Remarkable New Studies
Show You Can Grow Your Brain
And Get Smarter
March 17th, 2013 by Holly Cornish
For years we’ve been told that brain loss was an inevitable part of aging… that we automatically lose neurotransmitters as we move on through life.
Until now the medical community has denied the possibility that adult brain cells could regrow.
Now researchers know that neurogenesis — the process of brain cell regeneration or regrowth — does occur. And it plays a pivotal role in releasing stress, preventing Alzheimer’s, dementia, and depression, and maintaining your “Master Control”.
Best of all, you can enjoy all these wonderful benefits for free and with no damaging side effects. So what can you do to regrow yours? Let’s take a look. . .
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How Carolyn Reversed
Her Alzheimer’s by
Disobeying Her Doctor
An all-natural protein melts away the brain-clogging mineral that triggers memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s — and cuts brain cell death in half! And yet this Nobel Prize-winning discovery is being ignored by 99% of doctors.
That’s why I’d like to tell you about Carolyn.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s, then you know how cruel these diseases can be. The emotional and physical toll they take on the patient — as well as on the entire family — can be devastating.
That’s why the news of the breakthroughs I’m about to reveal could literally have a life-changing effect on you.
Best of all, these solutions are available and being used successfully right now — even while most doctors still throw up their hands when it comes to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s, using words like “hopeless” and “irreversible.” It’s hard to believe, I know. . .
One, single activity can mean the difference between feeling full of energy, vim and vigor — or feeling drained, depressed, and droopy. It may also be your key to aging in your own home, versus moving to an assisted living facility (or worse).
So what’s the single most important thing you can do for your brain?
Get plenty of regular exercise!
Once you’ve heard the exciting findings in recent studies, I’m sure you’ll agree that seeing these results in your own life will be worth whatever effort it takes. After all, your brain cells play a central role in everything your body does.
By the way, the effort required to reap the brain benefits isn’t all that much. You don’t have to be an exercise fanatic. And you’ll not only boost your brain, but reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer while you’re at it.
Keep your “master control” center
cruising full speed ahead
Your body’s “Master Control” center — your nervous system — is made up of your brain, your spinal cord, and your peripheral nervous system (PNS) or nerves.
The nervous system controls every action in your daily life, from breathing and blinking to helping you memorize facts or navigate heavy traffic. Without these functions, you’d be a vegetable, a zombie.
Your sensory nerves collect environmental information and send it to your spinal cord, which relays the message to your brain. Your brain interprets the message and fires off an appropriate response. Your motor neurons deliver those instructions to the rest of your body via your spine’s ‘superhighway’.
But here’s the problem:
Hardly anyone thinks about what they need to do to keep their brain at its peak.
They’re more likely to look in the mirror and think about belly fat (sometimes a legitimate concern). Since you don’t see your brain, it’s easy to underrate its importance– until its degeneration becomes obvious.
So, jog your brain a bit…
Experts now say your brain is no different than your muscles. You either use it or lose it. It’s now well established that exercise bolsters both the structure and function of your brain.
Not only is exercise a smart thing to do for your heart and weight — it can literally make you smarter.
It increases your heart rate, oxygenating your brain. Scientists think this oxygen flow helps reduce your brain’s free radicals. One of the exciting findings of recent decades is that these inflows are almost always accompanied by an uptick in mental sharpness.1
Exercising also fuels plasticity to encourage growth of new connections between cells in your brain’s cortical areas.
Recent research from UCLA shows that exercise increases growth factors in your brain — inducing the growth of new neuron connections.2
Best growth stimulant for your brain
Stephen C. Putnam, MEd, embraced canoeing in a serious way to combat adult ADHD. He followed it up by writing a book called Nature’s Ritalin for the Marathon Mind, in which he writes about the benefits of exercise on hyperactivity and the inability to focus on tasks.3
Putnam cites studies of children who ran around for fifteen to 45 minutes before class and thereby cut their squirminess in half during class. Their running benefits lasted for two to four hours after exercising.
Putnam also cites preliminary animal research suggesting that exercise may cause new stem cells to grow — enabling your brain to refresh itself. Putnam calls it “Miracle-Gro” for the brain. And it appears there’s plenty of science to confirm his observations.
Is exercise the easiest way on earth
to reduce stress?
Have you ever heard of “runner’s high”?
It’s like an all-natural antidepressant. And it’s also linked to a drop in stress hormones.
A study out of Stockholm4 showed that “runner’s high” also stimulates new cell growth in the hippocampus — the part of your brain responsible for learning and memory.
