Archive for August, 2015
Three years ago, Pat Conroy, the author of best-sellers like Prince of Tides, The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline, was told by his doctors that he was near death’s door.
Conroy’s health problems looked like a certain death sentence: His organs barely functioned, type 2 diabetes was devastating his heart, his liver was about to call it quits, his blood pressure was through the roof and his body was filled with inflammatory fluid.
For Conroy, 66 at the time, it would have been easy to put himself at the mercy of whatever drugs and procedures his doctors wanted to use to treat his long list of problems. But he ignored their advice and cured himself with an approach anyone can do at home, for free. . .
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This celebrity’s secret of good health was natural and free, but it did take determination and initiative.
It’s something all of us can do. No matter how old or sick we are.
In an effort to turn his life around, Pat Conroy decided to try the world’s most powerful medicine: a radical change in lifestyle. He changed the way he eats and embarked on an exercise program to save himself.
And you know what? It worked.
Sticking to It
Conroy says part of his advantage was his pig-headedness. When he understood what had to be done to put his health back on track, he decided to do it – and not look back.
His doctors didn’t believe he would follow through. They figured he would be back again soon as a desperately ill patient.
But, as Conroy put it to the Washington Post: “I told him, ‘Doctor, you don’t know me very well. You will never see me again — and that is a promise.’”1
And he kept that promise. To himself and the doctor.
He was a big drinker. He gave up alcohol.
He let his next-door neighbor, a nutritionist, come into his house, throw away all the unhealthy, processed foods he was hooked on and help him replace them with fresh fruits and vegetables.
So instead of eating something like a pair of donuts for breakfast, he has coffee, granola and Greek yogurt. Instead of a fast food lunch, he may have sashimi (thinly sliced raw fish similar to sushi).
He replaced his diet sodas with ice water flavored with lemon, herbs and vegetables. A typical dinner might be chicken with salad and no dessert.
Besides the food changes, Conroy exercises for an hour almost every day. While he thought he would dread working out, he loves it. Plus, he reaped some benefits he didn’t expect. Not only has his physical health improved, but his thinking is clearer and, consequently, his writing is better.
He says that his weight loss and new health habits “(have) helped me in every conceivable away.”
A long list of research shows that, as Conroy has found, making healthy lifestyle choices boosts your well-being no matter what your age.
For example, a study at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that senior citizens who do exactly what Conroy did – start exercising, lose weight and improve their diets to include more fruits and vegetables – improve their physical function, on average, by 21 percent.2
What’s remarkable is that the average age of the people in this study was 70. Some folks in the study were as old as 85. It’s never too late.
“Although losing weight is beneficial and exercise also is good, when seniors do both, they get a greater improvement,” says researcher Dennis T. Villareal.
If your health has been slipping, get a new lease on life with a better diet and exercise. You can start anytime. Now would be fine.
Even though the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, scientists have proven that inflammation and oxidative stress in the cells is one of the first precursors to this dreaded brain disorder.
As a regular Natural Health Insiders reader, you know antioxidants are key to stabilizing those inflammation-causing molecules called free radicals.
And if you want to maintain healthy antioxidant levels, you need to keep tabs on your levels of a very important mineral. It actually decreases in your body as you age … reducing the number and efficacy of one particular antioxidant your brain cells love.
Keep reading and I’ll tell you more. . .
A Personal Message from Lee Euler
Do Your Eyes Hold the Key to
Scientists have discovered a startling link
between good vision and good memory —
and a new secret that may help you hang on to both!
Why does research show that when your eyesight begins to fade, your memory fades along with it?
This is a startling new fact that scientists have just discovered. Two of the problems we seniors fear most – going blind and losing our memories — are actually related.
Scientists are calling it “The Oxygen Connection.”
And the progressive and invisible damage first appears in the eyes – before it begins to slowly attack the brain. Breakthrough studies now reveal that even “normal” age-related vision problems can be early warning signs of this condition. . .
A condition that is rapidly becoming the leading cause of blindness in adults over 50 (including one out of every four people past the age of 65). . .
