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  • Posted: 07/22/2014
    Reprinted with permission from Aging Today. Yet, on the other hand, living longer inevitable raises a host of unique concerns. Longer lifespans mean increasing healthcare costs and needs as people become more susceptible to chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Increased longevity raises concerns about outliving financial resources, loss of independence and control, and fears of isolation. As the elder population grows larger, so does the gaping hole, a rift caused by out-of-date policies and a lack of products, services, benefits and resources necessary to serve older Americans.
  • Posted: 07/04/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD

    If you are like most people, you believe that your genes have predetermined just about everything about you. As you look in the mirror each morning perhaps you see your mother's eyes or your father's smile. You may also be convinced that your genes have already predetermined the illnesses you

  • Posted: 06/26/2014
    I've just finished reading a scientific article and want to share it with you. It highlights the importance of really focusing on taking care of your brain and not just your body. In the article, researchers uncovered an early disruption in the process of memory formation in some people as they age. These people exhibit some early brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease, but show little or no memory impairment.
  • Posted: 06/09/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Startling research from a Mayo Clinic study shows forgetfulness may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s Disease — and not just a symptom of aging. The study tracked 1600 people who were in their 70s and 80s. The purpose was to find what percentage of the participants would develop Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a disorder characterized by mild memory problems and other neurological issues.
  • Posted: 05/26/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Researchers at the Salk's Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory have found that fisetin, a flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables can stop the memory loss in mice that typically get Alzheimer’s disease within 1 year of their birth.(1)
  • Posted: 05/12/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Dementia isn’t just a disease that affects the mind. As it slowly steals away cherished memories, dementia can also cause an increasing loss of basic physical skills, such as getting up from a chair to stretch or even going for a walk. But there is hope from a 2013 study conducted by the University of Arizona in Tucson.(1)
  • Posted: 05/02/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Creating new brain cells was previously thought to be impossible in humans, but not any more. And you don't need to have an injection of stem cells into your brain to do it, either. As you may know, stem cells are your body's basic building blocks, used for repair and growth. And when it comes to your brain, stem cells turn into new neurons or brain cells. These brainy stem cells then produce a chemical that protects other brain cells, even damaged ones, from deteriorating.
  • Posted: 04/25/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. Everyone wants to boost their brain power, retard brain age, avoid dementia and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as all the chronic diseases of our modern times. These days we have instant news, instant money, instant communication, instant information, and instant gratification, and we’re stressed out like never before. Stress, no longer an abstract concept, is a physiological condition that can affect all of our bodily systems and contribute to heart disease, many forms of cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and other prevalent diseases of our time.
  • Posted: 04/07/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. A lot of people do think that you automatically get slower and lose your memory with age. But the latest research findings show how wrong that assumption is. Somewhere along the line, some of us got sucked into this incorrect way of thinking about aging.
  • Posted: 03/26/2014
    By Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. You have a brain, is that true? From that brain comes your mind: thoughts, ideas, and actions that create your life, fulfill your destiny and leave your legacy. What we’re learning more and more is that a certain particular part of your brain is very important. It’s called the frontal brain or frontal lobes and most importantly, the prefrontal cortex (PFC). You better hope yours is in great shape or you’re going to find aging more and more difficult. When your PFC works well, it helps you pay attention and not be distracted. Know anybody who is chronically late? Poor frontal lobes.