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The Facts About Memory Loss

Recently the American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that age-related mental function declines in healthy, normal people has reached epidemic proportions in people over the age of fifty. Memory is our ability to recall sensations, impressions, and ideas. Memories are "stored" in the pathways of cells called neurons in the brain. Damage to these neural pathways can result in certain kinds of memory loss. Short-term memory refers to the ability to remember recent events - those that happened minutes to hours ago. Long-term memory refers to the ability to recall events that occurred weeks or years ago.

Science has shown that memory loss is<i>not</i> a normal and inevitable part of aging.In the past, we accepted memory loss and confusion as a normal and inevitable part of aging, but science has shown that it is not. As we age, it may take us a little longer to remember things and some minor memory loss is normal (more than two-thirds of Americans report some memory loss with age, and very few of these have any type of brain disease), but with proper care a person's memory can remain relatively sharp and active during their entire lifetime.

A decline in intellectual function. The main disease of the brain is called dementia. Dementia itself is not a disease but is caused by diseases such as Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Cruetzfeldt Jacobs disease, liver disease, kidney disease, hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiencies, syphillis, AIDS, encephalitis, meningitis, and by poisoning or overdose of lead, mercury, anti-anxiety drugs and anti-seizure drugs.

Symptoms of dementia include forgetfulness, repetition of words or movements, getting lost or disoriented, reduced ability to perform complex tasks, trouble communicating, difficulty sleeping, changes in behavior or personality, and neglect of personal safety, hygiene, or nutrition. Some causes of dementia are curable such as vitamin deficiencies and reactions to drugs and chemicals, but other causes, such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia are currently thought by many professionals to be irreversible; however, several studies show otherwise (click here to read about some of this research). But nutrition research is still being done and several studies have shown great improvements through specific supplements.

  • Alzheimer's Disease: A disease in which changes in the brain's nerve cells result in the death of large numbers of these cells.
    Go to main Alzheimer's page for more information.

  • Vascular Dementia (Multi-Infarct Dementia): A disease in which a series of small strokes or changes in the brain's blood supply may result in the death of brain tissue. People with this disease show improvement until more strokes occur. The primary cause of vascular dementia is high blood pressure.
    Click Here for our HBP-kit (nutritional support for high blood pressure).

    If you are worried about memory loss and suspect that you might have a problem go see your doctor. If you are diagnosed with some form of dementia he may recommend medications to treat the disease or reduce some of the symptoms in the case of Alzheimer's or vascular dementia. Those with dementia need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain general health. Since nutrition is important supplementation may be necessary to insure the proper intake of all nutrients. Family members and friends can help the person suffering from dementia carry on with their normal life as much as possible, and there are many activities and exercises that can be done to keep the mind sharp and active such as developing hobbies, using memory aids, avoiding alcohol, and participating in activities that stimulate the mind.

    For a list of our mental health products Click Here.

    For a list of our M-kits (nutritional support for Alzheimer's disease) Click Here.

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