My new book, Grain Brain, hits shelves on September 17. For more information about this exciting new release, as well as links to pre-order the volume, visit the book’s micro-site at GrainBrainBook.com.
If, like most of us, you watch TV, read magazines or newspapers, you’re probably being bombarded by advertisements focused on the message that cholesterol is about the worst thing for your health and longevity. Each day in my office I amazed at how pervasive this message has become. Basically, we’ve been lead to believe that cholesterol threatens all aspects of our health, and the lower the number the better. In reality, nothing is further from the truth, especially as it relates to brain health.
Everything comes back to your diet. In Grain Brain, I explain the links between your nutrition and your brain health.
the spectrum of imbalance ranging from mild insulin resistance to prediabetes to full-blown diabetes. Within the next decade, one in two Americans will suffer from diabesity.
One of my favorite quotes from the great inventor.
Exercise doesn’t just make your body stronger, but it actually works its magic to protect and preserve brain function by controlling inflammation, increasing insulin sensitivity, improving blood sugar control, expanding the size of the memory center, and boosting levels of BDNF. So, step away from the computer, put your phone down, and start moving!
A gluten-free, casein-free diet may lead to improvements in behavior and physiological symptoms in some children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to researchers at Penn State. The research is the first to use survey data from parents to document the effectiveness of a gluten-free, casein-free diet on children with ASD. “Research has shown that children with ASD commonly have GI [gastrointestinal] symptoms,” said Christine Pennesi, medical student at Penn State College of Medicine. “Notably, a greater proportion of our study population reported GI and allergy symptoms than what is seen in the general pediatric population. Some experts have suggested that gluten- and casein-derived peptides cause an immune response in children with ASD, and others have proposed that the peptides could trigger GI symptoms and behavioral problems.” Continue reading