Memory and Cognition Problems

Overview

Memory and cognition problems are characterized by an inability to mentally focus and use one`s cognitive abilities properly.

Symptoms of such problems include poor mental focus, difficulties learning, poor memory, difficulties comprehending reading material and other forms of information, and interrupted trains of thought.

Memory and cognition problems can be related to allergies, candidiasis (systemic yeast overgrowth), fatigue, thyroid problems, stroke or poor circulation to the brain, amino acid and/or mineral imbalances, environmental toxins such a mercury, and low blood sugar. All of these factors must be screened for and, if present, addressed, before long-term improvement can be achieved.

As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here

Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:

Health protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
  • Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
  • Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic.  Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water.  It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
  • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste  www.wecarespa.com

Hydrotherapy:

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state.  During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.

Eat an organic, whole foods diet that includes fish and adequate protein.

Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive.

Eat foods that stabilize blood sugar levels, including complex carbohydrates, and drink plenty of pure filtered water throughout the day.

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:

  • Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
  • Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
  • Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid all fast food restaurants.
  • Avoid all canned food.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
  • Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.

Supplements:

The following nutrients can be helpful: phosphatidyl choline, chromium, lecithin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, and DMAE (dimethylamine ethanol).

Vitamin C: Concentrations are 15 times higher in the brain than in any other body tissue, which means this nutrient is vital for brainpower. Vitamin C extends the life of vitamin E and is needed for the production of several key brain chemicals, including acetylcholine and dopamine. It is important to take vitamin C in staggered doses throughout the day, as the body can fully absorb only 500 mg at a time. Typical dose: 1,000-5,000 mg daily or up to bowel tolerance (just short of producing diarrhoea).

Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC): This amino acid (protein building block) enhances brain energy, helping to improve mood and reduce the effects of age-associated memory impairment. Typical dose: two divided doses of 1,000-2,000 mg each day.

For optimum health and healing we would also recommend:

  • Taking Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
  • Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here.
  • Omega 3 supplements:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

Prescription and non-prescription medication:

What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking?  Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.

In the short term, high stress levels impair a person’s ability to pay attention, focus, and easily recall information. However, the long-term effects of stress are more severe, since they accelerate the aging process and cause brain degeneration.

We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:

  • Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
  • Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:

Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.

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  • Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
  • Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage.  Find a practitioner here.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress.  Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Meditation provides substantial benefits by inhibiting the release of cortisol and lipid peroxidase (a marker for free-radical activity) and increasing levels of DHEA. Lowered cortisol levels and improved memory function can be documented in subjects who are taught to meditate.

Journaling: By regularly writing down your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions in a journal, you can help yourself to better understand the underlying issues in your life that can be contributing to your mental and emotional problems, gaining new insights in the process that can empower you to heal. Research has also shown that the daily practice of journaling can also help to improve physical health symptoms.

In addition, journaling can be an effective way for releasing yourself from the chain of negative emotions linked to past traumas, as well as phobias. A specific journaling technique known as desensitization can help you to accomplish this. To deal with traumas, simply allow yourself to re-experience all that you can recall of the traumatic event. Write down everything that occurs to you as vividly as you can, so that you use all of your senses. Initially, you may feel the fears and other emotions you associate with the event. By writing about the event on a daily basis, however, eventually you will find yourself becoming detached from or desensitized to the event so that it no longer affects you. In the process, you may also discover elements of the experience that escaped you when the event happened, which can provide you with further clarity and peace of mind. You can work with phobias in a similar fashion. Instead of “reliving” a past event on paper, imagine an experience that would typically trigger your phobia. Over time, you will find that whatever you imagine has only the power over you that you give it, making it easier to let go of your fears.

Any stress reduction method that effectively disengages the body’s fight-or-flight reaction and therefore inhibits excessive cortisol production is useful to ensure optimal brain longevity.

Ayurvedic Medicine

The ayurvedic herbs triphala and gotu kola, taken in combination, can help improve brain cell function. The herb macunabrure can also help improve circulation, thereby enabling the brain to receive an improved supply of oxygen and vital nutrients. Ayurvedic physicians also employ specific dietary regimens according to patients’ specific doshas, or metabolic types.

As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Huan Nao Yi Chong Jiao Nang, Nao Li Bao Wan and Jia Wei Wu Zi Yan Zong Ke Li are used for cognitive impairment.

Acupunture treatments and qigong exercises may also be suggested to release blockages and encourage positive energy flow.

