The brain is the crowning organ of the human being. Therefore, dysfunctions involving it are always important. Brain fog is one of the most important symptoms or conditions to look for in oneself and others. The earlier you spot it, the sooner you can begin to correct it. If it goes too far, it can be hard to recover fully.
Brain fog may be described as feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity. It is called Ãï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿
¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½ because it can feel like a cloud that reduces your visibility or clarity of mind. It can cause you to become forgetful, detached and often discouraged and depressed.
Brain fog is extremely common. It affects thousands of people, children as well as adults. It contributes to school and work problems, low self-esteem, accidents, unhappy relationships and even crime and delinquency. Although it is common, it is not a recognized diagnosis, either in medicine or psychology.
Some people have been this way for most of their life and think this is normal. In other cases, it comes on slowly or perhaps almost overnight.
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CAUSES FOR BRAIN FOG
Brain fog can have many causes - physical, biochemical, emotional and even spiritual. Let us discuss these, starting with the most common ones.
TOXIC LEVELS OF METALS AND CHEMICALS AFFECTING THE BRAIN
Toxic metals. These are likely the most common cause of brain fog. They may include the following common conditions:
Copper. Excessive or biounavailable copper is strongly associated with feelings of confusion, disorientation, racing thoughts, mood swings and confusion. Some women notice this even more before the menstrual period, as their copper level rises at this time of the month. However, many people, and moreso women, have elevated copper levels all the time.
Copper imbalance does not show up on standard blood tests. However, it is easy to identify on a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair mineral analyses. Most often, it is hidden. This means one must infer its presence because the test will not show a high copper level. Indicators for hidden copper on a hair analysis include an elevated calcium level, low potassium level, high mercury level, low zinc level or a ratio of sodium to potassium less than 2.5:1.
Causes of copper imbalance include weak adrenal glands, zinc deficiency, stress, fatigue, birth control pills, copper intra-uterine devices or copper contamination of water supplies or food. Many children are born with copper imbalance today. Vegetarian diets are high in copper and low in zinc, a mineral that balances copper. These diets are also often low in other nutrients essential for the brain such as taurine, carnitine, essential fatty acids, alpha lipoic acid, B-complex vitamins and others.
Many vegetarians believe their diet makes them feel Ãï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿
ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½, when in fact their feeling of detachment is often a symptom of brain fog brought on by their diet or other factors.
Copper imbalance cannot be corrected with just a diet or a supplement, usually. The best way is a complete nutritional program. Just taking copper antagonists or chelators often does not work well. See the article on Copper Toxicity Syndrome for more information about this common problem.
Other toxic metals. Toxicity with mercury, aluminum, cadmium , lead and other metals may also cause symptoms of brain fog. Most everyone has some excess of these metals today. Mercury toxicity is extremely common, as it is found in large fish like tuna and in dental amalgams. Aluminum is added to table salt and drinking water, and found in anti-perspirants, anti-acids and many cosmetics.
Fortunately, sauna therapy and a nutritional balancing program can slowly remove all these metals, along with many toxic chemicals. See the article on the Dangers of Toxic Metals for more information about this important topic.
Toxic chemicals. It is possible to be exposed to many toxic chemicals such as pesticides, solvents and others without knowing it has occurred. However, they can severely affect brain function in some people. A nutritional balancing program will remove all of these, eventually, without drugs. However, one must be patient and, if possible, use a near infrared sauna daily.
The calcium shell. Another toxic mineral problem occurs when the level of calcium goes very high. It is like living inside an eggshell and one can become out of touch with reality. For this reason, the pattern is called a calcium shell. It can cause diminished awareness, heaviness, depression, mental fatigue and other symptoms of brain fog. This usually corrects quickly with a nutritional balancing program.
Other minerals. Excessive levels of other trace elements such as iron, manganese and chromium may also affect brain activity and rarely give rise to symptoms of brain fog.
This somewhat unusual situation is very common today. Undigested food rots, putrefies or ferments in the intestines. This generates powerful toxins with names like indol, skatol, cadaverine and others. These will cause symptoms of brain fog such as mental confusion, fatigue and depression in some cases.
In fact, the brain is one of the first organs affected by these toxins, as it requires a lot of blood and its functions are delicate and intricate. Causes for bowel toxicity include an improper diet, weak digestion, intestinal infections, stress, poor eating habits, or even just negative emotions.
