cognitive decline

  1. B vitamins can help protect against memory problems

    Common vitamins beat dementia

    I'll take Mother Nature over Big Pharma any day -- and once again, she's delivered where the drug industry has failed: A breakthrough new study confirms that ordinary B vitamins can fight dementia and memory problems by slowing the physical damage in the brain that accompanies the disease.

    That's not just good news. That's life-changing news for the millions of seniors facing the ravages of cognitive decline and memory problems.

    But if you think Big Pharma is going to throw in the towel and recommend vitamins, you just don't know them very well.

    As I write this, they're working on a way to sell B vitamins as a drug -- and you can bet it'll cost a small fortune to get your hands on it when they eventually ram it through the FDA approvals process.

    The good news is, you don't have to wait for this "drug" and you certainly don't have to shell out big money to get it when it does reach the market -- because you can get the same doses of brain-protecting B vitamins used in the research from your local vitamin shop right now.

    And it'll cost you just pennies a day.

    I have so much more to share with you on the breakthrough science every senior needs to read -- including the exact doses I recommend -- coming up in the July issue of my Health Revelations newsletter.

    Subscribers, you can expect to find it in your mailbox in the coming weeks. Not a subscriber? Sign up here and beat the drug industry at its own game.

    While you wait for that issue to arrive, there are other steps you can take right now to protect your brain from memory problems, starting with ordinary exercise. It's the single best way to improve circulation -- and if any part of your body depends on good circulation as much as your heart, it's your brain.

    Once you start to work out, your risk of dementia could plunge by more than a third, according to a recent study.

    And of course, don't forget the role of diet here.

    Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, a low-fat diet simply isn't the best way to protect your brain for memory problems. Your brain actually depends on fat -- especially the healthy fats found in fish and olive oil.

    That's why a new study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry finds that older people who stick to a Mediterranean diet rich in these healthy fats have higher scores on mental tests and a lower risk of brain impairment and dementia than dieters who go low-fat.

    The Mediterranean diet also has more food choices and better food choices -- and you won't walk around feeling hungry all the time like you do when you try a low-fat diet.

    And if that's not enough of an incentive to give it a try, this delicious diet can also protect your heart and prevent stroke. (Learn more here.)

    Finally, remember that many cases of dementia may not be dementia at all. Everything from drug side effects to metals exposure can cause or mimic cognitive decline -- which is why it's essential to visit a holistic physician who can run tests to help find the real cause of your memory problems.

    In many cases, these "non-dementia dementias" can be treated and even reversed.

  2. Anticholinergic drugs linked to dementia in seniors

    Common drugs in new dementia link

    It's a mistake millions of people make each day: They assume a drug, like anticholinergic drugs  is safe simply because it's common or available over the counter.

    The reality, of course, is that nothing could be further from the truth.

    Common meds pack more risks than most people realize -- and new research confirms some of the most common drugs of all can speed you down the path toward cognitive decline and dementia.

    And in some cases, you can literally feel the brain-robbing effects in as little as two months.

    They are called anticholinergics drugs, and odds are you've taken them from time to time yourself. They're used for allergies, sleep disorders, stomach problems, nausea, motion sickness, depression, anxiety, bladder control, seizures, muscle spasms, and more.

    Some of them are household names -- like Tylenol PM, Zantac, Dramamine, and Benadryl, just to name a few. Others are less common -- but that doesn't mean that they pose any less potential dangers.

    In the new study of anticholinergic drugs  , researchers found that taking a single drug with strong anticholinergic effects for just 60 days could double your risk of cognitive decline. Weaker drugs have a weaker risk, but not by much: Taking two or more weaker anticholinergic drugs may boost the odds of cognitive decline by 50 percent over 90 days, according to the study of 3,690 seniors.

    The problem here is that many people who take anticholinergic drugs don't realize it. Plenty of them have never even heard the word or know what it means, much less understand the risks -- risks that along with cognitive decline include dementia and even death.

