Archive for July, 2014
When researchers at UCLA teamed up with the Gallup organization to try to measure the most dangerous threats to people’s mental abilities as they age, they found four factors that pose the greatest problems for brain function.
But the finding that shocked them most was the depth of memory problems experienced by Americans of all ages. Even young people in today’s world are now complaining that their brains aren’t working the way they want. If you’re looking to hang on to your mind and memory, you’ve got to read this. . .
9 Proven Ways to Reverse Alzheimer’s
One of these 9 breakthroughs – an all-natural protein
– melts away the brain-clogging mineral that triggers
memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s —
And yet this Nobel Prize-winning discovery
is being ignored by 99% of doctors
That’s why I’d like to tell you about Carolyn. . .
The main aim of the researchi was to help scientists better understand how the lifestyle and health choices people make in the first half of their lives affect their memories in their later years. The researchers believe that uncovering these influences can speed the development of medical interventions that can treat memory decline in old age.
Of course, you can try to avoid or fix these four factors right now, no matter what your age. The younger you get started, the better.
The study shows that, in general, you have an increased risk of memory loss if you…
- Suffer from depression
- Don’t have much education
- Are sedentary and don’t exercise much
- Have high blood pressure
Experiencing any of these factors makes your brain more vulnerable to problems, although the study found depression is the strongest single risk for memory complaints in every age group. And if two or more of these problems occur, your cognitive risk climbs significantly.
“In this study, for the first time, we determined these risk factors may also be indicative of early memory complaints, which are often precursors to more significant memory decline later in life,” says researcher Gary Small, who is director of the UCLA Longevity Center.
Loss of Cognitive Function Afflicts All Age Groups
The study discovered that 20 percent of the more than 18,000 people in the survey complained of memory troubles. That included 14 percent of younger adults, 22 percent of the middle-aged and 26 percent of seniors.
The researchers believe that memory issues in younger people are different from those experienced by older folks. Young adults seem to experience more stress that interferes with their mental faculties. Plus, the relentless role of technology in their lives (computers, cellphones, etc.) reduces their attention spans, compromising their ability to keep their mental focus.
The scientists also believe that spending extra time in school provides what they call “cognitive reserve,” and helps your brain compensate for problems later in life. They add that their study suggests that taking more courses at any age can support your brain health.
“We hope that our findings will raise awareness among researchers, health care providers and the general public about the importance of lowering these risk factors at any age, such as getting screened and treated for depression and high blood pressure, exercising more and furthering one’s education,” says researcher Stephen Chen, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences.
Do Something, Anything!
So if you’re depressed, seek professional help to offset your problem. If you’re not exercising, you can start by talking a half-hour walk every day, or even every other day. Doing something – even a little – is better than doing nothing.
When it comes to high blood pressure, medications are a poor choice, from what I know. Instead, try to lose weight, exercise and eat less processed food. 15 to 20 minutes of meditation a day can work wonders (there’s a variety of simple courses available to teach you how).
The education part is easy and fun, but that’s just my opinion because I love to learn. Just find a school nearby offering courses that interest you, or seek out the wide range of college courses offered online. You’ve probably heard those nonstop ads for Rosetta Stone, offering to teach you a language. Might be worth a try. Few things are more mentally stimulating than learning a new language. This isn’t a plug for their products (I’ve used a number of home language courses, but not theirs).
And you have dozens of options besides a language course; there are courses on everything from cooking to calculus. I saw one the other day on the history of comic books.
Lee Euler, Publisher
Not so long ago scientists believed that once a brain cell dies it can’t be replaced – unlike skin cells, for example, that regenerate when there’s a wound or a lesion.
We now know this is not true. You can grow new neurons throughout your entire life. This means that cognitive decline is not an inevitable part of aging.
These new brain cells needn’t be replicas of the damaged ones they replace. It’s possible to return DNA back to its original programming. It can even be reprogrammed to function better than before.
If this sounds like science fiction, you need to keep reading. It’s not.
