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Brief of “The Unbreakable Brain”
Is it possible to prevent dementia? Or reverse it? The answer is yes. While the brain may still hold some mysteries, there is a lot we do know about getting and keeping it healthy and reversing the damage that might already be there.
Your brain is the interface between your mind and spirit in this world, but it is also a physical organ that, like all organs, has nutritional needs and chemical stresses. Just like keeping a body physically fit requires exercise and nutritious food, a brain needs to be fed and exercised to stay strong or get stronger.
Cholesterol is not the problem — Bad Fats and Sugars are. Most major heart attacks occur in people with normal levels of cholesterol.
1. Get Off Statin Drugs
Statin drugs lower your body’s ability to make cholesterol… but are notorious for causing memory loss and impaired brain function.
That’s because fully 25% of the cholesterol in your body is used by your brain, where it protects nerve cells and speeds the signals between neurons that control thought movement, and sensation.
Do you think protecting neural cells and speeding the signals between them is important? It sure is… if you like walking, talking, thinking and remembering.
2. STUDY CONFIRMS BRAIN-HARMING ACTIVITY
A University of California at San Diego study surveyed patients between the ages of 34 and 86, to see if memory and cognitive function problems showed up after taking statin drugs.
The results were shocking — fully 75% of participants showed negative changes.
But when they stopped the statin therapy, their cognitive function improved in about two and half weeks. Some patients even had their Alzheimer’s diagnosis reversed!
Some of the harmful drug names are Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Mevator, and Pravachol.
Doctors may insist you take them, but keep in mind that cholesterol has never been proven to be the cause of heart disease.
It can take two to five years for a statin to pay off preventively, so a healthy 80-year-old expected to live that long might well opt to take one or to continue taking one.
“It’s a well known, proven therapy that might prevent a devastating illness,” Doctors say. By trying different statins at different dosages, Doctors say, patients usually can find a comfortable regimen.
In a huge study of 136,905 heart attack patients at 541 hospitals across the nation, 75% were found to have normal LDL cholesterol levels and were not considered at risk for heart disease.
In fact, research continues to show that most major heart attacks occur in people with normal levels of cholesterol.
So, the link between heart disease and cholesterol is weak at best, and our education — or brainwashing — on this subject has more to do with drug company profits than sound science.
3. “BAD CHOLESTEROL” A MARKETING PLOY
The drug companies figured out how to lower cholesterol, and then they just needed to make cholesterol a bogeyman to sell these drugs by the boatload. And the U.S. government was happy to oblige on that.
But think about it — your body is a miracle of harmonious biochemistry.
And your body makes cholesterol. So, why would it make something that poisons you?
It wouldn’t. And it doesn’t. There is no such thing as “bad cholesterol.” That’s drug company marketing.
The truth is cholesterol is essential to the health of your cell membranes… to your digestion… to making Vitamin D and many hormones. And it’s especially important to the health of your brain cells.
So important, in fact, that you’d die rather quickly without it.
4. LOW CHOLESTEROL LINKED TO EARLY DEATH
Several studies show that low cholesterol is associated with a higher rate of mortality in the elderly.
In a study of 4,309 Medicare patients, those with total cholesterol levels under 175 were found to die at twice the rate of those with levels over 226.
Still, you may find it hard to believe that cholesterol is not somehow involved in heart disease. Well, it is, but only indirectly.
You see, the consumption of bad fats and sugars will change the quality of your LDL particles, making them smaller and denser. And that’s when they can embed in the linings of your arteries, triggering the plaque-making process.
But cholesterol is not the problem — bad fats and sugars are. And statin drugs have no bearing on that.
So, consider that the statin pills you’re taking may be what’s giving you brain fog and memory loss, not to mention loss of libido, fatigue, muscle pain, and a higher risk of dying prematurely.
Talk to your doctor about getting off the statin drugs, and in their place using a heart-healthy diet – along with regular exercise – to keep your cholesterol particles healthy.
Just ahead, I’ll tell you which foods have the brain-and heart-harming fats and sugars. And you can also learn a lot about this subject in my book, The Unbreakable Brain.