Constipation makes the problem one hundred times worse. You may not be aware of this toxicity, as you may not experience gas, bloating or other digestive disturbances.
The problem may be handled by your liver and kidneys if they are functioning well. However, often the liver is overwhelmed by all the chemicals in your diet and environment, and is not functioning as well as needed. Standard blood tests for liver function will not reveal a congested or toxic liver. However, liver toxicity is the norm today.
Drinking inadequate water or worse, drinking soda pop, excessive coffee and other irritating beverages can damage or overwhelm the kidneys and impair their ability to remove poisons from the blood.
Be wary of cleansing programs such as fasts to correct liver and kidney toxicity. These may give temporary relief, but usually do not address basic causes such as food allergies, toxic chemicals in the diet or environment and nutrient deficiencies. Fasting can easily cause one to become even more nutrient deficient.
The answer for bowel toxicity is a slow regeneration of the intestinal tract, which may easily take two or three years. It begins with cleaning up the diet, eliminating the chemicals and junk foods. Excellent eating habits and lots of rest are important as well. Most everyone needs digestive enzymes and I sometimes add a probiotic such as lactobacillus acidophilus to help restore the normal bowel flora.
A range of nutrients may be helpful, as well as milk thistle and dandelion for the liver, and saunas for detoxification. In other words, a comprehensive program is generally best. Hair analysis has indicators for bowel problems such as a phosphorus level less than 14 mg% or a low sodium/potassium ratio.
Electrical fields are very harmful for some people. They can affect sleep, school performance and can cause brain fog in selected people. Sources include computer screens, cell phones, living near cell phone towers or just the electrical wiring in the walls of your home.
Be sure to turn off computers, televisions, radios and all electrical devices when you sleep. If you notice you feel better away from home or out of doors, investigate this cause further. There are people who specialize in checking and fixing electrical and electromagnetic disturbances in houses, offices, cars and elsewhere.
ADRENAL BURNOUT AND BRAIN FOG
Adrenal burnout differs from fatigue in that it is a deeper derangement of the bodyÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿
Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s energy system. It is incredibly common today. In fact, the majority of mineral analyses I review show some degree of adrenal exhaustion. On a hair mineral analysis, the calcium and magnesium levels are elevated while the sodium and potassium levels are very low.
Adrenal burnout is often the underlying cause for toxic metal accumulation such as copper, mercury, lead, cadmium and others. It is also usually the underlying cause of a calcium shell pattern and for iron and manganese toxicity.
Burnout is extremely common and cannot be corrected simply by having a few good nights of sleep. It is sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome or CFIDS. I have written about it elsewhere.
It requires a complete program of diet, nutritional supplements and rest. I also highly recommend infrared lamp saunas to to help rebuild the bodyÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿
Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s energy system. See the article on Adrenal Burnout for more information.
In adrenal burnout, the body is nutritionally depleted, toxic metals have replaced vital elements, chronic infections have often set in and many biochemical imbalances may be present. These include impaired thyroid activity, weakened adrenals, impaired digestion, heavy metal toxicity, chronic candida albicans infection, chronic viral infections and others. While the burnout itself can cause symptoms, often it is these secondary imbalances that cause symptoms. Let us discuss a few of these.
Candida albicans infection. This is a common fungus that often causes vaginal and skin yeast infections. However, it may also overgrow in the intestines and become chronic. It produces alcohol and acetaldehyde, both of which are toxic to the nervous system and often contribute to symptoms of brain fog.
A person may behave as if slightly inebriated, although they consume no alcohol. The symptoms are often worse if one eats a lot of carbohydrates, especially sugars including sweet juices and fruits. Starches and sugars feed the yeast organisms. In extreme cases, the yeast can actually invade the brain.
Occasionally, brain fog may be caused by yeast die-off. This may occur due to a dietary change or health program, or just a shift in metabolism. As the yeast die, they may release various toxins that induce temporary symptoms of brain fog. See the article on Yeast Infections for more information.
HYPOGLYCEMIA AND BRAIN FOG
Hypoglycemia is often associated with brain fog, copper toxicity and adrenal exhaustion. When the level of glucose in the brain become too low, the brain essentially starves for fuel. The brain uses about one-third of all our calories. Unlike the muscles, the brain does not store any fuel. Therefore, it must have a continuous supply. If for any reason the supply varies, it is like someone varying the voltage on a delicate computer or other piece of delicate electronic equipment.
