Category Archives: Brain Health

Just 15 Minutes a Day to Fewer Mistakes

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

March 7, 2022

It’s odd how the mind works.

Maybe you’re in the grocery store and pick up some garlic stuffed olives. You get home, and a couple of days later you open them up. Your salivary glands are dripping in anticipation of that garlicky flavor as you place one in your mouth.

You chomp down, and your taste buds are shocked!

It turns out you accidentally picked up olives that were stuffed with blue cheese. When you look at the label, you realize that the label is a different color than usual. And it clearly states “Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives.” But you never even noticed these details when you plucked them off the shelf. Continue reading

Frailty is Not a Normal Part of Aging

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

February 11, 2022

Some people think it’s “normal” to grow weak, lose weight and start moving at a snail’s pace as we grow older.

But if it’s so normal, why are there so many active, healthy and engaged senior citizens out there?

Take Betty White, for example. Along with nearly everyone in America, I was shocked and saddened by her recent death. She was just shy of her 100th birthday when it happened. Continue reading

Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?

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

January 21, 2022

I talk to so many patients who say they wished they would have known more about Alzheimer’s before a loved one progressed to severe mental decline. Was there a specific warning sign they should have been watching for? Was there one, little thing that might have alerted them of things to come?

They also worry about getting Alzheimer’s themselves, and wonder what they should watch for in their own actions. Should they worry if they miss an appointment or misplace the remote?

Alzheimer’s disease isn’t just one thing. Sure you lost the remote last week. But if you can generally find what you’ve misplaced by retracing your steps, you’re probably good to go. We do stuff like that all of the time. Continue reading

These Caffeinated Drinks do More than Energize You

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

January 5, 2022

Coffee and tea are both fantastic energizers. Like a lot of people, I’ll usually have a cup of coffee or green tea in the morning to get my day started. Then I’ll have two or three cups of green tea during the day. But some people stick with coffee throughout the day.

Whether you’re a coffee or tea drinker – or both – you’re doing more than just giving yourself a boost when you drink it.

In general we know that the caffeine, terpenes, polyphenols and other things in the coffee will lower your chances of all sorts of health conditions. Stroke, dementia and fatty liver are a few of them. Continue reading

What Are Your Headache Triggers?

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

October 25, 2021

Everybody gets headaches. Some more often than others. Some more severe than others.

And for lack of a better word, they’re a real headache to get rid of! So what causes them, how can you can prevent them, and how can you get rid of them faster?

The most common type of headache is what we call a “tension headache.” They create a dull, steady ache on both sides of your head. The pain might even extend down the sides of the neck. Continue reading

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

Doomsurfing Your Way to Bad Health

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

September 24, 2021

This year has been a wall-to-wall diet of bad news. We barely have time to process one event before the next one hits. And the news media is full of every negative outcome possible. They’re just itching to keep you riled up. Social media is even worse.

We started the year with political unrest while in full pandemic mode. Just when it seemed like things were starting to get back to normal, the Delta variant hit with a vengeance.

Then there are the heatwaves that have been plaguing the U.S. since June. They’re unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. According to the NOAA, July of this year was the hottest month reported since they started keeping records. That was 142 years ago. Continue reading

Why Alzheimer’s Drugs Don’t Work

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

July 26, 2021

Well Big Pharma and the FDA are up to their usual shenanigans with the new Alzheimer’s drug. It’s called aducanumab, and is being sold under the trade name of Aduhelm.

There is no way this drug should have been approved. The FDA’s own expert advisory committee unanimously rejected the drug. They even said they didn’t see any benefit in performing any additional studies on it.

But the FDA granted the approval anyway. In their own words “The FDA has determined that there is substantial evidence that Aduhelm reduces amyloid beta plaques in the brain and that the reduction in these plaques is reasonably likely to predict important benefits to patients”. Continue reading

6 Ways to Cut Your Dementia Risk, Starting Today

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

May 19, 2021

You probably already know that processed meat isn’t good for you. We’ve known for years and years that even a small amount on a regular basis is linked with a higher cancer risk, especially for the colon.

But did you know it can affect your chances of getting dementia? Over in the UK, they discovered that just 25 grams of processed meat a day is associated with a 44% increased risk of developing it. That’s somewhere around two slices of thin bacon.

So just imagine if you eat bacon, sausage or ham for breakfast each day. Add in a hot dog, submarine sandwich or pepperoni pizza on a regular basis and you could really push the limits on your brain function as you age. Continue reading

It’s Like Miracle Gro for Your Brain!

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

April 28, 2021

Does it feel like you’ve lost a few brain cells over the past 14 months or so?

I mean, life changed a lot when COVID hit. Everyone was stuck indoors. Many people in the workforce started working from home, and many still are. Parks and gyms were closed, right along with everything else. Those of us not working outside the home were told to sequester in our homes, away from friends and family.

So what happened? Continue reading