5. Eat Good Fat With Every Meal
Do you like fatty foods? Cheeses? Peanut or Almond butters? Juicy steaks?
Great! You’ll be glad to know that FAT is essential to your brain health. And most people don’t get enough fat, or at least not enough of the right kind of fat.
For decades we’ve been told that animal fat is bad, and that a low-fat diet is best for our health.
The theory was that eating animal fat, and its cholesterol, would lead to heart disease. But the original research on this was seriously flawed.
Even so, our government bought it hook, line, and sinker.
And, after a 1977 government commission released its dietary guidelines based on this flawed research, food manufacturers changed their recipes and drug companies launched their cholesterol-lowering drugs.
And down the rabbit hole we went!
It was a major blunder that ended up costing millions of lives, while creating untold suffering, even as it enriched the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
You see, under government pressure, food manufacturers replaced animal fats with processed vegetable fats. And then, to make up for the lost flavor, they added processed salts and sugars.
6. DEADLY WRONG TURN
Today, we know that these processed vegetable fats, salts, and sugars — which are in thousands of grocery store foods — are a near perfect disease-making combination.
And that’s largely why, over the past 40 years, we’ve seen an explosion of cases of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s-Dementia.
While food labels boast “low fat,” they should really say– helps to inflame your joints, clog your arteries, spike your blood sugar, and make the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer’s-Dementia.
Okay, but we need a solution. So, which ones are the bad fats, and which ones are the good fats
Brain-harming fats are those you typically get in fast food restaurants and in all those packaged and canned foods in stores. If you see the words “partially hydrogenated” on any food label, don’t buy it!
Your brain does need healthy fat. And I always tell my patients, eat good fat with every meal. It’s satisfying and reduces your craving for sweets.
Healthy sources of fat include avocados, most nuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower, hemp seeds. Also unrefined organic coconut oil, red palm oil, olive oil, Flax oil, Hemp oil, fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines.
Eggs contain good fats. Real butter is healthier than margarine. Cheeses and juicy steaks are fine in moderation, too. Just choose varieties free of antibiotics and hormones.
7. Take Brain-Supporting Supplements
Let me ask you… Is your brain getting the specific nutrition it needs to prevent decline?
Unfortunately, for most people, the answer is “no.”
Soil depletion, hybrid breeding, and genetic modification have taken a huge toll, producing foods that look good but that have severely diminished nutrients.
And there’s another problem — as we age, our GI tract performs with less and less proficiency. So, we don’t even absorb the few nutrients left in these modern foods.
Truly… our brains are suffering for it. But there’s an easy solution — supplement!
Supplements like NZT-48 can provide you with antioxidants like CoQ10 and other fatty oils and required nutrition for the proper functioning of the brain. Also, it can help you to improve memory, enhance mental clarity and enhance your concentration.
CoQ10 is an antioxidant your body makes that’s essential for all the basic functions of your cells, including brain cells. But as you age, you make less and less of it, and the result is what we call “getting old.”
Your levels of CoQ10 are further diminished if you have diabetes or heart disease. And CoQ10 drops significantly if you use statin or blood pressure drugs.
CoQ10 is widely used for heart health, eye health, asthma, and chronic fatigue. But one of the most cutting-edge uses is to combat the onset of dementia.
In studies, CoQ10 has been shown to slow the death of neural cells — and you’ll recall earlier we talked about the importance of protecting these cells.
Omega 3 Fish Oil, an essential fatty acid that your brain needs but your body doesn’t make.
That means you have to eat foods that supply it, such as walnuts, flax seeds, and fatty fish like salmon, albacore tuna, and sardines. Or you can supplement with a quality cod liver oil, Krill oil, flax oil, hemp oil. Good vegetarian source is from purslane. Ubiquinol is recommended for elderly needs.
8. Get Plenty Of Vitamin B-12
With a deficiency of Vitamin B-12, you can experience slow thinking, mental confusion, memory loss, irritability, as well as loss of balance and numbness and tingling.
Recognize any of this? Sure, it’s a common problem over age 50 because of poor Vitamin B-12 absorption.
