natural brain health

  1. Daily sugar intake may cause Alzheimer’s

    Daily Sugar intake linked to brain diseases

    Looks like soda is as bad for the brain as it is for the belly.

    Sugar -- in the amounts of sugar found in soda -- can alter proteins in the brain, specifically some of the proteins that play a role in major brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, according to a new study on rats testing the effects of daily sugar intake. 

    In the study, researchers compared the brains of two sets of rats. One was given normal water, while the other was given water with 10 percent sugar.

    Not coincidentally, that's the same amount of sugar found in most soft drinks.

    After 26 days, the rats on the sugar water had changes in 290 of 1,373 proteins found by the researchers -- and a third of those proteins are involved in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and schizophrenia.

    What makes this so alarming is that these changes were found in the brains even after the rats had stopped the daily sugar intake and put onto plain old water for a week.

    That's a sign the damage from a high daily sugar intake could be lasting... maybe even permanent.

    It's true that these are rats and not humans. But it's also true that our brains have more than a few similarities on the most basic level -- and many of the things that can damage a rodent brain can also damage ours.

    I think we can add sugar to that list.

    Having said all that, there's more to brain health -- more to brain diseases -- than just sugar. And while daily sugar intake may contribute to conditions such as dementia or Parkinson's, it's almost certainly not the prime cause of them.

    Medication, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and more can all lead to problems in the brain. And one of the biggest undiagnosed causes of brain problems is metals exposure.

    If you're middle aged or older, odds are you have some potentially toxic metals building up inside your own brain, right now.

    A holistic physician can test you for exposure and then work with you on a safe and natural detoxification program that will help slash your risk of diseases of the brain and slow or even reverse the damage if you're already suffering.

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  2. Basement mold exposure may cause Parkinson’s

    Is your basement rotting your brain?

    If you've got a leak in the basement, get it fixed before you start growing your own mushroom forest down there -- because any amount of fungal growth or mold exposure could wreck your health.

    I'm sure you've already heard what mold and funguses can do to your allergies, especially if these growths are hidden in and around your home (and maybe you've experienced it firsthand).

    (You'll be shocked to learn what one of the most common sources of fungal and mold exposure in your home is. Click here for the disturbing answer.)

    But new research finds a risk that's worse -- much worse, because fungal growths and mold exposure in your home may have the power to shut down the genes responsible for the release of dopamine in the brain.

    And that, in turn, could lead to one of the most devastating degenerative conditions of all: Parkinson's disease.

    The new study was on fruit flies, and when exposed to the mushroom alcohol vapors released by mold they showed the movement problems that are a hallmark of Parkinson's.

    Of course, an experiment on fruit flies doesn't mean the same thing would happen to humans -- and we don't know if it's even possible to inhale enough mushroom vapors to damage genes in the larger and more complex human brain.

    But mildew, fungus and mold exposure can hurt you in so many other ways. In fact, I've found that fungal infections are a major source of illness, especially chronic illness.

    And it's one your own doctor almost certainly never looks for.

    Don't be too hard on him; he doesn't even know how or where to look. They don't exactly spend much time on fungal infections in medical schools these days. Even many natural health doctors don't know enough about diagnosing and treating these infections.

    But if you're battling an illness your doctor is having a hard time treating -- one he can't even identify with any degree of certainty -- then seek the help of a holistic physician experienced in detecting and treating fungal infections.

    If you're in Southern California, treatment for fungal infections is one of my specialties. Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.

    Not in the area? I can still help -- I'm available for telephone consultations, and I can tell you what questions you should ask your own doctor and what tests you should demand.

    Call 855-DOC-MARK for more information or to schedule a call.

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