Even a single family member who is senile or afflicted with Alzheimer's
is enough to make anyone dread the possibility. Since women have always
lived longer than men, the Ancient Grandmothers have a thing or two
to tell us about how to keep our memory sharp until the day we die (at
100+). These remedies are taken from my book New Menopausal Years the
Wise Woman Way. They are arranged in order of safety, with the safest
first and the most dangerous last.
“Touch my face, granddaughter,” murmurs Grandmother Growth.
“Feel the lines that time has worn. Each line tells a story. Feel
the lines in my palms. Every line is a memory. Close your eyes and travel
with me to your ovaries, real or energetic. They are your memory baskets.
When you feel forgetful, close your eyes and journey to the place of
memories. Touch your face, your palms, return to this place, and retrieve
the memory you want.”
“And, dearest,” Grandmother's voice sighs with the wind,
Follow these tips to prevent memory loss:
Improve your memory
fast with meditation. Start with five minutes a day. You can do it!
double-blind studies on treatments for those with memory loss, dementia,
or Alzheimer’s, consistently note that placebos generate a very
strong response. In one instance, those on the placebo did so well that
it was suspected that they did not have sufficient impairment at the
beginning of the study. So get a bottle, label it “Memory Pills,”
fill it with candy or nuts, and take one every time you forget to.
Ginkgo biloba tincture
has been well studied for the treatment of those dealing with Alzheimer’s
and dementia. In one study, of those taking the leaf extract, 27 percent
maintained cognitive functioning and memory, while 86 percent of the
placebo group lost functioning. CAUTION: Ginkgo increases aspirin’s
(word puzzles, reading, writing) and physical exercise are important
aspects of nourishing and tonifying the brain and memory. Memorize poetry
and recite it for friends. Volunteer for Community Theater and memorize
your part. The more you use your memory, the stronger it will be.
Lower your blood
pressure and improve your memory. In a study of 200 men and women, those
with even moderately high blood pressure (164/89) had more memory problems
than those with normal blood pressures. A dropperful of motherwort tincture
(Leonurus cardiaca) daily dependably lowers blood pressure and can generally
be used safely with drugs if desired. (Do not use capsules of any herb
while you are taking a drug.)
My father has been
taking 400 IU of d-alpha tocopherol (supplement form of vitamin E) and
2-3 dropperfuls of ginkgo tincture (not capsules) since his non-Alzheimer's
dementia was first apparent, more than fifteen years ago. His doctors
remain amazed at the glacial pace of his losses.
Think taking estrogen
will save your memory? Think again. The largest (120 women) scientifically
rigorous study (Journal of the American Medical Association, January
23, 2000), found 80 percent of the women taking estrogen replacement
(and 74 percent of the women taking a placebo) had less memory, less
ability to perform daily tasks, and less cognitive functioning after
fifteen months of treatment.
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