Archive for October, 2015
Tests May Soon Give You an Answer – So You
Can Do Something Now
When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, prevention is the name of the game.
According to new studies, brain-cell-killing beta-amyloid proteins begin forming as many as 10 to 20 years before real cognitive damage is done.
By the time symptoms like memory loss are noticeable, you’ve lost years of precious time. 40% to 50% of brain cells may have already been permanently destroyed.1
So, wouldn’t it be nice to know decades ahead of time if Alzheimer’s plaques have begun to attack your brain cells, so you could take proven steps to halt their progress and save your brain?
Keep reading for some useful tips on how to do exactly that. . .
Continued Below. . .
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.
Researchers have been aggressively developing early diagnostic tests … so you and I can have a fighting chance at preventing brain damage.
Two tests in particular are showing incredible promise, and you may be able to get them at your doctor’s office sooner than you think.
The Nose Knows …
A simple odor test is one of them.
Researchers gave a 40-point University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) to 215 clinically healthy people with no complaints of memory loss or cognitive dysfunction.
The scientists also recorded the size and health of participants’ hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, two areas of the brain that work together to form new memories.
The entorhinal cortex is where Alzheimer’s disease strikes first. It’s also known as the “gateway” to the hippocampus. If this part of the brain is affected, the hippocampus will soon be, too.
Incredibly, the researchers discovered a link between a diminishing sense of smell, a thinner entorhinal cortex, and a shrunken hippocampus.
The researchers note that these results should be interpreted cautiously, because your sense of smell can diminish for a variety of reasons …
But, in another study, researchers used the smell test on patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, or major depression.
They found the Alzheimer’s patients scored significantly lower than did those in the other two groups, leading them to conclude that odor tests may be useful in determining the presence of the disease specifically.2
Alzheimer’s in Your Eyes?
Researchers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia discovered that the beta-amyloid protein associated with Alzheimer’s can also be detected in the retina of your eyes.
To find this out, the CSIRO researchers had 200 volunteers take a capsule of bright-yellow curcumin, a naturally occurring part of turmeric. The curcumin is able to pass the blood-brain barrier and bond to any beta-amyloid proteins present.
On a retinal scan, the proteins then light up like Christmas lights.
The researchers then combined the retinal scan results with PET scans of the brain … and were able to positively correlate the beta-amyloid levels in the retina to those in the brain.
While the scientists say their technique is still in the early stages of testing, CSIRO lead researcher Shaun Frost said, “The hope is that, one day, a screening for Alzheimer’s disease will be delivered as part of a routine eye exam.”4
A Massachusetts company called Cognoptix is on the trail of a similar test … but theirs doesn’t require radiation-emitting PET scans. In fact, with just an eyedrop and a laser scan, they can determine whether amyloid-beta proteins are present in the lens of your eye.
If and when either of these tests becomes available, they’ll be faster, more cost-effective, safer, and likely more accurate than current Alzheimer’s diagnostic tests.
Most importantly, they can also be used during regular check-ups earlier in life to prevent more cases of Alzheimer’s.
Remember, while advancements in early detection are great news, science has proven there are many steps you can take now to lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease in the future.
Researchers in the United Kingdom recently confirmed seven lifestyle risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease: diabetes, midlife hypertension and obesity, smoking, depression, physical inactivity and low educational attainment.
Physical inactivity was, by far, the most significant risk factor while, surprisingly, low educational attainment was the least significant.
They concluded that nearly one out of every three cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented by modifying these risk factors.3
True or false? “By the time you reach 18 or 20 your brain is fully grown and fixed for life. It’s all downhill after that.”
For 400 years this was what “experts” believed. But it’s a view that wasn’t just wrong, it was “spectacularly wrong,” according to Dr. Norman Doidge, psychiatrist and author of The Brain That Changes Itself.
Here’s the real scoop – and it can change your life if you take advantage of the new discoveries. . .
Keep reading for the full story. . .
A Note from Lee Euler, Editor & Publisher
Surprised Brain Scientists Discover…
The Scary Reason
You’re Suddenly So Forgetful
— and How to Reverse the Problem:
Are your new “memory lapses” and sudden forgetfulness normal for your age? Or are these the early signs of something more serious?
Brace yourself for a surprise, my friend…
Brain scientists have just discovered that the majority of age-related forgetfulness has nothing to do with “age” at all!
Instead, they are reporting an epidemic of memory loss being caused by 4 secret factors that are destroying brain cells in seniors and 20-somethings alike.
You can stop all 4 of these brain-destroyers in their tracks — and actually reverse their progression. In this Special Report, a leading M.D. details how to stimulate the self-repair and revitalization of your brain…
One thoroughly-documented research study concluded:
“Their brains performed as if they were 14 YEARS YOUNGER!”
