Archive for August, 2014
How long are you able to stand on one leg with your eyes closed?
The answer to this simple question could determine how likely you are to suffer with dementia. That’s because standing on one leg requires various muscles, joints, and sensory systems, all coordinated by the brain.
This and other balance tasks are therefore not just indicators of physical ability, but valuable tests of mental ability and the youthfulness of the brain.
According to one group of researchers, a test of a person’s balance could be used to indicate the likelihood of dementia even before there is any evidence of cognitive decline.
This is what they discovered. . .
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Dr Eric Larson and his research team at the University of Washington studied 2,288 dementia-free people over the age of 65 for two years. The folks who took part were given various tests to assess memory and thinking, as well as tests for balance, walking, hand grip, and ease of rising from a sitting position. These tests were repeated every two years for another six years.
The researchers found that those with lower physical abilities at the start of the study also had the worst cognition scores. Those that had the best physical scores were the ones most likely to be dementia-free six years later. The research showed that for every one point decline in the score for physical performance, there was an increased risk for developing dementia.
One of the early symptoms that predicted a later diagnosis of dementia was a poor standing balance.
The reason for the link between physical and mental ability is that decline in motor function is associated with white matter lesions in the brain. These in turn are associated with atrophy in the hippocampus area. This degeneration is a typical feature of Alzheimer’s disease. It all goes to show that mental and physical processes are intimately connected.
Another study, conducted in France, looked at 2,598 people over 70 who were free of dementia but complained of some loss in their ability to remember things. The scientists found that those who were not able to balance on one leg for at least 5 seconds showed poorer performance on tests of cognition and verbal fluency. The same people also reported more problems with activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing, compared to those with better balance.
Another study concluded that “Mild physical impairment in cognitively normal older adults is associated with subsequent development of dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.”
Improve Your Balance With Easy Exercises
Many doctors and physical fitness experts believe that balance is an essential element of fitness, no less important than aerobics or strength training.
Some of the sensors that contribute to balance decline after the age of 40 — such as vision, tiny hairs of the inner ear and nerve receptors in the soles of the feet – may be difficult or impossible to repair. But others can be stabilized, strengthened and improved with exercise.
In the opinion of Dr John E Morley, professor of geriatrics at St. Louis University Medical Center, the ability to stand on one leg with eyes closed is a good test of balance.
“Regardless of your age,” he says, “if you can’t stand steadily on one leg for at least 15 seconds – with or without your eyes closed – then you definitely need to start practicing as soon as possible to improve your balance.”
Improving your balance with exercises is very simple and takes up little time. The “workout” can include getting up from a chair without using your hands, standing on one leg and then the other for at least 15 seconds each, and walking heel to toe by placing the heel of one foot in front of the toes of the other.
These easy exercises will not only help you improve your balance and make you less likely to fall, but can help you maintain your memory and thinking ability well into old age. It’s worth spending just a few minutes each day to perform them.
I would just add a note of caution to these worthy recommendations from the experts: If you ALREADY have severe balance problems – and especially if you’re getting on in years – take great care not to fall while performing that stand-on-one-foot trick. Please use your judgment as to whether you’re well enough to do this, and even seek assistance if you need it.
Lee Euler, Publisher
About 25 million Americans now take a class of drug that may ruin their brains as they age. And if the pharmaceutical companies that make these precription medications have their way, at least another 13 million people will soon be pressured by their doctors to take them, too.
Mainstream medicine and most doctors have failed to consider a devastating side effect of these drugs: Research shows they can limit your brain function. If you’re taking these medications, you need to think twice (while you can still think at all). . .
Too Young For Menopause?
Swinging from raging to weeping uncontrollably… Fighting a losing battle with belly fat… Curling up in agony with cramps… Getting knocked out with blinding migraines…
Every week, more and more women come into my Wellness Center as patients with similar symptoms.
They know they’re too young to feel THIS worn out.
But this is NOT what your grandmother went through. And It’s Definitely NOT Menopause!
So why have so many women fallen victim to this epidemic in the first place?
