I'm treating a 59 year old woman who complained of brain fog and constipation. She has also been too weak to work out. After about a month of treatment, she told me today that she can 'hold onto thoughts' now. She also said that she has had no brain fog for over a week! She said she no longer has to eat 3 prunes and beets daily to get herself 'regular'. She also had a great idea. This was to watch workout videos, instead of actually doing them. When you watch something and visualize your own body doing it, you actually do activate lots of neurons to 'mimic' the movements. So, we're hoping that watching the videos first will prepare her body and brain for when her body can actually perform the movements. She hasn't been able to workout for years. She said she tried this for 20 minutes last week and it was physically exhausting. We'll keep you posted on her progress.
Last night, in Seattle, I met Art Thiel. He is an author and sports journalist. We spoke for 15 minutes about the fear that NFL football players have of getting dementia. Football is hard on the body and the brain. I explained how even if there is much physical damage or damage to the brain itself, you can still stimulate and create new pathways! I told him that sense of smell should be checked in each Seahawk player to determine if they are on the road to dementia. (20 years before people get dementia, they lose their sense of smell). He said he would tell Russell Wilson about me. There are things to do to mitigate damage to the brain and even improve function in most people.
Did you know that 20 years before people get dementia, they lost their sense of smell? This is an important part of my examination. Can you prevent/improve loss of smell? Absolutely! I've seen it happen dozens of times.
Did you know there's a fairly new disorder called 'Sensory Deprivation Disorder'? All of your senses travel up pathways to your brain and go to the thalamus, then to the parietal cortex. If there is a problem with these pathways, there usually will be a problem with your sensory system.