Wouldn’t you love it if your brain functioned like that — for life? The very encouraging news is: There’s a lot you can do to keep your brain young! Take a look at the groundbreaking research which proves it.
Because doctors believed the brain can’t repair itself or grow new parts, treatment for many brain conditions was considered unjustified or not even possible.
Since early in the new millennium this perspective has completely changed. The new science of neuroplasticity demonstrates that the brain can, with the right stimuli, adapt, repair itself and restore lost function. (In this context, “plastic” means “capable of being formed or molded.”)
Energy + Thought = Brain Healing
The fact that the stuff between your ears can grow and change means that many learning and health deficits associated with the brain are no longer considered irreversible. They can be improved and sometimes cured.
The ideal interventions to heal the brain don’t involve surgery or drugs. They are natural and non-invasive, mainly different forms of energy such as sound, vibration, light, electricity and motion.
You can use these avenues into your brain to awaken its healing capabilities by modifying patterns of electrical signals. These in turn promote structural changes.
By taking advantage of these therapies. . .
- Autism has been successfully treated with certain sounds.
- Attention deficit disorder has been cured through vibrations to the back of the head.
- Stroke has been healed and symptoms of multiple sclerosis reversed by gentle electrical stimulation on the tongue.
- Stroke has been healed and symptoms of multiple sclerosis reversed by gentle electrical stimulation on the tongue.
- Cognitive problems have been resolved with a light touch of the hand over the body (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease), aka heartburn
Eastern Medicine Has Long Known
What The West is Now Discovering
Brain circuits that have become idle can be stimulated and stirred back into life with these “energy medicine” techniques. When combined with mental awareness and training, the results are even better.
This combination of energy and thought is central to Eastern traditions of healing. It encompasses activities such as yoga, tai chi, meditation and visualization.
Long dismissed by Western medicine, scientists engaged in neuroplasticity research now appreciate the wisdom of these traditions and the belief that the mind can alter the brain.
Apart from taking up these activities, there are some very simple things you can do to preserve brain functioning and increase the number of neurons and the connections among them.
As we’ve often noted in these pages, one of the best things you can do is take up a new pursuit.
Dr. Doidge explains, “Anything that involves unvaried repetition – our careers, cultural activities, skills repeated, and neuroses – can lead to rigidity.”
The flexibility of thinking and acting in new ways can grow the brain.
The Brain Power That Comes From Walking
Walking is another simple way to improve the health of your brain.
Walking was the key component of a 30-year study that included 2,235 men aged 45 – 59. (The other components were eating at least three servings of fruit and vegetables a day, maintaining a normal weight, keeping alcohol intake low and not smoking).
Those who walked two miles a day (or cycled ten miles a day) reaped the benefit of a 60% reduced risk of both cognitive impairment and dementia.
Walking has also been shown to enlarge the hippocampus, the brain structure that turns short term memories into long term memories. And cognitive functioning was shown to improve with 2½ hours of aerobic exercise a week.
The power of walking is most strikingly demonstrated by John Pepper from South Africa.
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease more than 20 years ago, he has reversed all major symptoms by walking 15 miles a week. That, combined with a type of mental concentration technique, allows him to live a full life with none of the classic symptoms of the disease.
The brain is not a machine. It does not inevitably wear out with age. You can increase the neuroplasticity of your brain and be mentally sharp throughout life. All it takes is a little effort.
If I told you about a food ingredient that was slowing your brain down and impeding your ability to keep your memory intact, you’d probably say, “I’m going to stop eating that, for sure!”
Unfortunately, if you’re like most Americans, right now you’re eating almost half a pound a day of this stuff. And while many people know it’s bad for their waistlines and heart health, they don’t appreciate the way it trips up the brain.
Keep reading for the full story. . .
This “Forbidden” Food
Super-Charges Your Brain
It’s being called a “silent epidemic”. . .
A brain health crisis already growing faster than Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. . .and affecting the memory and cognitive ability of Americans as young as 40.
Over the next decade, the U.S. government will spend more than $3 billion to study this threat. Yet for millions of young and middle-aged adults, this research may come too late.
And you know what? They don’t need to spend the $3 billion because the major cause of memory loss has already been identified. Yet almost no one knows about it.
Millions of people are losing their memories and seeing their brain health go downhill because nine out of ten of us don’t consume enough of a vital nutrient. . .
. . .and the reason we don’t get enough of this nutrient is that doctors tell us NOT to eat the foods that happen be richest in this “missing ingredient for good brain health”!!
That’s right, the very food you need most for memory and cognitive health is a forbidden food!
It’s a national scandal. . . but it’s also an opportunity for you to save your brain and improve your memory like you wouldn’t believe. . .
