THE HIDDEN CAUSE OF DEMENTIA
WHY YOUR LIVER STEALS FROM YOUR BRAIN——AND HOW TO STOP IT!
Your doctor will never admit it. Your neurologist—if you have one—won’t even admit it.
But the truth is, neither of them have a clue about the causes of dementia. And if they can’t even tell you what causes the disease, how on earth could they possibly hope to prevent or treat it?
They can’t! And that’s precisely why dementia prevention and treatment has been an utter failure for mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical industry alike (if there’s even a difference between the two anymore).
So let me fill in the blanks for you today and tell you what they won’t——what they can’t, because they’re not even looking in all the right places. They’re looking in the brain, and only in the brain… and that means they’re missing a huge part of the picture.
Dementia isn’t just a disease of the brain. It’s a disease of the BODY, too.
Take care of your body, and you’ll take care of your brain. But if you fill your body with garbage, your brain will turn into a wastebasket—one so filled with junk that you can’t even think straight.
That’s why studies over the years have found a link time and again between belly fat and memory problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, too much fat around your middle will:
- Nearly quadruple your risk of memory loss
- Triple your risk of dementia
- Speed the rate of ‘brain shrink’ linked to cognitive decline
- Reduce the overall volume of your brain
That’s just belly fat, mind you. If you have a lot of belly fat and you’re obese, your risk of dementia jumps by 360 percent.
Why? Well, there’s a long list of reasons——including the brain-rotting diet of nasty processed foods that caused you to get fat in the first place. It’s low in the nutrients your brain needs, and high in carbohydrates and sugars—and carbs and sugars lead to spikes in blood sugar, which can damage brain tissue.
But maybe you’ve heard some of that elsewhere.
As I said, today is about telling you something you haven’t heard anywhere else—a major cause of dementia that’s been ignored by the mainstream, because it’s not in your brain or even in your belly.
IT’S YOUR LIVER!
Ever see what happens when a kid without candy meets a kid who has lots?
It’s not pretty… but if you’re obese or even overweight, those “kids” could be fighting tooth and nail inside your body right now. They’re your liver and your brain—and the candy they’re fighting over is a protein called PPARalpha.
It’s what your liver uses to process that fat I just mentioned, especially belly fat, while your brain needs it for the hippocampus, which is essential to memory and learning.
When you get too fat, your liver runs out of it—it’s missing its candy—so it sends out the signal that it needs more. And it finds it in your brain.
It sucks your brain flat in a desperate attempt to get enough PPARalpha to process all the fat. But if you keep eating lousy foods, it’s a losing proposition—and eventually, even your brain runs out of PPARalpha.
When your liver’s empty-handed (or empty-livered), you get fatter faster. And when your brain runs out of PPARalpha, you get empty-headed, too.
Right now, as you read this, scientists are working on a plan to squirt more PPARalpha into the brains of the obese to help fight the damage that leads to dementia. And in a series of experiments on mice, PPARalpha injected into the hippocampus improved both learning and memory.
Next step is to test it on humans. But it seems to me these guys may be running short of PPARalpha themselves——because anyone with a fully functioning brain can see a much simpler answer:
Lose some weight!
That might sound a whole lot easier said than done, especially if you’ve been trying for years to deflate the spare tire you’ve been lugging around. But I’m here to tell you it can be done—and all you have to do is take everything you’ve been told about belly fat and weight loss and toss it out the window.
Forget gym memberships, because you can’t torture yourself into fitness—and you certainly can’t sweat away your belly fat lifting weights. And don’t even waste your time or money on any of the gadgets and gizmos that promise to burn fat and give you “six-pack abs” in six minutes a day (or any other length of time).
The dirty secret of the fitness industry is that it is scientifically impossible to target just the fat on your belly. Exercises, gadgets, gizmos and whatever else they’re selling might leave you feeling as if you’ve taken a punch to the gut… but they won’t actually shrink your gut. (They will, however, shrink your wallet.)
The good news is there’s a much easier way to burn fat off your belly and protect your body’s precious supply of PPARalpha. It’s my….
THREE STEPS TO SHRINK YOUR BELLY & PROTECT YOUR BRAIN
STEP ONE: Stop eating carbs—because while abdominal fat is often called a “beer belly,” it’s not the beer that makes it appear. It’s carbs, which are stored as fat in the body, especially in your midsection.
When you give up carbs, your body will burn fat instead of storing it—and you’ll deflate that spare tire, no gut-busting exercise necessary.
The spikes in blood sugar caused by carb consumption can also damage the brain, with even little jumps—levels at the high end of what the mainstream calls “normal”—boosting your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
That’s why I believe the “normal” range for blood sugar is far too generous. Your own doctor will be happy with levels below 100; in reality, you need to aim for 90 or less for overall health and longevity.
STEP TWO: Get your hormone levels tested, because the hormonal imbalances that strike after middle age can cause you to store fat even if you’re doing your best to eat right.
In men, it’s testosterone. In women, it’s estrogen. In either case, imbalances in sex hormones cause the body to pack on fat like a bear preparing for winter hibernation—forcing your liver to work overtime (among other things).
Low sex hormones will also sap you of your strength and energy, rob you of memory and leave you in a lousy mood, which is why it’s a good idea to get them checked even if you’re not packing on the pounds.
Work with a naturopathic physician experienced in all-natural hormone supplementation. I recommend a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). Call 1-800-532-3688 to locate a doctor near you.
STEP THREE: If you’re not taking a fish oil supplement now, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Fish oil is critical to both a sharp brain and a healthy heart. More importantly, at least for today’s purposes, it helps your body to use the PPARalpha I just mentioned efficiently and effectively.
The one thing it will not do is help you to produce more PPARalpha, so my three-step plan isn’t multiple choice. You need to follow steps 1 and 2—or don’t even waste your time with step 3.