Increasing This One Activity Can Keep Alzheimer’s at Bay

Vascular cognitive impairment is the second most common form of cognitive decline throughout the world. This happens over time when the cardiovascular system cannot deliver oxygen and nutrients efficiently to brain cells. So, it makes sense that activities that improve cardiovascular health, like regular exercise, can benefit the brain as well. People with vascular cognitive impairment have excessive brain activity …

Are Pesticides Putting Pressure on Your Cognitive Health?

There is a genetic component to cognitive decline, but research is pointing more and more to environmental impacts that make the brain vulnerable to brain cell damage and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. I’m not talking about farmers that use these toxins every day; even small exposures from food, over time, can cause big problems for your brain. The problem is …

The Brain-Protecting Strategy Women over 50 Should Use to Prevent Alzheimer’s Part 1

Many women don’t know that they have an increased risk of cognitive decline after menopause due, in part, to decreasing estrogen levels. Estrogen is not just crucial for reproduction; it protects bone, the immune system, and heart health as well as regulates metabolism. The effects of reduced estrogen lead to weight gain, increased inflammation, decreased energy, and high risk of …

The Top 3 Tricky Minerals That Make or Break Your Thyroid Function

In fact, three primary minerals, over all others, are probably most critical for maintaining optimal thyroid health. While mineral deficiency can be caused by a poor diet, for low thyroid sufferers, low levels are often the result of intestinal damage that impairs the absorption of essential nutrients. Most of my patients have the tendency to load up on supplements and …

Finally, New Study Urges Personalized Medicine for Diabetes Treatment

It looks like conventional medical research is catching up to what we’ve known in functional medicine for years. The new study by researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that inherited genetic changes may set the foundation for a higher vulnerability to high blood sugar and the variability of how different patients …

Is Infection Increasing Your Risk of Developing Cognitive Decline?

Whether you are concerned about protecting your brain against cognitive decline or are searching for ways to reverse symptoms that you are already experiencing, you need to be aware of the relationship between chronic infection and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The brain’s immune response to infection is one pathway for AD development. Just like the rest of the body, the brain …

New Study Reveals the Critical Importance of Vitamin D for Type 2 Diabetics

It’s old news that vitamin D deficiency is linked to countless chronic diseases, but a new study found that increasing this powerful nutrient can specifically improve the health of type 2 diabetics. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that’s correlated with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, both of which are linked to excess inflammation and many other complications. That’s …

Can Antioxidants Help to Reverse your Thyroid Symptoms?

A new study turned the focus on antioxidants for powerful treatment of thyroid disorders.  They used a strong prescription antioxidant on rodents induced with thyroid disease and measured their levels of oxidative stress and inflammatory cells before and after treatment.  Not surprisingly, scientists found that inducing animals with thyroid disease spiked their oxidative stress causing increased levels of inflammatory immune …

Four Reasons Why Your Thyroid Still Isn’t Working

Chances are you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. Most likely you’ve been told that your autoimmune thyroid disease is genetic and the only viable treatment option is thyroid hormone therapy. Often, there is minimal discussion about addressing underlying factors that may be aggravating your condition. Yes, hormone therapy may temporarily help you feel better, but to repair your thyroid, …

The 3 Hidden Forms of Diabetes That Your Doctor Never Told You About

Types 1 and 2 diabetes are well known and increasing diseases in Westernized cultures today! Type 1 diabetes indicates an autoimmune disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks and destroys the pancreatic beta cells that are responsible for insulin production. Type 2 diabetes indicates a non-autoimmune manifestation of insulin resistance and high blood sugar that leaves the body unable …