One of the most feared diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease – it is the disease that robs an individual of their ability to think, reason, and steals precious memories. In a 2011 study conducted by Harris Interactive for MetLife Foundation, 31 percent of people fear dementia more than death or cancer.
But is this dreaded disease an inevitable product of bad genes and/or aging? Is it, in fact, part of a person’s DNA? An eye opening book called “Grain Brain” by Dr. David Perlmutter, he reveals significant documented scientific research and evidence outlining the chemistry of how the foods we are eating, focusing on modern grains, are slowly and silently destroying our brains, and accelerating the body’s aging process. In fact, there are links in the food we eat to chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, and ADHD among other maladies linked to the brain. Moreover, many of the fats that we’ve been told in the past to avoid are, in fact, essential nutrients for optimal functioning of both the body, and particularly the cognitive functioning of our brains. As an example, a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that post-menopausal women who were put on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol had a nearly 48 percent increased risk of developing diabetes compared to those who weren’t given the drug. Considering the percentage of the population using statin drugs – this is alarming.
I first became aware of Dr. Perlmutter on the Dr. Oz show. He is a nationally known, board-certified, practicing neurologist who is also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition – the only doctor in the country with both credentials. He is also a founding member and fellow of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He has dedicated more than 35 years to the study of brain diseases. His appearance on Dr. Oz intrigued me, but when my own Doctor told me he had just come back from an AMA conference that presented Dr. Perlmutter’s research and findings (also conducted by the Mayo clinic) and was on board as well, I decided to read his book.
According to Dr. Perlmutter, diabetes and brain disease are linked – having diabetes doubles your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The increase in diabetes among both the older and younger population is skyrocketing. Dr. Perlmutter has charged that wheat and gluten consumption, particularly the strain of modernized, gene-modified wheat that has evolved over the last few decades, with challenging our physiology with ingredients that we are not genetically able to deal with.
With the dramatic increase in the percentage of the population being diagnosed with Alzheimers/Dementia, and the projected incremental increases over the next decade, I encourage everyone to read Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter. Whether or not you agree with his findings, you will find his book a source of incredible information and “food for thought”.