Common symptoms of low blood sugar include confusion, irritability, forgetfulness and even blackouts. One patient who called me during a hypoglycemic episode could not remember her own name. Symptoms usually occur several hours after a meal, and may come on suddenly.
Eating something that contains sugar usually relieves the symptoms in about 10 minutes. Sweet cravings are a symptom of hypoglycemia. However, eating sweets is one of the main ways to perpetuate candida albicans and adrenal problems. Sweets feed the yeast orgnisms in the intestines, and sometimes in other organs and tissues as well.
Many people, including school-age children and many adults, experience huge blood sugar swings all day long! Their breakfast of sweetened cereal, donuts or juice drives up their blood sugar. This is followed by a drop at mid-morning that is relieved by a sweet snack, more juice, soda pop or a cup of coffee. This rockets the sugar up again, followed by a fall around noon.
Lunch may include soda pop, sweetened ketchup, mustard, sweet salad dressing, sweetened rolls, chocolate milk, fruit or other sugary food. The sugar rises again, then falls rapidly at mid-afternoon. It is time for another pick-up, or maybe time for happy hour, since alcohol will lift the blood sugar again for a short time. And we wonder why many students have difficulty learning, and why thousands canÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ã
ï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½t think clearly?
FOOD OR CHEMICAL ALLERGIES
Cindy had always had boundless energy and was ready to take on the world. She ate a lot of salad greens, which she thought were very healthful. However, two years ago she became exhausted and developed brain fog. She finally traced the problem to perchlorate, a chemical that was added to the townÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿
Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s water and became very concentrated in leafy green vegetables. It interfered with her thyroid. When she switched to bottled water and reduced her salad intake, her mind cleared and her energy returned.
Nutrasweet (also labeled as Equal, Canderel, Spoonful, aspartame, aspartic acid or phenylalanine) is notorious for causing brain fog, fatigue, dizziness, depression and panic attacks, to name just a few of its symptoms. It is found in over 5000 products and affects some 25% of Americans who use it. It is often hidden in prescription medication, vitamins, toothpaste, breath mints and all types of diet products. Everyone should avoid this food chemical. See the article on Caffeine and Sugar Substitutes.
Other food chemicals that affect sensitive people include excitotoxins such as MSG (monosodium glutamate), caffeine, pesticide residues, bacterial and fungal toxins, fluoride, chlorine and hundreds of other substances that either contaminate or are added to drinking water and food. Caffeine and other stimulants can give one a boost, but eventually contribute to adrenal exhaustion.
Not only the chemicals added to foods, but the foods themselves can cause brain fog symptoms. The most common allergic foods are wheat, spelt, soy and cowÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ã
ï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s milk dairy. Anyone with brain fog ought to try eliminating these foods from the diet, as this will often help speed recovery. Gluten-containing foods such as rye, oats, wheat, kamut, spelt and barley also cause reactions in susceptible individuals that may affect the brain.
PHARMACEUTICAL AND OTHER DRUGS
A long list of prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause mental confusion and other brain fog symptoms. The list includes drugs for allergies, pain, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, glaucoma, infections, depression, anxiety, inflammation and other disorders.
Many people are taking two to five of these drugs at once. Combinations of drugs may be toxic in ways that no one can predict. Combining medication with alcohol or recreational drugs may also produce unusual symptoms.
If you must take medication, check the side effects and know that there may be side effects that are not listed on the label. Also, know that combinations of drugs are a complete unknown in terms of adverse effects. Try to avoid them as much as possible.
The brain requires many nutrients, including proteins, high-quality fats and starches, many vitamins and two dozen or more minerals. Among the most important nutrients are calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, iodine, L-glutamine, L-taurine, choline, thiamine, B6, B12 and other B-complex vitamins.
For example, in the famous Merck Manual, a doctorÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½Ã
Â¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s handbook, symptoms of B-vitamin deficiency include confusion, irritability, stupor and death. Vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause symptoms of brain fog and is quite common, especially in vegetarians and older people or those with severe digestive problems. Correction is quite simple and inexpensive.
The author recalls a 7-year old patient who had recurrent ear infections. The ear infections cleared up on a nutrition program. During a follow-up visit, her mother mentioned the girlÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿
Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s school grades also went from Cs to As. This is not an unusual story. Though part of the reason may have been better school attendance, improved brain function is often a side effect of nutritional correction.
