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Grain Brain: How to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease


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Interview of Dr. David Perlmutter By Dr. Mercola

“I have a very strong background in traditional neurology,” Dr. Perlmutter says. “As a neurologist for many years, I became more and more frustrated with our lack of ability to actually treat diseases. We were really only treating symptoms.

When I finally began to understand what the proximate cause of the various illnesses we were dealing with was, I realized that mainstream neurology, though I don’t want to sound too critical, really pays no attention to the causation part of the story.”

Full Interview at Mercola.com

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Another reason not to eat meat

http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2013/10/usda_issu...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture warned the public on Monday about a salmonella outbreak traced to Foster Farms chicken.

The agency said nearly 280 illnesses in 18 states had been traced to raw poultry from three Foster Farms facilities in California. The chicken was distributed mainly to stores in Oregon, Washington and California. The USDA said most of those sickened live in California.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

These guys say eff the

These guys say eff the USDA...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture warned the public on Monday about a salmonella outbreak traced to Foster Farms chicken.

http://humanfoodproject.com/please-pass-microbes/

While I was fascinated by the microbe-laden stomach contents being used as hand scrubber – presumably transferring an extraordinary diversity of microbes from the Impala gut to the hands of the Hadza – I was not prepared for what they did next. Once they had cleaned out – by hand – the contents of the stomach (“cleaned” is a generous word), they carved pieces of the stomach into bite-sized chunks and consumed it sushi-style. By which I mean they didn’t cook it or attempt to kill or eliminate the microbes from the gut of the Impala in anyway. And if this unprecedented transfer of microbes from the skin, blood, and stomach of another mammal wasn’t enough, they then turned their attention to the colon of the Impala.

More accurately, another

More accurately, another reason not to eat raw chicken from Foster Farms in California.

David Gumpert opines on the

Chickens at Polyface Farm


Dr. Mercola Discusses Chickens with Joel Salatin at Polyface Farm

My 2 cents.

I have been vegan for 5 years and vegetarian for 2 years before that, and been eating pretty much all organic for 7 years. I am in the best shape of my life and hardly ever get sick. I am almost 26 years old, 6'2 and 210 pounds. I can bench press my own weight and hit the gym on average 6 days out of the week. I hate when people stereotype vegans and say they are all skinny and sickly. As long as your eating a variety of healthy foods and getting all the protein, carbs and fats that you need,you won't be sickly and skinny. I went vegan for health reasons and I truly believe I made the right choice.

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Sandman - I have no doubt that you made the right choice

This summer I spent two weeks at the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico.

You can get everything you need from a plant-based diet.

Not only is Dr. Ann's program vegan, it is also raw. It incorporates a lot of sprouts, wheatgrass and fermented foods.

I felt great for those two weeks. People there saw radical changes. Arthritis was cured. Blood pressure dropped. There were plenty of stories of cancers cured. Dr. Ann cured her own cancer through diet and lifestyle.

Raw means that the enzymes in the food are still alive. Over 105 degrees F, and they die, and your body has a harder time digesting and assimilating the food. The idea is to reduce the amount of energy spent on digestion so it has that energy to use for other things. That primary other thing being the Immune System.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

What Is Hunger, and Why Are We Hungry?

Raw means that the enzymes in the food are still alive. Over 105 degrees F, and they die, and your body has a harder time digesting and assimilating the food.

I think that applies to milk:

The more optimal strategy to that end would be to go after the most nutrient and energy dense foods: animal organs and fat.

The idea is to reduce the amount of energy spent on digestion so it has that energy to use for other things.

Using our hunger as a feedback loop, our eating strategy should probably one that minimizes hunger.


What Is Hunger, and Why Are We Hungry?

P.S.

I would also just like to say how much I love the DailyPaul. I have been coming here for years, but for the past couple months I was only checking in maybe once a week, then the Syria stuff started and I was back to checking Dailypaul.com every morning.

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Thank you

Glad to have you back.

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Perlmutter isn't only neurologist giving out this type of info.

Mercola never acknowledges that Dr. Russel Blaylock has been on top of this for over a decade!

