This lengthy Journal is about brain health and references many factors which impact brain health in positive and in a negative ways. The reader can draw inferences from the facts presented here in order to create brain health supporting lifestyle changes.
Brain health is highly malleable and can be influenced in a positive manner when negative conditions are in early phases of development. This is because of all of the factors which are known about that influence neuroplasticity. Some of these factors are presented in this writing.
I’ll reference Alzheimer’s disease as a focal central nervous system disorder in order to develop the important umbrella considerations regarding brain health. There are other central nervous system neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as well as a variety of lesser known disorders. In this writing, Alzheimer’s disease will serve as the model of study.
A number of important brain health nutrients from Designs for Health are referenced herein, such as Lithium Synergy, Carnosine Supreme, KreAlkalynPro, CogniAid, Brain Vitale, and NeuroMag.
Designs for Health hosts a number of targeted brain health supplements, the complete listing of which can be seen on this page. I won’t comment on all of these, but the 6 formulations listed above are a very good starting point for consideration.
In the extended PostScript commentary I editorialize about the FDA, the issue of health care practitioners who profit from the sale of anything they recommend, some passing remarks about Hippocratic principles, medical practice concerns, and natural healing. There is a list of helpful references and readings at the very end which will be updated in the future as new articles appear.
Many brain rejuvenative suggestions are here, and so I hope that you will persevere and not lapse in the reading if you should experience some fatigue in your effort to get through this information. The very exercise of reading this Journal should assist your neuroplasticity, and if you pursue every link, as you may wish to do, then you will encounter even more opportunity to learn new things and stretch the flexibility of your neural workings.
This Journal is on the long side, and it might seem somewhat technical, but it is straightforward and is no-nonsense, and it does move along.
And so, let’s begin…
The health of all organs is dependent on brain health. The health of the brain is dependent on all organs. The feedback loop between brain and all other organs is integral, and is very easy for any student of basic physiology and pathophysiology to understand.
Below are some statistics which relate to a significant brain disorder which we are all familiar with in one way or another…Alzheimer’s disease. The spectrum of brain disorders is large and is as complicated as the organ itself. Alzheimer’s disease, now being so very common, is a brain disorder from which we may be able to learn the most. That is the real intent of this Journal…what can we learn about brain health.
The cost of caring for Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 was $226 billion in the United States alone. The cost on a global level was an estimated $605 billion, which is about 1% of the world’s gross domestic product. These dollar numbers are extraordinary, and almost unbelievable. The suffering, however, is much worse than the financial considerations.
In consideration of these costs, any brain nourishing chemistry and brain health practices will represent a good investment. Furthermore, in consideration of the skyrocketing costs of medical care, any proactive preventative steps we take to maintain good health and dodge the expense (and sometime perils) of the medical industry would also undoubtedly represent a good investment.
The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, and related dementias, has risen sharply over the past few decades, such that 1 in 9 people over the age of 65 is now diagnosed with the disease, and it has become the 6th leading cause of death in America. The disease is most prevalent in Western Europe. America is second. The incidence in America is expected to rise markedly over the next several decades.
The annual rate of increase in lifespan in the United States for the past 50 years is 0.6 percent per year, and during that same period of time, the annual average increase in the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is 2.6 percent per year.
You can read more about these sobering Alzheimer statistics here.
In addition to the important ingredients in the supplements mentioned above which are profiled in the writing below, there are many biochemical nutrient categories which are superior and are considered to be super critical for brain health.
Here is an abbreviated listing of some of the more important generalized brain biochemical nutrient categories…
- key biomarker hormones
- omega 3 fatty acids
- anti-inflammatory agents…such as the 3 bioactive and stabilized curcuminoids
- methylating chemistry…primarily vitamin B6, B9 (folate) B12, and SAMe
- vitamin D…especially important if you have Vitamin D Receptor, or, VDR mutations
- all other vitamins play their special roles as well
- an array of amino acids, peptides, and other natural chemicals
- key minerals…magnesium, zinc, iodine, and lithium
All of these nutrients are very important for brain health individually, and in the synergistic aggregate, as well as being important for the overall health of all organs.
