What Is Your Brain Number?
For most, physical pain is a pain in the you know what. It is also one of the primary concerns why individuals come to my practice; trusting my team can help eliminate their situation through drugless principles. You might be surprised about another top concern I see at my office: The fear of memory loss. Do you have someone in your family who was diagnosed with and/or currently is dealing with memory loss? I speak with several people per day who want to know what they can do in order to prevent the slow deterioration of their ability to remember (I get goosebumps just writing about this). For more information on this subject, the USA Today just posted an article on the subject, you can go here to read it.
So, what causes dementia and Alzheimer’s, and how can you prevent it? The answer is there are no clear initial symptoms, but, if you do notice major memory lapses, it is potentially too late to do anything. If you have a family member or a friend who has or had challenges with memory, you might want to look at their current lifestyle:
-What was their primary food and beverage of choice?
-What was their stress level?
-Did they take medications?
-Have they been exposed to toxins?
If you or your family member/friend has a history of high sugar consumption, it can stress their brain cells, and a diet of snack food with trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils creates altered brain fat (our number this month), soda and other artificial beverages. Your brain is primarily made up of fat and might be one of the many reasons why the low-fat diet unknowingly could be a reason why many individuals today have memory issues.
We have been told for years heart disease is caused by red meat and cheese. The real culprit with heart disease is inflammation of blood vessels. The same factors that cause inflammation in the blood vessels are the factors associated with memory. Sugar, stress, lack of minerals, synthetic or fake fats (canola, and seventy percent of soy oil is fake) and digestive medications (they inhibit mineral absorption) are the key factors impairing brain function.
Through my research and observations, a major cause of all health problems is the improper metabolism of fat sabotaged by trans fat or partially hydrogenated oils. In my “Guide to Stop ADHD”, and “Trans Fat Survival Guide”, I explain the details of the negative aspects of trans fat. However, science has caught up with the physiology of fat metabolism and has created simple testing procedures which you can start in the comfort of your own home. The blood spot essential fatty acid test or EFA Bloodspot Fatty Acid Profile test has revolutionized the clinical assessments, so we can create a strategy to confidently stop the onslaught of memory loss.
There is a long chain fatty acid in the brain called dacosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is specific for optimal neurologic function. There is a ranking number for DHA within the reference range of .33 to 2.51, it is the “quintile ranking”. The DHA number you would ideally like to have is 1.40. I have treated patients with ADHD, bi-polar conditions, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and memory loss, with one to two teaspoons of Biomega-3™ from Biotics Research Corporation. I use this product because they use smaller anchovy and sardines which do not have the same concentration of toxic fat as other large fish tend to have, and also because it is a direct source of DHA that does not get interrupted by other factors including a lack of minerals and vitamins.
I am not encouraging a lifestyle of reckless abandon with the “insurance” of marine oil, I am suggesting you focus on eating green vegetables (an excellent omega-3 precursor), and protein with minimal gluten grains (they cause inflammation), and reduced or no dairy. Any type of dairy sabotages DHA–(use unsweetened coconut or almond milk). If you have someone in your family or inner-circle of life that has memory issues and you follow their lifestyle, I want you to know—there are consequences to your choices. Memory loss can slowly creep up on you and it may be too late before you realize it. I would at least invest into having an EFA Bloodspot Fatty Acid Profile test to assess your DHA levels, and using the results to create a future pattern of being as sharp as a nail versus forgetful like a bag of rocks, trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
Quintile Ranking 0.33-2.51
Know your number: Quintile Ranking for DHA level is 140