Memory Loss

People who know me will easily vouch for the fact that I have a poor memory. I like to claim that I have what I call variable memory. I remember what matters and forget what does not. To me, this is an excellent tool to retain useful lessons and skills and erase memories that do not add value any longer. If you suffer from poor short-term or long-term memory loss, you may wish to look for a better reason. Drugs! I don’t mean recreational but medicinal. Everyday medications regularly sold over the counter.

One of the important chemicals in your body, Serotonin predominantly exists in your gut. Your gut is where the drugs that you consume first goes. It is from there that it is dispersed into the rest of your body to relieve your symptoms. The effect of drugs on your gut can wreck havoc with the level of useful chemicals. The impact of this can significantly impact your body. Research is increasingly showing that conventional drugs like antibiotics, antihistamines, sleep aids, statins, antihypertensives, antidepressants, painkillers and medicines to treat Parkinson’s, etc. also affect your memory.

Quinolones for example found in antibiotics causes impaired cognitive function. Antihistamines alter brain function by inhibiting acetylcholine. Sleeping aids dampen brain activity. Statins lower the cholesterol in your brain. Antihypertensives interfere with the manner in which your brain functions.

Too often, our physicians and we take the easy way out of a problem. Have a back ache? Pop a pill. Feeling depressed? Pop another one. There is a ready-made solution for almost all ailments. It is shocking the number of times you are prescribed antibiotics for a common cold. It may not even be a bacteria. My sister never tires of warning us of the perils. But it is her word against that of a qualified Doctor. We know who wins.

Many people are increasingly turning to natural methods to relieve common ailments. Do the research to understand where you should stand.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.