The Importance of Lithium in Brain Health
In consideration of just one of these brain nutrients, lithium, here is some helpful commentary…
Lithium is low in everyone who does not supplement with it or does not bathe regularly in geothermal pools containing relatively high amounts of lithium, which is absorbed through the skin. We can surmise, therefore, that lithium deficiency is ubiquitous. Indeed, this has been confirmed in epidemiologic studies, but this information is not widely appreciated.
Your best simple resource on this vital brain nutrient is Chapter 13 (6 pages) of Dr. Amy Yasko’s (Ph.D.) book Feel Good Nutrigenomics. Here she covers the safety and importance of low dose lithium orotate. She also covers the subtle considerations of how one must consider the balance of lithium, vitamin B12, iodine, and potassium absorption, which are all important considerations, but ones that I will not attempt to explain here.
Lithium serves to increase brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which enhances new synaptic growth, neuroplasticity, and overall brain regeneration. It serves well to reduce aggressive behavior.
Since Alzheimer’s has become so common, and since lithium is so ubiquitously low in our biochemistry, and since lithium is integral to the well being of the very brain chemistry which fails in Alzheimer’s disease…might we not consider its lack in our lives to be one significant factor in the generation and propagation of the Alzheimer process?
The common circulating misinformation about lithium toxicity is driven by the usage of a particular pharmaceutical which is a lithium carbonate salt whose blood levels must be monitored because of toxicities. Lithium carbonate is an earlier generational antidepressant drug used to treat bipolar disorder, and it is still in common usage today. It is also an industrial compound. It should probably stay in industry, and educational efforts need to come forward about healthier and safer ways for us to raise our lithium levels.
I have recommended the use of Lithium Synergy, an orotate salt of lithium, which is very safe, for many clients’ brain health. I usually base this recommendation on genomic mutations which result in particular neurological enzyme function deficiencies. When certain brain enzyme activity is reduced because the genes coding for this enzyme are mutated, then a variety of imbalances ensue and brain regeneration and long term global function is handicapped.
One of the services I offer clients is helping them decode their genetic study results (such as 23andMe gene carrier status results), and implement a targeted, therapeutic supplement regimen unique to their genetic mutations.
Very common brain enzyme mutations I encounter in clients’ genetic profiles which call for lithium co-factor assistance are: 1) BDNF (decreases when mutated), 2) NTRK2 (increases BDNF normally, but not so efficiently when mutated), and 3) DAOA (increases cognitive manic symptoms when mutated).
In combination with the other brain nutraceuticals profiled below, lithium becomes synergistically important. The usual dosage which I recommend is 5 mg. of lithium orotate (1 capsule) per day. I may recommend 10 mg. per day, depending on the number and the type of key mutations which may be present.
In those who have any of these 3 common neurotransmitter mutations, as well as a number of other important risk factors for dementia conditions, the use of the specific compounds profiled in this writing becomes desirable and important.
Holistic practitioners accept a wider range of etiologic risk factors for dementia than do conventional physicians. Being a practitioner who offers lifestyle advice in the quaternary of body, mind, emotions, and spirit, I view all disease processes from what is probably a wider perspective than that which may be considered even by most holistic practitioners.
The following list of processes, which predispose to brain health problems, has been compiled from my own education and experience in dealing with central nervous system conditions. All of the points listed below have been entertained in both medical science and lay literature writings as being of possible contributory significance in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.
