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JEY100 Thu, Sep-08-16 05:24

Preventing Alzheimer's is easier than you think.
Dr Georgia Ede wrote a simply explained article in Psychology Today how to avoid memory impairment. Infographic is super clear what to do, what to eat , or not eat, to help prevent. Her website has a talk to physicians about same topic, Mood and Memory, with more medical studies and detailed science.

pollyanna1 Thu, Sep-08-16 17:24

Wonderful article! Thank you!

MickiSue Thu, Sep-08-16 17:48

Thanks, Janet. I feel as though Dr. Perlmutter's book should be required reading for every medical professional who makes dietary recommendations--especially those in the psych areas.

JEY100 Thu, Sep-15-16 17:08

8 minute radio interview with Dr Ede.

From Dr Ede:

KGO Radio San Francisco talk show host Ethan Bearman invited me on for an interview this week about my new Psychology Today article "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease is Easier Than You Think." [It remains the #1 post on Psychology Today a full week later and has already been shared 20K times!] Ethan has a personal interest in sugar metabolism, knows a lot about it, and has a great sense of humor, which made for a lively conversation!

JEY100 Mon, Sep-26-16 04:23

Marika Sboros article about this and interview:

LynnM0305 Wed, Oct-19-16 12:34

Very timely for me, thank you!

JEY100 Mon, Nov-14-16 17:14

Book coming out in May 2017, The End of Alzheimer's, The first program to prevent Alzheimer's by Dr Dale Bredesen, a respected neuroscientist. Great interview with Dr Hyman on the Fat Summit, another 24 hours left to see it. Documentary is also planned when book will be published.

His "new" treatment program is a 'mild ketogenic' diet with at least 12 hours fasting, high good quality fats, quite low carb. Get fasting insulin level below 5, optimize Vitamin D levels, also check Crp and other health markers. Exercise, get good sleep, meditation and other integrative medical techniques.
And don't take statins!

Edit: Fat Summit Encore was extended another 24 hours.

JEY100 Thu, Nov-17-16 04:58

Alzheimer’s disease found to be a diabetic disorder of the brain

GRB5111 Thu, Nov-17-16 09:30

The "Integrative Medicine" article, found at, (thanks, Janet!) provides a very good explanation of Bredesen's protocol and results thus far. Very impressive, and this should not be a surprise to many who have constructed and followed their own LCHF "programs" as the realization must occur that consistency must be adhered to if success is to be the result. Interesting responses by Bredesen regarding the difficulty in following the program. I wonder if the most difficult aspects of this program are the dietary adjustments. Similar to those starting LCHF, the first several months are spent grappling with what to eat, how to eat, and developing a program for consistency, the comments on his patients' results sound very familiar. Here are a couple of relevant quotes from the article:

IMCJ: As you mentioned, this is fairly complex and there are many variables, as well as many therapeutic targets in the system. Is the result a protocol that is difficult for patients to adhere to? And as such, does it have to be followed to the letter?
Dr Bredesen:This is a really important point. First of all, this is a different way to do medicine. We are not saying, “Take a pill, then go home and forget it.” It is complex, so what we are saying is, first of all, there is going to be a program. Instead of therapeutics, this is programmatics. I believe that is the future of the treatment of chronic illness: programmatics. Second, this is going to be personalized. This is going to be a program for you based on what is driving your particular problem. Third, of course, now that we are seeing results, we are looking at how we can make this simpler. You have to remember, at the beginning, we did not know what was going to make people better and these were people dying of an untreatable terminal illness.

IMCJ: Would you describe some of the results you have observed from use of the protocol?
Dr Bredesen: There have been about 70 people who have come through now. For example, I just got a call this morning from a man who started a year ago and had a hippocampal volume, before he started the program, quantified at less than the 20th percentile. It is now greater than the 75th percentile. He actually could not believe that his own hippocampus had gotten larger. He asked the MRI technicians, “Can you give me an explanation for that?” The guy said, “I don’t understand it. I can’t offer you an explanation.”

This patient, by the way, was at a point where he was going to have to quit his job. He is doing very well at his job now, continuing to do his job very effectively. We have another person who is over 3 years out now, still back to work full-time and doing very, very well. We have had a couple of people now who have gone on and off the program a couple of times, either because of traveling, stressful things in their lives, running out of some of the components, or getting ill and not being able to take some of the components.

They have shown very clearly that when they get off the program, they get worse; then when they go back on the program, they get better again. That supports the idea that the program is actually helping them.

