Stop Cognitive Decline

Eliminate & Even Reverse Mental Decline

The process of cognitive decline is already occurring 10 years before Alzheimer’s is diagnosed. The good news is that the deterioration process can be measured and monitored, and need not be permanent.

Watch this week’s video as my colleague Joe introduces you to an exciting new book with therapies to stop degeneration and begin the rebuilding process in the brain. Some therapies you will be able to apply yourself, and others you will need to do with your wellness team.

Click here for today’s videoStop Cognitive Decline

Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

To get suggested supplements go to:

My current and former patients can get 20% off when ordering online by calling our office to get a promotional code to enter at online checkout to get 20% off your online orders. Office number: 773-525-0007

Alzheimer’s Wellness Approach

90% Reversed Cognitive Decline

It comes as no surprise that drug therapies have failed miserably to slow the rate of Alzheimer’s. However, a recent article in the Journal of Aging reports that, when combining multiple wellness approaches over a 2 year period, nine out of ten people showed a reversal in cognitive decline. Some people even learned new languages and were able to add columns of numbers in their head.

If you (or someone you care about) suffer from a decrease in mental performance, watch today’s short video to learn the wellness techniques used in this surprising study.

Click here for today’s videoAlzheimers Wellness

Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

To get suggested supplements go to:

Login: DFILC501       Then, upon checkout use this code for a discount: 20% Off!!!Discount coupon code: 20DIS

Heavy Metal Toxicity

According to researchers, not since the Roman Empire has human exposure to heavy metals been greater than now.

When I say “Heavy Metal Toxicity” or “Heavy Metal Burden” what image conjures up in your head… a heavy metal rock concert with a decibel level that would crumble a Roman coliseum? Rome may not have been built in a day, but its fall was in part due to heavy metal poisoning.Wellness Minute Heavy Metals

According to researchers, not since the Roman Empire has human exposure to heavy metals been greater than now. Today, heavy metals and other toxic substances in our environment appear to be bringing about a similar decline in the mental and physical health of society. Learning disabilities and behavioral problems are rampant. Autoimmune disorders continue to increase at an alarming rate. These include rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue, type I diabetes, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis. Heavy metals and other environmental contaminants are likely a factor in these and other modern health problems.

The heavy metals that are affecting us are those on the periodic element chart that settle into the body and cause health problems. They’re not called “heavy metals” because they weigh a lot. The term “heavy metal” refers to any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density, are toxic and even poisonous at low concentrations.

Our environment and lifestyle allows for heavy metals to make their way into our bodies. We can breathe them, eat them, drink them, and even absorb them through our skin. It’s always helpful to “know your enemy,” so here are some important facts about the major heavy metals we’re being exposed to. If you are chronically ill, heavy metals may be causing your health problems! Learning disabilities, infertility, Alzheimer’s, a variety of neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid  arthritis, chronic fatigue and even cancer can involve heavy metal toxicity! Let’s take a brief look at a couple.

Mercury is one of the most toxic substances we can be exposed to and we are exposed to it on a fairly regular basis. The World Health Organization position on mercury is: “Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur.” Mercury is found in pesticides, dental fillings, contaminated seafood, various cosmetics, and some fabric softeners. Mercury can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. It can cause chronic candidiasis, depression, dizziness, fatigue, gum disease, hair loss, insomnia, memory loss, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, food and environmental allergies, menstrual disorders, miscarriages, behavioral changes, asthma, metallic taste in the mouth, loose teeth and more.

Remember those silver fillings that dentists put into your mouth? Well, they are really 50% mercury! Many European countries now completely outlaw the use of silver/mercury amalgam fillings!  According to the World Health Organization, amalgam dental fillings are a major source of mercury exposure. Mercury fillings may be a contributing factor to many chronic, degenerative and autoimmune conditions. It is important to note that a mercury detox program is usually needed after fillings have been removed.

Wellness Minute Heavy Metals 2Lead is also one of the most toxic metals known. It’s been many years since our society was made aware of the damage that exposure to lead-based paints was doing to our health, especially to young children who suck on and chew anything they can get their hands on. “Lead concentrations in the blood as low as 2.07 µg/dL likely represent a public health hazard.” According to published literature, 38% of U.S. adults had a blood lead level above this threshold. Lead can damage the kidneys, liver, heart and nervous system.

The body can’t tell the difference between lead and calcium, so pregnant women, children and other people who are deficient    in calcium absorb lead more easily, with infants and children affected most severely. Possible symptoms of lead poisoning include anxiety, arthritis, confusion, chronic fatigue, behavioral problems, juvenile delinquency, hyperactivity, learning disabilities, liver failure and death. Exposure to lead can come from food that is grown near roads or factories, certain hair products, food from lead-soldered cans, imported ceramic products (especially from Mexico and China),  ink on bread bags, batteries in cars, bone meal, insecticides, and lead solder in the water pipes.

