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turtle 1653
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approx 2012 diagnosed with Lyme disease. Probably had it for years, Treated by a lyme literate physician 2012-2015. Symptoms seem gone but memory's gotten worse. Morning activities disappear by dinner, math skills gone. Any suggestions? I really don't want to start with a physician again since 3years of treatment and continues to get worse. Any suggestions ?
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Liposomal vit C.

If I knew about it, long time ago, while my lyme was active, I think my life would have been MUCH better.

You can buy it (livON or other expensive brands) or produce by yourself for very little money. Not too hard to do.

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There is no way anyone is going to remember all this (unless they've lived it for years which is why I have so much at my fingertips to share - just in case.

Use this as a reference list to refer back to. A good tool is to know how to find what you need so that it's always there for you.

Take care.


1. VESTIBULAR?

Do you have any kind of vertigo, balance or sensory "judgement" issues such as with items in space that you might think look farther, closer than they are . . . or trouble with stripes, checks or sharp patterns?

Any kinds of inner or middle ear issues? Any nausea?

Can you stand on one foot and be stable for a little while?

I ask because if you have any kind of vestibular (inner / middle ear inflammation or other issues) this is what might be a major part of the issue.

If vestibular issues, math, especially, can be fleeting. Vestibular issues can create a kind of math dyslexia, actually as well as trouble with words and reading.

And, with vestibular issues, it takes so much concentration just to maintain our place in space that we might not be able to pay attention to all other things.

Any medications that are ototoxic? Cross search at Google the name of each med, for starters: "Neil G. Bauman" ototoxic, "Rx name"

& and get the book "Ototoxic Drugs . . . ." by that author. Ototoxic drugs can really affect cognition in various ways.

GO SCENT FREE & CHEMICAL SAFE

The vestibular system is the first to detect toxins and sends an alert. Sometimes, this might just be a sensation of being a bit off . . . or full on vertigo attacks and nausea.

For many with inner ear stuff, and others, too: going SCENT FREE can help the inner / middle ear.

https://www.ewg.org/

EWG - Environment Working Group - research personal care and household products for their safety


GAS HEAT, etc.?

For those with vestibular issues, it can be hard to have any kinds of gas connections to the home. Still, if your stovetop is gas, turn on the exhaust fan - on high - before turning on and again before turning off.

Call your gas company to check the connections and the air.

DO A FRESH AIR FLUSH each day of your home - no matter what kinds of heat source.


LIGHT BULBS

If you use any fluorescent lights (or CFL), replace with incandescent or the best LEDs - and avoid any "naked" light bulbs in your field of vision.

Even if you don't have a pronounce inner / middle ear issue, fluorescent lights flicker - you may not notice but they do. Especially anyone with any kind of vestibular or balance issues but also others can often benefit from avoiding fluorescent lights -- and by covering the bulbs of lights, no matter.

"Naked" bulbs can be too harsh a contrast and hard on our brain actually.


https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/1235/the-vestibular-system-in-cognitive-and-memory-processes-in-mammalians

The Vestibular System in Cognitive and Memory Processes in Mammalians


https://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder

VESTIBULAR DISORDERS


What migh HELP? GINGER capsules:

https://www.vitacost.com/productResults.aspx?N=0&ss=1&Ntt=Oregon%27s%20Wild%20Harvest%20GINGER

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2. INSULIN / GLUCOSE?

Secondly, if you have any kind of glucose tolerance issues, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, diabetes . . . -

you might explore a low carb / healthy higher fat diet. It's being used as a possibly helpful step to avoid some kinds of Alzheimer's because glucose spikes insulin -- and insulin spikes can destroy nerves and circulation that can lead to that.

A low carb diet with higher fats is showing some good promise.

I can't search through my links right now but you might first go to the VIRTA HEALTH website and look at their RESEARCH collection beyond just their diabetes management program.

The idea is to supply the body / brain with fat as its primarily source of fuel, not glucose. By doing so, insulin issues often go into remission.

Even Type 2 Diabetes is able to be reversed for many patients on this very specific approach - and many, even most are able to drop the Rx that can push insulin to dangerous highs to begin with.

A very low carbohydrate diet with high fats = below 20 grams of carbs, is also referred to as a ketogenic diet

https://www.virtahealth.com/research

Virta Health - Research


https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/benefits/alzheimers

The ketogenic diet for Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment: can it help?

By Anne Mullens, Dr. Georgia Ede, MD (medical review) – Updated October 1, 2018
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3. THYROID / other ENDOCRINE / HORMONE issues?

Again, dropping scented products can help as they are hormone dysruptors. As are chemicals on textiles, etc.

This might be a simple seek out possible deficiencies and find solution.


4. NUTRIENT deficiency?


5 WHAT GOES IN?. Things you ingest that may affect your vision, balance or brain.

Inflammation? Certain foods are where to start such as with wheat / gluten / diary. If something causes inflammation, it's no friend to the brain.