The Nobel Prize-winning molecule that could
boost your circulation
Most health problems like blood pressure concerns, cholesterol, blood sugar, diminished memory, poor vision…even depleted sex drive could be caused by poor circulation.
Poor circulation is commonly caused by a deficiency of a molecule that your body produces. Dr. Louis Ignarro, an American doctor, won the Nobel Prize for discovering the
vital role this molecule plays in the human body. To see how this “miracle molecule” can help you boost your circulation and
live a healthier life, Click Here.
It’s Not All in the Genes
Although genetics play a role in determining your risk of suffering certain health conditions, you control the activity of your genes more than you might think.
Particular sections of DNA, called marks, tell your genes when and how strongly to express themselves. Fortunately, you can influence marks to alter the expression of over 70% of the genes that have a direct bearing on your health.
This means there’s a good chance you can influence your genetic tendencies and avoid some of the most feared diseases.
The science of growing new brain cells is called neurogenesis. A DNA-controlled protein has a key role in creating new neurons, helping them to survive and strengthen. It also encourages the formation and fortification of connections between nerve cells. This protein is called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), also known as the brain’s ‘growth hormone’.
Scientists now have an understanding of many of the factors that influence DNA to produce BDNF. The good news is that we can boost BDNF with the lifestyle choices we make.
Your Brain Thrives on Physical Activity
Exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, is one of the best and most important ways to increase BDNF. Anthropologists now believe that physical activity helped us develop the brains we have today. And if we want to keep our brains functioning well, it’s vital that we maintain this activity. It not only induces the growth of new brain cells, it interconnects them into existing neural networks, makes them nimble, and gives them multitasking abilities.
In one study elderly people who engaged in just 20 minutes of activity a day for 24 weeks saw a significant improvement in attention, memory, language ability and other cognitive functions.
Although brisk walking, running, swimming and cycling are best, even regular activities like cooking, cleaning, and washing the dishes can have a profound impact in determining who goes on to get Alzheimer’s and who doesn’t.
Sunlight Boosts BDNF
Research from the Netherlands found that blood levels of BDNF vary according to the time of year. There were increased levels during the spring and summer periods, and decreasing levels in the autumn and winter. They found that it was the number of sunshine hours that explained the variation.
So if you want an easy way to turn on BDNF, make sure you get plenty of safe sunlight exposure during the spring and summer months.
Fish & Curry are Brain-Healthy Foods
DHA, the omega 3 fatty acid derived from fish, is found in abundance in the brain and triggers BDNF production. It’s not surprising that studies strongly support the use of this nutrient in brain health. It’s been found to improve learning and memory, and in one study it reduced the risk of developing dementia by 47% — nearly half.
Curcumin is another BDNF booster. Derived from the curry ingredient turmeric, this powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory chemical has been used for thousands of years in Indian and Chinese medicine. It protects the cells’ mitochondria, improves glucose metabolism and reduces the risk of brain diseases.
It’s difficult to get enough DHA or curcumin from our diets so supplementation is recommended.
The science of neurogenesis is still in its early stages but preliminary research suggests BDNF may also be triggered by listening to music, and by consuming black pepper, cocoa powder, quercetin, ginkgo biloba and zinc. No doubt we’ll learn a lot more about BDNF and other ways we can boost it in the near future.
Lee Euler, Publisher
Consider the fact that suffocation can kill quickly: When you stop breathing and your brain goes without oxygen for a mere four minutes, you start to suffer significant brain damage. After about 8 minutes of total oxygen deprivation, so many brain cells die that death is usually certain.
But you may suffer oxygen deprivation tonight that harms your brain – not enough to bring on a crisis right away, but it can eventually cause dementia. Here’s the story. . .
Ace Your Next Eye Exam With
This Vision Discovery
If you’re over 45 years old I suggest you start to consider doing something good for your eyes—NOW! Please don’t be like the millions of people who resign themselves to the fact that fading eyesight is just a part of growing old.
