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Unexpected Causes of Dementia

August 19, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of In this video I’ll be sharing with you unexpected
causes of dementia and I guarantee some of these are really going to surprise you. And this is important for anybody, whether
somebody has been diagnosed with dementia or you yourself just want to prevent it for
yourself or a loved one in the future, you’ve got to know these tips on how to naturally
prevent dementia and the unexpected causes. Let’s start here this might surprise you. Did you know that certain medications actually
cause dementia? Now there’s two reasons for this. One is due to toxicity. Specifically, we found certain medications
that may cause you to be drowsy or to sleep, can actually increase your risk of dementia. In fact, there are four companies that were
called out because they found that their medications were causing dementia. Here’s another thing to think about. Did you know that every medication out there,
not one or two, all medications, if you’re on a medication they actually leach vitamins
and minerals from your body? So, many popular drugs today pull vitamins
from your body. Example is diabetic drugs actually pull vitamin
B12 from your body, cholesterol-lowering drugs pull Coenzyme Q10 from your body, and certain
drugs especially those NSAIDs or painkillers actually, and drugs that cause you go to sleep,
will actually leach zinc from your body. We know zinc is important for your gut health,
for your brain health, and for your entire immune system. So, again, a lot of popular drugs actually
leach and pull vitamins and minerals from your body so they can cause dementia. Number two unexpected cause of dementia–diet
soda. That’s right diet soda contains Aspartame
most of it contains Aspartame, now some of it contains sucralose but we know aspartame
specifically actually acts as a neurotoxin, and part of what happens in dementia is this
sort of neurodegeneration affecting the synapses in the brain. Diet soda and aspartame are neurotoxic to
the body as is sucralose which also contains high levels of chlorine and it can cause cellular
toxicity. So, again staying away from diet soda, switching
over to something natural is a good option. I do want to mention this as well, something
to think about. If you are going to do a soda, switch over
and use a natural soda that contains something like stevia is going to be a much better option
than aspartame or sucralose. Number three, copper in water. Now something you may not realize a lot of
times throughout history people have been drinking water out of copper pipes and when
they do that there’s obviously going to be a lot of copper in the water. Well, if you have too much copper in your
diet, it lowers your zinc absorption. So, important thing to know about. So similar thing if you have too much zinc,
it actually depletes your copper. You have too much copper, you don’t absorb
as much zinc. So, here’s the truth. Growing up you may not even have realized
it but you drank out of a house made with copper pipes, what that can do, or maybe you’re
taking a supplement that has lots of copper. Now copper does have some benefits. It can kill parasites, certain types of microorganisms,
but if you get too much of it in your body, your body will not absorb zinc properly. Remember zinc is important for all the things
I talked about from your brain to your gut health, and we know your gut if you have things
leak through the gut with a condition like leaky gut, it will then affect the brain. So, again stay away from having too much copper. Make sure you have plenty of zinc in your
diet as well. Number four here is pesticides. We know pesticides just like medications cause
toxicity to the body and cause neurodegeneration. Again, toxins especially will affect your
liver. Your liver is responsible in part for supporting
the health of your brain. In fact, your liver is what produces cholesterol
to support your body in the healing process. Staying away from pesticides, they can be
toxic to the brain and the liver, is critical for preventing dementia, Alzheimer’s, and
other dementia conditions. Lack of purpose. This might surprise you but actually medical
studies have found when people struggle with depression, when people have a lack of purpose,
it increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. You know this happens if you don’t have a
reason to go out and learn and a reason for being around, your body naturally starts to
decay and degenerate. Having a sense of purpose is so important. Think about people that you know that have
a lot of joy and purpose in life, they kind of have a glow about them. They just are really excited and that’s them
having a lot of what we would term in Chinese medicine, Qi or life. When somebody has that lack of purpose they
age faster they start to degenerate faster. Purpose is crucial. Number six here, poor oral health. Did you know that you’ve got lots of microbes
in your mouth? Now we tend to hear about your microbiome
which resides in your colon and small intestine, but your microbiome doesn’t end there. In fact, it starts in your mouth and there
are actually medical studies showing that if you have bad microorganisms and bacteria
in your mouth and not enough good bacteria, it increases your risk of dementia, of Alzheimer’s,
of heart disease, increases your risk of weight gain, and a number of other health problems. So, keeping your oral health top-notch is
really important as well. So, again and what I would say in order to
do this you want to supplement with probiotics. You want to be getting probiotics in your
diet and you want to nix the sugar and refined grains from your diet, will really help with
this. And number seven here, in activity. Medical studies have shown that if somebody
is not active, not exercising, not going for walks daily, just having a lack of activity,
they are at greater risk of dementia there as well. So, something to think about is just staying
active and exercising is a great way to naturally fight dementia, promote brain health in order
to improve circulation and nutrient absorption throughout your body. When you’re having more circulation, it helps
nutrients get to other areas and other organs of your body, so we know inactivity. And the last thing I’ll say here an unexpected
cause of dementia is when people retire or stop learning. Learning has been shown to fight dementia,
so whether you’re learning, doing puzzles, or you learn a new language, or I know most
people are going to go and learn a new language, but learning something being engaged in things
actually helps fight dementia. So, the last bonus one here is when you stop
learning that actually increases your risk of dementia
So listen, there are millions of people that struggle with dementia that may have it and
haven’t been diagnosed yet, and I’ll tell you if you’ve ever had a loved one who’s experienced
Alzheimer’s or dementia, it can be crippling not only for them but crippling for the family
members and it’s something that we never want to see one go through. So, listen if you really want to prevent dementia,
hey, start following these tips we talked about or avoiding all of these things. And also, hey, check out an article I recently
wrote online, just Google search my name “Dr. Axe Alzheimer’s” or “Dr. Axe dementia” and
you’ll find articles where I go through the top supplements, vitamins, and foods that
will help you naturally fight dementia. You can also search “Dr. Axe Alzheimer’s”
here on YouTube and find more information here as well. Hey, don’t forget to subscribe. I have a lot more information coming out on
natural remedies like essential oils and supplements and how to use food as medicine to take your
health to the next level. Hi Dr. Axe here. I want to say thanks so much for checking
out this YouTube video and also don’t forget to subscribe. If you want to get more great content on things
like herbs, essential oils, natural remedies, and how to use food as medicine also check
out more of our content on my YouTube channel. Thanks for watching.