At the same time, this condition substantially increases your risk of memory loss and even full-blown dementia.
Considering this scary link between vision loss and cognitive decline, I’ve personally been researching and talking to doctors about every possible way to save my eyes.
The good news is, the latest research also reveals powerful steps you can take NOW to support your eyes and make sure they stay healthy at any age. Click here to learn more.
Fight Free Radicals with This Important Mineral
As a brief reminder, free radicals are unstable molecules that are missing an electron. They float around your body, essentially “stealing” extra electrons to make themselves stable. That makes the victim molecule unstable, and sets off a chain reaction of cell de-stabilization that leads to inflammation and chronic disease.
Studies have shown that a balanced amount of antioxidant molecules, which can “donate” the missing electron and stabilize a free radical, can prevent this chain reaction and reduce cell damage.
Your body does manufacture many antioxidants naturally. And it’s those self-made antioxidants that are perhaps most important to brain health.
When it comes to the brain, only certain antioxidant enzymes will do … enzymes like glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and thioredoxin reductase (TrxR). These enzymes specialize in protecting neurons (brain cells) from oxidative damage and eventual cell damage or death.
Here’s the kicker:
GPx and TrxR are selenoproteins, meaning they depend on selenium to combine with the amino acids they need to function and effectively destroy free radicals.
Studies have shown this non-metal trace element is associated with increased synaptic functioning in Alzheimer’s disease. The synapses are essential connectors that relay information from one brain cell to another.
Selenium also reduces homocysteine (which can be toxic to brain cells). And on top of that, the GPX and TRxR, made in part from selenium, also regulate the activity of other enzymes involved in the development of Alzheimer’s.
Your Best Source of Selenium
Studies of nonagenarians and centenarians have shown that the natural concentration of selenium in your body goes down with age. So, as time goes by your body’s natural disease-fighting enzymes GPx and TrxR won’t get the proteins they need to work effectively.
If you can change the way you eat before this happens … and keep up your selenium levels … you’ll greatly increase your brain’s natural defenses against memory loss and Alzheimer’s. And it’s easy to do.
The daily recommended allowance of selenium is tiny — 80 to 200 mcg per day.
However, taking a supplement is actually not the best way to increase selenium. The “selenium” in mass-market and cheap supplements is usually a form of sodium selenite or selenate, and has actually been shown to be toxic at high levels.
If you prefer to supplement, methionine is the form of selenium you should look for.
But food sources are better than a pill. They’re more bioavailable and they present less risk of toxicity.
Some foods are exceptionally high in selenium, such as oysters, clams, liver, kidney and Brazil nuts.
In fact, according to a study performed by New Zealand researchers, eating just two Brazil nuts a day is as effective at raising selenium levels and increasing GPx activity as taking a 100 mcg supplement.
The potential benefits are far-reaching. Selenium is not only good for your brain, but also helps prevent cancer and is important for good thyroid health — selenoproteins help convert one thyroid hormone to another.
Studies have shown selenium can even help lengthen DNA telomeres, a powerful anti-aging technique. Just two more reasons to enjoy a Brazil nut every day!
Other great sources:
- Fish and seafood such as tuna, sardines, salmon and cod are excellent sources of selenium, containing between 123 and 132 mcg per serving.
- Meats such as turkey, chicken and beef are good sources as well, with about 24 to 34 mcg per serving
- Don’t want to eat animals? Barley, brown rice, asparagus, and crimini and shiitake mushrooms all provide 11 to 23 mcg of selenium per serving.
Avoid Getting Too Much Selenium
Though maintaining optimum levels of selenium is crucial to your brain’s health and controlling systemic inflammation, you only need a small amount. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level is only 400 mcg of selenium per day.
Selenium toxicity, or selenosis, is associated with hair loss, fatigue, liver cirrhosis, gastrointestinal problems, neurological damage and skin lesions.
I had this problem myself a couple of years ago. Although I was taking a daily supplement of just 200 mcg, a blood test revealed my selenium levels were through the roof – in the thousands. I had to stop all forms of selenium until those levels came down.
