How our struggle with mental decline began.
Hi, I’m Deane. I’ve been writing about natural health for over 20 years. My husband Pat is a retired chiropractor. We’re boomers, like you.
We’ve tried to do our best by our health over the years. Eat right, exercise, take vitamins, and have a positive mindset.
But when we reached our mid-50′s, we started to notice some changes in our thinking. The quality of it, the speed of it.
We were surprised. Though we were middle-aged, we’d never given our brains a second thought.
Always took for granted that they’d keep humming along as they always had.
I’ve always been a little scattered. Staying organized is a struggle.
So burning a few more meals, misplacing my keys more often, and missing the occasional appointment wasn’t that big a deal to me.
I found ways to cope. Made more lists. Had sticky notes everywhere. And that worked well enough for me. For the time being.
Pat, however, was a different story.
He’s the organized one. Always on top of everything. Takes pride in his ability to pick up new ideas fast.
So when Pat found himself in a constant brain fog, finding it harder to think and concentrate, it hit him harder.
At first he kept it to himself. Didn’t want to admit what was going on — to himself or to me.
So I didn’t realize how much he was struggling.
But I did notice that he was more stressed and withdrawn.
Less fun to be around. His usual cheerful disposition wasn’t as sunny.
Then it got serious.
Eventually Pat confided what was going on. He was worried.
He said that his memory and concentration had gotten so bad he was getting scared.
He found it hard to focus. He could no longer plow through a book with ease — reading had become a chore.
Frequent memory lapses left him full of self-doubt. Did he just send that email? Or not?
His self-confidence was draining away. He felt irritable, depressed, and pessimistic.
The future no longer looked rosy.
We both started wondering where this would lead. How it could affect his future. Our future.
And that scared the hell out of me.
Though we’re optimistic, forward-looking people, the path ahead no longer looked rosy.
This was NOT the life we had planned on.
We had always figured that we had many more happy and active years together ahead of us.
A big “bucket list” of things we wanted to do.
Just like you.
We recently moved to the destination of our dreams — warm and sunny southern Arizona — surrounded by the things we love to do.
Hanging out in Sedona.
Catching the shows in Vegas.
Popping over to southern California for a day at the beach.
Here we are hiking in the Grand Canyon.
This was the life we’d imagined!
But if Pat kept getting worse, living that life would be difficult. Probably impossible.
Neither of us could understand it.
Mental decline doesn’t run in his family. And he’d always been health conscious.
How could this happen to him of all people? It didn’t make sense.
‘Magic bullets’ didn’t work.
Pat is not a passive person. When there’s a problem, he takes action.
He researched the health information put out by mainstream medicine and the popular media. But he was already living “healthy” by their standards.
Maybe something extra would help. He tried the “brain” products marketed to baby boomers. Brain supplements, brain training, and such.
He knew from his professional experience that quick fixes and ‘magic bullets’ like these are rarely the answer. But he didn’t know what else to try.
For a little while, here and there, it seemed they might be helping. But it didn’t last.
He was getting more frustrated and angry.
Pat is fiercely independent and one of the smartest guys I know, so at first I left the problem solving to him.
But I could see he was in a muddle. Upset and not thinking clearly.
It was time for me to help find some answers.
Down the rabbit hole I went.
I set out to find the REAL reasons age-related mental decline occurs, how it can be stopped, and how to prevent it from becoming serious. I just wouldn’t accept that a problem this serious and widespread is normal.
I had NO idea the rabbit hole I was going down when I began.
Turns out that genuine answers were hard to find.
Do you remember this scene from the movie The Matrix? When Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) says to Neo (Keanu Reeves):
“You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Well, I opted for the red pill.
I needed to find out the TRUTH. Our brains, our future were at stake.
For two years, I devoured anything I could find on brain fitness, mental aging, and cognitive decline and disease from myriad sources …
:: From doctors, drug companies, government agencies, and all kinds of media to non-profit health organizations, the food and supplement industries, and more
:: From books, journals, and technical studies to documentaries, podcasts, and webinars
:: From historical data to the latest news
:: From popular “experts” to lesser-known authorities
:: From mainstream and traditional sources to alternative and progressive resources
Now I’ve been teaching and writing about health for years.
So perhaps I should have been more cynical. Been more prepared for what I uncovered.
I wanted to believe what I read and heard and saw from respected sources like corporations, doctors, the government, and non-profits.
But instead I found that we’ve been getting bad advice. From people we’ve trusted.
Everywhere I looked …
I found conflicts of interest and roadblocks to the truth.
In case after case I found eye openers like these …
:: US government health organizations like the FDA and NIH get significant funding from the big drug companies.
:: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the “world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals”, is sponsored by the world’s largest junk food companies — Coca-Cola, General Mills, Nestlé, and Kraft.
:: Many “brain” and “memory” supplements are not just useless. Some cause significant side effects. Yet they’re allowed to remain on the shelf.
:: The mainstream media rarely seeks the truth. It mostly reports what’s fed to it by those with power and money.
:: You can’t count on “health foods” to be healthy. Misinformation, mislabeling, and food fraud puts our food supply in question.
It was downright discouraging. And it made me mad.
But then I learned about two revolutionary research breakthroughs.
These powerful new concepts have played a major role in re-defining the possibilities for brain health and fitness. They have shown us …
That age-related mental decline can be stopped.
That Alzheimer’s can be prevented.
That our bodies are not meant to outlive our brains.
That we should expect our minds to be sharp for life.
This is a total about-face from traditional (and outmoded) thinking.
What are these game-changing ideas?
Neuroplasticity and epigenetics.
Whoa, big words … but their implications for your brain are easy to understand.
Neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to grow new cells and neural connections throughout your entire lifetime. IF (that’s a big if) you give your brain the proper care and feeding.
Why this idea is revolutionary: Before this, the brain was considered non-renewable. Like a non-rechargeable battery, when it was used up, that was it.
Why this matters: Your brain is a sustainable resource. It’s designed to work well for a lifetime as long as you take care of it. Your lifestyle is the key.
Epigenetics explains how your lifestyle can turn your genes on and off (like a switch), or up and down (like a volume control).
Why this idea is revolutionary: Before this, genes were considered unchangeable. Your genes at birth determined your susceptibility to poor health and disease.
Why this matters: Even if you have an Alzheimer’s gene, you’re not doomed. You can turn it down, or off. Again, your lifestyle is the big swing factor.
“Research has shown that positive lifestyle changes in diet, exercise, stress management, and meditation affect 400-500 genes — and probably many more.”
Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Harvard Medical School, discoverer of the first Alzheimer’s gene
OK, so Pat and I now had hope. We weren’t chasing rainbows and unicorns anymore.
But could I find practical ways to make these breakthroughs work for us? What were the changes we were supposed to make to get our brains healthy and fit again?
A plan for brain health and fitness takes shape.
So I started to piece together an action plan from my research. The lifestyle changes that we needed to make.
I uncovered progressive research by independent scientists, doctors, and health watchdogs. Definitely not the compromised mainstream information that I could no longer trust.
Here’s a sample of the brain health and fitness ‘gold’ I found:
[+] The diet we’ve all been told is healthy is one of the worst things for your brain.
[+] Not all exercise is good — one kind is actually bad for your brain.
[+] The top nutrient your brain needs, and why it’s missing from the modern diet.
[+] “Health foods” that contribute to mental decline.
[+] A simple daily habit that can reduce your brain’s biological age by up to 12 years.
[+] One of the worst things you can do to your brain in the bedroom — 1/2 of us do this!
[+] Common food additives that literally excite brain cells to death.
[+] 75% of Alzheimer’s may be caused by this one completely avoidable risk factor.
[+] For women only: Common beauty treatment that kills brain cells.
[+] Alarming ways digestive problems sabotage your brain.
The more I researched, the more I realized that we had been doing the wrong things for our brain health. We had been unwittingly hurting ourselves.
A bitter pill to swallow.
We had to unlearn what we thought we knew about health.
It wasn’t like we hadn’t tried to do the right thing all these years.
But it turns out we’d been following misleading, incomplete, and flat-out wrong advice. From people we trusted.
Now, after two years of research, the path for action was clear.
I had seen too much hard evidence to doubt it.
Had read, watched and heard the stories of people whose brains (and lives) had been turned around by making the RIGHT lifestyle changes.
Still, this was all uncharted territory for us.
But we took action, made changes … and got results.
We began to implement all that we had learned.
Over the next few months, Pat reported that his pea-soup brain fog was lifting. His focus and concentration were better. He had fewer bouts of forgetfulness. Enjoyed reading again.
I noticed the change too. He was more like his old self. His confidence and optimism returned.
I was doing better too.
Wasn’t leaving the the phone in the fridge or misplacing my keys as often. Slept better, felt more energetic, and my tolerance to stress was up.
Even got off the antidepressants I was taking for menopause symptoms.
Hallelujah! We’d found our answers.
And life is looking a lot brighter now.
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Along the way, we’ll show you that we’re NOT designed to grow feeble as we grow old.
That there’s a way to stop mental decline now and live a lifetime free of brain disease.
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– Deane & Dr. Pat Alban
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