A diagnosis of dementia is one of the most heartbreaking and terrifying diagnoses a person can face.
Walking away from the doctor’s office after “the bad news” you are numb. In your mind, you gaze, dumbfounded with shock, through an imaginary telescope to a future where you no longer recognize longer yourself.
All that you cherish, your memories, your independence, your very identity – all gone.
According to mainstream medical science, there is no official cause of dementia. And there is no cure.
Fortunately, in some cases there may be more at play than fatalistic “neurodegeneration”, and in some instances it may even be reversible.
First of all, let’s define some terms. Neurodegenerative Disease is a chronic condition where brain cells are damaged. Dementia isn’t really a neurodegenerative disease, but more of an umbrella term encompassing the symptoms of progressive memory loss and cognitive abilities.
Neither term describes how these symptoms develop, or why.
The how and why are the root of the disease, and the key to successful treatment.
Dementia may be a normalized phenomenon in our toxin-ridden modern world, but it is not a normal part of aging. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, deaths from Alzheimer’s – just one specific form of dementia – have increased 123% in the last 15 years.
Disturbing Dementia Data 
There are many possibilities why a person may develop symptoms of dementia. Of course, there are genetic predispositions, but your genes only affect how your body responds to environmental stimuli.
The next question is what are these potentially harmful environmental stimuli? If the source of dementia is damaged brain cells, what is causing the damage?
Cellular damage can come from a few different sources. Three common culprits are:
Inflammation is your body’s natural response to biological stress. If you have an infection, for example, your body responds with inflammation to destroy the infected tissue. It is also triggered by psychological stress and diet. Over time, overactive, chronic inflammation can chew away on your brain cells.
Pesticides and Toxins are everywhere in our environment. Pesticides are designed to interfere with biological life. Our bodies run on the same fundamental biological mechanisms as insects. We operate on the same basic principles of organic life. As humans, we have more elaborate detox systems than insects so we may not die immediately, but these harmful chemicals still accumulate in our system and cause significant problems. Toxins that cannot be eliminated immediately get stored in fat tissue. And the brain is the fattiest organ of the body, consisting of 60% fat.
Heavy Metals are the most intriguing of these three sources of cellular brain damage and symptoms of dementia. Many of the symptoms associated with dementia such as loss of cognitive function and memory loss are also symptoms of heavy metal toxicity . The line between the diagnosis of dementia and heavy metal toxicity is blurry at best, and one that is easily overlooked.
Heavy metals carry a strong electromagnetic charge, and this wreaks havoc on your cell’s sensitive biochemical systems. Critical enzymes, chemical reactions, and other processes all depend on a precisely controlled electrochemical environment.
Heavy metals are a like a giant monkey wrench in the machinery of a cell. They bind up the enzymes, changes gene expression, disrupt protein folding and signaling pathways.
The symptoms are so similar they may appear as “dementia,” but the underlying biological reality is that the brain cells can’t function because the heavy metals are getting in the way of proper function.
This leads to a new and very compelling question: What happens if you remove the wrench by detoxing the heavy metals?
“Unfortunately, the majority of clinicians dealing with patients who have mental health issues are unlikely to suspect heavy metal toxicity as a cause of their patient’s problems due to a general lack of knowledge of this subject in the medical community.” – San Francisco Preventive Medical Group
Our bodies are remarkably resilient. In many cases, if you remove the root of a problem the body recovers.
This is exactly what happened to personal development leader Tony Robbins. A few years ago, he started forgetting names and losing words mid-sentence.
Then it started happening on stage in front of massive audiences of 10,000 people. He spent his whole life teaching, presenting, and speaking. And now all that was starting to slip away without explanation.
He was so afraid of the symptoms he was experiencing, so afraid what a diagnosis might mean for him that he didn’t even tell his wife. He went straight to the doctor.
While the symptoms appeared like mild cognitive impairment (the first stage of dementia-spectrum symptoms), tests revealed it was heavy metal toxicity.
