I’m excited to be able to answers your questions whenever I can through this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets. That said, I’m always looking for new ways to be able to shed light on some of the most pressing concerns of the Empowering Neurologist community. That’s why I’m excited to present our latest Q&A opportunity.
It’s clear that our video content has reached a wide audience with very positive feedback, so moving forward, I’ll be answering your questions with video responses. So on this post, I’d like to invite you to post your questions, comments, or ideas you’d like me to explore moving forward. Questions should be general, and not relate to a specific person’s medical condition. If someone has already asked the same or similar question, or you see a question you like, please upvote it, rather than posting the question again. Each week I’ll recored a response to the most popular question(s) based on your votes!
Look forward to seeing your questions!
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.
As a practicing neurologist, one of the most challenging conditions I deal with is peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition in which the nerves in the arms and legs are damaged, and this leads to a variety of issues including pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, and burning. Peripheral neuropathy can be a result of trauma but more commonly it is the result of metabolic problems like diabetes. Alcoholism is a common cause as well as exposure to various toxins including chemotherapy. Some cases of peripheral neuropathy are inherited and sometimes it results from vitamin deficiency, especially the B vitamins.
Food is information. What does that mean? Well we look at our food in terms of the macronutrients of fat, protein, and carbohydrates and the micronutrients like minerals and vitamins. But understand that the very foods that you choose to eat are changing the expression of your DNA.
One of the 150+ recipes in The Grain Brain Cookbook.
Find the recipe here on my site.
Many of you viewed my interview with Dr. Mercola last year.
Just recently, Dr. Mercola and I spoke again, and our conversation is one you need to hear. Here, we dive deeper into the topics discussed in Grain Brain, from proper diet to the causes of Alzheimer’s Disease, but we also go well beyond them, fully exploring the gut-brain connection and even the role of gut bacteria in brain health.
How we treat our bodies when we are awake is just as important as how we treat them while we slumber. A night of solid sleep can set your body up to perform at its peak the next day, whereas a poor one can lay your day to waste before it has even begun. You can set the stage by making smart choices about how you end your day and prepare for bed.
One of the most important nutrients/vitamins we have in our body? Vitamin D. In my practice, I always make a point to check Vitamin D levels in my patients, as Vitamin D plays a role in activating over 900 genes that play a role in fighting/preventing cancer, inflammation, and cognitive issues (like dementia and Alzheimer’s).
I am a big advocate of Vitamin D3 supplementation. However, before adjusting your supplementation, keep in mind that the amount of Vitamin D that you may need may be difficult to determine, unless you ask your physician to follow your blood test.
Thinking they might be able to catch me off-guard, I’ve received plenty of seemingly impossible to answer questions from some investigative minds. One that always entertains me is the question of what I would do if faced with the prospect of fast food for dinner. In this seemingly dangerous, grain-heavy environment, how could I find anything to eat? Watch, and find out.