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The Paleo Diet August 2020 Digest – Seeking to Prevent Chronic Disease with Diet

By The Paleo Diet Team
September 1, 2020

Next to weight loss, staying healthy and seeking to prevent chronic disease is the most common reason people seek out diet advice.

It's not a surprise more and more people are replacing tasty and addictive French fries with vegetables; combined, chronic diseases—such as cancer, neurodegeneration, and diabetes—have become the number one killer in Western society. Unlike our hunter-gatherer ancestors who frequently lived the majority of their lives without chronic illness, we have come to accept that we will contract at least one of these conditions simply as an inevitable side effect of old age.

When the day arrives where we start experiencing symptoms and see our GP or specialist, too often the solution is expensive medication and worse – surgery. This makes alternative options, that may lessen or even prevent the onset of disease, very appealing. Topping the list of alternatives are diet and exercise.

So, while even a year’s worth of articles, couldn’t address all the complexities of chronic disease and how diet can play a role – let alone a monthly series – our theme for August was, nonetheless, diet and chronic disease.

What sparked our theme was a series of recent studies looking at whether The Paleo Diet® can truly help with disease prevention. Long time writer, Marc Bubbs, shares his review on these studies. Also, this month is a three-part interview with nueroscientist Dr Dale Bredesen, whose books on Alzheimer’s disease are changing people’s lives. He believes that Alzheimer’s is the modern-day polio – an epidemic that can one day be eradicated.

For recipes, we offer a roasted Brussel sprout with a garlic balsamic glaze. Both Brussel sprouts and garlic are known to have many health benefits including anti-microbial properties.

Finally, new Paleo Diet writer Aimee McNew pulls it all together providing practical nutrition advice to help prevent chronic disease. Watch next month for an article from David Whiteside diving deeper into the science of this topic, specifically how fasting can help prevent cancer.

We hope you enjoy!

- The Paleo Diet Team

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Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegeneration, and diet: An interview with neuroscience researcher Dr. Dale Bredesen (part I)

By Trevor Connor, M.S. and Emily Rumsey, B.A.

Dr. Dale Bredesen has spent three decades researching neurodegeneration hoping to help people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. What he has discovered, contrary to current medicine, is that the problem is not the build-up of amylase on neural tissue, but the things that cause that build-up. Things such as diet, environmental toxins, lack of exercise, and poor sleep. He has developed a protocol called ReCODE that even many in the medical community recommend to their patients. His recent book, The End of Alzheimer’s Program, published this month, explains it in more detail and the Paleo Diet team was given an opportunity to interview him.

August's Theme: Diet and Chronic Disease

Tips on Living a Disease Free Life

By Aimee McNew

Our bodies were not meant for the modern, fast-paced world. Constant sitting, overexposure to blue light, and working around the clock wreaks havoc on our circadian rhythms and can lead to the formation of many chronic diseases. Fortunately, adopting a Paleo Diet and lifestyle can help to reverse the damaging effects of modern living. Research highlights specific ways that we can shift directions from modern, chaotic, disease-prone living to optimized health.

The causes of neurodegeneration: Part II of our interview with neuroscience researcher Dr. Dale Bredesen

By Trevor Connor, M.S. and Emily Rumsey, B.A.

In the second part of our interview with Dr. Bredesen, we take a closer look at the different types of Alzheimer’s diseases and the various “upstream” effects that can lead to neurodegeneration, including poor fueling of the brain, dysfunction in the immune system, environmental toxins, and a leaky gut. Dr. Bredesen stresses one critical aspect in his program—the amyloid buildup we see in Alzheimer’s is a symptom of the disease, not the cause. In order to address the disease, he believes, we must stop focusing on amyloid and address the cause of its accumulation.

Addressing neurodegeneration with ReCODE: Part III of our interview with neuroscience researcher Dr. Dale Bredesen 

By Trevor Connor, M.S. and Emily Rumsey, B.A.

In this final part of our interview with Dr Dale Bredesen, we talk with him about his program designed to help people with neurodegeneration – called ReCODE and KetoFlex 12/3. His approach, which focus is on diet, is multi-faceted and highly individual. But one thing he does stress is long term ketosis – something we’ve written against here at The Paleo Diet.

Can The Paleo Diet Protect Against Chronic Diseases?

By Marc Bubbs, ND, MSC, CISSN, CSCS

Chronic Noncommunicable diseases – CVD, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes, and autoimmune conditions – combined, have become the biggest killers in western society. They are also the biggest cause of hospital visits and loss of quality of life. Recently, several studies have explored whether a Paleo Diet can help prevent these conditions. Dr Marc Bubbs reviews the research.

Recipe: Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic Balsamic Glaze

By The Paleo Diet Team

Both Brussel sprouts and garlic, on top of being high in micronutrients, are known for their medicinal values. Both have anti-microbial properties that, particularly in the current pandemic, can have you leaving the house feeling a little safer. If you don’t love Brussels sprouts, it’s probably because you haven’t tried this recipe. These crispy Brussels sprouts are twice roasted for an unbeatable crispy exterior infused with savory balsamic vinegar.

September at The Paleo Diet: The Paleo Diet and Exercise

It is hard to take a public health class and not at some point during the semester end up in a debate about whether it’s exercise or diet that helps maintain a healthy weight. Here at The Paleo Diet, we’ve steered clear of that debate because to us the answer is obvious – it’s both. We do not believe you can be truly healthy just with diet or just with exercise.

So, in September, we’re going to tackle one of the other critical aspects of The Paleo Lifestyle – exercise. Exercise can mean a lot of things but, what every form of exercise has in common is movement and energy expenditure. In this series we’re going to address the important health benefits of both.

As always, our team appreciates your support for The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook!


The Paleo Diet Team

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