Saturday, February 10, 2018

I had a pill for my memory but I forgot where I put it...


"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
George Santayana

Why is memory important?

Memory affects behaviors.  Memory connects us to our outer world.  It protects us from harm from past experience of threat and forms our future.  We develop contrast of what is not wanted and move forward with what is preferred.  We form our future with mindful awareness of our past.  If you have ever known someone who has lost their memory, often their connection to their outer world is compromised.

What is memory? 
Memory is our ability to encode, store, retain and subsequently recall information and past experiences in the human brain. It can be thought of in general terms as the use of past experience to affect or influence current behavior.

Memory is the sum total of what we remember, and gives us the capability to learn and adapt from previous experiences as well as to build relationships. It is the ability to remember past experiences, and the power or process of recalling to mind previously learned facts, experiences, impressions, skills and habits. It is the store of things learned and retained from our activity or experience, as evidenced by modification of structure or behavior, or by recall and recognition.

Memory is, at its simplest, a set of encoded neural connections in the brain. It is the re-creation or reconstruction of past experiences by the synchronous firing of neurons that were involved in the original experience. As we will see, though, because of the way in which memory is encoded, it is perhaps better thought of as a kind of collage or jigsaw puzzle, rather than in the traditional manner as a collection of recordings or pictures or video clips, stored as discrete wholes. Our memories are not stored in our brains like books on library shelves, but are actually on-the-fly reconstructions from elements scattered throughout various areas of our brains.

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Studies suggest that repeated bouts of  perceived stress cause harm to the temporal lobe, an area of the brain important to memory, causing it to shrink in size, and compromising performance on spatial memory tests.

It is thought that stress hormones, such as cortisol, released by the body during times of stress (such as the sleep disturbance, general stress and fatigue or emotional strain) are responsible for this impairment of memory and other mental skills.

Memory is related to but distinct from learning, which is the process by which we acquire knowledge of the world and modify our subsequent behavior. During learning, neurons that fire together to produce a particular experience are altered so that they have a tendency to fire together again. For example, we learn a new language by studying it, but we then speak it by using our memory to retrieve the words that we have learned. Thus, memory depends on learning because it lets us store and retrieve learned information. But learning also depends to some extent on memory, in that the knowledge stored in our memory provides the framework to which new knowledge is linked by association and inference. This ability of humans to call on past memories in order to imagine the future and to plan future courses of action is a hugely advantageous attribute in our survival and development as a species.

Since the development of the computer in the 1940s, memory is also used to describe the capacity of a computer to store information subject to recall, as well as the physical components of the computer in which such information is stored. Although there are indeed some parallels between the memory of a computer and the memory of a human being, there are also some fundamental and crucial differences, principally that the human brain is organized as a distributed network in which each brain cell makes thousands of connections, rather than as an addressable collection of discrete files.

The sociological concept of collective memory plays an essential role in the establishment of human societies. Every social group perpetuates itself through the knowledge that it transmits down the generations, either through oral tradition or through writing. The invention of writing made it possible for the first time for human beings to preserve precise records of their knowledge outside of their brains. Writing, audiovisual media and computer records can be considered a kind of external memory for humans.

Memory is our ability to save information and knowledge so we can access and use it later. It’s a way of using past learning and experience to inform current behaviour.

Memory is the reason we can still picture the house we grew up in, and other experiences we had years ago.

In the brain, memory is complicated and involves many neurological mechanisms. In basic terms, when we access a memory, our neurons fire in ways that are similar to the original experience, to recreate the important aspects of that experience.

Types of Memory

Most people know the difference between short-term and long-term memory. However, there are many different ways of subdividing memory. You may have heard of working memory, verbal memory, or procedural memory.

According to the stage model of memory, memory can be roughly divided into 3 types: sensory, short-term, and long-term memory.

Sensory Memory

Sensory memory temporarily (~3 sec) holds information from your senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, taste) for processing in the brain.

When you don’t hear what someone said the first time, your brain can actually replay the past few seconds of sound from sensory memory. That’s why we often say pardon? and then remember what was said.