What to eat and what not to

What to eat and what not to eat may be the real question. I swear, if I had one question for God, and knew I would get a straight answer, it would be, "What should humans eat?" Maybe the answer would be, it depends on the human. Maybe we are individuals as well in what is best for each person to eat.
On one hand the Our Father reads, "Give us this day our daily bread." So, how bad can bread be? Maybe it was a different wheat? I don't know.
I do think the past 40 years or so the push has been to make us think we don't need protein and fat and so don't eat meat, cheese or eggs. Maybe this was to prepare us for a diet of a poorer country? Poor people do not eat meat and cheese. A plant based diet does seem clean and does not cause the death of animals. That seems good karma. But the whole Cain and Able thing seems to be meat or vegetable, maybe it was God's way of saying to eat meat. It is truly a mystery.

Cain and Abel. God pleased

"Poor" and "country" and

Maybe this was to prepare us for a diet of a poorer country? Poor people do not eat meat and cheese. A plant based diet does seem clean and does not cause the death of animals. That seems good karma. But the whole Cain and Able thing seems to be meat or vegetable, maybe it was God's way of saying to eat meat.

"Poor" and "country" and "God" are artifacts of annual agriculture...

What I see.

I always wondered why people can't understand how a plant based diet is the healthiest, cleanest diet you can have. The occasional piece of protein is probably beneficial, but it isn't necessary. You discover these things the more you study into it. Diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, however, there are many different reasons why you can become insulin resistant. I eat primarily carbohydrates, low fat, and i do not worry about low protein. I'm fine, I stay fit and healthy. Ever since i ran into the sort of extreme raw foodist movement my world was opened up to alternatives that make more sense to me as well as work the best for me. Portion control, high carb staples, fruits and vegetables, potatoes, peas, rice, lentils etc., all of these make for a healthy happy person. High fat high protein diets are rough rugged and dirty diets. All that stiffness and irritation is caused by acids in the blood. Fat coats the bloodstream and prevents proper absorption of nutrients and sugars leading to high levels of sugar in the blood. Protein byproducts are primarily amino acids which in general are irritating to cells, and it just makes sense to live a life eating clean plant based foods. It works for me, my digestion improved, my life improved.

Read up on Dr. John McDougal and Dr. Douglas Graham. These people can show you real world examples of how clean plant based diets with low fat can have amazing impacts on your body. It's real, I see it working, i feel it working. And I will not turn a blind eye to people with good evidence, research, and such high levels of success in helping people overcome their health struggles.

Personally, I feel more alert and solid if i have eggs, preferably raw, in my diet. It has a lot of healthy components in it for nerve and brain health. I don't eat them a lot because they cause me digestion problems if I do too much.. I will eat a protein bar now and then. I don't really eat nuts anymore because they always cause me problems in digestion. I look at these alternatives to diet where they focus on carbohydrates and plant based diets, and i see results.. And those who advocate them have great results. Atkins is the opposite extreme, and he died from heart disease. I don't know? What do you see?

Well ...

...

(1) A plant-based diet is not the healthiest diet. Quite the opposite, actually.

(2) Protein is absolutely mandatory as a macronutrient in the diet, as it breaks down into amino acids, which are used to build every cell in your body. Without dietary protein, your body will break down your muscle cells to get the amino acids needed.

(3) Did you know that before the invention of insulin injections that doctors CURED diabetes by putting diabetics on a ZERO carb diet? It worked 100% of the time. Did you know how doctors diagnosed diabetes? They tasted the person's urine to find out if it was sweet (sugar).

(4) Raw food is generally better than cooked food, and certainly better than packaged, chemically-laden food. That is probably the main reason you are not (yet) getting ill from your plant-based diet. You are getting the maximum nutrients you can from the plant foods, which is nowhere near what you could get from meat.

(5) Animal food diets do not cause stiffness and irritation. Quite the opposite. Bowel problems are caused by fiber in the diet, which comes from plant foods. An animal food diet causes no discomfort whatsoever.

(6) Fat does not "coat the bloodstream." Dietary fat breaks down into fatty acids which are mandatory for human health. Carbohydrates break down into glucose, which causes all sorts of health problems -- including insulin resistance due to high blood sugar. There is no debate on this topic as far as the science is concerned: dietary fat does NOT raise blood sugar, and dietary carbs DO.

(7) Amino acids are "irritating to cells?????" You're kidding, right? Amino acids are MANDATORY in building ALL cells in your body. Irritating? Where did you ever hear that. It is the exact opposite.

