the morning. Sure, that jolt of caffeine delivers a burst...
  7. Beat depression with natural hormones

    How older women can beat mood problems When it comes to one of the most common conditions facing older women, the mainstream has just two answers. There's psychotherapy for the depression and other mood problems that often strike in your later years -- which is BAD, because it never really tackles the true cause. And that means it's often ineffective...
  8. Dementia can be stopped

    STOP dementia with this easy, 3-step plan Dementia isn't a disease you get overnight. It's takes years -- sometimes decades -- to unfold, and, in most cases, you won't spot the warning signs until it's too late to do anything about them. But I'm going to change that. Today, I'm going to reveal the secret to stopping the disease before...
  9. Acid reflux drugs linked to dementia

    What they WON'T tell you about PPIs Heartburn drugs DON'T cause dementia? Don't bet your brain on it! A headline-making new study claims the proton pump inhibitors given for heartburn and reflux are not only safe, but can actually PROTECT the brain from dementia in older patients. But don't start popping those pills just yet. This study sounded a little...
  10. Alzheimer’s stopped with olive oil

    All-natural secret can STOP dementia damage Is there anything a little olive oil CAN'T do? Some extra virgin olive oil and a sauté pan can transform lifeless veggies into a side dish everyone in the family -- even the picky one -- will love. But what olive oil does to your greens is nothing compared to what it can do...
  11. Magnesium eases depression as well as drugs do

    Ditch the antidepressants for this simple mineral Depression isn't something you can ignore. Left unchecked, it'll ruin your life -- and, as a study I shared earlier today found, it could even help END it, too, by quadrupling the risk of death in heart patients. But ask your doc for help, and you'll get just the opposite. He'll write you...
  12. Heart disease deadlier with depression

    Survive heart disease by dodging this secret risk factor Heart disease doesn't need any help as it tries to kill you. It's already plenty deadly all by its lonesome. But odds are, it's getting some assistance -- and that extra help is coming from where you least expect it. If you're ignoring stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood problems... if...
  13. Alzheimer’s disease caused by Western diet

    Are you secretly giving yourself dementia? Forget your DNA. When it comes to beating what just may be the most feared disease of aging, the answer isn't in your genes. Even if you've had a test that reveals you're at risk for Alzheimer's disease... even if you have the so-called "dementia gene" hiding in your body... you're NOT doomed to...
  14. Statins can boost Parkinson’s risk

    Common drug linked to Parkinson's risk It's one of the most terrifying diseases of aging... and you might pick this one up where you least expect it. At your doctor's office! Parkinson's disease is a nightmare condition that every senior fears, yet new research finds that one of the world's most commonly used drugs -- a med you or someone...
  15. Alzheimer’s disease linked to pain

    How PAIN wrecks your BRAIN If you want to save what's in your brain... you can start by gaining control over your pain. The two might not seem connected. But new research reveals a direct line between them. And if you're battling the agony of chronic pain, your most precious memories might be leaking right out of your ears! Overall...
  16. Olive oil beats brain cancer

    How your salad can protect your brain I can't for the life of me figure out people who dump thick dressings onto their salads. Most of them are loaded with sugars... heavy in calories... and so overpowering that they hide the great taste of the veggies. All a decent salad really needs is some olive oil and a splash of...
  17. Sleep loss linked to Alzheimer’s damage

    Lost sleep can DESTROY your brain cells! There's nothing in the world quite like waking up on a lazy weekend morning after a full night of snoozing. No alarm clock. No appointments. No pressure... no stress... no problem! If only EVERY day could feel like that, right? Well, friend, life might be too busy to toss the alarm clock. But...
  18. Alzheimer’s disease is deadlier than ever

    CDC shocker: Dementia death rate skyrockets! If you want to know why you can't trust mainstream medicine, just take a look at its approach to Alzheimer's disease. Or maybe I should call it what it really is: a complete LACK of an approach to Alzheimer's disease! Generally, with most illnesses, treatments improve over time, and death rates drop. We're supposed...
  19. Antidepressants pushed by Big Pharma ‘test’

    Why your doc thinks you’re depressed Not depressed? Wrong! Your doc says you are. He might even insist you're so deep in the dumps that there's only one way to dig yourself out. And that's meds. That doesn't just FEEL wrong. There's a good chance it IS wrong -- because it turns out one of the main tools docs use...
  20. Omega-3 fatty acids protect the brain

    There’s something REALLY fishy going on right now If you love fresh seafood as much as I do, then this month is practically Christmas all over again. It's the most wonderful time of the year... for salmon! Alaska's salmon season has officially kicked in, which means you'll find fresh, wild-caught fish in your local supermarket. And while just about every...

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