Now the sixth leading cause of death in the USA — apparently preventable
Let me begin by introducing a colleague who has just launched a brand new website that focuses exclusively on nutrition. Dr. Greger has committed to providing a new video every single day for the first full year — and he’s got over 300 days to go. His most recent video is all about Alzheimer’s. From his website:
Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Yesterday, his post on Alzheimer’s caught my eye on VegSource.com. Like me, he is a featured blogger on that terrific site. His article began by announcing that September is Alzheimer’s Month, in recognition of the five million Americans who are stricken with the devastating disease. As he said in the post:
We’ve known for almost 20 years that compared to long-time vegetarians, those eating meat (including poultry and fish) appear to have three times the risk of developing dementia. Since studies show “even moderately elevated cholesterol increased dementia risk,” the cognitive impairment more often seen in those eating meat may be due to atherosclerotic plaque building in the brain’s blood vessels, which can cause micro-infarctions or “ministrokes” that can kill off little parts of the brain the way clogged coronary arteries can kill off parts of the heart during a heart attack.
Later in the post, he made a point that sounded almost like he was talking about our 4Leaf Program, saying that “New evidence suggests that simply avoiding animal products may be only part of the puzzle. Maybe it’s not just what vegetarians don’t eat, but what they do eat, including the phytonutrients found in plant-based diets have been shown to have a wide range of beneficial effects.”
As Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn stated in the Forks Over Knives movie, “If everyone shifted to a whole foods, plant-based diet, the cost of health care in the United States would be slashed by up to 80%.” Want to save a quick two trillion dollars? Eat more whole plants.
We’ve been eating the wrong food for so long, we’ve lost sight of the magic of nature that can occur when we simply eat the natural diet for our species — the diet that Nature intended for us to eat. We now know that heart disease and type 2 diabetes can be reversed in over 90% of the cases; maybe there’s great hope for the victims of cancer and Alzheimer’s as well.
Learn more about treating Alzheimer’s from Dr. Greger’s short video:
I encourage you to visit his website, take a look around and then click on the Video tab, where you will find lots of great videos. Everything is very well organized and all the videos can be searched by topic, rating, etc. You will want to bookmark this site, as it will likely become a routine source of well-referenced information on a great number of nutritional topics. Visit NutritionFacts.org. In case you’re wondering about the funding for this great new website:
The Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation was established in Toronto, Canada in the year 2000 by Jesse Rasch. Among the objectives of the Foundation is the funding of research into the role of health and nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease and to ensure that the research results are appropriately disseminated to the medical profession. The Foundation is also striving to educate the public on the enormous role that health and nutrition play in disease prevention.
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- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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Alzheimer’s was first described after the autopsy (in 1907) of a woman discovered to have the symptoms of the disease as we know them in 1901. Senile dementia had been known for a long time before that. But now it seems a lot more common than it once was, mostly because safe water supplies, vaccines, antibiotics, and medical care have extended life spans. We also know that a lot of senile dementia is associated with vascular issues in the brain (http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/33/4/1152.full), and the cell death in Alzheimer’s may start in cells closest to malfunctioning blood vessels. Alzheimer’s is associated with hypertension and diabetes. Who knows what would happen if we all ate a 4-leaf diet? Maybe we really could save those 2 trillion dollars.
Strange how Alzheimer’s appeared around 1980, or I wonder was that just when they recognized it as a specific disease. I think when I was growing up what we now call dementia was called “hardening of the arteries” which never made a great deal of sense to me, but then we know a lot more about many things now than we did then, and actually it is linked to vascular disease. There seems to be a division between Alzheimer’s and garden variety dementia, or at least that is what I have been led to believe. My parents both had dementia. It killed my father at 95, but congestive heart failure caused Mom’s death at 93. Not as if they didn’t live long lives but the last 10 years of their lives were not of very good quality. Thanks for the good post. I have bookmarked Nutrition Facts.org, listened to a couple of the videos, and will check it out more later.