LACK OF GROUNDING AND BRAIN FOG
This is not really a cause, but it may contribute to feelings of confusion, lack of clarity and even depression. Many people are overstimulated and perhaps easily distracted. Some would be called ADD today, but that is not a helpful assessment in my view.
Staying overstimulated and distracted can become a mental habit or way of life. Many bright, loving people are this way because they are very sensitive and respond quickly to many stimuli in their environment. Their weakened body chemistry and high copper level in particular may make them even more prone to this condition. The ancient Taoist philosophy would call these people ungrounded or say their chi is in their heads.
The solution to this problem, and it is recommended for everyone, is to set aside time each day for a practice such as meditation. However, not any meditation will do, as many types of meditation just keep one floating in oneÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ã
ï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s help I recommend an Observation-Meditation Exercise because it is grounding and helps develop a quality called the witness. This is most helpful Writing each day in a journal is also helpful for some people. Other techniques to assist grounding are gardening, slow deliberate walking, yoga, tai chi or chi kung. One should do these on a daily basis, as part of your routine, to reap the benefit.
This cause of brain fog is due to Lyme spirchetes, other parasitic diseases, or consuming pig products and other foods that may contain parasitic organisms. I believe it can be corrected with a nutritional balancing program in most cases, especially by including infrared light sauna therapy to slowly kill and remove parasites from all areas of the body.
Drugs to kill the parasites are rarely necessary or helpful, as the drugs themselves are usually quite toxic and must be removed from the body for complete healing to occur.
It is possible to have brain for due to mental or emotional conflicts, unresolved traumas or other psychological causes. These can be subtle and one may only figure them out with help from a trained professional in counseling, hypnotic regression of other psychological specialties.
Essentially, in such cases, one does not really want to see or think clearly about something or someone. Thus brain fog is oneÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ã
ï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s defense mechanism. This use of brain fog as a psychological defense is more common than might be imagined. In part, it is a grounding and spiritual problem, though it can be due to information overload as well.
For example, much of the Ãï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿
Â¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½ taught in schools is simply not true. This can cause severe conflict in sincere and truthful types of people. For example, you may have learned that grades are everything in school, yet you see people who get ahead who did poorly in school.
Other examples are that advertising would indicate that people who drink Pepsi are slim and popular. Yet reality is the opposite. You may have learned that guns in private hands are bad. Yet statistics clearly prove they save thousands of lives every year and this is one reason the Second Amendment is very clear about their legality. In fact, guns are statistically extremely safe, much safer than driving and much, much safer than going to a doctor.
Developing brain fog is one way to deal with conflict or an overload of information, especially if you have difficulty sorting out what is true. Brain fog may also be your way to deny reality when your life is not going well.
I recommend to always ask for and seek the truth, and cultivate a belief that Ãï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿
½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½the truth will set you freeÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿
Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½. This does not mean the truth will be pretty. However, seeing and accepting the truth about oneself and everyone else does lead to clearer thinking and happiness in my experience. I hope the articles on this website will help you sort things out, as I have had to do this for some thirty years.
I am stupid. Another psychological/spiritual aspect of brain fog has to do with a belief that one is stupid and cannot think clearly. This can be a result of parental or school influences. While there are a few exceptions, I believe the public school system, with its authoritarian style, its emphasis on grades instead of on learning, its one-size-fits-all approach and its lack of spiritual focus damages thousands upon thousands of peopleÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½Ã
Â¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s brains. See the article Why is the School System in Trouble? Particularly the Indigo Children often suffer through school. This includes many adults today. Many come to believe they are stupid and may give up on clear thinking. The school issue is so important today because:
Parents are often not helping their children as much as in earlier generations because they are exhausted,
Televison and computers further confuse the childrenÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½
So many children are not functioning well to begin with due to the causes listed above. These factors make the negative school influences that much worse.
There are many methods for letting go of negative programming. The most important is to make a decision that you are loved by your creator, and that you have many gifts and skills. First it must be a decision. You will only begin to feel it later. Sometimes counseling is helpful and there are many approaches to help release negative programs from the mind. These include meditation, body therapies, nutrition and energetic work like Spiritual Response Therapy and Holographic Repatterning.
Chiropractic subluxations. Although less common, misalignment of the spine, or any impingement on the cranial, cervical or other nerves may cause symptoms of brain fog.