Aluminum isn’t technically a heavy metal, but it is a neurotoxin all the same as it can cross and alter the blood-brain barrier. Possible symptoms are Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and aching muscles. Trace amounts of aluminum may not be  toxic, but we are exposed to excessive levels in our modern society. We can be exposed through cookware, baking powder, toiletry items like antiperspirants and cosmetics, dental amalgams, medications, fertilizers and unfiltered water.

Dr. Godo can help you determine if heavy metal toxicity or heavy metal burden is the root of your chronic health problem and prescribe safe, effective methods to eliminate it.  He can alert you to foods which are high in heavy metals and offer natural strategies for reducing your exposure to them, and improving your health.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

Strategy For Preventing Cognitive Decline With Choline

Performance on verbal and visual memory was better in the individuals who consumed higher levels of choline.
One of the greatest fears that each of us harbor is the loss or decline of our cognitive abilities. New Research from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reminds us that choline is related to higher cognitive  performance  and even reduced white matter hyperintensity. White matter hyperintensity can be seen on MRIs and is associated with impaired cognitive  function, an increased risk of stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and death.

Choline is the precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. The 2011 Article Volume 94 looked at a population of non-demented individuals that were part of the Framingham Heart Study-Offspring. Results showed that higher levels of choline were related to better cognitive performances. More importantly participants with high choline levels showed reduced or no white matter hyperintensity.

1391 subjects, 744 women and 647 men, completed food frequency questionnaires from 1991 to 1995 and then again from 1998 to 2001. Participants took neuropsychological evaluations and MRIs at the end of the study.  Performance on verbal memory and visual memory was better in the individuals who consumed higher levels of choline.

Animal studies have shown choline to be neuroprotective and prenatal supplementation affected memory function in rats well into adulthood. Choline metabolites are important for the structural integrity of cell membranes and for cholinergic transmission and signaling during the development of neuron cells. Dietary levels of choline from lecithin have been shown to elevate blood choline, brain choline and brain acetylcholine concentrations significantly. In scientific literature the term lecithin generally refers to phosphatidylcholine.

Autopsies of Alzheimer’s patients show depleted levels of acetylcholine and choline in brain tissues. Adequate concentrations of acetylcholine in the brain are believed to be protective against certain types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.

Choline is needed for myelination of nerves and supplies methyl groups for folate metabolism. Whenever you hear the words folate and methylation “think DNA repair.” You can see why chronic low INTAKES of choline decrease memory in mammalian animal studies.

Let’s look at an association that will give you one of those ah-ha moments. High homocysteine levels have been associated with reduced cognitive abilities and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Most of us think a deficiency of B6, B12 or folate as a cause of high homocysteine concentrations. However, oxidized choline forms the methyl donor betaine which is also needed for the conversion of homocysteine to methionine which reduces homocysteine concentrations. This means that elevated levels of homocysteine can also be a result of a choline deficiency.

In the same token, if adequate choline levels are not available from the diet, the amino acid L-methionine is used to produce choline. Methionine can supply the necessary methyl groups needed for the methylation reactions that the body needs for life.  L-methionine is also needed as a precursor to L-cysteine.

L-cysteine is needed to produce glutathione and as a source of sulfur for phase II liver detoxification. So low levels of choline can cause depleted levels of methionine and eventually the methionine that is present can be become depleted as the body breaks down methionine for its methyl groups.

So how much choline is enough and how does that relate to average dietary intake? This is where the story gets good because the suggested amount is a mere 550 mg a day for adults.  Yet according to a study per- formed by Iowa State University reported in the 2007 issue of The FASEB Journal, on 10% of people in the US consume adequate intakes of choline.

Dietary sources of choline are eggs, beef, veal, turkey,  chicken  and salmon. The organs, especially the liver, having the highest concentrations. Due to the current “fat phobia” and the negative trend toward organ meats, most people are not going to ingest organ meats.

Phosphatidylcholine is an excellent source of choline as well as a structural component of the phospholipid membrane of all cells.  Each capsule yields 425 mg of phosphatidylcholine and 54 mg of elemental choline.

Veteran viewers know we have discussed this supplement as we use it for adrenal and liver support. See below for a more detailed discussion.

6 to 9 capsules a day can be used therapeutically; but based on this article and common sense, 3 capsules of phosphatidylcholine per day as low dose supplementation and to increase dietary choline in our non-demented days can be a highly effective strategy to prevent loss of cognitive function later in life.

Thanks for reading this week’s edition. I’ll see you next Tuesday. Dr. Jason Godo