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Colander Brain Syndrome

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posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:02 PM
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I am bringing my self diagnosed problem here to ATS for validation.

When I was younger I had a memory like a steel vault. I worked in Shock Trauma and I could remember lab work for two patients for over a week. Ask me the lab values for a specific date and time and I would be able to tell you. My memory was legendary and my co-workers made a game out of it.

When I hit forty, I noticed my memory wasn't what it used to be but it wasn't that bad. Around fifty, my brain became like a sieve. I thought that was bad, but now it is like a colander. Walking from one room to another, and being able to remember what I went in the room for, is becoming a feat that I applaud myself for, because I find myself sometimes forgetting what the hell I was talking about mid conversation.

I am I talking about this embarrassing condition I seemed to have developed, because in the last week I have spoken to three close friends, and now my Brother, that is complaining of the same problem. So I am trying to find out if it is just us. Is it the water? Or is it just age?

I am still very active, and it is not a matter of intelligence. It is a matter of memory. For no reason that I can understand, things that I know like the back of my hand, just seems to slip from my mind. I jokingly call it my mind doing a data dump, except it is not funny one darn bit.




posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:15 PM
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Maybe look into nootropics?
www.braintropic.com...

Wish I could give a testimony but still have to try them myself.
Best option for neuro-degeneration as far as I'm aware.



posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:16 PM
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I forgot what you said already, also I’ve developed the attention span of a monkey. Getting old I guess,or to much mercury in the water?



posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:20 PM
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a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn

If you're worried get it checked out.
But it sounds like a normal coarse of getting older.

In the last month I've lost one to early onset Alzheimers. And one to long term dementia.
So best to prepare if it gets worse.



posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:45 PM
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A couple of things help with memory. There are lots of food chemistries that dampen the mind too, some touted as very good for you by nutrition and health professionals. Nootropic chemistry can be found in foods.

I put sage in my chicken soup. It helps to clarify the mind, but does not do much if you don't get enough choline in the diet. Eggs twice a week helps. I make soups from scratch and that helps, using celery, carrots, onions, cabbage,and a little garlic along with the meat. None of those actually effect my memory and thinking negatively. Now, thyme and bay leaves have eugenol in them, do not put too much in your soup or it can dumb you down a bit. A little does not effect me much.

Tyramines can dumb you down if you eat too much, do not get hooked on them. That is the Ummami flavor, which most prepared foods use to attract us to buy them. A little tyramines is good for us, but not too much. Sugar turns to dopamine which if overconsumed dumbs us down, yet no carbs also can make us not think right.

If you are low on sodium, it makes you unable to think well, same goes for some other mineral deficiencies. Minerals often are needed by enzymes. A decent multimineral tablet can help with that. at least fifty percent of the daily minum requirement of molybdenum, manganese, and Selenium can help with memory, Copper is needed also for making memories, but not too much, No more than a hundred percent of Copper is needed. Chromium helps with carbs and sugars in metabolism, if deficient in that, it can lead to brain fog. B12, B6, and folate help with memory too, some meds block folate which blocks B12 metabolism. Our bodies can make taurine which is a moderator of the nervous system and brain, but you need molybdenem enzymes to use taurine, a deficiency can lead to problems with metabolics including sugar and lipid utilization problems. Make sure to get enough electrolytes, which are just minerals in the right configuration. Washing your hands with epsom salts or disolving some in water and washing the face occasionally,can help with a magnesium deficiency. A deficiency of magnesium can make you feel worn down. As we get older, taking minerals out of fiber foods gets harder, older people can have an amylase enzyme deficiency.

If you are dehydrated, it makes you unable to think well, which is related to a deficiency in electrolytes. If you drink a lot of coffee, it can make you pee out too much minerals and some vitamins, try to identify what you are deficient in. Diuretics can do the same thing. Many Deficiencies can dumb you down and effect short term memory formation. Calcium actually works as an electrolyte in the body, a deficiency in that can also cause electrolyte like problems.

