Stay Sharp Mentally

by ProfKeith

Stay Sharp!

Could it be true that smart people live longer? All the more reason to get engaged with my “New Thought Horizons” material.

Apparently, it’s true, at least in reverse: even mild cognitive impairment has a strong independent impact on life expectancy, as bad as other chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

In a new study report published in the September 6, 2011, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, just shy of 4000 older adults were followed and the degree of cognitive impairment at baseline was clearly associated with an increasing risk for death.

You don’t want to go there, so eat your greens, take lots of omega-3s, alpha lipoic acid and all that other good brain stuff I share with you in my “How to Live Beyond 100 Years” book.

Whatever life has in store for us, we Boomers want to be sure we’ll reach old age in good shape and with all our faculties intact. People can ride horses and enjoy sex after the age of 100 years, for goodness sake! Don’t settle for less…

Lead author of this study, Dr Greg Sachs, MD, chief of the division of general internal medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, and scientist at the Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis, suggests that we should be testing for cognitive impairment in the same way we do bloods, to look for risk factors.

“Because cognitive impairment in the moderate to severe cases is associated with such a decrease in life expectancy, we need to take it into account when making other kinds of medical decisions,” Dr. Sachs said.

“For example, a 70-year-old man with severe cognitive impairment is not likely to live long enough to benefit from a screening colonoscopy, and we should recognize that subjecting such a patient to this kind of procedure may be more likely to harm than help him and not order the test,” he advised.

Alzheimer’s

Previous studies have linked cognitive impairment to an increased risk for death, but most of this work has focused on patients with Alzheimer’s disease. We know that Alzheimer’s is an ultimately fatal condition.

This study has tracked the risk down from dementia, to even mild cognitive impairment.

Dr. Sachs noted that the patients were drawn from primary care practices, rather than specialty clinics or research registries, “so they look more like patients typically seen in primary care.”

He also noted that the cohort included significant numbers of black people and people with a low education level or socioeconomic status — “people typically underrepresented in previous research.”

Another strength is the fact that information about clinical conditions was drawn from “a rich electronic medical record system, so more information was available to us about other medical conditions that contribute to decreased life expectancy. We did not have to rely on patient report on other medical conditions.”

Mechanism

Of course this begs the question: why? Why does lowered mental function lead to shortened life?

We don’t know, if the truth.

More to the point, research should be directed towards reversing this condition, instead of giving stupid and ineffective drugs, driven by a crooked propaganda machine.

[Ann Intern Med. 2011;155:300-308. Abstract]

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{ 5 comments }

Suzanne September 12, 2011 at 12:25 am

Check out Dr. Bruce Fife’s book called Stop Alzheimer’s Now. He’s an ND and he wrote this book with Dr. Mary Newport who saw her husband’s early Alzheimer’s reverse in about a month eating 5T of virgin coconut oil each day.

Start it immediately after the diagnosis and don’t take Aricept which doesn’t work.

joanne S September 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

The coconut oil seems to be helping my friend with Pick’s disease…does anyone know anything about Pick’s….we are desperate for answers and solutions…

ProfKeith September 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

2 things I do know Joanne, you should try.
I have used on Shy Drager, another neurodegenerative disease.
IV glutathione (has to be IV). See David Perlmutter’s site on this: http://www.brainrecovery.com
and Hericium erinaceus mushroom. It has a powerful nerve growth factor (grows new neurones).
Also remove inflammatory foods of all kinds, as described in my book DIET WISE. (http://www.dietwisebook.com)
Oil is good, as you have found. Read Udo Erasmus’s book; it’s as good as any, even though he’s not an MD.
Omega-3s quell inflammation and you must stop inflammation in this person’s body as far as you can.
Wobenzyme is good for that too.
If ever I start to fall apart (God forbid!), this page contains what I want done on me, whether it’s Alzheimer’s, Pick’s, Shy Drager etc.!

ann August 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Dr Mumby, I jut purchased your book just now and aim to implement the information together with FCT testing, Dr Yurkovsky’s method. You mention Wobenzyme which Dr William Wong ND, PhD used to promote. He now has a proteolytic enzyme called zymessence which is supposedly more powerful. Do you know of it? I also note that it has magnesium stearate in it which I understand is an undesirable excipient? see full formula http://docsprefer.com/zymessence.aspx. Wobenzyme also has other Ingredients: Calcium phosphate, corn polysaccharides, microcrystalline cellulose, crospovidone, macrogol 6000, vegetable stearate, silica, pH resistant enteric coating, mag stearate, triethyl citrate, vanillin, purified water. You also mention IV glutathione does the lypo-spheric type work as well as an IV? And if so what make of lypo? I have heard that Dr Shades glutathione is the best but as yet he doesn’t supply to the public. what about precursors for Glutathione instead? Hope you are able to respond. Thank you Ann UK

ProfKeith August 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

Far too many questions Ann.
I’ll take one. Wobenzym is the benchmark of standards and it is up to Dr Wong to prove his is better.
Ask for science, not marketing and opinions.

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