Avoid These Drinks to Help Prevent Brain Shrinkage, Dementia, and Strokes


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Julie Fidler
May 26, 2017

One of the keys to keeping your brain nice and plump and in proper working order is avoiding soda – and not just the sugar-sweetened kind, either. Drinking sodas, whether regular or diet, is bad for brain health, 2 recent studies show. [1]

One study showed that people who drank diet soda every day were three times more likely to have a stroke or develop dementia over 10 years compared with those who didn’t consume any diet soda.

The second study showed that people who drank at least one diet soda daily had smaller brain volumes than people who didn’t drink any diet soda. The same study found that people who consumed more than two sugary beverages a day, such as soda or fruit juice, had smaller brain volumes and worse memory function compared with non-sugary beverage drinkers.

Study #1

For the first study, researchers interviewed about 43,000 people, age 45 and older, three times over seven years, and asked them whether they drank any diet or sugar-sweetened beverages. Toward the end of the study, the researchers started tracking the participants’ health for cases of stroke and dementia. This monitoring continued for 10 years.

During the monitoring period, 97 people had a stroke, and 81 developed dementia. Sixty-three of the 81 had dementia consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.

Read: How Diet Sodas Mess with Your Brain (video)

The scientists concluded that diet beverage consumption – but not sugary drink consumption – was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia over a 10-year period.

It’s not clear why; however, diet drinks have been linked in past studies to obesity and diabetes, which might also be linked with poor blood circulation. Circulation problems may increase a person’s risk of stroke or dementia because a constant flow of blood is necessary for proper brain functioning.

Source: The Washington Post

Study #2

In the second study, researchers looked at brain scans and results of cognitive tests conducted on about 4,000 people. Participants self-reported whether they drank any diet or sugary beverages, and if so, how much.

Researchers uncovered a link between the consumption of both sugary and diet drinks and smaller brain volumes. An additional link between the consumption of sugary beverages and poorer memory was found. All are considered risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, according to the researchers.

The team controlled for cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, blood pressure, and various other health and behavioral factors. [2]

As in the first study, the mechanisms behind the decline in brain volume and memory may be tied to poor circulation, as previous research has linked high sugar intake with diabetes and high blood pressure. Both conditions are linked to compromised blood circulation that may negatively affect brain health. [1]

Lead author Matthew P. Pase, a senior research fellow at Boston University, says of the results of the second study:

“Although we can’t prove cause and effect, these data suggest that we should be cautious about drinking sugary beverages. They’re empty calories that contribute to weight gain and metabolic disease.” [2]

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Sources:

[1] Live Science

[2] The New York Times

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Alarming statistics reveal “young strokes” are surging across America

Image: Alarming statistics reveal “young strokes” are surging across America
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Lance D. Johnson
April 30, 2017

Strokes are occurring more frequently for adults between the ages of 35 and 44. The trend is shocking. Between 2003 and 2012, stroke hospitalizations rose 42 percent for men and 30 percent for women in this young age group. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, gathered hospital billing data and calculated the number of adults under age 65 who were hospitalized for an ischemic stroke from 2003 to 2012. An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood clots and cannot circulate to the brain.

In total, there were at least 30,000 more stroke hospitalizations in 2012 than there were in 2003. Every age group studied is suffering more than ever before. Adults aged 35 to 44 showed the greatest uptick in ischemic stroke and other chronic disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Dr. James Burke, neurology researcher at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, stresses the importance of controlling lifestyle factors that lead up to strokes. There’s more to it than just studying risk factors. One has to study the root cause behind these chronic disease risk factors. “So while I wouldn’t rule out an increase in conventional risk factors driving an increase in stroke in the young, if rates are truly going up, my best guess it’s for reasons other than classical risk factors,” said Dr. Burke.

Not just risk factors: chronic diseases indicate cellular environments that are starved of oxygen and nutrients

Chronic diseases are interrelated. They are manifestations of poor lifestyle habits. More specifically, they are the result of nutritionally-starved cells, inefficient mitochondria with low energy output, and toxin-ridden cell membranes made out of saturated fat. Chronic disease is plaguing young adults like never before because cellular health is overlooked, forgotten.

