brain damage

  1. Chelation removes blockages in carotid arteries

    Blockages in carotid arteries can lead to brain damage

    If your car has a clogged fuel line, your engine isn't going to get the gas it needs -- and you're going to be sitting by the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck.

    Your body isn't a car. But in some ways, it's not all that different.

    You've got a fuel line, too. It's your arteries, and if they get clogged... well... you're going to be waiting for an ambulance instead of a tow truck as you suffer from a heart attack or stroke.

    And the damage doesn't end there.

    Your brain accounts for about 3 percent of your body weight, but it uses 20 percent of your body's oxygen, which is delivered via your blood (along with all the nutrients and everything else it needs).

    The "fuel line" that pumps it all to your brain are the carotid arteries in your neck -- the same artery vampires are always trying to sink their fangs into in the movies.

    As the plaque builds up in that artery, the diameter shrinks. As it shrinks, your brain gets less of what it needs. And if you lose 50 percent of that diameter due to plaque, you could suffer from problems with thinking, memory and motor function, even if you don't suffer from a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study.

    Blockages in your arteries are also a risk factor for more serious cognitive problems -- including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    The safest and best way to clear blockages from your arteries -- especially your carotid arteries -- is with chelation therapy.

    Chelation removes the toxins that have been building up in your blood, pulls dangerous metals out of your body and breaks up the blockages all at once.

    A 1991 study found that EDTA chelation therapy is highly effective at reducing the blockages that mark carotid stenosis, but that's not all it can do. Other studies have shown that chelation can also protect the heart, prevent stroke and even help keep dementia at bay.

    Avoid "fast" chelation and any supposed at-home treatments that claim to mimic chelation. The one form of treatment backed by solid research is traditional chelation, which will need to be performed over a number of sessions under the care of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

    I should know; this is one of my specialties. And if you're in Southern California, I can run some tests that can help determine whether chelation is right for you.

    Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.

    Not in the area? I'm also available by phone, and can talk you through every step of the way. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

  2. Lack of sleep a brain-damaging habit

    Poor sleep kills off essential neurons

    That hazy-dazy feeling you get after a night of short sleep might seem to fade after a second (or third) cup of coffee. But don't kid yourself, because the damage from lack of sleep never really fades at all.

    The harm is lasting and even permanent, as failing to get the rejuvenating rest your body needs can kill off some of the most critical cells in your brain.

    In a new study on mice, missed sleep caused a 25 percent drop in neurons in a region of the brain called the locus coeruleus.

    That's the part you rely on for both mental alertness and overall cognitive function.

    Yes... all your brain cells are important, but these neurons are some of the most critical of all.

    They're so essential that your brain has a mechanism in place to protect them from lack of sleep. When you fall short, you produce extra sirtuin type 3, a protein that helps keep those locus coeruleus neurons from dying off.

    But when you consistently fall short, the protein essentially gives up. Production tails off, and the neurons die.

    Perhaps the most frightening part of this study is that it shows you can't really catch up. If you miss sleep often on weekdays, as so many do, but sleep in on weekends, those brain cells will still disappear faster than a politician's campaign promise after Election Day.

    And that's not the only reason to make sure you sleep right every night.

    A second new study confirms something we've seen before: When you lose sleep, your body loses the ability to metabolize sugar in the blood -- and that's why poor sleep can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

    Making matters worse, lack of sleep also messes with your ability to watch what you eat -- so you eat too much (and, from what I've seen, people who stay up too late tend to eat all the wrong things, too).

    And when you miss out on sleep, your body has a hard time using energy, so it stores it by turning it into... you guessed it: fat!

    If you're having trouble sleeping, don't wait for it to turn into a brain disorder or diabetes. Take action now with natural sleep remedies.

    And for one more reason to make sure you get control of your sleep problems, keep reading.

  3. BPA disrupts brain development

    BPA, a chemical used in plastics, can damage brains during a critical phase of development.
  4. Coconut oil can kill the germs that cause tooth decay

    Forget fluoride. Coconut oil can kill the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
  5. Study proves that fluoride lowers IQ levels

    Harvard researchers have confirmed that water fluoridation can harm intelligence and low IQ levels.
  6. Apples top pesticide list

    I know it feels like summer has only just begun, but fall is right around the corner -- and that means apple season is almost here. Don't be fooled by the apples you'll find in the supermarket year 'round -- most of them are actually months old... and you won't believe the tricks they use to keep them fresh.
  7. Truly depressing news about meds

    A shocking new study finds that some 10 percent of us take antidepressants now – more than 27 million Americans.

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