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Lefties have Better Brains

 

Your dominant hand, whether  left or right, is determined by the functions of your brain and is part of your cognition.  And lefties have better, healthier brains, better in the sense in that their brains are ‘fatter’, they have more brain cells.

Your dominant hand is determined

by the functions of your brain and

is part of your cognition.

New brain cells make you smarter, quicker, giving you instant recall and allowing for proper snap decision making.  We all need new brain cells, so how did lefties gain the advantage?

 

Let’s travel back to 8th grade science, where we learned that our right hand is controlled by the left side of our brain and the actions of our left hand are controlled by the right side of our brain.  But we need to make sure we realize that both sides of our brain DO NOT mirror each other.[i] Each side is responsible for certain actions and we have a bundle of nerves called the corpus calosum[ii] that link the two hemispheres which are in part, responsible for inter-hemispheric communication (in other words, both sides communicating for proper brain function).

 

Lefties use these corpus calosum nerves  when challenged with right hand actions.  Their thoughts, dominant on the right side of their brain are forced to communicate with the left side of their brain.  This forced communication creates new brain cells.[iii]  Consequently, lefties have a larger bundle of these corpus calosum nerves linking our two brain hemispheres than do righties.

Left handed individuals

have more of the corpus calosum nerve fibers

than right handed individuals.

 

 

When  we humans learn something new and process new facts, we create new connecting brain cells or synapse[iv].  These are cells that string neurons together and continue your train of thought.

 

Lefties are constantly learning and processing new information.   And it is because… we live in a right handed world.

 

Lefties are constantly

 learning and processing

new information.

Reading is backwards, for lefties, to them we should read right to left.  Writing is backwards too.   In our school years, desks were all for right handers.  Scissors and string instruments played havoc, maybe still do, as well.  And through life:

  • Numbers and the ‘enter’ key are on the wrong side of computer keyboards,
  • Phone and mouse are on wrong side of a desk,
  • Major tools are right hand equipped,
  • Door handles and locks are opposite what the inclination is,
  • Everyone greets with the wrong hand as well as
  • Bumps elbows while eating with groups.
  • Credit card swipes are on the right and
  • Even the direction for driving our cars is in favor of right handed folks.

The list goes on and on.

 

So it’s quite understandable how lefties’ brains develop more cells, they are constantly processing a new way to accomplish a task, a task that is counter to their inclination to reach with their left hand, a task that we righties have already established a routine for.  Voluntary muscles and the nervous system is in automatic gear for righties.  With everything made for the right hand, there is no need for righties to ponder or think of another, new way.

 

A challenge for righties, especially on national left hander’s day August 13 every year, is to grow more brain cells, create more synapse by using your left hand.

 

If on your computer, right now, move your mouse to the left side of your keyboard.  If you still have a box phone, change sides too.  If you only use a cell, keep it always on your left.

 

Turn off the light switch, which is on the right side of the door usually, and grab then use the TV remote with your left hand.  Put your keys in your left pocket, swing your purse over your left shoulder.  Tonight, brush your teeth with your left hand.  Be more observant and whenever you reach your right hand, stop and accomplish the task with your left hand.

 

Yea, it’s hard.  You really have to stop and process your actions.  This awkwardness, this difficulty is the evidence that in fact, you are creating more brain cells.

 

The awkwardness, the difficulty in using your left hand

for various everyday tasks

is evidence you are creating more brain cells.

If you are truly serious about creating more synapse, building up your brain cell synapse foundation to truly have good brain health then  enacting on these ‘left handed ‘ actions cannot be just for today.  You have to do this for the rest of your life.

 

If you are truly serious about building up your brain,

 to have good brain health,

use your left hand for the rest of your life.

Your new goal?  To become ambidextrous.  Yep, righties, change everything you do, from this point forward, except for writing, and do it with your left hand.  You will know you have accomplished this new goal of creating a thicker area of corpus calosum nerves, of fattening up your brain, when it feels more odd to accomplish a task with your right hand than with your left.

