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"Credentials don't come much loftier than Fotuhi's." -- Washington Post

"The book is a message of hope and reassurance for laymen." -- Washington Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A Proven Plan for Protecting Your Memory--At Any Age, At Any Time

You've probably taken steps to protect your finances, your health, and your family. Isn't it time to protect your memories? Science is exploding with new discoveries related to the brain, aging, and memory--discoveries that prove the actions you take today impact your memory for decades to come. Dr. Majid Fotuhi, one of the foremost experts in memory loss and Alzheimer's disease, outlines an action plan to improve mental agility and prevent memory loss. The Memory Cure includes:

  • A dynamic 10 step memory protection plan
  • Encouraging updates in the field of cognitive research
  • The truth behind popular beliefs about memory loss and aging
  • A comprehensive resource section including information about clinical trials

"Dr. Fotuhi is a gifted teacher, and it comes through in his writing. The language is clear; complex theories and scientific findings are presented for the intelligent layperson in an accessible manner."

--Michael Rosenblatt, M.D.

Dean, Tufts University School of Medicine

"Dr. Fotuhi's book...provides a feast of up-to-date, relevant information on the causes and consequences of Alzheimer's disease and related conditions--and, most importantly,

minimizing one's risk of developing them--in a form that is very digestible."

--Jason Brandt, Ph.D., ABPP(CN)

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director, Division of Medical Psychology

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007143366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071433662
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This recently released book on Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most reader friendly book I've come across in quite a while. I've seen this book first-hand, and it is impressive. It describes the complicated neurology of the brain in an easy to follow manner. Also, Dr. Fotuhi describes (in plain language) the latest AD research findings and discusses their implications. If I had to recommend only two books on Alzheimer's disease for caregivers it would be this one and, "The 36-Hour Day." In contrast to some books on AD, Dr. Fotuhi's book is optimistic. Not only does he describe how AD develops, but more importantly he discusses what people can do to reduce their individual risk factors for developing AD. I find myself constantly recommending this book to all the families of patients participating in AD research projects I coordinate.
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I found this book very easy to read, well researched, and super useful! Fotuhi really knows his stuff. The best part for me was the chapter on the practical steps that can be taken to sharpen one's memeory. The ATTENTION formula is easy to adopt and very effective. While I can't say my memory is already sharper, I am more aware of what's going on up there and what can be done to make sure everything continues to work like fine oiled machine.
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The book begins by pointing out that sometimes people and it seems even doctors mistake depression or other health problems which can be treated successful for Alzheimer's disease which may be untreatable.

He then offers a ten step plan for prevention of memory loss, which consists of proper diet, as well as daily physical and mental exercise. Some nutrients that have been found useful for better functioning of the brain are blueberries, spinach, and other fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, almonds and other nutrients rich in vitamin E, less salt in diet, as well as general nutrition that contributes to low cholesterol and normal blood pressure. High blood pressure and high cholesterol seem to be detrimental to memory. He further suggests cutting the quantity of food people consume, perhaps in half. Fasting is good. Daily physical exercise envigorates the entire body including the brain. As as the saying goes "use it or lose it", constant mental stimulation, learning new things, solving puzzles, challenging oneself intellectually in different ways through reading or even calculating totals in one's head when grocery shopping are all helpful to keep the brain active and in good shape throughout one's life.
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This book was an easy read and I found the suggestions on how to prevent memory loss helpful, but basic. I bought it because my father was recently diagnosed with FTD. I think that not only should one maintain healthy BP and cholesterol levels throughout mid-life as the author recommends, but to start as early possible! I was surprised he didn't mention checking thyroid levels, because a sluggish thyroid can be a factor in mental confusion.

Intestinal yeast overgrowth can also be a major contributing factor to "brain fog" that you can treat yourself with antifungal probiotics such as ThreeLac or Symbion. Check out candidafree.net for more suggestions and tips on treating yeast. If you or a loved one suffers from early stages of AD or FTD, I would start by looking at candida overgrowth, because it's completely overlooked by the medical profession, yet it's safe and relatively easy to treat yourself. After years of constant colds and constant antibiotic use- I have benefitted tremendously just from treating candida.

Also check out "An Extraordinary Power to Heal" for diet tips for dealing with yeast. I feel so much better just by eliminating vinegar and malt products! Vinegar is antibacterial which kills the probiotics, while helping yeast grow. Vinegar products include, ketchup, mustard, mayo and salad dressings. Malt is the number one food for yeast (it's used by labs to grow yeast cultures) and contains over 20 toxic chemicals similar to what yeast produce. Malt is more ubiquitous than you may think, so check ingredients for things like: maltodextrin, barley malt, malt extract, maltose, maltin, maltitol etc. General Mills cereals are malt-free.
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I met Dr Fotuhi at an aging seminar. He was the keynote speaker and I gave the lunch hour presentation on another related but non-medical topic. I visited with Dr. Fotuhi during a break. I asked him about the benefit of anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen because he had discussed how brain plaque was a contributing factor for Alzheimer's. He told they had a beneficial affect. However, a daily regimen of ibuprofen would never be recommended due to the so-called risks of stomach irritation.

He gave me a passionate account of his tests of rats involving adding blueberries to their diets. He said the results were phenomenal and that his family has a serving of blueberries with their breakfast most mornings. He recommended that I do the same.

He's a very impressive man and I suggest you see him live if you ever have the opportunity.

I'm not a doctor. This information is not medical advice. I simply wanted to recount an interesting and relevant conversation I had with the doctor.
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