Short-Term Memory

Short-term memory (working memory) is a kind of filter on sensory information. It essentially holds everything you’re currently paying attention to or thinking about, within 30 seconds or so.

You can think of working memory like a bottleneck. The human brain is limited in its capacity, so we simply can’t process everything that comes in through our senses. Working memory filters the unnecessary information out, and holds the information needed for current mental operations.

For an example of working memory in action, look no further than the sentence you are currently reading. When reading, your working memory stores the first half of the sentence while you finish reading it so you can grasp the complete thought.

Long-Term Memory

Long-term memory is remembering something in a more permanent way. It includes memories of past events, facts, and procedures (know-how). An example would be remembering someone’s name.

Information in short-term memory can be moved into long-term memory in two main ways: emotion (caring about what’s happening), and attention (repeating it).

Memories fade, and can be forgotten if they are not maintained by rehearsal. For example, you can forget how to sing a song that you once knew all the words to.

Why is memory important to me?

I am a family and functional wellness  anti-aging medicine physician who specializes in the field of bio-identical hormones and metabolic profiling.  I have been in medicine for over twenty years and helped over 30,000 patients.

My “WHY” for getting into anti-aging, functional medicine and metabolic profiling (or hacking the human body) was to understand the human body and how to not only correct many ailments that traditional medicine did not know how to address or have influence over but how to prevent them. 

I went to medical school very nieve and bought the idea that pharmaceutical companies try to sell you about the benefits of pharmaceuticals but then I realized that often times these drugs are touted as the end all beat all to the issue that can go wrong with the body and from a common sense standpoint it just made sense that these were just band aids and not getting at the root cause.  That  began my functional medicine journey to learn all I could about hormones and supplements, fitness routines that truly maximize health and metabolism and food as medicine.  As a medical doctor I didn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.  Don’t get me wrong.  Pharmaceuticals and certain procedures can save lives in medicine and my disclaimor is that I am  not giving you medical advice.  But merely inviting you to ask the question, “could there be more to this?”  What if I changed certain things about my diet?  What if I took certain supplements?  What if I changed my emotional state through exercise and hormone balance?  What could be the possibilities? 

My why has always remained a very impactful story that I often tell in my lectures, so forgive me if you have heard this but I’m very passionate about it.  

I was visiting my mother in the assisted living facilty she lives in one day and coloring her hair (dark auburn clarol 147). 

 My mother was in assisted living due to loss of her memory (Alzheimer’s).  When we were done with our beauty routine and I was about to leave.  She asked me.  “When are you going to come back and color my hair?  It’s getting really gray again.”

I was so saddened by this statement.  I had just been there almost 3 hours coloring her hair and she couldn’t remember it.  

I got out the door and just starting sobbing.  My grandmother (her mother) had died of complications of Alzheimer’s and I knew in that moment that I was losing my mom too.  

Alzheimer’s and loss of memory is the most cruel disease of all in my books.  You suffer two losses with that loved one.  The loss of their memory and their connection to you in relationship and then you lose them to physical death.  It doesn’t seem fair. 

Genetics wise I was terrified that my young son would someday have to face the fear and concern of me and loss of my memory as I followed my family genetic predisposition.  

I called my brother that day and sobbing, he told me something I would never forget. 
“Tammy.”  He said calmly with all the confidence in the world.  “You take care of yourself.  You do things mom and grandma didn’t even know about.  You take supplements, keep your hormones in balance, exercise and eat a clean diet for the most part.  You got this.  That won’t be you.”

And I realized in that moment that I had learned about epi-genetics or the science that says “you are not your genes”  but rather “you are your environment and the genes respond to your environment.  Meaning if you don’t take care of yourself then the genes turn on and cause disease (which can show up as aging, cancer, illness and memory loss).

I knew in that moment that I had a choice.  My choice was to keep those genes turned off.

And then as time went on I was feeling some effects of stress and as mentioned above stress has a very large impact on memory.  Stress can be in many forms and can be caused from sugary food we eat to life changes when we don’t perceive the growth potential and value in them.  Remember I said “perceived stress”.  This can also be in the form of inflammation, which the causes are too numerous to mention here.  

