January 23, 2017

If I Only Had A Brain

 Proven Formula To Keep Your Brain and Life in Tiptop Condition

by Michael Tyrrell

As a child, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor epic film, The Wizard Of Oz fascinated me. You remember the Cowardly Lion, The Tin Woodsman, and the lovable Scarecrow? Each of these characters needed a miracle from the Wizard. The lion needed courage. The tin man needed a heart. And the Scarecrow… the poor fellow…why, he needed a brain.

For the Scarecrow the term, “brain health” was an oxymoron. Here are the lyrics to the song the Scarecrow sang to Dorothy:

“I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers

Consultin’ with the rain.

And my head I’d be scratchin’ while

My thoughts were busy hatchin’

If I only had a brain.

I’d unravel every riddle for any individ’le,

In trouble or in pain.

With the thoughts I’d be thinkin’

I could be another Lincoln

If I only had a brain.

Oh, I could tell you why the ocean’s near the shore.

I could think of things I never thunk before.

And then I’d sit, and think some more.

I would not be just a nuffin’ my head all full of stuffin’

My heart all full of pain.

I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry,

If I only had a brain.”

Obviously, the Scarecrow had a brain, but he felt insecure in using it. It would literally be impossible for him to live without a brain let alone, sing, dance and carry on a conversation with his friends. Perhaps what the Scarecrow felt is what 1 in 5 Americans over the age of 18, feel every year who suffer with mental illness.[1]

Think about it… about 43.7 million American adults, or over 18% of the total adult population in the U.S., are suffering from mental illness. And to add insult to injury, this statistic only includes those enduring conditions such as depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, and autism.

When you add neurological diseases such as, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis the statistics are staggering!!! This doesn’t even take brain conditions like PTSD and TBIs (traumatic brain injuries) into account!

Like the Scarecrow, all of these precious people just want a healthy brain.

Brain Damage from Your Medicine Cabinet

Drugs will also wreak havoc on your brain. While it is obvious that street drugs are dangerous, you may be surprised to see the devastating effects that prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications have on brain health.

Here is some scary research that made me throw out a couple of items in my medicine cabinet! According to a recent Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine study, certain medications both prescribed and OTC, can increase a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.[2]

The study, conducted at the University of Seattle in Washington, looked at common drugs that have an anticholinergic effect on the brain. This means they interfere with the ability of a crucial brain chemical called acetylcholine (ACh) to attach to nerve cells. Without ACh doing its job transmitting messages between brain cells, you would become drowsy, forgetful and confused.

anticholinergic medicines that cause dementia 2People with Alzheimer’s often lack adequate levels of acetylcholine. Click to Tweet.

Some of the medicines that have anticholinergic activity and can increase the possibility of developing dementia are:

  • Tricyclic antidepressants, such as doxepin
  • Antihistamines like Benadryl (diphen-hydramine)
  • Advil PM
  • Detrol (tolterodine), which treats overactive bladder

The data was based on 3,434 participants over the age of 64 that did not suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. After seven years of follow-up, researchers found that 797 participants who had taken the anticholineric drugs developed dementia. Of those that developed dementia, 637 participants (18.5%) eventually developed Alzheimer’s disease.

For a more complete list of which drugs have anticholinergic effects, please visit here. Do you have any of these drugs in your medicine cabinet? If so, you may want to do what I did….throw them in the garbage.

Do you remember the anti-drug ad campaign from the late 1980s that equated eggs being fried with frying one’s brain on drugs?[3] “This is your brain. This is drugs. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?” Turns out they were right.

Unfortunately, as you can see, a large percentage of brain damage results from drug use. This is true not only of illegal drugs, but also of prescription and OTC medication. The truth is we need to know the long term effects of what we put in our bodies. I am preaching to myself as well!

Help Your Brain by Staying Hydrated

In fact, let me tell about a recent incident in my life. What I did demonstrates that just because we “know” a lot about health and wellness, supplements, proper diet and exercise does not mean we always do everything by the book.

For a few months I have been feeling “off.” Because I wasn’t sleeping well, I started taking Advil PM to help me sleep at night. I also started taking pseudephedrine for my allergies, every night. But when I coupled those medications with a crazy schedule, working long hard hours, and training to become a certified diver, it all became a recipe for disaster!

Staying hydrated in Florida (especially in the summer heat) is one of the most important factors for staying healthy. Well, I made a critical error on my second day of scuba diving certification. I forgot to hydrate before my beach dive!

Even though you are in water when diving, the ocean’s salt and the oxygen tank’s dry air dehydrate you. So if you forget to drink water before you dive, you could have a problem. Immediately after my morning dive I felt fine, but by the middle of the night I was on my way to the emergency room!

You see, I created the perfect storm.