The drugs in question are statins which are designed to reduce your cholesterol.
Destruction of memory and cognitive ability is awell-established side effect of statin drugs. In extreme cases, people taking these medications have experienced near-total dementia, and were unable to identify their own home or recognize their loved ones.
Now, new research describes the precise mechanism by which statin drugs destroy memory.
Researcher Yeon-Kyun Shin, a biophysics professor at Iowa State University, warns that his studyi reveals a significant danger. At the same time as statins hamper the liver’s ability to make cholesterol, they also inhibit the brain from making the cholesterol it needs to function properly.
“If you deprive cholesterol from the brain, then you directly affect the machinery that triggers the release of neurotransmitters,” said Shin. “Neurotransmitters affect the data-processing and memory functions. In other words — how smart you are and how well you remember things.”
Not all cholesterol is bad for you
(In fact, most isn’t)
Cholesterol is used by the body as a fundamental component of your cells. Most cholesterol is manufactured by the liver. LDL cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein that is called “bad” cholesterol because it may endanger the heart and arteries, represents cholesterol in the blood that is traveling from the liver to other cells in the body. On the other hand, HDL cholesterol, the high density “good” type of cholesterol, is the cholesterol that’s in the process of being removed from your cells.
In terms of heart health, if your bloodstream contains large amounts of LDL being transported to cells, but too little in the form of HDL being removed, you may run an increased risk that arteries will become blocked by oxidized cholesterol plaque.
Statin drugs are supposed to help your cardiovascular health by limiting the liver’s manufacture of cholesterol, reducing the amount of LDL going out to the cells and cutting off cholesterol that can form arterial plaques.
But Shin’s research indicates that these limitations on cholesterol production can also limit brain function.
“If you try to lower the cholesterol by taking medicine that is attacking the machinery of cholesterol synthesis in the liver, that medicine goes to the brain too. And then it reduces the synthesis of cholesterol which is necessary in the brain,” warns Shin.
To understand what happens when statins curtail cholesterol, Shin analyzed the performance of the neurotransmitter-release mechanisms in brain cells when cholesterol was lacking. Then he compared that to what happens when brain cells are allowed to have the cholesterol they need.
He found that when cholesterol was present, protein function increased by a factor of five.
“Our study shows there is a direct link between cholesterol and the neurotransmitter release,” says Shin. “And we know exactly the molecular mechanics of what happens in the cells. Cholesterol changes the shape of the protein to stimulate thinking and memory.”
Shin points out that although limiting cholesterol in the brain may impair your memory along with your mental skills, this does not mean that having a higher blood cholesterol level will make you smarter. Cholesterol in the blood cannot cross the blood-brain barrier. The only cholesterol in the brain is the cholesterol the brain makes for itself.
Shin also warns people not to stop taking statins without consulting their doctors. But as for the pharmaceutical companies’ notion idea that more people should try to lower their cholesterol with statins, he notes: “I don’t think we have enough data to go lower and lower (on cholesterol), which is a dangerous and baseless campaign.”ii
In our book Awakening from Alzheimer’s, author Peggy Sarlin warns that drugs are often the cause of dementia. This is not unusual, it’s common, and the first thing a responsible physician should do in treating a dementia patient is to take him or her off all medications for a week or so. Quite often a “miracle cure” for the dementia will follow.
Doesn’t help heart disease, either
My own take on cholesterol, from years of observing the controversy, is that these drugs are not necessary and do not reduce your risk of heart disease. Their only proven benefit is to reduce the likelihood of a second heart attack in men who have already had the first one. For men who have never had a heart attack – and for ALL women, whether they’ve had a heart attack or not — there is no proof the drugs offer any benefit.
In many people, high cholesterol appears to be a hereditary condition. Among the rest of us, it’s usually the product of being overweight and/or indulging in a carbohydrate-rich diet – both of which are well-known risk factors not only for heart disease, but for diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as well. If the cholesterol comes down but the weight doesn’t come off, very likely the risk for all these diseases remains high. To call statin drugs a Band-Aid solution is a slander on Band-Aids.
