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  • Your Alzheimer’s Prevention Program – Start Today!

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. It’s relatively straightforward – the best time to do something about fending off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is well before you start to experience warning signs of cognitive decline. As has been well-documented on this blog before, inflammation in your 20s, 30s, 40s…really, at any stage in life, has been associated with increasing your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a disease for which there is no cure. As we’ve been preparing and launching our docuseries on Alzheimer’s, Alzheimer’s: The Science of Prevention, I’ve been reminded of the importance of this, and the relationship between Alzheimer’s and inflammation, thanks to the information shared by the experts taking part in this series. So today I want to review some recent science that shows just how powerful that relationship has been revealed to be. The post Your Read More

  • Announcing Brain Wash

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Look around and ask yourself, could things be better? We believe the answer is a resounding yes. And this is our ultimate goal in bringing out our new book, Brain Wash. Brain Wash is a functional roadmap for understanding how so much of what characterizes our modern world influences our brains and, most importantly, our decision-making. From our modern diets to our lack of restorative sleep to our virtual addiction to our digital experiences, the trappings of modern times actually conspire to keep us unfulfilled, impulsive, and self-centered. Brain Wash begins by bringing these powerful influences into stark reality. We present a framework for appreciating the negative impact of these exposures, and then provide a set of practical interventions for reclaiming our brains and improving our physical and mental health.  We’re all taking part in Read More

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Petteri Lahtela

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Last February, my wife and I were attending a health-related symposium and noted that many of the speakers were wearing an OURA ring. We learned that the OURA ring was one of the latest entries in the field of wearable technology. What was most intriguing for us was how many of our friends described the insights they were gaining in terms of the length and quality of their sleep. So we decided to buy a couple of these and learn, firsthand, what all the excitement was about. Our level of understanding of not only our day-to-day activities, but, perhaps more importantly, the characteristics of our sleep experience, was not only revealing but powerfully empowering. Understanding the influence of our day-to-day lifestyle choices on the quality of our sleep is of incalculable value. Restorative Read More

  • How to Lower Risk for Brain Amyloid

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. It is well-documented that the accumulation of the beta-amyloid protein in the brain is correlated with Alzheimer’s disease. Ongoing research seeks to understand how, and at what stage of Alzheimer’s, beta-amyloid proteins influence the disease. What we can be certain of is that reducing levels of beta-amyloid accumulation, and preventing accumulation in the first place, is something we should be striving for in the pursuit of optimal brain health. Doing so means understanding what causes beta-amyloid accumulation in the first place. A study in the journal Nature looked at one specific factor, insulin resistance, to understand its role, and also considered it in the context of whether or not the research subject was a carrier of the APOE4 gene. The results are illuminating with regard to what they tell us about the significance Read More

  • Nutritional Training for MDs? Yes!

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Nutritional education for medical doctors is rudimentary at best. This reality is difficult to embrace as we recognize the incredibly powerful role that nutrition plays in human health. Recently, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, this failure of medical education was called out, along with some very meaningful recommendations for how we can improve medical education moving forward. The post Nutritional Training for MDs? Yes! appeared first on David Perlmutter M.D.. Source

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Dr. Kelly Brogan

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. This episode of The Empowering Neurologist reviews the new book, Own Your Self by Dr. Kelly Brogan. Dr. Brogan is a holistic health psychiatrist, author of the New York Times bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and the children’s book, A Time for Rain, and is co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Systems Neuroscience. She is board-certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is a certified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher and a mother of two. What we explore today runs very much counter to how mood disorders, like depression and anxiety, are looked upon in America. Though we are often Read More

  • Neurogenesis & Alzheimer’s: A Correlation?

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. If you’ve been following me for some time, you know that one area of brain health we talk about in relationship to Alzheimer’s, quite frequently, is neurogenesis. Otherwise known as the ability to grow new brain cells, neurogenesis is an incredibly powerful ability we retain as humans, especially as it relates to neurogenesis in the hippocampus. For some time, we have talked about the potential link between neurogenesis, or the lack thereof, and risk for Alzheimer’s disease, but there has been little scientific literature on which to further explore this possibility. Until now. A critically important new study looks at rates of neurogenesis and markers for Alzheimer’s disease, and sheds some light on this relationship. Let’s explore. The post Neurogenesis & Alzheimer’s: A Correlation? appeared first on David Perlmutter M.D.. Source

  • The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Prof. Tim Noakes

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Prof. Tim Noakes is one of my all-time heroes. As many of you may know, Prof. Noakes, a South African physician, was brought before a professional council for his advocacy of a lower carbohydrate diet. Ultimately he was fully exonerated, defending his position with reference to recommending higher fat consumption while reducing carbohydrates, as documented in the movie The Magic Pill, which focuses not only on the importance of reducing refined carbohydrates for weight loss, but also how diets higher in these carbohydrates are threatening to our health and pave the way for disease. I will say that our interview explore other areas of his career which are certainly quite interesting, including his experiences with a swimmer in both the Arctic and Antarctic. What an enjoyable interview this is. The post The Empowering Read More

  • How Belly Fat Threatens the Brain

    Body fat. Even the phrase can be scary. But for the purposes of today’s video, we need to change the way we talk about body fat. Body fat is more than a storage depot of calories for the winter. In fact, body fat is a powerful source of chemical factors that can cause inflammation in the body. When we remember that inflammation can act as a harbinger of chronic diseases, like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, it shed a light on why it is so crucially important for us to think about body fat beyond just mass and energy. In today’s video, I want to examine a study, recently published in Neurology, that looks at body fat, it’s place in the body, and what that means for the health of the brain. Source

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