I was starting to have a few what my mom called “senior moments” and forgetting chunks of conversations and worried that despite my health choices I was in fact losing my memory at about the same age my mom started.  The big 5-0!

Then my husband met the founder of a supplement company called Nutrinalis and their best selling product was a product called Brain Booster.

I thought what the heck.  I’ve studied lots of supplements and knew the benefits of Gingko Biloba and agreed to try the product. 

I’m in this for the long haul and my memory and my mind are very important to me.  I am a highly educated woman and my work and mind are very important to me.  I was willing to take the supplement to preserve my brain for the marathon and not the sprint but what happened next was nothing short of a miracle.  

Not only did I stop forgetting things.  Really important things but it helped with my  stress, helped me feel calmer and I had more clarity and focus almost immediately.  All which help the brain process cleaner and with more intention. 

I studied the ingredients to see why this was so effective.  

Of course Ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain and acts as an antioxidant. 

Several ginkgo studies have shown that it can help with memory problems caused by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It seems to help prevent the progression of dementia symptoms, especially if the dementia is thought to be the result of atherosclerotic vascular disease.

Researchers have studied ginkgo for many other conditions, including ADHD, depression and other psychological conditions, multiple sclerosis, and tinnitus from a vascular origin. 

In medical studies, almost all clinical trials have used a standardized extract of ginkgo, standardized to 24% flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones. A common dose in people with dementia is 40 milligrams of that extract three times daily. For improving cognitive function in healthy people, studies have used between 120 milligrams to 600 milligrams of the extract daily.

The only source of ginkgo is the ginkgo tree. Most ginkgo supplements are derived from the leaves. 

We have known about the benefits of Ginko for years but you may not know about some of the other ingredients in Brain Booster.

Bacopa monnieri extract is a leaf extract that improves concentration and cognition.  

In a study of  fifty-four (54) participants, 65 or older (mean 73.5 years), without clinical signs of dementia, were recruited and randomized to Bacopa or placebo. 

Controlling for baseline cognitive deficit using the Blessed Orientation–Memory–Concentration test, Bacopa participants had enhanced AVLT delayed word recall memory scores relative to placebo. Stroop results were similarly significant, with the Bacopa group improving and the placebo group unchanged. CESD-10 depression scores, combined state plus trait anxiety scores, and heart rate decreased over time for the Bacopa group but increased for the placebo group.

Phosphatidylcholine Powder (standardized to 40% (80mg) phosphalidylcholine), 
Phosphatidylcholines (PC) are a class of phospholipids that incorporate choline as a headgroup. They are a major component of biological membranes and can be easily obtained from a variety of readily available sources, such as egg yolk or soybeans, from which they are mechanically or chemically extracted using hexane. They are also a member of the lecithin group of yellow-brownish fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues.  The name "lecithin" was originally defined from the Greek lekithos (λεκιθος, egg yolk) by Theodore Nicolas Gobley, a French chemist and pharmacist of the mid-19th century, who applied it to the egg yolk phosphatidylcholine that he identified in 1847. Gobley eventually completely described his lecithin from chemical structural point of view, in 1874. Phosphatidylcholines are such a major component of lecithin that in some contexts the terms are sometimes used as synonyms. However, lecithin extracts consist of a mixture of phosphatidylcholine and other compounds. It is also used along with sodium taurocholate for simulating fed- and fasted-state biorelevant media in dissolution studies of highly lipophilic drugs.

Phosphatidylcholine is a vital substance found in every cell of the human body. Some researchers have used mutant mouse models with severe oxidative damage as a model of "accelerated aging" to investigate the possible role of phosphatidylcholine supplementation as a way of slowing down aging-related processes and improving brain functioning and memory capacity in dementia.

DMAE Bitartrate
DMAE is a compound that is known as a mind health compound. It does this by reducing buildup of what is known as the 'age pigment', which impairs cognitive function and is implicated in the cognitive decline with age. It can also increase levels of the compound involved with memory, acetylcholine.
It can also protect neurons and other cells from harmful effects of certain types of oxidation by embedding itself in the structure of the cell and acting as an anti-oxidant, as well as sustaining metabolic processes in the body through a process known as 'methyl donation'.
DMAE is also found in various face and body creams, and can tighten and tone skin quality.