(8) My guess is that your improved health has to do with going from a mixed diet to one that is much more raw food. Even though you would be far healthier on an all-animal diet, you are better off doing what you are doing that on the "typical" Western diet of junk.

(9) You are more alert with eggs in your diet. Exactly! Animal foods. Thank you.

(10) Robert Atkins did not die of a heart attack.

What do I see? I USED to think the way you do. I even tried being a vegan for about 6 months. But I gave it up because I did not look or feel healthy. Since then, I have read other opinions, and have reached the conclusion that writers of vegan books are dishonest in what they say about plant vs. animal food.

I will post some videos that show the science, as well as why so many think completely wrong about nutrition (hint: it has A LOT to do with the government).

I believe it is the

I believe it is the healthiest diet. Protein is mandatory but it is not something that you honestly need to worry about. Your body prioritizes protein and uses it the most efficiently. Proteins that you lose form muscle are recycled at a good rate. This is why people who go on 20 day water fasts lose mostly fat and not much muscle.. granted they don't do any serious exercise. There are clinics such as the True North Health Center where they put people on these fasts and they have quite remarkable results.

However lack of carbohydrates sends signals to your body to burn fat and then of course protein which is a slower, less efficient form of energy. you bypass that protein metabolism by eating carbohydrates and low protein diets with some fat but primarily clean energy from tubers and plants.

Also I would like to point out that fiber is essential for proper digestion. There are so many issues in colon health that its hard to have a good debate here on it. I can tell you my digestion is sooo much better when i stick to clean plant foods. Without the fiber your body has a harder time, through peristalsis, with moving food through your system. I fundamentally disagree with what you are saying. While some people may move fine on pure protein diets or pure fat diets, others suffer tremendously from those practices, like me because i've tried everything.

Also if you research John Mcdougal where he points out that people who are put on pure carbohydrate diets cure their diabetes virtually 100% of the time as well. It is true that great results (in terms of the presence of diabetes) came from Atkins but what do you expect when you eliminate carbohydrates from the diet? How can you get the same results from two different treatments? In this interview or debate mcdougal did with atkins mcdougal talks about experimental treatments where pure table sugar for a few days tremendously reduced diabetes in most patients. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBi2VABLNb0 , please listen to it if my statement here sparks interest. How can that be?

They give you the same results, but one results in poorer health long-term.

And fatty diets do promote diabetes. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110814141432.htm There is definitely a debate there.

And yes I said that amino acids cause irritation in the body. They are acids, they go into the blood stream and they are not all neutral ph at all. this promotes a more acidic environment in the interstitial fluids that feed cells, and it is true that amino acids are essential for healthy cells. An all animal diet is not on my bucket list, it isn't sustainable.

My diet is better exactly because of what you are saying. And I would be miserable on an all animal diet. been there done that, sorry =\

Hey Luna ...

... I am going to create a new thread that deals with what science actually says about nutrition versus what we are told by people who either do not bother to research the science or do but distort what the science actually says. To respond to your post here, I will say this:

(1) People on low fat diets do need to worry about getting enough protein. Yes, they can "survive" on relatively little, but that is not optimal health. It is just something to be watchful of for people on high-carb/low-fat diets. People on low-carb/high-fat diets do not need to worry about it because by definition they will eat plenty of protein (unless they were to eat exclusively butter, which nobody does).

(2) I don't know anything about water fasts, so I won't comment.

(3) The body will burn carbs (glucose) first and then fats (ketones) for energy. If you do not eat carbs, then it will just burn fat (ketones). It will not burn protein unless you are starving (as in, on the brink of death due to starvation).

(4) Tubers are not "clean energy." Potatoes are toxic unless cooked. Think about THAT.

(5) Fiber is not essential for digestion. It interferes with digestion, by definition. It is INDIGESTIBLE material. Animal foods liquify in the stomach and pass through the intestines within 1 hour, where the nutrient-dense liquid is absorbed through the intestinal walls. I can go several days without ANY bowel movement at all on an all-meat diet, and then it will be small, soft and easy. Absolutely NO problems with digestion on an all-meat diet. You obviously have never eaten an all-meat diet or you would realize how ridiculous it is to claim that such a diet causes any digestive problems at all. It might take a couple of days for the intestinal bacteria to adapt to the new diet, but then it is smooth sailing. MUCH better on all meat than all plants (and yes, I have tried both diets).