Vitamin B-12 absorption is also blocked by the proton pump inhibitors used to treat heartburn and acid reflux, as well as the diabetes medication Metformin — two very popular drugs.
But you’d be wise to adjust your diet, rather than take these brain killing drugs.
According to the University of Oxford, England, Vitamin B-12 guards against loss of brain volume in the elderly. And brain volume loss is exactly what Alzheimer’s is.
Get a blood test, and if you’re low on this important vitamin talk to your doctor about a course of Vitamin B-12 shots, or take supplements. And by the way, extra B-12 won’t hurt you, so better be safe than sorry.
9. Stop Eating Brain Killing Processed Foods
Do you have favourite chips or cookies that come in a bag? Do you like the convenience of canned soups and sauces? Maybe frozen dinners?
It’s okay… you can admit it… we’ve all eaten these foods. The problem is these foods are fake, rather than natural, and are loaded with bad fats, sugars, and chemicals.
Some of these ingredients boost flavour. Some extend shelf life. Some make the food cheaper to manufacture. But they all hurt your brain.
According to the website Alzheimers.net… “processed foods and sugar stimulates the production of toxins in the body. And those toxins can lead to inflammation, the build-up of plaques in the brain and, as a result, impaired cognitive function.”
So, how can you identify and avoid these fake foods?
That’s easy. They come in boxes, bags, cans and cartons and are always in the middle aisles of your supermarket. You’ll recognize them by their long ingredients labels.
Be suspicious of everything that isn’t in the fresh produce, dairy, or meat sections. The brain-healthy foods are always situated around the perimeter of your market
And read the labels carefully. If a carton of tomatoes has one ingredient — tomatoes — that’s perfect.
If, on the other hand, you see a long list of ingredients, including names you don’t understand — autolyzed yeast protein, aspartame, soy isolate, carrageenan — these are brain-harming foods you’d be wise to avoid.
The simple rule is to replace all processed and fast foods with fresh meats, fruits and vegetables… plus nuts, beans and whole grains.
Some dairy products are okay, but avoid the ones high in sugar, and also from cows treated with antibiotics and hormones.
And eat organic whenever possible to avoid the residue of brain-harming pesticides.
- Learning a musical instrument builds protection against dementia…
- Counting backwards while balancing on one leg builds new brain cells…
- Lifting light weights at home stimulates neural cell growth
10. Albert Einstein and the dense brain
After Albert Einstein died, researchers studied his brain. They discovered it was both smaller and weighed less than average.
But there was something different about it. Researchers observed an immense number of neural cells and connections — far more than average.
Einstein lived to ripe age and died of a stomach problem brought on by too much pipe smoking.
But his thinking abilities remained effective his entire life. Why? Because his neural connections were so vast and dense his brain was essentially unbreakable.
Alzheimer’s couldn’t touch him!
Now, don’t worry… you don’t have to be a genius to ward off Alzheimer’s. But you would be smart to build more neural cells.
That’s called neurogenesis.
It’s also smart to build more synapses, the connections (or bridges) between neural cells that promote speedy communication.
It’s a lot like building more roads in your brain. That way, if some get washed out, no problem, others will do the job.
In fact, at autopsy, many elderly people are found to have the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s, and yet they presented no symptoms of dementia while alive.
How did they dodge the Alzheimer’s bullet?
Because they had a dense brain, thick with neural connections. Basically, Alzheimer’s could never do enough damage to cause a problem.
“The Unbreakable Brain.” And you can get one, too! Simply start by doing the brain-saving actions you’re learning today.
The main ingredient in the new drug was medium-chain triglycerides, also known as MCTs.
MCTs are found in nature. In fact, in large quantities in the ancient tropical food, coconuts.
Other sources of MCTs are palm kernel oil and dairy products. But coconut oil has the strongest concentration
12.Build Cognitive Reserve
What’s cognitive reserve? Like water, food, or monetary reserves, it’s extra stores to use later. But in this case, you’re storing up brain power that will protect you against Alzheimer’s-Dementia.
In 2012, a study of over 12,000 subjects found that “people who scored higher on cognitive reserves routinely showed a much lower risk of future cognitive impairment.”
