We're still three weeks away from the New Year, but here's a new year's resolution you should do right now. Do it before you forget. That's because it has to do with your brain function.
The 2013 World Alzheimer Report entitled "Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia" just became available. The Alzheimer's Disease International group published the report. And the news is not good. According to their statistics, by the middle of the century, the number of people suffering from dementia will nearly triple to a staggering 270 million people at a cost of $600 billion. That's 270 million people who can't take care of even their basic needs, and often don't even know where they are. The purpose of the report was to alarm the governments of the world to prepare. But I'm taking a different look at it.
Dementia is not inevitable. In the great majority of cases, it is completely preventable. So instead of governments focusing on how to pay for the incredible costs of dementia, why not just prevent it? And that certainly is one of the main focuses I have for you. I don't want any of you or your families coming down with dementia. That is why I have written so much about it. So here is a quick checklist of what each of us should be doing to prevent dementia.
First, avoid drugs unless you absolutely need them. The worst drugs for causing dementia are the antidepressants, tranquilizers, and the statin drugs. But that doesn't exhaust the complete list. Many older people have unusual brain reactions to common drugs. So for a complete list, go to www.worstpills.org. Also, ask your pharmacist if any of the medications you are on have mental impairment as a side effect. This is yet one more reason to work with a doctor who knows about how to treat problems without drugs. While many drugs are needed, you can replace most of them with natural therapies.
Second, replace your hormones as your body becomes deficient in them. Of all the ways to prevent dementia, the single most effective is hormone replacement. I'm talking about thyroid hormones, melatonin, sex hormones, and adrenal hormones. Most men and women over the age of 50 need some if not all of these hormones. This is not something you can do yourself. Also, it's nothing that blood tests can diagnose. Most of the time, people that need hormones have blood levels in the so-called "normal range." Your doctor has to diagnose and treat it. So make sure your doctor is well-trained in hormone replacement according to a detailed history and examination. I describe this in my book Bursting With Energy.
Third, and almost as important as hormone replacement, is exercise. And I don't mean just walking a few miles every day. The only way that exercise can really protect you from diseases as you get older is when it is intensive and consistent. If I were in charge of everything, I would see to it that everyone over the age of 50 had a personal trainer they met with for one hour two to three times a week as long as they were above ground.
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Fourth, is diet. The single most critical thing about diet is making sure that you avoid the high glycemic carbs. You know the ones I'm talking about: flour products such as bread, crackers, pretzels, chips, etc; sweets; fruit juice, and dried fruit. Fruit in general is okay, but keep it to no more than one piece of fruit per day. Once again, I discuss this in detail in my book Bursting With Energy. Coffee (two cups per day) and alcohol (two drinks per day) have been shown to decrease the chance of dementia. But amounts greater than these have the opposite effect.
Lastly, make sure you get di-sodium EDTA chelation. Everyone should have a chelation treatment once a week for 20 weeks starting on their 60th birthday. After these 20 treatments, you should continue to have one a month for the rest of your life. Chelation removes toxic heavy metals, improves circulation, and prevents strokes and heart attacks.
I suppose it would be theoretically possible for someone who was doing all these things to still come down with dementia. But I would have to say that it would be extremely unlikely. Oh, and yes, taking these precautions will also reduce your risk for just about every other chronic disease there is as well. So if you are already doing all these things then congratulations. You are not only making the quality of your life much better, you are also doing your part to reduce the national debt. If you need some help in any of these areas, please make it your resolution this year to get it together before you forget!
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