Misconceptions About Cognitive Health

Are you dealing with regular brain fog?

Are "senior moments" becoming more regular than you'd like to admit?

Are you also experiencing moodiness, fatigue, and trouble sleeping?

These aren't signs of "getting older" or being stressed out. They are indications that your cognitive health may be at risk.

The Symptoms

Issues with cognitive or neurological health can involve many symptoms. For example, ones accepted as “just part of getting older” – like brain fog or forgetting names to more severe signs like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Through medical research, we now realize that many symptoms of cognitive decline originate in other parts of the body, not just the brain itself – including chronic inflammation and stealth infections.

But the time to act is to effectively reverse them before more brain tissue and function are compromised.

In my practice, I find that other neurological problems — brought on by head trauma from sports or car accidents — aren’t always given the proper treatment at the time of occurrence.

This can cause mystery neurological issues later in life, leading to depression, vertigo, poor balance, and changes in sleep patterns.

Conventional Treatment Approaches

Severe cognitive decline is typically seen among aging adults (60+), but now, more individuals, even in their 40s, are starting to suffer from cognitive issues.

Most people suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), including memory loss – for example, the inability to quickly remember names and numbers, which doesn’t hugely impact their ability to maintain necessary daily activities.

Conventional medicine states there is no cure for severe cognitive decline, but they fail to recognize the ability to treat early cognitive decline before the brain is in severe decline.

Many conventionally trained doctors still believe that memory loss results from the aging brain losing chemicals (like acetylcholine) that allow your brain cells to communicate properly. 

While that is partly true, it’s only a small part of the story. Typically, they prescribe medications to boost neurotransmitters (which only help marginally) but never address the other systemic insults leading to impaired brain function in the first place.

If memory medications truly worked, then cognitive decline would be a manageable issue, instead of the growing problem that it is.

The Functional Medicine Approach

While conventionally trained doctors are great at acute care, they frequently don’t have the specialized training and tools to deal with chronic disorders, including cognitive decline and dealing with issues like memory loss, brain fog, anxiety, and depression – which can sometimes be mistakenly diagnosed as emotional issues.

The functional medicine approach to healing cognitive decline is also a “whole body” approach to therapy – not just reaching a primary diagnosis.

This means I look at all the systems in the body to see how they impact your brain, including your gut and hormone balance, as well as deficiencies in key nutrients.

I also examine your toxic load and analyze how your environment might impact your brain. I see this often with my patients who have brain health issues due to toxic mold exposure, heavy metal poisoning, or high levels of inflammation due to gut imbalances.

I also test to see if you have undiagnosed food allergies that can cause gut issues, brain fog, anxiety, and insomnia.

Through advanced medical research, I’ve recently discovered that nutrition plays a massive part in the health of your brain. Unfortunately, nutrition is not a current part of your standard medical school training but is a primary focus in functional medicine training.

I’ve also discovered that deficiencies in key brain nutrients could be to blame for many cognitive issues – which I correct with high-quality, medical-grade supplementation and a functional nutrition diet.

Only with a deep understanding of the complex interplay between the gut, inflammation, hormonal health, and other factors can a functional medicine-trained practitioner assess the true causes of cognitive decline.

While the Bredesen protocol is wonderful for your brain, it also benefits your entire body as I look at your whole system and help you to make the needed changes to get your health back on track.

The earlier cognitive impairments are diagnosed, the sooner you can start addressing them – so feel free to schedule your free discovery call to see what the best next steps are for you.

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