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Aromatherapy

Beneficial oils to begin with are lavender, bergamot and Ylang ylang .
These can bring about calm. Restlessness and interrupted sleep can usually be remedied by using lavender, especially at bedtime. Other helpful oils include rose, neroligeranium jasmine and Roman chamomile.

Other oils than may be helpful include basil, ginger, rosemary,
black pepper and cardamom. These oils should be tried during waking hours as they can evoke memories and in some cases cause too much stimulation to the brain for later in the day use.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Useful homeopathic remedies include Argen nit. and Arsen alb.

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here

Herbs

The following herbs can help enhance memory and brain function: ginkgo biloba, Siberian ginseng, vinpocetine (an extract found in the periwinkle plant), pycnogenol, ashwagandha, bilberry, capsicum, garlic, green tea, gotu kola, kelp, peppermint leaf, rosemary, sarsaparilla, skullcap, and wood betony.

Research has suggested that various spices and herbs including curcumin, sage and lemon balm, might have a protective effect on the brain.

Other

Mental and Physical Exercise:  Just as exercise physiologists discovered decades ago that the muscles waste away with disuse, so too have neuroscientists found that brain function erodes with idle neglect The period from ages 60 to 80 is most critical in determining the level of mental degeneration. While most 60-year-olds show little cognitive decline, by age 80 it is rare to find individuals functioning at the same level as they were 20 years earlier. This decline is far from inevitable—continually learning and solving problems stimulates the mind and prevents it from getting “rusty.”

Mental stimulation that can help maintain brain function includes: sharing ideas, discussing news headlines, doing crossword puzzles, playing music, engaging in some artistic endeavour, or even going to movies.

Crossword puzzles can help exercise the mind when a person begins to feel information and words are no longer at their fingertips. Jigsaw puzzles help a person’s spatial sense. Even square dancing can help, since it requires a person figure out how to work through a complex movement.
Physical exercise can also decrease the rate of memory loss. Aerobic conditioning has been found to improve mental function by 20%-30%, while increasing blood flow and generating the production of nerve growth factors.

Biological (Holistic) Dentistry: The goal of this treatment is to balance the chemistry of the body and improve oxygen blood flow.  Removing amalgam fillings is the first step in this multidisciplinary approach to treating Alzheimer’s and senile dementia. This process is supported by intravenous vitamin C and other solutions to protect the immune system from stress. Silver fillings are replaced with fillings made of materials that have been tested for biocompatibility. After the fillings are removed, detoxification is performed to remove residues of mercury and other poisons from the body. Mercury poisoning is recognized as a serious risk to the body, but only accounts for a small percentage of the process.

Exercise:

Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.

Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.

Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body.  See article section for more information about the art of qigong.

Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating memory and cognition problems: Applied Kinesiology, Biofeedback Therapy, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Feldenkrais, Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Meditation, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Therapy and Vision therapy. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

The power of beetroot/beets: www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/get_with_the_beet_and_get_brainy.php

Fish oils for brain health: www.naturalnews.com/016353_omega-3_fatty_acids_mental_health.html

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

Improve your memory www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbvUp8Sr_E0

Tips to improve cognitive function www.ehow.com/video_12246413_tips-improve-cognitive-function.html

Universal mind meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4nyzXPDbE

Research

Chinese herbal medicine for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Age Associated Memory Impairment: a review of randomised controlled trials. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18716893

Benefits of meditation www.neurohackers.com/index.php/fr/menu-top-neurotheque/40-cat-nh-methods-tech/125-benefits-of-meditation

Further Information (links and books)

Mega Memory Audio Course

How to Develop a Perfect Memory by Dominic O’Brien

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children by Torkel Klingberg and Neil Betteridge

Broken Memories: Case Studies in Memory Impairment by Ruth Campbell and Martin Conway

The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson’s, and Other Diseases – Michelle Schoffro Cook

Anti-Aging – Natural Ways to a Better You – Lambert Klein

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Brain Advantage – www.drdavidwilliams.com (800) 888-1415

Sense of Mind, North Star – www.northstarnutritionals.com (800) 913-2592

Extension I.Q., Vitamin Research – www.vrp.com (800) 877-2447

Vitamin B complex, Max Stress B Nano-Plex – www.vpnutrition.com (877) 335-1509

Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Doctor’s Trust Vitamins – www.puritan.com (800) 645-1030

Antioxidant, Active-H – www.therawfoodworld.com (866) 729-3438

Antioxidant, Zanguard – www.ivlproducts.com (800) 218-13

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – Aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – Organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – Meditation, stress

Judith Hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – Herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – Reiki, Tai Chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – Aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.comwww.RogerCallahan.com – Thought Field Therapy (TF): releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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