Dementia: What happens when you lose your mind?

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There are many reasons for this rise in people who have dementia no one is immune to this risk.

Dementia literally means losing your mind in a way that prevents you from taking care of yourself, from doing your job and earning a living, and from enjoying life.  This problem has been increasing in the US and is incapacitating people of all ages so that they become dependent on their families and society for support of their life, such as it is.  We will discuss the problem, cause and some solutions available to everyone.

Dementia, or literally neural degeneration, is rising at a rapid rate in the US. Dementia includes a group of diseases whose outcome is brain damage, from strokes, infections, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and post traumatic brain damage to name several.

There are many reasons for this rise in people who have dementia no one is immune to this risk.  The causes of dementia that put people at risk are:

  • Aging and loss of anabolic hormones (Estradiol, Testosterone, Growth Hormone)
  • Obesity (50% of Americans)
  • Diabetes (30% of Americans)
  • Inactivity
  • Poor Diet (fast foods, junk food)
  • Stress
  • Toxins in the environment (increases yearly)
  • Genetics for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Neiman Pick’s Disease
  • Head trauma (contact sports, auto accidents, other trauma)

What do you do to lower your risk of losing your ability to think and take care of yourself?

Hormone Replacement:

First, if you are over 45 you are losing the hormones that are anabolic or “growth hormones” whose job it is to replace sick and old cells and keep your body in homeostasis—equal breakdown and growth.  That’s where our bodies live when we are young, and it is primarily maintained by the hormones; testosterone, estrogen and growth hormone.  Two of these hormones should be replaced as soon as symptoms of low testosterone and estradiol occur (for women, menopause), and with T replacement, growth hormone generally is stimulated to normal young healthy levels (150-350).

Diet: Mediterranean with low carbs, no processed carbs and lots of healthy fats

Diet for humans is like putting gas in your car—you get the performance you put into your body.  If you put junk in that’s how you will feel now or in the future as you age.


Exercise: Humans are built to exercise every day

TOXINS: Avoid using garden sprays, weed killers, cleaning products without a mask and gloves, eat organic, grow your own vegetables, cleanse once a week with activated charcoal

Genetics are hardwired but you can modify them by your lifestyle

  • APO E4/E4 and APO E3/E4 risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Positive Family history of Dementia/ Parkinson’s Disease

Treat the Diseases that increase the risk of Dementia:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Inflammation from poor dentition, obesity, painful joints and autoimmune diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Vascular plaque
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Thick blood from erythrocytosis
  • Liver disease
  • Infections such as hepatitis

What to Do:

  1. Clean up your diet and throw away all those junk foods
  2. Lose weight
  3. Go to the dentist
  4. Take your prescribed medications
  5. Take supplements listed
  6. Exercise daily
  7. Blood dumps if you have hemochromatosis and erythrocytosis
  9. Take anti -inflammatory meds to prevent inflammation damage

This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author.


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