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Brain Fog an early Symptom… Telling the DIfference Between Alzheimer’s & Dementia- Take the quiz…

By Datis Kharrazian, PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN

Commonly mistaken for each other,
Alzheimer’s and dementia are related, but
not the same thing.

Understanding the distinction between
the two and how brain inflammation is
involved in their development is
important.

How do dementia and Alzheimer’s differ?

Dementia is not a specific disease; it’s an
umbrella term for symptoms that indicate
advanced degeneration of the brain, or the
death of brain cells. It causes loss of
memory and brain function severe enough
to interfere with daily life.

Damage to brain cells leads to dementia.
This damage interferes with the cells’ ability to communicate with each other, affecting thinking, behavior and
feelings. Various factors can affect breakdown of brain cells, including physical trauma, diet, exercise,
oxygenation (anemia), and other lifestyle and environmental factors.

Damaged brain cells lead to dead brain cells and hence brain degeneration.

Common dementia symptoms
• Memory loss
• Problems with communication and language
• Loss of ability to focus and pay attention
• Loss of reasoning and judgment
• Changes in visual perception

Alzheimer’s disease is a specific form of dementia that affects distinct parts of the brain that control thought,
memory, and language. It is the most common cause of dementia, responsible for 50 to 80 percent of dementia
cases. There are early and late symptoms, indicating stage of progression.

Other common causes of dementia are Huntington’s disease, Post-stroke dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Each one is involved with cell damage to specific areas of the brain.

Early Alzheimer’s symptoms
• Apathy
• Depression
• Difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events

Later Alzheimer’s symptoms
• Impaired communication
• Poor judgment
• Disorientation
• Confusion
• Behavior changes
• Difficulty speaking, swallowing, and walking

Not everyone with one or more of these symptoms has Alzheimer’s or dementia, but it’s important to find out.
Early detection and treatment can make a huge difference.
Dementia symptoms are not “normal aging”

You’ve heard it before: “Grandma’s misplaced her keys again,” or, “I can’t seem to remember names like I used
to!”

Early warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s are popularly attributed to “normal aging,” so nobody pays
much attention. This is a dangerous misconception because these changes reflect abnormal breakdown of brain
cells.

As for later symptoms, many of us have known someone who slowly and sadly drifted into mental
disorientation, eventually landing in assisted care until death.

Sign and symptoms of dementia DO NOT reflect normal aging of the brain. Many dementias are progressive,
meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually worsen. Caught early enough, it may be possible to slow or
even stop the progression before it’s too late.

Functional medicine and functional neurology offer effective tools in identifying and managing brain-based
changes that can lead to dementia.

You can learn how to evaluate brain function, utilize protocols to slow or even stop progression, and learn
strategies known to prevent the cell damage that commonly causes dementia.

It’s critical to take action before the damage becomes irreversible.

Brain fog as an early symptom

Do you suffer from the following symptoms of brain fog? Take the QUIZ -Do you have any of the following??
• Perpetual mental fog
• Trouble concentrating or remembering things
• Life always seem difficult and tiring
• Depression
• Fatigue
• Lack of motivation

If so, you may have brain inflammation.

Why does this matter?

Because brain fog can lead to early brain degeneration that may be irreversible if caught too late.
Although brain fog is not addressed by conventional medicine, it responds well to functional medicine protocols.

Brain fog signals brain inflammation — functional medicine can help

When you sprain an ankle, you know something is wrong because of the pain, redness and swelling. But an
inflamed brain doesn’t hurt.

Instead, it causes fatigue, foggy thinking, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, and depression. People don’t realize
these are symptoms of poor brain health.

This is because the brain’s immune system does not have this “off-switch,” and inflammation can crawl through
the brain like an unchecked fire, destroying tissue along the way.
This accelerates brain aging and raises the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and other brain
degenerative diseases. Brain inflammation can even lead to psychiatric mood disorders.

Causes of brain inflammation that functional medicine can help
• Chronic inflammation
• Blood sugar imbalances (hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, or diabetes)
• Hypothyroidism
• Gut infections
• Heavy metals and other environmental toxins
• Stress and lack of sleep
• Head injuries or stroke

Food intolerances are a major cause of brain fog
One of the more common causes of brain fog is a food intolerance, particularly to gluten. Many people have
banished brain fog simply by going gluten-free. In fact, research shows gluten is linked to a variety of
neurological and psychological disorders.

Functional medicine solutions

Thankfully, the brain responds well to functional medicine dietary and lifestyle strategies. Functional medicine
can not only eliminate symptoms, but also improve brain function for years to come.

 

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