Since Alzheimer’s incidence is very high and is increasing, all etiologic and predisposing brain health problems should be considered. As you will see, a number of these problems interrelate. If a number of these issues are cumulative in any one person’s life, then the effect becomes more negatively synergistic…
- poor quality aging
- family history of a dementia process
- pharmaceutical polypharmacy regimens…has become a pandemic problem
- hypothyroidism…diagnosed and poorly treated, misdiagnosed, or undiagnosed
- a variety of biomarker hormone imbalances, such as cortisol, DHEA, testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen
- diabetes mellitus
- any elevated blood sugar…has become very common and is under-treated by physicians
- hypercholesterolemia, especially small dense particle LDL disease
- hypocholesterolemia…cholesterol is needed for healthy cell membranes, and much more
- statin drug use
- a variety of commonly used drugs such as PPI’s, antihistamines, and others
- eating too much of the wrong kinds of fats (see my final concluding remarks in the postscript)
- low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin K2, vitamin B12, folate, and other nutrients
- low levels of magnesium, zinc, lithium, and iodine
- elevated homocysteine
- other genetic mutations not mentioned in this Journal, e.g. CETP mutations
- metabolic disorders such as mitochondrial dysfunction
- generalized inflammation, oxidative stress and overload, glycosylation concerns (see below)
- neuroinflammation…considered to be a final common pathway root cause disorder
- various autoimmune disorders
- heavy metal (lead, cadmium, aluminum, mercury) toxicities
- dehydration, even of a mild sort
- fluoridated water exposure…see this informative website for more information
- exposure to any halogen chemicals…chlorine, bromine, fluorine…interferes with iodine usage
- neurotransmitter imbalances…dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, glutamate, GABA, serotonin, and histamine
- brain trauma of any degree
- spinal injury
- stroke…cerebrovascular disease is the 3rd leading cause of death in America
- macro and micro vascular disease
- heart disease…leading cause of death in America
- cardiopulmonary bypass for open heart surgeries
- liver and kidney disorders
- poor food choices and intake of toxic food industry products
- inappropriate and excessive grain consumption
- poor gut bacterial ecology
- lack of exercise
- lack of exposure to sunlight
- use of a wide array of other toxic compounds and products; e.g., cosmeceuticals and household products
- environmental pollutants
- electromagnetic field effects…EMF effects..see 2 Journals on this…here…and here
- sleep disturbances of any sort
- stress of any sort which is unmitigated and overwhelming
- unresolved trauma and unresolved post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- emotional problems, particularly unresolved grief, fear, and anger dynamics
- depression and anxiety conditions
- lack of positive psycho-social dynamics
- lack of appreciation and enhancement of spiritual connection and faith based living
- lack of curiosity and wonder about one’s life process
- lack of contemplation and meditation in one’s life
- lack of connection to the natural world
- lack of use of one’s brain in creative, intellectual, or passionate motivator pursuits
- incorrect use of one’s brain…such as addictive negative thinking and obsessing
- unrelenting multitasking and brain fatigue
- any addictive pursuits, such as consumerism, and all of the other types of “__aholisms” whether they are chemical or psychological addictions
This comprehensive (and probably incomplete) listing of maladies and toxicities affects everyone to one degree or another, and thus, everyone is at some risk for developing some degree of dementia. Furthermore, the statistics seem to support the fact that the risk is a pandemic concern. It is my impression that most of us have well over 50% of these negatively synergistic exposures. Any one or two exposures, per individual biology and psyche make-up, might be enough to account for the rising rate of dementia in western societies.
Alzheimer’s disease and the other dementia processes are now in the growing catch basin of the generalized chronic degenerative diseases in our society which the conventional medical industry does not assist well; at least at the ordinary community medical practice level.
Generalized hospital care for any condition has its own set of increasingly common risk concerns. The best of conventional medicine is in the emergency interventional offerings for life and limb saving procedures. Much of the now common conventional polypharmacy prescriptional push is just too toxic for anyone to handle well in their biochemistry.
Because the list of etiologic processes above is so long and so broad, and affects all organ systems, an entire lifestyle supplement regimen could (and should) be tailored around brain health alone, and that will serve the rest of our physical and biochemical health well enough.
Macro and Micro Brain Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by loss of neurons and synapses in the cerebral cortex and in certain subcortical brain regions. This loss results in large scale atrophy of the affected regions, including degeneration in the temporal lobe and parietal lobe, and parts of the frontal cortex and the cingulate gyrus.
Some current explanations for the initiation and progression of the disease include loss of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, the formation of tau protein, and the subsequent formation of beta amyloid tangles. The other name for beta amyloid tangles is beta amyloid plaque.
A helpful pictorial slide show demonstrating the macro and microscopic changes seen in Alzheimer’s disease can be seen here.
A description of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be viewed here.
While all of the conditions in the long list above are thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease, I believe that the final common pathway in the disorder is an inflammatory/immunological process in the brain of someone who has an unhealthy and inflamed body. It has been shown that not all Alzheimer victims have beta amyloid plaque, and it has been shown from autopsies that people with beta amyloid plaque can die without having Alzheimer’s disease.
So…is the beta amyloid plaque just a side reaction in a brain trying to protect itself from an inflammatory immune system response? Medical research has been diverted from elucidating this possibility because its drug oriented research has been oriented to pursuing drugs to “treat” beta amyloid plaque formation. These drugs have not proved to be effective in treating Alzheimers. This is not surprising because the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease is elsewhere in a multifactorial blend of problems.
