- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (15 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603587098
- ISBN-13: 978-1603587099
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Customer Reviews: 129 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Alzheimer's Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline Paperback – 15 March 2017
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Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She is a US Air Force veteran who now specializes in using low-carbohydrate nutrition to help people reclaim their vitality through eating delicious, wholesome foods, and teaching them that achieving vibrant health doesn't require starvation, deprivation, or living at the gym. Her motto is, "Real people need real food!" You can read her blog at www.tuitnutrition.com, where she writes about a wide range of health and nutrition-related topics, such as insulin, metabolism, weight loss, thyroid function, and more.
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The content isn't tailored perfectly to any one of these. Medical practitioners and academics might appreciate the science, but want a more concise document. Carers might appreciate the way the book describes matters a number of times from slightly different points of view, but (initially) care less about the scientific details. I haven't marked it down for this. It is easy to skip things that are not (currently) of interest, but much harder to cater for things that are not in the book at all.
It would be useful if this book were required reading by medical practitioners and dietitians. Doctors and nurses would be better equipped to suggest interventions rather than "get your affairs in order". Dietitians would appreciate the power and safety of the ketogenic diet, which many of them don't understand at the moment.
A book on this topic published in 10 years time will be significantly more advanced. For example, it will include material about the influence of the microbiome, (gut bacteria). But most of the target audience don't have the luxury of waiting even 5 years. They need to act NOW, but with reasonable confidence that they are not wasting time (or making things worse) with "fads". The included and cited scientific material (more than 30 pages of citations) shows that this is not based on "fads", and there is also a substantial amount of practical advice, far more than simply food/diet. Sleep, stress, exercise, etc, are all covered.
I am in the category "people at risk of getting Alzheimer's disease", and I am taking this book very seriously indeed. Hence the 5 stars.
As a professional working with both people struggling with the onset of this disease and their family members, I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It will be invaluable to people who are struggling with this insidious disease, and for their loved ones as they care for them.
I would also recommend this book to every medical practitioner on the planet.
This book also provides hope for those who wish to prevent developing this disease in later life.
Written in layman's terms, this book explores the difficult concepts around how Alzheimer's Disease (AD) begins, and what happens inside the brain when AD strikes. In not only covers AD, but also diabetes, insulin resistance and cholesterol issues.
Amy explores in detail how eating a low carb and high fat diet can stop this disease in it's tracks, and in some cases, even reverse some symptoms in some people. This scientific exploration of how our body is fueled and where we have gone wrong with dietary recommendations in the past is both eye-opening and exciting as Amy shows us how to change our future, our health and the health of both ourselves and our families.
On my coffee table at home, and on my desk at work, this is a book I recommend to all my clients, and to all my friends.
This book offers a road map to aging healthfully with our mental faculties intact! I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
I am not sure of its value:
Do you want to be convinced that a Ketogenic diet (low carbs, high fat) the solution? I would rather get a book purely on Alzheimer causes to be able to get a better understanding of the disease. I find that I cannot truly trust this book as it is focused on pointing to Ketogenic diet as the solution; it is too easy to select supporting material to fit this purpose. I would rather get an objective overall understanding of the disease. (I will be looking at Alzheimer's Disease Decoded... by Ronald Sahyounior, which has some good reviews)
If you already know you want to go to a Keto diet then you need material (internet or a book) that will allow you to plan your caloric intake requirements and meal plan, this one does not. This book is about why and food, not actual dietary requirements. You should also read blogs or articles about the diet, its impacts and sustainability.
The 80 pages or so of logic pointing to Keto in a nutshell is simple: naturally occurring plaque in the brain reduces cell function – natural clearing of plaque is done by enzyme - enzyme first focuses on clearing insulin - if too much insulin, enzyme cannot clear enough plaque. Conclusion: reduce insulin so enzyme can clear plaque: carbs cause insulin - eliminate carbs. Your body needs energy so replace carbs by fat. Note that others suggest that plaque formation can be reduced by diet where this book talks about eliminating plaque. I imagine that is why other diets, such as MIND let you dring wind (for antioxidants) where this one does not because of sugars and resulting insuline; you would wonder if you would rather prevent the creation of plaque or improve its removal... something to look into, research and time will tell.
I am no expert but my personal opinion is that the Ketogenic diet lacks an overall consideration of other health requirements and is focused on insulin reduction. Our bodies have a lot more parts than a brain, you need to think about impacts of cutting food and nutrients, replacing them with vitamins, and impacts of the diet itself on these other parts of the body.
Although the book lists possible effects of diet on your body and solutions, it suggests 'dive in' as a transition to the diet. I believe that doing such a drastic change would be unhealthy and a strain. Drastic is rarely a good approach for anything, especially for health, read blogs on people and keto to help you implement it. Of course if you have the disease then I can understand the approach and the need for extremes, hopefully you are planning for prevention.
This has nothing to do with the book but about Keto. I believe moderation and balance is best. There are other low carb diets that consider wider health requirements than purely focusing on insulin reduction, an example is the MIND diet, it may be good enough and more rounded.
Look at it this way. if a scale of 1 to 10 represents diets where 1 is fueling your body on fat (Keto) and 10 is extreme carbs (leading to obesity among other problems), it’s realistic to say that the majority of North Americans situate themselves between 7 and 10. Do you really need to go to 1 (and would you even think of 'diving in'!!!) or does aiming for a 3 sounds pretty damn good. Once at 3 you can look into going to 1 if you want to.