There have been many natural solutions for vision health. I’m sure you have probably heard of them all… bilberry, gingko biloba, lutein, and eyebright.
And yes, many of these are helpful nutrients. But I would bet that most of them haven’t even “made a dent” in improving your eyesight!
But that problem is now solved!
If you appreciate your eyesight as much as I do… then I suggest you read this Free Report!
It’s scary to know that around 18 million Americans have brains that experience mini-episodes of oxygen deprivation and suffocation every night.
These occurrences aren’t prolonged enough to kill you outright, but they are serious enough to kill sections of your memory and make you more vulnerable to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The condition is called obstructive sleep apnea. It’s a serious disorder where you stop breathing off and on while you sleep, with some lapses lasting a minute or longer. The condition makes you wake up and gasp or snort for breath repeatedly, all night long. In the most serious cases, these sleep interruptions can take place hundreds of times during the night, and the lack of oxygen could be harming your brain.
Every time you stop breathing while you sleep, even if it is just for a moment, the level of oxygen in your blood plummets. That process can damage brain cells as well as other cells in the body. Prolonged sleep apnea has been linked to strokes, heart failure, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes, and cancer, as we recently reported in our sister publication, Cancer Defeated.
Your risk for sleep apnea increases if you are very overweight, a smoker or have nasal congestion. As you age, the sleep disorder becomes more likely. It’s commonly found in people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic – and as we’ve often noted, diabetes is linked to Alzheimer’s (sometimes called “Type 3 diabetes”) as well as cancer.
The airway blockages that cause sleep apnea usually take place because the tissues at the back of the throat close up during sleep. Breathing resumes when the lack of oxygen causes you to partly wake up. Most of the time, you don’t become fully awake, which is one reason the condition goes undiagnosed. You may have no idea you have a problem, but those frequent wake up calls to your nervous system fragment your sleep and make your slumber less restful and refreshing.
Although men get sleep apnea more often than women, studies have found that women with apnea generally suffer a larger degree of brain damage than men who have the condition. Researchers at UCLA have discovered that apnea produces a different effect in women’s brains than it does in the male brain.i
“While there are a great many brain studies done on sleep apnea and the impact on one’s health, they have typically focused on men or combined groups of men and women, but we know that obstructive sleep apnea affects women very differently than men,” says researcher Paul Macey. “This study revealed that, in fact, women are more affected by sleep apnea than are men and that women with obstructive sleep apnea have more severe brain damage than men suffering from a similar condition.”
The analysis demonstrated that the brains of women with apnea had significant changes in areas known as the cingulum bundle and the anterior cingulate cortex. These front sections of the brain take part in regulating moods and making decisions.
The scientists also found that women who have sleep apnea are more susceptible to depression and anxiety.
“This tells us that doctors should consider that the sleep disorder may be more problematic and therefore need earlier treatment in women than men,” Macey says.
If you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, you should discuss treatment with your doctor as soon as possible. Treatments include sleeping with a mask that produces continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). The pressure keeps your airway open. In addition, surgery may help reshape your throat and airways to make apnea less likely. Losing weight and not smoking can also help.
Lee Euler, Publisher
If you believe the marketing hype, a certain calorie-free ingredient added to soft drinks can help you lose weight. But the truth about this chemical additive is less reassuring.
Researchers have raised serious doubts about what it really does to help you lose weight (sneak preview: nothing). And investigations into its effects on the body suggest it may make you vulnerable to Alzheimer’s and other neurological disasters. Keep reading for the deadly truth about. . .
Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
“You’ll be dead in a year”
(Pssst!! That was 12 years ago!)
Doctors didn’t give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.
One doctor told her, “You’ll be dead in a year.” Late stage breast cancer is virtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about “buying you more time.” (Don’t count on it. The evidence shows you’re better off doing nothing than chemo.)
When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, “You are committing suicide with what you’re doing.” But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.
She tried Bill’s top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What’s more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.
Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she’s survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, “You’re the only one with this kind of result.”
You can find out more about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan if you click here.
