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How’s your memory? How high is your blood sugar? Can these two things possibly be related?

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BrainAccording to an online article of the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, “Even for people who don’t have diabetes or high blood sugar, those with higher blood sugar levels are more likely to have memory problems.”

Martha Grout, MD, MD(H), founder of the Arizona Center of Advanced Medicine in Scottsdale, explains that “A 2008 Columbia University study showed that rising blood sugar levels, a common occurrence with aging, affect a part of the brain critical to making new memories.”

Pink-Frosted-Donut.jpgSo what is this connection between the aging brain and sugar anyway?

A part of the brain called the hippocampus is an important part of memory and people with higher blood sugar levels have smaller volumes of their hippocampus.  The researchers at Columbia University found that a rise in blood glucose levels in the brain was the only factor closely tied to decreasing activity in the memory critical part of the hippocampus.

What can we do about this?  Exercise!  (and eat less sugar of course)

Exercise helps to lower blood sugar because the muscles use up the glucose! People who exercise more, are physically active, have less cognitive decline generally.

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Could this be related to insulin resistance?  

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If you have developed insulin resistance, your body and brain will use sugar less effectively (cells are resistant to accepting the glucose) and there will be more circulating glucose in your brain.  Take away message: eat more vegetables and healthy fats. Work with your iRNPA to learn more about how you can reverse this insulin resistance and reduce your blood sugar levels in your brain.

Want to learn more?  Follow the links above to learn how you can maintain a better memory as you age.

Advanced nurses! RN Patient Advocates are leading the way!

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Who are these nurses?  They are independent RN Patient Advocates (iRNPAs): highly qualified clinical RNs who have completed an advanced educational program: the RN Patient Advocates/University of Arizona College of Nursing Learning Intensive.  There are now iRNPAs in 25+ states.  

Where are they leading?   There is a whole world of advanced medical research and clinical practice emerging globally:  The Functional Medicine Chronic Care Model and Integrative Medicine.  Sure, you may have heard the words, but do you realize the significance of this for your own health and well-being?  This is the medicine of WHY? not the current medicine of WHAT?  

Following the pattern of conventional medicine – so very valuable for acute medical situations such as heart attacks, strokes and surgery – does not lead to success in reversing the epidemic of chronic illness facing everyone on the planet right now. Understanding the underlying causes of illness – rather than just suppressing the symptoms – can lead to healing.  iRNPAs know how to access this information, guiding you and your loved ones to physicians and therapists knowledgeable in this new medical approach.

Want to access advanced medical knowledge for yourself and your family?  RN Patient Advocates are required to be knowledgeable in all these medical fields: conventional medicine, the Functional Medicine Chronic Care Model and Integrative Medicine.  They teach, they guide.  In this way iRNPAs can ensure the integrity of the diagnostic process (10-40% of all diagnoses are incorrect  according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).

Once there is a correct diagnosis in place, iRNPAs research the full range of your treatment options in all fields of medicine – researching globally as well!

So, what can be done to get more accurate diagnoses? Another iRNPA leading edge approach:  the MEDiKEY. This highly valuable tool can be a lifesaver. Typically, our medical records are scattered between several offices, are part paper and part electronic, are not presented to the right people in the right format at the right time.

How can this MEDiKEY help with this medical information gap?  iRNPAs  create a synoptic chronology of your entire available medical history that tracks Trends, Gaps in Care, Errors, and Clinically Significant Events that may be obscure, buried in your record.  This tool is widely appreciated by physicians across the country and by ER personnel as well.  It is typically 5-6 pages, double spaced, written in medical-ese. Physicians can get a grasp of the reality of your medical history in minutes.  This reduces your risk of medical error!

Chemicals Causing Brain Damage in our Children? Can this be?

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A study published in The Lancet Neurology in March, 2014, and further reported upon in Time and Forbes magazines as well as by Dr. Mary Ackerley clearly demonstrates a direct link between 11 industrial chemicals and the development of our childrens’ brains resulting in reduced IQ, autism, ADHD, increased aggression tendencies, delinquent behaviors, and dyslexia.  These are commonly used chemicals.

So what about the genetic factor?  Doesn’t this have a major role in these problems?  Yes, it does account for about 30-40% of the neurological problems in children today.  The remaining 60 – 70% is caused by chemicals in our environment.

So, what are these chemicals and where are they found?  

IQ_decreaseLead – still present in the old paint in buildings – as it turns into dust in the air and on the floor – lowers IQ, linked to brain development deficits

Methylmercury – presence due to maternal intake of fish containing high levels of mercury during pregnancy (such as tuna, swordfish, mackerel, orange roughy, and shark)

PCBs – these chemicals are linked to reduced thinking ability in infancy and childhood;  present in electric transformer materials as well as motors and capacitors; often found in fish

Warning ToxicArsenic – found in soil and water (and thus in our food supply), it is also legally fed to chickens (other than organic)

Toluene – this is absorbed into our bodies through fingernail polish (unless stated “toluene free”) and paint thinner and other solvents

Manganese – found in drinking water; absorption is increased in the presence of fluoride – linked to ADHD and diminished intellectual ability

Fluoride – higher levels connected with a 7 point decrease in IQ in children. Mary Ackerley, MD, MD(H), a Harvard trained psychiatrist teaches us that “Of all these neurotoxins perhaps the most widely available is fluoride.  Over 70 percent of public water is fluorinated to improve dental health.  Yet there have been more than 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage.”

Chlorpyrifos (organophosphate pesticide) and DDT – these are banned in the US but are still in use in agriculture in many other countries; still found here in infant cord blood samples and linked to brain developmental problems that persist up to age 7

proposed_symptoms_of_adhdTetrachloroethylene – used in dry cleaning; linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behaviors as well as increased risk of psychiatric diagnoses; ** mothers in certain professions such as nursing, chemist, hairdressers have a greater exposure

Flame retardants these are omnipresent in our society – in our cars, our mattresses, airplanes, decorative wood products, roofing components (see list here) – prenatal exposure linked to neurodevelopmental disorders

BPA (bisphenol A) – a common additive to most plastics, is a potent endocrine system disruptor and is strongly suggested to disrupt neurodevelopment in children – look for the “BPA free” labels!

A further cautionary note from Dr. Ackerley, based on these studies, “The take home message is clear.  When we ponder why the rate of childhood autism has skyrocketed to 1 in 77 males or why so many children are now diagnosed with ADHD, the role of numerous toxins documented to cause neuronal damage , both in isolation and synergistically in combination, must be considered. Eating organic and living toxin free may seem expensive in the short term, but long term it may prevent untold future brain damage across generations.”

You can learn more following the links above.

Let’s protect our children!

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