 Eleuthero Extract (standardized to 0.8% eleuthisosides) (eleutherococus) root, 
Eleuthero (elu-thero), also known as Siberian ginseng, is a powerful adaptogen that has been used medicinally in Chinese medicine since the 16th century.
Although there were countless herbs being used as medicine at that time, eleuthero was considered to be one of the best.  Li Shih-Chen, a famous 16th century Chinese doctor, even commented on eleuthero in his manuscripts. He wrote, “I would rather take a handful of eleuthero than a carload of gold and jewels”.
The point is, Li Shih-Chen studied over 10,000 medicinal substances and he regarded eleuthero to be one of the best.  And it’s not just the Chinese healers who recognize eleuthero’s healing potential. Recent evidence reveals that it’s a powerful adaptogen that can help you cope with stress, enhance your energy, and even improve your brain function.
According to a several studies, eleuthero has some memory-enhancing effects. Specifically, eleuthero has been suggested to improve your ability to remember (recall) things.

One study in particular found that middle-aged people who took eleuthero experienced a significant improvement in memory compared to those who did not take it.
Being an adaptogen, eleuthero can help your body and mind cope with stress. Adaptogens, like eleuthero, specifically improve the health of your adrenal system, which is in charge of managing your body’s response to stress. In doing so, eleuthero is able to combat stress and the negative effects it causes such as fatigue.
If you’re stressed out on the norm, it can lead to some serious fatigue or even a condition called adrenal fatigue. Our bodies aren’t designed to face constant stress. So when you are stressed out all the time, your body (along with the adrenals) begin to wear down.  This can cause you to experience the symptoms of chronic stress such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, and a loss of sexual desire.  Being an adaptogen, eleuthero helps heal and rebalance your adrenals. As a result, you can combat the negative effects of stress and become more energized throughout the day.

Vinpocetine (vinca minor) (Whole plant), 
Vinpocetine is an extract from the seeds of the periwinkle plant (Vinca minor), a common, vinelike evergreen ground cover. The roots creep along, blooming abundantly in the spring and sporadically throughout the rest of the growing season. Known by its typically violet color, Vinca has been planted in gardens for hundreds of years. It has a long history of use as a traditional tonic to alleviate weariness, especially the type associated with advanced age, and also as an astringent for excessive menses, bleeding gums, mouth sores, and more.
Vinpocetine is a derivative of the alkaloid vincamine. Like vincamine, it is found in small amounts in the seeds of periwinkle as well as other plants, such as voaconga and Crioceras longiflorus. Throughout the world, vincamine has been used to treat senile dementia with significant success. Studies have found vinpocetine to demonstrate many of the same functions as those of vincamine, but without the side effects. Moreover, it has been shown to be at least two times (and up to three or four times) more potent than vincamine for improving cerebral circulation, memory, and other functions in humans. No interactions with pharmaceutical drugs have been reported. 
Numerous scientific studies have shown vinpocetine to be of benefit for the prevention and improvement of many different kinds of ailments. It enhances cognitive functions, including those involving long- and short-term memory, and it has also been shown to be valuable in protecting heart, visual, and hearing functions, among other benefits.
In broadest terms, vinpocetine is a powerful memory enhancer. It achieves this principally by facilitating cerebral metabolism and improving blood flow in the brain. It works by causing mild dilation of blood vessels, thereby allowing for increased cerebral blood flow, which results in increased oxygenation and glucose utilization.

This makes vinpocetine an ideal candidate not only for the improvement and prevention of certain disease processes in need of increased blood flow and oxygenation, but also for athletes who want to enhance their performance by increasing brain oxygenation, such as skiers, mountain climbers, and high-altitude hikers.  In addition to more efficient brain circulation, vinpocetine has been found to increase brain-cell energy through its effect on the production of ATP (the cellular energy molecule).
Since many brain disorders have been found to be caused by poor circulation or by neuronal damage due to inadequate oxygen and inadequate amounts of energy, it makes sense to consider vinpocetine in one's daily cognitive supplement program.

