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Short Term Memory Loss: a Sign of Alzheimer’s or not?

By Kim Crawford, M.D. Last updated: September 6, 2018
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New Research Shows Mild short term Memory Loss Is Not Normal

short term memory lossShort term memory loss might not be as normal as we once thought. Blog update 2-22-17:please read to the end-very important new data.

Although brain farts and occasional forgetfulness have been considered normal signs of the aging brain, we’re now thinking differently.

Studies show mild short term memory loss may, in fact, not be normal and can be linked to serious cases of cognitive decline.

Mild changes in cognitive functioning can be the first sign of dementia, even Alzheimer’s disease.

If you start to notice that your mind is not as sharp as it used to be, don’t ignore your symptoms and either call me or see your doctor. In short, DO SOMETHING.

By the way, not only do I have a very promising clinical study going with early Alzheimer’s patients (all improving!) but there is an ongoing study at a major medical center which is using my protocol.

They have 10 patients, all improving, using the same parameters I do; Neuro-psych testing and MRI of the hippocampus. Let me give those of you getting worried as you’re reading some relief first.

Brain Fart vs. Memory Loss: When Is It Serious?

Brain farts are known as maladaptive brain activity changes, where you have moments that you make an obvious mistake. These usually occur because your brain sees patterns in your daily tasks, and can revert to your DMN (default mode network).

This area of your brain is responsible for inward-focused thinking, such as daydreaming.

This can start to become a problem if DMN starts to compete with other parts of your brain for resources to perform a task that you need to focus on.

If, however, your brain reverts back to your DMN during a task that requires all of your attention, then a brain fart is more than likely to happen.

In just a moment of time, you forget what you were going to dial on your phone, who you were writing an email to, or forgot why you were walking into the next room.

DMN events are mainly short term memory loss events and once you are aware of these errors you are likely to correct it immediately.

5 Signs your Memory Problems are not Serious:

It is natural to worry if you are losing your memory, as there are over 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. However, a memory slip doesn’t always mean things are getting worse. Here are 5 situations that are considerably normal age related short term memory loss occurrences.

  1. Memory Lapses that don’t interfere with everyday activities are normal. Everybody forgets things from time to time. It is not normal, however, when memory impairments disable you from getting through the day.
  2. You see an improvement after a brain activity. If you are able to still learn new things, you are then able to make new memories. Dementia, even early dementia, means you have an inability to create new memories.
  3. Certain drug side effects will cause short terms memory loss. If you have just started a new medication, review the symptoms that it may cause.
  4. When no one notices your memory failing except for you, it is usually not as bad as you think. Usually, the concern will start with you and family members because of important things being forgotten.
  5. If you are stressed out, sleep deprived, or doing so much at the same time your brain is stressed and can make you forgetful. And speaking of stress, let’s discuss…

 Stress can promote memory decline acutely and dementia later:

Various studies have concluded that acute and/or chronic stress can influence a variety of health issues, including how your brain functions. How your body responds to stress is the greatest predictor of your symptoms and how your brain ages over time.

Previous research has found a relationship between chronic stress and short-term memory loss.

Additionally, this research has shown that this may even increase the risk of dementia as we age.

Based upon the compelling research on how your brain and body can be impacted by stress which means high cortisol levels, it is important to be aware of stress.

It is important to have effective tools to address stress to prevent memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, immune dysfunction, a higher rate of heart disease, cancer and even more.

How Stress can affect the Aging Brain and Memory functioning:

Cortisol is a stress hormone that can cause short term memory loss, causing this area of the brain to wear down the synapses that are in charge of memory processing and storage. Although one needs short term bursts of cortisol for survival, higher or prolonged bursts can lead to negative consequences.

This usually happens with long term stress and can lead to problems like anxiety, unexplained weight gain, high blood pressure, and digestion problems as well as the serious issues mentioned above.

Having a high cortisol is also associated with a variety of other ailments from adrenal fatigue to difficulty losing fat mass and creating lean muscle mass.

  • You may be able to protect your memory functioning in the future by keeping your cortisol levels normal.
  • This type of prevention would be most beneficial for those that are at high risk for higher cortisol levels, such as individuals that are dealing with long term stress or depression.
  • In fact, lowering cortisol levels is an important part of total brain health programs. As are supplements such as resveratrol, GPC and acetyl-l-carnitine. You get a great smorgasbord in our memory loss prevention kit.