There is no end to possible solutions for your problems, if you were to start paying attention to how different foods you eat effect your thinking within eight hours after eating them, you could get ideas on what to avoid. Just remember, food chemistry is very complicated, fix one problem and create another sometimes.



posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:46 PM
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Older age, is my guess.. I'm the same.

I even have that problem of looking for something but never finding it only to find it in the first place I looked, like I was blinded to it the first time... either that, or the ghosts are playing tricks on me.



posted on Dec, 26 2019 @ 11:54 PM
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originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn

If you're worried get it checked out.
But it sounds like a normal coarse of getting older.

In the last month I've lost one to early onset Alzheimers. And one to long term dementia.
So best to prepare if it gets worse.



I was dumbing down for years until I discovered that certain common food chemistries were causing it. I just thought my age was causing me not to think as well as I used to when I was young. I was wrong, I was doping myself so I could dumb down to be able to get along with other people and have fun. I did not quit all the comfort foods, I just cut back about seventy five percent and I can think just as clearly at sixty four now as I could when I was eighteen, without having all those hormones running through my body which also clouds a person's thinking.

But I do not have as quick of thinking anymore, I have a life time of experience to compare everything I am learning to to make sure it is real. I do not want to make a mistake of accepting research that is not applicable to what I want to apply it to. My whole body is worn out too, too many years of working hard and lots of times getting hurt. But my brain is back to working well anyway, hopefully it stays that way and I can lessen my risk for dementia enough to never get it by learning what causes it and what foods to moderate to a low level so I never get it.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 12:17 AM
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originally posted by: rickymouse

originally posted by: randomtangentsrme
a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn

If you're worried get it checked out.
But it sounds like a normal coarse of getting older.

In the last month I've lost one to early onset Alzheimers. And one to long term dementia.
So best to prepare if it gets worse.



I was dumbing down for years until I discovered that certain common food chemistries were causing it. I just thought my age was causing me not to think as well as I used to when I was young. I was wrong, I was doping myself so I could dumb down to be able to get along with other people and have fun. I did not quit all the comfort foods, I just cut back about seventy five percent and I can think just as clearly at sixty four now as I could when I was eighteen, without having all those hormones running through my body which also clouds a person's thinking.

But I do not have as quick of thinking anymore, I have a life time of experience to compare everything I am learning to to make sure it is real. I do not want to make a mistake of accepting research that is not applicable to what I want to apply it to. My whole body is worn out too, too many years of working hard and lots of times getting hurt. But my brain is back to working well anyway, hopefully it stays that way and I can lessen my risk for dementia enough to never get it by learning what causes it and what foods to moderate to a low level so I never get it.


Do tell us the secrets.. I cut back on refined sugar but never noticed anything.. I eat loads of turmeric and black pepper, even as a drink in milk (it's actually quite pleasant with some sweetener) and I do try natural remedies.

I'd love to know what you know.

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posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 12:28 AM
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a reply to: rickymouse
This matches up perfectly with all of the personal research I have done on the subject.

As for the need of carbohydrates, the best source for these are starches like those found in potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes. This is mostly due to needing glycogen, which is sourced from Glucose or Starches when metabolized. The lack of these usually results in a "brain fog" and an inability to concentrate.

I also would like to add that zinc and the lack there of is also of importance when it comes to memory. This like other dietary metals can be detrimental if taken in to large a quantity, and if taken (or eaten) in to high a quantity will make you nauseous, and continual usage can cause seizures for the exact same reasons it is good for memory.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 12:29 AM
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Coconut oil, they say cures a starving brain....tablespoon a day



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 12:32 AM
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Um, what was I going to say. Oh yes, I did not have a problem like this until I had a weak heart muscle. Went through medication treatments for over a year and my memory got worse and thinking changed some.

Are you taking cholesterol pills? The brain is around 60 percent fat. So cholesterol pills affect the brain badly. I am starting to get better after being off them for over a year.

