Archive for March, 2015

  • The Brain-Saving Substance in Your Drinking Water

    Could the answer to Alzheimer’s disease be in your tap water?

    A growing body of evidence shows that an element sometimes found in drinking water could be the key to defeating Alzheimer’s disease.

    And some scientists believe the reason the substance hasn’t been more carefully studied is linked to the fact that pharmaceutical companies can’t patent this element and make a large profit from it.

    The element in question: lithium, found in water supplies throughout the U.S. in varying quantities. But the mineral is also used in large doses to treat depression and bipolar disorder. Because of this, many people think of lithium as a “drug” for the mentally disturbed.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. In small doses it’s a valuable supplement for nearly all of us…

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    “Smart” mineral conquers
    6 biggest memory problems at once

    The numbers are shocking.

    Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops “brain failure.”

    So doctors, scientists and natural health experts are working overtime to find natural solutions for common mind and memory problems. Some work on boosting memory, others on protecting your mind from the ravages of aging.

    But now, there’s a breakthrough mineral that conquers the 6 biggest memory problems, at once.

    Click here for a Free Special Report that reveals the whole story…

     

    As Dr. Anna Fels, a psychiatrist who teaches at Weill Cornell Medical College, notes: “Evidence is slowly accumulating that relatively tiny doses of lithium can have beneficial effects. They appear to decrease suicide rates significantly and may even promote brain health and improve mood.” i

    Traditional Cure

    Dr. Fels points out that lithium has been used as medicine for hundreds of years (if not longer). For example, Lithia Springs in Georgia, is the location of natural springs containing high levels of lithium that Native Americans considered a sacred site.

    Dr. Fels also mentions that lithium used to be added to beverages. The soft drink 7-Up was originally named Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda. It included lithium citrate until 1950.

    Why did lithium fall out of favor? Blame medical doctors.

    After World War II, doctors began dishing out large doses of lithium chloride to patients with heart disease. (They even told them to use this mineral compound instead of table salt.) When people started taking way too much lithium and even doused their steaks with it, many died from the toxic results.

    The bad publicity curtailed use of lithium. But the problem was excessively high doses. In small doses, lithium appears to be an extremely healthy element to ingest.

    Recent research on lithium has started to bring it back into favor.

    Defeating Dementia

    Dr. Fels quotes Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, to the effect that: “Lithium is, by far, the most proven drug to keep neurons alive, in animals and in humans, consistently and with many replicated studies… If lithium prevents dementia, then we may have overlooked a very simple means of preventing a major public health problem.”

    In a review of 24 studies of lithium, Dr. Ghaemi and his fellow researchers conclude: “Lithium, in both standard and trace doses, appears to have biological benefits for dementia, suicide, and other behavioral outcomes. Further RCT (random clinical trials) research of trace lithium in dementia is warranted.” ii

    A lab test at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine found that lithium may block the development of the amyloid plaques and tangles found in brains succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease.

    Those researchers found that lithium could protect neurons from the kind of neuronal destruction caused by Alzheimer’s disease. So they suggest that lithium “might be considered for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in younger patients with an inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease or Down syndrome.” iii

    The studies of lithium continue. But Dr. Fels and many other experts believe we are moving too slowly in examining the benefits of this promising element.

    New Research

    Lithium is proving to be effective in treating a wide range of mental problems ranging from mild depression to serious bipolar disorder and even schizophrenia. While the doses used for serious mental diseases are quite large (and available only by prescription), the evidence suggests that very small doses taken daily can be of immense benefit to almost everyone.

    And those tiny doses are extremely safe. They pose no risk of toxicity at all. And you can obtain them over the counter without a prescription.

    Personally, I’ve been taking a lithium supplement daily for more than ten years and I believe it has been hugely beneficial for my memory, mood and overall brain health. If you’d like to know more about the type of lithium I take, click here.

    It Even Reduces Suicide and Crime Rates!

