by Richard Isaacson, MD & Christopher Ochner, PHD

“Research has shown that diet is one of the greatest weapons available to protect and defend your brain against Alzheimer’s disease” (p. 213).


This straightforward, yet powerful, statement is found at the book’s conclusion, demonstrating the link between diet and and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). When I first became a retail co-owner of a health food store more than 30 years ago, this link was not always so clear. But this book clearly demonstrates how our food choices affect the state of our health.

As people are now beginning to live longer, more than five million Americans and millions more worldwide have become afflicted with AD, causing major concerns globally. Of course, diet is not the only or even the largest factor behind Alzheimer’s, but it is a major factor that we can adjust in order to help prevent or treat AD. The book explains how we can do this, as well as demonstrating how an unhealthy diet contributes to other major illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. These, in turn, seem to increase the risk of dementia. Additionally, dietary choices may also directly influence the workings of our brains where Alzheimer’s develops.

There are seven major chapters in the book: 1) Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease; 2) Why Does Diet Matter?; 3) The Elements of Nutrition; 4) Diets that Improve Brain Health; 5) The APT Diet (Alzheimer’s Prevention & Treatment Diet); 6) Other Strategies for AD Prevention; and 7) Managing the Challenges of AD Dementia. Then there is a succinct Conclusion, followed by an excellent Glossary of Terms and Resources and, finally, Nutrition and Activity Logs to keep track of the nine-week diet program described in the book.

While the book does focus on food and diet, the authors also describe other strategies to incorporate into your life, called “multimodal approaches.” These include regular exercise, brain healthy supplements (vitamins & minerals, omega-3 Fatty Acids, cocoa powder, curcumin, resveratrol, etc.), intellectual activity (e.g., puzzles, board games, knitting), social activity, and stress-reduction techniques.

This book is filled with so much information to digest that I suggest reading it slowly, so that your mind does not become overloaded with the facts, the research, and the helpful charts. The nine-week dietary plan provides practical information with charts to keep track of what you are eating, gradually reducing the number of carbs, and including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, and sufficient water. Actually, the diet plan could be used for anyone who wants to improve his or her health, but the authors’ research focuses mainly on a dietary plan for Alzheimer’s, both prevention and treatment.

This well thought-through plan feels solid to me — that is, the background information and approach are practical and doable, with lots of flexibility as the reader incorporates the nine-week program into daily life, and keeps a record of food intake. I personally plan to incorporate many of the ideas into my own lifestyle to make it healthier. My brain is also aging, and the plan feels like one that I can tackle with advice from my doctor, as the authors suggest.

This is an excellent resource that is evidence-based to help protect and treat Alzheimer’s with an emphasis on a whole foods diet and supplement plan, as well as exercise and stress reducers.

The 304-pagebook is published by Square One Publishers and costs $17.95.


November Already?


I find it hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the year 2019. Why does it seem that the days whiz by the older we get? And with November, I know the fall flowers and leaves will soon be all gone and the trees and ground will be barren, so I have a poem for that, below.

But before we lose the colors of fall, I also want to post some photos of trees and flowers I have been taking the last couple weeks, so you can click on the pictures and enjoy the fall colors anytime.

However, I also want to note that November is American Diabetes Month and I will be posting information on this important topic, as well reviewing a book or two on memory loss. But for now, just enjoy the trees and flowers wherever you are. (If you live in the south, your peak foliage’s just beginning. Lucky you!

Finally, I want to apologize for the fact that some the petitions and information I post override the margins and make reading difficult. Unfortunately, I cannot change the width the message and will have to just post the link when the margin is obliterated. Thanx for your patience.

Mother Nature’s Flaming Foliage

Mother Nature’s palette is exquisite this time of year

Her visit of fall colors like a bold, jewel-toned necklace:

 leaves and flowers of russet and gold, red and yellow…

So bold against the sunny skies they dazzle my eyes.

The leaves are the trees last hurrah, before winter comes

and bare limbs succumb to freezing rain and snow.

                                                                                           So please do not weep!

I know the trees are just going to sleep,

soldiering against the winter storms until Spring,

bringing the bling of new flowers and green leaves.


But for a few more days, I wallow in the beauty of fall,

Its flaming flowers & foliage always, for me, will enthrall!





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