Brain Health

  1. Could this WWII breakthrough save your brain?

    If you’ve got young grandkids, you know their mantra by now: Newer is better.

    Kids these days are always on the lookout for the newest phone… video game system… or “smart watch.” (God forbid they should have to wind a wristwatch!)

    And trust me… Big Pharma is the same way.

    It introduces DOZENS of new drugs each year that are supposed to be the “next big thing.” But more often than not, they come with a list of side effects longer than your arm.

    All the while, some of the best medical treatments around are DECADES old (long forgotten by mainstream medicine).

    And one of these amazing therapies could be the secret to saving your brain.

    I’m talking about chelation, an amazing process that removes toxic metals from your body.

    And believe it or not, its roots go all the way back to World War II.

    But the story really begins during World War I.

    You see, both sides were regularly gassing troops with dangerous poisons… and when WW II came around, everyone was worried that the same thing would happen.

    So, British scientists secretly developed an intravenous process called chelation therapy that could strip poisons out of soldiers’ bodies.

    But guess what? They found that chelation could remove OTHER toxic metals from our systems, too – like mercury, arsenic, and lead.

    Basically, a “chelating agent” is injected into your system, where it binds to and helps remove metals that have built up in your body over years – or even decades.

    Through work and household products, we’ve all exposed to heavy metals during our lives – and it started as early as when we were kids.

    I mean, let’s face it… we were SURROUNDED by lead paint and toys! And research has shown that lead can stay in your body for the REST of your life.

    Once toxic metals have had the chance to build up in your body, they can cause digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

    But that’s not all – because heavy metals are also a serious threat to your brain.

    I’ve personally used chelation at my own clinic, and I’ve seen the difference it can make in for patients, especially those struggling with mood disorders and even serious mental issues.

    Your first steps are to get tested for toxic metals and work with a doctor who’s skilled in chelation therapy.

    For a listing of doctors who offer chelation, type this address into your internet browser:

  2. The fuzzy fruit that keeps you sharp as a tack

    You misplace your sunglasses… forget to pack your toothbrush on your summer trip... and can't seem to remember if you reapplied your sunscreen.

    Everyone fumbles life's little details from time to time, and the heat of summer can sure make your brain feel even fuzzier.

    But if your "brain burps" keep piling up, it may be a sign of cognitive decline or something more serious -- like Alzheimer's – taking hold.

    But according to a new study, there's something sweet and juicy you can eat that'll not only perk up your brain… but also cool you down in the summer heat.

    I'm talking about kiwifruit (a.k.a. kiwi)!

    This funny-looking fruit may be brown and "hairy" on the outside… but on the inside, you’ll discover green flesh that’s PACKED with vitamins C and E.

    And those just happen to be two hero vitamins that can slash your risk of cognitive decline.

    In the study, Japanese researchers gave cognitive tests to a group of older men and women and measured their blood levels of vitamins C and E.

    They also tested the participants for a form of protein called "apoliprotein E-4" (a.k.a. APOE E4), whose presence in your blood is a known risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.

    When the researchers repeated the cognitive and blood tests a decade later, they found that among women with APOE E4, those with the highest blood levels of vitamin C had a significantly LOWER risk of cognitive decline than those with the lowest levels of C.

    That means that the power of C was enough to put the brakes on "brain drain!"

    Well, at least among the ladies. Guys, it's not clear why vitamin C didn't offer the same protection against cognitive decline for you.

    But here's a consolation: The study also found that in men (but not women) without APOE E4, those with the highest blood levels of vitamin E slashed their risk of cognitive decline compared to those with the lowest levels.

    Since vitamins C and E are both powerful antioxidants, the theory is that they can guard your delicate gray matter against the kind of free-radical damage and inflammation that gets the ball rolling on cognitive decline.

    And kiwis just so happen to top the list of foods that are high in BOTH of these vitamins.

    So, whether you're a guy or a gal, kiwis have you covered.

    Plus, the benefits of kiwis don't stop there. They've also been proven to ease depression ... help you get a better night's rest ... and even beat back cancer .

    So, if you want to keep your brain from getting "fuzzy," try some of this fuzzy fruit!

    Kiwis are delicious on their own, sliced into fruit salads, or blended into smoothies.

    You can also up your levels of both C and E by eating tropical fruits like guava and papaya, cruciferous veggies like broccoli, and dark leafy greens.

  3. Not drinking water? Your brain may turn to mush

    Another heat wave is about to sweep through the American West... and Japan just experienced its hottest day in recorded history. Here in the Northeast – neither a barren desert nor a tropical climate – it’s been so hot and humid that when you take one step out the front door, your face starts dripping. Even if your mouth doesn’t...
  4. What your eyes can tell us about your brain

    They say that your eyes are windows to your soul. And regardless of whether that's true, there sure is a lot that docs can tell about your health by peering deeply into them. Of course, eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration can steal your sight, but that's not all that your doc can see in an eye exam. The...
  5. Could Alzheimer's be caused by a BUG?

    Call it the $64,000 question. For decades, scientists have been trying to figure out exactly what sets off the brain changes that lead to the devastating memory loss of Alzheimer’s disease. And so far… no "smoking gun." Sure, we have a lot of leads, with recent studies pointing to everything from blood vessel damage to inflammation raging in your gray...
  6. Quit these 2 habits to save your memory

    It keeps your bones healthy... your muscles, nerves, and blood vessels humming along… and your heart beating. I'm talking about calcium. This essential mineral is a cornerstone of good health -- but there are places you don't want to have too much calcium. You may already know about calcium deposits in your arteries… but did you know that it can...
  7. Is this ‘silent killer’ stalking your BRAIN?

    You may FEEL perfectly healthy. But if your BP is soaring, it could be wreaking havoc on your body in ways you’ll never even notice (at least, not until it’s too late). That’s why they call hypertension the "silent killer," because it can quietly damage blood vessels throughout your body -- without any obvious symptoms. Typically, the top concern with...
  8. Heal your gut to save your brain

    Your belly aches... you're doubled over with cramps... and you're dashing to the toilet yet again. When you've got inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) -- whether it's ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease -- the "inferno" raging in your gut makes life downright miserable. And unfortunately, those "flames" aren't confined to the space below your navel. We know that inflammation in your...
  9. Use your legs… or lose your brain!

    When I tell patients to "exercise," it tends to make them run... straight for the door! And believe me, I understand why. When you're on the older side, all of that huffing, puffing, and sweating can feel like a real chore. But exercising doesn’t have to mean joining a gym or even “working out.” Because according to a new study...
  10. The two summer foods that boost your brain

    When you were a kid, the arrival of summer meant that you could take a break from the books and swap all of that brainy stuff for some fun in the sun. And it felt oh so good! But as we age... and those "brain burps" start adding up... it can feel like your brain has taken a permanent "summer...

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