  • Reply RkicF8 July 27, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Copper, plastic and steel pipes are very common, with chlorinated water,  why I use reverse osmosis. Now there's no minerals at all so I was wondering about adding pink salt?

  • Reply Rei Lea July 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Stevia tastes like artificial sweetener…don't like it.

  • Reply Hollie W July 27, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I've sadly been on klonpion for 15 years :; I wanna get off so bad 🙁 I'm so doomed for dementia. And I take Benadryl to sleep

  • Reply marianaalexa July 27, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Dr. Axe can you talk about water filters and filtration systems perhaps. We currently use LeveLuk Kengen filter, however I'm not confident that it is the best option on the market. Thank you

  • Reply LMFVAPE July 27, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    this guy a dip shit dr

  • Reply Lilly Magnolia July 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Is melatonin safe to help with sleep?

  • Reply Miss Mariah Joy July 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Could you do a video on what vitamins you take daily?

  • Reply Chantel Wensley July 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I absolutely adore this guy and his knowledge and passion

  • Reply Little Voice July 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Sugar also caused inflammation of the brain.

  • Reply Missy Sue Two July 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Love your videos so smart and helpful

  • Reply Rose Lavia July 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Dr. Axe can you talk about diffuse disk bulge

  • Reply Surgicaldamage July 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    David ike did say that aspartame is a sanity killer.

  • Reply Maya Shine July 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    🙏✨Dr. Axe, could you please talk a lot more also about food allergies , food intolerances and bloating 😊

  • Reply Lenna pelayo July 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    My mom use bleach and everything in her soap water for the dishes she would hard in the tub when she was scrubbing it she said she love the smell of it she used it consistently and everything and on the bottom of the bottle it says it causes Alzheimer's and Dementia and this is true don't touch bleach don't breathe it in

  • Reply Alex Kasinskas July 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm


  • Reply Debra Thomas July 27, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    The cholesterol medicine causes dementia. I refuse to take it. Gone natural! Feel 100% medicine! Dr. Axe, I have 2 bad teeth. My health insurance covers only 50%. Can't find a dentist who just take what the insurance company will pay them. Do you know anyone who will help?