The ideal way to manage your supplements is to work with a naturopathic doctor (N.D.) or integrative M.D. so you know what you need, what you don’t need, and what might actually be bad for you.
Remember the old fable about the boy who cried wolf?
The youngster in the tale gets in trouble for screaming time and time again that there’s a dangerous wolf in the neighborhood — when there’s no wolf.
His false alarms upset everyone until they learn not to believe him.
Well, your brain has a similar warning system — special immune cells called microglia that are supposed to give warning when your brain is threatened by disease-causing microbes.
But just like the boy’s false alarms in the old story, things can go wrong with microglia and they can cry wolf when your brain is in no danger. Stick with me on this, because there’s a nutrient found in celery and other ordinary, everyday foods that can stop this harmful process.
In experiments, this overlooked nutrient restored the memories of older animals to the same level as younger animals. . .
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When they cry “wolf,” the microglia can rush around the brain in a tizzy, trying to fight off a menace that doesn’t really exist.
The microglia false alarm leads to inflammation — i.e. the activation of immune cells that, without microbes to battle, end up injuring brain tissue.
There are natural ways to keep this from happening in your brain – including the amazing nutrient I just mentioned. Before I get to that, let’s take a closer look at what researchers have found out about how overactive microglia can wander into parts of the brain that you need in order to preserve your memories. While mucking about where they’re not needed, they inadvertently short-circuit your intellectual abilities.
Researchers at Stanford microscopically examined the brains of people who died with Alzheimer’s disease. The study discovered that microglia that have scooped up iron can invade the hippocampus, the section of the brain that is supremely important for forming memories.
While the researchers don’t know for sure how the iron entered the brain tissue, they think that tiny injuries to the blood vessels that supply the brain may have leaked and allowed it in. The blood’s hemoglobin, needless to say, is rich in iron.
According to the Stanford researchers, these inflammatory microglia are like boys crying wolf, but even worse: imagine the little boys are armed with AK-47s. The trigger-happy microglia are not just shouting about an imaginary foe, they’re firing off their immune weapons and destroying brain tissue in the process.
Fortunately, a natural substance in certain vegetables can persuade these destructive vigilante immune cells to calm down and back off.
Researchers at the University of Illinois in Champaign have found that luteolin, a compound found in carrots, peppers, celery, olive oil, rosemary, peppermint and chamomile, can persuade your microglia to cool it.
In this research, the scientists discovered that luteolin stops microglia from producing cytokines, immune signaling molecules that set off significant inflammation and cellular damage.2,3
According to researcher Rodney Johnson, Ph.D.: “We found previously that during normal aging, microglial cells become dysregulated and begin producing excessive levels of inflammatory cytokines. We think this contributes to cognitive aging and is a predisposing factor for the development of neurodegenerative diseases (like Alzheimer’s disease).”
In fact, Dr. Johnson’s lab tests have revealed that luteolin reins in microglia and prevents the inflammatory processes that kill off neurons.
“The neurons survived (in our tests) because the luteolin inhibited the production of neurotoxic inflammatory mediators,” Johnson says.
And when Johnson tested luteolin on older lab animals, he found that not only did age-related brain inflammation go into reverse, but he could even confirm improvement by giving them memory tests. These tests showed their learning abilities got sharper — to the point where they were the equal of younger animals.
That’s why Johnson believes that eating a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables – and don’t forget the celery, carrots and peppers – is key to helping your brain age better.
So the next time you snack, reach for a celery stick instead of a pretzel stick.
In the last issue of Natural Health Insiders I broke news about an important brain discovery made in my own neighborhood, at the University of Virginia. Scientists there discovered that the brains of mice contain tiny vessels for carrying lymph fluids.
Previously, scientists had thought there was no connection between the brain and the lymph system. The lymph system is the circulatory part of the immune system that carries disease-fighting cells to tissues and carries away waste and debris.
While a similar link hasn’t been confirmed in humans, it’s considered highly likely that this will happen.