  • For months I was burning the candle at both ends.
  • I was using OTC medications on a regular basis.
  • I failed to properly hydrate, especially before going outside to dive and exercise.

Boom! I put my health at risk with overexertion and the results were adrenal exhaustion and electrolyte imbalance.

Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electrical charge. Nerve function depends on the processes that electrolytes regulate and maintain. Without these electric transmissions, the brain could not stay in control of the body’s many functions … and I learned this the hard way.

The presence of stress in your life can cause your body to develop an electrolyte imbalance. Electrolytes are part of the most basic of life functions, including nervous system control. Too much or too little of certain electrolytes can cause anxiety leading to a panic attack. I never knew what a panic attack was until I was on my way to the ER. Let me tell you, I don’t ever want to have another one!

When you crash and burn, don’t waste time looking for a culprit. Just look in the mirror, forgive yourself, and do what you know you need to do to get well.

My first choice to remedy the panic attacks was obviously to listen to Wholetones:

  • 396HZ (Open Door) is very relaxing and releases anxiety, guilt and fear
  • 741HZ (Great Awakening) brings the awareness of God for deep spiritual and emotional healing

To rehydrate I chose Electrolyte Stamina Power Paks, Everlast Hydrate Elite performance drink and coconut water. For adrenal support I took Cytozyme-AD and got lots of rest.

A New Mind

If you don’t take care of your brain, it can’t take care of you! Like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, I had a brain… I just didn’t use it. And that is the problem with a lot of us…we know what to do but often, for one reason or another, we don’t.

The apostle Paul says something quite similar in Romans 7:19, “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”

Imagine for a moment having two hard drives on the desktop of your computer. One is filled with good, the other, evil. And since you own the computer, you can choose which one you want to access.

A follower of Christ actually has this ability to choose. We have the ability to think either with human reasoning, or with the mind of Christ! Click to Tweet.

“For, who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach Him? But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

As you can plainly see, it’s up to you to decide what thoughts manifest in that wonderful brain of yours. Remember, as a man thinks, so he is! (Proverbs 23:7)

In writing an article about brain health, I would be remiss in my duty not to mention the Creator of our amazing brains…God Almighty. And since He created the brain, He knows what it takes to keep it healthy. You can eat right, exercise, take all the right supplements and still have an unhealthy brain. Stinking thinking can cripple the healthiest brain.

Here is a proven formula that will keep your brain and your life in tiptop condition. Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern (schematic) of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Without God’s mind all you have at your disposal is your human reasoning. How far do you think that will take you? Click to Tweet.

Remember, if you ask Jesus into your life…you now have His mind. That’s right…you have two hard drives to choose from! Here’s a hint: use God’s; it’s perfectly healthy.

Your whole life could change for the better right now…if you only had a brain! For me, giving my life to Jesus to run was a “no brainer!”

I urge you to give your life to Jesus Christ and let Him begin transforming your mind to become more like His.

Think about it.

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Michael TyrrellMichael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full-time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well-known musician.

 

 

Sources:
[1] http://www.samhsa.gov/disorders
[2] http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2091745
[3] Script for PSA by Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 1987

Overcome Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Naturally

Has someone you care about recently been told it’s time to settle their personal affairs and start arranging for “long-term” care — all because of symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

If your life seems to be suddenly going down a road you don’t want to go down because of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, then STOP and turn it around.

There’s only one reason 50% of Americans are told they will have irreversible Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the time they reach 85 . . . because it’s a BIG FAT LIE that’s sells more drugs!

Statistics like that are appalling because they’re nothing but ignorant predictions based on the absurd assumption people aren’t going to find their own cure for the problem.

Truth is Big Pharma would love to sell their Alzheimer’s drugs to everyone, if they could get away with it. They claim there’s no cure, because they don’t know the cause. Problem is they’re just not looking hard enough.

Just because your doctor is a “nice person” doesn’t guarantee he or she knows what they’re doing. There are a lot of well intentioned doctors out there that are nothing more than glorified drug dealers.

I know. It’s sad. But, what do you expect when only 3% of our medical institutions and universities don’t even offer nutritional and dietary courses? Medicine should be about healing, not money.

The fact is huge pharmaceutical companies currently fund many schools. Once funded, Big Pharma can influence the students, teachers and even the study courses.

“Despite the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars of research, not even a single degenerative disease has been cured in the last hundred years.” ~ Dr. Alan Greenberg.

So, once you get past the misinformation and lies, you’ll find relief that Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a drug deficiency or the inevitable “longterm” sentence it’s being played out to be.

Discovering The Truth about AD

The cause of Alzheimer’s is suspected to be a combination of poisons from vaccines, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metal amalgams (dental fillings) and artificial food additives (known to be neurotoxins), all coming together at once.

