With an in-depth discussion on memory loss, Dr. Pamela Smith, a diplomate* of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians, unravels many of the questions about this “hot topic.” Is loss of memory a natural part of aging? Is there a cure for memory loss? What health factors affect our memory?
In a logical, step-by-step format, the author tackles these issues and more. Chapter 1 delves right into the topic by explaining the parts of the brain and how they relate to our memories, the different types of memory loss (sensory, short-term, long term, two types of declarative memories [episodic and semantic]), as well as the different kinds of dementia, with Alzheimer’s being the most common form.
In Part I, entitled “The Problems”, which includes Chapters 2-7, we learn about which medical problems relate to memory loss—cardiovascular disease, heavy metal poisoning, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, insomnia, and dementia. Dr. Smith describes each of these by listing their symptoms, causes, risk factors, diagnostic tests, lifestyle changes, and other treatments. In Part II, entitled “The Solutions”, which includes Chapters 8-13, we learn how to deal with the problems through exercise, mental activities, sleep, stress management, diet and supplements. All these suggestions are quite doable.
The book also includes questionnaires that can help the reader determine if he or she is currently at risk for memory loss. There are also lists of causes as well as supplements that can be used to address the issues. *I cut the clause after the comma* (This would actually be a good gift for your doctor!)
The problems are clearly explained and the solutions are practical and sensible, backed by 35 pages of resources and Dr. Smith’s own expertise in this field. I learned a great deal about memory loss from this book and consider it my go-to guide when doing research on this topic, as well as for my own personal use. Even if you consider memory loss a “natural” part of aging, which the author challenges in this book, the information and suggestions will be helpful to people seeking options to keep their minds sharp as they age.
Memory Loss is published by SQUAREONE Publishers, who publish many excellent books on health. The cost is $15.95, which is very reasonable for what the contents reveal, and is available online and in book stores.
Don’t forget to investigate this book for your brain’s sake!
*A person who holds a diploma, especially a doctor certified as a specialist by a board of examiners.