Memory is one of our greatest assets in life. Memory allows us to appreciate what we have been through and who was with us. We have been fortunate to help many people over the years with memory problems. We have helped athletes, children and senior adults who were struggling with memory problems. Memory problems, including Alzheimer’s Disease, are growing at an alarming rate in the United States. In these cases, we often see poor brain function on a brain map and neurological exam and metabolic factors.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is believed to begin an average of 30 years before the first symptoms appear. AD is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. 50% of families in the US have a family member with this disease. If you reach age 85, there is a 50 percent chance you will develop AD. This process bankrupts families and costs the US approximately 100 billion per year. Many people, including myself, believe that we can take proper steps to limit the number of those affected with this disease.
Athletes in their 30’s and 40’s are frequently visiting our office dealing with memory problems. Many of these patients have a history of head trauma. There is a well documented correlation between memory issues and head trauma. We are able to help many of these cases with proper brain rehab, nutrition and metabolic work. Our body has an incredible ability to heal itself given the right environment.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but we can do our best to ensure we have proper brain activation, proper nutrition and keep the free radicals and inflammation in check. Our brain is like a muscle. If we work it out in the proper way, we can help maximize its potential. Dr. Daniel Amen calls the brain, “the most complex and powerful organ in the universe.” The power and complexity of the brain allows it to have great recovery power.
The risk factors for memory problems are: a family member with memory issues, head injury, heart disease, history of stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression, ADD, exercise less than 2 times per week, and those that do not engage in regular learning.
The first step is to analyze your brain function with a brain map. A 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized analysis of the electrical activity of the brain (QEEG) helps us determine how well your brain is functioning. If we find problems, we can often correct them with neurofeedback and brain rehabilitation exercises.
The second step is to determine the amount of inflammation in the body and how that is causing the different systems of the body to function. We can find this out with laboratory testing. With these findings, we can often use nutritional supplements to maximize each patient’s potential.
If we can help you in any way, including brain mapping and help with memory issues, call us at 770.237.3970 or check us out at themartinclinic.com