A number of environmental and health factors can contribute to short and long term memory loss. Among the most common...

Prescription drugs can adversely affect memory. If you are taking any medications, ask your doctor whether memory loss is a known side effect.

Low thyroid function can also cause poor memory and concentration. With a simple blood test, your doctor can check thyroid levels. If they are low (hypothyroidism), he/she can prescribe medication.

Toxic metals, such as lead and mercury, can lead to brain degeneration. A holistic doctor can test your urine for levels of these metals and recommend treatment, such as chelation therapy, if necessary.

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