Again, this is why many older people get through their entire lives without showing any symptoms of dementia, even with plaques and tangles in their brains.
Their cognitive reserves saved them. So, how do you build cognitive reserve?
Your reserve is accumulated over a lifetime of education, occupation, and meaningful cognitive leisure activities. But you can always add more.
One way is to learn something new and challenging.
For example, you can go back to school. Take up a musical instrument. Learn a new language. Take dance lessons.
Or how about starting a hobby that requires learning something new. For examples, you can learn how to…
- Make Jewelry
- Restore An Old Typewriter
- Build A Wooden Bench Or Coffee table
When you choose something you’ll enjoy, it’ll become a meaningful leisure activity — and that builds cognitive reserve.
Even doing difficult crosswords, or number puzzles like Sudoku, will help. These games are associated with spatial working memory, grammatical reasoning, and episodic memory.
So, if you’ve been forgetful lately. If you’re finding it harder to focus. If you’re sometimes feeling confused…
Don’t worry. All of the ideas will help you build new brain cells and neural connections, boosting your mental function, even while protecting you from decline and disease.
13. Develop New Neural Pathways
Once upon a time, we thought the adult brain was fixed. The old joke in college was “those drunken party nights destroyed millions of brain cells you’d never get back.”
Fortunately, that’s not true.
The brain has a wonderful quality called plasticity, meaning it can adapt. It’s also capable of neurogenesis — or renewal — especially in the hippocampus and cerebral ventricles.
These are the areas of your brain where learning, memories and conscious thought take place.
What stimulates new growth? We already talked about one thing — learning something new, especially if that new endeavor is challenging.
Another one is exercise. Regular physical activity signals brain cells to start acting like stem cells, capable of new growth.
In their study of brain health, the noted neurology professor Dr. Carl Cotman and his peers found that exercise …”has the net effect of stimulating plasticity, enhancing cognitive function…[and] stimulating neurogenesis.”
In plain words — it builds more brain cells and the neural connections between them.
14. EXERCISE IMPROVES BRAIN HEALTH
So, get out and walk every day. Swim. Play tennis. Ride a bike. Use the gym.
Hundreds of studies have shown that aerobic exercises improve many aspects of cognitive function — memory, decision-making, problem-solving, and attention.
Weight training is valuable, too. Research has shown that resistance exercises, even if performed just once or twice a week, will improve your cognitive function.
And the great thing about that is you can use small weights at home — such as 2, 3, and 5 pounders. No gym needed! A lack of exercise puts you at higher risk for brain diseases.
15. Dual-Task Training
What’s dual-task training? It’s simply combining physical activity with mental activity. This builds new brain cells, and it can be fun!
For example, if you take up ballroom dancing, you’ll not only physically move across the dance floor, but you’ll have to think about steps, form, and timing — all with a partner!
The same is true of square dancing, line dancing and New England contra dancing. And the music itself is a powerful brain stimulator, too.
A study published in Psychology Today noted that listening to happy music improved cognitive processing in the elderly.
And if you combine listening to your favourite music with household chores or exercises, you’ll not only enjoy them more, but you’ll strengthen your brain in the process. Even more so if you sing along!
You can also turn exercising into a dual-task endeavour…
Try counting backwards from 40 in 3s, while balancing on one leg.
Try rotating each arm in different directions simultaneously for ten seconds, then reverse and go the other way for ten seconds.
Try walking forward in a straight line, and then backwards in a straight line, while reciting the alphabet.
All of these efforts contribute to the growth of new brain cells and neural pathways. And, remember, the more you have, the closer you’ll come to The Unbreakable Brain that Alzheimer’s can’t hurt.
16. GETTING REAL SOLUTIONS
I believe in finding the underlying cause of the problem and then fixing it. And today, we can! Because we have really good natural solutions for most ailments.
And if you think about it logically. Did you develop a health problem because of a lack of drugs? No. That’s not what your body is missing.
More likely, your problem developed because you’re missing the specific nutrients and exercises you need for good health, or you’re doing something that is harming your health.
That’s almost always the case with memory problems and mental decline.