When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, “They’re fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing.”
He’s coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.
“Almost any kind of cancer is reversible,” says Bill. “I never give up on anyone.”
Aspartame is the ingredient’s technical name. But it has long been sold under the brand names Nutrasweet and Equal. It’s the sweetener in most diet soft drinks and in many other products that Americans down in large quantities. Most people think it’s been carefully tested and is “government approved.” So surely it must be okay, right? Well, no. . .
About those weight-loss claims. . .
Aside from possibly giving you cancer or dementia, aspartame doesn’t even achieve its main purpose of helping people lose weight. Research analyzing how artificial sweeteners affect your weight have produced troubling results.
For instance, a ten-year study in Texas showed that people who drank two or more aspartame-sweetened soft drinks a day end up, on average, adding five times as many inches to their waistlines as people who never drink diet soda.i And a lab test of the effects of aspartame on blood sugar shows that consuming this chemical increases blood sugar levels and can make you more vulnerable to diabetes.ii
So while the ads for diet soft drinks trumpet the fact that these drinks contain zero calories they neglect to add that the weight-loss benefits of these beverages are actually less than zero.
Crooked regulators and lying politicians
The story behind aspartame reveals serious weaknesses and outright corruption in the way food regulators judge the safety of the chemicals added to our food.
When aspartame was first submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval, the agency assigned an outside public board of inquiry the task of deciding if the additive was safe for human consumption. The doctors on that board unanimously recommended against approval. Later, an internal FDA panel came to the same conclusion.
Aspartame was approved anyway in one of the most obvious political fixes ever seen. A new president came into office, and a new man was appointed to head the FDA. Who chose the new chairman? Apparently the White House delegated the choice to the CEO of G.D. Searle, the drug company that owns the patent on aspartame. This drug company CEO was a powerful player on the president’s transition team.
Once in office – what a surprise — one of the new appointee’s first acts as FDA chairman was to grant approval to aspartame.
In theory, the FDA determines a food ingredient’s safety by way of tests on lab animals. This process is riddled with doubtful science – but the main flaw is obvious: Animals don’t always react to additives the way humans do. And aspartame’s critics argue that while the mice used to test aspartame possess physiological defenses that protect them from aspartame’s breakdown products, the humans who sip on diet soda flavored with aspartame lack those protections.
Chemically, aspartame is a combination of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The phenylalanine in the compound contains what is called a methyl group. This chemical group is what your tongue perceives as sweetness.
When you consume a soft drink sweetened with aspartame, the methyl group breaks off fairly quickly because it is only weakly bonded to the rest of the molecule.
Now, according to food chemists who work for the food manufacturers, the methanol you absorb is just as benign as the methanol you consume in fruits and vegetables. But what they don’t acknowledge is that the methanol in fruits and vegetables is linked to pectin, a substance that is extracted and often used in jellies and jams as a gelling agent. Pectin is natural and harmless – it’s the white stuff that lines the inside of grapefruit or orange peels.
When linked to pectin, methanol passes through the digestive tract harmlessly and is eliminated. But your body can’t easily discard the unbound methanol in an aspartame-flavored soft drink.
Problem is, unlike the lab animals that researchers use to test the safety of food additives, we humans do not have a detoxification pathway that converts methanol into innocuous formic acid.
Aspartame is metabolized into a carcinogen
According to Woodrow C. Monte, who has researched the human reaction to aspartameiii, both human and animal cells possess a substance called dehydrogenase that changes methanol into formaldehyde, a cause of cancer.
But while animal cells have access to enzymes that turn formaldehyde into benign formic acid, human cells lack these enzymes.
Monte argues that the resulting formaldehyde can cause serious damage to the human body. Methanol can cross the blood-brain barrier, be converted into formaldehyde there and degrade the myelin that is essential for neuron functions. That kind of destruction can lead to multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and other brain problems.
Avoiding this sweetener is the only sensible thing to do.
