Poor Recall / Long-Term Memory Failure

What Causes Difficulty Remembering?

Difficulty remembering can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose difficulty remembering, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "difficulty remembering" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Vitamin B12 Need
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Low Estrogens
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Hypoglycemia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
edema of the ankles/lower legs
being very skinny
jaundiced skin
broad-spectrum antibiotic use
shoulder tightness
depression with anxiety
very angry/hostile disposition
regular painful urge to defecate
tongue soreness
occasional confusion/disorientation
weak sexual desire
low energy/stamina
... and more than 130 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of difficulty remembering:
Cause Probability Status
Mercury Toxicity 93% Confirm
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 27% Unlikely
Vitamin B12 Need 21% Unlikely
Sleep Apnea 1% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 0% Ruled out
Low Estrogens 0% Ruled out
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 0% Ruled out
Hyperparathyroidism 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual mental conditions/symptoms, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Is your long-term memory failing? Do you find it hard to remember things that happened days, months or years ago?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Somewhat - it is hard to recall events accurately
→ Severely - it is hard to recall past events at all
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate long-term memory failure, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Cirrhosis of the Liver

A damaged liver cannot remove toxins from the blood, causing them to accumulate in the blood and eventually the brain.  Once there, toxins can dull mental functioning and cause personality changes, coma, or even death.  Signs of toxin buildup in the brain include neglect of personal appearance, unresponsiveness, forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, or changes in sleep habits.

Consequences of Poor Diet

Changing one's diet to include more nutritious and balanced foods can also help with diet related problems such as problems with sleeping.  Lack of sleep in itself can cause memory lapses and cognitive deterioration.  A healthier diet which helps with sleeping problems may therefore have a knock-on effect and also help to improve poor memory.

Hypoglycemia

Temporary forgetfulness is a known symptom of hypoglycemia.

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

Short term memory loss is initially the most common complaint associated with mercury toxicity.

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