Guest post written by: Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP
Hey Folks! (As Robb would say.)
Long-time readers of Robb’s blog might recall that a couple years back, I introduced you to a book I’d written about using a low-carb/ketogenic diet to fight Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Back then, it was a simple little pdf that I put together with help from my friend Ellen Davis (creator of Ketogenic Diet Resource, one of the best keto information sources out there). Well, I’m happy to announce that a lot has changed since then, and the book—The Alzheimer’s Antidote—is now a “real” book, available in print and for Kindle! (No audio version yet, but that might be coming down the line.)
I was fortunate to team up with the people at Chelsea Green Publishing. They have their finger on the pulse and they can see how beneficial these dietary interventions are for a huge range of otherwise intractable conditions. Chelsea Green publishes Travis Cristofferson’s Tripping Over the Truth, a tour-de-force looking at the metabolic theory of cancer (check out Travis’s interview on Robb’s podcast), as well as The Metabolic Approach to Cancer, a brand new book on implementing the ketogenic diet for this purpose, and they’re the U.S. distributors of The Ketogenic Kitchen, by Patricia Daly and Domini Kemp, an Ireland-based nutritionist and chef, respectively, who both used carbohydrate restriction as an adjunct to conventional cancer therapies. As if that weren’t enough, Chelsea Green publishes Sandor Katz’s Wild Fermentation (a.k.a. “the fermentation bible”) and distributes Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s Gut and Psychology Syndrome – the original GAPS™ diet. Bottom line: this publisher gets it.
So I’m happy to be on board with them, and even happier to let you know that The Alzheimer’s Antidote has been completely rewritten, expanded, and updated in the two years since the e-book release. It presents new and even more powerful information, all of which only strengthens my basic premise: Alzheimer’s disease is, at least in part, a systemic metabolic condition, and as such, there are dietary and lifestyle interventions that could potentially stop or slow the progression of this condition, and possibly even reverse some of the damage that has already occurred.
If you happened to have read the pdf version (and if so, thank you for that!), I would still recommend checking out the new print or Kindle version, especially if a loved one is afflicted with cognitive impairment or decline. Not because it’ll sweeten my bank account (it won’t; if you think anyone writes a non-fiction book about a topic like this as a moneymaking endeavor, you are wrong), but because it contains a lot of information that wasn’t in the e-book. The chapters on exercise and sleep have been expanded significantly, as have the chapters on the controversial role of beta-amyloid, the role of the ApoE4 genotype, and others. (The idea of the infamous amyloid proteins & plaques as major causal factors in this illness is crumbling, and rightly so. We have funneled millions of dollars and decades of research effort toward a hypothesis that looks increasingly false.)
Additionally, the print version contains two entirely new chapters that weren’t in the e-book at all: one on brain fuel metabolism and one on prevention strategies. Learning about the concepts of “type 3 diabetes” or “diabetes of the brain” alone is…