June 20, 2017 at 10:10 am #17008GringoTreeKeymaster
Most of us know someone who is suffering from some form of cognitive, mental or neurological disorder. Common conditions these days include age-related memory loss, Alzheimer’s, MS and depression. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that neurodegenerative disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the USA — with Alzheimer’s disease up a whopping 55% in the last 15 years. Since this is affecting the elderly more than any other age group, it is a significant concern for most people in or around their retirement years. Nowadays, there is fortunately a much better understanding of the issues behind cognitive decline. Even more exciting is the fact that recent innovations are changing what’s possible for those suffering from a variety of cognitive health and related conditions.
Memory loss is typically one of the first signs that something is out of balance and brain health needs to be addressed. Likewise, insomnia, anxiety and diabetes are often precursors to subsequent health issues such as dementia, MS, Parkinson’s and depression. Currently, the most common intervention for all of these illnesses is some sort of prescription drug. Drugs are NOT designed to address the actual cause of the issue but rather to reduce or eliminate problematic symptoms. For Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, current standard medications can slow down the progression of the disease but do not reverse the illness. While focusing on symptoms is important, leaving the actual cause of the health issue unaddressed can have significant long-term consequences. This is like leaving a bullet in the wound, sewing things up, and taking medication for infection.
New research is now showing that simple lifestyle changes in combination with the use of breakthrough technology can reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s, memory loss, MS and more. What is even more exciting is that these innovations are coming out of research from some of the top universities in the world. Accordingly, early adopters include a variety of top neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists and trauma doctors. Before we discuss this breakthrough technology, let’s better understand cognitive decline. The word dementia describes a broad range of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with language, problem solving and thinking. A diagnosis of dementia usually occurs when these issues are significant enough to affect a person’s daily functioning. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s and accounts for 50 to 70% of all dementia cases. Other forms can occur from stroke (i.e., vascular dementia), concussion, infection, and from alcohol or drug abuse. As the CDC indicates on their website, this is not just affecting the dementia patient; it is also having a significant impact on his/her spouse, siblings or children.
We produce many neurotransmitters and hormones that mediate our mental and physical health. These include serotonin and dopamine (for sense of wellbeing), melatonin and GABA (for sleep), cortisol and adrenaline (for energy levels and the fight/flight response), histamine (for immune response), glutamate and PEA (for learning and memory). Our sex and steroid hormones (i.e., estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, etc.) as well as insulin (which removes sugar from the blood) can also play a significant role in our ability to think clearly, sleep well, and manage and/or rebuild tissue. When we are in good health, all of these neurochemicals and hormones are produced in appropriate quantities. However, when we have chronic inflammation or brain damage (which can occur from concussion, infection, drug use or abuse, autoimmunity, etc.) our ability to produce appropriate amounts of these important and powerful ‘communication devices’ can be significantly affected.
Integrative neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, is renowned for exposing some of the primary causes of inflammation and autoimmunity that can lead to cognitive decline. He uncovers and explains findings which have been buried in the medical literature. His “discoveries” show how dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, decreased libido and much more can be successfully treated with simple lifestyle changes. These changes, if properly implemented, can yield very good results. The issue to date has been how long it takes to see things turn around when using lifestyle changes alone. Now, a new technology out of Harvard, MIT and Stanford University is dramatically changing what is possible. Its application is, in fact, showing positive outcomes in days or weeks instead of months and years.
This new technology has been shown to significantly increase blood oxygen levels, ATP production (cellular energy), cell membrane function, and neuron density in the brain. Yes, you read correctly. What shocked researchers the most is that this technology actually helps to re-grow brain cells — including those cells that produce the various neurochemicals responsible for sense of wellbeing, sleep, memory, and motor function. While the results vary, they are significant. Some outcomes have been dramatic and swift. Here is an example of a recent testimonial:
“My father has had several strokes, and he has advanced Alzheimer’s. He’s been using the unit for the past month, and we have carefully monitored his progress during this month. The results are astonishing. His Alzheimer’s has almost completely reversed itself. It is as if we have erased the past 10 years of neurodegeneration. The obsessive compulsive behavior stopped almost immediately. He has regained the ability to speak clearly, and his short term memory has improved dramatically. He can now feed himself, engage in normal conversation, and he is now able to recognize everyone around him”.
Until recently, the capacity for conventional medicine to address cognitive health issues has been very limited to say the least. Fortunately, the use of the breakthrough technology we refer to in this article (in combination with an integrative approach to recovery) is rapidly changing what’s possible. If you are interested in knowing more about this technological innovation (and seeing a live demonstration) you are invited to a free talk at the Vegetable Bar on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 2:30 pm. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve you spot.
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