The Role of Acetylcholine
Acetylcholine is a cholenergic neurotransmitter which gives the brain speed, youthfulness, and memory. It declines in Alzheimer’s disease. A number of pharmaceuticals have been designed that interfere with the enzyme which breaks down acetylcholine, which is known as acetylcholinesterase. This category of drugs is known as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.
Because it is an acetylcholine receptor agonist, nicotine is frequently used for its performance-enhancing effects on cognition, alertness and focus. Nicotine mimics acetylcholine, and those who are addicted to nicotine use in any form are usually already acetylcholine deficient. Furthermore, smoking is intensely damaging to macro and micro vasculature and predisposes to Alzheimer’s disease.
Acetylcholine is made in the brain from its precursor elements acetyl-L-carnitine, glycero-phosphocholine, and phosphatidylserine. These are the valuable ingredients in the Brain Vitale compound which is profiled below. Except for acetyl-L-carnitine, which is found in meat, the other 2 compounds are not very easy to obtain from foods. Phosphotidylserine is fairly abundant in egg yolks.
I recommend Brain Vitale to anyone who has some number and degree of the etiologic factors detailed in the long list above, particularly if one has associated neurotransmitter mutations such as the ones previously mentioned: BDNF, NTRK2, and DAOA. These are very common mutation events.
Furthermore, mutations in the GAD enzyme, which is also a very common family of mutations, will contribute to excess brain excitotoxicity and damage because the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate will not be properly transformed into its end product, which is the calming neurotransmitter GABA.
Glutamate can build up to higher than normal levels and accentuate excitotoxic neural chemistry via its agonistic (stimulating) effect on the NMDA receptor. Furthermore, because glutamate is not being transformed into GABA, the calming influence of GABA on the central nervous system will not be ambient in brain chemistry. The balance of glutamate and GABA as excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters is an important balance to maintain and support.
Glycosylation and the Role of Carnosine
The process of glycosylation, or, glycation, refers to enzymatic processes that attach carbohydrate entities known as glycans to proteins, lipids, and other molecules. While this is a normal part of our biochemical operations, abnormalities in the process can develop, especially in the face of excessive carbohydrate intake and blood sugar elevation, to create what are known as “advanced glycosylated end products,” or, AGES.
Over 40 disorders of glycosylation have been reported in humans. These disorders can be divided into several types of disorders of protein and lipid glycosylation, including phospho-serine glycosylation.
No effective treatment is known for any of these disorders, at least in current conventional neurobiological academia. 80% of these disorders affect the nervous system.
The body has no known method of repairing or removing these by-products of glycation, and so they accumulate and tattoo into our flesh, and assist the formation of beta amyloid plaque. The pictorial slide show linked above is re-linked here to help your understanding and reading about beta amyloid.
However, there is a natural substance which strongly mitigates the formation of AGES, and that is a dipeptide protein from meat known as carnosine.
The use of Carnosine Supreme as a nutritional supplement, especially for those who are vegan, vegetarian, and for those who have blood sugar elevation, is a prudent brain health recommendation in an era when both metabolic syndromes and dementia disorders are on the rise. Here is one example of many abstracts and research writings on the health benefits of carnosine.
The Carnosine Supreme supplement also includes benfotiamine, a derivative of vitamin B1 (thiamine), which also reduces glycosylation, or, AGES formation.
Vegans and vegetarians are more predisposed to lack of key brain nutrients which are found in meat…carnitine, carnosine, creatine, vitamin B12, and iron…than are meat eaters. However, because the entire quality of all foods on the planet is degrading due to agribusiness practices and toxicities, meat eaters should consider supplementing with these particular nutrients as well.
The Role of Creatine
Creatine is an organic acid made in our body and is very important for brain health. It has been well researched in its role of substantiating brain health in the face of a variety of brain disorders, including all of the dementia processes and central nervous system disorders, even though it is commonly associated with usage by athletes, and others, for muscle bulking.
There are many dozens of research articles on the role of creatine in brain health. Here is an example.
Creatine is relatively useless unless it is stabilized in an alkaline form with a high pH. I consider it to be an essential supplement for vegans and vegetarians who may have other risk factors in their lives for central nervous system problems. KreAlkalynPro is the supplement which fills this need.