Click here and I’ll tell you the full story. . .
The brain-killing ingredient is sugar. And food companies are pouring it into almost every processed food on supermarket shelves. Plus, purveyors of fast food and soft drinks add even more.
This is Your Brain on Sugar
Research at UCLA shows that when your diet is too high in sugar, your intellectual abilities get derailed. In lab tests, the scientists compared the performance of lab animals fed a normal diet to those who consumed a diet sweetened with amounts of sugar comparable to what Americans consume. The scientists found a range of troubling effects.1
In the experiment, the researchers used fructose as the added sugar, although the results would be just as valid with sucrose (regular table sugar). The reason: the extra sugar made the animals start to develop resistance to insulin, the hormone that both encourages cells to absorb sugar and also plays a role in regulating the function of synapses – the junctions between neurons that relay information from one brain cell to another.
The high-sugar diet interfered with both creating new memories and recalling older ones.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” says researcher Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He notes that eating a diet high in sugar over a long period of time “alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information.”
He also points out that when you eat extra sugar and increase insulin in your blood, that hormone may directly interfere with neurons. “Because insulin can penetrate the blood-brain barrier,” he warns, “the hormone may signal neurons to trigger reactions that disrupt learning and cause memory loss.”
Hampers Your Brain’s Ability to Heal
Other research at UCLA by Prof. Gomez-Pinilla shows that eating too much sugar can also stand in the way of your brain’s ability to heal itself if you suffer a traumatic brain injury in a car accident or fall.2 (Right now more than five million Americans are coping with this type of brain difficulty.)
The UCLA tests show that sugar in the diet interferes with a wide range of healing processes that take place among brain cells after injury. Sugar makes it harder for neurons to communicate among themselves, restrains the rewiring process when injured neurons try to reconnect, and hampers the formation of new memories. In addition, the UCLA scientists turned up evidence that sugar interferes with the efforts of mitochondria to provide energy to the recovering brain cells.
The Omega-3 Connection
While the only real solution to the brain problems linked to sugar is to cut back on this food, the UCLA research indicates sugar’s negative effect on our brains is rendered worse by a diet low in omega-3 fats — the type of fatty acids found primarily in fish and nuts. Outside of a relatively small band of “health fanatics,” most Americans do not consume enough omega-3 fatty acids.
That’s why the folks at UCLA recommend skipping sugary desserts and getting plenty of salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts in your diet.
I would add that you should stay away from processed food – that’s the source of most dietary sugar. If you read labels, you’ll discover that an amazing number of processed foods contain sugar. Fresh food that you cook from scratch in your kitchen is your best bet for limiting this brain-killer.
Many of us indulge in a habit that threatens to slow down our thinking.
We’ve got the music turned up too loud.
It’s well known that loud music and other booming noises can damage your hearing, especially if you’re exposed often. Now we know they impede the responses of your brain cells, too.
The full story continues just below. . .
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The harm of blaring sound penetrates past your ears right into the processing centers of the brain and can make it more difficult for neurons to interpret language and distinguish individual sounds.
“As we have made machines and electronic devices more powerful, the potential to cause permanent damage has grown tremendously,” warns researcher Michael Kilgard. “Even the smaller MP3 players can reach volume levels that are highly damaging to the ear in a matter of minutes.”
Noise-induced hearing loss is the most immediate result of listening to loud music or being in a noisy environment. The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders now reports that this condition limits the hearing of 15 percent of U.S. citizens between the ages of 20 and 69.
Extremely loud sounds can permanently compromise the sound receptors in your ears – hair cells that can’t regenerate themselves once they’ve suffered this type of injury. The damage leads to both hearing loss and speech-processing problems in the brain.
Unfortunately, an MP3 player can put out sounds at 110 decibels. That’s as loud as the noise of a chainsaw.
And if you’re regularly exposed to sounds above 100 decibels for more than about a minute, you risk permanent damage to your hearing.
Neurons Stop Functioning
A lab test at the University of Texas at Dallas shows that this kind of hearing loss harms the function of neurons in the brain’s auditory cortex, where sound and speech are interpreted. When hearing is severely damaged, up to two-thirds of the neurons in the cortex go dormant and become unresponsive. The ones that do react fire more slowly than normal and the brain has more difficulty distinguishing between different speech sounds.1
Even if hearing loss is only moderate, the neurons still fire lethargically, although more of them remain functional. However, even in these circumstances, few neurons retain the ability to respond to sounds in higher registers.
Big City, Airport, and Highway Noise
If you live in a noisy city or next to a noisy road or airport where outdoor sounds keep you up at night, the racket can also hurt your brain function as you age.