    A Greek study shows that areas with drinking water containing more lithium experience lower suicide rates. The researchers point out that studies show: “… the existence of statistically significant inverse associations between the lithium levels in drinking water and the incidence of suicides, homicides, rapes, possession of narcotic drugs, and in juveniles, the rates of runaway from home.”

    These scientists urge follow-up research on other studies showing lithium may be useful for Lou Gehrig’s disease (the neuro-degenerative illness that inspired the video parade of ice bucket challenges.)iv

    I think low-dose lithium will eventually be accepted for prevention and treatment of depression, dementia and possibly many other mental disorders.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    i http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/opinion/sunday/should-we-all-take-a-bit-of-lithium.html
    ii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24919696
    iii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12761548
    iv http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24072668
  • Is This the Most Important Key to Brain Health?

    Researchers now insist that it’s really not that hard to keep your brain healthy as you age. The root of the problem, they explain, is that most people neglect the key ingredient for brain health.

    The key: Keeping the brain’s fuel supply system working properly. Let me explain what I mean…

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    Tune Up Your Brain Power

    Is your recall slipping a bit?

    Is your focus wandering faster than normal?

    Do you have an inability to find even a spark of your usual creativity?

    You’re about to discover a way to literally tune up your brain

    You can boost your brain power… increase your memory… zap your stress and all while sitting back in your favorite easy chair.

    Scientists have discovered how to precisely engineer different audio waves to place you in the ideal mind set s to focus and concentrate, ignite creativity or zap stress.

    And don’t worry, this isn’t some “listen while you sleep” CD, or something laced with subliminal messaging…

    CLICK HERE And See How You Can “Tune Up” Your Brain Into Higher Performance

     

    If you’re doing puzzles, or performing other mental tasks for a stronger brain, you’re wasting your time if you don’t first make sure the brain’s fuel injectors – the arteries to the brain – are working properly.

    Otherwise, it’s like trying to fix a car whose engine isn’t getting any gasoline. Tinkering with the engine won’t help if there’s no gas to run on.

    Along with the arteries that feed blood to the brain, your heart’s pumping ability determines your brain’s health.

    In the view of one group of scientists, the brain is inherently quite resilient and wouldn’t age very much if we took better care of this fuel system. They have some dramatic proof. . .

    Heart and Brain Index

    While cardiologists often use what’s called the cardiac index to measure heart health, researchers at Vanderbilt University say the same index has the power to predict Alzheimer’s disease.

    When these scientists reviewed health data from the Framingham Heart Study, which started in 1948, they found that people with the lowest scores on the cardiac index ran the greatest risk of developing Alzheimer’s.i

    “Cardiac index… reflects cardiac output or the amount of blood that leaves the heart and is pumped through the body taking into consideration a person’s body size,” says researcher Angela Jefferson. “A low cardiac index value means there is less blood leaving the heart.”

    Jefferson points out that medical experts have long understood that heart health improves brain function, but nobody has understood how closely the cardiac index tracks the risk for dementia and memory loss.

    “The risk we found between lower cardiac index and the development of dementia may reflect a subtle but protracted process that occurs over decades – essentially a lifetime burden of subtle reductions in oxygen and nutrient delivery to the brain,” Jefferson says. “That possibility is concerning given the observation that one in three participants in our study met the medical definition for low cardiac index.”

    Young Brains are Young at Heart

    In a similar vein, a study at the University of Cambridge and Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in England, demonstrates that brain deterioration that has been previously blamed on aging neurons is most likely due to blood vessel impairment.ii

    The researchers note that a great many brain studies depend on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to take pictures of the brain and observe its function. But fMRI calculates neuron activity by measuring changes in blood flow. Unfortunately, these scientists say, the studies have not allowed for age differences in blood vessel health and have been misinterpreting fMRI data. The people who interpret the tests have assumed the data reflect the aging of neurons.

    In contrast, the Cambridge researchers insist that it is probably the health of the heart and blood vessels, not brain problems, that cause the apparent age-linked differences revealed by fMRI studies.

