Science has revealed something incredible: our susceptibility to disease is not predetermined by our genes. In fact, while our genes do carry with them markers that would usually lead to certain illness, what we’ve learned is that we can use preventative healthcare measures to control the expression of these genes. Now, we can tackle care proactively, rather than waiting for an untreatable disease to occur.
Brain Maker, building on Grain Brain, provides dietary and lifestyle suggestions on how to do this, and it begins with a low-carb, gluten-free, low-sugar diet meant to, among other things, help reduce inflammation and blood sugar. Doing so goes a long way towards facilitating the improvement of your overall health.
On June 18, I had a chance to visit with my good friend Dr. Dale Bredesen at the Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, California. I was in town to attend a special event for Brain Maker put on by the Buck Institute, where Dr. Bredesen and I lectured on the microbiome and its relationship to brain health.
I’m happy to report that not only was there a person in every seat in the room, but that the Buck Institute went so far as to livestream the event so that a recording would be made available for those who could not attend. Enjoy.
Go to the mall. See a movie. Look around next time you’re in an airport. What you’ll see is the confirmation of all the statistics that we’re hearing so much about these days related to the ever-increasing prevalence of obesity. It’s everywhere and it’s affecting most of us.
Books, online information, infomercials, daytime T.V., and even nightly news programs are constantly hammering us with the scary news that relates increasing abdominal girth to just about every bad medical condition you don’t want to get. At the same time, these same resources offer up some new trendy solution to the obesity epidemic daily, often in the form of some new and exotic dietary supplement.
Truth is, losing weight doesn’t happen when you give in and buy the latest pill. Weight loss happens when the body shifts from storing fat to burning fat. It is that simple, and far and away how we signal our metabolism to make this fundamental shift depends on what we choose to eat. Continue reading
Frequently, I see members of this community write in with concerns on how taking an antibiotic may be disrupting the balance of their gut microbiome. Certainly, this is a valid concern, as even the word’s root definition troublingly means “against life.” In today’s video, find my advice for how protect the delicate balance of your microbiome while on antibiotic, the very same strategies I use when I find myself on one.
It started with Grain Brain, but it is increasingly clear that a high-fat, high-fiber, low-carb diet is a scientifically validated and viable nutrition plain for not just brain health, but for total health. A diet with this makeup is one that fosters positive health in the gut, creating a microbial balance that sets the stage for a reduced risk for disease like Type 2 Diabetes. What does that diet look like in execution? Find out in today’s video.
Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Google Hangout discussing dietary recommendations in response to a case presentation of an elderly woman who was beginning to experience decline in cognitive function.
Basically, the case was selected as she was experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), generally thought to be a harbinger of future Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease, far and away the most common form of dementia, now affects some 5.4 million Americans, representing the third leading cause of death in our country. This number is predicted to double in just the next 15 years! Moreover, women are disproportionately at risk, representing 65% of Alzheimer’s cases. In fact, a woman’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease now exceeds her risk of developing breast cancer. The annual cost for caring for Alzheimer’s patients exceeds $200 billion, and this is a disease for which we currently have no meaningful treatment. Continue reading
If you’ve read Brain Maker, than you understand how important probiotics are for your health. They play a key role in helping you build the balanced gut microbiome that facilitates optimal health. Beyond just a probiotic supplement though, fermented foods are a natural way for your to work probiotics into your diet, and the options are both plentiful and enjoyable. From kimchi to sauerkraut to, in fact, pickles, fermented foods are a nutritional powerhouse that should work their way onto your plate at your next meal.