Roadmap to Clarity

Created in partnership with our Medical and Dental Advisory Board to facilitate conversations on how to prevent and treat symptoms of dementia.

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Reversible Causes

How you proceed depends on your personal circumstances. Each section contains helpful information about one of the reversible causes of dementia.

  • Nutrition
  • Brain function can be strongly influenced by what we put in our mouths: some foods promote brain health, and others can erode it over time.
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  • Inflammation
  • A short-term inflammatory response results in healing; if inflammation persists and becomes chronic, it leads to a host of problems, including confusion and memory loss.
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  • Environmental Toxins
  • Everything from artificial food additives, to pollutants in our water and air, to chemicals in our household cleaning products and furnishings, build up over time in our body.
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  • Physical, Mental and Social Activity
  • Maintaining meaningful relationships, keeping physically active by exercising, and pursuing our passions and interests all contribute to staying mentally intact as we age.
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  • Prescription Medications
  • Drugs, especially pain medications, psychotropic drugs, and statins (which attack the very substance of which the brain is made) can severely disrupt cognition.
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  • Prolonged Stress
  • As the body ages, it becomes more vulnerable to stress. Major life changes are all stressful events. Our outlook on aging, and how we process these events, determine the toll they take on us.
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  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • So-called silver amalgam fillings contain 50 percent mercury, and that mercury can create vapor, cross the blood-brain barrier, and destroy neurons even without contact.
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  • Sleep and Breathing Problems
  • Untreated Airway/Sleep Disorders deprives the brain of much-needed oxygen, short circuits vitally important detoxing and restorative functions, and can thus lead to dementia.
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  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Many people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia have low levels of T3 thyroid hormone. Low hormone levels put us at risk as well.
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  • Physical and Emotional Trauma
  • Traumatic events in our lives–from verbal, physical and emotional abuse to accidents, brain injury and PTSD – may all play a role in future cognitive dysfunction.
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Tips and Suggestions

If you are not constrained by time and resources and have the ability to do a full range of testing and treatment, you might consider finding a top functional medicine/integrative physician, a mercury-safe dentist, and a holistic health coach. They will run tests right up front and implement corrective strategies accordingly, many of them concurrently. Learn how to find the best practitioner for you.

For some of the causes, it is possible for you to educate yourself and begin to see what might work for you.

  • Review the dietary suggestions and compare them with what you currently eat.
  • Take all your prescriptions, supplements, and over-the-counter remedies to an experienced pharmacist to see which ones, individually or in combination, might be affecting your memory.
  • Think about what toxins or heavy metals you might have been exposed to in your professional workplace, your home environment, and your past medical and dental care. Make a list.

These types of activities may yield useful information for a discussion with your healthcare professional.