The doctors had no explanation of why my heart had a fluid buildup that caused it to go weak. I had no bad habits, no smoking, no drinking, no drugs, reasonably active life, etc.. I figured out that I was eating too “healthy” for too long. You need salt to balance the fluids in your body but I was only getting barely what my body needed to work and not the level to work well. The diuretics that they prescribe are just another salt that is not the table salt that your body is used to. The salt pulls fluid from tissue into your blood so that your kidneys can remove it. Without salt, fluid builds up where it is not supposed to. They also found some fluid buildup in my brainstem that went away.

I now am off all the pills except for a few vitamins. I also work out at the gym three times a week and I am in better shape than I have been in over ten years. I can take 140 beats per minute for an hour now. When I had the heart problem, I could not cross a room without being out of breath.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 02:59 AM
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a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn

There are some games that are like a gym for the brain, like Sudoku.

I play a video game called Sins of a Solar Empire. It's very multitasking and keeps you sharp.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 03:09 AM
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originally posted by: Trueman
a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn

There are some games that are like a gym for the brain, like Sudoku.

I play a video game called Sins of a Solar Empire. It's very multitasking and keeps you sharp.


Look into Cities: Skylines or Kerbal Space Program.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 08:34 AM
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a reply to: rickymouse


Your mention of sodium set off bell a bit. I can never recall the amount of elderly people having dementia to the extreme it seems today.

Reminds me of the don't eat salt scam aways back, yet many of those who are now elderly were about the age when the sodium doom porn went nutz???

I always enjoy your insight on nutrition!



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 09:39 AM
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originally posted by: NightSkyeB4Dawn
I am still very active, and it is not a matter of intelligence. It is a matter of memory. For no reason that I can understand, things that I know like the back of my hand, just seems to slip from my mind. I jokingly call it my mind doing a data dump, except it is not funny one darn bit.


I can relate to everything you have said......my theory is as you get older

your memory capacity is full, and your brain realises that certain things

are no longer being used so they get filed away to make room for newer

(more appropriate and updated to your current life style) memories. It

doesn't mean that they have been ditched entirely .... just needs a trigger

to find them or for them to come to the surface again.


Currently I am finding that I am remembering silly little things from way,

way back. And the saying *if you dont use it you loose it* coming back to

haunt me.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 11:36 AM
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a reply to: eletheia

You may be on to something. I can remember some of the craziest times and things just out of nowhere, and then completely drop from memory something that it right on the tip of my tongue.

Crazier, is that my ability for critical thinking seems to be sharper. My friends and co-workers frequently comment on how quick I am to pick up on the oddity or discrepancy that would, and often does get overlooked, until it presents as a problem. My gears are constantly turning, but lately I get sudden gaps that just dumps the data.

It is not long a term lost because with time it comes back, just not always as quickly as I would like. I know partly it is age, but I fear some may be environmental and some nutritionally based. With so many others reporting the same symptoms I have, I am looking at the possibility of smart meters and 5G playing a part in the problem with a little more scrutiny.

I have started taking the Vit B12 and Biotin. I don't see much change in my memories as yet, but I am getting a lot of compliments on my hair.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 12:32 PM
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originally posted by: dubiousatworst
a reply to: rickymouse
This matches up perfectly with all of the personal research I have done on the subject.

As for the need of carbohydrates, the best source for these are starches like those found in potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes. This is mostly due to needing glycogen, which is sourced from Glucose or Starches when metabolized. The lack of these usually results in a "brain fog" and an inability to concentrate.

I also would like to add that zinc and the lack there of is also of importance when it comes to memory. This like other dietary metals can be detrimental if taken in to large a quantity, and if taken (or eaten) in to high a quantity will make you nauseous, and continual usage can cause seizures for the exact same reasons it is good for memory.