In this article we’ll look at what the new discovery may mean for brain health.
4 Deadly Mistakes that
Kill Brain Cells and Wipe Out Your Memory
Every day, you’re probably doing four things that shrink your brain— literally! These common, avoidable mistakes kill brain cells. They cause you to lose not only your memory but also your ability to think fast and make decisions.
I know you’re probably making these four brain-killing mistakes because almost EVERYBODY makes them. And it’s easy to know you’re making these four mistakes because your body tells you.
Don’t wait till things get really bad and you can’t remember the names and faces of those you love—or even how to eat or go to the bathroom! Yes, that’s what happens when you have dementia. It’s tragic AND it’s avoidable!
If you take action when you first experience these symptoms, you can help avoid the risk of brain decay, age-related memory loss, foggy thinking and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead, you can hold on to your foolproof memory and “wow” your friends and family with your mental fitness for years to come.
This is all explained in the first chapter of our new Special Report, How to Save Your Brain—you can read it for FREE if you click here.
We can’t be sure yet whether this new finding will result in new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But it sure offers fertile fields for speculation.
There are things you can do right now to improve your brain health in light of this new discovery.
If you want to keep your brain working better as you age, you have to understand how the body cleans the brain and protects it from infection. The Virginia revelation offers clues about how to accomplish this goal.
The role of the lymph system in diabetes is a good place to start, especially considering this disease is related to Alzheimer’s (which is sometimes called “Type 3 diabetes.”)
Preventing type 2 diabetes can help you avoid brain problems. And one of the things we know about diabetes – thanks to recent work at the Missouri University School of Medicine — is that people with diabetes develop leaky lymphatic vessels.1
According to researcher Joshua Scallan, these leaky vessels can allow lymph and antigens (toxins and pathogens) to leak out into surrounding tissues.
In the brain (assuming humans have lymph vessels there, like the mice) those substances may cause harmful, memory-destroying inflammation. I’m connecting a lot of dots here which haven’t been officially connected by science. But no matter, because it’s already known the rest of your body WILL benefit from a healthy lymph system – for sure.
Leakiness in lymph vessels begins when the body, because of diabetes, under-produces nitric oxide, which is needed to maintain the integrity of the lymphatic vessel walls, and the walls of blood vessels, too.
A potential way to stem this problem, if you already have diabetes, is to take supplements of the amino acid arginine, or eat arginine-rich foods like almonds, red meat, dairy products and poultry. The body needs arginine to make nitric oxide. In Scallon’s lab tests, he reduced the permeability of lymphatic vessels by putting arginine directly into the vessels.
Arginine can help fight diabetes in other ways. A study at the University of Copenhagen shows that arginine supplements may help people with diabetes improve their body’s blood sugar control.2
Aside from keeping your lymphatic vessels less permeable, you need to help the brain’s glymphatic pathway do its job better. The glymphatic pathway, separate from the lymph vessels, clears out waste products like amyloid β (amyloid) and tau proteins, substances that have been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.
This pathway piggybacks on the arteries and veins that supply blood to the brain. The pathway depends on the function of glial cells (which support and protect neurons) to collect waste products and eliminate them.
Prior to the discovery about lymph vessels, glial cells had been viewed as the brain’s primary cleansing system.
To help this cleansing process proceed more effectively, say researchers at the University of Stony Brook in New York, you should sleep on your side, not on your back or stomach.3
The researchers explain that the glymphatic pathway goes into high gear while you slumber. (Another reason to make sure you get enough sleep – already known as one of the best ways to avoid dementia.)
When the Stony Brook scientists used MRI imaging to measure the flow of fluid through this system, they found that sleeping on your side – a “lateral” position – allows the glymphatic fluid to flow more efficiently.
“(Our) study therefore adds further support to the concept that sleep subserves a distinct biological function of sleep and that is to ‘clean up’ the mess that accumulates while we are awake,” says researcher Maiken Nedergaard. “… Our finding brings new insight into this topic by showing it is also important what position you sleep in.”