Frankly, it’s no wonder we’re seeing an explosion of neuro-degenerative diseases! Consider all the carcinogenic and excitotoxin Americans are exposed to Americans these days.

IF people keep taking drugs to treat simple nutritional imbalances caused from toxic exposure, then 50% or more of Americans will wind up institutionalized in some government funded “long term” care ward for Alzheimer’s victims — maybe even before they’re 85 years of age.

Here’s Where Your Brain Needs To Focus . . .

Alzheimer’s disease has a root cause just as everything does; it’s an inescapable the law of cause and effect.

It’s a simple concept when you think about it. Problem is most “Big Pharma-trained” doctors haven’t a clue how to find the root cause of anything. Not that they couldn’t, it’s just that they’re not inclined to. Most doctors just “react” to whatever effect, or symptoms, you may be complaining about by writing up another prescription or recommending surgery.

That’s typical Westernized medicine in a nutshell.

Getting To The Root Of The AD Problem

The main complaints from Alzheimer’s patients are loss of clear thinking, creativity and mental function. Once you lose your ability to reason, you’re in serious deep water.

When a doctor can’t find the root cause of a health problem, they always treat the symptom and a symptom is just an effect, not the cause.

It’s no mystery why mainstream media isn’t advertising a real solution for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It’s the same reason why Big Pharma isn’t investing in a natural cure: there’s simply more money and power in just treating the symptoms.

If you want to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease, first you need to look for the root cause. So, let’s put on our detective shoes and see if we can get to the bottom of all this.

Nothing threatens your freedom more than this disease. Read on to learn what you can do!

Normally, when all systems are “Go,” your brain and nervous system are continuously sending electrical signals throughout your entire body. As it turns out, your body is 75% water for a good reason. Water is a conductor of electricity if it contains trace minerals, called electrolytes. Every electrolyte carries an “ionic charge” that’s either negative or positive.

You have about 50 trillion cells that are in constant communication, as long as there is plenty of minerals and water flowing around to produce enough energy.

It’s common knowledge that your mental and motor functions depend primarily on all your cells transmitting and receiving information in the form of energy.

As far as your brain is concerned, all energy is information. The more energy, the better the communication. The better the communication, the healthier you are.

That’s how you see, feel, touch, smell and move around and think. It’s all about communication.

Alzheimer’s Disease Is A Communication Breakdown

All your cells are electrically charged. Your Red Blood Cells (RBC) carry a small “negative ion charge.”

As long as they carry this “ionic” charge, they are able to bounce off each other and more rapidly deliver helpful oxygen, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to all 50 trillion of your cells.

Healthy Red Blood Cells (RBC) also cleanse your body of acid waste, toxins and carbon dioxide.

Once they lose this electrical charge, then they start clumping together in clusters, literally collapsing in on their selves and creating dangerous blood clots, which can scar brain tissue and become plaque.

The simple lack of healthy water can cause Alzheimer like symptoms. Given time, these clumps of dirty Red Blood Cell (RBC) clots ravage your brain as oxygen, minerals and nutrient levels plunge.

Your Thirsty Brain

A simple case of chronic dehydration threatens all body functions, including your heart, brain and immune system, meaning it is of primary importance to preventing or curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Without adequate water, all of these sensitive body systems will slowly degenerate as toxic build-up destroys your nerve and circulatory system, cell by cell.

To discover the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), we must be concerned with how to first stop it before we can begin to heal brain damage. Proper hydration is a vital key.

As you know, your brain is the master control center for everything. Here is an interesting fact:

If you’re an adult your brain weighs about 3 pounds and 85% of it is very similar to seawater in composition. That figures out to 2.4 pounds of water. If seawater weighs about 8 pounds a gallon, then your brain needs exactly one third of a gallon of “electrolyte” rich water.

Keep in mind, water without minerals (A.K.A. electrolytes) can’t carry an “ionic” charge and would be useless to any neurons and other signal dependant cells.

Ions are essential to life. Sodium, potassium, calcium and other ions play an important role in the cells of living organisms.

Two times Nobel Prize laureate Linus Pauling showed that 90% of all degenerative diseases are triggered from mineral (electrolyte) deficiencies. (Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease).

There’s no doubt if you suffer from brain dehydration, you will also have a mineral (electrolyte) deficiency, which can literally shut down your Central Nervous System (CNS), which your brain is naturally a major cog of.

Considering the rest of your healthy body is only 75% water, it’s becomes obvious why your brain, being 80% water, is more dependent on water than any other part of your body.

The vital water bathing your brain cells depends on large amounts of oxygen rich blood to provide minerals and nutrients to create “cerebrospinal fluid” (CSF). This cerebrospinal fluid is higher in sodium than potassium because sodium is vital for neuron activity1.

