Alzheimer’s Disease – Memory and Cognition

brain-imageA walnut looks like the brain, has a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. The folds and wrinkles of a walnut resembles to human organ: the brain. The shape of the nut even approximates the body part, looking like it has left and right hemispheres. And it’s no surprise walnuts are nicknamed “brain food”—they have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function.” The wrinkles and folds mimic the neo-cortex.

Walnuts develop over three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. They may also help head off dementia. Recent study found that walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They found walnuts reversed some signs of brain aging in rats. Walnuts also appear to enhance signaling within the brain and encourage new messaging links between brain cells

Fibrillar amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) is the principal component of amyloid plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientific studies suggest that walnuts may reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining Abeta in the soluble form. Basically, walnuts had inhibited Abeta fibrillization. It is proposed that polyphenolic compounds (such as flavonoids) present in walnuts may be responsible for its anti-amyloidogenic activity.

 

 

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The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine.

Cow’s Milk and Allergies

dreamstime_m_33845266 (1)-xFood allergies evoke a unique attraction between an individual and a particular food or foods. Individuals may experience adverse reaction to these foods with the most common symptoms being vomiting, diarrhea, eczema, hives, skin rashes, wheezing or a runny nose.

The response and the symptoms can vary – for example an allergic response to eating fish is usually noticed within minutes after consumption in the form of a rash, hives or asthma, or a combination of these symptoms. However, the symptoms of an allergic reaction to cow’s milk may not be evident for 24 to 48 hours after consuming milk.

One of the first foods to consider eliminating from your diet when attempting to determine the foods to which you may be allergic is cow’s milk. It contains over 25 different molecules which have been identified by scientists as having the potential to cause an allergic reaction.

One of the most common allergies in cow’s milk is a protein called casein which is used in many products and is even found in soy based foods to boost their protein content and another milk protein responsible for allergic reactions, which may be identified by your immune system as being harmful, is whey.

If you suspect an allergy to cow’s milk and milk related products you should avoid everything made from and containing milk, including cream, creamy sauces, ice cream, milk chocolate and all products made from real cream.

Stay Fit for Life

hIf you want to be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Some of the best ways to stay active and fit is walking or riding a bicycle

These activities can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It can also be fun for the whole family, is inexpensive and good for the environment.

Walking or riding to work or a trip to the store is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport.

Regular walking or cycling has many physical and mental health benefits. It is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of serious health problems and according to research may increase longevity.

Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.

Is Dementia Contagious?

Have you ever wondered what type of diseases are contagious and which are not?

Many known infectious conditions are well documented and vaccinations for  prevention are available for many. With the addition of anti-biotics to control many bacterial infections, the danger of travelling abroad and the possibility of catching diseases like malaria, yellow fever and other third world bacterial infections have been almost completely eliminated.

But what about the dangers of spending more time indoors in close contact with people during the cold winter months which can promote transmission of various influenza outbreaks from person to person. Each annual flu season is normally associated with a major virus subtype and changes each year.

The exact mechanism behind the seasonal outbreak is unclear but some of the viruses or bacteria may linger for years or decades deep inside the human body. It has been known for more than a century that dementia can be caused by chronic bacterial infections, which may not be obvious or detectable by physical examinations or blood tests and as a result cognitive functions may be impaired for months after the apparent resolution of a systemic infection.

Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Onset is typically between the ages of 55 to …90, and at the age of 90 memory loss is expected. In the absence of alternative conditions, diagnosis is based on patient history, collateral history from relatives and clinical observations and the presence of characteristic neurological and neuropsychological features.

Care givers are more likely to get sick. A person whose spouse experienced incident dementia onset has a six time greater risk for incident dementia as a person whose spouse is dementia free. It seems that over time both spouses develop cognitive deterioration, with one being worse off than the other. The physical and mental burden of care giving and the emotional stress associated with watching a love  done struggle with dementia, shared environmental risks like similar diets, or homogamy (similar individuals are more likely to marry) are among possible reasons.

More research is needed to pinpoint the cause and find the best way of keeping one spouse from sharing the fate of the other. Studies show that husbands had a significantly higher risk of developing dementia than wives.

