Sunday, April 22, 2012

Carbs Can Kill by Dr. Su

I have recently joined the 21st century and I learned how to download podcasts!  There is a wealth of information out there and we don't even have to pay for it.


Dr. Su's podcast are pretty good.  I have learned a lot about the effects of carbs on our bodies.  My favorite podcasts so far are the one's on Alzheimer's, on cancer and on dental issues.

Dr. Su has a heavy accent so that takes some getting used to and sometimes the people he interviews use very technical language, but if you are interested in some heavy duty health knowledge it is a great place to learn.

One of the best podcasts was:

86: Dr. Mary Newport on Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure?

  Dr. Newport's husband has Alzheimer's and she tried to get him into every clinical trial she could and in the process came to find that one of the trials was really just MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which found in coconut oil.  Here husband was getting pretty bad, not scoring high enough on the tests, indicating he was too far gone, but on the morning before driving a few hours to a trial she gave him 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 hours later when he took the test he test score much higher than he had been scoring in years!  So in addition to reducing processed foods and limiting carbs ( which she had already been doing), she started giving him coconut oil on a regular basis (twice a day) and as her husband put it, "The light came back on"  He couldn't even use a computer anymore; but after taking coconut oil he was able to use the computer again.  Basically it helped him get back to a much better state and then is keeping him there.  It is not a cure, but it can really help.  
    The way it helps is that people with Alzheimer's cannot properly process glucose (sugar) in the power factories (mitochondria) in their neurons and so their neurons essentially have no energy source so they start dying off.  Our brains can use an alternative fuel called ketones.  Ketones are derived from fat and medium chain fatty acids from coconut oil are easy to break down and go straight to energy.  They become a fuel source for the neurons in the brain.  Fat is not evil, contrary to popular belief.  The real villain is sugar (too much sugar).  Alzheimer's can be seen as diabetes of the brain; as it become unable to process sugar.  So if you know anyone with Alzheimer's you might suggest for them or their loved ones to read listen to the podcast or go to Dr. Newports website or read her book, but don't delay, because one the brain cells die they don't come back.

More will follow about other podcasts from Dr. Su that I really liked ....

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