This course begins by explaining what dementia is and how to identify it. It then reviews the causes of dementia, including many that are reversible. It goes on to cover many different steps that can be taken to dramatically lessen the chance of developing dementia as well as strategies that have been shown to significantly slow its progression if it is already present.
Dementia is not a single entity, but rather a syndrome found in various disease states. The various types of dementia are listed and the distinguishing characteristics of each are discussed.
While there is no laboratory test or imaging study that can positively identify dementia, the condition can be recognized by characteristic signs and symptoms. These are presented and the underlying causes of dementia are discussed. Blood tests and brain scans that can help identify potentially reversible causes of dementia are identified.
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common form of dementia, and so it is discussed in more detail than the other types. Characteristics of the disease, suspected causes, and processes that lead to its development are presented.
The role that environmental exposures, diet, and activity play in the development of dementia is discussed.
Nutritional supports play a strong role in the prevention and management of Alzheimer's Disease and other types of dementia. A comprehensive overview of available nutritional supports is presented.
Electromagnetic radiation in our environment has increased exponentially over the past two decades. While most authorities continue to maintain that exposure is safe, scientific observations suggest otherwise. Mechanisms of EMF damage to the human nervous system and protective strategies are presented.
Dr. Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians. He had a full-time family practice in Edmond, Oklahoma, for over 20 years and was a Chief of Staff of the Edmond Hospital. He was active in teaching for many years as a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine through the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Peterson left his full-time family practice in 1999 to consult with individuals who are seeking ways to restore and maintain their health by addressing the underlying causes of their health challenges. He founded the Wellness Clubs of America to give people access to credible information on supporting and maintaining their health.
Dr. Peterson has an intense interest in the design of the human body and how, given proper nutrition and support, the body is able to halt the progression of disease and restore health. His book Building Health by Design: Adding Life to Your Years and Years to Your Life was released in December 2010.
Dr. Peterson speaks regularly on subjects related to health and nutrition. He hosted a weekly radio program, Your Health Matters, on KTOK in Oklahoma City for five years and subsequently hosted Building Health by Design on Web Talk Radio. He has made numerous television appearances on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and he is currently a popular guest on radio programs across the nation.