Huperzine-A (huperzia serrata) (grass)

Huperzia is a type of moss that grows in China. It is also native to Hawaii. It is commonly known as Chinese Clubmoss and Toothed Clubmoss. It is related to clubmosses (the Lycopodiaceae family) and is known to some botanists as Lycopodium serratum. The whole prepared moss was used traditionally. Clubmosses are primitive, vascular plants that differ from true mosses by having specialized fluid-conducting tissues, but like mosses, they reproduce by means of spores, which are either clustered into small cones or borne in the axils of the small scale-like leaves. Plants older than 15 years may only grow to 10 cm in height. Some species of Lycopodium are called ground pine or creeping cedar, especially those that resemble miniature hemlocks with flattened fan-shaped branches that are often used for Christmas decorations. 

Modern herbal preparations use only the isolated alkaloid known as huperzine A. Huperzine A is isolated from the club moss Huperzia serrata. It is also known as Chien Tseng Ta, Jin Bu Buan, Qian Ceng Ta, She Zu Cao, Shi Song. Other products containing Huperzine A include Memorzine, Brainmax, Neuroflow. 

Huperzia moss tea has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese herbalism for fever, as a diuretic, for blood loss, and for irregular menstruation. Huperzine A is a natural compound extracted from the Chinese club moss Huperzia serrata. Worldwide studies have shown that Huperzine A supports learning and memory by protecting acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that acts as a messenger molecule in the brain. Huperzine A may be used for both short-term "brain boost" needs, such as preparing for a test, as well as more long-term needs, such as reducing the mild memory loss associated with normal aging. 

The use of club moss can be traced back to the Chinese pharmacopoeias of the Tang dynasty as Shi Song, used for the treatment of rheumatism and colds, to relax muscles and tendons, and to improve blood circulation. The club moss H. serrata has been used in Chinese folk medicine under the name Qian Ceng Ta (Chien Tseng Ta) for the treatment of bruises, strains, swelling, and, more recently, organophosphate poisoning, myasthenia gravis, and schizophrenia. The study of the chemistry and pharmacology of the plant and its alkaloids gained momentum in the 1980s from Chinese scientists. 

A Cochrane review of the effect of huperzine A in Alzheimer disease, as well as other reviews, note the lack of quality long-term clinical trials to support definitive statements about a place in therapy for huperzine A, despite numerous clinical studies being undertaken. 

Historically, club moss has been used for the treatment of bruises, strains, swelling, rheumatism, and colds, to relax muscles and tendons, and to improve blood circulation. Because of its anticholinesterase activity, huperzine A, a constituent of the whole plant, has been studied for potential use in treating Alzheimer disease and other CNS disorders; however, there is still insufficient evidence to support its routine use.

Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)

A study published in The Journal of American Medical Association in 2014 uncovered a surprising link between memory loss and vitamin E. The study found that participants who had high levels of vitamin E in their bodies showed delayed signs of memory loss in skills like planning and organizing.  The 2014 study was conducted by researchers from universities around the country. The study acknowledged that vitamin E had previously been shown to benefit patients with severe memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease in the past, so the goal of this study was to see how the vitamin compared with a common memory-boosting drug (the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor memantine) in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s progression. The study examined 561 patients of which the patients were divided into four groups. One group took 2,000 IU of vitamin E, another group took 20 mg of memantine, another group took both vitamin E and memantine, and the last group took a placebo pill only.

According to the researchers, clinical progression of Alzheimer’s was slowed about 19 percent per year. The Benefit of Vitamin E for Memory Researchers are not quite sure how vitamin E boosts the memory, but it most certainly does.

According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans are chronically low in vitamin E. This could be one reason why so many Americans face memory loss as they age. Vitamin E is normally considered important for its antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Vitamin E is essential for fighting off invaders and preventing the spread of free radicals in the body. As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin E is best absorbed with a source of healthy fat. Much of the foods that Americans eat in large amounts contain high levels of vitamin E. Vegetable oil, in particular, is high in vitamin E content. If we are consuming large amounts of vitamin E, then why are we still deficient in the vitamin?

