I just watched part of a TV program titled Brain Change on the local public TV station and while I only had the chance to watch 10 minutes, in that 10 minutes I learned 2 very important things that may be life savers for you:
Turn Off Your Chances for Switching on Undesired Genes
1) The doc explained how neurogenesis (new neuron growth) can totally modify your genetic predisposition and prevent the switches from turning on. We now know that we grow new neurons all through our lives so even at age 90 we still are able to grow new neurons! That means that any genetic condition that is in your family, you have the chance to modify as long as you know how to do it. Many of these genetic predispositions are highly possible to measurably change: diabetes 2, high BP, things like that. We are already able to reverse much of these kinds of conditions in the migraine group with the use of the Stanton Migraine Protocol so I suspect that if we get our children to eat/drink the “right way,” given that they have a 50% chance of inheriting genetic factors of predisposition from either parent, we may change their future “history” in terms of the diseases they will deal with if we give them what they need rather than what they want from an early life on.
Good Fats Are Really Good For You!
2) The second thing he mentioned was very interesting and true; I never thought about it in connection to anything: the brain is 70% fat. Thus low-fat foods are harmful for the brain. This is similar to the body, salt and water: over 70% of our body is salt water so not replenishing salt and water is harmful, as we found out in the migraine group. The replacement needs to be in the ratio that retains this brine at over 70% all the time. Brain fat is an interesting thought especially since we know that low-fat foods are higher in sugar as well, so while we already are avoiding sugar, we also really need to avoid low-fat.
We may find mental ability enhancement, and even dementia reduction, in those of us who move on to regular fat foods and even increase good fats–we are not talking about going out and eating pork and beef fat all day long but we are indeed talking about milk fat, butter, avocados, etc. Whether cholesterol is good or bad has already been debated for a few years since a longitudinal study (30 years and ongoing) of a senior center population showed that those who have higher than “normal” cholesterol and higher than “normal” BP in their senior years actually live longer and have healthier lives (According to AARP senior is at 50+). That study also disproved the theory of the white plaque connection to dementia… So far in the history of human science that particular study is the most valuable one since the same people who are being studied for life from the moment they enter the senior home, also volunteer their brain for research. They are examined twice a year so that the researchers and doctors can see what is what in life versus after death!
They found that some people who showed dementia in life had absolutely no white plaques (but they had thousands of mini strokes) and those who had a ton of white plaque actually had no dementia while alive at all–this shows that white plaque is not connected to dementia and all studies that base their research findings on that are wrong. They disproved a lot of scientifically mismanaged information so far and I am eagerly awaiting further results. The study is done by UCI if anyone is interested to follow.
For us it means that we need to work hard on changing our genetic predispositions that we can: stop eating sugar and sugar substitutes in every shape and form (discontinue the predisposition to metabolic syndrome of any kind) and start eating whole foods with fat and cholesterol (do not trash the egg yolk but eat the whole egg) as they naturally come. In other words, enjoy what your body can digest well without pain at full flavor!
Comments and questions are always welcome!