Reduced oxygen to the brain. This may be due to clogged arteries, low blood pressure, shallow breathing or holding oneÃï¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¢Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ã
ï¿½ÃÂ½Ãï¿½ÃÂ¯Ãï¿½ÃÂ¿Ãï¿½ÃÂ½s breath. Fear and worry can cause shallow breathing. Sometimes a physical disease such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema impairs breathing.
Chronic Infections might also cause brain fog. Nutrient deficiencies, along with fatigue, often permit viral and other infections to take hold. Many can directly or indirectly affect the brain such as Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C, Lyme disease and others. Even a chronically infected root canal or cavitation in the jaw (a pocket of bacteria) can secrete toxins that affect the brain. See the article on Infections for more information.
Other illnesses. Brain fog is occasionally caused by an illness such as a brain tumor, epilepsy, meningitis or encephalitis.
Vision problems may affect mental clarity and cognition.
Dyslexia and autism syndromes may cause confusion, though they may also be the result of causes listed above. For example, many autistic children improve when the factors above are addressed.
Emotional conditions such as neuroses, paranoia or mental fixations may cause brain fog as well.
Rarely, too much sweating during exercise is an unusual cause of brain fog. It occurs due to electrolyte imbalances.
Rarely, poor circulation to the brain due to low blood pressure or arteriosclerosis could cause brain fog.
Rarely, kidney problems, even from not drinking enough water, could result in metabolic waste products in the blood that could travel to the brain and interfere with its functioning.
WHAT TO DO
If one is fortunate, brain fog is easy to correct. All that may be needed is to clean up your diet, rest more, breathe more deeply and other simple lifestyle changes. This can be more work, however, than some are willing to do.
More often, one must remove many toxins from the liver, kidneys and brain. This can take a few years, easily. However, the best idea is just to begin. Time will pass more rapidly than you would imagine if you feeling better each day. This is usually what it takes to regain mental sharpness, improved cognition and retrieve other mental faculties that have been damaged.
At times, the brain is so damaged with drugs, for example, such as marijuana, that complete recovery will never occur. This is not to discourage anyone, but just stating a fact. It is important to know facts so you can tell others the truth.
The best treatment. Most often, a nutritional balancing program is excellent. However, if emotional causes are foremost, then meditation, counseling and other emotional therapies may be more critical, at least at first. However, in most cases, nutritional approaches will assist any other therapy to succeed best.
In addition to the standard nutritional balancing regimen, one may wish to supplement with coenzyme Q-10 and more anti-oxidants or B-complex, provided they do not upset the mineral balance. The brain is quite prone to oxidant damage, usually due to the presence of toxins that damage the tissues.
Adaptogen herbs such as gingko biloba and others may also be excellent additions to a nutritional balancing program provided they do not upset body chemistry. Be careful with most herbs, however, as tthey can be somewhat toxic if taken for long periods of time. Think of them as medication to be handled gingerly.
Often, quality chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, craniosacral therapies and Rolfing or other structural therapies are helpful as well. At times, other natural therapies may be essential to reprogram and rebuild all brain structures and functions. Among the very best are detoxification methods such as sauna therapy, colonic irrigation and coffee enemas. Coffee enemas are particularly helpful and better than drinking coffee. See the article on Sauna Therapy for more details on this excellent detoxification method. Detoxification Procedures are available on this site.
If you are not yet ready for nutritional balancing, then improve your diet and lifestyle as recommended on this website, rest a lot more, and meditate as we recommend twice or more daily. These are simple but powerful ways to improve your brain and the entire body as well.
In a few cases, more extensive testing for brain diseases may be necessary. Physicians often begin with a CAT scan or an MRI. However, in my experience, almost all cases of brain fog will clear up without these costly tests by correcting the factors discussed above such as diet, lifestyle, infections, toxic metals, chemical toxicity and psychological/emotional stress factors.
While there are a limited number of references to brain fog on the internet, I have not found much medical research on the subject. It needs more! This article represents my experience and that of other clinicians with whom I have worked or whose work I have studied. Some of the other articles on this website referred to above contain long lists of references as well.
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Hey don't wanna freak anyone out but I am a 26 year old male with the same problem... was on Xanax for 2 years and have had a bit of alcohol throughout my life.
I am no longer on any medication and I have problems recalling memories including past events and dates and times as well as knowledge required for my job.
My mind feels numb, I kinda stare at something and drift. Are any of you under any stress at the moment?
