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Retain your brain: Prevent and recover from cognitive, brain and neurological conditions

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By Silvana Spanò, BA, MA

Most of us know someone who is suffering from some form of cognitive, brain, neurological or mental health issue. Common conditions these days include mild cognitive impairment (MCI), memory loss, MS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.

Although these issues tend to concern people middle-aged and older, the reality is that the damage begins earlier in life. If our bodies were see-through, and we could watch what happens to our cells and organs as they get exposed to different conditions (from foods to thoughts) it would be quite an eye-opener. As it is, unfortunately, the early stages of brain related conditions are either hidden(and thus ignored), or we misinterpret the signals altogether.

The good news is that in the past few years there has been a much needed revolution in the understanding of what causes cognitive decline. Even more exciting is the fact that recent technological innovations are transforming the entire fields of neurology and psychology. These new applications are relevant for a wide range of concerns as well as for prevention.

Understanding the signs, addressing the root

Memory loss is typically the first sign of alarm that people recognize, indicating that their cognitive health requires attention. Yet, insomnia, anxiety and diabetes are most often the precursors of brain health issues, including dementia, MS, Parkinson’s and depression. In other words, if we know what the early signs are and what they mean we can work on correcting the situation before it worsens.The takeaway here is that, sooner or later, chronic health issues in the body will also affect the brain and its precious functions: cognition, mental wellbeing, movement, and more.

Currently, the standard intervention for most illnesses is to take a prescription drug that addresses some of the more challenging symptoms.While focusing on symptoms is important, leaving the actual root of a condition unattended has significant long-term consequences that accumulate as we age.

World-renowned functional medicine doctors such as Kelly Brogan, Dale Bredesen, David Perlmutter, Norman Doidge and others focus on the causes of illness. By doing so they see remarkable turn-arounds in their patients suffering from conditions such as mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, MS and anxiety disorders. In our holistic health practice, we can vouch for what they say and teach. In fact, we see very similar results by applying the same kinds of interventions.

Diet, toxic load, and emotional health

The truth is that our tissues are built from the food we eat, literally. If our diet is inadequate or we are not absorbing nutrients,sooner or later cells start to malfunction from lack of nourishment. For instance, some nutrient deficiencies adversely impact a whole range of systems and organs. There are hundreds of studies on the PubMed website highlighting that B12 and folate deficiencies can cause Alzheimer’s-like symptoms and other forms of dementia; cognitive decline and memory loss (sometimes referred to as “normal aging”); multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms; other neurological disorders such as tremors; neuropsychiatric conditions (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis); cardiovascular disease; learning or developmental disorders in children; autism spectrum disorder; autoimmune diseases; cancer; elevated blood iron levels; and immune dysregulation.

In addition, every poison we breathe, drink or eat causes harm.This happens directly or indirectly and can cause greater damage as we age. For example, according to research by Boyd Haley, Ph.D. at the University of Wyoming, mercury (even in low doses) can cause a “normal brain to develop the same biochemical abnormalities that you find in Alzheimer’s disease”. Bioaccumulation (i.e., more toxins coming in than the body can naturally eliminate) is yet another concern. This is because when more toxins and pathogens are present, more damage occurs to the cells. In addition, the longer the cells are affected in any organ or system, the greater the damage to the specific tissues involved.

It is also known that when we don’t feel safe or have unaddressed trauma from the past, we can overproduce cortisol and adrenaline while under-producing DHEA. This is part of the fight or flight response. We all hear that emotional and mental stress impacts physical health, but most people don´t understand how REAL this process is. Obviously, being chronically fearful, anxious or depressed causes significant mental health challenges. However, if this type of stress is not resolved at the mental and emotional levels, the impact quickly becomes physical. It’s unavoidable. As an example, when the stress hormone cortisol is over-secreted for a long period of time, it gradually destroys healthy muscle and bone; slows down healing and normal cell regeneration; co-opts biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones; and impairs digestion, metabolism, and brain function.

When it comes to cognitive, brain, neurological and mental health, inflammation and autoimmunity are almost always at play. If full recovery is the goal, it is critically important to identify and address the deficiencies, the excesses, and the inflammatory factors that are causing these conditions. For most people, this involves a lot of change. As we all know, change can be difficult. This is where technology can help.

Technological home-support

Our clients started using a general wellness device designed to support brain health over three years ago, when it was in the prototype phase. Now,this technology has completed several clinical trials, and the new units are turning heads all over the world. I am talking about a reasonably priced, patented technology, meant for daily use, that came out of research at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Boston University, and the University of Toronto. It significantly increases blood oxygen levels, ATP production (cellular energy), and cell membrane function.But what shocked researchers the most was the realization that it also helps to re-grow brain cells. This includes cells that produce the various neurochemicals responsible for sense of wellbeing, sleep, memory, and motor function. While the results vary, they are significant. Some outcomes have been dramatic and swift. Here is an example of a recent testimonial:

“My father has had several strokes, and he has advanced Alzheimer’s. He’s been using the unit for the past month, and we have carefully monitored his progress during this month. The results are astonishing. His Alzheimer’s has almost completely reversed itself. It is as if we have erased the past 10 years of neuro-degeneration. The obsessive-compulsive behavior stopped almost immediately. He has regained the ability to speak clearly, and his short-term memory has improved dramatically. He can now feed himself, engage in normal conversation, and he is now able to recognize everyone around him”.

In our experience, lifestyle changes that are designed to address the actual causes of illness can make the biggest and most enduring impact. However, the technology I mention here can play a significant role in the healing process by speeding up recovery, boosting confidence, and keeping people on track. Can you retain or regain your brain as you age? Absolutely. And it’s easier now than ever before.

If you want to understand more about what is possible in prevention and recovery of cognitive, brain, neurological and mental health conditions, attend a free talk at Cuenca´s new healing center: Casa de Bienestar Natural (Cornelio Merchán 7-94 and Padre Sodiro, one block before 10 de Agosto). The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Seating is limited. Please RSVP at info@GlobalWellness.Solutions to ensure you have a reserved spot.
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Silvana Spanò, BA., MA in Counselling Psychology, specializes in cognitive, brain, neurological and mental health. Her company, Cognitive Wellness Solutions,helps clients all over the world who are interested in customized support. She works with her husband, Patrick Coady. They see clients online as well as in person. Their website is www.GlobalWellness.Solutions