Dr. T's Health Blog (Recent Posts)

Chocolate Keeps Your Skin Looking Younger

Published: July 9, 2012
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In this new study, 24 healthy women (aged 18 to 65) were randomly assigned to two groups. One group drank a high-flavanol Cocoapro® cocoa beverage (329 mg) once a day, while the other group consumed a matched cocoa beverage low in flavanols (27 mg). At three different periods during the 12-week study, various tests were conducted to evaluate skin properties: sensitivity to UV irradiation, skin blood flow, skin structure and texture, and skin hydration. The women who regularly consumed the high-flavanol cocoa beverage showed significant improvements in these indicators of skin quality, while those who consumed the flavanol-poor cocoa did not have an improvement in any of the measures.

Alzheimer's and Senility Are Reversible

Published: July 9, 2012
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Let's look at a simple medical approach to evaluating and helping people with mild to severe loss of mental function. When doing this, you may find that the person never had Alzheimer's, and that even if they do, even modest improvements in mental function can dramatically improve the ability to function and remember names and people. We will also discuss a promising new medication for Alzheimer's that can stop it in its tracks (well, really an old natural compound that they will try to pass off as new).

Being Hospitalized Can Cause Dementia

Published: July 9, 2012
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Even as a medical resident in training over 30 years ago, it was obvious that elderly patients who were mentally OK before being hospitalized often developed dementia and confusion during their stay. In follow up, this did not always clear up after the hospitalization.

Vitamin B12 and Brain Health

Published: July 9, 2012
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Earlier research has shown that patients with Alzheimer's have much lower B12 levels than healthy people. Vitamin B12 level in brain tissue (spinal fluid) is also very low in those with chronic fatigue syndrome -despite normal blood levels! In this study, it was found that people with lower B12 levels, despite the vitamin B12 levels still being well within the normal range, had decreased function in the "white matter" of the brain. It is suspected that this was caused by problems with myelin, which is the protective coating around nerves that also helps transmit nerve signals. This coating is also damaged in people with multiple sclerosis.

Maybe It's NOT Alzheimer's

Published: July 9, 2012
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About 2.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and more are being diagnosed every day. Among people 65 and older, the rate of Alzheimer's has gone up tenfold in the past few decades - and 24-fold among those under 65! But here's an even more disturbing fact. According to a new study, most people diagnosed with Alzheimer's don't even have it! Instead, they have other problems that were missed - and could have been addressed if simply looked for!

Low Vitamin D Status Found in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's Patients

Published: July 9, 2012
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Adding to the list of illnesses in which vitamin D levels have been found to be decreased, this study found moderately lower levels of vitamin D to be present in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease patients. As over 90% of our vitamin D comes from exposure to sunshine, it is possible that the vitamin D deficiency occurs because people with these problems simply cannot get outside as much as healthy people do. Nonetheless, I do recommend good overall nutritional support with a good multivitamin powder for people with these illnesses and for general health maintenance. A good multivitamin powder should contain 2,000 units of vitamin D per dose.

Nutritional Support for Alzheimer's

Published: July 9, 2012
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In this small study of 12 patients institutionalized with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease, half received nutritional support (folate, vitamin B12, alpha-tocopherol, S-adenosyl methionine, N-acetyl cysteine, and acetyl-L-carnitine) and the other half received a placebo. The rate of decline in the nutritional support group was 30% slower than that in the placebo group. As most medications also only slow Alzheimer's, this is promising. A good multivitamin powder is an easy way to get all of these nutrients and much more!

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