Scientists know that exercise releases a rush of hormones, which discharge pleasure chemicals like serotonin and dopamine that make you feel calm, happy, or euphoric…
So if you don’t want to wait around for good feelings to happen on their own, you can nearly always bring them on by exercising.
“First aid” for your brain
Researchers are finding that those who exercise later in life help protect their brain from age-related degeneration more than those who don’t exercise. But it gets even better. Exercise may also act like a soothing balm for aging or damaged brain cells.
In a large brain-imaging study done at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, researchers found a strong and direct correlation over a 3-year period showing that as physical activity increased, brain shrinkage decreased.5
This study tapped into a highly respected longitudinal aging study, the Lothian Birth Cohort Study. It looked at 638 adults between 70 and 73 years old.
They found that those who walked several times a week had less brain shrinkage, and fewer signs of brain aging in general, than did the less active folks.
On the other hand, this study found no benefit on brain size for participating in socially or mentally stimulating activities. So if you want to maximize the mind-enriching benefits of playing chess or piano, walk or run across town to do it.
This study indicates that exercise is an important “medicine” to keep your brain’s size healthy and reduce brain damage as you age.
The brain scans showed that those who were more active had less damage to their white matter (the wiring that sends messages around your brain) and had more grey matter (the part containing nerve cell bodies).
Study participants provided details of their daily activities, ranging from basic chores to engaging in heavy exercise or competitive sports — as well as non-physical leisure activities.
Those most devoted to exercise showed better brain circuitry connections and less brain shrinkage — regardless of initial IQ or social class.
Dementia plummets by almost three-fourths
A group of American researchers6 looked at the part of the brain called the hippocampus, your brain’s memory center.
They followed adults over 65 years old… an aerobic walking group versus a control group.
The results were dramatic — and are huge for anyone wanting to sidestep dementia and other forms of brain decline.
Adults this age usually lose one to two percent of their hippocampal volume per year.
In this study those in the aerobic walking group GAINED an average of 2% in hippocampal volume per year — versus an average 1.4% LOSS for those in the control group!
See what I mean about teaching an “old dog” new tricks?
And, the aerobic walking group showed marked improvements in memory, too. This is remarkable because the researchers found measurable proof in both the physical organ — the hippocampus — and the mental performance.
This study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, expands on a previous extensive Italian study published in 2008.
The Italian study followed a group of age 65+ adults for four years. They used cognitive assessment tests to determine participants’ mental health and then looked for relationships between those and the participants’ exercise patterns.
Not only did this study find a staggering 73% decrease in dementia for the regular exercisers compared to those who didn’t exercise… it also showed that the intensity of exercise had hardly any bearing on the results. Walking, climbing stairs, and gardening were just as effective in preventing dementia as more strenuous activities.
It even helped those who
already had Alzheimer’s
Another study found that those diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s who were less fit had four times more brain shrinkage compared to more physically fit older adults… suggesting that physical fitness can slow down progression of the disease.7
At least two large studies have found a significantly lowered dementia risk in those who had higher physical fitness levels8 or who exercise three or more times per week.9
It’s never too late to start. . .
but watch out if you quit!
So, you made a New Year’s Resolution to exercise more in 2013… And you’ve already dropped the ball and stashed the gym stuff in the depths of your closet like millions of others.
Did that short-term commitment help you or hurt you?
While there’s plenty of evidence to show that you gain benefits from taking up exercise late in life even if you’ve always been a couch potato… there’s also emerging evidence to show you might be wasting your energy if you don’t stick with it.
A study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans10 showed some troubling results. But the study also pointed to an obvious work-around.
Researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil took a group of healthy adult rats and let them run as much as they wanted on wheels, which they enjoy doing. The rats were also injected with a substance that measures newly created neurons in the hippocampus, because exercise is known to spark the creation of two to three times as many new hippocampal neurons.
On the other hand, the control group had no running wheels. Both groups were monitored for new brain cell growth.
At the end of the first week, the runners’ wheels were locked so they also became inactive.
At the end of week 2, the researchers memory-tested both the exercised and control rats by requiring them to find and remember the location of a platform placed along the wall of a small swimming pool. Rats are not fond of water, so they’re motivated to find this escape route. Those with better memories paddled to the platform more easily.
After one week of inactivity, the rats that had been allowed to run during the first week were much faster on the water test than the controls that had never exercised. The exercisers also had two or more times the number of new neurons.
The remaining animals took the same memory test after three weeks or six weeks of inactivity.
