Overview

Center-For-Health-Science-Mental-FogBrain 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:

  • Medications
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Blood Sugar Problems
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Bacterial Infection
  • Viral Infection
  • Fungal Infection
  • Candida Overgrowth
  • Thyroid Hormone Levels
  • Stress
  • 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.


Natural Remedies Herbal Remedies

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.


Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Information provided by CHS is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Any information given is only intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from scientific world literature. You are encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research of the subject and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Click to see Dr Reinhardt’s recommendations for care of dementia patients: Comprehensive Management of Behavioral Disturbances in Dementia

Symptoms Checklist

Symptom Checklist

Name: _________________________________   Date: ___________________

Print out, complete, take to your healthcare professional

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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)
Cognitive:
Fatigue
Anxiety, Fearfulness, Irritability
Sleeping Difficulty
Sleeping Excess
Brain Fog, Slowed Thinking
Anger, Aggressive Behavior
Behavior or Personality Changes
Mood Swings, Lability
Apathy, Reduced Interests
Hallucinations, Delusions
Frequent Sadness, Crying
Easily Distracted
Memory Loss
Changes in Appetite
Unplanned Weight Changes
Confusion
Immune Process:
Asthma, Cough, Breathing Trouble
Frequent Yeast Infections
Allergies
Frequent Flu Symptoms
Immunity Depressed, Frequent Illness
Heart, Blood, Circulation:
Blood Pressure High/Low
High Cholesterol
Heart Palpitation, Rhythm Abnormality
Nervous System:
Carpal Tunnell Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Numbness or Tingling Extremities
Difficulty Walking, Poor Balance
Spasm, Muscle Tics, Trembling
Senses:
Dizziness
Vision Changes, Blurred Vision
Light Sensitivity
Tinnitus, Ringing, Ear Sounds
Cold Sensitivity, Cold Extremities
Excessive Sweating, Night Sweats
GI System:
Abdominal Pain
Abdominal Swelling
Colic
Frequent Constipation or Diarrhea
Excessive Thirst
Indigestion, Heartburn, Gas
Weight Gain
Nausea
Weight Loss or Poor Appetite
Ulcers
Frequent or Decreased Urination
Reproductive System:
Absence of Menstruation
Irregular Periods
Breast Pain, Tenderness
Infertility
Painful Intercourse, Dryness
Hot Flashes
Loss of Libido
Erectile Dysfunction
Pain:
Migraines, Headaches
Bone, Back or Leg Pain (skeletal)
Joint Pain
Muscle Pain
Achiness
Muscle Cramps
Muscle Weakness
Skin, Hair, Nails:
Mouth Ulcers, Canker Sores
Sores in Corners of Mouth
Dry, Brittle Hair
Hair Loss
Dry or Itchy Skin
Tender or Bleeding Gums
Acne
Eczema
Pale Skin
Skin Rash
Edema, Swelling
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