 

At that time, try working on writing with your left hand.  And never stop creating more brain cells.

 

I’ve been ‘left handing it’ for a number of years and still have trouble styling my hair with my left hand.  I don’t yet write with my left but I sign my name and initial with my left hand and prefer to use my left hand for many tasks now.  Again, it is a continuous life goal to become ambidextrous!

 

To progress in life and age successfully, we need as many brain cells as we can keep functioning.  Strive for a fatter brain.  Righties, take a play from the lefty play book and always try and use your left hand for your dominant hand.

 

Wishing for you good brain health, giving you pointers, tools and tips for the best in brain health,

 

 

[i] http://www.rightleftrightwrong.com/brain.html

http://psychology.jrank.org/pages/545/Right-Brain-Hemisphere.html

[ii] http://science.sciencemag.org/content/229/4714/665.long

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4023705

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18612086

[iv] Whitlock JR, Heynen AJ, Shuler MG and Bear MF. Learning induces long-term potentiation in the hippocampus. Science. 25 August 2006, 313(5790): 1093-1097

 

 

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
Janet Rich Pittman
SCALA, CDP, Brain Health Specialist, Dementia Prevention Specialist,
Dementia Administrator, Dementia Practitioner

 

For more ways to power up your brain, read my ebooklet, 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brian Drain with Ways to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged.  The electronic version is free or $7.99 for a printed version, shipping included.

Diets in Action – Diets for Brain Health

Anne was caring at her home for her mother suffering from beginning Alzheimer’s said she would do anything for her mother but needed to keep her career moving. A strict ketogenic diet was my advice for the beginning of her mother’s protocol reversal program yet Anne did not know what a keto diet was nor did she have time to cook one. The first step in getting her mother’s cognitive decline stopped and leveled out was 1. hiring home health care to help with activities of daily living and activities in the protocol plan and 2. subscribing to delivery of fresh Keto meals and snacks.

Bob’s cognitive impairment was slight, not full blown Alzheimer’s yet along with some other issues, his LP-IR score was high and his sdLDL was too high so the ketogenic diet was not for him. He was a sugar fiend and his leptin receptors shot, they were non functioning. So while difficult at first, we did get him off sugar, licorice tea was most helpful, and got his gut in gear with specific individualized dietary tools and methods which paved the way to work further on his cognitive impairment.

When I am counseling folks in my Brain-in-Gear Program, I start by addressing their symptoms based on the food they eat, their microbiome, their personality and their life activities. Again, this is a START.  For the Brain-in-Gear Program I spend an entire 12 months with them fully addressing their bodily health and cognitive performance through a developed protocol for them, an individualized and specifically tailored plan of action created just for them. (My actions are based on my experiences as a dementia administrator, dementia practitioner and schooling under Dr. Dale Bredesen, the first MD research scientist to scientifically reverse 109 of 110 patients/participants under clinical trials suffering cognitive impairment in ‘beginning to middle’ Alzheimer’s.)

Developing an individual’s protocol begins with what they eat. And after learning what they eat I suggest making small changes inroad to getting their gut in gear.

And when their gut is indeed in gear, when they have a clean gastronomic palate, a ‘clear as can be’ canvas of operation, a foundation of health we both can count on, I then can help further identify the cause of the cognitive weakening and other symptoms they are experiencing. That’s right, a precursor to my Brain-in-Gear Program is my Gut-in-Gear Program.

No cookies after every meal? No nightly ice cream before bed? Drinking only once or twice a week? Yes, this first step, making the small dietary changes, is the hardest. (Yet I make it easy though, first with substitutions.) And for most, making these changes is huge, even significantly life altering. But that is what we want, correct? A definite change in our cognitive behavior, a return to ‘normal’ thinking. Our brain function has changed for the worse, now we must change it back to the better.

And that change does not happen out of the gate. A colt is not going to win the Kentucky Derby without winning a few preliminary races.

So to get the gut in gear for cognitive impairment, it’s a slow steady process. It is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – it’s a start!