Other Good Brain Health Supplements from Designs for Health
CogniAid is an herbal formula designed to help support healthy cognition, mood, and memory. This product supplies herbs and extracts that have been shown to work through a variety of mechanisms, including helping to maintain proper levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, as well as supporting healthy neurons and nerve impulse transmission.
CogniAid contains a wild-crafted blueberry complex, a novel berry extract that, in addition to blueberries, uses extracts of huckleberries and bilberries; all of which are noted for their antioxidant effect. This product also features vinpocetine, Huperzine A (a naturally occurring alkaloid compound), the green tea polyphenol EGCg, and the Ayurvedic herb Bacopa monnieri, which is a nootropic compound.
This formula contains cognitive and brain supportive nutrients which include glycerophosphocholine (GPC), acetyl L-carnitine, phosphatidylserine (PS), inositol, and Ginkgo biloba extract. Each of these nutrients has been extensively researched in relation to their roles in brain health and function.
GPC is a unique osmo-protectant, a clinically proven brain revitalizer, and raises choline-generating unique omega-3 phospholipids to build cell membranes. The three brain supernutrients GPC, acetyl L-carnitine, and phosphatidylserine (PS) in this formula are assisted by Ginkgo biloba extract, which also enhances brain cell protection.
Several studies indicate that synaptic connections in the brain hippocampus, a critical brain region for learning and memory, decline during the normal process of aging. NeuroMag, which uses the unique, patented, chelated mineral Magtein, contains magnesium that is chelated to threonic acid (magnesium L-threonate). It is superior to other forms of magnesium at getting through the blood brain barrier because it is able to transport magnesium ions across lipid membranes, including those of brain cells and mitochondria.
Elevating brain magnesium content via supplementation with Magtein may be a useful strategy to support cognitive abilities and decrease common age-related memory decline.
Crestone and Beyond
In the long bullet point listing of etiological factors which are involved in the initiation and propagation of Alzheimer’s disease I made reference to psycho-social dynamics, spiritual dynamics, and contact with the natural world, or lack thereof, as being important considerations for brain health, as well as for overall health.
Here is a nice and simple treatment of these particular dynamics from a writing which appeared in MindBodyGreen on October 29, 2013, entitled “13 Small Choices that can Change Your Life in Great Ways,” by Dr. Jon Lieff.
These are nice suggestions for a happy life and may help mitigate some of the brain fatigue which you may have felt from the perusal, real reading, and hyperlink rabbit hole pursuits of this rather brief overview of a complex subject. The points raised and links given in Dr. Lief’s article are excellent, and corroborate aspects of what I have tried to offer here.
For example, in point #1 in Dr. Lief’s article about the importance of sleep, he discusses the need for the brain to be able to repair and clear cellular debris during the sleep hours. The brain does not have an organized set of lymphatic channels to accomplish this like the rest of the body has. The brain relies on the flow of lymph fluid via the “glial lymphatics” which are also known as the “glymphatic system.”
For what it may be worth to the reader, I use Brain Vitale and CogniAid in enhanced amounts, along with methylating chemicals, on days when my neural capacity needs to be high…such as on days when I am translating clients’ gene mutation reports into manageable and helpful nutrigenomic information and suggestions.
I covered basic information about gene testing in the last Journal. Perhaps when you have some more time, and you have recovered from reading this one, you can read that one also. I hope so.
Thank you for reading this one.
Signing off from Crestone…and Beyond.
Expanded PostScript Commentary (Many good Reading References follow this commentary):
Disclaimers I feel compelled to offer…alas…but all I really want to do here is editorialize on health industry problems, and common misconceptions…and to give some credit where credit is due to a special person.
Number 1…The FDA has not evaluated any of the statements in this Journal. This is good. I don’t think that the FDA would know how to evaluate any of the statements in this Journal in a way that would serve your life, and the lives of everyone else in our society, for the better.
Most regulatory agencies have a long history of protecting corporate industry interests instead of protecting public and environmental health. The agricultural and pharmaceutical industries spend millions of dollars to lobby for regulations that are favorable to them, and there is an ongoing revolving door of officialdom operatives who shuttle back and forth, in the managerial positions, between the major regulatory agencies and the private corporations.