(6) Do not make the mistake of saying a "pure protein" or "pure fat" diet. That is hyperbole. There is no such thing. I am talking about a moderate protein/high fat/low or no carb diet (mine), compared to a low to moderate protein/low fat/high carb diet (yours). Do not use hyperbole or inaccurate statements to define our terms.

(7) John McDougall. Ah yes. I read his books and he is one of the guys I believed when I tried a vegan diet. Now that I have learned more, I consider McDougall to have stolen money from me when he sold me his books. He has NO IDEA what the research says. Even in the interview you posted, if you listen carefully, you can tell he has NO CLUE. He has NOT READ the actual studies he cites. It is obvious. He LIES. He takes things out-of-context, and he misrepresents.

I listened to the interview you posted. First, the person who posted that picture of Atkins is also a liar. That is a Photoshop, as Atkins was never 300 pounds+ in his life.

Second, McDougall made several statements that were false or red herrings or other logical fallacies, and Atkins called him on most of them. Including:

- McDougall claimed Atkins favored a "high protein diet." No, it is a "high fat diet." Big difference.

- McDougall cited a study that was of people who ALREADY WERE ILL WITH DIABETES, and then attempted to extrapolate that to the general healthy population. This is dishonest.

- McDougall cited another study where the researcher used a bogus method of the Glucose Tolerance Test (Atkins called him on it).

- McDougall cited another study of "high fat diet" BUT that diet was ALSO HIGH CARB, not LOW CARB. Therefore, it is IRRELEVANT to the discussion. Atkins called him on it.

- When McDougall got into the topic of ketosis and tried to imply that a diet where ketones are released must somehow be a diet that "simulates sickness," I had enough of his dishonesty. I did not listen to the rest of the interview. If you have something specific to talk about, let me know.

Regarding the sugar, it was with people who were (a) AREADY DIABETIC, and (b) EATING A HIGH-CARB, LOW-FAT DIET already. Nothing changed except an increase in carbs. I would have to know more about the study, but McDougall is very dishonest about the things he claims.

I once saw McDougall claim that Eskimos have an average life span of 27 years. I don't know what context, but if he means modern Eskimos, they also have a very high alcoholism and suicide rate. This has nothing to do with nutrition. If we look at the research done on them 100 years ago when they were eating their traditional diet (100% animal foods), they were extremely healthy and lived into their 90's if they did not die of blunt force trauma or starvation (not always easy living in the Arctic).

The other link you gave does not say what the diet was. Just "high fat" means nothing. Was it also high carbs? This is the type of BS that gets thrown around in the media because they need sensationalism to report.

(8) Finally, amino acids do not irritate the body. They are a necessary part of our cell structure. The PH level of the blood is NOT regulated by food and has nothing to do with food. That argument is complete horsesh&t.

You eat whatever you want, and I hope you are healthy. I will post a new thread on the science of nutrition because that will show you what the REAL SCIENCE says and why so many people have it wrong (it has a lot to do with big government).

All the best.

(3) The body will burn carbs

(3) The body will burn carbs (glucose) first and then fats (ketones) for energy. If you do not eat carbs, then it will just burn fat (ketones). It will not burn protein unless you are starving (as in, on the brink of death due to starvation).

Actually, ketones are a byproduct of fat metabolism. Meaning, when the rest of the body is using fat, the liver converts the fats into ketones, which is then also used as fuel. Burning fat and ketones is kind of like running a diesel + turbo.

Secondly, if the body cannot effectively burn fat for fuel, it will break down proteins into glucose and use it for fuel. You don't have to be in starvation, per se, you just have to be so metabolically broken not to be able to burn fat. The two consequences of not using fat for fuel is 1) storing it, and 2) using exclusively glucose.

The simple trick to effectively using fat as the primary fuel source is keeping insulin levels low.

Cognitive Dissonance

These two statements are antithetical to each other...

Your faith based concept:

I always wondered why people can't understand how a plant based diet is the healthiest, cleanest diet you can have.

Your real life observation:

Personally, I feel more alert and solid if i have eggs, preferably raw, in my diet.

BTW, eggs are mostly fat and cholesterol.

And this is how you resolve your dissonance:

Atkins is the opposite extreme, and he died from heart disease. I don't know? What do you see?