Oxidation Imbalance
Researchers have not identified a clear link between what causes vitamin E loss, but new studies have shown that an imbalance of fats in the body can lead to reduced absorption of vitamin E. Additionally, certain fats can increase the level of oxidants in the body, which lead to the development of many problems as well as difficulties absorbing vitamin E.

One of the biggest problems in the modern diet is the consumption of vegetable oils. Ordinarily, the vitamin E in vegetables counteracts the Omega 6 fatty acids found in most vegetable oils. However, the processed form of vegetable oils used today are extremely processed forms of vegetable fats, leading to oxidation and high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids in the body. Such high levels of these unhealthy ingredients are simply too much for the vitamin E to counteract. Additionally, processing vegetable oil removes much of the benefit of the vitamins in the first place, making them virtually unusable.

Fat-Free Diets
Vitamin E is a vitamin that requires healthy fats to utilize the vitamins. Today’s modern diets lack the healthy fats that contribute to the absorption of vitamins like vitamin E. Our bodies are made up of about 97 percent monounsaturated and saturated fats. The remaining 3 percent is omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids- with no more than a 50/50 split between omega 3s and 6s.

Of course, most vegetable oils have a high concentration of omega 6 oils, which is one of the only forms of fat in the modern diet. The body cannot utilize this form of fat as effectively, which leads to a reduction in vitamin absorption in addition to the side effects listed above. The best fats to eat for optimal vitamin absorption include monounsaturated or saturated fats.

Healthy Sources of Useable Fats
Monounsaturated fats: Avocado, nuts, olive oil, high oleic sunflower oil

Saturated fats: Non-hydrogenated versions of – Coconut oil, palm oil, butter, animal fat

 The modern diet shuns these types of fats because it was thought that these fats could contribute to an increased risk for heart disease and high cholesterol. However, recent studies have uncovered that saturated fat intake has little bearing on heart disease and cholesterol, which are more likely to go up as a result of chronic inflammation.

Ironically, one of the biggest triggers for chronic inflammation in the body is a high consumption of omega-6 fatty acids. Basically, when you consume vegetable oil, you are not only preventing the absorption of vital nutrients like vitamin E, but you are also increasing your risk for getting heart disease and other diseases.

If you want to improve your intake of vitamin E and other fat-soluble vitamins, give your body a source of fat that is easy for it to make use of like saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and omega 3 fatty acids.

Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that has been studied in the treatment for Alzheimers and memory loss. It protects the neural linings surrounding the nerves. Basically, it protects what protects the nerves. Adequate vitamin E allows the nerves to survive oxidative stress longer and more thoroughly intact. This means you can retain information longer and better.

Vitamin B (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)
Micronutrient status can affect cognitive function at all ages. Vitamin deficiencies could influence memory function and might contribute to age-associated cognitive impairment and dementia. Vitamin B6, comprising three chemically distinct compounds pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, and pyridoxine, is involved in the regulation of mental function and mood. Vitamin B6 is also an essential homocysteine re-methylation cofactor, and deficiency is associated with increase in blood homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a risk factor for cerebrovascular disease and may also have directly toxic effects on neurons of the central nervous system. Neuropsychiatric disorders including seizures, migraine, chronic pain and depression have been linked to vitamin B6 deficiency. Epidemiological studies indicate that poor vitamin B6 status is common among older people. Hyperhomocysteinaemia has been suggested as a cause or mechanism in the development Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Supplementation with B vitamins including vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce blood homocysteine levels.

Folate (Vitamin B9)

The B Vitamins are well known for aiding energy, focus, and alertness. Folic acid works to maintain the oxygen in our blood and produce healthy blood cells. When you are even slightly deficient, tiredness is the first sign.

Distractedness and moodiness come closely behind. Even missing a single meal can result in folate deficiency because our bodies do not store this vitamin. Massive dosing with supplements is a waste of time. However, in the case of deficiency, supplementation is a fast and easy way to bring your levels to normal.  Folate is one of the vitamins responsible for memory recall.

Vitamin B12 (as cyanocotelamin)

Vitamin B-12 helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells. Vitamin B-12 deficienc, most common in older adults and vegetarians, can cause various signs and symptoms, including memory loss. In these cases, vitamin B-12 supplements can help improve memory.