A study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that one in ten Americans lives in a neighborhood where noises disturb their sleep.2 And that means the noise is also compromising your memory – a good night’s sleep is vital for keeping your brain healthy and preserving your intellectual abilities.
So if you live in a noisy locale, think about moving to a quieter spot or installing the type of insulation in your bedroom that keeps out nighttime disturbance. Earplugs are also an option. These measures can help save your long term brain health.
Keep Your Hearing Sharp
If you’ve already suffered some hearing loss, get a hearing aid. Many people resist using hearing aids because they’re embarrassed to admit their hearing has slipped.
That’s a mistake. The social isolation you risk when you have hearing problems makes you more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.3,4 The ability to hear keeps us socially engaged.
Better to have a little hearing aid in your ear than a memory that’s rapidly fading.
You may be missing out on a mineral crucial for the long-term health of your brain.
And you better make sure you’re getting enough of it now, before your memory starts to slip. By then, it’s too late for replenishment. Keep reading for the full story. . .
Hidden Constipation Syndrome –
Have You Got It?
A recent study reports that more than half of patients – 62 percent – have colons plugged up with layers of filthy, decayed fecal matter. . .
. . .even though 80 percent had bowel movements every day without straining!
Colon autopsies show it and now studies have proven it. Even if you have a regular, daily bowel movement, you may possibly have pounds of hardened, toxic, bacteria-laden waste matter stuck in your intestines!
Breakthrough study results from the prestigious Department of Organ Surgery and Gastroenterological Clinic in Elsinore, Denmark, reveal that millions of people unknowingly have these large “fecal reservoirs” – which back up your entire colon and rectum.
And no synthetic laxatives or enemas can get this toxic, rotting mess out of you!
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can get rid of this deadly threat to your health and well being.
The vital mineral is selenium. You may be familiar with selenium’s cancer-fighting properties. But its ability to save your brain is a breaking story
Most of the selenium we consume is from plant foods. But the selenium content of various fruits and vegetables varies greatly depending on what kind of soil they’ve been grown in.1
So it’s important to eat a variety of foods that can contain selenium.
Selenium is so important to the brain, if it runs short it begins to rob this mineral from other parts of the body. Scientists believe that astrocytes — star-shaped cells in the brain and spinal cord that are responsible for protecting neurons – perform their function by secreting special proteins into injured areas that pull in selenium compounds from the blood supply to help with healing. 2
As part of an enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, selenium plays a central role in keeping cell membranes intact in the brain as well as in the rest of the body. Glutathione peroxidase is one of a group of proteins called selenoproteins – proteins made by the body that require selenium.
These enzymes enhance the ability of glutathione (one of the body’s chief antioxidants) to speedily defend the body’s organs against oxidative damage.
When you’re lacking selenium, glutathione can’t do its job properly.
For instance, when the body produces the free radical hydrogen peroxide to fight infection, it depends on glutathione peroxidase to help convert the peroxide into water after the infection is gone. Without glutathione peroxidase, the peroxide may be converted into hydroxyl radicals, oxidative compounds that can eat holes through cell membranes and distort DNA. 3
Enjoy a better memory
Studies of aging show that older people who are deficient in selenium don’t hold onto their memories as well as people who get enough of this mineral.
A study in China that looked at the mental well-being of seniors older than 65 found a direct correlation between the levels of selenium in their bodies and how well their brains functioned. The scientists concluded that their results “reflect the effect of lifelong selenium exposure on cognitive function.” 4
Please note: The researchers emphasize that your odds of having better brain function in old age depend on your “lifelong” selenium supply. You don’t want to wait until your brain starts faltering to start thinking about your selenium intake. By then, it may be too late.
As German scientists found when they reviewed studies on selenium’s influence on Alzheimer’s disease, it’s likely you need to consume selenium for years and years to protect the brain. It’s not some kind of quick fix. 5
Getting enough selenium
In comparing the diets of people with low levels of selenium to people who were ingesting enough, researchers in Poland found that “Frequent consumption of poultry, bakery products, pulses (beans, peas and chickpeas) and fish seemed to increase serum Se (selenium) concentration… frequent consumption of butter, wholegrain bread, sweet beverages and sugar…” decreased selenium. 6
Brazil nuts, organ meats and fish also are often rich in selenium.
But be careful if you decide to take selenium supplements. Don’t megadose. The daily recommended amount for adults is 55 micrograms a day. Most supplements contain 200 micrograms, and that is generally safe.
Signs that you are getting too much selenium include stomach aches, loss of hair, fatigue and spots on your nails. The best course of action is to get a blood test to find out what your current selenium level is, and supplement (or eat) accordingly.
For what it’s worth, when I took such a blood test it turned out my levels were much too high, following years of taking a selenium supplement and eating a healthy diet. I discontinued the pills.