A healthy brain functions quickly and automatically.
Unfortunately, not everyone has a healthy brain. In the United States alone, one in five people suffer from some kind of a neurological disorder, that is, a disease of the brain, spine, and the nerves that connect them.
Neuroinflammation, or inflammation in the brain, can be happening without you even knowing it, because the brain actually has no pain receptors! There are signs, however, that can indicate neuroinflammation.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders reports the following as common disorders:
Neurogenetic diseases (such as Huntington’s disease and muscular dystrophy)
Developmental disorders (such as cerebral palsy)
Degenerative diseases of adult life (such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease)
Metabolic diseases (such as Gaucher’s disease)
Cerebrovascular diseases (such as stroke and vascular dementia)
Trauma (such as spinal cord and head injury)
Convulsive disorders (such as epilepsy)
Infectious diseases (such as AIDS dementia)
Many of these disorders are autoimmune in nature, which means that the body is attacking itself.
Let’s look deeper into a few neurological disorders.
Dementia is considered a cerebrovascular disease but is not, in itself, a specific disease. Rather it is a general term to describe a decline in mental ability. Dementia describes a wide range of symptoms. For a condition to be considered dementia at least two of the following must be significantly impaired:
Communication and language
Ability to focus and pay attention
Reasoning and judgment
Dementia occurs when brain cell damage impairs communication in the brain, which may cause short-term memory loss.
Many forms of dementia are progressive, meaning symptoms worsen as time goes by. While there is no cure for dementia, some treatment options are available.
A number of prevention strategies have been identified as helpful for reducing risk of dementia. This includes, but is not limited to:
Attention to cardiovascular risk factors
Diet & food sensitivities
Reducing toxins (You’d be amazed how many there are in your daily life!)
Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a degenerative disease resulting in problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.
The risk for Alzheimer’s doubles for those afflicted with type 2 diabetes. It’s unsettling that over five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. One in ten adults, over the age of 65, has it. Early onset Alzheimer’s affects approximately 200,000 Americans under the age of 65.
In regard to Alzheimer’s disease, minor changes in the brain actually occur long before symptoms begin to show.
Prevention is the answer, not treatment!
Did you know that 800,000 new or recurring strokes happen annually? Yet, up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented! A stroke is NO JOKE! Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
A stroke is considered an attack on the brain. It occurs due to an obstruction in the blood flow to the brain, causing brain cells to die from lack of oxygen. The effects of a stroke are dependent on where it occurs in the brain.
Because each side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, a stroke on the right side of the body could lead to:
Paralysis on the left side of the body
Quick, inquisitive behavioral style
A stroke occurring on the left side of the body could lead to:
Paralysis on the right side of the body
Slow, cautious behavior style