We believe that health is achieved through proper understanding of one's body, and that through teaching our patients they can maintain a healthy life.
Today we know not to smoke but we have not been very good about our diets. Fast foods, GMO's, chemicals to help grow or preserve foods are everywhere. Antibiotics have been used so much that we now have strains of bacteria resistant to all antibiotics.
If diabetes or cancer does not get you then around the corner are Alzheimer's, Dementia, MS, and Parkinson's.
The Standard American Diet is just that.................SAD!
All diseases seem to have inflammation in common. So finding those inflammation "triggers" in dementia, which seem to be shared by developing Insulin Resistance and having an unhealthy "shop talk" between your gut microbiome and your brain, can increase your risk of developing dementia.
Thus, if we are to change the course of Dementia, we must understand how Life Styles and the gut microbiome impact the dementia process and be willing to improve those areas we find lacking.
We Americans want a "quick, easy fix" but this disease has none. The drugs that have been developed to make that possible don't work. The 7 minute office visit just won't even begin to touch the discourse this disease will mandate. The "Sugar Addiction" and "Processed food consumption" in our society seems just as concerning as the "Opioid Crisis" and perhaps more deadly.
It will be your individually devoted time and energy to the task of dismantling the SAD-diet, correcting inactivity, and deactivating daily stressors that infest your life that will determine your mental clarity as you age.
Being a physician, having walked through this with my mother, my patient's parents, I have learned that it is never too late to change. So, let's start.
Do we continue to eat the "Standard American Diet"? or Do we do change and eat the Food Pyramid to the right which is the "Ketogenic Diet"?
I believe that answer will make itself clear as we move through our discussion of Dementia.