Reversing Memory Loss – 4 Things You Need To Know
Dr. Sharlin – Reversing Memory Loss
For many years I practiced conventional neurology, in the dark about the real reasons that people experience memory loss, and some develop Alzheimer’s disease. I accepted the notion that memory loss was just part of getting older, and if my patients did develop Alzheimer’s disease there was nothing I could do about it. I was the purveyor of bad news and the only tool in my toolbox was medicine that improves memory in some people but has no impact on the underlying disease.
4 Facts You Need To Know About Reversing Cognitive Decline
- Don’t accept memory loss as a fact of getting older. Sure, we all occasionally misplace things, forget an appointment, or lose our train of thought. But, if you are aware of consistent problems with losing things, forgetting conversations or appointments, recent events, getting stuck on words or sentences, forgetting people’s names, or find yourself getting lost in familiar places – even if no one else notices your problem – you are aware of it and you may have a real problem. Subtle problems with memory loss that you, but no one else may be aware of, is called Subjective Cognitive Decline. The truth is, you may really have a problem.
- When other people start to notice you are having a problem with your memory enough to mention it to you or talk about it with friends or family, then you may have a problem called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). While not everyone who develops MCI goes on to have Alzheimer’s disease, it is a red flag. We now know that the changes in the brain which lead to Alzheimer’s disease evolve over as many as 10-20 years before the illness appears. MCI is a significant problem and should be checked out. There are specific tests that can be performed, including blood testing and brain imaging. With this information in hand, MCI is often reversible.
- It’s not just your genes, but genes are important – especially one called ApoE4. This gene is found in about 30% of the population. Since we get one copy of our genes from our mother and one copy from our father, you can have as many as two copies of ApoE4. While people who have no copies of ApoE4 can still develop Alzheimer’s disease, if you have one or two copies of ApoE4 it can raise your risk significantly. The good news is that ApoE4 increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease because of the way it reacts to the environment. So, if you can change your environment you can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Environmental factors are important. We now know that Alzheimer’s disease has many causes and that the causes of Alzheimer’s disease may be different for each person affected. This means you are unique! The job of a good medical detective is to help you investigate the specific imbalances that might be contributing to Subjective Cognitive Decline, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Alzheimer’s disease, and help you correct those imbalances. At the root cause level these imbalances can involve specific nutrients like vitamin B12, antioxidants like vitamin E, leaky gut, hormones like low estrogen, toxin exposure like lead and mercury, and chronic infections like Herpes Simplex Virus 1 & 2 and Lyme Disease. Alzheimer’s disease prevention requires understanding and addressing environmental factors.
If you have a concern about your memory, you won’t find a more qualified neurologist to help you investigate the causes and help you achieve your goal of returning your brain back to a normal state of function. Until now there was no hope, and still too many people are being told by other doctors there is nothing that can be done. But through my functional medicine program, Brain Tune Up! I have helped hundreds of people like you get better. I urge you to check out my program and make a FREE telephone appointment to discuss your needs and see if my program is a good fit for you.