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Omarosa raises new questions about Trump, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease but she’s got it all wrong.

Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her new book “Unhinged” that changes in President Trump’s actions stem from his mental decline which is leading to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s.

As highlighted in the August 14, 2018 issue of Quartz Magazine she points out 4 examples – each of which don’t have scientific backing.  I say that as a brain health specialist, a former dementia administrator and dementia practitioner, who has spent years studying the brain and causes of dementia.

It is not mental decline Omarosa is describing, it is change in mental direction, actually mental enhancement, specifically mental perspicacity.

Let’s assess her accusations:

     “Apparent difficulty retaining new information, he doesn’t recognize new hires…”

Continual lack of instant recall, based on ill cognitive reasoning, is a precursor to dementia.  Of the 50 to 100 people the president of the US has to meet on a daily basis, as well as the dozens of issues needing attention, it is common and understandable to only remember that person who is most important to the situation at hand and the situation that calls for immediate priority.

It’s the same with memory.  Trying to stuff one more item for recall into the president’s brain holding quadrillions of facts is daunting. He is only going to immediately remember that which is most important.

Psychologist Dr. George Miller gave us the Miller Law in 1956 which holds professional acuity, to this day.  His law states the average person can only remember 7 items at once. [i]   Dr. Nelson Conway, a working memory specialist and director of the working memory laboratory at the University of Missouri says ability to remember boils down to cognitive ability combined with the amount of information to retain; for most us, we can only recall 3-5 items at a time, an average of 4 items[ii].

 

             “…reliance on notes in public speeches”

You’d be hard pressed to find a public speaker who doesn’t rely on notes or a teleprompter for their speeches. Anyone who has to deliver a speech every day, sometimes two to three a day, under the weight of being the leader of the world, would have trouble remembering what to say and scrounge for notes, especially if giving different speeches. If someone is truly suffering from dementia they may forget the purpose for their speaking engagement and could appear rattled and confused. Additionally, reference Miller’s Law.

 

          “His father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s…family history, heredity are the most important factors for determining if you will get the disease.”

According to Dr. David Perlmutter, author of various books on the brain, Grain Brain, Brain Maker and The Better Brain, genes are “a predisposition, not a determinant, meaning that while some people have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s by virtue of their genetics, that isn’t written in stone”.   Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Ultra Mind Solution, also notes, “our genes do not dictate our destiny”.

 

      “He’s paranoid and irritable, anything could trigger fits of rage.”

If someone has always been typically sweet yet on a consistent basis becomes very angry and mean, this could be an early sign of dementia. Yes, severe behavior and personality changes are key components of cognitive impairment.  And that is just it, Trump has always been demanding and short-tempered, key personality traits the public has been aware of since following his life’s accomplishments prior to his candidacy as well as the presidency.

 

Omarosa Manigault Newman raises the question if Alzheimer’s disease is present in Trump.  To date, a true diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can only be made post mortem.  The average viewer can attest, the president’s job is mentally demanding, taxing and trying.  Whether you like him or not, President’s Trump discernment and shrewdness in managing our nation, not Alzheimer’s or dementia, shine through his actions.

Giving the counter measure from an experienced expert, I treat you to a fair and balanced view,

 

 

 

 

[i]The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information[1] is one of the most highly cited papers in psychology.[2][3][4] It was published in 1956 in Psychological Review by the cognitive psychologist George A. Miller of Princeton University‘s Department of Psychology. It is often interpreted to argue that the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 ± 2. This is frequently referred to as Miller’s law.

 

Miller, G. A. (1956). “The magical number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our capacity for processing information”. Psychological Review. 63 (2): 81–97. doi:10.1037/h0043158PMID 13310704.

 

[ii] Nelson Cowan, George Miller’s Magical Number of Immediate Memory in Retrospect: Observations on the Faltering Progression of Science, Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2010 Feb 1; 19(1): 51–57. doi:  10.1177/0963721409359277,  PMCID: PMC2864034, NIHMSID: NIHMS167613, PMID: 20445769

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4486516/

 

If you would like to read the August 14, 2018 Quartz article referenced here, click the link here.

Why Our Parents and Grandparents are Coming Down with Alzheimer’s (and other dementias too) Will We Be NEXT?

(8 minute read) At social events, from church to ballgames to cocktail time, stories of our children and parents seem to bubble up in every conversation. Oftentimes, the brain condition of our parents weasels its way into those discusses. And understandably so, since 1 in 10 human beings age 65 and older suffers from some form of dementia. The statistics are even grimmer for those 85 and older, a whopping 1 in 2.5 are drowning in it!

As a society, we are now facing our third generation of Alzheimer’s and other dementia with no cure.  We are seemingly helplessly watching it vacuum away the minds and lives of our loved ones. Many of us have buried grandparents who were scourged by the disease, and several see our parents slipping away. When we experience the brain fog, poor balance, and exhaustion of those senior moments, we worry that we might succumb to it too.

By studying global populations for an answer, we encounter the healthy Blue Zones around the world.

