Saturday, March 22, 2014

On "Grain Brain" by David Perlmutter More Thoughts....

Interesting quotes from Grain Brain Part 1...
In this part, we're going to explore what happens when the brain is bombarded by carbohydrates, many of which are packed with inflammatory ingredients like gluten that can irritate your nervous system.  The damage can begin with daily nuisances like headaches and unexplained anxiety and progress to more sinister disorders such as depression and dementia.
Wow.  Gluten can irritate your nervous system.  I believe it.  Perlmutter is not the only one saying this.  And you know what?  Irritating the nervous system is not a small thing.

He goes on to say:
The origin of brain disease is in many cases predominantly dietary.  Although several factors play into the genesis and progression of brain disorders, to a large extent numerous neurological afflictions often reflect the mistake of consuming too many carbs and too few healthy fats.
Too FEW healthy fats!!  What does he consider to be a healthy fat?  Extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, butter, avocados, hut and nut butters, and seeds.  Proteins?  Whole eggs, wild fish, shellfish and mollusks, grass-fed beef, fowl, poultry and pork, and wild game.  I love these foods!

The rate of Alzheimer's disease increases in sync with type 2 diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes has tripled in the past forty years.  Tripled!!

Again, from Dr. Perlmutter:
What we're beginning to understand is that insulin resistance, as it relates to Alzheimer's Disease, sparks the formation of those infamous plaques that are present in diseased brains.....And the fact that we can associate low levels of insulin with brain disease is why talk of "type 3 diabetes" is starting to circulate among researchers....those with diabetes are at least twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.
He goes on to say:
Researchers have known for some time now that the cornerstone of all degenerative conditions, including brain disorders, is inflammation.....And what they are finding is that gluten, and a high carbohydrate diet for that matter, are among the most prominent stimulators of inflammatory pathways that reach the brain.
I find this astonishing.   Did I mention that since I've stopped eating gluten my skin and hair look healthier (I'm told) and I've lost 10 pounds without effort?  Yeah.  This is feeling like a much healthier me.

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