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

But, the temptations to fall back to the old ways of eating are vast and easy, hampering morale and confidence. Plus you really don’t know exactly what to eat or not to eat.  Again, I address that in the full Gut-in-Gear Program.  You try new things, new substitutions.  But in this beginning, after your first taste of horrible diary free ice cream, you will never want to try anyone else’s dairy free anything again, so I am going to give you my Super Secret 5 Best Tips for Getting your Gut-n-Gear.

It’s a guide of examples in making lateral shifts. And it’s a start. If you would like more help in truly getting your Gut-in-Gear so to firstly get and then keep your Brain-in-Gear. investigate participating in my Gut-in-Gear Program.

On this 5 Secrets substitution list,  enjoy what you find, and tell me how/if they relate to you. Also, share any other substitutions that have worked for you.

Helping to keep your memory, age successfully and have good brain health, here’s to YOUR good brain health!
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  

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

For a better brain…which diet is best for YOU?

Our brain fog, forgetfulness and severe energy depletion is taking its toll and wearing us down.

Recent healthcare mantra touts this is NOT part of normal aging yet when consistently experienced, leads to dementia.

So you perk up and pay a bit more attention to your health, your actions and what healthcare professionals are saying: that our cognitive impairment, brain fog, forgetfulness and lack of energy begins in our gut brain, it starts by the foods we eat.

Yes we have a gut brain, a small and separate nervous system in our gut that communicates with our head brain. Communication between these two brains is called… health. For more details on this in ‘easy English’ you can read this article I wrote here.

Bottom line: for our head brain to function at top performance we must first get our gut brain in order and functioning correctly. And we do that by accessing our diet and changing what we eat.

“But what about these other brain helping diets? Where do they fit in?” you say maddened with confusion in reference to the

MEND,
DASH,
MIND,
Meditterranean ,
Paleo,
Keto-Ketogenic,
FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet,
Longevity ,
Nordic,
Atkins,
MAD and
SAD diets.

For an explanation of each one, click here.

Well yes, the majority of these diets will help some with improving their brain health, but the problem is, the same diet will not work the same on all people.  Just ONE diet will not work for all because everyone is different with different genes, different lifestyles, different motivations and different health conditions. And yes, different too based on what you have historically eaten, even since a baby.

Specifically, depending on a person’s DNA, which codes for the amino acids that make up proteins and proteins power our cells, people will require different diets to optimize their own health. This is also why pharmaceutical drugs won’t work the same in every person and may result in a whole host of different side effects.

Every diet must be different for every person based on their microbiome, head brain/gut brain connection and their daily activities of life.

Making eating changes in finding that perfect diet is very doable with smart choices and easy substitutions. Taste buds change, you begin to feel the difference. Pretty soon the good food choices start to crowd out the bad where there is no question of what to eat.

Here’s where I suggest people start. I’ve put it together in an easy to consume (get it?) Gut in Gear guide with 5 easy swaps to better health – even before you take on the diet.

GET THE GUIDE here NOW

Helping you keep your memory, have good brain health and age successfully. Here’s to your good brain health!

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  

 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away, Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

Explanatory List of Brain Diets

Here is a list of brain enhancing diets.  The recommendation for my Gut in Gear participants is based on their current cognitive abilities and is tailored to them depending on THEIR microbiome, lifestyle, genes, health condition and motivation.  My suggestions are a combination of many of these diets.

 

MEND

Metabolic Enhanced Neurodegerative Diet or Mind Exercise Nutrition Do It,

Combination of a Paleo and Keto diet

from Dr. Dale Bredesen and UCLA

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/mend-protocol-for-alzheimers-disease/

 

DASH

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

Various servings of specific all natural foods from U.S.-based National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/

 

MIND— Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay

Eating specific all natural foods per a scheduled number of times a day or week.