  • Reply naomi quinn July 27, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    OK so I know I'm already going to live a short life. I'm poor and mentally ill. This sure doesn't help…

  • Reply donna wiley July 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Hello Dr. Josh Axe! Thanks for this Video, especially since you indicate that Meds can cause Dementia. I would like to.know if you.can give me Alternatives or ideals for the Meds: Topamax and Propranolol for its purposes for Migraines, Seizures, and Headaches; but considering of the side effects is too extreme to me of anyone that have to take these whether their young in child bearing years or older just trying to live longer.

  • Reply Conor Maye July 27, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Hey Dr. Axe! Great videos, thanks very much, very well made. One comment about copper… I heard that copper water bottles and copper water vessels are very good for removing toxins from the water. Although if what you are saying is true, that too much copper in the water impacts ones ability to absorb zinc, then how does one deal with that if they choose to continue drinking from copper?

  • Reply ally wolf July 27, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Dr. Axe, thank you so much, you have helped me so much!!!! Crohns sufferer here.
    I love you and pray for you!
    When you and Mr. Bible diet got together WOWSA!!!
    I cannot express how much I love you guys!!!! Haven't had health insurance since 1984 so if it's not natural, I have no access lol

  • Reply Rielle Koy July 27, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Can you do a video around type 1 diabetes? My brother has it and I would like to know how to help him.

  • Reply Lisa Murphy July 27, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Reading or watching mainstream media does not count as learning.

  • Reply C M July 27, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    How about insomnia…

  • Reply James Jerome July 27, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks Dr Axe

  • Reply Michael D July 28, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Thanks for sharing! 👍

  • Reply Nobel Pipe July 28, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Dr axe great video thanks for motivating me

  • Reply Nobel Pipe July 28, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Hey ? Dr axe can you do a video about the things that causes lower back pain and remedies and the foods that can lower pain inflammtion.

  • Reply James Coppola July 28, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Great video!

  • Reply Kevin Kordes July 28, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Fluoride in tap water and food products. Lead, mercury, chromium and aluminium.

  • Reply Brandue July 28, 2017 at 2:36 am

    White sugar is probably one of the worst thing's you can ingest.

  • Reply C_ MACK July 28, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Nice video. Could you point me in the direction of any further information in how Sucralose can cause Dementia? Thanks.

  • Reply S J July 28, 2017 at 7:10 am

    I love you

  • Reply UNICRON July 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you Dr. Axe

  • Reply Stephanie Reidhead July 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Dr Axe, please stop saying NSAIDS…..tell people what you mean….please…. what are NSAIDS….like is it Tylenol or ADVIL or what….

  • Reply Oliver Cichý July 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Could you make a video on if is masturbation bad for health

  • Reply RioGirl16 July 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    You forgot another very important cause… Low fat, high carb diets! The brain NEEDS high quality fats & sugar will destroy it after decades

  • Reply ThePresentation010 July 29, 2017 at 10:15 am

    771k subs? Damn. Them live streams mustve been helping. I remember you having 500k less..

  • Reply Chaitanya r July 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    this video is mind blowing. I learnt so much. thank you

  • Reply anna aquino July 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you Dr. Ax for sharing this vid.

  • Reply August AL July 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    He barely put a dent into it doctor axe is very new in the field and he gives out some decent information~ but Jordan Rubin his partner in his YouTube show is far more knowledgeable••• I've seen people around me get dementia but it wasn't from the ways that he said he needs to talk about chemical exposure more… including exposure to diesel exhaust "is huge" so he barely put a dent into it!

  • Reply Lori Strachan July 30, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    What about having a pot habit for 25 years?

  • Reply Clownish-Gambino July 31, 2017 at 2:00 am

    What about us who take antidepressants just to get sleep at night….

  • Reply Kuutamo73 August 1, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    If one needs painkillers how can one do?