I think its my brain healing from stress but not 100% sure?? I am having problems being social too and finding words. messagemike hotmail.com
My head is totally messed up it affects my vision. I used to be a straight A student, but now I often have trouble understanding simple sentences or keeping up with conversations. My cognition is way off it has been this way 24/7 for about 3 months now. I have seen two docs, an endocrinologists, psychiatrist, and a neurologist to no avail. I went from always being happy to falling under a thick cloudy inducing depression anxiety and a loss of hope, and just fighting through the days. I just lost my job over it too. If any one resolves this please let me know.
I had same problem. I had an MRI (age 57) At first my dx was M.S. With further testing the dx became multiple mini-strokes. You may be having mini-strokes??? You should have an MRI and should be SEEN by a neurologist.
Hey, Im 18 years old and I feel like I have some of these but not all, plus other things.
I have a rubbish memory, I cannot concentrate on my college work and find it hard to concentrate on anything. Im always tired. I get about 9+ hours sleep anight.
Also I have "Ice pick headaches" which are as if someone it stabbing me in the head, can last for up to a few seconds to hours. I had blood test, eye test (they assumed it was my eyes because i was born with congenital squint and 2d vision) but tests came back fine, and blood pressure is fine.
I hit the back of my head when i was about 8 on a brick wall and went hospital but i was fine, And since last year september 08 I have had these pains, Also recently I have had tingly fingertips in the right hand and on my left hand but only 4th finger.
I no these are not what everybody here has, but I too have a poor memory and cannot concentrate or focus. My uncle has tunnel vision, I only look out of one eye at a time and now looking at the screen im just focused on where im typing and everthing else just, not so much blured but just not in great focus.
I no i wasent any help, but any ideas to what it is.
I have been dealing with this same thing for four months. I have seen an abundance of doctors and had an abundance of test. The only thing they are finding is sinusitus (mri and ct scans) which is not responding to medication. The sinusitus is there even if my nose is not running. It makes sense because when it is really bad the front of my head hurts, and it feels like there is pressure around my head. This is a physical symptom which makes me think that it is a physical problem. The blocking of sinus cavities can put pressure on optical nerves and also can rarely affect the mind. I am on my third dose of antibiotics and it is still not clearing me up, but it is an idea for all of you that are also suffering from this debilating disease
Hello i am also suffering From Cognitive impairment i also have headache left side only dull pain brought on by simple problem solving and short term and long term memory recall im also suffering from some depression symptoms loss of interest since of hopelessness while i don''t feel depressed at all time so ive concluded that i may be experiencing circumstantial Depression as opposed to Chemical deficiency
Some one Mentioned Numbness i feel similar to that also feel confused and disoriented
By the way has anyone else had trouble with spelling since this since this had happen?
Also on the Left side of my scalp itches after each headache
Ive i have experienced this for 1 year 8 months ive
Recently ive had a MRi showing my 1,&2 Lateral Ventricles at the upper limits of normal size
they were said to be the size of a 80 years old''s while im only 18
IN recent months i noticed a greater decline in Cognitive Ability
I think its some reaction to the psychoactive drugs whey keep trying so far just recently they put me on to brain depressants to try to stop the headache made them worst , some advise if you are not suffering from seizure do not take topamax
i was diagnosed with depression about 5 months ago and prescribed lamictal and cymbalta.
i have been suffering from these intense symptoms for the last 2 years and dont know wether i have been correctly diagnosed. note: there was no extraordinary event that caused my depression, but i am a perfectionist so might be very stressed about everything subconciously.
1) Total mind blockage. brain feels like wood and plastic. Feels like theres no fat there. Mind doesnt work at all. Like my brain has shrunk.
2) detachment from feelings and emotions. Intuition, perception, satisfaction and elation all vanished. Robotic feeling.
3) Concentration and memory problems. Cant learn new things. Forgetfulness.
4) depressive mood, no happiness, motivation, desire or passion. Interest in hobbies, sports and socialising all gone.
5) depressed chest, shallow breathing
6) some pain while urinating.
7) low fluidity in thinking and planning.
dark outlook for future.
90 Lethargy and heaviness.
Please note that I have felt a bit better after taking the medications, but I still havent reached my optimal point, where my brain feels all powerful and intelligent. i used to be connected to the world, emotionally and thinking. now I am a bit like robot.
