Your Brain Unglued

“Your brain … Weighs three pound and has one hundred thousand miles of blood vessels.It contains more connections that there are stars in the Milky Way, is the fattest organ in your body. It could be suffering this very minute without you having a clue.” David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain.

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In this book, Dr. Perlmutter argues that much of brain disease can be prevented by the choices we make. He backs his opinion with scientific studies along with his own experience as a neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. While he addresses many issues in Grain Brain, he targets his concentration toward preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and warns the reader that the incidences of this being diagnosed is now at 54 million and predicts by the year 2030, this number will have doubled. Furthermore the cost for treating this debilitating disease is substantial, exceeding the costs for treating cancer and heart disease. But even if at this moment, you or a loved one is not facing this disease, the program that Perlmutter advocates can assist with ADHD, anxiety, chronic stress, chronic headaches and migraines, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, focus and concentration problems, insomnia, inflammatory conditions, intestinal problems as well as overweight and obesity

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His formula is simple. He believes underpinning Alzheimer’s Disease is inflammation which in turn increases free radicals that destroy brain cells because of oxidative stress. In the case of Alzheimer’s, this results in a decreased amount of Acetyl Choline. If we control the inflammation, we can reduce our chances of getting it. He examines on two main ingredients to producing inflammation.

The next few blogs will focus on the main two things in Dr. Perlmutter’s view contribute toward inflammation as well as the key ingredient to promoting brain health. More information can be found in his book, Grain Brain and Grain Brain Cookbook, and it is worth studying. It is provocative and encouraging. If you get anything from this, you can alter your chances of getting this debilitating disease for which “there is presently no treatment.”

“Do not borrow the productions of other men’s brains and pens and recite them as a lesson; but make the most of the talents, the brain power, that God has given you. Ellen G White

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