Memory Loss is Scary, But You Can Be Proactive.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Dr. Zac recently discussed a case study from a patient who started showing signs of mental decline. The patient’s wife noticed that he displayed signs of mental decline: forgetfulness, loss of memories, and struggling to grasp words. The neurological report they brought in confirmed early signs of dementia. His neurologist prescribed two common Alzheimer’s medicines and encouraged him to follow up in 9 months.
This isn’t acceptable. Dr. Zac said, “If it were my father or me, I’d want to know what was causing it. So we ran some advanced nutritional tests to look at various markers in the brain. We wanted to see what the brain components were and how they were behaving. Sure enough, the tests confirmed his mental decline, namely in the parts of the brain that deal with memory.” His tests also indicated signs of bacteria and mold. This isn’t unusual; we’re exposed to these things all the time, which can help strengthen the immune system. However, we also have to consider the impact of stealth infections. Stealth infections occur when we get sick and then think we’ve healed, but in reality, the body put the infection on a “shelf.” Then, the next time the immune system weakens, those infections return. These stealth infections can then trigger overreactions in the immune system.
In this person’s case, his body was overreacting to past fungal and virus infections; we measured this by specific proteins in his brain. The overreaction of his immune system then led to brain changes resulting in memory loss. It wasn’t outrageous, but subtle enough that the couple knew something was wrong.
This all sounds scary, but there is hope. Dr. Zac says, “It fascinates me that we can make corrective changes, that we can take control early. We need to start thinking about eating differently, approaching stress differently, sleeping differently. It’s hard. It takes a lot of work. I know.” It’s hard work to invest the time and resources to be well. We just have to make a choice to do it. Otherwise, what’s the option? Do nothing? When we recognize the results we want, then we have to jump in and make hard choices. In the clinic, we offer the Alzheimer’s LINXTM lab panel. It identifies key risk factors that research has linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and gives us the opportunity to introduce proactive lifestyle changes that can slow down and even reverse the effects and allow ourselves the chance to age well.
The truth is, we have a map. We can do better than wait and see in 9 months by choosing to be proactive now.
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