Keep Lymph Fluids Moving – Or Else!
And while we’re on the subject of moving fluid, let me point out that exercise is one of the most effective ways to keep lymph fluids moving. When you engage in physical activity, your active muscles keep things in motion. If you sit too long, you stagnate, mentally and physically.
Unlike the circulatory system, which has a heart that pumps blood and keeps everything moving, the lymph system totally depends on your voluntary motion to move the fluids. It has no pump. If you don’t exercise, lymph fluids accumulate in the lymph glands (and — I would guess — in the much smaller lymph vessels like those recently discovered in the brain.)
Those fluids contain waste matter and toxins, because one of the main functions of the lymph system is to carry this refuse away. It can only do that if you move.
I was involved in researching alternative cancer treatments before I turned my attention several years ago to brain health and Alzheimer’s. Knowledgeable cancer specialists says it’s absolutely essential to keep lymph moving in order to detoxify the body.
Everyone (except conventional oncologists. . .) knows that toxins can cause cancer and that detoxifying is an essential part of cancer treatment. Much less is known about the role of toxins in diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
But we do know for a fact that exercise is essential to brain health. The relationship is beyond dispute. If you had any idea how much better your memory and cognitive abilities will be and how much longer they will last with exercise, you would be out there every day at least taking a half hour walk – and preferably more.
It’s hard to believe scientists are still discovering new, hitherto unknown areas of the human body.
And yet, strange as it sounds, researchers have recently found vessels in the brain whose existence was unsuspected till now.
This astonishing discovery has implications for the cause and treatment of many brain disorders including Alzheimer’s. Keep reading for this important news. . .
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This is what they found.
The breakthrough came about when Dr Antoine Louveau, a researcher at the Center for Brain Immunology at the University of Virginia, discovered a way of mounting mouse meninges — membranes that coat the brain and spinal cord — onto a single slide so they could be viewed as a whole under a microscope.
The Lymphatic System Connects to the Brain
He saw patterns that looked like channels. Using sophisticated laboratory techniques, he was able to confirm these as lymphatic drainage system vessels.
The lymphatics are part of the immune system. They drain excess fluid from tissues and carry white blood cells around the body to fight infection.
Lymphatic vessels convey clear or white fluid that contains, in addition to the white blood cells, a substance called chyle, consisting of proteins and fats from the intestines.
Scientists had always assumed that the brain and spinal cord were not connected to the lymphatic system. Now it seems the outer layers of the brain do have lymphatic vessels that connect with lymph nodes in the neck.
After making the discovery in mice, researchers next took a close look at autopsied human brain samples, but they decided to publish their findings before verification in humans could be confirmed.
Nevertheless, Jonathan Kipnis, the director of the laboratory where Dr. Louveau made his discovery, announced, “We’re pretty confident that they’re in humans as well.”
He believes that if the immune system is involved with neurological disorders, then the brain communicates with it via these vessels.
He went on to say, “We believe that [the lymphatics] probably will be found to play a major role in most, if not all neurological conditions where the immune system is involved.”
Possible Link between Immune System and Alzheimer’s
There has been growing interest in a possible connection between health problems that impact the immune system and Alzheimer’s.
Gum infections, regular colds and diabetes all involve the immune system and have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. These correlations suggest that cause and effect are at work.
Professor Kipnis goes on, “In Alzheimer’s there are accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain. We think they may be accumulating … because they’re not being efficiently removed by these vessels.”
Fellow scientists have been impressed by the discovery of a new structure in the brain, but are more cautious about the potential for new treatments.
A few caveats are in order: Confirmation of these channels in humans is still awaited; the new vessels have been found in the coating of the brain, not the brain itself; and drugs that have targeted the immune system in Alzheimer’s patients have not proven successful.
This may be a brilliant piece of research, but it’s not certain it will lead to any new treatments for dementia. But even in these early days, the new discovery points us in some important directions – ideas for brain health you can put to work right away.
I’ll tell you more in the next issue of Natural Health Insiders.