Rx? Consider every single Rx you might take. Every one. But also look beyond the manufacturer information. Many of the troubles are never posted anywhere by the manufacturers.

If they "relax" you, they can make it harder to think and retain information. Some have cognitive side effects, too. \

Mood and sleep Rx are especially suspect.

STATIN Drugs can be especially hard regarding side effects.


FOOD ADDITIVES? Especially aspartame (by any name)

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=029690;p=0

Excitotoxins; MSG; Aspartame; & "Natural" Flavors (that are not likely natural at all).

GMO foods that destroy the GI Tract; Gluten; Dairy.
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6. Should have listed it sooner, but these are in no particular order, really. They all matter. Ir any system is not up to speed, it can affect the brain. If an issue, some helpers for you:

KIDNEY / LIVER HEATLH. - Milk Thistle a basic

COLON, GUT MICROBIOME, too. Triphala is nice, key veggies for the gut


http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=030792;p=0

LIVER & KIDNEY SUPPORT - Even beyond lyme treatment, this is important to always consider.


http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/3/36879?#000000

TRIPHALA - Links set - a nice tonic and good colon support.


BRAIN ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS - rethink what good fats actually are

well, this is a major aspect. I do not have a links set yet want to be sure this gets its own headline, so to speak.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids, especially. But also the fat from animals can be helpful. Cholesterol can be very good for us from "happy" grass-fed ruminants like cattle and lamb. Their protein also has key elements for brain health.

Nina Teicholz' book "The Big FAT Surprise" has more detail -- especially on the importance of

avoiding vegetable oils such as canola, and most oils used in restaurants, etc.. Most of these are toxic to the brain and to the heart.

When you get nuts, be sure to get raw, not roasted (those can be toxic from the old oil).
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7. Structural freedom?

https://www.feldenkrais.com/

The FELDENKRAIS METHOD


http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=26

UPLEDGER INSTITUTE (particular method)

CranioSacral Therapy


Pilates . . . QiGong, Tai Chi

[be sure to find the right form as some of these can be very aggressive, others very relaxing yet powerful from the inside out]. Best to find a good, certified & properly trained instructor at first to get the forms correct.

Walk, stroll if that's your speed. Or consider:

Dancing, if you can, whenever, wherever, however.

Music, find what feels good to your brain. Mozart is said to have particular healing effects in the brain, Haydn, too (the younger one, I think) but find what feels good to you.

Learn a musical instrument or take back up with a previous love perhaps dropped long ago (musically speaking, of course).

Drawing - or even coloring - is good for the brain. There are some nice adult coloring books out now, too (though the term "adult" can sometimes garner odd research results).

Visualization can be very nice for the quiet time. Paint your own scene in your mind's eye. That's creative and that is good for the brain, and the spirit.

Sometimes it may seem there's a memory dysfunction when maybe it's just an overwhelmed brain and body.

Be selective in what you pay attention to if there is too much incoming - maybe even have times when the TV is off, etc. The number of ads each hour is just staggering. And that add to what our brains have to process.

Avoid the sensory hits of big box stores. I think they can vacuum out our brains and our energy supply, so to speak, and hit us with all kinds of chemicals from the packaging inks, etc. There may be good deals but the price is also paid by our brains when we embark on that planet.

Rest, pacing, is key. Be guarded as to the volume of stuff that comes into your orbit. The better we become as sifting - and prioritizing what comes in / where we go regarding sensory overload, our brains will be happier.

After you learn something new or even just paying attention - try in 20 MINUTE SEGMENTS. Then do something totally different (or rest) so your brain can concentrate on storing up that 20-minute segment. Segmenting works.

I know all this is a lot and I do hope it helps offer hope, choice, variety and interest.

My brain issues are not exactly like yours yet having to learn and explore since I'm the only one who's going to help me - yep, myself -- well, it's also very interesting.

When I get scared or sad, acknowledging that is good yet always best to back it up with the wonder of how this all works -- and when it does not, what else I might do about it.

Take care
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Super list, Keebler!!!

Did you mention heavy metals? Another big....

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How about a good fish oil? Lots of omega3 fatty acids for the brain.

Or eat lots of fatty fish - salmon, herring, sardines.

If vegetarian, flaxseed oil, walnuts, etc.

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NutraMedix "Pinella" is great
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My brain function has improved as I eliminate the infections and that includes babesia and lyme, using the Buhner protocols and making my own tinctures.

What I hope is my last infection to deal with is Mycoplasma pneumonia. I'm halfway (6 months) into the Buhner protocol on that and I'm really getting some good brain improvement, including memory.

I had and have, although now significantly improved, sinus problems and problems with my ear, pressure in my head, especially one side. I'm wondering whether you have the same stuff going on. If so , maybe M. pneumonia is causing problems for you.

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Thank you all for the suggestions. Your answers, especially that progress has been made, has made me hopeful for improvement.
Fingers crossed!
If I remember how to do it!!

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