The animals that were inactive for three or six weeks performed FAR worse on the water maze test than the ones who were only inactive for one week.
In fact, their memories were about equal to the control animals, the ones that had never exercised. The results suggest how transient your exercise-induced benefits may be.
Brain benefits of exercise are lost quickly
A second study presented at the same conference looked at mood and stress in sedentary animals following several months of running.
They found that after 10 weeks of running, followed by three weeks of inactivity, the running rats’ brains were nearly indistinguishable from those of animals that never exercised. It was as if they’d never run.
Though these are animal studies, indirect evidence suggests that people are just as vulnerable to losing brain function once regular exercise is stopped.
So it might be wise to stick to that New Year’s exercise resolution after all.
Exercise for your brain, not just your body
Remember how “mission critical” your brain is to all of your life? Give it a workout today.
The easiest way to keep your brain sharp is to find some kind of physical activity you love doing, mix it up with an alternative type exercise… then mark it on your calendar as an important appointment.
Because it could prove to be the most important one of your day!
Exercising in the morning before work not only spikes brain activity and prepares it for the day’s challenges… it also increases retention of new information and aids problem solving on complex issues.
Many experts also advocate that it promotes regular workouts, as fewer activities clamor for your attention early.
Looking to change up your workout? Try an activity that requires coordination along with cardio exertion, like a dance class.
If you like crunching time at the gym alone, try circuit workouts, which spike your heart rate while constantly redirecting your attention.
Any way you do it, always remember this doctor’s admonition… “Exercise is really for the brain, not the body.”
So what have you done today for YOUR brain?
Our last issue covered what may be the most important cancer treatment on earth, as described by one of the world’s leading experts on it. I’d absolutely insist on receiving this therapy if I had cancer. If you missed the news, scroll down and read it now.
The Cancer Treatment of the Future
Is Available NOW!
One of the world’s leading integrative cancer doctors, Alexander Herzog, M.D., was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Annie Appleseed conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. He traveled all the way from his world famous clinic in Nidda/Bad Salzhausen in Germany to deliver his speech on “Hyperthermia in Advanced and Metastatic Cancer.”
Dr. Herzog is one of the grand masters of hyperthermia — an effective non-toxic therapy that should be used throughout America to treat cancer. Yet hyperthermia (heat/fever therapy) is hard to find anywhere in America because it doesn’t fit with the standard American model of cancer treatment — surgery/radiation/chemo, also known as “cut/burn/poison.”
I will insist on being treated with hyperthermia if I ever get cancer. Keep reading and you’ll see why.
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Hidden epidemic picking off
Baby Boomers in their prime
Leg cramps that wake you up out of a sound sleep.
Fingers so cold you’re embarrassed to shake hands at church.
Unsightly circles under your eyes–no matter how much sleep you get.
Bruises that appear after the slightest bump…and take WEEKS to go away.
These aren’t just minor annoyances. They’re the first signs of the hidden epidemic picking off Baby Boomers like flies. So deadly, it claims another new victim every 30 seconds. And yet–most M.D.s are completely overlooking it.
Which is why it’s absolutely critical for you to watch this special presentation right now. It will tell you everything you need to know about this sweeping threat. Including the solution so stunningly simple, it puts modern medicine to shame. Please, don’t miss it.
No difference between cheap and expensive drugs!
How well has the American cut/burn/poison model worked? Dr. Herzog alluded to President Richard Nixon’s declaration of war on cancer and observed that we’re losing that war the way we’ve been fighting it.
The toxic but cheap cancer drug Tamoxifen, which costs about $50 a month, has been replaced by toxic and expensive drugs like Avastin, which cost about $8,000 a month. Despite the increase in cost, Dr. Herzog pointed out that the result is exactly the same: a failure rate of 98 percent in treating advanced cancer! Yet, incredibly, health insurance companies are willing to pay for the more expensive drugs.
Dr. Herzog pointed out that physicians have been using hyperthermia for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, physicians used a crude method of hyperthermia to cure breast cancer: the hot iron treatment without anesthesia!
Hippocrates, the father of medicine, observed that fevers can cure disease. That’s what an American doctor, Peter Busch, M.D., also observed in 1868. One of his cancer patients got a strep infection that led to a fever of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. When the fever went away, so did the sarcoma on her face.
Medicine has come a long way since then. Using state-of-the-art medical equipment, Dr. Herzog gives his patients local or whole-body hyperthermia without any pain. It doesn’t matter whether the fever is natural or artificially produced. The effect is the same: a fever activates the immune system. Healthy cells can take the heat, but cancer cells can’t handle it. They die by the millions, and the cancer cells that survive the heat are weakened so they can be easily killed by another therapy such as high-dose vitamin C or low-dose chemo.
