With a typical American diet consisting largely of processed foods and foods high in sugar content and low in nutritional value, it's really no wonder our society experiences such high incidences of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and other degenerative diseases. That essentially sums up the message from a globally recognized leader in brain science, Dr. David Perlmutter, in his new book Brain Maker which is just out. I highly recommend it.
The same message will be delivered in a free program at the Abilene Public Library the evening of Tuesday, September 8. Mark Rogers, owner and head trainer of Simply Human, LLC, a health and wellness consulting/coaching company in Abilene, will present Eat Like a Human beginning at 6:30PM in the auditorium of the Main Library at 202 Cedar St.
"Humans were designed to eat natural foods - meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. When you eat foods humans were designed to eat you can achieve optimal health and avoid the degenerative diseases that are plaguing our society today," according to Rogers. In addition to nutrition, Rogers will talk about the importance of adequate sleep, managing stress, and getting the right kind of exercise.
The speaker is host and producer of the Simply Human Podcast which was recently as high as #13 on iTunes in the fitness and nutrition category. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from Abilene Christian University and an MBA from West Texas A&M University. He currently works with athletes at ACU on their movement patterns and nutrition plans.
Dr. Permutter's Brain Maker focuses on the power of gut microbes to heal and protect the brain. While he focuses on brain health, he stresses the fact that most diseases common to Western society are strongly associated with what we eat and drink. In addition to poor dietary habits, our health is at risk from exposure to toxic substances, high stress levels, lack of restful sleep, and sedentary lifestyles.
Among those most at risk for Alzheimer's, according to the author, are those who have high blood sugar and consume excessive amounts of gluten and process fructose. Commonly found in white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, muffins, pastries, many cereals, and crackers, among other foods, he says gluten should be avoided as much as possible.
Dr. William Shankle and Dr. Daniel Amen in Preventing Alzheimer's concur with Perlmutter on many points, but unlike Perlmutter, they introduce heredity as a key contributing factor and talk about the importance of early detection. As a preventative they recommend daily Vitamin E and C supplements along with fish oil and low dose aspirin or ibuprofen (less than 175 mg/day). They claim that alcohol use in moderation (2-3 drinks/week) can actually reduce the chance of dementia by up to 70 percent.
Two other books worth a look would be The Anti-Alzheimer's Prescription by neurologist Dr. Vincent Fortanasce and Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer's Disease both of which concur on the themes of eating smart, controlling stress and exercising both the mind and the body.
I also recommend reviewing the latest in Alzheimer's research by finding journal articles online from APL's databases available to library cardholders. From our website click on E-Resources, then "Health." Health Source - Consumer Edition is a good source for the latest from a "traditional medicine" perspective while Alternative HealthWatch and Natural & Alternative Treatments feature articles taking a more holistic approach.
Article Contributed by Dennis Miller, Information Services Librarian at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library