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Old 12-01-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Alzheimers..a new approach.

Many of us have had our lives affected by the horrors of Alzheimers. It runs in my family and we all fear it.
This is a very interesting new approach having partly to do with eliminating simple carbohydrates from the diet. It sounds promising..

UCLA study: Non-drug treatment may reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's patients | abc7news.com
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:57 PM   #2
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Interesting article, thanks. I wonder if folks generally understand the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates?
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My MIL suffered for many, many years and ultimately passed from the effects of Alzheimer. Sadly, I never got to know her, she was diagnosed in her late 40's.

In the UCLA protocol, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes. They avoided simple carbs, gluten and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil.

These are all steps that I have been a advocate of with my husband without even knowing any of this... he doesn't want to take the test that they have now to detect the disease even though we know that men can get it as well.
AND how many times can we say EAT MORE FISH!!! When we lived in Hawaii we ate fish at least 3 times in a week, now, I'm lucky if I can get some frozen Cod or Salmon in to him once a week...
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:50 PM   #4
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Thank you for posting this informative article, Kay. It sounds like a hopeful strategy to help combat this horrible disease. I've already been taking B12, D3 and fish oil for years, but I know I should cut back on the carbs.
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Interesting article, thanks. I wonder if folks generally understand the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates?
You're right Beth. A simple explanation of simple carbs to be avoided is anything white or refined. Even bees refine honey for example.
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Very interesting, Kayelle. It's both scary and hopeful. Now to put away that bread - so hard for the daughter of a bread man to do.
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Remember two things: first, this is a tiny study with only ten participants. That could be the margin for error in a larger study. It needs to be repeated and confirmed before people make major changes based on it.

Second, this treatment says it reverses some effects of Alzheimer's. That's not the same as saying it prevents it and the study doesn't show that doing the opposite causes Alzheimer's.

Wheat bread and rice have been primary foods for large populations for millennia without causing brain disease.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:10 AM   #8
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Remember two things: first, this is a tiny study with only ten participants. That could be the margin for error in a larger study. It needs to be repeated and confirmed before people make major changes based on it.

Second, this treatment says it reverses some effects of Alzheimer's. That's not the same as saying it prevents it and the study doesn't show that doing the opposite causes Alzheimer's.

Wheat bread and rice have been primary foods for large populations for millennia without causing brain disease.
You're absolutely right GG.

On the other hand, after keeping up with the pitiful "progress" since my Dad died of this in the '80's, it gives some real hope for early reversal beyond pharmaceuticals.
There certainly would be no harm in keeping the recommended healthy practices a life style. Food for thought at any rate.
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Very interesting, Kayelle. It's both scary and hopeful. Now to put away that bread - so hard for the daughter of a bread man to do.
Somewhere along the line I developed an aversion to white bread. And I don't know why. Like most I grew up on Wonder bread and Italian bread. But when I joined the world of working mothers, I would order a sandwich on whole wheat bread. It just added flavor to the whole sandwich.

Today at the beginning of each month, I buy two loaves. One whole wheat and the other oatmeal. One goes into the freezer. I had a half of sandwich of the whole wheat. And two pieces of the oatmeal toasted. I am not sure how it happened, I just grew away from bread. And I find I am doing the same with the pasta. I think it is just my body sending me messages. And I seem to be listening.

But I have noticed that Pirate also is moving away from the white bread. He buys one loaf of artisans bread and is beginning to turn more to the wheat and oatmeal loaves.

So CG, try buying a loaf of whole wheat bread for every other loaf. Experiment with others such as rye or oatmeal. Get a loaf of swirl rye. One of the benefits of buying flavored bread, is that there are fewer slices in a loaf. Fewer calories. More flavor.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:56 AM   #10
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Addie, where did I use the word "white" in my post? I said "bread". I rarely buy white, and never the standard Wonder Bread (Dad would roll over in his grave - he sold Ward's Tip-Top) or other "sponge bread". I buy Panera bread often, and also whole-grain types from Market Basket. Whole wheat, multi-grain, rye, and oatmeal ARE the norm in our house. Have been for ages. Since the weather is now getting cold, I might even get back to making home-made bread (finally). The no-knead, slow-rise bread just might be what I need to give me a push. I don't mind running the oven when it's heating season - would rather not turn on the oven during the summer.
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