Some studies suggest low vitamin B-12 levels may be associated with an increased risk of dementia. 

Gaba (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)

Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a neurotransmitter that sends chemical messages through the brain and the nervous system, and is involved in regulating communication between brain cells.  The role of GABA is to inhibit or reduce the activity of the neurons or nerve cells.  GABA plays an important role in behavior, cognition, and the body's response to stress.  Research suggests that GABA helps to control fear and anxiety when neurons become overexcited.  Lower-than-normal levels of GABA in the brain have been linked to schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

GABA receptors on nerve cells receive the chemical messages that help to inhibit or reduce nerve impulses.  Prescription medications called benzodiazepines bind to the same receptors as GABA. They mimic GABA's natural calming effects.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid is a fatty acid that's found in every body cell. The body uses this acid to convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy. Alpha-lipoic acid is also a potent antioxidant, neutralizing potentially harmful chemicals called free radicals—and the acid has been shown to increase the production of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that is a key component of memory.  It is thought that man memory disorders are related to glucose utilization in the brain and has even been called Diabetes Type 3.

Small amounts of alpha-lipoic acid can be found in foods such as spinach, broccoli, peas, brussels sprouts, and organ meats. 


Vitamin E (as d-alpha tocopheryl succinate)
Vitamin B (as pyridoxine hydrochloride)
Vitamin B12 (as cyanocotelamin)
Gaba (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid)
Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)
Proprietary Formula
Bacopa monnieri extract (standardized to 20% bacopides A and B) leaf, Phosphatidylcholine Powder (standardized to 40% (80mg) phosphalidylcholine), DMAE Bitartrate, Eleuthero Extract (standardized to 0.8% eleuthisosides) (eleutherococus) root, Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract (standardized to 24% avone glycosides & 6% terpene lactones leaf), Vinpocetine (vinca minor) (Whole plant), Huperzine-A (huperzia serrata) (grass).

All Natural, Non-GMO & Gluten Free, Vegetarian Safe
Our nootropic brain supplement contains a proprietary blend of high quality ingredients that include Ginko Biloba, DMAE, Vinpocetine, Bacopa & more. CONTAINS NO: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.
Promotes Sharper Memory & Helps Improve Focus
Brain Booster by Nutrinalis™ contains a combination of selected ingredients such as Gingko Biloba, that help provide a wide range of cerebral health benefits.
Pharmaceutical Grade Ingredients & Rich In Antioxidants
Our proprietary formula is rich in natural antioxidants, which help offer protection by fighting and neutralizing free radicals
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Dr. T 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Starting a Movement... Influencing Possilbitiy

How to start a movement

I believe that anything is possible.  I believe in influencing possibility.  I believe that you can have do or be anything and that “thoughts become things”. 

Why do I believe this?

Because I have seen it.  I have seen it in myself first, because that’s where everything starts.  THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, right? (or woman in the mirror).

What do you see when you look in the mirror?  Are you pleased?  Are you cute, sexy, sweet, funny?  What do you see? 

What does the critical voice in your head say?  And is that voice louder than the voice that knows you are all things possible and beautiful.  That your creativity is loud and large or muffled and stifled?  Where are you in there?

Is your energy big or subdued?  Do you see your power?  Do you see the infinite?

If not then we may have a little work to do.  To change your view.

You have probably heard the saying “I’ll believe it when I see it.”  And yes I believed this for many years.  I was taught this by the big people in my life and believed it well.  I was domesticated very well in this thought process but the truth of the way the universe works is that you have to first “believe it before you can see  it”.  You have to step into the possibility before the possibility can show up or “thoughts become things.”  Think about everything you see around you. 

One day I was driving around and saw many business, buildings and boutiques.  All of those were just a thought one day.  Some man or woman said to their spouse or friend, “You know, I think it would be great to…..”  And then with a little more thought (obsession, maybe) it became more thoughts and then a thing.  Until we can see the manifestion of the business or the building.  The more thought the more tangible that thing becomes.  Everything we become is based on this. 

A belief is just a thought you keep thinking and the catch is that we so often “buy” others thoughts that have become beliefs, until we don’t believe our own thoughts any more.  We don’t believe that we can have do or be anything.

