Forgetfulness / Short-Term Memory Failure

What Causes Forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness 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 forgetfulness, 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 "forgetfulness" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Low Pregnenolone
  • Copper Toxicity
  • Male Menopause
  • Electrical Hypersensitivity
  • Allergic Tension
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Low Progesterone

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:
cholesterol-lowering drug use
eyes bulge from past hyperthyroidism
possibly jaundiced skin
poor cold weather tolerance
irritability related to cycle
severe spinal cord injury
frequent severe earaches
allergies as a child
vision disturbances
high systolic blood pressure
being an unsocial person
coated tongue
... and more than 110 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of forgetfulness:
Cause Probability Status
Low Progesterone 94% Confirm
Epstein-Barr Virus 30% Unlikely
Electrical Hypersensitivity 27% Unlikely
Allergic Tension 3% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 3% Ruled out
Low Pregnenolone 0% Ruled out
Male Menopause 0% Ruled out
Copper Toxicity 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 short-term memory failing? Examples include forgetting what you were talking about or why you entered a room, or not being able to remember phone numbers before writing them down.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No / average / a few times per year
→ Occasionally / moderately
→ Severely - I forget things often and quickly
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either not having short-term memory failure or short-term memory failure, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Alcohol-related Problems

Alcoholics as well as the elderly suffer gradual loss of acetylcholine, a vital neurotransmitter.  The brain compensates for this change by heightening the sensitivity of the receptors carrying memory messages, but because of the acetylcholine shortage, the transmission cannot be completed and short-term recall is poor.


Forgetfulness is a symptom of hypothyroidism.

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.


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.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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