Category Archives: Memory Health

CBD Shows Promise as Treatment for Alzheimer’s

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

October 15, 2021

I was absolutely floored when the FDA approved the new Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab, last June.

This is another one of those drugs that reduces amyloid plaques in the brain. But decades of research have already proven that targeting the clearance of beta amyloid is a massive failure.

The fact is amyloid plaques themselves do not cause Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

4 Reversable Reasons for Memory Loss

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

September 3, 2021

Nobody likes it when their memory starts slipping. It’s worrisome. It’s hard not to wonder if it’s the beginning of dementia.

In some cases, it might be. But in most cases, probably not.

One of the number one reasons for memory loss is that you’re not getting enough sleep. Just a single night of poor sleep can turn you into an absent-minded birdbrain for the next day or two. Continue reading

Wash Your Brain Clean with a Good Night’s Sleep

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

April 15, 2020

For me, getting a good night’s sleep is a serious matter.

That’s why I avoid staying over at other people’s houses whenever possible. I just don’t sleep well… usually because they keep the temperature warmer than I’d like and far above what’s been shown to be an optimal range.

I take this seriously because sleep isn’t just a matter of feeling alert the next day. Good sleep sessions can actually make a long term difference in whether you develop a degenerative brain disease. Continue reading

5 Ways to Stop Dementia Before it Starts

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

April 13, 2020

Recently the mother of one of my patients passed away. Debbie was understandably upset. She was also confused…

You see, her mom had been in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s disease. Over the years, she had suffered from many other health problems including heart disease, diabetes and even a few bouts with aspiration pneumonia.

So, Debbie was shocked when she received the death certificate and discovered her mother’s cause of death was listed as A) Severe Dementia and B) Failure to Thrive. 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

Try this if you Sometimes “Forget to Remember”

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

October 3, 2018

  • Why do you sometimes “forget to remember” things?
  • 3 delicious foods for all day mental stamina
  • 5 more foods to maintain a razor-sharp memory for years to come

One of the most common complaints I hear among my patients is that their memory isn’t as good as it should be. They “forget to remember” things that they never would have failed to recall in the past.

In other cases, their memory is sharp until about two in the afternoon. Then brain fog kicks in. Their brain suddenly seems to “stop working”.

But what can you do when you find yourself doing things like going to the grocery store without your food list? How can you stop embarrassing yourself by getting your neighbors’ names mixed up? And is there any way to stop your math, computing and reading skills from abandoning you as the day progresses? Continue reading

Boost Your Memory by 28%

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

February 23, 2018

  • Get rid of those “senior moments” for good
  • Here’s what this exotic spice can do for your brain
  • How to get the most power from your supplement

Don’t you just hate it when you experience a “senior moment”? It’s so embarrassing when you walk up to a coworker and suddenly can’t remember their name… or lose your glasses only to find out they’re sitting on top of your head.

Well, if you need a memory boost, I may have just the thing for you. Continue reading

Allergy Meds Shrink Brain

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

June 29, 2016

  • Over-the-counter allergy meds linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Are antihistamines shrinking your brain?
  • Here’s how to relieve allergy symptoms… without losing brainpower

I don’t think I know a single person who has never taken an antihistamine. In fact, the use of these over-the-counter drugs is so commonplace that it’s easy to forget that they come with serious side effects.

One of the worst, by far, is their link to the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Continue reading

This is Your Brain on Telomeres

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

April 17, 2015

  • Are you just a telomere length away from dementia?
  • Boost your brainpower with longer telomeres
  • Enjoy (and remember!) the best years of your life

There’s a way of thinking here in the U.S. that I find disturbing.

Most people expect to grow old…not just age, but grow old.

They expect to get sick and lose their mental faculties as they age. In their minds, once they reach 60, life will be an uphill battle all of the way.

You might be one of these people.

I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s a defeatist attitude, and in most cases, it’s a lot of worry over nothing, since simple dietary and lifestyle changes can transform your life to a healthier more active one if you really want it.

If you plan on living a long and healthy life – and if you treat your body like you expect to become a lively and vivacious senior citizen – you can keep both your health and your memory intact well into old age.

In the last issue of Advanced Natural Medicine, I shared some tips to help you avoid Alzheimer’s disease.

