cognitive decline

  1. ‘Going under’ can bring your brain down

    You fall asleep... and you wake up with a new hip or a stent in your heart… or without a couple of cataracts.

    Surgeons can do some pretty amazing things once they’ve put you “under!”

    And if your doc has recommended an operation for you, the promise of those "clear-cut" results can sure make you want to sign up.

    But even if your surgery is minor or elective... and there are no complications during the procedure... letting someone slice into you always comes with its share of risks.

    And according to a new study, surgery can even set you up for "brain drain" -- because going under the knife can compromise your memory and mental clarity for YEARS to come.

    In the study, Mayo Clinic researchers gave a group of nearly 2,000 folks over 70 cognitive tests four times over a five-year period.

    Now, given that everyone's cognitive function declines somewhat with the passage of time, you'd expect that these folks' scores would be A LITTLE worse at the end of the study than at the beginning.

    And that proved to be the case.

    But the participants who'd had anesthesia and surgery at any point in the 20 years prior to the start of the study had a FASTER rate of cognitive decline than those who'd never had surgery.

    What's more, the researchers found that those who had surgery during the five-year study period had a faster rate of cognitive decline AFTER surgery than they'd had before.

    That means going under the knife may speed up cognitive decline that's already underway... or "unmask" problems with memory and thinking that were previously under the surface.

    Either way, there's no GAIN for your BRAIN!

    And while all of the participants in the new study were over 70, previous studies have shown that even middle-aged folks score lower on memory tests following surgery than they do prior to it .
    The theory is that the drugs that PUT you under can actually activate memory-loss receptors in your brain.

    Plus, any surgery will ramp up your body’s inflammatory response -- and we know that ongoing inflammation is a risk factor for cognitive decline.

    So, if you want to hold on to your precious memories, don't let the mainstream be too quick to cut you open.

    Obviously, certain surgeries really do save lives in cases of critical emergencies. But for chronic conditions, surgery can often have questionable results.

    For example, previous studies have shown that surgery isn’t better than active surveillance for prostate cancer… knee surgery won't help arthritis… and angioplasty is worthless for many heart patients.

    You only want to choose surgery when it's absolutely necessary or as a very LAST resort -- after you've tried natural approaches to heal the root cause of whatever ails you.

  2. Save your sight to dodge dementia

    You've been holding the newspaper a mile away from your face... wearing dark sunglasses even on cloudy days... and carrying a pocket flashlight to settle your restaurant tabs.

    When you're on the older side and your vision isn't what it used to be, you've got to compensate with a few tricks up your sleeve!

    But if changes to your vision become more serious -- whether it's from cataracts, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration -- you can't wave a magic wand to restore your sight.

    And according to a new study, visual impairment can steal more than just your ability to see the world clearly -- it may also threaten your precious memories.

    That's because the more your sight declines, the more likely it is that your cognitive function will decline, too.

    In a study published in JAMA Ophthalmology, researchers gave visual and cognitive tests to a group of older folks four times over the course of eight years.

    Now, as you might expect, all of the participants experienced some amount of visual and cognitive decline, given the passage of time.

    But those who had the most visual impairment scored WORSE on cognitive tests than those who had the least.

    And when the researchers analyzed the association between these two factors, they found that vision's influence on cognitive function was almost TWICE as strong as cognition's influence on vision.

    In other words, it's twice as likely that poor eyesight leads to "brain drain" than the other way around.

    The theory is that when you can't see as well as you used to, key areas of your brain don't experience enough stimulation.

    And much in the same way that hearing loss can cause your gray matter to shrink, vision loss may also compromise regions of your brain related to memory.

    Plus, when you can't see very well, it can put a damper on your social life… which is a risk factor for cognitive decline, too.

    So, if you want to stay sharp as a tack, do everything you can to maintain sharp vision.

    Since both cataracts and age-related macular degeneration have been linked to high blood sugar, switching to the Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet -- which keeps blood sugar steady by eliminating all sugars, grains, and processed foods -- is an easy way to slash your risk of these conditions.

    The dark leafy greens, fish, nuts, and fruits you'll be eating on the diet are also loaded with nutrients that are essential for eye health, like lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and selenium.

    And those dark leafy greens can also reduce your risk of glaucoma -- because they're rich in nitrate, which your body converts to nitric oxide, a chemical that boosts blood flow to every nook and cranny, including your eyeballs.

    These healthy habits just so happen to shield your brain from dementia, too!

    I’m taking a deep dive into this topic and will be covering it in the next issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter, coming in early September. But don’t wait until then to start supporting your vision!

  3. 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...
  4. The kitchen secret to perking up your brain

    We've wiped out polio... split the atom... and landed on the moon. But even the greatest scientific minds of our age haven't figured out how to stop the clock on Father Time or reverse the "brain drain" that inevitably comes along as we age. But while there's nothing in the pharmacy that can effectively perk up your brain, a new...
  5. Low sodium levels linked to cognitive decline

    Pass the salt... instead of passing on it It's a fixture on every dinner table... but the mainstream has practically slapped a skull and crossbones on it. I'm talking about the salt shaker. For years, salt has taken the blame for blood pressure problems -- and there's no denying that if your BP is truly dangerously high, shoveling in mountains...
  6. Blueberries protect against cognitive decline

    Boost your brain with this "power" berry We all forget life's little details from time to time. As we age, however, these lapses in memory and focus can become a bit more troublesome. Worst case scenario, those "brain burps" may be signaling the onset of something more serious, like mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or full-blown Alzheimer's. But British researchers have...
  7. Avoid cognitive decline by stopping your brain from shrinking

    Study reveals that those seniors whose brains don't shrink also avoid cognitive decline. Their brains look like those of a young adult in their 20s -- and they have the same youthful mental capacity, too! Here's how to become one of those "super agers" and stop time in its tracks.
  8. Autopsy proves aluminum is linked to Alzheimer's

    A British man who died of Alzheimer's had a brain saturated with aluminum, but fluoridated water may be the REAL culprit behind cognitive decline.
  9. High-fat diet slashes symptoms of aging 39%

    Study proves men who load up on meat and fish are living longer and more active lives.
  10. The war on DDT is killing millions with bad science

    The Far Left's war on DDT is taking another crazy turn. They're warning about the long-term health effects of this safe and effective pesticide, and are completely ignoring that DDT bans are killing millions around the world RIGHT NOW!

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