This dynamic is the modus operandi of all of the highly destructive companies, like Monsanto, who profit from the toxic products which they push into the environment and onto humanity. These companies own the regulatory agencies in the greatest conflict of interest scam on the planet. The results have been devastating for the health of all beings on the planet, and for the planet itself.
The FDA, which is a collusion between the food industry (e.g., the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, or, GMA) and the pharmaceutical industry is inept and corrupt, and could actually do much to assist the real health of our society, but it does not.
The FDA science limb does not analyze and promote its dictum in terms of natural healthy biochemistry. There may be scientists and biologists in the FDA who know how to use their gifts properly to serve society, but they do not seem to be expressing their voice. Like other burgeoning governmental agencies which create interference with decent social progress, the FDA needs to evolve into an instrument of true social progress, or maybe decentralize its operations, or maybe just go away.
However, the FDA might be thought of as almost like a kind of money laundering process, and so it probably won’t go away. The food industry, agribusinesses (think Monsanto, et al.) and pharmaceutical conglomerates own the FDA with money, and they also own the politicians in the Imperial City with money.
In referencing just the pharmaceutical industry influence on our politicians alone (not to mention the FDA), in a writing for the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof notes that in the year 2015, “the pharmaceutical industry…has used its lobbying heft — it spent $272,000 in campaign donations per member of Congress last year, and it has more lobbyists than there are members of Congress — to bar the government from bargaining for drug prices in Medicare. That amounts to a $50 billion annual gift to pharmaceutical companies.” Here is this article link.
Furthermore, medical research is a $50 billion per year business. This business is almost completely funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Number 2…I make a small commission from the sale of Designs for Health supplements.
As far as my many-seasoned knowledge of biochemistry, physiology, and patho-physiology goes, DFH is the best supplement company available to assist my recommendations for clients. The formulations in this nutritional supplement line are correct, effective, and fit the needs of the clients I consult with. DFH is preferred by most holistic biochemical thinking health care providers. It is not the only very good supplement company in existence, but it is the very best one for my practice and my clients’ needs.
When I was a general, vascular, and trauma surgeon I made very large commissions on the very high-risk surgeries which I recommended to patients. All physicians who recommend this, that, or the other study or intervention to their patients are usually paid for the various recommendations, or for the subsequent interpretations of studies, or for the risky interventions which they recommend to their patients.
If I performed a replacement of an abdominal aorta, a carotid artery reconstruction, a limb saving surgery, a life saving surgery for bowel conditions, thyroid conditions, breast conditions, gall bladder and liver conditions, cancer conditions, and a host of trauma conditions of all sorts, then I made a generous commission for such works, all of which I recommended with good intention.
Just remember, all physicians and other types of health care practitioners make “commissions” on their recommendations. Is this really any different with any other profession?
Health care practitioners who recommend nutritional supplements to their patients are sometimes criticized and rebuked for “conflict of interests.” I invite the reader to consider how this so-called “conflict” dynamic is also operative in all of the other time-honored professions.
It is up to you to understand what your physician is recommending and what your level of trust and comfort with that recommendation may be. And it is up to you to understand your physician’s maturity and integrity level, as well as your physician’s experiential wisdom and track record.
It is up to the physician to be educated and intellectually current in their field, as well as be adept in his and her declared scope of practice. It is ideal if your physician is also honest, clear, transparent, and follows Hippocratic principles, such as “first, do no harm.”
Here is a nice essay on Hippocratic principles and ethics which, like nutrition, should be more widely taught in medical schools.
The best physician is inside of the patients themselves. It is up to the exterior physician to evoke, educate, and assist the internal physician which lives within their patients. Most of today’s physicians seem to be completely clueless as to how to even consider this concept, let alone begin practicing it within their own lives, and recommending and supporting it within the lives of their patients. This is a fault of today’s medical education.
Fortunately, this problem is changing as more and more physicians are becoming fed up with the very difficult constraints and compression in their practices. Many physicians are beginning to realize that much of what they have been practicing does not help their patients in the long run, especially those with unmitigated chronic health conditions, and is actually harming their patients’ lives.
More curiosity, intellect, and effort is required by physicians and patients to be able to get to the root cause of disease, and change the negative lifestyle practices.
