1. Dementia linked to gum inflammation

    This one-minute habit could prevent dementia

    How do you keep sharp?

    Some folks like to do crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Some swear the secret is in watching Jeopardy! and shouting out the questions. Others take brain-boosting supplements such as B vitamins and fish oil.

    And some do all of the above and THEN some.

    But let me give you one more trick -- a quick and easy step to take in addition to anything else you're doing.

    It's something you'd never expect.


    New research finds that dementia protection starts in your mouth. The cleaner your gums... the sharper your mind. And the worse those gums get with disease and inflammation, the higher the risk of your gray matter going dark.

    The longer you let your gums go, the bigger the risk grows.

    Inflammation in your gums over 10 years or more will not only boost your odds of cognitive struggles, it'll even increase your risk of Alzheimer's disease by 70 percent.

    I know how unlikely that seems.

    What could your gums possibly have in common with your brain?

    Believe it or not, they have more in common than most folks think.

    First, there's inflammation. When your gums are so puffy they look like they went 10 rounds -- and lost -- then you've got it. And, odds are, that inflammation isn't just in your gums.

    You could have inflammation throughout your body, which is why gum disease has been linked to more than just dementia risk. It can also lead to heart attack, stroke, and more.

    And second, there are the nasty bacteria that can set up shop in your mouth and eat away at your gums.

    They're bad enough right there in your mouth. But they don't always stay there.

    They can use bleeding gums to slip inside your bloodstream and travel around your body, where they've been linked to heart problems and cancer -- including cancers of the colon, pancreas, and breast.

    Those germs can even travel to other organs, where they may play a role in chronic health problems such as kidney disease.

    The good news is that you can turn this around with little cost and minimal effort.

    Just take better care of your mouth.

    You know the drill: Brush after meals, ideally with a fluoride-free toothpaste, and don't forget to floss.

    It only adds about a minute to your routine, yet too many people skip it -- and, as the new study shows, they could pay the price.

  2. Dementia warning signs aren’t always obvious

    Don't stress over memory loss -- and here's why!

    Worried about your memory loss?

    Of course you are. The only thing worse than the frustration of the occasional "senior moment" is the fear that it could be something much worse.

    Some folks panic over every little brain burp, terrified that it could be a sign of dementia sinking in.

    Well, my friend, if that's your fear, you're hardly alone.

    But I've got some good news today that I hope will put your mind at ease: You've probably got nothing to worry about!

    A new study confirms a dementia "secret" we've seen before.

    The unfortunate reality is that the very people MOST at risk are the ones who DON'T realize something's wrong.

    In the new study, researchers tracked more than 1,000 older folks who ranged from ages 55 all the way up to 90.

    These volunteers were run through the wringer with mental tests, memory quizzes, brain scans, and more.

    As you'd expect at that age, nearly half of them had some form of mild cognitive impairment.

    More than a third remained healthy, while nearly 200 developed Alzheimer's disease.

    It turned out that one of the best predictors of who would end up in that last group was awareness -- or, in this case, LACK of awareness.

    Folks with cognitive impairment who knew something was wrong were much less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

    But some folks were almost blissfully unaware of their own cognitive struggles.

    Overall, these folks were over two and a half times more likely to develop Alzheimer's. Even after the researchers made various statistical adjustments, they were still 64 percent more likely to end up battling full-blown dementia.

    Those who were unaware of their memory loss also had problems metabolizing sugar in the brain, another potential early warning sign of Alzheimer's that docs might be able to spot on scans.

    Of course, if you're a worrier, now you have something new to stress over. Maybe you've been losing you memory all along and haven't noticed it, right?

    This is where your friends and loved ones come into the picture.

    Take your cues from them. For those closest to you, ask outright. Ask them to watch for the worrying signs of memory loss and dementia, and if they spot something, don't waste time with denial or delay seeking help.

    Immediate treatment with natural therapies such as nutritional approaches and chelation can often stop the onset of the disease cold -- or at least slow its advance.

    Seek the advice of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

    For complete testing and treatment in the San Diego area, 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!

  3. Dementia linked to loss of smell

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  4. Dementia risk slashed with lutein

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  5. Dementia linked to low serotonin

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

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  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Dementia can be stopped

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  10. Acid reflux drugs linked to dementia

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  11. Dementia linked to walking problems

    This simple test predicts dementia risk I'm sure you've heard the old joke about not being able to chew gum and walk at the same time. Well, it looks like there might be a little something to that, after all! New research reveals that one of the earliest warning signs of cognitive decline and dementia could very well be your...
  12. Dementia risk drops with stroke risk

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  13. Dementia protection… from an egg!

    Eggs-ellent news on Alzheimer's protection It's one of the diseases seniors fear most, because Alzheimer's disease isn't like anything else. You can live a long time with conditions like cancer and heart disease. If you play your cards right, you might not be any worse for the wear, either, despite those conditions. But Alzheimer's is a different beast, because once...
  14. Dementia risk shrinks on Mediterranean diet

    Dementia is often directly related to diet – and if you eat the right foods, you can slow it down or even avoid it completely. Here’s the science-backed plan that works.
  15. Androgen-deprivation therapy linked to dementia

    Your risk of dementia can double within five years of receiving androgen-deprivation therapy, a hormone treatment for prostate cancer. And the longer you’re on the treatment, the worse your odds are.
  16. Dementia linked to drops in blood pressure

    Dementia has been linked to a common condition where the blood pressure suddenly drops – but there’s a way to prevent it.
  17. Dementia risks rises if you ‘feel’ older

    Dementia risk is at least in part linked to your attitude about your age. If you “feel” older, your brain will age faster… boosting your odds of getting the disease.
  18. Beat dementia with a Mediterranean diet

    Dementia risk rises with your diet – but if you’re following a Mediterranean diet, you can slash that risk, protect your brain and avoid this devastating disease.
  19. Dementia linked to personality changes

    Dementia can be treated if you spot it early – and a new personality test could spot the signs years in advance, giving you a chance to stop the disease before it starts.
  20. Dementia warning signs revealed

    Dementia warning signs aren’t always what you might think. Here’s how to tell normal age-related memory loss from something that could be more serious.

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