by Easy Health Options Staff
I can’t stess this enough: It’s time we accept that memory loss does not have to be an accepted part of aging. With most health problems, there’s a physical component. For memory loss, and other symptoms that seem to affect the brain, it is likely to be the same.
A Familiar Culprit…
The common underlying cause of aging and disease is a familiar culprit… inflammation. And it’s also the cause of a poorly functioning brain. When you perform an autopsy on a person who suffered from dementia, there is clear evidence of inflammation in the brain tissue. This is called neurofibrillary degeneration and it actually looks like a fire swept through the brain.
So the question is… what triggers this inflammation? Well, the story is almost the same in every chronic illness. Inflammation is triggered by unnatural foods (overprocessing and additives), stress, lack of exercise, prescription medications, and toxic chemicals. Any or all could contribute to the body’s inflammatory response.
For example, the 30 known and accepted autoimmune disorders are caused by inflammation. These include rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, ulcerative colitis, and autoimmune thyroiditis. Fortunately, when a patient goes through positive lifestyle changes, this fiery inflammation is soothed and the symptoms of their autoimmune disorder can be partially or even completely resolved. And yes, the same is true for problems in the brain.
What to do?
Why not just use anti-inflammatory drugs? While it’s true these drugs can reduce your risk of brain problems or memory loss, they often do more damage than the inflammation itself.
For example, the class of drugs called NSAIDS—which includes Advil®—are the 16th leading cause of death in America. In fact, more than 100,000 people a year wind up in the hospital with intestinal bleeding caused by NSAIDS. Of those – 16,000 people die. That’s almost one in five.
Boost your brain—naturally
The good news is that the brain has extraordinary powers of healing. Remember, approximately 90% of your physical body becomes new again every six months because your cells die and new ones are formed. If you provide the right conditions, you can achieve astonishing results.
The first step is an anti-inflammatory diet. This includes nutrient-rich whole foods with less than 50% cooked foods. Patients enjoy fresh juices, steamed veggies, soups, and a number of super foods, all prepared in a tasty way they can ingest easily. They should also eliminate refined sugars, refined fats, and any packaged or processed foods.
The second step is taking supplements to build up your brain. These may include krill oil, an all-natural anti-inflammatory; vitamins typically lacking in the elderly like vitamins D, B6, folate, and B12; Coenzyme Q10 for improved cognitive function; and Phosphatidyl Serine for crucial brain nutrition. PS works best when combined with Omega-3 fatty acids, which is the way it’s offered in Ultimate Memory Formula™ (www.truehealth.com).
The third step is removing heavy metals like mercury and lead from your body. Many leading-edge doctors and naturopaths can administer a DMSA challenge test to determine your heavy metal levels. Once you identify the metals, oral chelation with EDTA can slowly pull them out. A safe and effective choice for oral chelation isAdvanced Artery Solution™ (www.truehealth.com).
Here’s the story of a patient who achieved a stunning turnaround using many of these methods. Christine, age 81, was perceived to have a failing memory by her children. Neuropsychiatric and memory tests detected the early stages of dementia. Taking charge, her children employed an all-natural “brain-boosting” plan. When tests were performed again, Christine’s dementia had not progressed as expected. Instead, Christine had improved dramatically and regained a lost part of herself.
What else causes brain problems?
One trigger is toxins stored in your fat cells. The brain is nearly all fat making it perfect for toxic storage.
Other fat cells, especially the visceral adipose tissue (VAT) often seen on the belly of aging men, are known to produce cytokines and other chemicals that directly trigger the inflammation of heart disease and auto-immune disorders.
Poor digestion can also be a trigger for brain destroying inflammation. If you eat highly inflammatory foods, your immune system reacts to them dramatically in your gut and disrupts your digestion, absorption, and assimilation of nutrients.
Hormone deficiency can also affect your brain. Patients with low thyroid, low testosterone, low estrogen, or low DHEA levels have improved mental function when they supplement with natural hormones. However, some people are able to correct their hormone imbalances through dietary changes alone. You’ll rarely find a raw vegan who is not happy and full of mental energy.
In fact, the patients who adopt a seriously healthy lifestyle experience astonishing improvements in their mental and psychological function. They become more alert, have better memory retention,a brighter mood, and a greater attention span. They feel more energetic and start sleeping better. Last but not least, often their joint pain goes away, their headaches go away, and they even lose weight.
Something you might not think of…
Did you know that negative emotions can have a destructive impact on your brain? The energy of negativity can be a real force upon your body. When you are continuously worried, thinking incessantly, or ruminating on the problems in the world, guess what you’re creating in your brain? You’re creating network of neuro-hormonal connections that reinforce a spiral of negativity that plays out in your mind over and over again.
The result? You’re basically creating your own mental toxins.
That’s why it’s important to generate positive thoughts and emotions as much as you possibly can. Just compare the healing energy of joy and peace to the destructive powers of hate and shame. Wouldn’t you agree that the happiest and most peaceful people are also the ones that look and feel the youngest?
So my advice is… stop entertaining thoughts associated with frustration or fear. Instead, stay engaged in anything that promotes freedom and peace of mind. Use friendships, pets, music, fun activities, or whatever it takes to get you there. You are not a victim of your thoughts—you are their creator as soon as you choose to be!
