Brain fog, often called “mild cognitive impairment” or just clouded thinking, is extremely common. It affects thousands of people, including children as well as adults. It contributes to school and work problems, low self-esteem, accidents, unhappy relationships and often is a factor in crime and delinquency because it can cause intense frustration and inability to function well in society.
Brain fog can be caused by many treatable problems, including:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Blood Sugar Problems
- Nutritional Deficiencies
- Bacterial Infection
- Viral Infection
- Fungal Infection
- Candida Overgrowth
- Thyroid Hormone Levels
- Environmental Toxins
- Sleep Problems
- Endocrine Issues
- Mild Strokes (CVI, CVA)
Natural approaches and Traditional Chinese Medicine have solutions to most of these problems. Testing and correct diagnosis is essential to choosing the best treatment.
Natural Treatment Approaches
The Western Naturopathic approach focuses on understanding and treating the causes of symptoms, rather than their suppression. This approach uses herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other natural substances and derivatives and is a much safer approach to regaining health. Orthomolecular and Functional Medicine is gaining wider acceptance by conventional physicians, who recognize that the roots of “modern” drugs can be found in the natural pharmacopoeia.
Traditional Chinese Medicine sees brain fog, loss of memory and irritability to be associated with the Kidneys or the Heart. The Spleen is also considered important, as qi and blood decrease over time.As kidney and Spleen function declines, dampness and phlegm will be produced. Lack of movement may cause qi and blood stagnation. According to TCM theory, phlegm can produce symptoms such as disordered thinking; drooling; nausea; profuse sputum; somnolence; a stuck sensation in the throat (plum pit qi); a coated tongue; and a slippery pulse. Modern Chinese Formulas take into account the most recent phytonutrient research and share many ingredients with Western formulas.
CHS recommends 5 steps in your approach to diagnosing and treating brain fog and cognitive decline:
1. IDENTIFY: Take a thorough inventory of all of your symptoms, medications and supplements. CHS has prepared a “Symptom Checklist” for this- see tab above or Click Here for Printer Friendly Version to print out and take with you to your healthcare specialist.
2. TEST: Have a complete physical and specific tests to identify causes.
3. EAT a healthy diet and lead a healthy lifestyle. Older individuals often eat prepared meals that are notable for high levels of sodium and low levels of protein. Adequate protein intake is vital for maintaining health into old age. Exercise is vital to maintaining mobility.
4. CHOOSE a natural Cognitive Support Product. Please visit HealthNotes.us for guidance.
5. ASK your physician to give you Vitamin B12 injections, 1000 mcg. monthly, if over 75, or take sublingual B12 if you are over 65. We produce less “intrinsic factor” as we age, an enzyme needed for oral absorption of this important vitamin.
Unsure what to order? Please call us, we can help! Call a CHS healthcare Professional at 714-886-9026, or for guidance.
Dr. Reinhardt is a Board Certified Medical Psychologist with extensive experience in diagnosing and treating brain fog dementia. to book an appointment for an in-person discreet consultation telehealth consultation, or for a referral in your area.
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Click to see Dr Reinhardt’s recommendations for care of dementia patients: Comprehensive Management of Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia
Name: _________________________________ Date: ___________________
Print out, complete, take to your healthcare professional
Frequency: 1- occasionally, 2- nearly every day, 3 most of the day, nearly every day
Severity- 1- mild 2- disrupts normal activities 3- Debilitating
How long: 1- one or 2 weeks 2- one to 3 months 3- One or more years
|Symptom||Frequency (1-3)||Severity (1-3)||How Long (1-3)|
|Anxiety, Fearfulness, Irritability|
|Brain Fog, Slowed Thinking|
|Anger, Aggressive Behavior|
|Behavior or Personality Changes|
|Mood Swings, Lability|
|Apathy, Reduced Interests|
|Frequent Sadness, Crying|
|Changes in Appetite|
|Unplanned Weight Changes|
|Asthma, Cough, Breathing Trouble|
|Frequent Yeast Infections|
|Frequent Flu Symptoms|
|Immunity Depressed, Frequent Illness|
|Heart, Blood, Circulation:|
|Blood Pressure High/Low|
|Heart Palpitation, Rhythm Abnormality|
|Carpal Tunnell Syndrome|
|Restless Leg Syndrome|
|Numbness or Tingling Extremities|
|Difficulty Walking, Poor Balance|
|Spasm, Muscle Tics, Trembling|
|Vision Changes, Blurred Vision|
|Tinnitus, Ringing, Ear Sounds|
|Cold Sensitivity, Cold Extremities|
|Excessive Sweating, Night Sweats|
|Frequent Constipation or Diarrhea|
|Indigestion, Heartburn, Gas|
|Weight Loss or Poor Appetite|
|Frequent or Decreased Urination|
|Absence of Menstruation|
|Breast Pain, Tenderness|
|Painful Intercourse, Dryness|
|Loss of Libido|
|Bone, Back or Leg Pain (skeletal)|
|Skin, Hair, Nails:|
|Mouth Ulcers, Canker Sores|
|Sores in Corners of Mouth|
|Dry, Brittle Hair|
|Dry or Itchy Skin|
|Tender or Bleeding Gums|
|Please List Any Additional Symptoms:|
|Diagnoses received in past 2 years (include chronic conditions):|
|List all medications used in last 2 years|
|List dosage size (mg), frequency, how long taken (months)|
|How did the medication affect you? (good and bad)|
|List all supplements used in last 2 years|
|List dosage size (mg), frequency, how long taken (months)|
|How did the supplements affect you? (good and bad)|
|Family: List illnesses experienced by family members in last 2 years, or if deceased, in last 2 years of life|