From Tufts University

https://www.nutritionletter.tufts.edu/issues/14_6/current-articles/MIND-Diet-for-Better-Brain-Aging_2413-1.html

 

Mediterranean

Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. Limiting red meat to no more than a few times a month.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

 

Paleo-Cave Man diet, all natural foods around paleo times.

https://paleoleap.com/paleo-101/

 

Keto-Ketogenic Diet—low carb, high fat diet.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101

 

FMD-Fasting Mimicking Diet

1100 dropping to 800 calories a day for 5 days to mimic a water fasting diet.

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/fasting-mimicking-diet-longevity/

 

Longevity Diet

Eat whole grains and high quantities of vegetables (tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, legumes, etc.) with generous amounts of olive oil (3 tablespoons per day) and nuts (1 ounce per day).

From Dr. Valter Longo

https://valterlongo.com/daily-longevity-diet/

 

Nordic Diet

Eating that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. … Compared to an average Western diet, it contains less sugar and fat but twice the fiber and seafood.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-nordic-diet-review

 

Atkins—low carb diet

From Dr. Robert Atkins

https://www.atkins.com

 

MAD (current 21century)  Modern American Diet

SAD (current 21century) Standard American Diet

 

To figure out which diet is best for you and your brain health…click here.

Or if you want to quickly talk, for free, about how to resolve your brain health issues click here to schedule an appointment.

 

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 professionals. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.   

                   

www.JanetRichPittman.com 

 

Janet is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and former Dementia Healthcare Administrator.  After years of being at the bedside, holding your mother’s hand trying to caress the dementia away,  Janet immersed herself in brain research.  Now Janet is on a mission to power up people’s brains to prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementias, even reverse cognitive impairment.  Learn more about Janet here.

Greek Yogurt and Kefir—Are They ‘Brain’ Safe to Eat?

No, and here are four quick reasons, but…

The four reasons:

Casein

Lactose

IGF-1

Gut Intolerance

 

Casein is a protein that envelopes nutrients and will not allow their absorption.  So when you put fruit on your cereal and coat it with milk, it is a waste, you just pass all the nutrients.

IGF-1, or insulin growth factor1, is a hormone our bodies naturally create and which dairy consumption increases.  We need IGF-1 to develop and grow our bodies from infancy onward but after our late 20s, when our brain has fully developed, we don’t produce as much or need as much, a balance must be established.  When we don’t have enough IGF-1 our brain function suffers, when we have too much, damage ensures due to overabundance, damage like cancer progression.  Just let your body makes its own IGF-1, and you do that by eating clean, go moderate on meat proteins and by-pass the milk.

Lactose is a type of sugar that requires a special enzyme to digest it.  Many folks don’t produce this enzyme or call it up to digest the lactose in milk.  Consequently, bloating, pain, cramps, diarrhea, gas, nausea and possibly vomiting –just general all out stomach torture–is a result of not being able to digest the lactose. Is this you?  If not, intolerance has been known to occur suddenly so be watchful, just bypass the milk.

Even if you seem to digest milk okay, it still messes up your gut flora; it keeps your microbiome off kilter.  Gut imbalance leads to difficulty digesting foods, inflammation and overall problems with immunity.

Yet with everything, there is an exception….kefir and Greek yogurt.  Again, your microbiome must be in balance, the good and the bad bacteria equaling out. Your microbiome needs just a bit of fermented food to keep the good bacteria stirring and working.  Fermented products such as kefir and Greek yogurt can give the gut needed bacteria and help it stay in balance.  But, understanding the intolerance, just omit it from your diet. Eat kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso; these are other fermented foods that will certainly do the gut bacteria balance trick.

If Greek yogurt and or kefir are all you have and if you can tolerate it, consume it with the knowledge of IGF-1 and casein. To get around casein, eat your Greek yogurt or kefir first thing in the morning with no additives and at least 30 minutes to an hour prior to consuming with other foods. In other words, no blueberries with the yogurt and wait an hour before you sip on your morning bone broth.  To ease with the IGF-1 production and prevent an overload, go easy on other animal proteins same day.

Basically know, only baby cows are to drink cow’s milk. Omit it from your diet to ensure the best brain health.

So how do you get rid of dairy?  If you are used to it every day, i.e. nightly ice cream, yogurt or cream in your coffee, check out my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here.

