I believe that a person who begins to experience minor bouts of forgetfulness need not panic or immediately claim ownership of the Alzheimer or Dementia diseases, (because that’s what they heard about people who were forgetful). While these illnesses are serious, they will require a boatload of testing before a diagnosis is made.There are a number of reasons why a person may experience a loss of memory, and your treating physician can tell you all about that for your own personal knowledge. Forgetfulness, in and of itself, is not Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
What I have learned about the body is that it will let us know when something is wrong–way ahead of time. The question is whether we can recognize the symptoms before it grows into something else. Memory failure can come from something as simple as having too much, or not enough of something in one’s system. It could come from an overload of artificial ingredients, preservatives, a deficiency of vitamins, medication, or an unruly thyroid that can have an affect on other parts of the body to react in some peculiar way. It can come from years of careless behavior, or a life that has become too sedentary, or even an accident at some time in the past. The person who experiences memory challenges should not assume, nor be told, that they must be coming down with Alzheimer’s Disease. Being treated to help manage a condition is far from discovering the cause and eliminating it. See my blog “Why I No Longer Have Migraine Headaches”. To manage a problem can lead to something more serious later on in life, but finding the cause and eliminating it promises a better quality of life.
Reports have informed us that a huge percentage of diseases and illnesses that we humans suffer are traced back to what we have eaten and drank over a long period of time. Just how long this “long period” happens to be is unknown.
Medications are not exempt from the critical eye. There are some that have serious side effects that are listed on the container label. Medical sources say that some medicines could be a contributor to forgetfulness, and that doctors should be mindful of this when medication is being prescribed, especially for someone who is already experiencing bouts of short memory. But the doctor may not be aware of something that should have been reported by the patient; and the patient may not remember to tell the doctor.
Why am I writing on this subject? On occasion, I experience brief memory lapses and I have vowed to myself and family that I will not succumb to taking medication for that. I have changed the types of food I eat and the preparation, and beverages.The only meat I eat is fish. Oh yeah–I’m a junk food junkie and that’s an area I’m still working on. I don’t drive anymore and I am accompanied on shopping trips, walks, etc.–never alone. The only medication I take is for my heart and I know how my heart got in the conditon it’s in. And that concludes this subject.
Seeing more clearly,