As each year zips by so fast, my mother is at some point asked; "How old are you?" She always offeres the same reply: "My age is none of "my" business."
We all seem to be put into a box/category of potential health problems depending upon what "age decade" we are entering. If anything...age should be forgotten....why enter you're age on that health questionnaire?
Having worked with and consulted thousands of patients of different age groups over the past 30 years, reviewing x-rays, blood tests, etc...I can say the "age number" is worthless! It has nothing to do with finding and uncovering the root cause of your health problem!
Looking into the eyes of those in the presence of a friend or loved one with declining cognition is heartbreaking as is seeing so much pain in those suffering.
So......Today I'll show you how to support brain health and memory for you or a loved one during the first few months of 2020!
Also, please remember that heavy metal toxicity is not the topic here. It is also a factor in declining brain health and must be addressed.
What do you do when someone has the beginning symptoms of Alzheimer's, but has not yet been given the official diagnosis?
The current answer is-- come up with a new disease label or name.
Medical science has done this with a new term called AAMI. This stands for Age-Associated Memory Impairment. This is a precursor to Alzheimer's.
Due to the unbelievable increase of Alzheimer's disease, the "powers that be" specializing in brain-aging health concluded there should be an earlier way to recognize this terrible disease.
The new AAMI label is now being used for people who have early signs of Alzheimer's.The criteria for AAMI includes the following:
Currently, 40% of people between the ages of 50-59 have it and it increases by 10% every ten years!
Unfortunately, most health practitioners not trained enough in integrative medicine do not have the knowledge to know how to measure the one ingredient needed every day to keep our brains healthy and memories vibrant.
This important brain ingredient is called phosphatidylserine.
Phosphatidylserine is a key component of the cell membrane and is essential to cell-to-cell communication and transfer of biochemical messages into the cell (especially within the brain and central nervous system).
Participants with relatively low memory scores were found to have experienced a significant improvement in memory.
-- Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and NutritionThe Research
Phosphatidylserine may help improve memory function in older adults, suggests a 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition.
For the study, 78 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment were assigned to six months of treatment with phosphatidylserine supplements, or a placebo.
In tests performed at the end of the six-month period, participants with relatively low memory scores at the start of the study were found to have experienced a significant improvement in memory.
In another study, a group of people with a brain age of around 64 years were placed on Phosphatidyl Serine 100 mg three times a day for 3 months. Before and after double blind testing showed that this rolled the hands of time back to a brain age of about 52, 12 years younger by providing 30% improvement in memory!
Yes, you read that correctly, 30% improvement in memory!!
Do you know any drug that does this?
"These people had marked improvements in everyday memory items like phone numbers, faces and names and of all things, placement of glasses and keys!"
In previous blogs, I’ve shared with you many tips on supporting health and offered treatment programs for your own personal health journey.
Here is a link to our online pharmacy. Once you register, go to FAVORITES under BRAIN HEALTH. You will be able to order my favorite Phosphatidylserine.
Of course the most effective way to determine the root cause is to identify your areas of weakness through laboratory testing.References:
Crook TH, et al, Effects of phosphatidylserine in age-associated memory impairment, Neurology, 41:644-49, 1991
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Heiss WD, Kessler J, Mielke R, Szelies B, Herholz K. Long-term effects of phosphatidylserine, pyritinol, and cognitive training in Alzheimer's disease. A neuropsychological, EEG, and PET investigation. Dementia. 1994 Mar-Apr;5(2):88-98.
Oma S, Mawatari S, Saito K, Wakana C, Tsuboi Y, Yamada T, Fujino T. Changes in phospholipid composition of erythrocyte membrane in Alzheimer's disease. Dement Geriatr Cogn Dis Extra. 2012 Jan;2(1):298-303.
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I am frequently asked about fevers. Especially during winter months.
In Eastern Medicine, the patient is told to minimize exposure to drafts, wind or a constant breeze away from the back of the neck and shoulders. This is an extremely vulnerable point in the body's defense systems agains a cold or flu. Yes, this includes an air-conditioner blowing air or an open window draft. Solution? Cover up! Blanket or scarf!
It's been said that when a fever reaches 102 degrees, a group of proteins called interferons are produced that help prevent viral replications and inhibit cancer cells.
