I found Dr. Deb while searching for a therapist with a holistic treatment aspect. When I started seeing Dr. Deb, I was taking antidepressants and sleeping medicines. After a few months, I was off all prescription medicines, sleeping well and feeling much better. Dr Deb has also helped me in our sessions to recognize my strengths and increase my confidence. I plan to continue my journey with Dr Deb to find the peaceful existence that I am searching for.
Gail Robinson, Wilmington, DE
To keep neuronal membranes supple take 2 grams of fish oil supplements (purified to remove mercury) or 2 heaping tablespoons of ground flax seed per day.
Avoid any amount of trans fats in your diet, as these have the opposite effect on brain cells, making nerve impulse transmission difficult and faulty. Trans fats are typically found in refined, processed, packaged grain products such as crackers. Look for the words "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" and put the product back on the shelf if it contains these.
Add flax oil to equal parts olive oil on salads, and sprinkle liberally with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Add ground flax seeds to oatmeal (after it's cooked), or to yogurt.
Eating _ cup of blueberries per day has been shown in experiments to reverse normal age-related mental decline.
Use tomato sauce on whole grain pasta dishes. It contains high levels of lycopene, which has been correlated with sharper mental acuity in old age. Use plenty of garlic in your sauce, as it also has brain cell protection factors.
Choline is very important to brain health. A study of subjects 50-80 years of age found that 5 weeks of supplementing 500 mg of choline (found in 2 tablespoons of lecithin granules) resulted in diminished memory lapses such as forgetting names, misplacing items, and inability to find words "on the tip of the tongue." Other rich sources of choline include egg yolks, peanuts, and wheat germ.
Ginkgo biloba is an herb that has been found to significantly improve intellectual function in subjects (average age 74 years) with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Take 120 mg per day.
Red wine has brain saving phytochemicals and antioxidants that are missing in white wine. The strongest brain protection in red wine's arsenal comes from resveratrol, which is also present in grape seed extract.
Daily exercise has been shown to help old brain cells grow new branches (dendrites) which communicate with other brain cells. The more such connections we have in our brains, the smarter we are.
Learning new tasks also stimulates dendrite growth.