Dan Buettner, in an article he authored in National Geographic Magazine, revealed certain areas in which the elderly live to be 80, 90, or even older than 100, with strong minds and bodies, then finally die of old age. How do they do it, while our own parents and grandparents in a supposedly well-nourished nation cannot remember our names or whether or not they took their medication this morning? We can glean a lot from the unifying characteristics of the people who live the longest in those Blue Zones:

  • They eat no processed, packaged foods.
  • Sitting still is not part of their daily routine; they are constantly active, exercising their bodies and minds.
  • Along with getting plenty of sleep, stress is not in their lives.
  • They enjoy a sense of community and are committed to their families, friends, and a life purpose. This, in turn, helps them remain active and play a vital role.

Closer to home, some folks exhibit these same characteristics, albeit not the nutrition aspect, yet they slowly sink into the abyss of Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. What, then, is the problem?

In search of the root cause of why some succumb while others do not, nearly 200,000 published studies, representing years and years of scientific research, have been conducted on Alzheimer’s.[1] These studies indicate that dementia is not a normal part of aging. On the contrary, it is an actual disease, and it can be stopped and even reversed in most cases. The only way to stop disease is to discover and halt the root cause, so we must begin with a basic understanding.

 

What is dementia?

Simply put, dementia is the death of a significant number of brain cells, specifically neurons and their connecting cells, the synapse, which leads to cognitive impairment. Other supporting cells, the glia, die as well. The fatality of these cells causes the brain to malfunction, and we experience cognitive impairment. Ultimately, because the brain cannot function as intended, it cannot communicate properly with the organs, and we face total body death.

 

What is cognition?

Cognition is defined as our ability to think, feel, and act upon new information, to process thoughts and take or make physical actions based upon those thoughts.

 

What causes dementia?

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, neuro-research coordinator, health practitioner, and lecturer, was one of the first to put the pieces together. When it  comes to the root cause of brain cell death, he cites three main culprits:

  1. cell starvation, when nutrients and hormones cannot get to the head brain
  2. immunoexcitotoxicity, or super-hyper inflammation
  3. a combination of both of the above

as the cause of death for various brain cells.

There are several triggers to this starvation and super-hyper inflammation, but we can focus on seven, based on the findings of Drs. Blaylock and Dale Bredesen.  Dr. Bredesen was the first physician to publish a solution for the reversal of cognitive impairment. This knowledge, combined with studies and theories of other doctors (Drs. Edward Group, Datis Kharrazian, Thomas Lewis, Charles Gant, Alessio Fasano, Sidney MacDonald, Tom O’Bryan, Tom Suit, Raphael Kellman, David Perlmutter, Mark Hyman, Elizabeth Boham, Frank Lipman, Drew Ramsey, Ann Hathaway, and many others) can lead us to some long-sought answers about dementia.

The following seven triggers, experienced separately on occasion but mostly in combination, are the leading causes of brain starvation and super-hyper inflammation in the brain:

 

The 7 Triggers to Alzheimer’s and Other Types of Dementia

  1. toxins: aluminum, mercury, and fluoride, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides
  2. lack of nutrients
  3. you stay sick, serious long-term infections
  4. trauma, high ACE score, stress, depression
  5. historical, consistent lack of sleep
  6. no cellular energy
  7. giving up on the challenge to age healthfully

 

Considering the wide array of causes, it is no wonder that there is not one magic pill or miracle cure to rid the world of dementia. That said, just as there are multiple causes, there are a lot of options to reverse Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Cross-referencing these triggers with key lifestyle factors in the Blue Zones, where dementia does not seem to be a problem, we begin to understand why our parents and grandparents are afflicted with the disease. Not only that, but we can also determine where we are in terms of probability.

For ways to discover your susceptibility to these triggers and advice on fighting them so you can enjoy long-term good brain health, I encourage you to read my ebooklet 9 Signs You Are Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged to Ward Off Dementia. Get the booklet here. 

Helping you keep your memory, enjoy good brain health, and age successfully, I look forward to communicating with you again!


The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.     
   www.JanetRichPittman.com

 

 

 

[1] Pubmed.com, National Library of Medicine Database

 

 

How to Keep Our Brains Young

(9.5 minute read) Think of your head brain[1] like a house, any kind of house. Just as you upkeep your house, you must consider maintenance and renewal for your brains[1].

While we grow and mature, the brain creates the strongest cognitive foundation possible for full function. Then we add a good education, strong upbringing, and high values and morals to sweeten the cognition pot, thus strengthening brain function all the more.

Many houses have strong foundations. Mine, built in 1908, has survived a flood and a Category 5 hurricane, as well as a medley of other typhoons of varying degrees, an indication that my home has strong bones. However, in spite of its sturdy foundation, I cannot just leave it alone as it seemingly rots and deteriorates before my very eyes.