    Now that you know the risks, it's time to go through your own medicine chest and see if there are any of these drugs in your life right now. I don't have the space here to list every possible anticholinergic drug, but you can find several good resources online.

    One fairly thorough list can be found here. Since this list doesn't use brand names, make sure you're familiar with the generic names of your medications before you look them up (it should be right on the label). And if you find you're taking any prescription drugs with anticholinergic effects, contact your doctor and ask about your other options.

    If he won't help, find someone who will. I recommend an experienced holistic physician.

    And for more on the risks of taking anticholinergics, Health Revelations subscribers should be on the lookout for their July issue. If you're not already a subscriber, it's not too late. If you sign up now you will get access to my entire archive of back issues. Click here to learn more.

  3. 1 in 8 seniors fighting memory problems

    New numbers show 1 in 8 Americans over 60 are battling brain fog. Here's your guide to making sure you're not one of them.
  4. New link between dementia and risk factors for heart disease

    People with risk factors for heart problems also face serious dementia risk. Take care of one, and you'll ease the other.
  5. Herpes simplex virus can lead to dementia

    Common infections including herpes simplex 1 and 2 can increase your risk of dementia. Here's how you can turn that risk around.
  6. Vitamin D can keep Alzheimer's away

    There's no drug that can cure dementia, but emerging evidence shows that a vitamin can keep it away -- specifically vitamin D.
  7. Fish oil can boost your working memory

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can give your brain a boost, improving overall cognitive health as well as memory.
  8. Low B12 can speed up cognitive decline

    B vitamins are known to power the brain and boost cognition – and new research shows that high levels of B12 can prevent cognitive decline.
  9. Dealing with depression using fish oil

    A new study on senior women shows again that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help ease depression.
  10. Intravenous immunoglobulin may halt Alzheimer's related decline

    A new treatment is showing incredible promise in the war on dementia, putting the disease on hold for three years. New treatment could put Alzheimer's on hold.
  11. Cognitive decline begins in middle age

    Senior moments aren't just for seniors anymore. Anyone can have a brain hiccup no matter how old or young they are -- but the latest research shows that the cognitive slide we usually associate with aging actually begins earlier than anyone would have thought.
  12. The key vitamins that will protect your brain

    Some brains, however, shrink faster than others -- and since this rapid loss of gray matter is often a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, you want to limit your own shrinkage as much as possible. And the best way to do that is with the vitamins you should be getting anyway.
  13. Choline on your mind

    Some nutrients, like vitamin D, always seem to be making headlines -- while others, you just never hear about. Take choline, for example.
  14. B vitamins beat dementia

    I know plenty of seniors who would pop pretty much any pill -- risks and costs be damned -- if it meant they'd never have to battle Alzheimer's disease.
  15. Aging signs -- or warning signs?

    Millions of seniors battle the three S's in their later years: the stoop, the shakes, and the shuffle. And most docs will respond with their own S: the shrug as they tell you it's just part of getting older. Bull.
  16. The myth of the 'senior moment'

    The "senior moment" -- it's one of the most common stereotypes in movies and on television. But the "senior moment" used so often for cheap laughs isn't nearly as "common" as you've been led to believe. In fact, most seniors barely experience any significant form of cognitive decline over the years.
  17. Poor sleep linked to hypertension

    If you're battling blood pressure problems, you don't need another med -- you just need better sleep... and that doesn't necessarily mean more sleep.
  18. Deadly warning over common meds

    Pharmaceutical drugs are supposed to help you... not hurt you. Yet every time I turn around, there's ANOTHER report about ANOTHER way these meds can kill you. Here's the latest.
  19. 8 ways to reduce your dementia risk

    There's no surefire way to keep dementia at bay, but there are steps you can take to dramatically slash your risk -- including the following lifestyle changes you can make, starting today.
  20. The real reason for Prozac Nation

    Who's responsible for the antidepressant frenzy that's led to 10 percent of all Americans taking these dangerous meds? If you guessed shrinks, you're only partly right. Fact is, there's been a stunning rise in the number of non-psychiatrists dishing out mood drugs.

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