I totally forgot to mention Zinc. Good catch. A zinc deficiency often means that you cannot taste things well. Too much zinc and it tastes like you are eating foods from a tin can too much like back in the sixties and seventies. Now the cans are lined, so we do not get needed zinc from canned foods. Same with necessary tin in the diet. Although we need way less tin and you can usually get what tin you need from certain veggies that take it up out of the soil. We need very little tin but it is an essential trace mineral. Boron we can get from laundry soap, it is used in many of them to get rid of odors and a small residue of the Borax is left and absorbed in the skin. You rarely need supplements of boron. But some multiminerals do contain a little and you can buy boron supplements to get rid of some parasites...it is cheap. Not something you need all the time though.

I take a multimineral tablet daily and that seems to help to keep my mind clear the most. It is not a big supplement, hardly any of the minerals are over one hundred percent of the recommended daily requirement. I get extra manganese from using real maple syrup on pancakes and french toast occasionally. I also have a high dose mineral tablet that just has certain trace minerals in it, but none over three hundred percent the recommended daily requirement, manganese helps if you eat a lot of fish and also in insulin production, Selenium helps with making thyroid hormones, Molybdenum helps with sulfite oxidase creation and taurine utilization, also it is essential for some of the B vitamins to be utilized correctly in the body. Copper is needed for blood vessels, and Zinc is in it to help heal and fight diseases.

We also have those zinc candies that we take when we get a cough, I think they are tied with elderberry extract.

Back in the seventies being a nerd was not popular, I was young, I wanted to fit in and dumb down. Now it is popular to actually be intelligent. It took me a couple of years to analyze dietary changes I had made to dumb myself down to fit in with my friends after I quit college, even in college I was way more serious and over analyzing things to totally understand what I was reading and learning. Kids dumb themselves down with food all the time so they can have fun and fit in. I still see that today. A pizza actually accomplishes that, so does yogurt. If they say something is really good for you, it usually dumbs you down.

As for wheat, it was adopted and pushed as good for people, like milk, because it contains opiate peptides which calms the crying baby. Society being so polarized and argumentative these days could just be that many people have given up grains and milk. The opiate peptides are attached to the gluten in wheat and break off in digestion, but mess up the ability of the guts to process food well.
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posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 01:01 PM
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originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: rickymouse


Your mention of sodium set off bell a bit. I can never recall the amount of elderly people having dementia to the extreme it seems today.

Reminds me of the don't eat salt scam aways back, yet many of those who are now elderly were about the age when the sodium doom porn went nutz???

I always enjoy your insight on nutrition!


Sodium and potassium must be balanced in the body. Potatoes are a good source of potassium so adding a little salt is actually good with potatoes but that depends on how much sodium is included with whatelse you are eating too. sodium and chloride shuffle toxic metabolism byproducts out of cells so they can work better, hauling it to the kidneys or liver for disposal. They are both electrolytes, with potassium working mainly within the cells and sodium and chloride outside of the cells. Chloride can be gotten from green veggies or just salt. But Sodium erithrobate and sodium nitrate have no chlorine. So a balance is necessary, for the potassium and Sodium each needs about seventy percent of cloride/chlorine to work properly. So if you eat a hundred miligrams of sodium and a hundred miligrams of potassium, you need about a hundred forty miligrams of chloride for optimal preformance, but remember, there are natural salts even in meat, so some of that chloride is in meat too. The taste of Salt out of the shaker is mostly the taste of the chloride. Sodium has a blah taste, so does potassium. Add veggies to the soup sometimes after it is salted perfect and it tastes way too salty.



posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 01:53 PM
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Have the same issues brought about by taking Fluoroquinolones and then a lung virus. I had trouble with my SS number once, I couldn't remember it. 2,000 mg (1200 mg EPA, 800 DHA) every morning. Solved. Now I can remember a lot more with only occasional bursts of being an idiot.

a reply to: NightSkyeB4Dawn


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posted on Dec, 27 2019 @ 03:56 PM
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Just want to throw this at you.. Niacinamide.

I've been having some decent results in various older family members with this B-3 variant. Some members have had better mental improvements than the others, yet all of them are not getting worse since I started my little experiment on them several years ago, ( I buy it for them to use, they report back to me).

I'm not Frankenstein... I'm more like FamilyStein



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