By Bill Hemmer
All of us struggle with forgetting things sometimes. Keys, items at the grocery store, names and directions are all common things that slip our minds. But what if you begin to worry that your brain is having bigger problems?
Losing brain function is a major concern of almost everybody over the age of 30. I lost my mom to Alzheimer’s disease about three years ago. This problem is a very real for me and my family. Therefore, So, I have done a great deal of research in this area, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered promising new breakthroughs in not only stopping but reversing diseases like Alzheimer’s.
In his new book, The End of Alzheimer’s, Dale Bredesen MD describes his research of over 20 years. In summary, he says the focus of the popular approach to treating Alzheimer’s over the last two plus decades has been focusing on the wrong end of the problem. For 25 years, treatment and drugs have been focused on trying to stop the production of a sticky protein substance called amyloids.
Amyloids surround the nerve cells of the brain, and if there is too much of this substance, nerves begin to disconnect or die causing brain declines. What Dr. Bredesen has concluded is that amyloid production is not the cause of brain decline, it is an effect from your brain being under attack from many different sides. The amyloids are being produced at such high levels as a protective mechanism for your brain. The more attacks on the brain there are, the more amyloid production tries to protect it.
He has taken his theories and put them to the test over the last few years. He has over 200 case studies of reversing brain decline. So, you might be wondering why you haven’t heard all about this great discovery? The simple answer is there is no big money in his treatments. His treatments are all based around reducing stress, eating real food, exercise, taking specific supplements until deficiencies are gone and getting rid of toxins. Nothing Earth shattering there.
He describes Alzheimer’s as a house with 36 holes in its roof. Each hole by itself won’t cause too much brain damage, but once you start having multiple holes, the likelihood of symptoms continues to increase. By the time you get 10 or 20 holes in the roof of your brain, no medication or single treatment will fill all of those holes. You have to use a whole-body approach to the problem.
The 36 holes are simplified into three groups. The first group is brain inflammation causing holes. The second group is the unbalanced hormone and depleted nutrients holes. The final group is the toxin holes. When you combine all three of these groups, multiple holes can cause multiple problems.
There is good news in all of this. His research has also concluded that you don’t have to fill every hole to get your brain to heal. You just have to fill enough holes to let your brain get the upper hand and begin to decrease amyloid production. Once the environment of the brain is tipped towards health, you continue to get better and reverse brain decline.
Next week I will discuss another common cause of brain issues. How stress leads to anxiety, irritability and moods swings.