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Sugary Soft Drinks Can Change Your Brain, Warn Scientists

Published on November 19, 2013,

Fans of sugar laden soft drinks have been urged to think before they drink after research suggested sugary beverages could “profoundly” change the brain. This is from the UK’s Telegraph

English: Sodas and soft drinks at a Supermarket

Sodas and soft drinks at a Supermarket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Drinking a sweet drink over a long period can lead to hyperactivity and alter hundreds of proteins in the brain, scientists found.

Fizzy drinks have previously been associated with increased risk of heart attacks, diabetes, weight gain, brittle bones, pancreatic and prostate cancer, muscle weakness and paralysis.

But the most recent study focused on their effects on the brain rather than the rest of the body.

The research, by Australian scientists, was carried out on rats that were fed sugary water.

The animals became hyperactive after drinking the water and tissue taken from one part of their brains showed changes in the levels of almost 300 different proteins, the Daily Mail reported.

Jane Franklin, a researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, said there had been an “alarming increase” in the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in most Westernised societies and warned they should only be consumed as a treat.

“For many adults, these drinks represent a substantial proportion of their daily calorific intake,” she said.

“Our research suggests that the long-term consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in place of water can cause long-lasting changes to behaviour and a profound change in the chemistry of the brain.

“If you are thirsty, drink water. Soft drinks should be enjoyed in moderation.”

She added: “I think we can say that drinking too many soft drinks can affect brain chemistry, as well as your waistline.

“So think before you drink.”…

More at:  Fizzy drinks can change your brain, warn scientists

Grain Brain – Are Wheat, Sugar and Other Carbs Helping Cause Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease?

Published on September 17, 2013,

Neurologist Dr David Perlmutter has written a new book called Grain Brain in which he argues that wheat, sugar and carbohydrate are ‘secret killers’ of the brain at least partially responsible for the fact that neurological disease is the most quickly expanding cause of death, and symptoms are starting at younger ages (even earlier than 55). This is an extract of a review of Grain Brain by Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb’s Jimmy Moore…

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter MD

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter MD

As someone who follows the very latest information on nutritional health through my work at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb,” most of what I read in Grain Brain was not new to me. But for the general public who has unfortunately not been enlightened to this yet, the idea that the consumption of carbohydrates, even from the so-called healthy sources such as whole grains, is directly responsible for destroying the brain is mind-blowing! With people dutifully consuming copious amounts of these “healthy” whole grains along with the Standard American Diet consisting of other carbohydrate-rich foods such as refined flours, sugars and starches while simultaneously eschewing truly healthy real, whole brain fuel foods that contain sources of dietary saturated fat and cholesterol (such as eggs and fatty red meats), Dr. Perlmutter puts forth the notion that this has led to debilitating and incurable brain diseases such as dementia. And he says it is completely preventable if we flip the dietary advice we’ve always heard is healthy on its head–cut the carbs and increase the fat in your diet! Because you can’t undo the damage that’s done to your brain once dementia sets it, it is incumbent upon you to take action on this NOW while you still have your mental faculties to do so.

Grain Brain makes a rather compelling case to shift your diet away from the consumption of grains, sugars and other culprit carbohydrates that are leading to the early signs of neurological health problems such as migraines, seizures, mood changes, sexual dysfunction, and ADHD which then progresses to more advanced issues like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. How many of us have watched friends and family members deal with this exact thing and wondered how it could possibly be happening? We chalk it up to old age, but what if what we’re eating right now could be the very thing that leads us down a similar path to neurodegeneration? That’s precisely what this book is trying to help you prevent from happening.

Although blood sugar is generally seen by most people as something only a diabetic needs to be concerned about, Dr. Perlmutter contends that keeping it within a range of 70-100 mg/dL is ESSENTIAL to maintaining proper brain health (and getting a glucometer to test your blood glucose levels is so incredibly easy by getting a monitor from your local Walmart or pharmacy–EVERYONE should own one of these devices and know what their blood sugar is doing). He recommends several other critical health tests you need to be asking your doctor about if you want to protect what’s in that head of yours! As you read through Grain Brain, you’ll begin to realize why these tests are so important, how controlling chronic inflammation is the ultimate goal, what dietary changes are necessary that will very likely go against everything you’ve ever heard before about nutrition and its relationship to your health, and some rather simple things you can do to attain mental stability and literally rehabilitate your brain from the damage you’ve inflicted upon it because of your poor nutritional choices. It may not be too late if you take the advice of this brain health doctor who has seen thousands upon thousands of patients get their life back again by implementing easy dietary changes that radically improved their health and life forever.

More at:  Book Review: Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter

You can see a webinar by Dr Perlmutter here

This is a short introduction from Dr Perlmutter to Grain Brain…

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Autism and Diet – Is There a Connection With Carbs and Processed Foods?

Published on August 7, 2013,

Dr William L. Wilson of the CARB Syndrome Project has a paper published in NAJMS – the North American Journal of Medicine and Science – which asks if autism can be caused by diet. Dr Wilson believes this is the first time the concept that a brain disease can be caused by diet has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The implication is that carbs could be bad for your brain as well as your body. This is how he describes it from the CARB Syndrome Project…

Dr Bill Wilson with patient

Dr Bill Wilson with patient

The article describes how many people with autism also have a second disorder—Carbohydrate Associated Reversible Brain syndrome or CARB syndrome. CARB syndrome is a form of food-induced brain dysfunction likely triggered by long-term exposure to processed foods.

The idea that your diet can cause a common brain disorder is nothing short of revolutionary. That’s because changing your diet has the potential to reverse CARB syndrome and put the rabbit back in the hat. People with CARB syndrome can develop up to 22 brain dysfunction symptoms that can interfere with your ability to function. Some of these symptoms overlap with other common brain disorders like autism, depression, PTSD and bipolar II. Because CARB syndrome is a new concept not yet well known in the medical community, when clinicians are faced with someone with autism they assume that all their symptoms are coming from this disorder. They don’t realize that many people with autism also have CARB syndrome.

Although autism can be very challenging to treat, the treatments for CARB syndrome are relatively straightforward and easy to implement. I outline the basics of treatment of CARB syndrome in this article. When you treat the CARB syndrome and a person is just left with their autism, they often feel and function much better.

Although CARB syndrome is a new and unproven concept, it does have a lot of support in the medical literature. I think it also reflects what many clinicians are seeing in their patients. It is exciting to envision that simple dietary changes might help many patients struggling with autism. Changing your diet carries virtually no risk and in my experience if you leave your CARB syndrome untreated, you are condemning yourself to a life that doesn’t match your potential.  Hopefully this article will stimulate the medical community to take a closer look at the connection between diet and brain function.

More at The CARB Syndrome Project:  Autism and Diet – Is There A connection

Read the NAJMs paper here: Autism and Diet: Is There a Connection?

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