  • Reply Evil Pagan August 4, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    STATIN DRUGS to lower blood pressure/reduce cholestorol = Alzheimer's. With the people in your family who have any form of dementia, ask if they took statin drugs for high blood pressure. Also ask if they have amalgam fillings in their teeth (bad), or had them removed (worse). Both of these are a major contributer to dementia/Alzheimer.

  • Reply Anonymous Anonymous August 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Aspartame is not a neurotoxin. You are thinking of alcohol. Perhaps you suffer from dementia.

  • Reply Michelle Scott August 18, 2017 at 3:31 am

    What about aluminum?
    Builds up and we can't get rid of it.
    Any truth to that?

  • Reply Violet Ho September 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Really helpful though my m8m got this before watching

  • Reply Violet Ho September 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Wrong typing mistake
    Mom with typing mistake as m8m

  • Reply Violet Ho September 10, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Very useful but people never take notice of it

  • Reply Violet Ho September 10, 2017 at 9:45 am

    My mom is lack of purpose, poor iral health and inactivity, some people mention don't take sleeping pills which may be
    the cause

  • Reply Jason O'Dee September 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    My grandma died from this disease and I really think that hard liquor had something to do with it.

  • Reply unicornslovelattes September 26, 2017 at 2:47 am

    gross there's no such thing as ''leaky gut''-yuck stop mentioning that

  • Reply Canned Ham November 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you for the videos Dr. Axe!
    I see everyone worries about fluoride in their water. Many may not realize that it's present in well water.
    On that note I think I'll go grab some popcorn. 😁

  • Reply Audrey Taeubner December 23, 2017 at 1:55 am


  • Reply Sir David Hedden February 19, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Doctor Josh Axe, and Jordon Rubin Love all of your videos… I post some like Dementia and Alzheimer's to my Facebook Page

  • Reply Sir David Hedden February 19, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    What about an Opiet Oxycontin that doesn't have acetaminophen in it? I would like to know about the part of the Hemp Plant CBD that is supposed to alleviate pain? True or False?

  • Reply Grandiose Pte Ltd April 6, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Thank u dr axe..ok..

  • Reply Natalie Ross April 29, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Can you do a video about decreasing arthritis pain please

  • Reply David Mm June 23, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Aspartame can almost not be avoided. It's put in just about everything. A quick Wikipedia description just stated that it has no significant affect on not developing diabetes or weight gain. Si what's the purpose then?

  • Reply Nae Ru July 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    diabetic med takes out b12, cholesterol med, diet soda and aspartame, zinc copper imbalances, pesticides like gluten and wheat pesticides, lack of purpose, poor oral health, lack of activity, stop learning. to combat= use probiotics and stop sugar.

  • Reply killuminate peacefulness September 7, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for sharing dr axe

  • Reply Mez Zem September 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Can you talk about brain fog or would your dementia video cover it

  • Reply Dan Banovich September 16, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I'm SCREWED!

  • Reply Lilliam Amely-Hughes October 18, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Excellents videos. Great information. Keep up with the good info for us that doesn't have the knowledge. Great to have Dr Rubin experiences as well.

  • Reply HealthFitness LifeGuy November 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Another benefit of exercise or keeping physically active..thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Larah Christine December 9, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Dr. Axe! Do you have any information on biphentin and vyvanse?

  • Reply Fitness & Friends ,with Barb December 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    My mom,just died from it

  • Reply Fjerid December 21, 2018 at 1:26 am

    What about oil pulling with coconut oil for oral health Josh?

  • Reply ginger cox December 21, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Mom took up French to help with brain health

  • Reply Barbara Aspengen December 21, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Thanks Doctor for your great information. I love this so wonderful

  • Reply A Anders December 21, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Thanks, I started taking pain meds, and I've been forgetting more and more. I was about to look up if my particular group of meds were causing this.

  • Reply Gerald's Videos December 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Phew! I almost forgot to watch this!

  • Reply Hope Young December 22, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Stevia is bad as well.

  • Reply Nadezhda Barylskaya December 22, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    ✔️Thanks again,
    my favorite doctor!

  • Reply Dave Davis December 23, 2018 at 3:44 am

    something I call neurosis psychosis . where as liver disease lead's to brain dementia . true when you stop learning , you stop living .