My thinking has become better, but still need to be in control of my life, not the other way around. I used to be so confident of myself, felt I could take on anything. Also felt at peace with world and spirutally. Now thats gone.
Please advise whether this is depression or something else.
Ok. So i'm another that has what we are calling 'brain fog'. I think i've had it for a while but have been aware of it for two or so years and have been made more aware of it's predominance most recently, actually recognising it as a condition and not just my state of being.
So i'm writing to say that i fasted for five days about a month ago. A pure water fast, nothing but water. I broke the fast on the 6th day and after my final enema and eating once more, the fog almost dissapeared, almost completely...i felt like i had broke out of prison, that i was free...alas it came back after 3 days, lessened but still here. So i fasted again, this time for 7 days. Again on water. The fog never completely cleared although mental acuity was better when i wasn't eating. So i've been a little stressed after realising this is a condition that i can be free of and have been in tears a few times in the last few days. My experiment suggests there is a cure and that fasting, clearing whatever the happend is inside of us, is a way to go, albeit carefully...i am amongst individuals that have fasted and was helped by them (directed to perform enemas daily etc.)
I am determined to fix myself and i have 7 weeks left in India. I urge us all to experiment because through my research, there could be so many causes. Having been in India i have been aware of Ayurveda with it's root curative approach in simply, removing toxins from the body. Toxins accumulated through the first processed food we ingested etc.
I pray we all find our way. If anyone would like any more information on what specific symptons i've felt/am feeling, please ask.
To restoring health and peace and moving forward.
Hi my names Dylan i have a whole list of problems it all started with a siness infection but over the months ive been abusing opiates unfortunatly i decided to get high on the siness infection and i puked my brains out ever since then ive been having sleep apnea really bad head aches brain fog post nasial drip sometimes foming saliva, congestion it feels like when i breath i'm taking in the whole room but i can barely smell anything. it feels like someone has taken the pressure out of my head > < and sometimes puts it back 10 fold. they did a ct scan of my sinesses they said they look normal i'm getting a second opinon idk this could be and i just wanna be myself again
Short Reply-Have u been checked for Fibromyalgia. It is famous for Brain Fog. I have had this for several years and as I get older the worse it gets, and also the side effects of meds play havic with memory. Just take time to sit , SMILE, and try to laugh sometimes. It helps.
In 2001 I experienced what I thought was a heart attack and went to the hospital in an ambulance. The doctor said it was all in my head. This was followed by a "brain fog" and numerous other unrelated symptoms. Anxiety attacks, random muscle contractions in my chest and left arm, double vision, stomach aches, short term memory loss (severe), etc. After taking anti depressants, going to a shrink (where I discovered that I hated my mother), and getting divorced (she lost patience), I read about mercury toxicity due to amalgam fillings. Half of my teeth had metal in them. I went to a dentist that followed a specific protocol for removal and replacement. I felt the fog lift the day they removed my last silver filling. Today I have some issues with remembering peoples names and my mind tends to wander. But all my other symptoms are gone. Many people laugh and say "psychosomatic", but I don't really care. I am happily remarried, healthy and have been successful in my career.
Glad to hear I am not alone. I have suffered for about 15 years with brain fog, loss of balance, anxiety and fatigue to name but a few. In this time I have seen 9 gp's and 5 specialists. All to no avail!! The problem is that the gp's stop believing me after a few tests, the current one has told me just to tell myself that I am well when I get out of bed!! Changing my diet didn't seem to work although drinking more water does seem to help. My mother suffers from almost identical symptoms and has struggled to find a cure after 40 years of trying. The problem seems to be that we all have similar syptoms but there is no single answer. For myself, I manage to cope but have odd days off work and many where I struggle through only to collapse on the sofa at the end of the day. I have no answers but can certainly sympothise with everyones stories. Good luck to all and keep hunting.
Hi everyone. I have also been dealing with brain fog for over a month and cannot find a solution. Originally, I was diagnosed with an ear infection and prescribed antibiotics, which I took for three weeks along with sudafed. My brain just seemed to fog up more and increase my anxiety and nervousness. My head also feels like its swelling, my vision is blurry, and I generally feel off. Unfortunately, I dont have insurance or a job so have been left to find home remedies. I thought it might be allergy, but the allergy meds increase the sensation of feeling foggy. I have found something that decreases the sensation of feeling foggy. I take a bath with epson salt and then wash my sinus out with the water. This has led me to believe that it may be a severe sinus infection. Im saving up money to see a doctor.
