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The Latest About Alzheimer's

Posted Aug 6, 2018 by Joan Keston

I have listed the following books on my website as resources for information, treatment and research regarding Alzheimer’s. I would highly recommend reading these books if you are concerned about Alzheimer’s. There is a great deal of agreement among the authors of these books, but the road ahead for treatment and prevention is still a long one.

In general, two areas of treatment cited in these books are dental care and diet, things that are within our control. Gluten and sugar are to be avoided, and healthy fats and oils (especially coconut oil) are beneficial. In addition there is a great deal of discussion about ketogenic diets, cholesterol, avoidance of carbohydrates, fasting and intermittent fasting, toxins, heavy metals, etc.

My mother suffers from Alzheimer’s dementia, so I have become concerned about my future health. It is certainly overwhelming to embrace the changes that are recommended. I thought my diet prior to reading these books was health, but I did adapt to the advice given in these books in many respects. I eliminated most sugars and gluten, controlled the carbohydrates, and began intermittent fasting. Without getting too personal, my blood work improved and I feel much better. I do fall off the diet sometimes, but I get back on.

Following is an excerpt from Stop Alzheimer’s Now

Like the rest of the body, the brain has the ability to heal itself from injury and disease. New brain cells replace old or injured cells throughout a person’s life. In this way the brain can overcome periodic stress and injury and remain healthy and alert for a lifetime.

Although genetics may play a role in some cases, the primary factors that influence brain health are diet, brain trauma, drugs, chronic stress, environmental toxins, toxic metals, and infections (particularly dental infections). Any one of these factors can prematurely age the brain, but generally a combination of them over an extended period of time are needed to degrade the brain to the point that neurodegenerative disease develops.

While each of these factors can promote excessive oxidation, runaway inflammation, and the deposition of abnormal proteins, the most devastating consequence is the disruption in energy or glucose metabolism. Energy is vital to properly maintain brain function, cope with stress, repair damaged issues, and stimulate new cell growth. Without adequate energy, brain cells starve, degenerate and die.

The primary way energy production is hampered is by insulin resistance. Insulin resistance throughout the body produces type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance in the brain produces what is called type 3 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes promotes brain insulin resistance and is a high risk factor for many neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer’s is referred to as type 3 diabetes.

In Grain Brain, the author tells us to “Clear Out Your Kitchen” by removing the following:

  • All sources of gluten, including whole-grain and whole-wheat forms of bread, noodles, pastas, pastries, baked goods, and cereal. [And you would be surprised by the list of items that contain gluten, such as baked beans, mayonnaise, ketchup, broths/bouillons, etc.]

  • All forms of processed carbs, sugar and starch: corn, yams, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chips, crackers, biscuits, pastries, muffins, pizza dough, cakes, doughnuts, sugary snacks, sweets, energy bars, ice cream, frozen yogurt/sherbet, jams/jellies/preserves, ketchup, processed cheese spreads, juices, dried fruit, sports drinks, soft drinks/soda, fried foods, honey, agave, sugar (white and brown), corn syrup, and maple syrup.

  • Packaged foods labeled “fat-free” or “low-fat” (unless they are authentically “fat-free” or “low-fat” and within the protocol, such as water, mustard, and balsamic vinegar).

  • Margarine, vegetable shortening, and any commercial brand of cooking oil (soybean, corn, cottonseed, canola, peanut, safflower, grape seed, sunflower, rice bran, and wheat germs oils)—even if they are organic.

  • Non-fermented soy (e.g., tofu and soy milk) and processed foods made with soy (look for “soy protein isolate” in lieu of ingredients; avoid soy cheese, soy burgers, soy hot dogs, soy nuggets, soy ice cream, soy yogurt). Note: Although some naturally brewed soy sauces are technically gluten-free, many commercial brands have trace amounts of gluten. If you need to use soy sauce in your cooking, use tamari soy sauce made with 100 percent soybeans and no wheat.

Yes this is beyond overwhelming. Even if you may be successful at home, try going out to dinner, to parties, to dinner parties. The only incentive for following this course is that Alzheimer’s is a devastating and dreaded disease.

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