The pharmaceutical industry has created a number of life saving drugs which have virtually eradicated many former dreaded diseases. The pharmaceutical industry has also created a number of life saving drugs which are very effective in emergent life saving interventions. However, this industry is a for-profit industry which does not necessarily operate by any human code of ethics.
The pharmaceutical industry has created many many drugs which are of dubious benefit, and create many toxicities. Furthermore, 75% of all medical journal studies are funded by pharmaceutical companies. The conflicts of interest here should be obvious to everyone, but they are not.
Toxicities from the use of nutritional supplements are exceedingly rare. On the other hand, fatalities from the use of pharmaceuticals are quite common.
In my time as a physician apprentice under parent physicians, and during my 40 years of physicianship, I have observed how the industry has created a number of drugs for chronic diseases which have fostered a deviation from, and an impediment to, many good holistic pursuits of knowledge, healing, and health.
These days a rising number of patients over age 50 are being placed on more and more pharmaceuticals to treat chronic disease conditions; a trend known as polypharmacy. This is a very negative and unhealthy trend. However, it can be made better by holistic lifestyle education and interventions.
More and more physicians are schooling themselves in holistic and functional medicine knowledge and practice. This is a good trend, and I hope that you will support it and recommend as you can.
Number 3…The purpose of this Journal offering is not to have you buy all of the linked supplements so that I can make a commission on the sales. The purpose of this Journal is to assist your broader education about the health of one very important organ, your brain, and to open you further to consider your own self accountability practices as you grow your precious life.
Number 4…Last, and by no means least, I would like to express my appreciation for one of the fine holistic nutritionists I know…Sarah Jane Sandy…for her assistance in critiquing this Journal entry and suggesting some helpful edits.
Sarah Jane also compiled all of the research information for Dr. Mark Hyman’s new best selling book Eat Fat, Get Thin. Her valuable contributions, which really deserve more recognition by the author, are noted, ever so briefly and obliquely, on page 341.
Dr. Hyman’s new book may be an important book for your consideration. The importance of high quality and generous fat in your diet is very important for your brain health as well as your overall physical health. The old USDA food pyramid was killing us with all of the carbohydrate foods recommended at the base of this now-defunct food pyramid. We now understand that good fats are a better, cleaner, and more efficient fuel than carbohydrates. See Dr. Hyman’s book for more clarity on this important health information and practice.
I recommend Sarah Jane’s nutritional counseling services for your overall health. You will be well served…and pleased.
Other Helpful References (this list will be expanded in an ongoing fashion as articles appear):
- Top Environmental Risk Factors for Dementia Identified
- What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising
- Exercise & Brain Aging
- CoQ10–A Nutritional Powerhouse for Mitochondrial Health
- The Insulin/Dopamine Connection
- Increasing glutathione levels may provide protective measures against age-related decline
- New study demonstrates omega-3 fatty acids promote clearance of of beta-amyloid peptides
- Prescription for Laughter
- New study demonstrates that lutein and zeazanthin help increase brain function
- Lithium’s Role in Brain Health
- Alzheimer’s–Looking at the Other Side of the Picture
- Tyrosine–An Amino Acid Worth Exploring
- New study demonstrates mentally stimulating activities protect against cognitive impairment, posted 2-11-17
- Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, posted 2-11-17
- The Subtle Early Signals of Dementia in Someone You Love, posted 2-16-17
- Identifying the Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease, posted 2-19-17
- Prolonged sleep duration as a marker of early neuro-degeneration predicting incident dementia. Neurology, 2017, posted 2-28-17
- How B Vitamins Improve Brain Health, Cognition, Psychiatric Problems and Mood Disorders, posted on 3-3-17
- Photobiomodulation: The Role of Light in Preventing and Potentially Halting Alzheimer’s Disease, posted on 3-5-17
- New study demonstrates blueberry supplementation helps improve brain function, posted on 3-11-17
- A Ray of Hope Amid Grim Statistics for Alzheimer’s Disease, posted on 3-11-17
- How to Boost Brain Performance and Prevent Dementia Using No- or Low-Cost Strategies, posted on 3-12-17.
- B Vitamins May Protect Against Damaging Effects of Air Pollution, and Improve Cognition and Psychiatric Health, posted on 3-27-17.
- Memory Loss or Dementia?, posted on 3-28-17.
- New study demonstrates enhanced cognition and cerebrovascular function with resveratrol, posted on 4-7-17.