We must protect our memory. Memory is one of our greatest assets. Thankfully we are beginning to learn how. Proper brain activation, low inflammatory levels, nutrition and gut health are showing to help a lot in the prevention of memory problems. It is very important to recognize that lifestyle factors, even when we are young, contribute to memory problems.

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. The numbers are astonishing. There are some reports out there that say you have a one in two chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease after age 85. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. But many healthcare providers, including myself, believe you can strengthen your brain and the factors associated with your brain with regards to Alzheimer’s and have less chance in developing this disease. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is believed to begin an average of 30 years before the first symptoms appear. It is important to take steps to prevent this disease and to monitor the health of your brain. One of the easiest ways to monitor the health of your brain is brain mapping.

Brain mapping is the analysis of the electrical activity of the brain. The electrical activity of the brain is associated with brain function. The research is promising for brain mapping. The Rodriguez research group found brain maps were helpful in distinguishing normal aging and the Alzheimer’s brain. The Claus research group found brain maps can help distinguish cognitive and functional decline. The Nobili research group found brain maps are “a low-cost, discomfortfree technique which may be used to obtain information on the timing of disease evolution (dementia). The Onishi research group found brain maps “may be a useful indicator of cognitive decline in patients with memory complaints.” The Prichep research group found that brain mapping could help as a “differential predictor of future cognitive state in normal, subjectively impaired elderly.” The Waser research group found brain maps “could provide aid in the diagnostics of early-stage AD.”

After brain map analysis, we can often change the map and function of the brain with neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is the process of training the electrical activity of the brain back into normal levels. This is a painless process that is performed with computers and brain sensors. We often perform this therapy while a patient watches a movie. Our experience with early memory issues has been very promising as well. We are seeing people dealing with mild to moderate memory issues really turn things around with brain training.

It is about taking action. One of the first steps in protecting yourself against Alzheimer’s disease is getting a brain map. Another is having your blood work analyzed by a doctor who practices on a functional model rather than a disease state model. We offer both and are always happy to help.

When you are ready to take action, call us to schedule you brain map at 770.237.3970 or check us out at themartinclinic.com.