The “Brain Healing” Cleanse
To improve your brain function, you can use liquid cleansing and water fasting. These have been an integral part of natural medicine and hygienic medicine for more than 100 years.
Dr. Herbert Shelton (1895-1985), master of hygienic medicine, was one of the founders of the American Natural Hygiene Society. Dr. Shelton probably had more experience with fasting than anyone else who ever lived. It is estimated that he supervised more than 40,000 fasts. His greatest tool for assisting patients to reverse disease was to assist them to hydrate their body, while safely going without food for five to 30 days.
With my own patients, I have been amazed by how much liquid cleansing and water fasting improves their health. In almost every case, their skin improves, their joint pains diminish, their headaches vanish, and their energy levels increase.
But that’s not the half of it! Liquid cleansing and water fasting also helps improve blood pressure, alleviate allergies, promote weight loss, reduce depression and anxiety, enhance spiritual connectivity, and increase enthusiasm for life.
Remove the toxins from your entire body
When you undergo a liquid cleanse, the cells of nearly every tissue of your body undergo a molecular change. You’ll release waste materials that have multiplied in your body over the years, including chemical food additives, cosmetics, deodorants, and other unwanted molecules that have invaded your system.
Basically, a liquid cleanse evicts these uninvited visitors from the places in which they’re stored. It’s true you many experience symptoms such as loose stools, sweating, increased urination, mild weakness, or even fruity breath. Don’t worry—these are normal signs that cleansing is occurring.
A key player in the cleansing process is your liver. It chemically modifies unsafe molecules so they can either be utilized or eliminated by your body. Healthy liver is absolutely essential for optimum health. Otherwise, your body socks toxins and pollutants away in the fat of your organs.
That includes the fat in your brain—and that’s not good. Think of the liver as a vacuum. When a vacuum gets a clogged suction hose or the filter bag is full, it can’t clean well because it’s so congested. That’s what happens with a poorly functioning liver and that’s why a liquid cleanse is so important—to clean out your liver and your entire body, and your brain.
Memory loss does not have to be a normal part of aging. It is possible to take control of your health and your brain, as we discussed here. So don’t just sit back and let your senior years disappear. Enjoy them and remember a lifetime of memories.
by Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Detecting a date rape drug in your drink may soon be as simple as swirling the cocktail with your manicured fingers.
Four, male University of North Carolina students are developing Undercover Colors, a nail polish that changes color when dipped into a liquid containing Rohypnol, Ketamine, and GHB, sedatives often called “date rape drugs.”
The students describe Undercover Colors as “The first fashion company working to prevent sexual assault.”
“While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection,” says the Undercover Colors Facebook page. “Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.”
The inventors say they hope the nail polish will make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there would be an added risk of getting caught.
“We want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators,” they say.
Date rape drugs, which typically are odorless and colorless when poured into a drink, can cause varying degrees of sedation, from weakness to loss of consciousness and amnesia.
Undercover Colors is still in development by the students, who are looking for funding to bring it to market. They reportedly have received $100,000 from an investor, and have received $11,250 in prize money.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say nearly 1 in 5 women will experience rape during their lives. And 25 percent of women report that drugs were a factor in their rape, according to Day One, a sexual assault and trauma resource center.
by Care2.com via The Ready Store
Baking soda is a great tool in your multi-use arsenal! You can use it for cleaning, cooking, refreshing, maintaining and more! Here are a few ideas!
1. Make toothpaste
You can combine baking soda with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to create a non-fluoride toothpaste.
2. Facial scrub
Instead of going to an expensive spa, make your own facial scrub! Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
Pat baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor. It’s a great alternative to harsher deodorants.
4. Use as an Antacid
Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to baking soda package for instructions.
5. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
6. Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too.
7. Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub.
8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, or 3 parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
9. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong baking soda solution to get rid of the mess (4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water).
10. Polish Silver Flatware
Use a baking soda paste made with 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plated serving pieces.
11. Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorize your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling baking soda directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.
12. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.
13. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly available, but odor and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorization.
14. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use baking soda to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
15. Clean Batteries
Baking soda can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars, mowers, etc. because its a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery–they contain a strong acid.
16. Deodorize Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.
17. Deodorize the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with baking soda, scrub, rinse.
18. Remove Odor From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of baking soda, and vacuum up the rest. (Note that your vacuum cleaner bag will get full and heavy.)
19. Remove Odor From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorize your vacuum cleaner.
20. Camping Cure-all
Baking soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. It’s a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many other uses.
21. Extinguish Fires
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just to be safe.
22. Septic Care
Regular use of baking soda in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of baking soda per week will help maintain a favorable pH in your septic tank.
23. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
Baking soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
24. Clean the Microwave
Baking soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.
25. Relieve Diaper Rash
Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
26. Fresh Flowers
Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.
27. Repel Rain
Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.
28. Music Fruit Relief
Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.
29. Spot-Treat Acne
You can make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the paste to surface zits. It probably won’t work as well for deep blemishes.
30. Obviously, Cooking
Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.