What You Must Know About Memory Loss & How You Can Stop It: A Guide to Proven Techniques and Supplements to Maintain, Strengthen, or Regain Memory

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Leave it to one of America’s best-selling physician/authors to tackle one of the country’s fastest-growing health concerns. With over 77 million baby boomers living in the U.S., memory loss is quickly becoming a major issue. Although the common belief is that these irritating lapses in the ability to remember are a normal part of aging, current scientific research indicates otherwise. In fact, there are a number of reasons these lapses can occur. The good news is that once we understand why, we can actually ...

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Overview

Leave it to one of America’s best-selling physician/authors to tackle one of the country’s fastest-growing health concerns. With over 77 million baby boomers living in the U.S., memory loss is quickly becoming a major issue. Although the common belief is that these irritating lapses in the ability to remember are a normal part of aging, current scientific research indicates otherwise. In fact, there are a number of reasons these lapses can occur. The good news is that once we understand why, we can actually restore and even strengthen our mental acuity. In her new book, What You Must Know About Memory Loss & How You Can Stop It, Dr. Pamela Wartian Smith explains why we forget things and what we can do to not only reverse the problem, but also enhance our ability to focus, concentrate, and comprehend.

Dr. Smith begins by discussing why it is important not to simply accept memory loss as a normal part of aging. She then presents an in-depth look at the most common causes of these lapses in memory—nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, toxic overload, poor blood circulation, and lack of physical and mental exercise. She begins each section with a questionnaire to determine if the test taker’s memory may be affected by that particular cause. The author then details how that cause is involved in impaired memory, as well as a host of other mental issues ranging from insomnia to personality changes. Dr. Smith follows each discussion with a list of proven remedies to correct each issue. Also included in the book is a special section on recognizing and dealing with severe memory loss.

While the pharmaceutical companies continue to look for that one “magic bullet” to reverse memory loss, the fact is that there are numerous scientifically valid treatments available toaddress this growing concern. Dr. Smith empowers her readers to avoid an unnecessary part of aging by offering simple and effective solutions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
Physician Smith (What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More) takes a “knowledge-is-power” approach to mild, age-related memory lapses by presenting some common factors contributing to minor forgetfulness, and suggested steps to reduce and manage those factors. Smith explains how positive lifestyle changes, such as increased sleep and activity, healthful eating, and stress management, can help mitigate lapses in focus and recall. The connection between cardiovascular disease, toxins, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, insomnia and memory loss is explored, and questionnaires are included to help recognize potential signs of each condition; symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnoses, and treatment are explained. Smith explains that stress is no longer just a fight-or-flight response in our increasingly hectic world, but it can be managed with sleep, physical activity, and mental enrichment that is both challenging and satisfying. With straightforward explanations and 35 pages of resources, this well-written book is informative, instructional, and suitable for beginning and continuing students of the topic. (Feb.)
Library Journal
02/01/2014
As we age, small lapses of memory may occur. Some of this is part of the normal aging process, but more serious impairment may be a symptom of a systemic illness or one of the dementias such as Alzheimer's. Smith (medicine, Univ. of South Florida), an "anti-aging physician," offers information about causes and possible treatments. Beginning with a discussion of the brain and how it processes memory, she then addresses conditions that can cause memory loss: cardiovascular disease, heavy metal poisoning, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, and dementia. Often, treating an underlying disease will reverse or improve memory problems. Exercise, good nutrition, mental activities such as reading and crossword puzzle solving, stress management, and sleeping well all help, too. Smith also recommends supplements and is careful to include contraindications. There are references for further research. While there is plenty of solid, practical information here, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians is not an official medical board. Also, the author mentions using saliva tests, which are not considered very accurate, and bioidentical hormones, which are not approved by the FDA. The use of supplements is still under investigation. VERDICT Consider for public and consumer health libraries.—Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757003868
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 497,372
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, MPH, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and director of the Master's Program in Medical Sciences, with a concentration in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine, at the University of South Florida School of Medicine. An authority on the subjects of wellness and anti-aging, Dr. Smith is also director of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine. Currently, she is the owner and director of the Center for Healthy Living, with locations in Michigan and Florida. Dr. Smith is also the best-selling author of What You Must Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & More and What You Must Know About Women’s Hormones.
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