We are domesticated into thinking that we are small.  That we are incapable often and that we need to “accept reality”.   What is reality?  Other than a series of thoughts and structured beliefs that we establish over time.  And time, I have come to understand is not linear as we would have believed it.  The whole universe is lining up according to your thoughts and rearranging possibility to deliver to you the thoughts that you keep thinking. 

So lets be specific.  There was a time that I believed that due to my families bad genetics I was doomed to die early of heart disease or cancer.  That the shape of my body was just the “cards I had drawn from the gene pool” that the way I behaved was shaped by my early traumatic and stressed out childhood, that my parents beliefs about ‘working hard’ and just trying to be happy with what you have were all that there was.

I heard a story once of a woman that always cut off the end of her roast when she cooked Sunday dinner.  One day her husband asked her why she always did that, probably thinking out of his own scarcity and poverty mentality at the wasted meat and cost thereof.  She had no real answer other than, that’s what her mother had always done.  When after some prodding from her husband, she called her mother to inquire about the routine she had established her mother’s reply was what her mother did.  So they both called the grandmother who simply replied to their question, “my pan was too small”.

Are you mindlessly lopping off the end of your roast just because?  Do you ever stop to ask ‘why’?  Do you feel empowered to ask why?

Why don’t we ask why more?  Could it be that those who seek to control us don’t want us to ask why?  Even religion for the most part does not want us to ask why.   Often times tells us to just have faith and don’t ask the big questions.  Like “is there really a God?”  Would that be the fated fearful BLASPHEMY?  And what if we ask why we aren’t allowed to dance or play music or entertain thieves or prostitutes?  And the list goes on.  No, we are taught early not to ask to many questions.  It’s just easier that way.

I know that in finding your WHY you have to ask those questions.  You have to question your beliefs and what is possible.  To see the infinite you have to seek the infinite.

What if our judgement or condemnation was the very thing keeping us from all the possibility that we desire.  Our lack of belief nothing more than an illusion.

When I was young I thought that something was wrong with me.  Terribly wrong.  I didn’t feel well.  I hurt all the time and had strange physical symptoms like stomach aches and headaches as well as joint pain.  I believed that it was normal to feel that way.  I never asked ‘why’ until I couldn’t take it anymore.  And then when I asked why I saw that it was my food.  I never questioned that because it was the way my family ate.  Captain crunch for breakfast (was touted as a healthy start) and then school lunches (stock pizza and canned green beans with apple sauce cake) and dinner was mac n cheese or whatever my brother cooked for me because my parents worked late. 

Exercise was not even a word back then.  There were no gyms in my small town and TV was rapidly consuming my world (in the seventies) which created a sedentary lifestyle.

I found my young self lumpy, tired with energy and did not feel attractive.

Then one day I asked the why questions and began thinking different thoughts, constructing different beliefs and transforming my body and my health. 

I began eating better and exercising and practicing beliefs that transformed my inner health and outer appearance.

But I must be honest with you.  I still didn’t believe that my outer beauty could change until I could see it.  Sometimes we as humans to have to “see it” on some level before we can believe it. 

I still felt like this little awkward girl inside.

My mom and I were in Las Vegas and these funny pictures taken with our heads on super model bodies.  For the first time, I could see a different reality.  Sometimes we need this to influence possibility.

Las Vegas Fake Photoshop photo

Actual life and body redesign

The photos on the left were the fake photos and over time I started first visualizing then learning all I could about body transformation.  I went from feeling, well honestly frump  to FABULOUS.

I feel healthier, and younger than ever before and if I was able to transform myself, I know that I can help you transform yourself to whatever you envision that to be!  I also had a lot of inner work to do on myself to catch up to the outside and through that process have learned how to help you do that too!

And that’s my WHY!  Influencing your possibility because I know what is possible!  And that’s how you start a movement!

I can’t wait to see the amazing things we can do together!

I am starting another new journey.  Opening the Dr. Tammy Healing Art Center very soon.  Bringing in all the tools and people to help transform your life in anyway you want to pursue.  Dream it and build it.  So excited! 

Dr. T