Memory & Brain Articles

Memory loss and the health of your brain are complicated issues that are of growing concern for people as they age. The articles below contain information about your memory and brain health, that can help stay alert as you age.

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Your Genes are Not Your Destiny: The Promise of Epigenetics

There is an exciting medical revolution underway. Many experts consider it the single greatest scientific discovery of the last century, one that could have a profound effect on your health in the near future. An emerging science known as epigenetics | Read More…

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PQQ Solved Jennifer’s Memory and Energy Problems

“I’m really worried about getting older, doctor. Every year it seems like I have less energy and less ability to learn and remember things. I know it’s impossible to stop aging, but I’m just hoping there’s something you can give | Read More…

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Inflammation, Memory, and Hormone Balance: Three Supplements

Every month, thousands of new clinical trials are published in scientific journals. Unfortunately, due to the sheer volume of studies, few physicians have the time to explore new research. But years ago, I discovered that combing through these publications is | Read More…

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Omega 3s: Essential Fats You’re Missing

When Sonia first came to my office two years ago, she clearly needed help. Her symptoms were the all-too-familiar assortment of problems, ranging from aching joints and low-grade depression to memory issues and a stubborn 20 pounds that just would | Read More…

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Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms, Risks, and Prevention

If you know someone with Parkinson’s disease, you know how difficult it can be to live with this illness. Often, Parkinson’s begins with tiny, almost imperceptible changes – a bit of tremor in the hand, anxiety, constipation, stiff muscles, movements | Read More…

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Tips to Fight Memory Loss — Supplements and Self-care

If you’re like most of my patients, you’re concerned about your memory. As the years go by, you’ve probably noticed small – but disturbing – changes: forgetting a good friend’s name, walking into a room and then wondering why, telling | Read More…

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Improve Your Memory with These Supplements

If you’re like most of my patients, you’re concerned about your memory. As the years go by, you’ve probably noticed small – but disturbing – changes: forgetting a good friend’s name, walking into a room and then wondering why, telling | Read More…

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Metoprolol & Memory Loss, My Patient’s Story

After more than 20 years as a judge, Madeline came to me distraught and miserable. “I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I can’t remember anything,” she confided in my office. “I sit in court all day, listening to | Read More…

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Good Fat vs. Bad Fat: A Simple Healthy Guide

Judging by the questions I’m getting from my patients and readers, there’s some confusion about fat, particularly the saturated variety. I’m not surprised. There are so many myths when it comes to fat, even doctors sometimes have a hard time | Read More…

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Easy Breakfast Options to Improve Your Health and Memory

Are you a regular breakfast eater? Or, like many of my patients, do you skip the first meal of the day because you’re too busy, not hungry, or trying to lose weight? Here’s a word to the wise — if | Read More…

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Orange Berry Smoothie

Serves 1 Here’s a quick and easy way to start your day. This smoothie is made with fresh fruit and protein powder, so you’ll get a good balance of carbohydrates, nutrients, and protein. Enjoy it with two slices of whole | Read More…

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Vegetable Stew with Lentils and Beans

Serves 6 to 8 One of the best ways to fight inflammation is with nutritious vegetable- and bean-rich fare. This delicious stew is perfect for a warming winter meal. And hold on to those leftovers! The flavor of the stew | Read More…

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

If you’re like many of my patients, you’re concerned about your memory. It’s easy to understand why. Our memories are an essential part of who we are. Plus, it’s awfully frustrating – not to mention embarrassing – when memory fails | Read More…

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Teriyaki Salmon Kebabs with Vegetables

Serves 4 Here’s a dilemma: Eating certain types of fish, such as salmon, trout, and herring, provides the good fats we need for better brain functions, among other things. But fish is also polluted with mercury, something none of us | Read More…

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Could You Have Adult ADD?

Discussions of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) normally revolve around children with behavioral and/or learning difficulties. But ADHD and its cousin, ADD (attention deficit disorder without hyperactivity, which is more common in grown-ups), can persist into adulthood. In fact, over half of | Read More…

How Mark Overcame Adult ADD

For as long as he could remember, Mark was fascinated with cars — toy cars, real cars, handmade models, it didn’t matter. Mark just loved cars. He earned a very good living writing sitcoms for various television shows, so he | Read More…

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Is It Alzheimer’s… or Something Else?

If there’s one thing my patients have in common, it’s concern about developing Alzheimer’s disease. With more than 4 million sufferers in the U.S. alone, most of us either know someone with the disease or have heard the horror stories | Read More…

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How to Identify a Stroke: 3 Easy Tests

Here are two important statistics I’d like to share with you. First, every 45 seconds, someone in this country has a stroke. Second, as many as 80 percent of those strokes could have been prevented. Eighty percent! That is not | Read More…

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8 Easy Ways to Improve Memory and Brain Function

Do you want some solutions to help you improve memory and brain function? If so, you’re far from alone. The majority of my middle-aged and older patients are concerned about staying mentally sharp. A client I’ll call Wayne summed it | Read More…

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Whole-Grain Penne with Kale, Garlic, and Tomatoes

Kale, one of the underrated jewels of the produce department, is loaded with brain-beneficial substances, including compounds that fight inflammation, assist the liver with detoxification, and boost the immune system. Kale is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, | Read More…

Wayne’s Embarrassing “Senior Moment”

After watching his father struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, Wayne was understandably concerned about whether he might develop the condition. Despite that, Wayne’s lifestyle left an awful lot to be desired, especially his habit of binging on fast food and sitting | Read More…

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Is it true that apple cider vinegar helps circulation?

Absolutely. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of different benefits. One of which is to remove calcium deposits in blood vessel walls. In fact, there was a study conducted on dairy cows that showed a positive change in the blood | Read More…

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How to Age Well and Add 10 Years to Your Life

If you’ve ever dreamed of stopping Father Time, I have good news. The old guy may not be stoppable quite yet, but we do know how to slow him down — a lot! The average American already has a very | Read More…

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Blueberry-Carrot Salad

Blueberries and carrots are good sources of health-promoting antioxidants, while the pineapple provides enzymes that aid digestion. I recommend organic ingredients whenever possible. Ingredients Juice of one lemon 4 teaspoons maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup diced red pepper | Read More…

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The Real Skinny on Omega-3s

As a practicing physician, my patients keep me on my toes with a steady stream of questions. One of the most common involves supplement recommendations, especially when it comes to which nutrients are most important. When I reply that fish | Read More…

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Garlic-Butter Baked Halibut

When it comes to fish, halibut is a good alternative to salmon. This dish is quick and easy. Serve it with a mixed green salad and brown rice pilaf or oven-roasted potatoes. Ingredients 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 | Read More…

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Foods & Vitamins that Reduce Body Inflammation

Imagine discovering that one of your best friends is a traitor. This person, who you’ve trusted for years, is suddenly doing terrible things behind your back — things that could make you very, very sick. That scenario describes inflammation. At | Read More…