Lee Euler, Publisher
Many people think the most effective type of exercise consists of long, exhausting sessions of running, hours of weightlifting, or other super-demanding workout routines.
But it seems all that is going out the window. We’re in the middle of a revolution regarding the best way to exercise. It’s easy to achieve fitness with much less time and effort—only 11 minutes every other day!
And that’s important because exercise gives you a huge boost in avoiding brain loss, heart disease and cancer. Here’s what my researchers have been able to find…
Can the World’s Strongest Antioxidant
Keep You Out of the Old Folks’ Home?
Lose your ability to take care of yourself and you could end up in one of those depressing “old folks’ homes.”
Not a place you want to be.
But there’s a little-known berry extract that Al Sears, M.D. uses to keep his patients in control of their own lives.
And you’ve probably never even heard of it.
Dr. Sears also discovered a nutrient that’s so effective at helping you live a long, active life, it gets his number one recommendation for staying fit, mobile and independent as you age.
He’ll show you how to use this breakthrough RIGHT AWAY.
Research into how the body reacts to exertion show that long, hard workouts may actually be counter-productive. Exercise scientists have found you can actually rev up your metabolism and get fit in just a fraction of the time consumed by a five-mile run or a half hour of circuit weights.
The tests show that exercise bouts that consist of only a minute of intense effort at a time, interrupted by brief rest periods, can help you lose weight, control your blood sugar and get into top physical condition.
It’s All Thanks to a Remarkable Protein
In a lab study at the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute, scientists found that short, intense bursts of exercise cause the body to release a unique protein called CRTC2.
The researchers discovered that when you go all out, doing something like sprinting as fast as you can for only a minute, your body reacts as though it’s under attack. The sympathetic nervous system goes into its “fight or flight” response – the one associated with stress.
During this response, the nervous system recruits CRTC2 to coordinate signals from what are known as the adrenaline pathway and the calcium pathway. This coordination leads to growth and beneficial physiological changes in your working (fleeing) muscles. i
“The sympathetic nervous system gets turned on during intense exercise, but many had believed it wasn’t specific enough to drive specific adaptations in exercised muscle,” says researcher Michael Conkright. “Our findings show that not only does it target those specific muscles, but it improves them— the long-term benefits correlate with the intensity of the workout.”
Six Quick Sprints to Fitness
To effectively put this type of fitness program to work for you, scientists at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, recommend short sprints before eating.
These researchers discovered that quick bouts of intense exercise before a meal can help control blood sugar in folks with insulin resistance more efficiently than running a half hour at a slower pace.
In this study, the scientists demonstrated that six one-minute sprints or one-minute intense weight-lifting efforts, separated by one minute walks or rest periods, was the best exercise for keeping blood sugar under control.ii The ideal timing is about 30 minutes before eating. If I’m counting right, the total time required is 11 minutes—six spent exercising and five spent resting.
The blood sugar benefit persisted for 24 hours, leading the researchers to argue that you only have to do these one-minute exercises every other day! That’s amazing.
“The notion of doing small amounts of interval exercise before meals is a unique and very important feature of this study,” says researcher Monique Francois. “Doing these small amounts of high intensity exercise before meals (particularly breakfast and dinner) may be a more time efficient way to get exercise into people’s day, rather than devoting a large chunk of the day.”
Go Easy at the Beginning
If you are out-of-shape and haven’t exercised lately, you need to ease into this type of intense activity. Otherwise, if you go all-out after years of being a couch potato, you run a risk of injuring yourself.
As I understand it, the one-minute intervals may be short but they’re certainly not easy. The idea is to give it everything you’ve got during that minute. Many people aren’t ready for it, so begin gradually.
Initially, you should consider hiring a knowledgeable personal trainer to help work your body into better physical condition. Such people are available at any health club, including the YMCA. If you don’t wish to enlist professional help, remember to always take it easy in the beginning stages of an exercise program. For the novice, a little bit at a time can lead the way to being fit. Then, once you are reasonably fit, you can more safely embark on intense exercise.
Lee Euler, Publisher