Dr. Herzog is one of the few doctors who has the skill and experience to apply extreme whole body hyperthermia with complete safety. He artificially induces a fever of 107 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours, during which he monitors and keeps the patient hydrated. He also makes sure the head is kept cool so the brain doesn’t overheat. Extreme hyperthermia has a devastating effect on cancer.
American doctors killed six patients!
One reason why hyperthermia isn’t used in America, Dr. Herzog pointed out, is because of a disastrous experiment. In 1970, he explained, an American medical team gave whole body hyperthermia to 10 patients. They raised the patients’ core temperature to an astounding 110 degrees Fahrenheit, far above the safe maximum of 107 degrees. Not surprisingly, six of the patients died of brain edema — swelling of the brain.
In sharp contrast, Germany’s top cancer doctors have given thousands of hyperthermia treatments without any problems at all. Dr. Herzog said hyperthermia can be used effectively as a stand-alone treatment or to optimize low-dose chemo. After hyperthermia has weakened the cancer cells, only a low dose of chemotherapy drugs is needed to kill them off. This treatment plan avoids the side effects of high-dose chemo that cancer patients dread: nausea, hair loss, and a miserable quality of life.
Don’t ignore quality of life, says Dr. Herzog
Quality of life is something Dr. Herzog works hard to restore to his patients. He showed a shocking slide of a woman who came to him with an ugly, smelly tumor on her neck. Her quality of life was gone. She couldn’t go out and socialize in that condition. Dr. Herzog used hyperthermia in combination with low dose radiation and chemo to give this lady her quality of life back.
The deadliest form of brain cancer is glioblastoma, the kind of cancer that killed Senator Ted Kennedy. One of Dr. Herzog’s glioblastoma patients came to him in such bad shape that he could no longer speak. Using local hyperthermia to shrink the tumor along with low-dose chemo, the patient regained his ability to speak several languages.
A 25-year-old ballet dancer came to Dr. Herzog with a different kind of brain cancer. The doctor restored her health with two major therapies: hyperthermia plus a specialized therapy at the nearby University of Frankfurt that fed chemo directly into the tumor (instead of poisoning her whole body with chemo as a conventional American hospital would have done).
One of Dr. Herzog’s most shocking cases was a Japanese-American man who had severe colo-rectal cancer. He had declined surgery, and the tumor was blocking his stool and even growing out of his anus! Following a temporary colostomy, Dr. Herzog cured his cancer with hyperthermia and other therapies. The patient’s colostomy was then repaired, and today he’s a happy man!
Why “healthy” people get cancer
Dr. Herzog made the counter-intuitive point that “healthy” people can get cancer, but people who get fevers don’t get cancer. That’s because fevers give your immune system a workout. And when your immune system is strong, it nips cancer in the bud.
As for a healthy eating plan for cancer patients, Dr. Herzog recommends going Mediterranean with not much meat or sugar. He believes an occasional glass of wine is okay. He said, “It’s important to enjoy this life.”
The audience burst into applause after Dr. Herzog’s talk. It has been my privilege to interview Dr. Herzog at his clinic in Germany in 2007 and again in 2010. I describe his clinic in detail as well as nine other outstanding German clinics in my Special Report German Cancer Breakthrough, published by Cancer Defeated. For free information about this Special Report, just click here.
Life-changing wisdom from the “Bad Ass Vegan”
Because most cases of cancer are caused by lifestyle choices, such as a poor diet, too much sugar, and too little exercise, you have to change your life if you want to survive cancer. Of course, that’s easier said than done. Most cancer patients could use some good advice on how to replace bad habits with healthy habits.
That’s why Ann Fonfa, the founder of the Annie Appleseed conference, invited John Lewis to speak. John cheerfully describes himself as “the Bad Ass Vegan.” He has a lot of street smarts and “street cred” about how to make lasting changes in your life. The title of his talk was “Control Your Health Destiny.”
It’s hard to believe that this young man, just five feet eight inches tall, used to weigh 315 pounds! Today, he’s not one bit overweight, and he’s as fit as a fiddle. It’s well worth listening to anyone who can lose that much weight and keep it off.
John knew he’d find a way to get rid of his excess weight. As he changed one factor after another in his life, the weight dropped off. One key factor he changed was his eating plan. He became a vegan, and now tries to eat foods that build up rather than tear down his health. Vegans eat NO animal products. They not only avoid meat, but also eggs, dairy products and even honey.
