The Scourge of Dementia
Man, oh, man! Things are looking really bad for our future. Well, at least according to some folks, but then, just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true. Let’s take a look at the news.
Dementia diagnosed earlier
Dementia is now being diagnosed in patients a full ten years younger than twenty years ago. People in their forties are hearing this terrifying news. Yikes!
Poobahs announce with great authority that the solution is eating brazil nuts and mackerel. Well, I hate to sound whiney, but that diet doesn’t make me want to sing and dance.
Besides, odd food choices are one thing, but announcing any single solution for billions of unique people is way beyond optimistic. But that’s what you see on health magazine covers: One size fits all.
Medicine takes a one-size-fits-all approach to health, too. Which explains a lot about why medicine is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In most countries, in fact.
One size never fits all. I’m not sure the brazil nut and mackerel diet fits even one, but, then, I’m whining.
A statin prescription for anybody with a healthy cholesterol level (200-300) sure doesn’t fit all-not even any. Antidepressants, blood pressure medications, blood sugar meds, etc., etc., etc. take the one-size-fits-all route, as well. One-size-fits-all never works.
We need to know what caused our mess to figure out how to fix it. And just because you have the same problem as somebody else doesn’t mean you got there the same way. Also, health problems are never about a single body part that’s acting up; there’s always a puzzle to figure out.
That puzzle led me to develop the follow-your-symptoms approach in my Moving to Health program. Notice a symptom, find out what it means, give it what it needs, and step your way to health, symptom by symptom. Your body celebrates every time you get something right, so there’s lots of encouragement to keep you going.
Support your brain
Some things help most, if not all, of us, and here are nine general ways to support your brain:
1. Get enough sleep. For most of us, that’s 8 hours a night, every night. Our bodies get busy, busy, busy while we sleep. They wash gunk out of the brain, tune up our endocrine glands, “restock the shelves,” etc. Short sleep means garbage left behind, and it builds up.
2. Get on a good diet. If you eat a low-fat diet, for instance, you’re asking for dementia. Our brain is mostly saturated fat, and cutting back on good saturated fat starves the brain. There’s a lot more to know about diet, but just getting over the low-fat nonsense is a plus.
3. Move your muscles: Walk, dance, clean house, rake the yard, whatever makes your muscles move for a while. Moving muscles keeps your immune system perking along.
Vitamin and minerals
4. Set up a good vitamin/mineral program that’s based on what your body needs. You’ll need guidance to do it right. Unless you can tell me why you need (or don’t need), say, benfotiamine, boron or selenium, you need the help I offer. Medicine wants us to think supplements are silly, but, no. They’re actually where the power is.
Flu shots raise dementia risk
5. Flu shots raise your dementia risk, so don’t get them. Five consecutive years of flu shots starting in your 50th year doubles your chance of dementia. Here’s the good news: When you get nutrition right, you won’t get the flu because your body will be able to fight back.
6. Avoid fluoride and fluoride-based meds. Fluoride stomps all over the endocrine system, and since the endocrine system has the final say in how healthy you are, fluoride’s a disaster.
Avoid some prescriptions
7. Unless slip-sliding your way to poor health appeals to you, avoid the prescription meds mentioned earlier in this article. They all whack the endocrine system.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup
8. Avoid high fructose corn syrup. It’s everywhere and hard to avoid, but keeping HFCS out of your life is worth whatever effort it takes because HFCS is a liver killer. When the liver dies, so do you. Fatty Liver Disease, a benign-sounding name for a sick liver, is an epidemic these days, but doctors don’t treat it. Reviving a sick liver is a job for nutrition in any case.
9. Drink several cups of caffeinated coffee daily. We don’t know exactly how it works, but a big daily dose helps keep dementia away.
Don’t give up hope
Whatever else you do, never give up hope. A diagnosis of dementia means your brain needs help. Doctors don’t have the tools to make a positive difference, so it’s up to you.
But you’re not alone. Your body is on your side. All bodies want to be healthy and when you stoke them up with nutrition, etc., they fight like tigers for good health.
The farther down the road health challenges take you, though, the more effort it takes to get back, so start now. There’s never a perfect time to start anything new, but now is better than later.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.