Here’s to your good brain health,

 

 

Janet Rich Pittman, SCALA, CDP

Brain Health Specialist

 

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

Again, if you are used to it every day, i.e. nightly ice cream, yogurt or cream in your coffee, how do you get rid of dairy?  Check out my 5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3698444/

https://academic.oup.com/endo/article/149/12/5958/2455262

https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/18/11/2441/htm

https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance

http://naturalsociety.com/dairy-antioxidants-nearly-useless/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17213230

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Antioxidant+activity+of+blueberry+fruit+is+impaired+by+association+with+milk

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24939339

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 and dementia practitioner, a former dementia healthcare administrator, 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”.

Our surroundings and our lifestyle turn on or turn off our genes.

 

      “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.
  • A large time between meals is daily experienced.  Mostly they go 12-16 hours a day NOT eating.
  • 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, thus the body begins to shut down 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.  (For a list of the 8 main cognitive skills which are the first to subside when dementia percolates in our brain, click here.)

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 be delivered to or absorbed by the head brain;
  2. immunoexcitotoxicity, or super-hyper inflammation and
  3. a combination of both of the above.

There are several triggers to this starvation and super-hyper inflammation, I’ve grouped them into 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 are these seven triggers, experienced separately on occasion but mostly in combination; they 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 collected and stored in the brain
  2. lack of nutrients
  3. serious and 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

 

(For this list, click here.)  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 multiple, and combined, methods 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, even reversing their effects, which are the early symptoms of dementia, let’s talk.  You can enjoy, long-term, good brain health as you age and NOT fall into dementia, Alzheimer’s.

On my basis of years of neurodegeneration research coupled with training from doctors who have reversed cognitive impairment, reversed Alzheimer’s,  I can provide individualized, personal plans of action so you or a loved one can restore precious memories, regain brain energy and have good brain health. Actually, it is not just a plan but an individualized, detailed protocol system.

Click here to schedule a FREE 15-minute telephone appointment.  There is no cost to you.  We’ll talk for 15 or so minutes, you give me your story, or the situation of your loved one, along with the symptoms, and together we can see how to get the brain in gear and make sure NOT to fall into dementia/Alzheimer’s.

Right now?  It may not be the right time. But let’s stay in touch; know I am available if you ever need me.  To help you though, take advantage of free membership to my Brain Health Revolution.  As a member, you will receive a few times each month some quick facts, tidbits, checklists and notes of interest on how to enjoy a healthy, strong brain and how to prevent dementia. You can also receive more detailed information on the triggers listed above, including my ebooklet 9 Signs You Are Experiencing Brain Drain and How to Keep Your Brain Fully Charged to Ward Off Dementia. Get the booklet and join The Brain Health Revolution 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.  You have to get your Gut in Gear.  How do you do that?  To get started, get my  5 Secrets to Getting Your Gut in Gear, found here also.                                                                                                                                                                                                             And you might want to grab 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Brain Drain (1) 
  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.  Where you can snap a rebuttal and quickly close a deal.

For the continual brain fog and when something is ‘just not right’,  I give a service of  12 weeks to get your Gut in Gear.  Yea, your gut because beginning cognitive impairment, leading to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, is first a gut disease.

For those who are really slipping, my 12 month service, Brain in Gear, is a complete cognitive turn around, my Alzheimer’s/dementia REVERSAL program.

Yet, when these are not appropriate. I offer a counseling service, So It Will  Not Happen To Me, where I will point you in the right direction to a healthier brain and help you keep it healthy. It’s just two calls and after our agreement to work together and you receive my NDA (non disclosure) agreement and HIPPA agreement (this is no one’s business but yours and mine, this is serious), you give me your story and concerns and we’ll get you on a path to good brain health!

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.

If neither service is right for you, let’s stay in touch.  You never know what the future may bring.  If you are not already, be a member of my 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 can join here.

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

 

 

www.JanetRichPittman.com

[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 a link to my brain quiz, click here.

For my guide to food substitutions, 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