    According to researcher Kamen Tsvetanov: “… fMRI studies of the effects of age on cognition may misinterpret effect of age as a cognitive, rather than vascular, phenomenon.”

    The scientists say all this is good news. It shows that exercising and eating a heart-healthy diet can reduce your chances of losing your memory. And you can start doing something about it today.

    Once you’ve taken care of this vital physical factor, then you can start doing crossword puzzles or learning another language in order to stay sharp.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    i http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25700178
    ii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25727740
  • How to Sniff Your Way to A Better Memory

    It’s well known that when the insulin mechanism goes awry it leads to diabetes.

    What is less well known is that this hormone plays many important roles in brain chemistry, too — so much so that many researchers believe diabetes and dementia are closely linked.

    They’ve even dubbed Alzheimer’s disease “Type 3 Diabetes”. Here’s a way to reduce the mind-damaging effects of insulin dysfunction. . .

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    3 Foods That Make You Look & Feel
    Older Than You Truly Are

    Most people think they know what it means to eat healthy.

    The fact is, there are 3 common foods that many health-conscious Americans eat that actually make you look & feel older than you really are, diminish your brain function, force your heart to work overtime and cause your joints to scream in agony.

    You probably think of these foods as “good for you”.

    Or you’re unaware of how damaging they are to your health.

    This video presentation will alert you to these 3 health-sabotaging foods and show you how 1 easy dietary change can make you look & feel younger than you have in years.

    You can watch the video here

     

    Recent studies have demonstrated that if you can transport insulin into nerve cells, it can bring about improvements in memory, attention and brain function. And the best way to do this is directly, by sniffing this natural body chemical straight into the brain itself.

    Alzheimer’s Patients have Impaired Insulin Function

    Impaired insulin function gives patients with Alzheimer’s trouble on two fronts: An insulin deficiency reduces their ability to remove glucose from the blood, and an impaired ability for insulin to signal nerve cells renders those cells less able to take up glucose.

    Because brain cells usually get their energy supply from glucose alone rather than from fat or protein, they are especially vulnerable to a glucose shortfall.

    A study in 1999 showed that Alzheimer’s patients saw enhancements in their memory when they were given insulin intravenously.

    The problem is that excess insulin can have potent side effects when it is circulating in the blood. Even though effective, this therapy was not suitable for long term use.

    However there is another method by which insulin can be delivered, and that is through the nose. In this way the drug has direct access to the cerebrospinal fluid, bypassing the bloodstream. It becomes a therapy targeted directly on the brain.

    In 2003 intranasal insulin was tested on 38 healthy students. It was found to improve both their memory and mood.

    A small pilot study in 2008 found that Alzheimer’s patients experienced improved memory, attention and function after 21 days of intranasal treatment.

    This was followed up by the Study of Nasal Insulin to Fight Forgetfulness (SNIFF). This confirmed the results of the previous trial. After four months of treatment, patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild to moderate Alzheimer’s saw improvements in learning, memory, functional ability and preservation of cognition.

    A New, Longer Lasting Insulin

    The most recent study — published in January, 2015 — was the first to use a special manufactured form of insulin called detemir. The effects of this form last longer than regular insulin. After three weeks improvements were seen in both verbal and visual memory in patients suffering from MCI and Alzheimer’s, including those carrying the APOE-e4 gene.

    Insulin is believed to follow two pathways into the brain. One goes to the frontal lobe and the other travels to the hippocampus, which is rich in insulin receptors. The health of both these areas of the brain is vital for normal memory and is affected very early on in Alzheimer’s.

    Insulin improves glucose uptake and metabolism in the hippocampus, strengthens connections between neurons, and stimulates an enzyme that is able to degrade beta amyloid, the abnormal protein that accumulates in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.

    José Morales, a patient diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s, took part in the SNIFF trial. He said “the sniffing test was good because it made my head feel clear.”

