LDL or low density lipoprotein has been given a bad rap. Every since someone decided to call it “bad cholesterol” it has been demonized as being responsible for just about everything bad in the world. Medical doctors and cardiologists in specific have joined the crusade against LDL with a pervasive mentality that somehow the lower the blood value of LDL, the better. Fortunately, the justification for this altruism is unjustified.
So let’s take a step back for a moment and review just exactly what LDL is and does, and then I’ll move on and explain why the notion of it being something to fear is ill founded.
LDL is what we call a carrier protein. And one of it’s important jobs is to carry a fundamentally important chemical to every cell in the body. This chemical is a critical component of cell membranes, serves as a brain antioxidant, and is the raw material from which your body manufactures vitamin D, cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. And this important, life-sustaining chemical is cholesterol.
What do you drink with breakfast? Do you drink a can of Coke? Well, maybe you do, but please know that is 39 grams of carbohydrates. But I think most people will say that that is not exactly what they want to do and instead they would rather have a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice. Is that necessarily a good idea? You may be surprised that there is not much difference in sugar content. Learn more in today’s video.
The prevalence of gluten sensitivity has been the subject of lively debate over the past several years with some researchers indicating that as many as 30% of us have a bona fide reaction to gluten and even more recent science indicating that in fact, all humans have some degree of gluten sensitivity. But that was until a recent massive Australian study was published in the journal Gastoenterology.
This new research has captivated the press as it has been manipulated to send a message that in reality, gluten sensitivity doesn’t actually exist, and that the reactions people may have to consuming gluten containing products may well have to do with other components of the foods called FODMAPS – a group of poorly absorbed carbohydrates.
I recently had the opportunity to appear on a National Public Radio interview in which several “gluten experts” were also interviewed. Sure enough, this study, calling into question the whole notion of gluten sensitivity was debated. In fact, one of the authors of this highly comprehensive study was also a guest on the program.
I’ve presented several videos indicating that lifestyle factors are obviously very important in determining whether your brain is going to be healthy or you are going to be at risk for a degenerative condition of the brain, an example being Alzheimer’s disease. It turns out that the reason that the high carbohydrate, the lack of physical exercise, gluten and other things that lead to inflammation are so important is because they tend to increase, as mentioned, inflammation. The process of inflammation is tied in intimately with increasing free radicals. These are the two pillars. Inflammation and the action of free radicals ultimately damage brain cells and lead to death of brain cells. In this video we will dive deeper into this process and what you can do to prevent it.
A Grain Brain program, or any nutritional program built for brain health, is focused on low-glycemic vegetables, and relegates meat to the role of side dish on your plate. Look to fill your plate with these above-ground, colorful vegetables like spinach, kale, and cauliflower. Learn more in my latest video.
Currently in America about 6.5 million children have been given the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for which pharmacotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. In fact, about two thirds of those children with this diagnosis are currently taking medication.
Obviously, parents who ultimately choose to medicate their children assume that prior to allowing these medications to become available for prescription they have been studied extensively. After all, parents should certainly have a high level of confidence in the safety of these drugs.
But in this study published by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and several other institutions raises some important concerns about how these drugs were tested to validate their safety. The study, published in the journal, PLOS ONE in July of this year looked at all currently available ADHD medications that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and specifically evaluated the clinical trials performed by the sponsor that the FDA used to evaluate each drug’s efficacy as well as safety. Continue reading
Isn’t it incredible to know, and fully appreciate, that our gut bacteria have a powerful role in brain health. So, shouldn’t we be doing everything possible to facilitate the health and balance of this bacteria to cause better health? One way to do this is with probiotics. Learn more in this video.