Many of them mirror the methods used in Dr. Bredesen’s MEND protocol for Alzheimer’s disease. You see, he and I have a lot in common. We have a very similar focus, with the same astounding results.

A good part of the reason for this could well be because both of our protocols don’t just support brain health. They also support the length of your telomeres.

Now I mentioned this before.

The relation between telomeres and brain health is somewhat controversial. But there’s no denying that the same things that support longer telomeres are also associated with better cognitive function and a much lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Previously we talked about some very simple lifestyle changes that can improve your mental abilities and stave off dementia.

Today, I’d like to share a few supplements that can exponentially decrease your risk of mental decline, along with a final tip for top-notch brain health.

Vitamin D deficiency is common here in the U.S. In fact, a whopping three out of four people here in the U.S. are running low on this nutrient.

If your doctor measures it at any of the main labs, the reference range is 30-100 pg/nl. Now, your number may be 32, and the lifeguard at the beach could be 100.

So how do you know where you should be positioned at?

Well depending on what medical issues you are dealing with, your Vitamin D level should follow the need. If you have any autoimmune issues, I look for it to be close to 70-80 pg/nl as a sufficient number.

Even if you’re only moderately deficient in vitamin D, it could increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by more than 50%. If you’re severely deficient, it can more than double your odds of these mind-robbing conditions.

In addition to that, if you have insufficient levels of vitamin D, your telomeres could be five years older than they should be.

However, deficiency of this nutrient is easy to remedy. Simply supplement with the most active form of vitamin D available. It’s called vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, and it’s the one that will give you the most benefit. I suggest 2,000 IU daily, or up to 5,000 IU if you’ve been tested as deficient.

Certain B vitamins can help reduce an inflammatory marker that’s a threat to your brain health. It’s called homocysteine.

A high level of this amino acid is associated with a much greater chance you’ll end up with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s also linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, which could leave you with vascular dementia.

And I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that elevated levels of homocysteine are also linked to shortened telomeres. However, there is a pretty easy way to gain control of your homocysteine levels.

The three B vitamins that support healthy homocysteine levels are:

  • Folic acid (800 mcg)
  • Vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg)
  • Vitamin B6 (20 mg)

Take these amounts daily to support both your mental faculties and the length of your telomeres.

Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes and wine, turns on the anti-aging gene SIRT1. This gene promotes clearance of alpha beta, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. It also helps protect your neurons and regulates inflammation.

At the same time, SIRT1 reduces telomere shortening and revs up your mitochondria. Both of these are critical when it comes to your brain health.

You can amplify the results you get with resveratrol by combining it with its highly potent cousin, pterostilbene. It’s a whopping four times more bioavailable than resveratrol alone. I recommend at least 50 mg of resveratrol and 25 mg of pterostilbene each day.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another winner. These fatty acids help reduce brain shrinkage, strengthen neurons, increase blood flow to the brain, protect against depression and reduce levels of beta amyloid.

Omega-3’s also help prevent your telomeres from shortening – and can even make them longer. So they pack quite a punch to keep your brain and body firing on all cylinders.

Look for a fish oil supplement that contains oil from fresh, wild-caught, deep sea fish. And make sure it’s been molecularly distilled and tested for purity (i.e., no mercury.) I recommend 4000 mg daily to protect your brain and lengthen your telomeres.

Now I’m going to share one more tip and you just might find it to be the most fun out of the bunch.

One of the most important aspects of your brain is that it’s constantly changing.

New connections are made, while others may disappear. Brain volume might shrink in some areas and expand in others. Brain cells are constantly regenerating.

It’s like a roadmap that changes every day.

But once you stop putting those skills to use, the roadmap in your brain stops creating new pathways. It starts to wither away. But there is something you can do.

Namely: Embrace a lifetime of learning.

Now, some learning activities, like studying a new language, can even make your hippocampus grow larger. But, if learning another language doesn’t appeal to you, there are many other things you might want to know more about.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to play a musical instrument, learn how to grow organic herbs or even take up writing.

The key here is to actually take the time to do it.

The tips I’ve shared with you could make the difference between living out your senior years in a nursing home, and enjoying the most memorable time of your life.

So what do you say? Are you ready to go for it? I hope you are.