It's striking how many of these comments about adapting to and sticking with the program are familiar to the LCHF experiences of many expressed on this forum. The main takeaway for me is that following a sound nutritional program reverses many Metabolic Syndrome conditions including the prevention or avoidance of many that have yet to manifest themselves such as Alzheimer's. I'm hopeful that this protocol is the tip of the iceberg of new medical approaches to many diseases. Developing a holistic program to address root cause by including dietary and nutritional strategies is paramount, and unfortunately, not the current strategy of most doctors today. This extremely important information must be studied further and actively shared.

khrussva Thu, Nov-17-16 11:16

I think they are wise to refer to this treatment as a 'therapeutic program' instead of what it really is... diet and lifestyle changes. Call it a diet and the naysayers will pounce. Funny, though; that therapeutic program looks an awful lot like what I'm doing. It took care of many health related issues for me. Maybe I'm good to go for Alzheimer's, too. :thup:

My dad had Alzheimer's. On a visit 10 years ago I noticed that there was something not quite right. It progressed quickly after that. He was gone within 5 years (in body). In mind he was gone long before that. When I last saw him in 2010 he did not know who I was. My dad's sister has Alzheimer's, too. So this affliction has been of concern to me. I'm glad that I made this LC lifestyle change when I did. I hope I will spare my family the pain of Alzheimer's. I just wish this had all happened 10 years ago. I'd love to have tried this "therapeutic program" with my dad.

JEY100 Mon, Mar-20-17 04:27

Is Alzheimer’s Disease Preventable?

Long but well written, readable article on Ketopia:
Action points included.

If you don't know the Ottobonis, their author page: THey have written other good articles on the Ketopia website.

For additional reading on AD, they recommend Amy Berger's new book. I have it in its previous eBook edition, and suggested my library purchase it...waiting for the print copy now.

Alzheimer’s Antidote

Although this book will not be available until March 2017, it is recommended here because it shows great promise of being a valuable resource for both managing and preventing AD. It has had excellent Amazon reviews, and is authored by Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP, a highly qualified Certified Nutrition Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

Amy is a US Air Force veteran who now specializes in using low-carbohydrate nutrition to help people reclaim their vitality through eating delicious, wholesome foods, and teaching them that achieving vibrant health doesn’t require starvation, deprivation, or living at the gym. Her motto is, “Real people need real food!” You can read her blog at, where she writes about a wide range of health and nutrition-related topics, such as insulin, metabolism, weight loss, thyroid function, and more.

GRB5111 Mon, Mar-20-17 07:45

Working my way through the article on Ketopia. Thanks, as always Janet, for recommending another excellent resource. Just ordered the book by Amy Berger. I'm looking forward to its arrival at the end of this month.

JEY100 Fri, Apr-28-17 05:32

Amy Berger's book, The Alzheimer's Antidote, is excellent. There is more on the diet, how to eat, how to add CO/MCTs, etc. than I remember add from the first edition or I skipped that part before? A concise list of additional resources too. She refers to Dale Bredesen's diet and advice often so both books are in sync.

Today was this article in the NYT Well blog :

Diabetes tied to Brain Abnormalities

Diabetes may be bad for the brain, especially if you are overweight.

Researchers studied 50 overweight and 50 normal weight people in the early stages of Type 2 diabetes. All had been given a diagnosis within the previous five years. They compared both groups with 50 healthy control subjects.

The scientists performed M.R.I. examinations of their brains and psychological tests of memory, reaction time and planning. Those with diabetes scored worse than the healthy controls on tests of memory and reaction times.

M.R.I. scans revealed significant differences in brain areas related to memory, planning and the visual processing of information. Compared with the controls, those with Type 2 diabetes had more severe thinning of the cortex and more white matter abnormalities. Overweight people with diabetes had more brain deterioration than diabetic people of normal weight.

Are these changes reversible? Probably not, according to a co-author, Dr. Donald C. Simonson of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“When structural changes are seen on an M.R.I. scan, the processes leading up to them have probably been going on for years,” he said. “On the positive side, patients who maintain good control of their diabetes do seem to have a slower rate of deterioration.” The findings were published in Diabetologia.

JEY100 Fri, May-12-17 06:27

Amy has been on the interview/podcast circuit since the book was published. Dr. David Perlmutter, who wrote the foreward, has posted a new interview with her. He adds his own information on the topic..agood interview.

JEY100 Wed, Jan-24-18 06:49

Amy Berger will be writing for the KetoDietApp.
Her first article is on Alzheimer's. Good summary.

Is Alzheimer's a Metabolic Disease?

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