Antihistamines and anti-depressents can cause excessive drying of the body, including vagnial dryness which causes candida of the mouth or urinary tract (UTI's), dry eyes, brain fog, etc. You need to drink more water if you are taking these drugs. Also, you should have your magnesium level tested before taking magnesium supplements. Variations in blood magnesium levels can cause heart problems. Ginko is only good short term, about 30 days, then in becomes ineffective. There can be other reasons for brain fog, you should consult a specialists or ask your family doctor to perform more tests like ANA (Anti-nuclear antibody), ESR's, etc. Hope this helps.
One day as I got out of the doctor's office, I crossed a friend I hadnt seen in a long time, we started chatting and he asked me why I was here, I told him for the past 3 years I've had no concentration, brain fog, feeling numb, problems recalling memory, exhaustion. On really bad days I have problems carrying a conversation, I'm looking for words and cant recall anything. This is 24/7.
He went you're kidding me right? I went nope why? Well he had the exact same symptoms as me.. I cant tell you how happy I was to finally meet someone with the same condition as me in real life, from then on, I knew I wasent going nuts.
We kept in touch and compared notes on tests and doctors we saw.. We saw a lot of doctors, I mean a lot!
He finally was able to see a gastro-ent and got a positive biopsy for Celiac disease. Uhm dude, my prob is the head not the gut! Good thing he did, that's what led to his eventual recovery.
After not eating any gluten/wheat for months, his head finally cleared.. Waa?
The story with the guy fasting a few posts above sortof starts to make sense now, on the right track but missing peices.
My friend ate the exact same thing for breakfast, lunch and supper for 5 months ( Brown rice with chicken and spinach.. no spices at all) and all of his symptoms went away.
Gasto told him, gut healed and he was absorbing what his body finally needed.
He told me he started feeling a bit better after 3-4 months and really cleared on the 5th.. He said his doc told him you cant cheat at all, if you do you basically go back to square one..
Now I talk to him and as long as he sticks with the gluten free diet, he's ok..
Since then he saw a nutritionist and considerably expanded his food variety.
Man that's a long time to be strict like that.
I went for blood work and got two negative and the last one was a more sensitive test and got a positive for celiacs. I mentioned him that and he told me his gastro said blood work is not accurate for celiac detection, lots for false positive. Great, why give me a inacurate blood test?!?! Dont you doctors know what I'm going thru?? I've contemplated the rope at one point.. And I'm a very positive/happy person in general... So enfuriating!
Anyways, I've started the diet about a month ago and I do feel a tad better generally,
it also helped digestion tons, now I go to the bathroom like when I was a kid.. Sorry for the details Now I have more ok days than worse days.. Good days dont exists with our condition... Baby steps.
One thing I did notice is how difficult it is to read the labels, everything has gluten or wheat in it.. There's Gluten in coloring, artificial flavor, caramel.. That means no dark sodas, sauces.. fruit drinks (coloring)..it's in everything..
Of all the forums I've read in the past years, I've never came across anything or anyone with our condition with a concrete breakthru.. I know my friend in real life, we've paralleled our condition for over a year on a weekly basis before one of us got better, I have to stick with this 100% and see it thru, I'm soo tired of being tired.. Fed up having the IQ of a squirrel.. You know where I'm coming from.
Well good luck, I hope it can help someone, I'll try and post back with my progress in a few months.. If I can kick my cola addiction first. lol.
Why haven't you taken this to your Dr? Or am I incorrect in thinking you have not sought out professional help. I would be jumping up and down and demanding my Dr send me to every specialist in town. Then I would write in here.
I've seen countless GPs and specialists neurologist(s), Gastro, ORL, endocrinologists all the way to naturopaths without any answers.
My GP and Gastro donât want to acknowledge that gluten/wheat intolerance causes this condition.. Their text book tells them it gives you cramps and thatâs what theyâre sticking with. But when I read on the web about gluten and brain fog connection, I get a lot of hits on studies and research that says it does exist and is common for celiacs.
Tests done so far,
Brain Cat scan
Bloodwork include tests for,
Minerals, copper, iron..etc
Insulin resistance test
Blood glucose, fasting.
Hormones, cortisol, testosterone, prenonelone..etc
You get the picture, everything.
Drugs tested so far:
Natural products tried so far:
The list is missing quite a few tests but those are the ones I can recall from the top of my head.