Category Archives: Brain Health

Is Your Brain Entering the ‘Perfect Storm?’

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 2, 2019

As a man over the typical age of retirement, I feel really lucky to still have my brain. It’s clicking along at full speed.

This sharpness of mind allows me to continue my work – traveling to conferences across the world. I’m helping to teach the next generation of doctors.

“Retirement” isn’t part of my vocabulary…

But 5 million people in the US suffering from Alzheimer’s aren’t so lucky. And when you look at the whole planet, numbers are expected to rise to 63 million people with dementia by the year 2030. Continue reading

You’re Never Too Young to Have a Stroke

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 29, 2019

“This is the worst headache I’ve ever had in my entire life. I just want to die.”

I have a dear friend who called me one night with a really bad headache. When she got on the phone, she said those magic words we were taught 40 years ago.

Her husband was going to have her lay down with a cold rag.

“Nope,” I said. “Call an ambulance. I’m calling the hospital so they can warm up their CAT scan machine.” Continue reading

Foods that take 5 Years off Your Brain’s Age

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 9, 2019

There’s a good reason why levels of dementia are on the rise in the United States. And it has a lot to do with our “SAD” American diet (a.k.a. Standard American Diet.)

So, if you want to live a long life free from dementia, the best thing you can do is feed your brain the right types of food.

There’s an expression, “You are what you eat.” It’s especially true when it comes to your brain health. Continue reading

Super Juice for Your Heart, Brain and Joints

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 7, 2019

I had an 87-year-old patient who once gave me his recipe for a drink he called “Blood.”

Now, before you get too grossed out, let me explain…

Yes, his bright red juice looked a lot like blood. But this name was appropriate for another reason. Continue reading

Odd Way to Treat Anxiety…and it Works!

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

June 17, 2019

A day doesn’t go by that I don’t see patients worrying themselves sick.

They are concerned about their health… their finances… their safety. Add in family-related issues, work problems, traffic, some mishap with an insurance bill and did I mention traffic?  It seems like so many of them are waiting for the other shoe to drop…for that third thing to happen to finish up their week.

We all have our emergency biochemical systems in place to deal with life’s stressors on a short-term basis. Yet today more people than ever are experiencing anxiety disorders. A poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association last year found that almost 40% of Americans felt more anxious than the previous year. And the most recent reliable count is that anxiety affects about 40 million adults here in the U.S each year; 30% of children and adolescents will meet criteria for an anxiety disorder, yet 80% never get help.

There are a lot of theories going around. A number of experts blame social media and “the fear of missing out”. Others claim it’s instant access to all of the bad news, shocking visuals and doomsday scenarios that plague the internet. Add on an increasingly nutrient and sleep deprived population. Continue reading

Like Miracle Grow for Your Brain

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 27, 2019

It seems that as the years go by, more and more of my patients are complaining of “brain-drain”. And these days, it seems like it has almost reached epidemic proportions.

So many of these relatively healthy patients feel as if they’re slogging through their days, and the symptoms are all pretty consistent.

They easily lose their train of thought. It’s hard to concentrate. Important data flies out of their brains before they can complete a sentence. It feels like they need a nap to break through the haze… but naps only seem to make it worse. Continue reading

Can Loneliness Really Kill You?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 15, 2019

Here is one of those strange conundrums that fascinate doctors and scientists around the world.

When it comes to dementia, heart disease and early death, common blood markers can provide some parts of the picture. But they don’t always present the ENTIRE picture.

There is another threat that is a very real health danger to a large proportion of the population. And it is something I probably don’t talk about as much as I could. Continue reading

Shrink Your Waistline to Grow Your Brain

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

February 4, 2019

There are a lot great reasons to maintain a healthy weight. I hear about many of them from my own patients.

  • “I want to look hot again!” says the pudgy 32-year old single mom.
  • “I’m sick of dealing with these damned sugar problems,” declares an overweight middle-age patient with diabetes.
  • “With all the huffing and puffing I do just to get out of my chair, I’m afraid I’ll have a heart attack or something,” frets an obese gentleman in his 60’s.
  • “My knees are killing me,” complains a chubby young executive.

But in all of my years as a physician, there is one extremely important reason to lose weight that has never shows up on my radar. I’ve never heard a single patient say they wanted to drop those extra pounds to protect their cognitive abilities or ward off dementia. Continue reading

Is High Blood Pressure Messing with Your Brain?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 10, 2018

  • Hypertension damages more than your heart
  • Is high blood pressure messing with your brain?
  • 3 simple ways to lower your blood pressure

You already know that uncontrolled high blood pressure is bad for your heart.

It creates microscopic tears in the walls of your arteries. These tears eventually turn into rough scar tissue where sticky fats, plaques and cholesterol tend to accumulate. This, in turn, leads to blockages, narrowing of the arteries and arterial stiffness.

Once this occurs blood flow is reduced even further. And your heart has to pump harder and harder to get blood to all of your organs.

This means high blood pressure doesn’t just place your heart at risk. Continue reading

Is it Time to put Eggs Back on Your Menu?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

July 9, 2018

  • It’s time to put eggs back on the menu
  • 3 more reasons you should eat more eggs
  • Cooking up the perfect egg

Are you still avoiding eggs because you’re afraid they might be bad for you? If so, you’re likely suffering from the lingering effect of what I often refer to as “the great cholesterol hoax.”

So let me be very clear on this.

There is absolutely no scientific evidence showing that eating eggs increase blood levels of LDL cholesterol. There is also nothing that links eating eggs to a greater risk of stroke or heart disease. Continue reading