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Being “Too Thin” Can be Bad for Your Brain

By |June 14th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

Obese middle-aged men and women are at greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia. That much is known. But this link is not well established among obese seniors. And in fact, some studies even suggest being overweight in old age protects against dementia – while [...]

Synchronized Brainwaves Give Seniors the Memory of a 20-Year-Old

By |June 10th, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

In the first century AD, a man named Scribonius Largus was the court physician to the emperor of Rome. Among other things in his medical bag of tricks, he had a novel method for relieving headaches. He would lay an electric ray (torpedo fish) across [...]

This Art Form Can Replace Medication for Alzheimer’s Patients

By |June 7th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

For one man, his mother's dementia was so distressing he decided to stop visiting her at the care home she was staying in. Yet only a short time later he was seeing her regularly. What made the difference? Personalized music. It’s quite a story. . [...]

It’s Not Alzheimer’s – It’s a New Form of Dementia

By |June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

A definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's is hard to obtain before death because only then can brain cells be scrutinized closely under the microscope. So in living patients, doctors have to rely on various tests. From the information gathered they believe the diagnosis will be accurate [...]

What Do You Do if You Want to Forget Something?

By |May 31st, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

In this newsletter the topic is usually how to remember things. Memory loss is a huge worry, especially among those of us who are getting old. But what if you want to forget something? Sounds odd, but sometimes that is the case. For example, someone [...]

Common Medical Procedures Endanger Your Brain

By |May 27th, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

Before you have any kind of surgery, especially if you are middle-aged or older, you need to be aware of the brain damage that often results from general anesthesia – the kind where you lose consciousness. Studies now show that this problem has been drastically [...]

This Vitamin Is Vital for Protecting Your Brain and Nerves

By |May 24th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition|

In looking into the importance of a vitamin you need to keep your brain and nerve tissue healthy, I’ve had to wonder – when is a widespread lack of a nutrient a national emergency? Because every time I investigate the importance of vitamin B12, I’m [...]

Does Beer Help Prevent Dementia?

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

First, a confession: This headline is a teeny bit misleading. I don’t recommend beer for dementia prevention. But a common beer ingredient – hops – does exactly that. And it’s available as a supplement. The first recorded use of hops in beer dates all the [...]

When Alzheimer’s Isn’t Really Alzheimer’s

By |May 17th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

Up to 600,000 Americans may be living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's even though they have no permanent damage to their memories or cognitive abilities at all. In other words, they've been misdiagnosed. Instead, they suffer from a treatable and reversible condition called normal pressure [...]

How Do We Know Somebody Is Truly Brain Dead?

By |May 12th, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

In the last few years it seems like it’s been accepted that somebody is truly dead and beyond hope when they’re “brain dead.” It’s broadly defined as a state when brain activity has apparently ceased, and there’s no hope of restoring it. But research is [...]

Garlic May be the New “Must-Have” for the Brain

By |May 9th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition|

Used for over three thousand years for conditions ranging from hemorrhoids to snake bites, modern scientists have confirmed the healing properties of garlic. This intense, aromatic, and flavorful culinary ingredient is well-known for its heart health and anticancer benefits. A few decades ago, it even [...]

Pump Up Brain Power with a 5-Minute Workout You Can Do in Your Chair

By |May 7th, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

If you’re looking for a better memory and a sharper edge to your intellectual abilities, an easy, five-minute exercise may do the trick. According to research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this exercise might also improve your heart health. And get this: It [...]

Do Heartburn Meds Lead to Dementia?

By |May 5th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

Normally I don’t like to give away the punchline until I’m well into the story. But today the news is so important, I’m going to answer the question in the headline right away: Heartburn/acid reflux drugs may increase your risk of dementia from forty to [...]

Want Some Extra Brain Power with That Dessert?

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition|

If you’re like me, when you think about dessert, you probably consider it a guilty pleasure, not a healthy option. But at least many desserts contain an appealing spice that stimulates the brain as well as the taste buds. According to the latest research, cinnamon [...]

Things Dementia Caregivers Wished They’d Known Sooner

By |April 26th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

Here at Brain Health Breakthroughs, we report on useful research findings that prove how certain lifestyle habits can help to prevent, slow down or even reverse dementia. These healthy behaviors range from exercise and diet to restorative sleep, social interaction, selected nutrients, learning a new [...]

For Brain Health, One Food Makes All the Difference

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Nutrition|

Botanically, it's closer to an animal than a plant. Some types glow in the dark, others are hallucinogenic, many are poisonous. Fortunately, the safe, edible variety is not only chock full of nutrients, but could be the single, most valuable food for the brain. You [...]

Occasional Day of Fasting Yields Newly Discovered Brain Benefits

By |April 19th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

If you’re an avid follower of the research into improving brain health, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of fasting or near-fasting – when you eat a very limited amount of food during a 24-hour period. “Near-fasting” is more commonly called “intermittent fasting.” If you [...]

The Brain Keeps Growing New Memory Cells Even in our Sunset Years

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Brain Science|

The birth, growth and development of new brain cells - neurogenesis - happens throughout life. Or does it? This has been one of the liveliest debates among neuroscientists for over half a century. If the answer is yes, then we can regenerate our aging brains. [...]

Beware the Foods Linked to Alzheimer’s

By |April 12th, 2019|Categories: Nutrition|

In Issue #583 I warned about the brain dangers of BMAA, a toxin produced by cyanobacteria. These are very common microbes found in algae blooms in lakes and oceanic red tides – and recently linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological illnesses. These are early [...]

Hold this Electric Device Against Your Head And Get a Memory Boost

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Natural Health|

It's FDA-approved for major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and migraine headaches. I’ve also been told that similar devices can relieve joint and muscle pain almost anywhere in the body. Now there are hopes this therapy will also give people back their memories, whether dimmed from [...]

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