April 25, 2015

Metabolic Theory of Cancer: Video Lesson!





Since I've fallen behind in churning out new posts in the cancer series on this blog, I wanted to share a little something with you to whet your appetite for more, and to remind you of all the amazing things we've covered so far. (I’ll get back to posting once I’ve written a few and have them in the hopper, ready to go, but I hope you’ll agree that finishing my Alzheimer’s book constitutes a “good cause” for having put things on hold.) 

I have quoted a ton from the work of Thomas Seyfried, PhD, and his colleagues & students. Here, you’ll get to see the man, himself, in action. If you’ve followed along in the series so far, you will be able to understand it all. In fact, you’ll know even more details than Dr. Seyfried goes into here. He only had 55 minutes, after all, and he wasn’t speaking to a room of molecular biologists or biochemists, so he kept things pretty general.  

Still, he managed to cover a lot of ground in less than an hour. He touches on the following, which you are now familiar with:

April 22, 2015

Thoughts on the Brain Fair (Rant Warning!)







Greetings, Earthlings!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, on April 18th I had a table at the American Academy of Neurology’s Brain Health Fair, which was part of their annual convention. The event was free and open to the public, and as far as I could tell, it was mostly the public that came through the exhibit hall, since I didn’t get any doctors sidling up to my little corner of this shindig. (None that I know of, anyway.) My presence at this thing coincided with the launch of my e-book on Alzheimer’s disease. I am pleased to report that I had people coming up to me all day. People were very interested in hearing about the influence of food and nutrition on brain health. I don’t expect a lot of book sales to come from it, but I think I’ll be hearing from a few new clients. (And I made an Indian woman very happy when I told her it was okay to eat ghee again!)

There were some encouraging moments, and I think I dropped more than a few “knowledge bombs,” as Sean Croxton likes to say. But there were many discouraging moments, too. In fact, my main feeling on the event can be summed up in two words:

Holy, and crap.

April 20, 2015

Label Madness Monday: This is Nuts!





Welcome to the latest installment in our ongoing series of food label exposés! (It’s dirty work, but somebody’s gotta do it.)

On the menu today: dry roasted peanuts.

Sounds simple enough, right? Dry. Roasted. Peanuts. To me, this means two things: peanuts, and a heat source. (The “dry roasting” implies, at least to me, that no oil is added. You’ll sometimes see “peanuts and peanut oil” or “peanuts and cottonseed and/or canola and/or peanut oil” in the ingredient list of roasted peanuts that are not “dry” roasted.)

Okay, here goes.

April 15, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT!!





It’s a boy!

It’s a girl!

It’s a book!

I did it! The e-book I’ve been dropping hints about is finally finished and available for sale! Go check it out:

The Alzheimer’s Antidote: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Lifestyle Strategy to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline.

I apologize for hawking my wares here, but I’ve got to get the word out, right? Just be thankful I am completely clueless about web design, otherwise you’d have annoying things popping up right in your face the minute my site loads, as you might be familiar with from other sites you frequent.

And since I am the least tech-savvy person alive, before I even tell you anything about the book, I would like to express my deepest and sincerest thanks to Ms. Ellen Davis, for her untiring support and encouragement on this project … and, oh, yeah, by the way, she did all the design and layout. I am not kidding when I say this book wouldn’t exist without her. I sent her all my writing in MS Word, sent all the images I either created or purchased (from iStock Photo, in case anyone’s curious), and she magically transformed them into the e-book that is going to change the way people think about Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment. Ellen is not just a great designer, however. She is the mastermind behind the Ketogenic Diet Resource, the single best blow-your-mind, one-stop-shop I know of for information on low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets. (She also happens to have a master’s in nutrition, and is the author of the fantastic, amazing book, Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet. Her most recent project was a collaboration with Keith Runyan, MD, on Conquer Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet.)

Okay. Now that we’re done with the preliminaries, let’s get down to business!

April 13, 2015

Label Madness Monday: It's So Simple...




It’s time for another round of food label smackdown, folks!

If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for the next post in the cancer series, get a bigger seat and scoot back for a bit. I’ve been working on a big project and am falling a little behind on those cancer deep-dives. But fear not; I definitely haven’t forgotten about them and there will be more...eventually. In the meantime, let’s take a look at something as “simple” as the vegetable oil spreads that have been masquerading as butter for the past few decades.

First up: “Deliciously Simple,” by the food chemists who bring you I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® (The company employing these food chemists is Unilever, the same company that brings you all these other non-foods and edible food-like products.

Let’s see just how “simple” this product is:

April 7, 2015

Meet Me In Person April 18th!





Do you live near the DC area?

Come meet me in person at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, April 18. I will have a booth at the American Academy of Neurology’s Brain Health Fair. The event is free and open to the public, and organizations across the wide discipline of neurology will be represented there. To show you just a few of the groups that will be there, exhibitors include:

  • Alzheimer's Foundation of America
  • Autism Speaks
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
  • National Parkinson Foundation
  • The ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter
  • American Heart / American Stroke Association
  • Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area
  • National Ataxia Foundation
  • National Institue of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
  • Epilepsy Foundation


…and Tuit Nutrition, LLC. (HA!!)