    His wife could see the change. “The differences were subtle but they were cumulative,” she said. “They were there and there’s no denying it. I’m with my husband again. It’s changed our whole outlook.”

    Researchers have proposed a study larger in scale and over a longer time period. While it’s still early days, if the follow-up trial proves successful there’s a good chance that in five to ten years intranasal insulin will become a mainstream therapy for the prevention, delay or treatment of MCI and Alzheimer’s.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10591291
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15288712
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21911655
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25374101
  • The Future of Mind Reading

    The only “mind reading” most of us have ever seen was a magic trick, a gimmick magicians use to wow a crowd.

    But now the real thing may be possible, with the help of new technology. It’s a fascinating development – keep reading if you’d like to know more. . .

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    Why are these doctors
    canceling colonoscopies?

    This video is not for the faint of heart.

    These recently discovered details are gruesome…but they change everything we know about colonoscopies.

    And many doctors will not reveal this information to their patients. Why? Because they can’t stand to part with the $7,000 (or more) price tags.

    Just watch one minute of this presentation and you’ll understand–canceling your next colonoscopy could be the best decision you’ve ever made for your health.

    When you’re ready–visit here.

    If you’re 50, and especially if you’re over 65–you must watch this presentation. This new information regarding colonoscopies could save your life.

     

    Research into the electrical activity of the brain indicates the time may not be far off when it will be possible to read thoughts. Scanners may be able to scoop up what’s on your mind.

    These techniques may also make it possible to alter your thoughts.

    According to scientists at Stanford, their work at observing brain activity represents an important step toward devising machines that can delve into what people are thinking.

    Peeking at Someone’s Brain Activity

    In the study, measurements of electrical activity in the brain identified neuronal areas activated when people used numbers to do math problems or grappled with concepts related to mathematics. The scientists believe this presents dependable evidence that the brain patterns they uncovered closely parallel what happens during everyday, ordinary thought processes.i

    “We’re now able to eavesdrop on the brain in real life,” says researcher Josef Parvizi, the director of Stanford’s Human Intracranial Cognitive Electrophysiology Program.

    “This is exciting, and a little scary,” adds Henry Greely, JD, the steering committee chair of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, who reviewed the research. “It demonstrates, first, that we can see when someone’s dealing with numbers and, second, that we may conceivably someday be able to manipulate the brain to affect how someone deals with numbers.”

    The scientists hope these findings can lead to methods of communicating with people who have suffered strokes and cannot speak. But they acknowledge that it has a dark side: It could reveal ways to peek at people’s thoughts, or even influence their thinking with chip implants.

    Nerve Clusters

    The Stanford researchers tracked electrical activity in a brain area known as the intraparietal sulcus, a region linked to mental focus as well as the control of eye and hand motions. Other research has shown that nerve-cell clusters in this part of the brain may also take part in establishing numeracy – mathematical knowledge and literacy.

    Using a method called intracranial recording, the scientists monitored brain activity while the subjects of the study took part in simulated real-life activities. (The people in the study, people with epilepsy, were being hospitalized for brain surgery. The intracranial sensors had already been placed in their skulls adjacent to the brain to help surgeons pinpoint what brain areas required surgery to ease their seizures.)

    The scientists describe the electrodes that were planted in people’s heads as being like wiretaps – each one listening in on the activity of thousands of nerve cells and sending the data back to a computer.

    The results showed that when these patients were thinking about math problems or merely speaking about numbers or proportions (such as – “I’m taller than he is”), electrical activity spiked in the intraparietal sulcus.

    “These nerve cells are not firing chaotically,” Parvizi says. “They’re very specialized, active only when the subject starts thinking about numbers. When the subject is reminiscing, laughing or talking, they’re not activated.”

    Advancing Technology

    As Greely notes, monitoring thoughts and influencing them won’t happen in the immediate future.

    “Any fears of impending mind control are, at a minimum, premature,” says Greely. “Practically speaking, it’s not the simplest thing in the world to go around implanting electrodes in people’s brains. It will not be done tomorrow, or easily, or surreptitiously.”

