Connecting the dots: FOOD . Obesity . Diabetes . Alzheimer’s!

Mark Bittman. Is Alzheimer’s “Type 3 Diabetes”? New York Times

In Mark’s 9-25-12 article (See link below), he hit the nail on the head when he said, “The idea that Alzheimer’s might be Type 3 diabetes has been around since 2005, but the connection between poor diet and Alzheimer’s is becoming more convincing.”

Mark Bittman, New York Times

Amen to that news. Once again, Mark distinguishes himself as the ONLY mainstream journalist out there who continues to share the deadly news about our many food-driven, non-communicable diseases. As for connecting the dots, here’s what he had to say:

Let’s connect the dots: We know that the American diet is a fast track not only to obesity but to Type 2 diabetes and other preventable, non-communicable diseases, which now account for more deaths worldwide than all other causes combined.

We also already know that people with diabetes are at least twice as likely to get Alzheimer’s, and that obesity alone increases the risk of impaired brain function.

He went on to say that roughly one third of all Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic and commented that those conditions are treatable but incurable. On that point I would disagree and so would all five of the pioneering medical doctors (in our book) who’ve been reversing (curing) type 2 diabetes for many decades—with nothing but a simple shift to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Here’s what one of them had to say on the cover of our book:

“What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing our diet and lifestyle. This book shows you how.”

—DEAN ORNISH, MD, Founder, Preventive Medicine Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; and author of The Spectrum and Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease

I’ll bet you fifty bucks you won’t find out exactly what you need to do to prevent this horrible disease on their website. They will no doubt recommend the same disease-promoting “lean meat and low-fat dairy” garbage that you’ll hear from the ACS, AHA and the ADA.

I am not sure why Mark continues to call these diseases incurable. Certainly, we don’t hear much about that fact from mainstream medicine; they prefer to talk about spending money “managing” your diseases with drugs, surgery and other expensive and invasive means.

But the reality is that you can simply get rid of those diseases in 95% of the cases. Esselstyn, Furhman, Barnard, McDougall AND Ornish all agree on that.

Aside from that one point, Mark’s article is brilliant. It is somewhat of a primer on what Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are all about and the staggering prediction of a great many more cases of Type 3 diabetes (Alzheimer’s) as our baby boomers approach their 70s and 80s. He writes:

If the rate of Alzheimer’s rises in lockstep with Type 2 diabetes, which has nearly tripled in the United States in the last 40 years, we will shortly see a devastatingly high percentage of our population with not only failing bodies but brains.

Even for the lucky ones this is terrible news, because 5.4 million Americans (nearly 2 percent, for those keeping score at home) have the disease, the care for which — along with other dementias — will cost around $200 billion this year.

The link between diet and dementia negates our notion of Alzheimer’s as a condition that befalls us by chance. Adopting a sane diet, a diet contrary to the standard American diet (which I like to refer to as SAD), would appear to give you a far better shot at avoiding diabetes in all of its forms, along with its dreaded complications.

Dr. Neal Barnard wrote an entire book about reversing diabetes—and it’s nothing new.

For your convenience, I have provided the source article along withe a few of my earlier blogs on diabetes and Alzheimer’s:

Sane Diet? As for Mark’s recommendation of a “sane” diet, provided here is exactly what that means. Quite simply, try to get the vast majority of your calories from whole, plant-based foods. Find out how to do that in this handy kit:

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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2 Responses to Connecting the dots: FOOD . Obesity . Diabetes . Alzheimer’s!

  1. Greg says:

    I tend to subscribe to the notion that there’s really only one chronic disease caused by malnutrition (caused by the SAD) and toxicity (bathing your cells in an acidic environment – once again caused by the SAD). The medical community chooses to “specialize”, much of it profit driven. Your body is either in a general state of health or one of disease.

  2. Thank you for stating clearly and loudly that so many of these diseases are curable. I think this is the most important motivator for someone who is teetering between making change or not. This HOPE, I would think, can FEED lifestyle change. But because so few people realize how reversibility is possible, fatalistic habits are reinforced. My father was fed statins for ten years with no hope; after three months of a plant-based diet we gave the statins back to his doctor and his insides now spend their time doing what they should be doing – fully ingesting, exporting waste, combating toxins, nourishing his body – instead of repeatedly boxing with new toxins, collecting plaque and forming inflammations. He is reversing his disease with food. (And this Type 3 D thing is horrifying.)

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