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For Yourself or Your Loved Ones

It’s holiday season, and please think of good health as the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. Our annual December tradition starts today: store-wide 10% discount so you can take care of yourself or your loved ones during this bus …


Type 2 Diabetes and the Brain

Did you know that researchers find an utterly clear and repeatedly confirmed connection between eating too much sugar (it’s less than one might think!), keeping too much of it in our blood (happens naturally as we age), and then cluttering up our brain …


Mold and Your Brain

Where is the mold? We all think of mold as a bit of bathtub grime or perhaps a bloom on something that should be tossed from the refrigerator and not eaten. Perhaps it was a science project in elementary school: “how many colors of mold are there?” Of …


Pre-eclampsia and dementia

A study just released showed that women with a history of pre-eclampsia (hypertension, edema, and protein in the urine during pregnancy) have a marked (350%!!!) increased risk of dementia. The risk is primarily for vascular dementia, which is not stric …


Out With the Old… Brain Housecleaning!

Of course when you buy a couch, you have to find a way to get the old one out of the living room before you bring in the new one. Your brain is very similar: there is a clear mechanism for sorting memories into two categories, keep as permanent or disc …


You and Your ApoE4 Gene

How is my brain? If you’ve heard me speak about genetics, you know I recommend that my patients obtain their raw genetic data from 23andMe.com, choosing either the Ancestry package ($99) or the Health and Ancestry package ($199). Both options analyze a …


Southern Oregon Lecture Series on Brain Health

You are all invited to join us at the Asante Regional Smullin Center in Medford, Oregon the last Tuesday of every month and in at the Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland, Oregon the last Thursday of every other month. We generally have a presentation lastin …


Spotlight on Brain News, #2

I have two work stations for study and writing. About half the time I sit straight on a cushioned chair and face a desk-top computer; the other half of the time I stand in front of a waist-high level counter for reading, writing and (at the moment) com …


Spotlight on Brain News, #1

Have you noticed that it seems everyone is talking about the brain? Talk shows, human interest articles and medical research pop up in our newspapers and online newsfeeds on a regular basis. Every week there are new findings, new hopes, and of cou …


Sleep and Your Brain

Malcolm had struggled with sleep for years, and was finally happy: he had found a great sleep aid available at his local drug store, a product that seemed to help him get to sleep and stay asleep quite regularly. I discovered Unisom™ on his list of med …


The ApoE Gene

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I have been fascinated recently with the intersecting stories of genetics, lifestyle choices, and dementia, and thought I’d share with you some of the information specific  to genetics!   Disclaimer: If you don’t believe in the process of evo …


Three Times Thirty: Aging with Grace and Protein

Do You Have Insulin Resistance? I have written before about sarcopenia which I see as an increasing problem among folks as we age, seriously impacting quality of life when it becomes advanced. We naturally lose muscle bulk (and effectiveness) as we age …


Insulin Resistance and the ApoE4 Gene

Just by looking, you wouldn’t guess that Julie was pre-diabetic. Tall and slim, consistently athletic, she looked like the picture of health for a woman in her 40’s. She, however, knew that wasn’t the case. She ran into people in the store who seemed t …


DIY Memory Health: Part 3 of 3

Recently in the news one of the online brain exercise programs announced some great results using brain training games to prevent Alzheimer’s. The current study was a re-analysis of former data collected from observing almost 3000 healthy older adults …


DIY Memory Health: Part 2 of 3

How is your brain rejuvenation program going? In the first article, I described the basic lifestyle habits associated with improved and maintained brain function. Let’s talk more specifically about each step and where to go from here. Anti-inflammatory …


DIY Memory Health: Part 1 of 3

There’s a lot you can do to enhance your own brain and memory health. Memory can be improved by paying attention to details of diet and lifestyle, as well as taking some crucial supplements. To make things simpler for you I’ll divide up these issues in …


Feed Your Brain

Everything we put in our mouths affects the health of our brains. What we are learning now is that sweets don’t appear to be good for our brains, while healthy fats are excellent brain food. The whole story, however, gets much more complex than that. G …