  • Reply Gloria Hester December 23, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Isnt Steveia sugar,? I know it efects my friends glucose levels as much as sugar 🙄.

  • Reply chris papa December 24, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Mmmmm my parents take all that and my father is 94 my mum 84 and their memories are better than mine.
    This video is just a scare. Be normal don’t put on weight don’t be a couch potato and if you notice a decline then take tumeric in right combination with pepper.

  • Reply Cherie December 25, 2018 at 4:11 am

    My mom was the what you should do not to get dementia. Organic health nut her whole life . Never had fast food. Was active and played games to keep her mind active. Well she has dementia and they found it was caused from her body being unable to absorb b 12. So she gets shots . Wish she would have done this forty years ago. Important to get blood work done for vitamins & minerals because you never know what you are deficient in.

  • Reply Fabiola Alba December 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Ok great ! So let’s be demented and not getting better with illnesses ! God ! What else, everything does ?! I don’t pay much attention.

  • Reply Paul Leighton December 26, 2018 at 1:21 am

    thankyou very informative

  • Reply Chandini 82 December 26, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks.excellent information

  • Reply David Sauls December 27, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    How do you keep from laughing when you make these videos? Are you just a hard core Darwin guy that wants to help cull the least capable folks? Too, much! I don't know if I should cry or vomit at the thought that someone could be harmed by you.

  • Reply Ismail Abdelirada December 27, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Where does sleep deprivation fit into this hall of infamy?

  • Reply Candace Kieper December 28, 2018 at 6:46 am

    Low vitamin D also

  • Reply skoorb nimajnib December 31, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Intermittent fasting (neurogenesis)…
    less sex (zinc)….
    Reading a book is good!

  • Reply Scottish Girl January 1, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    No "t" in the word Alzheimer's. It's not Alt…..heimers……it's Alzzzzzheimers.

  • Reply Love It January 3, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Don't forget VACCINES! They are all loaded with aluminum–a known Neuro toxin.

  • Reply Boyd W January 6, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    How about sugar since sugar causes inflammation? I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in June 2013. My tick bite was in the early 80’s. I have been on and off natural medicine antibiotics since May 2016. I had a relationship fail two years ago. I’m having a difficult time having a purpose in life.

  • Reply godstomper January 20, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Two major things.
    High stress and alcohol to self medicate that stress

  • Reply Patty Rice January 22, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    He would have more credibility as a "doctor" if he pronounced Alzheimer's correctly.

  • Reply Chris Shaw January 23, 2019 at 7:42 am

    to cure mad cow disease you need copper glyphsait strips copper from your body opening you up for dementia.

  • Reply LeNora DeNNis59 January 24, 2019 at 7:38 am

    I'd learned something about how Dementia starts and wished it was something to make it go away

  • Reply James Goodwin February 6, 2019 at 4:48 am

    I’m sure these tips can possibly help a little, but I think our genes ultimately determine our fate when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Plenty of smart active people have fallen to this dreaded disease, even at young ages.

  • Reply Christopher McCarthy February 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks Dr Axe, brilliant video ,As a paramedic I might add one of the biggest causes are Acid reflux meds, ( P.PIs) lower stomach acid, so your can't absorb assential amino Acids the body requires!,Thanks Again

  • Reply Bernal Diaz February 16, 2019 at 7:33 am

    You forgot to mention hair dyes.

  • Reply Lynda Bustillos February 20, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Lack of sleep is a huge precursor to dementia!

  • Reply Tan Ler March 8, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    I had a bad reaction to Splenda (sucralose) when I substituted it for sugar. After two or three years using it in coffee, my hands began to shake and my memory deteriorated. These symptoms disappeared when I stopped using it. I've not found any research showing a similar result. Perhaps it's only me.

  • Reply Pamela Shinmar April 23, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Wonderful tips

  • Reply Savannah Middlebrooks June 22, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing. My grandfather passed away in January from Alzheimer’s, and I know that he was exposed to at least 4 of these things listed daily. It is such a horrific disease, and to anyone who is suffering with it or family that has a loved one suffering with it I pray that the Lord brings you comfort. Listen to this advice, it’s worth it.

  • Reply Maribel Perez July 6, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Love your videos thank you for your information

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