To the extent they do any good at all, it may be because statin drugs are anti-inflammatory. But if that’s all they do, it’s a case of using a chainsaw to carve a roast. There are far better and safer ways to reduce inflammation than taking these drugs.
Lee Euler, Publisher
Everyone from nutritional scientists to wise mothers preaches the major health benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables.
And scientists recently discovered yet another benefit to reducing processed foods and sugars and switching to a whole food diet: A rare compound in one particular berry could do more than just improve your health … it could prevent Alzheimer’s disease!
Read on to discover which berry should always be on your grocery list (or growing in your garden in the summer!)
The Secret of Enzymes Plus an Odd Fact:
Most Health Foods are a Waste of Money
By Lee Euler
You can take vitamins, minerals and antioxidants by the handful and still suffer poor health. Now we know why. Our diets lack a vital food—a type of nutrient that even some alternative doctors don’t know about. I’m talking about enzymes.
Thanks to enzyme supplements, a mother’s lifelong migraines disappeared, and a man with “terminal” kidney cancer was alive and well 15 years later. In fact, a great many cancer patients beat the disease and are still alive today thanks to enzymes.
Enzymes are a key part of most alternative cancer treatment plans. More important: Even if you’re healthy today, taking enzymes is something you can and should do now to prevent not only cancer, but also heart disease, pain and diabetes and many other ailments.
Enzyme supplements are among the top-selling pain-relievers in Germany and they’re even used by the German Olympic team. As for us older folks, research indicates that enzymes improve circulation and can outperform blood-clot and blood-thinning drugs. (Good-bye, warfarin!)
They’ve even helped 9 out of 10 autistic children. A few months back I received a letter from a mother whose 7-year-old autistic son was almost completely cured after she read my Special Report called The Missing Ingredient, and then started giving him enzymes.
This letter came to me out of the blue. The mother wrote, “He has basically been nonverbal until summer 2009, he started talking one day and has never stopped!!” She adds, “The enzymes have kept my 3-year-old son, Noah’s eczema AWAY! We are truly blessed, and I believe our Lord led me to you and your book.”
How can ONE supplement possibly do all this? Just ask yourself: What if you were getting NO vitamins in your diet? You’d be very sick. This nutrient is just as important, and you’re getting almost none, if you’re like the typical American. Click here to learn more.
The best kind of side effects
The chemical compound fisetin, found most abundantly in strawberries, has the power to ward off multiple diseases—particularly inflammatory diseases affecting the brain, like Alzheimer’s.
Fisetin may sound more like an insect than a nutritional miracle, but it has been shown to be a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogen — and a calming agent to boot.
And there’s one powerful side effect that scientists from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies are particularly excited about:
When fed to genetically altered mice, fisetin completely eliminates Alzheimer’s symptoms and prevents the disease from destroying natural brain function.1
Their experiments showed that fisetin automatically targets a protein known as p35, which causes inflammation and degeneration of brain tissue. Fisetin helped reverse p35’s pathway, allowing the brain to function normally.
The substance also increased memory capacity in the mice.
Most significantly, it did all this without touching the amyloid beta plaques and tau tangles characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.
This is very important, so it’s worth repeating:
Normal brain function means no symptoms, even when plaques were present and the disease continued to progress.2
If the findings hold up in human studies (and there’s already some indication they will) this could be an important development.
The fact that symptoms are treatable without targeting the plaques is very exciting. It means that while researchers work on curing plaque build-up (a very complicated problem), the symptoms of Alzheimer’s can be treated and patients can live longer, while leading more enjoyable lives.
This discovery should change the priorities of future research entirely.
Berry, berry good!
Experts have estimated you’d have to eat approximately 37 strawberries per day to match the amount of fisetin used in the animal studies.
That’s about a pound and a half of medium sized berries. It might seem like a lot …
But one collaborative study conducted by the University of Granada and the Marche Polytechnic University gave 1.1 pounds to participants daily for two weeks.