And at 103 degrees, all nutrition to the spleen is shut down to starve any bad bacteria that are present or multiplying.
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Thanks to Dr. Sullivan and his contribution!
My private and concierge house call practice in Beverly Hills focuses on delivering a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to providing integrative care to patients in pain and a multitude of other unresolved problems. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that pills, even over-the counter (OTC), provide a lot of medication to the body – often more than the amount needed to simply dull the pain.
This excess medicine must be included because the liver acts as the filter for the body and knocks out about one-third of the medicine you take orally. The remaining medicine must then be spread throughout the entire body because your body doesn’t know that you are only trying to treat your sore knee or strained shoulder.
Every day across the country, millions of people relieve pain with the assistance of OTC pills without giving this a second thought. For the vast majority, when used as directed, they achieve relief for their pain safely. But pain medication can be tricky to manage due to the range of options and varying doses which is why the FDA is revamping the approval path for OTC drugs. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, “this move will change how tens of thousands of medicines and personal care items reach U.S. store shelves.”
Despite liver toxicity issues concerning doses over 325 mg, the FDA still allows a 500-milligram over-the-counter acetaminophen to be sold. “It is inexcusably poor judgment on the part of the FDA to have failed to take action concerning this major source of acetaminophen consumption, and, consequently, acetaminophen toxicity,” Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe, founder and senior adviser of Public Citizen Health Research Group in Washington D.C., told the Wall Street Journal.
Acetaminophen has a narrow therapeutic window. The difference between a safe, effective dose and an overdose — which, in serious cases, can lead to liver toxicity — is a relatively small increment in milligram consumption.
Ibuprofen, naproxen and even aspirin can cause stomach upset, and even ulcers, when not administered at the right dosages. Outside the United States, more people use a balance of topical and external medicines. Topical pain relievers such as creams, gels, patches and sprays work locally and largely reduce, although they do not entirely eliminate, the systemic risk – accidental or otherwise – that OTC pain pills can present.
Many people enjoy a few glasses of wine with dinner, or going out for beers after work. However, combining alcohol consumption with virtually all OTC pain relievers delivered in a pill label is against labeled use.
According to the National Institutes of Health publication on alcohol and metabolism, liver damage can occur with as few as four to five extra strength acetaminophen pills consumed with varying amounts of alcohol. For a list of commonly used medicines that can interact adversely with alcohol, visit this National Institutes of Health page.
There are a variety of non-invasive techniques, procedures, specific acu-points and philosophies surrounding pain relief worldwide. With a topical, you can deliver much less medicine to the body because you’re applying it directly at the site of pain.
If meds are needed, I encourage patients to use as directed. It is important for pain sufferers to know their options and consider treating mild to moderate pain locally to improve their pain relief outcomes.
Integrating a holistic approach is extremely effective without the side effects. If considering acupuncture, remember...the acupuncture needle is a part of history while the laser is part of the present and has replaced the needle.
Also remember that if your body is not healing, there is a biochemistry component you are missing as to why your body is not healing. Specific laboratory testing may be needed to uncover the root cause.
Be patient with your body!
Dr. Aristotle's Article published in Physicians News Digest
Dr. Aristotle Economou
Dr. Aristotle understands the difficulties patients go through when dealing with a personal health challenge. In 2006, an event occurred that turned his life upside down and put his years of clinical experience in wellness healthcare to the ultimate test. Over a short period, the muscles in Aristotle’s body unexpectedly became paralyzed with only the ability to slightly move his hands at the wrists and blink his eyes.
Aristotle ended up in an intensive care unit (ICU), followed by a 72-day stay in a local hospital. He was told he may never walk again. Throughout the year, his healing journey continued while confined to an electric wheelchair and requiring around-the-clock care.
With help and determination, Aristotle combined modalities from Functional Medicine, Eastern Medicine and unique techniques in Chiropractic and Tui Na. This resulted in the ability to rebuild his body mind and spirit, which was the foundation to his miraculous recovery including the ability to walk again.
Aristotle then wrote the book, Change the Way You Heal: 7 Steps To Highly Effective Healing. No matter how big or small your health problem, this inspirational book shows you how to maximize your healing abilities and resources using the same methods he implemented in his own recovery.