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Engaging the 50 plus age group including boomers, seniors and elderly seniors.

ALZHEIMER’S… DEMENTIA… COULD YOU BE NEXT?

Oct 6, 2015, 12:22 p.m.

By Kristin Rotblatt

Baby boomers across the nation are worried about losing their memory. In fact, it is the number one concern for people over 60. Is this happening to you? Do you find yourself searching for words or do you forget where you put your keys? Do you come into a room only to forget why you are there? Are you forgetting the names of your closest friends from time to time? Even though we shrug it off and say, “I am having a senior moment!!”… it may be more serious than we are willing to admit. These could be signs that your brain is slowly wasting away.

The number of Alzheimer and dementia cases diagnosed world-wide are reaching epidemic proportions with 30 million diagnosed world-wide, 5.4 million diagnosed in the US with a prediction of 100 million cases world-wide by 2050. Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.?

What is causing these brain disasters? Our brain needs a steady insulin balance to function optimally. But when insulin rises too high, it can start a process where amyloid plaque develops and that plaque may eventually turn our brain cells hard like stone. Insulin surges start the process of brain cell destruction. Dr. Perlmutter, the author of “Grain Brain,” comments, “These plaques are the buildup of an odd protein that essentially hijacks the brain and takes the place of normal brain cells”.

Baby boomers need to act NOW because we have been eating foods that are “brain enemies” for 20 to 25 years and this has allowed our brain to accumulate this damaging plague. And when we start losing mental ground, this is no joke. It is time to do something about it yesterday.

Grains: Friend or Foe?

All grains contain a grain sugar called AMYLOSE that can cause major inflammation in the supple brain cell membranes. And if that inflammation continues, it has the potential to turn those membranes into a brick wall. So even if you are attempting to eat healthy by including whole grains into your diet, OR if you continue to eat the “white stuff”, BOTH can cause widespread inflammation and potential damage.

Gluten Sensitivity: Rare or Common?

A few of my first time patients have argued that going gluten free is just a fad. But is that true? Gluten sensitivity symptoms extend way beyond the typical gas, bloating and diarrhea that most people expect. Gluten sensitivity can also present as brain fog, stiff muscles, headaches, skin problems (the list goes on and on) but many times it goes undiagnosed. In fact, it is estimated that 99% of people with gluten sensitivity remain unaware of their condition.

What can gluten do to our brain?

Gluten or “gliaden” molecules can attack the neurological system with a vengeance. Sensing a foreign invader, the body will send inflammatory cytokines to attack the gluten molecules, damaging tissue and causing leaky gut. In turn, those same cytokines can damage brain tissue, leaving it vulnerable to dysfunction and disease. Fortunately, more specific gluten testing is now available for anyone who is concerned about declining brainpower.

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