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The Alzheimer's Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline Paperback – March 24, 2017
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"If you or someone you know suffers from Alzheimer’s, I highly recommend this book."―Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author
"An important and informative text . . . an excellent book."―Dr. David Perlmutter, New York Times bestselling author
A revolutionary multi-pronged nutrition and lifestyle intervention to combat Alzheimer’s disease at its roots from Certified Nutrition Specialist Amy Berger
Amy Berger’s research shows that Alzheimer’s results from a fuel shortage in the brain: As neurons become unable to harness energy from glucose, they atrophy and die, leading to classic symptoms like memory loss and behavioral changes.
This is a revolutionary approach―one that has been discussed in the scientific literature for years but has only recently been given credence in clinical settings, thanks to extremely promising studies wherein Alzheimer’s patients have experienced complete reversals of the condition. Medical and scientific journals are full of research showing alternate ways to fuel the starving brain, but no one has been bringing this essential information to the people who need it most―until now.
In a culture obsessed with miracle medications, the pharmaceutical route for tackling Alzheimer’s has been a massive failure. Pills and potions don’t address underlying causes, and regarding Alzheimer’s, they typically fail to improve even the symptoms. As a metabolic problem, the only effective way to treat Alzheimer’s may be a multifaceted approach that fundamentally reprograms energy generation in the brain. The good news is, the secret is as simple as switching to a low-carb, high-fat diet.
The Alzheimer’s Antidote shows us that cognitive decline is not inevitable, but if it does occur, we don’t have to sit idly by and wait helplessly while it progresses and worsens. Amy Berger empowers loved ones and caregivers of Alzheimer’s sufferers, and offers hope and light against this otherwise unnavigable labyrinth of darkness.
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“Magnificent. . . . The Alzheimer’s Antidote harvests our most highly regarded, scientific research to create an empowering, user-friendly game plan that rewrites our health destiny. . . . This is a program for everyone, whether already diagnosed, at high risk, or even if there is no family history of this disease.”--David Perlmutter, MD, author of Grain Brain, #1 New York Times Bestseller (from the Foreword)
"There are few things people fear more than cancer, with the possible exception of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Not only does AD ultimately cut lives short, it effectively steals who the person 'is' long before they die. Traditional treatment methods have been lackluster at best, but there is hope. The Alzheimer's Antidote is a scientifically sound method of nutrition and lifestyle which combats AD at a molecular level. If you or someone you know suffers from AD, I highly recommend this book."--Robb Wolf, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired to Eat
“Amy Berger brings a fresh, new perspective to the rising problem of Alzheimer’s disease. She proposes a natural treatment that has, in my opinion, a far greater chance of clinical success than standard medications. The Alzheimer’s Antidote is a terrific book.”--Jason Fung, MD, author of The Obesity Code
“Amy Berger elegantly explains how Alzheimer’s, a devastating disease that has touched virtually every American family (or soon will), is much more than just a normal manifestation of growing old, and its management must include much more than just cholinesterase inhibiting drugs. She delves deep into Alzheimer’s as a complex metabolic disease, one that can be greatly reduced, and likely avoided completely, with the right combination of lifestyle modifications within our control. Berger offers comprehensive treatment approaches that go way beyond what most patients are told by their physicians. This book is long overdue and a must-read for health care providers and laypeople alike.”--David M. Brady, ND, CCN, DACBN, author of the Amazon bestseller The Fibro Fix; vice president for health sciences and director of the Nutrition Institute, University of Bridgeport
“A growing body of research suggests brain insulin resistance is strongly linked to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In The Alzheimer’s Antidote, Amy Berger provides a clear understanding of the pathology of AD and explains how a low-carb, high-fat lifestyle can improve cognitive function and increase quality of life by providing an alternate fuel source for the Alzheimer’s brain to use: ketone bodies. This exceptionally well-written, well-researched book is a must-read for family members and caregivers of people with AD.”--Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
About the Author
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.
- Publisher : Chelsea Green Publishing; 1st edition (March 24, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1603587098
- ISBN-13 : 978-1603587099
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #102,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #92 in Alzheimer's
- #130 in Dementia
- #196 in Low Carbohydrate Diets
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Awhile later (July, 2020) I discovered Amy's book, and found it to be much more focused and clearly explained. Her description of the probable cause of dementia (inadequate ability of the brain to process carbs for energy as we age) and likely antidote (a ketogenic diet to provide a new source of brain energy) struck me as very credible. So I immediately started the diet, ensuring I ate 70% of daily calories from fat, keeping carbs to 25 mg daily, and the rest of my calories from protein.
Within a few months I was surprised to find my memory becoming much more clear. I say "surprised" because I didn't think I even had any memory deficits. As the months have slipped by, I even have started remembering random events from childhood that I had totally forgotten. Needless to say, I'm convinced that the ketogenic diet is a key, if not the main key, for rejuvenating the brain and protecting against dementia.
As far as the challenge of sticking to a ketogenic diet, and missing carbs, I didn't find the transition very hard - though the desire for sweet fruit, pasta, bread, and desserts continued for awhile, after a year or so they weakened and now are mostly gone. I do find certain keto desserts meet my occasional desire for a sweet, which I satisfy with keto-friendly foods like Rebel ice cream, which is sweetened with xylitol, or very dark chocolate, neither of which elevate my blood sugar. Most of my dietary fat comes from olive oil, avocado oil, cheese, nuts, and the fat in meats. A smoothie I have most days is as good as a milk shake, to my taste buds: 1 tbsp flax seeds, 1/4 cup frozen mixed berries, 3 tbsp of olive oil, 30 grams of protein powder, and a cup or so of unsweetened almond milk. I put these in a power blender for 15 seconds, and it's ready to drink.
I highly recommend this book. I do believe it has guided me to a real Alzheimer's antidote.
I have two parents who are in their mid-eighties, and one had an episode that absolutely terrified me. I bought this book with little expectation, and was completely blown away. I have totally changed my own diet and have shared this book with all my siblings. I had no idea that Alzheimer's was being referred to as Type III Diabetes. It is clear to me after reading this book that Alzheimer's is just one more wonderful gift of SAD. Alzheimer's is just one more component of the Diseases of Civilization.
I have also read much of Ms. Berger's blog: tuitnutrition.com and she is the only person I follow on twitter. I am an admitted hater of social media. As impressed as I am with her book, I am even more impressed by Ms. Berger herself. More than anything else, I believe Ms. Berger is a totally straight shooter. I trust her, and I trust almost no one on the internet. We stabilized my father's blood sugars with a ketogenic diet, and he has transitioned into a low carb diet and his sugars have remained good. I am trying to get my mother to envision a life without crackers, lol, but that is going to be a tough one. I will be immediately shorting Nabisco's stock if it ever looks like she is going cracker free.
I have not had to do it yet, but if I see more signs of possible troubles, I will immediately call Ms. Berger and workout the best game plan we can
come up with. I hope that is a call I never have to make, but it is comforting to know she is there. Also, if I never have to make that call, it is because we follow the information from this great book.
Ms. Berger also has some very good interviews on youtube.com, If this seems like a commercial, than good. It is the least I can do for her given what she has given my family by writing this book. People don't realize it, but people who take stands like her's catch a lot of grief, and are often ostracized by their peers. Just ask Nina Teicholz and Gary Taubes if you don't believe it.
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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.