Monthly Archives: August 2017

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This is the Key to Training Your Brain to Resist Alzheimer’s

By |2017-12-29T08:09:25+00:00August 28th, 2017|Brain Science|

A while back, several companies designed special computerized mental exercises that were supposed to be good for training the brain. Although heavily marketed, these programs were disappointing and didn’t do much good. The puzzles and other mental activities produced short term benefits for memory and thinking, but long-term the training didn’t seem to stick. The [...]

Noise Pollution Can Damage More Than Your Hearing

By |2017-12-29T08:08:56+00:00August 25th, 2017|Brain Science|

Spending a lot of time in noisy environments, such as working in a loud factory or living by major roadways or airports, can cause long-term damage to your hearing. This fact is pretty well known. But research now shows that noise pollution can cause non-auditory damage to a person’s health. Effects range from cardiovascular disease [...]

Solution to Alzheimer’s Could Lie in Your Bones

By |2017-12-29T08:03:34+00:00August 21st, 2017|Natural Health|

Those of us who support holistic solutions to health problems are never surprised by the interconnections between “unrelated” parts of the body. Perhaps the most striking example in recent years has been the discovery of the gut-brain axis and the influence of the colon on brain health. But I have to admit even I was [...]

Do Genes Really Have Much To Do With Alzheimer’s Disease?

By |2017-12-29T08:02:48+00:00August 18th, 2017|Lifestyle|

Genes are the "command centers" of cells. They instruct cells to make specific proteins, which then determine what kind of cell it will be. Genes also control a cell’s construction and operation, as well as assist in cellular repair. Genes are also delicate. Even small changes in a gene (known as "variants" or "mutations") can [...]

Switch to the Drink that Protects the Brain

By |2017-12-29T08:02:24+00:00August 14th, 2017|Natural Health|

Until I started to learn more and more about how specific nutrients affect the brain, I never fully appreciated how the liquids we drink affect the way memory works. And while many professional nutrition experts still insist that individual foods are less important to your well-being than your overall diet, there are, in fact, some [...]

Newly Identified Biomarkers Reveal Parkinson’s Disease Dementia Early

By |2017-12-29T08:02:12+00:00August 8th, 2017|Brain Science|

Parkinson’s disease, like Alzheimer’s disease, is caused at least in part by tangled proteins that steadily build up on neurons. In Parkinson’s disease these clumps are called Lewy bodies. They primarily target dopaminergic neurons in a part of the midbrain called the substantial nigra, the area that controls movement. The illness is characterized by tremors, [...]

Major Impact on Brain Health From Little-Known Dietary Ingredient

By |2017-12-29T08:02:06+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Nutrition|

Its reported health benefits include reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, deterring weight gain, lowering the risks of colon cancer, stroke and cardiovascular diseases, and eliminating waste and toxins from the body. The typical Western diet is depleted in this important part of food. People who eat the way most Americans eat do not [...]

Alcohol Shrinks Your Brain’s Main Seat of Memory

By |2017-08-01T08:00:30+00:00August 1st, 2017|Lifestyle|

In our last issue, I covered some fascinating research that shows regular (and moderate) Champagne drinking is good for the brain. At the same time, I cautioned that daily drinking still doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. This issue we’ll look at some of the reasons why. There’s a lot of contradictory evidence [...]