The only “side effects” were increased antioxidant capacity of the blood and resistance to cell fragmentation (which can cause a number of serious diseases.)3
The finding was confirmed by the University of Warwick, which showed that strawberries positively activate a protein called Nrf2, which decreases cholesterol levels and protects the cardiovascular system from disease. 4
What’s more, strawberries have also been found to help balance blood sugar after you eat, reducing the risk of diabetes (and helping fight it for those who already have the disease). Those with diabetes are also at higher risk for contracting Alzheimer’s later in life. (Alzheimer’s is often referred to as “type 3 diabetes” because it’s associated with high blood sugar.)
The bottom line
I can confidently recommend making fresh, organic strawberries a regular part of your diet. Enjoying a handful with every meal and as a snack could have powerful benefits.
As always, do what feels right to you and confirm everything with your doctor. As research progresses in this exciting area, you can be sure I’ll keep you up to date.
Lee Euler, Publisher
(1) Modulation of p25 and inflammatory pathways by fisetin maintains cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease transgenic mice: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24341874
(2) Rare Compound in Strawberries May Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease: http://www.liveinthenow.com/article/rare-compound-in-strawberries-may-curb-alzheimers-disease
(3) Strawberries boost red blood cells, study finds. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110621074314.htm
(4) Game, set and match to strawberries: The superfruit. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120704124107.htm
A simple, accurate, non-invasive test that can be carried out in just 15 minutes in a doctor’s office may be one of the most valuable predictors of future cognitive decline.
Originally it was designed to test for restricted blood supply to the leg muscles caused by fatty deposits in the arteries, a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).
But now it’s proving to be quite accurate in its ability to pick up cognitive impairment and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This is important, because the new test may be able to spot the condition early and give the person a chance to take preventative measures.
Keep reading below for the full story. . .
Urgent Message from David Blyweiss, M.D.
Exposing the Hidden Danger to Your Eyes
When your eyesight starts to fail, it’s a real problem. Suddenly you can’t go to the grocery store… you can’t get to the doctor if you have an emergency…
Your “regular” doctor doesn’t have time to keep up with the latest research. And the same goes for eye doctors. They go to school to learn how to fit you for glasses, but have no way of preventing the loss of eyesight that threatens your freedom and independence.
Let me show you something that probably no doctor or optometrist ever has… it will explain a LOT about how your eyes work.
The test is called the ankle-brachial index (ABI).
The ABI combines an ultrasound blood flow detector, called a Doppler, with a blood pressure cuff. Comparing the upper (systolic) blood pressure reading in your ankle with that in your arm gives an index value. 0.9 – 1.2 is considered normal. The more the index drops below 0.9 the more severe the level of arterial disease.
Blood vessel health tends to be similar throughout the body, so in theory, if arteries and blood flow to the lower extremities are impaired, it could indicate the same problem is occurring or likely to occur in the blood vessels affecting the brain.
The incidence of both PAD and cognitive disorders, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s, increases rapidly after the age of 60, so it’s quite possible they are connected.
Over the last twenty years a number of studies have been carried out to test this theory.
A Host of Convincing Scientific Studies
One of the first was called the Rotterdam study. It found that a significantly higher number of the 4,971 participants who scored worse on different tests of mental ablity such as memory, attention and language, had an ABI lower than 0.9.
A follow up to this study found that low ABI was significantly associated to all dementia and vascular dementia.
A study of elderly Chinese likewise found a significant association between low ABI and cognitive impairment.
And the Edinburgh, Scotland Artery Study 2006, stated that “subjects with a low ABI were between 1.6 and 3.1 times as likely to suffer from cognitive impairment after 10 years as subjects with a normal ABI.”
The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study 2007, found that “subjects with an ABI less than 0.90 were at increased (66%) risk of incident dementia and a greater than twofold increased risk of vascular dementia compared to those with ABI greater than 0.90. Low ABI was associated with the risk of incident Alzheimer’s disease.”
A 2009 study found that “a low ankle-brachial index (ABI) may be an early predictor of cognitive decline and of potential value in identifying individuals at increased risk of cognitive impairment”.
