Diet, exercise, and social skills all play a part in the prevention of these ailments. Although this book is several years old, the information is still good. In fact, recent studies have reaffirmed a lot of Dr. Kra's writings.
There are so many causes of mental decline, it is hard sometimes to pin point the exact cause without doing a number of tests. Even then sometimes those tests can be deceptive.
Some of the many causes of mental decline are:
- Mini Strokes
- Adrenal Gland Failure
- Poor Nutrution
- Kidney Failure
- Lung Diseases (low oxygen; apnea; COPD; etc.)
- Medications and Recreational Drugs (Beta Blockers; OTCs; Alcohol; Marjuana; Cocaine, etc.)
- Head Injuries, Brain Tumors, Brain Infections
- Conjestive Heart Failure
A lot of these conditions can be treated and many times memory is restored.
While some things we can't control, there are specific things we can control.
A few of the variables that we can control that many help delay or prevent mental decline are:
- Nutrition: Low levels of vital nutrients contribute to mental and physical decline. Changing diet or adding supplements can turn this around.
- Mental and Physical Activity: Mental and physical activities stimulates adrenaline and high adrenaline levels in the brain will prevent depression and boredom.
- Social Interactions: Maintaining relationships keep our minds current and active.
- Medications: Use of OTCs, Selective Prescriptions, Controlling issues naturally with out medications.
- Other Health Issues we can control with or without medications:
- Blood Pressure
- Sugar Levels
- Vitamin Deficiencies
- Depression (Without Medications)
- Weight (Under or Over)
This book is full of stories of actual cases where mental and physical decline were reversed or cured with simple changes to diet, physical activity, positive thinking, monitoring of medications, etc.
While it is over thirty years old (Copyright 1986), the book is extremely interesting and you can learn a lot through the case studies. The tag line on the cover says “Reversible Causes of Mind and Memory Loss”. If you couple this book with modern discoveries and breakthroughs, while applying the lessons learned, you can make significant improvements to your own mental health.
I recommend this book as long as you incorporate the latest information that is available before making changes to your life. While this book is still relevant, medicine and research has expanded on these ideas and more is known. Use this book as a launching point to debunk the myths of aging.
Do you exercise physically and mentally? Next time you go for a walk, make note of how you are feeling before and after your walk. Is there an improvement in your mental and/or physical feeling after your walk? How?