Today I’m sharing an article about “Brain Fog” that I found to be quite enlightening.
I’ve heard of having a Brain Warp (being hungry or irritated) and I’ve heard of Pump Brain (a condition following surgery). I can even relate with being a Space Cadet, a Scatterbrain or having a Senior Moment every now and then. But Brain Fog was a new one on me.
I know, I know. We all have our moments of temporary memory lapse or times when we’re not concentrating well. But what is Brain Fog? What causes it? What are the symptoms, and how is it diagnosed? What are the treatment options? Except for a very few conditions where Brain Fog may legitimately co-exist, is Brain Fog even for real?
Well, guess what, brain fog may be just another selling tool for certain proponents of alternative health care and/or high fat diets. When Dr. Pam Popper of Wellness Forum Health decided to look into this issue, she discovered several websites hosted by doctors and paleo advocates who affirm this condition – along with its lengthy list of symptoms that could apply to everyone on any certain day. Each website lists their own ‘root causes’ of brain fog, and what the recommended treatment should be. To say that some of these claims are doubtful would be kind.
She then decided to search for published studies on brain fog as a stand-alone condition, and could not find any. One doctor on the above referenced websites even admits that he has not found much medical research or any clinical studies on brain fog.
I won’t spoil the fun. Read the article for yourself, and then remember how important it is to do your own research before falling for questionable “conditions” which are basically being promoted to sell you a service or product. Please investigate the claims made on the websites you’re following. If they don’t cite any credible, independent research, beware.
Having said all of the above, if you’re concerned with brain fog that’s associated with disease (such as Alzheimer’s disease), your best protection is a whole food, plant-based diet without added oils. Diet is critical when it comes to brain health – not only to prevent dementia, but stroke as well.
Here are a few resources:
Dr. Neal Barnard’s Power Foods for the Brain. (I offer an entire class on this topic).
Dr. John McDougall’s article on Chronic Aluminum Poisoning.
Dr. Michael Greger’s article/video on How to Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
(Colossians 3:2, ESV)
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