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Memory Loss
Memory Loss

Have you ever forgotten someones name or walked into a room and forgot what you went in there for, or forgot where you parked your car or put your keys? These can be early warning signs of memory loss

Memory loss can be an indication of brain decline (neurodegeneration) or it could be do to low levels of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) which are necessary for the brain cells (neurons) to communicate with each other. It can also be caused by inflammation anywhere in the body. You can do things to prevent memory loss and slow is progression. Exercise is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your brain, both physical exercise as well as brain exercise.

Eating a healthy diet rich in good healthy fats which are the sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) is very important. Your brain is made up of 60% DHA (docohexanoic acid) which is an Omega-3 fat (the double bond between carbons is on the 3 carbon), these Omega-3 fats are available from cold deep water fish off the coast of Norway (and away from Fukoshima). ... the main brain chemical associated with memory is Acetylcholine which is made in your body from Choline which comes in your diet and is found in fish and lecithin.

There are a number of supplements (Neutraceuticals) that have been shown to be beneficial for improving memory and slowing its decline. If you fill out the Free Brain Function Assessment Form (BFAF) and Brain Health and Nutrition Assessment Form (BHNAF) it will help us identify any underlying areas of brain health concern (neurodegeneration or low neurotransmitter activity). Consultation online is available to help make specific nutritional recommendations as well as specific brain exercises to help address the areas of concern.

Their currently isn't any specif objective lab tests available to assess brain function health and the screening questionnaires and clinical neurological exam are our best tools available. (The urinary neurotransmitter tests are not accurate if they were I would be using them!) Because of the domino effect where one neuron is connected to two which are connected to four, etc if the first one dies it can affect the ones it connects to detrimentally. (not good) neurodegeneration is rapidly progressive and potentially irreversible so "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."

The first thing you can do to protect your brain is to take the GABA500 Challenge Pack
which assesses the integrity of your Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and complete your brain questionnaires.

You can also start taking lecithin (don't take it too close to bed time or you'll liable to be up thinking all night), exercise.

EXECISE Adults need at least:
WALKING 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week AND
WEIGHT TRAINING muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
JOGGING 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week and
STRENGTHENING ACTIVITIES on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

Is your memory not as good as it used to be?> The brain is the master computer. It has certain needs oxygen, blood sugar, brain nutrients (amino acids) in order to function optimally.
Here is an analogy, in order to put gas in your car you have to do things in a certain order, decide which pump number, pay the attendant or at the pump, open your gas door and take off your gas cap, pick up the nozzle, etc.

If you try and do somethings in the incorrect order you don't get the desired result if you turn on the nozzle before you put it in the tank for example.

The brain has certain needs that must be met in a specific order. The brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) are made from amino acids which have to be imported into the brain across the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) by Long Chain Amino Acid (LCAA) transporter proteins.

Amino acid --> Neurotransmitter --> What it does --> Low levels
tryptophan --> Serotonin --> Happy --> Depressed
phenylalanine -->tyrosine -->Dopamine -->reward-->unmotivated
glutamate --> GABA --> Calm --> Anxiety
choline --> Acteyl choline --> Thinking --> Forgetful

Serotonin can effect mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function.

Less that optimal levels of the brain chemical acetyl choline can cause mental fatigue with symptoms of difficulty reading or driving for as long without tiring, difficulty thinking or with memory problems.

Serotonin also plays an important role in memory recall.
There currently aren't any tests to measure the levels of brain chemicals. (urinary neurotransmitter testing doesn't work).

***The brain health screening questionnaires are very helpful in accessing brain function.***

Please fill out the:
Brain Function Assessment Form (BFAF) and the
Brain Health & Nutrition Assessment Form (BHNAF) Form
off my website consultation page:

Exercise produces Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) which stimulates brain cells to make new connections. This helps to combat brain degeneration. You can also do exercises specific to your brain activities for example on

If you are interested in preserving your brain health and have additional questions or you would like more information you can contact me at

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Medical Wellness Center
3282 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92122
(619) 581-5900

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