A responsible homeowner stays on top of maintenance and routine repairs, and they catch problems early, so they do not turn into financial disasters. Ultimately, wise home ownership is an investment of attention, time, and effort to keep the house sturdy and standing proud, functioning at its best, for as long as possible. It is the same with the brain; it does us little good to let it sit atop our shoulders and become brittle and old, left to rot away.

Like deterioration in a home, deterioration in the brain begins slowly. “When people start to have loss of focus and concentration, motivation, and depression; when they have difficulty sleeping, [experience] inefficiency in the work they do, and have problems with completing tasks; and timelining…remembering projects, those are all serious red flags,” explains Dr. Datis Kharrazian. At first, we may not pay much attention to forgetting words or names or losing our grasp on instant recall. We dismiss the fact that we feel tired all the time and struggle to get eight hours of sleep nightly. Our joints and muscles ache, yet we just slap the air and tell ourselves, “It’s hell getting old.”

Dr. Datis Kharrazian is a Harvard Medical School research scholar, associate clinical professor of preventative medicine, fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and author of Why Isn’t My Brain Working? He says this overlooking, the idea of waiting for more serious signs, is the biggest mistake his patients make.

Without proper maintenance and no minor repair work, the supportive cells that keep our neurons in check get mad, go crazy, and eat each other up. Once this hyperinflammation becomes a problem, it isn’t too long before dementia sets in. The neurons that carry our thoughts and memories begin to shrivel and pull away, and we no longer create proper, healthy, sufficient neurotransmitters. These messages of action and renewal travel to and from the brain neurons to the gut neurons and, ultimately, to and from various body organs, to instigate proper thought and action: Doctor’s appointment tomorrow. I need to get up early to get my power walk in. I need to get list of medicines and supplements ready. Wait. What is that nurse’s name again? Is there gas in the car? Oh, what am I going to wear?

Instead of creating new, healthy, energetic cells that would efficiently spur our thoughts and keep the body rolling along, we can only muster weak, limp cells. In other words, cell renewal in the brain and body is no longer strong and vibrant. Consequently, the brain and body slowly rots away. Some people nonchalantly write this off as aging, but what is really happening is deterioration.

The good news is that you can renew your cells to be stronger and more vibrant. Over time, you can grow stronger and younger, as stated by authors Dr. Henry “Harry” Lodge and his patient Chris Crowley in their national bestseller, Younger Next Year.

Of course our hair will turn gray, and our skin will sag and wrinkle with the passing of time, but we can strengthen the muscles, heart, and brain. In fact, Dr. Lodge and Crowley contend that these can be even better, even younger, than before!

At 79, Harriet Anderson is the oldest woman to finish an ironman. Montserrat Mecho boasts outstanding achievements and athletic prowess as an 80-year-old skydiver, windsurfer, skier, diver, and swimmer. Jack Weil has found success in another arena; at 107 years old, he is the CEO of a Western clothing company.

How did these awe-inspiring people do it? It doesn’t always require going back to business school or hiring an athletic trainer to accomplish these amazing feats. They first improved their brains.

And they did that in 4 ways, ways you can employ to keep your brain young.

  1. They grew strong, vibrant brain cells by aerobically exercising 5 to 6 days a week.
  2. They created energetic, vivacious supporting cells for their brain neurons by accomplishing new tasks many times every day. These mental accomplishments varied from a new way to drive home to new way to foam roll an aching muscle to understanding a new charge on their credit card statement.
  3. They created beefy, spirited neurotransmitters to communicate with the stomach and other organs in their body. This communication is called health.  The majority of our neurotransmitters are created in our gut brain, not in our head brain.  To create the correct neurotransmitters, you have to eat clean whole foods.  A paleo or ketogenic diet is the way to do that.
  4. They continually repaired their brain through a healthy lifestyle, complete with purpose and responsibility.

What about you? You can carry your brain to better health.  You can get back to that confident place where you rely on your instant recall and memory, where you always find your words and continuously know what is going on around you.

Start by finding out how young your brain really is with this quick 5 question brain quiz I created given here. Regardless of your score, the analysis will point you in the right direction to a healthier brain and help you keep it healthy. The bottom line is that you must maintain your brain health much like the way you maintain your home or anything else that is valuable and dear to you. Your quiz results will give you tools and point you in the right direction.

By taking the quiz you will be a member, for free, if you are not already, of The Brain Health Revolution where I will email you about two to three times a month tips, tid bits, guides and articles on how to have a healthy brain.

You’re on your way to good brain health! I look forward to communicating with you soon.

 

 

 

[1] The terms “head brain” and “your brains” are not typographical errors! We all have two brains, the head brain, which sits atop our shoulders, and the gut brain. The gut brain harbors more neurotransmitters than the head brain, and damage to the gut brain is a major factor in most diseases. For more information, read my article “We Are Starving Our Brains and Don’t Even Realize It.”

Have you read my ebooklet: 9 Signs You Are Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged to Ward Off Dementia? Get it here.

For another link for the quiz, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition or to be a substitute for advice from your healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.                                                                                                                                   www.JanetRichPittman.com