Preventing Dementia and Alzheimers

brainGetting Smarter is not Harder

You can grow the brain at any age, preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s, while adding vitality to your life.

Here’s How:

I just learned of Dr. Brant Cortright’s book, The Neurogenesis Diet. I learned some new things. I have summarized highlights from the books, The Nerogenesis Diet and my book, It’s about Time, for a more in depth sharing.

Dr. Cortright proclaims this work as a major game changer, and it is for those who internalize the information. He seems to not be aware of the ground-breaking work of Dr. Marion Diamond, author of the book Magic Trees of the Mind, who first showed in the 1960s that we can grow the brain at any age; her work was so notable that they let her do the autopsy on Einstein’s brain, which I reported about in a book report.

The rate of neurogenesis (growth of neurons) has a large impact on our lives. Low-rate: stress, depression, etc. High-rate: feel vital and think clearly, able to solve problems and reason well, enjoy learning, and most importantly, “no fog in coming to know God.”

We can increase our rate by as much as five times. Multi-dimensional is best: body, mind, and spirit. Quality of brain determines quality of life. We live in a toxic society.

Two pronged approach:

  • 1) do the right thing, and
  • 2) stop doing the wrong things.

Importance of a Good Diet

Diet for preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s is incredibly important: the proper kinds of fats (Omega-3 from uncontaminated fish oil is very good such as with wild-caught salmon), de-caffeinated green tea, blueberries, mulberry, gojiberries, nuts, and avocados. The brain is nearly 2/3s fat; 1/3 is DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), which is the most essential of the three omega-3 fatty acids. We should consume 1000 to 1500 mg of DHA daily to increase neurogenesis (I wonder why they don’t use the shorter symbols of 1 gram to 1.5 grams; tradition!). Quality DHA from fish-oil (wild caught salmon, for example) and marine algae are excellent. Butter, gee, coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed eggs and grass-fed meats contain good fats; B-12 and B-6 are good. Pastured eggs are one of the best sources of good fats and ideal protein.

In a talk summarizing his book, Dr. Cortright shares several foods, which are excellent, as well as those things which are deleterious to the brain; he lists some not well known bio-flavonoids: He points out that the omega-6/omega-3 ratio, which should be around 1 to 2 is like 20 or much higher in the American diet, which is very inflammatory and greatly impedes and even can stop neurogenesis. This is in large measure due to our high carbohydrate diet and our extensive use of the several vegetable oils in processed foods and in cooking; most are very bad. The American diet: order your pizza and watch TV; the typical American diet is high carbs and low fats. It should be the other way: high (good fats) and low carbs. Plus most of the fats Americans consume are bad fats.

American Diet Disaster

So you see, the average American diet “is a disaster.” Good fats are un-oxidized, and bad ones are oxidized. Dr. Cortright believes this diet is the main cause of the obesity epidemic, the diabetes epidemic, the heart disease epidemic, and probably the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Most of the vegetable oils used in cooking and in processed foods are bad. Burned foods are not good. Sugar is not only bad for the body, but is a cause for many vision problems as well, and a direct cause of cognitive decline and accelerated aging. High sugar diet will cut neurogenesis in half. Sugar cereals and OJ are bad. Cognitive decline and blood sugar levels are directly correlated. Caffeine and alcohol are very bad for neurogenesis as well. So this includes coffee, tea except for some herbal teas, and most soft drinks and energy drinks. People seeking a “kick” from their drink are killing their brains.

Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit Work Together

Exercise: aerobic is excellent, 20 – 30 minutes per day is the single most powerful thing you can do. There is a problem with just running, however, because half the neurons generated die off. This can be compensated with the bio-flavonoid Hesperidin, which helps keep new brain cells alive. Other kinds of exercise do not provide good neurogenesis, even though they may have other benefits. A good night’s sleep is a major contributor to neurogenesis (7-8 hours). Sleep clears and cleans the brain. Cleaning comes toward the end of the night, and is often when you are best coupled to light and truth – being taught by the Lord and His angels.

Emotions are a big player in how the brain regenerates. Chronic stress can kill millions of neurons per day, and slows neurogenesis to a crawl. Challenges are good; problem solving is excellent. The hippocampus is where neurogenesis takes place, and is where information is processed.

One-third of senior’s die of Alzheimer’s or dementia related diseases; 42% of people now who reach the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s and this is increasing. There are no drugs to fix this epidemic problem. However, holistic (body, heart, mind, spirit) research shows great promise. They have been able to reverse some cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s. As reported in It’s About Time, Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa has been able to reverse these debilitating diseases many years ago . Chronic anger turns off neurogenesis. Loving-supportive relationships turn on neurogenesis. The positive human touch is powerful; hence, a good message is useful. The appropriate hug and kiss, as well, generate oxytocin, which aids significantly in neurogenesis.

Mind: Learn new things. Two notable declines for most people come at graduation and retirement, where they stop using their brains as much. Teachers and professionals, who are using their brains, do not see this decline. Teachers have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s. A couple of hours per day of mind exercises is important in augmenting neurogenesis.

Spirit: Some practices increase neurogenesis along the entire hippocampus, which is excellent. Meditation (mindfulness practices and heart opening practices); devotional prayer, Christian practices opening to the Divine, compassion practices. Focusing on one thing – daily-deep breathing is excellent, etc. In eight weeks, they have noted significant benefits.

Additional  Information

In his question and answer period I learned some new things: the polyphenols in green tea are excellent, but the caffeine is not. Intermittent fasting is good. Omega-3 comes in three forms, DHA, EPA, and ALA. Flax seed and chia seed have ALA, which converts to DHA for neurogenesis at a very slow rate, 3%. Chia seed has other wonderful nutritional benefits, however.  Algae has EPA and converts to DHA much more efficiently. So vegetarians want to do algae. It is very hard for a vegan or vegetarian to have a high level of neurogenesis. Sex is very good for neurogenesis; however, there is a difference between male and female. For the male, it doesn’t matter how the sex occurs; for the female, she needs to control the timing. An oneness in the husband-wife relationship is the best. There is a need for neurogenesis restaurants.

The brain is the most complex thing in the known universe. We need a humble attitude; we know so little. Dreaming is important. From modern revelation and Chapter 2 and 22 of It’s About Time, we know that our intelligence, which is co-eternal with God, was down-loaded into our brain at birth – allowing the mind to couple into Eternal Truth. As we use our mind to make proper choices, it is designed to not only couple to the Eternity-domain, which is God’s operating realm, but to bring us back to our Heavenly Father to receive the greatest of all the gifts of God – eternal life and a fullness of joy. Interestingly, with proper choices, a whole new world of healthy eating opens up that is both enjoyable and opens the brain to light and truth.

Preventing Dementia and Alzhaimer’s has become a relevant factor for those approaching middle age.  The concept of neurogenesis and how diet plays such an important part of our physical health as well as our spiritual well-being is shared in more detail in chapters 12 & 13 of It’s about Time

David W. Allan

Preventing Dementia and Alzheimer’s