Using intense chelation therapies and a strict detox protocol, the metals finally passed out of his system. And his normal function returned. The symptoms of dementia vanished, like they were never there.
He was right back to his normal self, operating at peak performance.
The conditions were reversible.
Not to say heavy metals cause all cases of dementia. One major study conducted a review of the relationship between heavy metals and dementia. It found that while heavy metals are an important cofactor in some cases, they are not a factor in all circumstances .
That said, for anyone gazing, dumbfounded at that heartbreaking vision of their future tainted by a diagnosis of dementia, the prospect of recovery, the possibility of hope can be life-changing.
One major obstacle, however, is how to get them out. Metals are notoriously persistent in biological tissue. Standard therapies use pharmaceutical chelation agents. These work, but they are intense on your system and have risks. In some situations, they can cause even more damage by redepositing heavy metals from one tissue into your brain.
Chelators like EDTA bind metals indiscriminately and can also deplete you of critical minerals like magnesium and calcium. On top of that, they are excreted through your urine. That means all those heavy metals pass through your highly sensitive kidneys. If you detox too quickly with traditional chelators, you risk damaging the glomuruli filters that keep your blood clean.
While chelators may be effective, they are far from ideal
An ideal solution for metal detox is one that selectively binds heavy metals and then eliminates them through the bowels instead of the bladder.
It needs to be taken orally so you don’t need a trip to a clinic for an I.V., and non-toxic so it can be taken at home unsupervised–even if you have curious children the house.
An ideal solution binds metals very tightly so there is no risk of redepositing metals in new tissues, making the problem even worse.
Metal toxicity is a problem Dr. Minkoff became intimately familiar with when his wife was hit with mercury toxicity (read the story here).
The experience led him on a journey of discovery, and eventually to a chance meeting with a remarkable biochemist. By defining the ideal solution outlined above, they worked together to develop an innovative approach to heavy metal detox.
Their breakthrough came from certain algae and bacteria known for potent heavy metal binding abilities.
They isolated the natural peptides from these remarkable microorganisms and incorporated them with other immune-boosting and detox promoting compounds into one powerful heavy metal detox solution.
They called it Metal-Free.
It relies on natural, organic heavy metal binding agents. It is even absorbed right through your mouth – no injections or special facilities required.
If you search for “energy supplement” on amazon, you get over 4,000 results.
How can any reasonable human sift through all that and find the ones that work? Or which ones are bogus?
I did a deep dive into the truth about “increasing your energy” in another article. It gives you a framework for understanding how real energy supplements work and why.
But here I want to do something different.
I want to get practical and tactical with 10 proven ways to boost energy production in your cellular energy factories –– your mitochondria.
We’ll start with the lifestyle and dietary ways to boost your mitochondria and then look at a few powerful supplements.
Let’s start with the cheapest...
Your average health food store has an entire section devoted to “energy.”
The products on the shelf, with their fancy logos and specially designed packaging, make grandiose claims about what they will do for your “energy levels.”
But the truth?
Most of them are stimulants in disguise, artificially jacking you up to give you the sensation of energy.
But in the end, they do more harm than good. They increase cortisol, cause dehydration, and deplete you.
Because almost none of them do anything on the biological level that supports your real energy system: your mitochondria and metabolism.
That’s why in this article I want to show you what to look for with any new supplement.... and why.
It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” according to Andy Williams. Or should it be the most wonderFULL time of the year? I’m referring to the last 6 weeks of the year which is fraught with one nutritional landmine after another.
Let’s face it, things like pumpkin pie, stovetop stuffing, eggnog, pumpkin-spiced lattes, peanut brittle, homemade fudge, and divinity only make their appearance during this brief window so we might as well gorge ourselves with as much as we can, right?
No wonder the average American gains 2 to 5 pounds (or more) over the holidays. You’d think we were part bear by eating all…the…things before going into several months of hibernation. Unfortunately, this is a major reason people gradually gain weight over the course of years and decades. Gaining weight is easy while losing it is another story.