Atkins died of a head injury.

Atkins Died of Heart Attack

Diet controversies aside, Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack.

Bull crap. Atkins was walking to his office and slipped on ice

causing a concussion that killed him.

The belief that he died of a heart attack is just as much bull crap as the low fat, high carb diet.

Valuing freedom and natural selection, I say eat what you want and suffer the benefit or detriment for you clear thinking or foolishness. But at least be honest about the facts.

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/atkinsdiet/a/dratkinsdeath.htm

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

“Atkins is dead. I don't believe that bullshit [sidewalk slip]."

Many people don't believe the PR story that the Atkins company came up with.

"I don't believe that bullshit that he dropped dead slipping on a sidewalk, yeah right,” joked Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“I actually went to his house out in South Hampton,” said Bloomberg. “It was for a fundraiser about two years ago. It was for Pataki fundraiser, and I went. The guy was fat -- a big guy — but heavy and the food was inedible. I took one appetizer and spit it out in the napkin. It was just terrible.”

As you can imagine, the people who work for Atkins' company aren't too happy.

Rest of story, here: http://www.ny1.com/content/news/36596/mayor-bloomberg-weighs...

Believe it or not, I was on

Believe it or not, I was on the Atkins site, almost daily, around then, and I knew as soon as he fell. He hit his head. He was rushed to the hospital. I was there as it was all unfolding, and I think its all true.
Also, I may add the fact that on his diet (which pretty much exempted eating grains, BTW) I felt better than I ever have, since. Also lost a ton of weight. I stayed pretty true to it for 9 months. Then, I lost it. It;s sad. If someone asked me what my favorite food is, I would have to say frosted cake donuts..sigh.

Well

If that is true, I wonder if he had practiced a clean, healthy, plant based diet. Would he not have suffered the same reaction to his injury?

If that is true, I wonder if

If that is true, I wonder if he had practiced a clean, healthy, plant based diet. Would he not have suffered the same reaction to his injury?

You can always get a medically approved 2x4 and test on yourself...

Fell B/C of Heart Attack

The initial reports that came out when he died was, "he died from a heart attack." Immediately after, his critics started attacking the Atkins Diet for its high cholesterol, low carbohydrate meals.

His company released statements shortly after refuting the cause of death. They said that he didn't suffer a heart attack; rather, he hit his head on the ice and died from a head injury.

Then, the controversy morphed into he had a heart attack, which caused him to fall on the ice, hit his head and die.

Mayor Bloomberg's Medical Examiner's Office "accidentally" released the causes of death, which later became public information: it said the cause of death was from hitting his head on ice. However, it didn't say whether he had a heart attack prior. The controversy continues...

There wouldn't be so much controversy over his death had his widow and the company been transparent about the cause of death and his medical history. But why would they? If he died of a heart attack, how does that play out in a PR campaign? Where does that leave the company financially? I mean, Atkins having a heart attack is the exclamation point on your critics' argument.

We know that he suffered numerous heart attacks and was overweight, though his widow denies it.

To be perfectly candid, I don't care what you or anybody eats. Eat what you like. Eat what you don't like. It's irrelevant to me. Eating vast amounts of saturated fats clogs arteries; on the other hand (to Atkins' credit) carbohydrates makes you gain weight.

Personally, I follow the advice of the ancient Greeks: everything in moderation.

Intima-Media Thickness Test

If you're worried about heart disease, get a intima-media thickness test done. No need to speculate on how someone else may have died.

When the doctor saw the results, which we discussed, he told me that he could guarantee two things: (1) I would die; and (2) but not of heart disease.

Robert Atkins did not die of a heart attack ...

... "On April 8, 2003, at age 72, Dr. Atkins slipped on the ice while walking to work, hitting his head and causing bleeding around his brain. He lost consciousness on the way to the hospital, where he spent two weeks in intensive care. His body deteriorated rapidly and he suffered massive organ failure. During this time, his body apparently retained an enormous amount of fluid, and his weight at death was recorded at 258 pounds. His death certificate states that the cause of death was 'blunt impact injury of head with epidural hematoma'."

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/atkinsdiet/a/dratkinsdeath.htm

"Robert Atkins, the weight-loss guru who put steak back on the nation's menu, died Thursday in New York from head injuries he suffered last week in a fall. He was 72."

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2003-04-17-atkins...