Flu vs. Cold – Know the Difference

dreamstime_s_33257182It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations. [Read more…]

Vegetarian Diets and Vitamin B12 Deficiency

B12-vitIf you consider becoming a vegetarian or follow a vegetarian lifestyle then getting enough vitamin B12 should be a concern. Researchers have long known that a strict vegetarian diet which excludes all animal products including dairy and eggs may lead to vitamin B12 deficiency and possibly heart disease

Vitamin B12 is abundant in meat, poultry, and especially fish and seafood and in smaller amounts in eggs, cow’s milk, cheese, [Read more…]

The Dangers of Salt and Sodium

Practically all man-made and prepared foods contain a mixture of sugar, salt and sodium. Most chefs will tell you that taste is all about balancing the palette, the balance between salt and sugar as they are the most powerful sensors of the tongue. Sugar is acidic on the PH scale, whereas salt is alkaline.

Salt and sodium are more insidious than sugar, as we never expect them to be so undermining to our health. About 40 percent of salt is sodium and 60 percent is chlorine. Sodium is a life vital element found in fruit, vegetables, meats and legumes. In addition humans have developed an addiction and add salt to their food beyond what occurs naturally in their diet.

Although a small amount of sodium (about 500 mg) is essential to normal body functions, it is estimated that the average person consumes 4000 to 5000 mg a day. It is widely understood, even by medical science that large amounts of dietary sodium result in high blood pressure (hypertension), and may lead to heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If we eat a balanced diet, all the salt we need for a healthy body is supplied by it.

Salt is well documented for its ability to preserve everything from mummies to beef from decaying. In the early 1800’s salt was the number one preservative in theAmericasand ensured an adequate supply of meats and grains for the winter season. Later canned foods were introduced loaded with salt – healthy foods do not come in cans. Salt has caused more problems than it has solved as a supplement.

Ayurvedic Nutrition

dreamstime_s_28629854In the ancient medical system of India we find use of the oldest and most time-tested approaches to nutrition. Its science of food and diet is an integral part of philosophy of man, of his consciousness and of his relationship to the universe. The result is an approach to diet that is unsurpassed both in its profundity and sophistication as well as in its practicality and simplicity. Here the selection and preparation of food is seen as inseparable from the treatment of disease and the cultivation of vibrant health.

Through its long history, it would appear that Ayurveda witnessed the rise and fall of many schools of therapy ranging from herbal medicine to physical therapy and massage, surgery, psychiatry, the use of medication, mantra and many other treatment modalities. Each of these were integrated into physician=s practice, and the conceptual scheme expanded to accommodate them. As a result the school of Ayurveda has a breadth and a depth that could be unparalleled in the history of medical science.

This also made it possible for the Ayurvedic physician to develop, over thousands of years, an extremely complex and complete science of herbology and pharmacology. The science of nutrition is vast and comprehensive and is not separated from pharmacology and no distinction is made between foods and drugs, herbal and mineral substances.

The world of nature and the predominance of wild fruits, vegetables, herbs and game provided the Ayurvedic physicians with a rich store of foods having a wide variety of very specific effects. Our western analytical science of nutrition may have attained greater precision at the expense of a decline and loss of appreciation of the richness and versatility  of natural resources, both in the world of foods and in the world of human physiology.

Sugar Addiction

dreamstime_s_48953215SUGAR – is the biggest business and the most addicting substance man has ever created. Sugar is so dangerous, that the mere removal of it from the diet can show major improvements and eliminate a large percentage  of all health complaints.

Interestingly, sugar is also one of the hardest substances to give up as it is the most addictive substance on the planet based [Read more…]

What is Health

To be healthy is to live in harmony with the environment, to be able to think clearly, feel and act alert, to be normally in a cheerful mood, sometimes feel appropriately depressed and sometimes ecstatic, perform physical activity with adequate energy and enthusiasm and naturally incorporate physical activity.

Good health can be reached through the application of proper nutrition, by ingesting the right amount of nutrients for each individual. This concept is founded upon the recognition that no living organism lives within a perfect environment. For example a perfect environment for one individual is not only impossible, but would be intolerable for another.

One does not have to have extensive knowledge to obtain a good balanced diet. Humans have evolved and adopted to a small number of foods including grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and poultry. As long as these foods are not tampered with and a variety of these natural foods are eaten, our diet with some additional supplements will be balanced.

Malnutrition and the need for supplements, resulting from excessive consumption of processed foods, especially in the form of refined carbohydrates, and exposure to toxins are major causes of nutritional imbalances and physical illnesses. The range of variation for each individual is enormous and is determined by: age, sex, physical and mental/emotional stress, diseases (whether acute or chronic), the use of pharmaceutical drugs and the general state of health.

We are all different and have different nutritional requirements. Some people become violantly ill by ingesting foods that are nutritious for others and with declining health the need for nutritional supplementation is many times greater.

Through the use of proper nutrition and the addition of supplements we can become masters of our own health.  Read more…

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