Could the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) be from long term dehydration and mineral deficiencies?

The answer is Yes!

Breaking Through The Blood-Brain Barrier

Your brain is pretty well self-contained compared to the rest of your body.

There are special cell membranes that protect your brain from any sudden changes in blood chemistry, acidity or alkalinity (pH). Your brains capillary walls are perfectly sealed by a special cellular filter called the “blood-brain barrier.”

One of the limitations with synthetic drugs is the blood-brain barrier keeps them out. It’s a good thing, too.

However, certain natural plant sourced nutrients, mineral ions and amino acids are allowed to pass through making accelerated healing possible using a few natural remedies.

The problem with drugs and other toxins is they damage the blood-brain barrier trying to break through the capillary walls. The result is microscopic bleeding, which ends up as scar tissue, or “plaque” from the blood clotting process.

It’s this “plaque” that is found present in so many different neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and epilepsy, to name a few of these devastating diseases.

The more dehydrated a person is the more likely microscopic bleeding will cause further scaring.

So, now you can see another reason why proper hydration is “at least” a helpful preventative to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Proper hydration is vital for maximum brain health. Now, let’s discuss some other “less obvious” factors which can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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  • Aspartame, an excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • MSG, another excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • Methyl alcohol, a byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Formaldehyde, another byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Mercury destroys neuron fibers. Many researchers, with good reason, feel that the actual cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is due to toxic metal that leaches from mercury-silver amalgam dental fillings.
  • Aluminum is a protoplasmic poison and a deadly, persistent neurotoxin. Since 1934, aluminum hydroxide has been used as an additive to boost the immune response from vaccines.
  • Statins block the cholesterol nutrient necessary for proper neuron and synaptic signaling.

The Natural Solutions I’ve Found

If I were to put together a food support protocol for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), I would consider using all of these:

    • DHA, also known as Omega-3 Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid, comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain. DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline2.

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Huperzine A is believed to work in a manner similar to some prescription drugs for treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: increasing the level of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by blocking its breakdown.

  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): alpha-lipoic acid might delay the onset or slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Huperzia serrata: In the late ’80s, a research team found that Huperzine-A, an extract of the ancient Chinese herb Huperzia serrata, easily goes through the blood-brain barrier and stops AChE (an enzyme) from destroying your precious acetylcholine.
  • Acetylcholine: Although the course of Alzheimer’s disease is unique for every individual, AD is caused by reduced synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
  • Phosphatidylcholine: Choline containing phospholipids are essential for the integrity of the cell membrane.
  • Daffodil extract (galantamine) suppresses the death of brain cells3.
  • Lipoic acid increases acetylcholine (ACh) production.
  • Vitamin C may help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s by 78%4.
  • Magnesium depletion, particularly in the hippocampus, appears to represent an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer’s disease5.

These are a few potential cures I’ve found in a relatively short period of time. So, never give up hope.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is considered a progressive neuro-degenerative disorder that destroys human memory and brain function, social communication skills and the ability to carry out every day activities. Leading experts predict if ignored, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the Number #4 Killer of Americans, causing over 100,000 deaths each year in the USA alone. Currently, AD patients occupy more than half of all nursing home beds.

The solution exists. You simply need to believe in it enough to find the right one for you.

So, keep in mind that “you were born to heal!”

References:

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2)     Lukiw WJ, Cui JG, Marcheselli VL, Bodker M, Botkjaer A, Gotlinger K, Serhan CN, Bazan NG. pmid=16151530 (2005 October). “A role for docosahexaenoic acid-derived neuroprotectin D1 in neural cell survival and Alzheimer disease”. J Clin Invest. 115(10): 2774–83.
3)     Tariot PN, Solomon PR, Morris JC, Kershaw P, Lilienfeld S, Ding C. A 5-month, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of galantamine in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology 2000;54:2269-76.
4)     Source: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; USA Today, Posted 1/19/2004 10:01 PM
5)     Magnes Res. 1990 Sep;3(3):217-8. Magnesium depletion and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Durlach J. SDRM, Hôpital Saint Vincent de Paul, Paris, France. PMID: 2132752
Martin Jacobse, a hearing and speech specialist of 30 years, was first inspired by the natural home remedies used by his Cherokee Grandmother. He has since expanded his interests into naturopathic, alternative and energy medicine. Excited to share his findings and close the gap between the medical profession and natural home remedies, Jacobse found a passion as an independent medical researcher and ghost writer, dedicating his life to getting the word out as a consumer health advocate for Barton Publishing. Jacobse spends his free time practicing the healing art of magnetic Qigong, publishing books and enjoying the quiet of a small horse ranch near the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
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