There have been some ups and downs in John’s life. He was adopted. He has suffered from broken bones and been through surgeries. He was even homeless for a while. But he kept a positive outlook. Using colloquial language, he told the audience, “It’s okay to get mad or pissed, but you can’t let it last. If you think your life is going to be screwed up, it will be.”
How John’s mother brought her cancer on
John said his mother had two cancers: first in the throat and then in the colon. Her doctor told him she got cancer from eating too much animal protein and fried foods. John was amazed. He asked the doctor, “You mean you can avoid this?” Yes, the doctor replied.
Stress-run-loose is another factor that can bring on cancer, so John offered the audience some advice about how to control stress. He said you have to get to know yourself, “what stresses you out, what pisses you off.” You have to solve the problem or find a way to handle or avoid what causes stress.
John recommends the problem-solving tool he uses: S.W.O.T., which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Of these four things, the first two are under your control. The last two are outside your control. Once you’ve identified your weaknesses, you can make a decision to avoid them. Your weaknesses might be sugar, alcohol, junk food, vegetating in front of a TV, or something else.
“S.W.O.T. analysis will help out anybody,” John said.
How to avoid your weaknesses
“Don’t beat yourself up,” John told the audience. “The world is going to beat you up enough. When you’re trying to change to a healthier lifestyle, it’s not easy. For example, some offices are so large there’s a birthday party and cake every week!” When these birthdays roll around, John says “Happy Birthday” and then walks out because “I don’t need to be around the cake. That’s my weakness.”
Don’t tempt yourself, John advised, by being near the things that tempt you. That life-changing advice has certainly worked for John!
John encouraged the audience: “Don’t be afraid to have a healthy lifestyle. Become more active. We have joints for a reason: we have to use them. I can’t outrun death, but dammit, death is going to have to catch me! You have to be in motion and do extra motion. You have to move! Use it or lose it. Go walking. After dinner, take at least 100 steps. Control what goes into your mouth. This is BIG! Implement a plant-based eating plan.
“Drop the excuses. Take responsibility for your life. Ask your doctor questions. Ask him why you should take drugs. If he gets pissed, get another doctor. Don’t lose or see yourself as a loser. When suffering happens, understand that it’s a part of life, and keep moving. Create your own destiny, and think for yourself.”
John’s website is BadAssVegan.com.
Cancer survival strategies that work!
The conference’s panel discussion featured two cancer survivors and a caregiver whose wife suffers from cancer. Panelist Kenneth Gordon was diagnosed with Stage 3 kidney cancer in 2008. After surgery, when he thought he was cured, he threw a party to celebrate. But when the cancer came back, he shut down emotionally because he thought his life was over.
Kenneth’s wife told him to snap out of his depression and join her in looking for a solution. They found a book by Gerald White, Cancer Wars, about getting rid of cancer by activating the immune system. They found another helpful book by Bernie Siegel. After studying the options, Kenneth decided on a three-point plan to get his health back: (1) meditation for stress relief, (2) he hired a dietician to advise him on how to juice (i.e. live on juiced vegetables and fruits), and (3) he started exercising.
His oncologist agreed to monitor him, and the results of his three-point plan were astounding. When Kenneth’s doctor showed his chart to another doctor, the doctor replied, “Whatever drug you have your patient on, it’s really working great!”
Panelist Karen Lee Sobel was diagnosed with a rare, incurable blood cancer. But after seven years, she’s cancer free. Why is she still here, she asks? To write a book. The title of her book is Twelve Weeks: An Artist’s Story of Cancer, Healing, and Hope. She used holistic treatments including meditation, mind-body medicine, and energy therapy to build up her health so she could make it through a 12-week clinical trial. Her recovery is almost miraculous.
Panelist Rob Harris is an in-home caregiver to his wife. He’s the author of “We’re in This Together: A Caregiver’s Story.” The three words that changed his life were the words “You have cancer,” spoken to his wife.
The first lesson he learned as a caregiver was “It’s not about you.” The second lesson is that you can’t be so emotional that it prevents you from giving your loved one the best care. The third lesson is “Don’t be an idiot, but take help! Don’t be a martyr! Eat right, exercise, and be healthy so you can be the best caregiver you can possibly be.” He guarantees that anyone who reads his book will laugh and cry at least twice. It’s a must-read book for anyone who’s caring for a loved one.
Stay tuned for the second of two articles about this conference.
Lee Euler, Publisher