Stress May Trigger Clinical Onset of Alzheimer’s:

Research shows stress increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The main common denominator is experiencing severe emotional stress prior to diagnosis. These stresses can include bereavement from the death of a loved one, car accidents, violent experiences, financial issues, or a loved one being diagnosed with a severe illness.

Stress can trigger the beginning symptoms of dementia. However, further studies are needed to understand and examine the details of this link more in depth.

Stress can Affect your Health in Various Ways:

When you are able to better understand how stress can affect your body, the better you are at preventing it and lessening the impact. When you are experiencing acute stress, your body will then release stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, to prepare you to either fight or leave the stressful event.

Your heart rate will increase, lungs will intake more oxygen, and have decreased blood flow to the GI tract, thereby depressing parts of your immune system. As a result, this will in lessen your positive inflammatory response to any illness or disease. Once stress becomes chronic, your immune system will start to get used to cortisol and can heighten the inflammatory response so that it becomes “too much.”

This will allow inflammation to get out of control. Inflammation can be the beginning of all diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s. The link between stress and disease or illness is not so surprising as it can affect your body in all types of ways.

Stress can also be associated with a variety of decreased body functioning such as taste, sight, and much more. Obviously, stress is an inescapable part of life and can be beneficial to your health. But when stress increases over a long period, it is important to know the basics of how to control it and prevent it from affecting your health.

Tips to Relieve Stress:

Exercise: Exercise regularly to reduce stress levels and increase levels of serotonin.

Sleep: Have you monitored your sleep lately or do you experience insomnia? Reduce any distractions in the bedroom like light and noise, and keep all activities minimal an hour before bedtime.

Natural Healing Practices such as Aromatherapy: This can reduce anxiety and the symptoms that follow. Meditation is another method that can help initiate relaxation and reduce levels of stress throughout the body.

Get in touch with nature: Take away the electronics and just enjoy a brisk walk in nature or take a vacation to a remote cabin. Nature can promote a sense of inner peace and happiness.

Exercise Outdoors: As mentioned above, exercise and spending time outdoors can ease depression and relieve stress.

Use adrenal support supplements: (see store) Do so if you are stressed and, especially if you have a blood test that shows a fasting cortisol that is on the upper end of normal. This is really crucial for everyone under chronic stress. For example, CEO’s or small business owners or chronic physical stress like that which a bodybuilder experiences.

Use natural supplements for anxiety: This would be things like Chewable PharmaGABA or L-glutamine for example.


Life can be hectic and stressful, so forgetting small things like where you parked your car or where you put your keys are perfectly acceptable unless you are on my brain health program.

However, your brain should not feel like this all the time nor should you experience forgetfulness on a regular basis such that it interferes with you functioning normally.

So, if you are noticing bouts of short term memory loss and have focused on correcting your DMN (default mode network) as discussed above with no results, don’t be afraid to seek help.

There are, in fact, numerous correctable causes of short term memory loss such as being hypothyroid or having a low Vitamin B12 level.

Despite the naysayers, as I write this, there are positive clinical trials for new-onset Alzheimer’s patients which do not involve drugs.

Also, note these trials DO include bioidentical hormones so take the memory test questionnaire you can find on the home page. If you come up short, be in touch with me! I can absolutely enhance your cognitive powers, no question about it.

Furthermore, there are many things which help your brain function better which, honestly, only brain experts like myself know. You can up your muscle, decrease your BP and increase brain blood flow and health.

Update on short term memory loss 2-22-17:

Peer reviewed publications link short term memory loss and other symptoms to biotoxin illness, with the #1 biotoxin in the U.S. being mycotoxins from mold. For more information see this website, do the VCS test and contact me if it’s positive. This is extremely important. I can point you to the resources you need as well as the best brain supplements.



  1. You are not going to believe this but this was my ONLY symptom but something made me take that VCS test. It was positive, I had my home mold tested-it turned up really positive, I contacted Dr. Shoemaker and to make a long story short, Dr. Kim, you saved my life!Thank you so much!

    • HI Judithann,
      Wow, how many other cases of what turns into Alzheimer’s are missed, right?> I’m so glad you got the correct diagnosis and are going to be 100% fine which is the outcome for biotoxin illness treated correctly. Wonderful and inspiring! Dr.Kim

  2. Dementia runs in my family. I’m 52, and I worry that I might someday show signs of it. I want to take natural supplements that will help in the prevention dementia. I’m so relieved to see that you do write about this, there is hope for me still.

    • Of course,pls read the big brain health book which you can get as a free download…..

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