1. Alzheimer’s Can Start in Your Twenties?! Or Not.

    I read something fascinating this week in one of Dr Mercola’s blogs that beautifully pulls together concepts of several of my blogs. "Your brain and gut developed from the same type of tissue when you were a fetus!" This little factoid demonstrates yet another way of how your gut and brain are truly, and intimately, connected. Additionally, the nervous systems of your brain and gut are connected…Read More

  2. Hidden Sugar: Where You Least Expect It!

    Sugar - Hidden in Carbohydrates  Some nutritional concepts and terminology can be confusing if you’re not familiar with how food works in the body. Take “carbohydrates”, for example. Carbohydrates are composed of sugar molecules. As you chew, an enzyme in your mouth (salivary amylase) immediately starts to break down the carbohydrate molecules into simpler sugars containing 2 sugar molecule…Read More

  3. Big Tobacco & Big Food – Shocking Similarities!

    Tobacco, oh wait…Sugar is addictive; 8 times more than cocaine. Both animal and human studies have documented that the brain responds similarly to sugar as it does to morphine, alcohol, and nicotine. Additionally, increased amounts of added sugar in your diet are directly related to obesity, which is now a global problem. In 2004, obesity surpassed hunger as the chief nutrition problem worldwide…Read More

  4. Your Brain On Sugars – Not So Sweet.

    “Added” or “free” sugar is the sugar in your diet that is NOT from fruits and vegetables but instead is found in processed foods and drinks as well as sugar products (eg, sugar, honey, syrup, agave, corn syrup, molasses, etc). It has been associated with extra weight, obesity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and dental caries…to name only a few. Obesity, high blood pressure, and coronary…Read More

  5. Top 3 Funniest Study Titles This Week

    Ok, I figured it's time for a light-hearted blog. So every week, I scan the titles of at least 100 or so clinical studies looking for something that piques my curiosity or that I think you might find interesting. The complexity of medical terminology used to describe otherwise simple concepts really makes me chuckle sometimes. So I thought I would share a few with you today. Here they are (with my…Read More

  6. “Diabetes” of the Brain

    So, this blog takes on a bit more of a personal tone as I explore the associations between genes, nutrition, and brain health. I dedicate it to my family, as well as my friends and other families whose lives are touched by someone they love who is experiencing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or any one of a number of other neurodegenerative disorders. The Diagnosis of an Unhealthy Brain Approximatel…Read More

  7. Expert Diet Advice: “Disease Proof”

    Continuing on the exploratory path of expert diet advice, today’s blog is a synopsis of the book Disease-Proof. Although many of the foundational aspects of a “healthy diet” are similar in many of the expert-written books I’m reviewing (listed below), some of the differences can leave you stumped as to what you should (really) eat...or not. Slim by Design Disease Proof The Mediterranean Zo…Read More

  8. How Unhealthy Food Causes Disease

    I love to understand how stuff works, and I was reading a really interesting clinical review (Cao, 2014) the other day that explained at a cellular level how unhealthy food can cause chronic disease. It was fascinating! The Assembly Line A particular organelle (endoplasmic reticulum) in your cells uses a template of your genes to make proteins in an “assembly line” fashion. These proteins, onc…Read More