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I have recently read something that I feel compelled to discuss with you. In 2015, Canadian medical researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan surveyed the medical literature on the subjects of the common and overlooked cause of mental decline and dementia.
Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia, occurs in one in nine people of age 65 and over.
What do you think the overlooked cause of mental decline is?
I will give you a hint. I have been talking about it all along.
I bet you guessed it right.
According to the researchers, the widespread and overlooked cause of mental decline is environmental toxicants that are found in products we use in our homes and on our bodies every day.
In fact, here is what they said, “As recent evidence suggests that 70–90% of chronic disease is likely related to environmental determinants, ample understanding of environmental health science is required for the practice of contemporary health care.”
They talk about the fact that various toxicants can have a very strong impact on our health even in very small doses and many of those toxicants have the ability to accumulate in the body, which can cause health problems many years later.
Furthermore, the Canadian doctors provide a list of specific toxicants implicated in mental decline. These include lead, mercury, BPA, phthalates, brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, many of which I have been writing about for quite some time.
How does it make you feel? Do you feel happy that I am telling you this or do feel like you want to stop reading? Please let us know in the comments to this post.
Let me tell you how I felt after I had read this.
I felt happy and empowered. My genetics are not very good. My father died of cancer at the age of 57, and my brother was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 57. But I know that my environment is more important than genetics, which means that with everything I am doing there is a very good chance that I won’t be struck by cancer.
The Canadian researchers describe the case of a 69-year old man who was able to recover from severe memory loss, depression, and bipolar syndrome after 6 months of detoxifying lead that he had stored in his body over the course of his life. Recovery is possible even in an advanced stage! Hurray!
Similarly, utilizing a functional medicine approach, I was able to recover from Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
I have been currently working with my functional medicine doctor to reverse the other autoimmune illness I have, called Addison’s or adrenal insufficiency. You can read more here.
There is a lot of progress already, and I am hopeful. And even if I don’t recover from such a complicated disease, the things I am doing positively impact how I feel on a daily basis (and help my looks, too). I used to have adult acne, an “unexplained” aching in the tummy, restless leg syndrome, fatigue, recurring UTIs, excessive hair loss, dandruff, weak nails, dry or oily skin and other minor symptoms that conventional doctors have neither the time nor tools to deal with.
Besides feeling happy and empowered, I feel angry, too, that manufacturers pollute us with toxicants without repercussions and make us pay with our health for their manufacturing costs.
And I also feel frustrated. I often talk to people in social settings who are burdened by a skin disorder, allergies, fatigue, weight problems, hormone imbalances, chronic disease, and who are convinced that there is nothing to be done. Or they tell me that their children have these conditions. And I am there trying my best not to say anything they are not ready to hear, feeling frustrated because I believe that there might be solutions for them to improve the quality of their lives (of course, there are no guarantees). And those solutions do not have to be difficult and expensive. It can be as simple as a vitamin D deficiency or advice to stop taking lead-contaminated supplements.
From talking to you, I think a lot of people are simply overwhelmed and, as a result, simply do not want to hear anything more about pollution and toxicants. As soon as we learn something new about a harmful ingredient, we tend to think that we need to remove the exposure 100%, and if 100% is not possible, why even bother?
What we often forget is that even if we reduce exposure by a small amount, we can make a big difference in our health.
Let’s say you learned that there are flame-retardants in your upholstered furniture. For most people, replacing all upholstered furniture at once simply does not fall within the budget. So what do you do? You get angry wishing that you never found out about flame-retardants in the first place. And this is normal.
But, is that the only option? No! We have lots of options.
For example, you could replace the petroleum-based foam in your sofa cushions, or even just making sure that the dust-containing flame-retardants do not become airborne. As a result, you would be less exposed to flame retardants, which can make a huge difference in your long-term health. And yes, flame-retardants are on the list of toxicants associated with dementia.
My functional medicine doctor is focused on working with people who experience mental decline. She hired me to go over the list of toxicants compiled by the Canadian researchers and present her patients with simple and actionable steps they can take to reduce exposure to the harmful chemicals in their environment.
Here is my question to you. Would you be interested in reducing exposure to toxicants associated with overlooked causes of mental decline? Most of those toxicants are associated with hormone disruption, recurring infections, and cancer, to name a few.
If yes, how can I help you the most? Are you getting enough information from me already? Would you be happy with another e-book, or would you benefit from the support of a group class or one-on-one coaching?
I have been getting more one-on-one clients. Some of them are repeat clients. And I can tell that a conversation on the phone or by video conferencing is worth much more than a thousand words in a post. You can read their testimonial here and here.
Let me know what you think. Will you, please? Let me know how I can help. You can access the Canadian study here.