A high blood pressure pill, a steady dose of statin drugs, a popular diet, or some quick fix isn’t going to address this chronic state of disease that has been created over time within the cells of the human body. Lifestyles have become extremely sedentary, dehydrated, void of sunlight, and saturated with bad fats, refined sugars, chemicals, and inflammatory foods. (Related: Read about how Sunlight increases nitric oxide levels, dilating blood vessels.)

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity aren’t just risk factors for stroke. They indicate the starvation of cellular environments and the weakness of mitochondria that can’t produce efficient ATP energy. Foods like hawthorn, garlic, beet root, capsicum, and flax seed help nourish the vascular system, dilating blood vessels and helping the blood carry oxygen to the brain. Whole foods such as these are missing from many Western lifestyles. Its nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, good fat foods that nourish the cellular environment and help build strong body systems. (Related: Read how a 48-year-old man cures high blood pressure with healthy lifestyle changes.)

Hospitalization rates continue to increase: the need to incentivize preventative measures is dire

The study showed that there was a relative increase in hospitalization rates from 20 percent to 40 percent within a decade’s time. U.S. healthcare spending continues to go up, but just because it’s used more frequently doesn’t make it a great product or the best healthcare system in the world. Yes, chronic states of disease that turn deadly can be saved by emergency response teams, but this isn’t a true, sustainable model of healthcare, nor does it address the root problem. Prevention of chronic disease has to become the center focus. If incentives are going to be used in a healthcare system, they should not be given to health insurance companies to bloat the costs further. Prevention should be incentivized. Only when preventative measures are sought will there be a brighter day for healthcare in America. For now, diabetes, heart disease, cancer obesity, and ischemic stroke will continue to overtake the quality of life for many young adults.

We are not truly living longer. We are dying longer and getting poorer because of it.

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NYPost.com

JamaNetwork.com

How ‘Farmacy’ Practice, Or Using Food As Medicine, Can Change The World

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Jennifer Lea Reynolds
February 19, 2016

In the name of demonstrating how effective plant-based whole foods are when it comes to improving health, Dr. Ronald Weiss actually sold his medical practice and opened up a “farmacy” by the name of Ethos Primary Care, to help others. The farmacy, located in Long Valley, New Jersey, is designed to do as the generic name implies: Rather than having people rely on traditional pharmacy practices, the concept is to show how farm-based, real foods contribute to better health more than any synthetic drug ever could – hence the word “farmacy.”(1)

“Plant-based whole foods are the most powerful disease-modifying tools available to practitioners — more powerful than any drugs or surgeries,” says Dr. Weiss. “I am not saying if you fall down and break your ankle, I can fix it by putting a salve ofmugwort [sic] on it. You need someone to fix your fracture,” he explained. “I am talking about treating and preventing chronic disease — the heart attacks, the strokes, the cardiovascular disease, the cancers … the illnesses that are taking our economy and our nation down.”(1)

Food as a healer: A case in point

Indeed, the families that have joined his farm have seen for themselves just how effective farm foods are in overcoming certain health conditions. For example, 90-year-old Angelina Rotella entered his office in a wheelchair, talking about her congestive heart failure. When given the choice of being admitted to a hospital or having some of the foods from the 348-acre farm, she opted for the latter.(5)

The amazing result after a diet primarily consisting of kale, spinach, sweet potatoes and wild organic blueberries? Rotella no longer has diabetes or chronic heart failure. After just two weeks, she no longer needed to take her blood pressure medication. Furthermore, she’s cooking and walking around town – this from a woman who was previously in a wheelchair! Her success even motivated her daughter and sister to try the same diet. The two women lost approximately 40 pounds and are no longer pre-diabetic.(5)

“Human health is directly related to the health of the environment, the production of food and how it is grown,” says Dr. Weiss. “I see this farm as an opportunity for me to take everything I’ve done all my life, all the biology and chemistry of plants I have studied, and link them to the human biological system.” Dr. Weiss also has an undergraduate degree in botany from New Jersey’s Rutgers College of Arts in Science.(5)

Food over Big Pharma: Why choose addictive, costly drugs?

Not only does his natural way of handling people’s health problems go against conventional medical processes, but it also addresses the serious issue of addiction that arises when Big Pharma takes over. Society is in the throes of a huge drug dependence problem; because people are often told to pop a pill for everything under the sun, it’s easy for them to become overly reliant on the drugs – most of which come with negative side effects anyway – and ultimately become addicted, overdose, or even die.

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