A review of these and other studies stated that “we confirm that …a low (less than 0.90) ABI can be considered as a marker of cognitive impairment and dementia.”
The evidence is so strong and the test is so simple, it’s well worth asking your doctor for it. It can help give you an early warning of cognitive problems that may lie ahead.
Far better to be forewarned of memory decline, when there are practical strategies to prevent it, than to find out later, when it becomes far more difficult.
Let me also mention that, useful as it may be, the ABI test is not the last word on the subject. Alzheimer’s is hard to diagnose, especially in it early stages. It’s called “the great masquerader” because the symptoms often resemble those of other diseases.
I hope you already own a copy of our book Awakening from Alzheimer’s. If you don’t, this is a good time to order it because, when you do, you will also receive a free report called 15 Tests Your Doctor Must Give You to Diagnose Alzheimer’s (and I have to tell you candidly, very few doctors are going to order up all these tests for you; you have to push to get them). This report was prepared with the help of a top university professor in neurology, and it’s a must-have if you or someone you love are concerned about Alzheimer’s. Click here to ask for your copy of Awakening from Alzheimer’s and get the free report to boot.
Lee Euler. Publisher
The brain is an organ particularly prone to damage from aging. But some brains age more quickly than others.
You don’t have to fall victim to a brain that’s becoming too old too soon. Researchers have identified a possible way to keep your brain operating at a higher level for a longer time. Following their advice can reduce the chances that your memory will falter. Keep reading. . .
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The trick is to get enough quality sleep every night. It’s a “medicine” that’s easy and free!
Scientists at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore analyzedi the brain health of 66 older people, as part of a project called the Singapore-Longitudinal Aging Brain Study. They found that those who slept the least showed the most evidence of brain aging.
The short sleepers had memories that were weaker and their brain ventricles – areas in the brain filled with cerebrospinal fluid – were significantly larger. (Ventricle enlargement is a sign of brain function deterioration. It can also be a marker for Alzheimer’s disease.)
“Our findings relate short sleep to a marker of brain aging,” says, Dr June Lo, a member of the research team.
The Duke-Nus researchers believe that all of us should be getting about seven hours of sleep a night.
“Work done elsewhere suggests that seven hours a day for adults seems to be the sweet spot for optimal performance on computer based cognitive tests. In coming years we hope to determine what’s good for cardio-metabolic and long term brain health too,” says researcher Michael Chee, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke-NUS.
Women have More Trouble Getting Quality Sleep
The ideal is to get enough high-quality sleep in a dark, quiet bedroom kept fairly cool. But studies indicate this may be more challenging for women as they age than for men.
When scientists at the University of Oregon coordinated an international study of how well people sleep, they found that women who were over the age of 50 were having more sleep difficulties than men. This studyii seems to indicate that an optimal amount of sleep is six to nine hours a night.
The analysis shows that people who sleep less than six hours or more than nine hours nightly score lower on tests of mental powers than other people do.
“We wanted to look at aging, particularly dementia and cognitive decline as people get older, and the importance of sleep. Our results provide compelling evidence that sleep matters a lot,” says researcher Theresa E. Gildner.
The study, which examined sleep patterns in six different countries, indicates that women’s sleep problems can primarily arise from postmenopausal bodily changes. Their bladders frequently wake them up as does emotional turmoil after losing their husbands and a lack of social support.
“Sleep is something that is important but often undervalued in our society,” warns researcher J. Josh Snodgrass.
In case you’re still not convinced that sleep is crucial for your brain and memory, a study at the University of California, Irvine, shows that skimping on sleep makes you more susceptible to false memories.
This studyiii demonstrates that depriving people of sleep makes it easier to convince them they’ve witnessed things that never happened. In contrast, people who get plenty of sleep are not so easily hoodwinked.
The message of all these studies is pretty clear: If you want to be wide awake to reality and be able to navigate an independent life, you have to spend sufficient time in the nightly fantasies of dreamland. Otherwise, you’re at greater risk of memory loss as you age.
Lee Euler, Publisher