    But even though the techniques may not be simple, it’s possible – in principle – to do these types of brain manipulations. And relatively soon we may have to decide how much of it we want to allow.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    i http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24129341
  • How to Strengthen Your Brain’s Computer Chip

    Remove the nucleus with its DNA from a cell and it must die quickly, right? Wrong! Even without its genes the cell can carry on living and functioning for up to two months. This fact clearly proves that DNA cannot be the ‘brain’ of the cell.

    There’s another part of the cell we don’t think of as being particularly important. But if you remove this part from the cell, it dies quickly.

    It is the true “active intelligence of the cell” according to one scientist.

    So if you want to maintain your memory and preserve all your cognitive functions, then it’s vital to keep this part of the cell in tiptop health. Keep reading and I’ll explain. . .

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    Can You Really Increase Your Body’s
    “Youth Hormones” by 682% –
    and Start Growing Younger
    in as Little as 120 Minutes?

    A recent groundbreaking study has shown that when you take a specialized amino-acid blend (combined together in specific milligrams per amino acid), you increase your body’s production of HGH by an astounding 682%! That’s the HGH level you had when you were much younger.

    Imagine… you could start growing younger in as little as 120 minutes reducing the signs of aging while also reducing body fat and increasing muscle.

    Click here to also find out why scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine observed that lab mice appeared to have “sipped from the fountain of youth”—and exhibited stunning age reversal and 3-fold increase in lifespan.

     

    The Magical Mem-Brain

    Former Stanford University research scientist Bruce Lipton, in his groundbreaking book The Biology of Belief, writes that “The true secret of life does not lie in the famed double-helix. The true secret of life lies in understanding the…magical membrane.” Or mem-Brain as he likes to refer to it.

    All the activities that take place inside the cell start at its membrane. The membrane receives signals from inside and outside the cell and translates those signals into behavior. They activate genes and all cellular life processes.

    Research from 1997, published in the prestigious journal Nature, describes the cell membrane as a homologue – the structural and functional equivalent – of a silicon chip. Twelve years before this paper, Dr Lipton had already described the cell membrane as “an information-processing computer chip.”

    Just as any fault in the computer chip will cause the program that depends on it to malfunction, so any damage to the cell membrane is going to cause problems in the functioning of the cell.

    In fact there is an old saying in physiology that “you are only as healthy as your cell membranes.” Any damage to the membrane will cause problems wherever the harm occurs in the body.

    But if it happens to some of the hundreds of billions of brain cells and their supportive glial (immune) cells, or to the trillions of connections between them, the damage will be particularly serious, as it will affect the brain’s cognitive abilities and may shorten the neuron’s life.

    Keeping Your Membranes Healthy

    The cell membrane:

    • is the cell’s skin, forming a barrier to protect its contents
    • regulates the size, shape and movement of the cell
    • manages oxygen and nutrients that come into the cell and the waste that leaves it
    • supplies sites that enzymes and neurotransmitters can bind to
    • allows cells to send signals and communicate with each other

    We can strengthen our cell membranes, maintain all the above functions and reduce the risk of damage by providing them with the nutrition they need.

    Cell membranes need fatty acids, phospholipids, HDL (good) cholesterol and quality protein. These are supplied best from a Mediterranean-style diet.

    • Fatty acids obtained from wild fish (or from quality, mercury-free supplements) will include EPA and DHA from omega 3 fats.
    • Phospholipids obtained from eating nuts, seeds, lentils, egg yolks and soybeans.
    • HDL cholesterol derived from eggs, seafood and poultry.
    • Quality protein acquired from eggs, poultry, fish, meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes.

    By eating these foods and avoiding refined, processed and adulterated varieties, the ‘computer chip’ in each of your brain cells can be kept fluid, smooth and flexible, helping you maintain your attention, concentration, mood and memory well into old age.

    Best Regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher

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