Carbs and Dementia
It’s well documented how much of a pandemic
obesity has become, worldwide. It’s becoming evident that this pandemic of obesity is leading directly into a pandemic of brain damage and dementia. Obesity, after all, leads directly to dementia. Don’t believe me? I’ll show you how and why this disease
acts like it has a mind of it’s own, controlling you to do what it wants.
It’s in the way it influences your hormones, as it uses them to control you, without you even suspecting it.
Dementia is, after all, type 3 diabetes.
If you’re type 2 diabetic now and you don’t change your eating habits, you stand a 100% chance of becoming type 3 diabetic. I can say this confidently because you don’t have to be type 2 diabetic, to get type 3 diabetes, dementia. This is shown in the number of Alzheimer’s patients now in existence. That population is growing exponentially while the diabetic population just multiplies in numbers. Diabetes just has a tendency to hasten the arrival of type 3 diabetes.
If we’re to going stop this epidemic of dementia that’s starting to cripple our population. We need to take drastic measures and the sooner we do so, the better our chance of survival. We have to slow the progression, where it starts, in what we eat. Thus, the reason for this post.
In most cases type 3 diabetes manifests itself in the disorder of Alzheimer’s disease. I know that not everyone who has Alzheimer’s disease has had type 2 diabetes, yet everyone who is type 2 diabetic will lose brain function. That science can’t be changed. The only thing that can stop that runaway train is to stop feeding it. You must stop feeding carbohydrates into the fat factory that’s responsible for it. Carbs are the only thing that can generate fat inside your body. It’s this body fat, where the visceral fat lies that generates all the hormones and adipokines that dictate what this fat is going to do to your body. And it does plenty, all in the form of damage, damage to every system in your body as well as your brain. The more fat you have, the more damage it does to your body.
Fat creates hormones and adipokines that wreak havoc in your body.
The very first thing fat does, is to generate more fat through the use of the hormones that it produces, mainly leptin, along with Apelin and Chemerin, and it uses 100’s of other adipokines to wreak havoc throughout your entire body, including your brain. These hormones block receptors in the brain that influence behavior. They force us to continue to feed fuel to the cycle unknowingly. I call this our fat factory. This is called also addiction and this is how the addiction of the fat factory works.
By blocking receptor neurons in the brain, the neuropeptides that signal our bodies to stop eating, can’t do their job and tell us to stop eating. This is truly being controlled by your hormones. The pity of this cycle is, the larger you are, the more you experience it. It’s a cycle that feeds itself and it’s science you can’t change, without turning off the spigot.
It seems that this fat has become a self feeding disease, of it’s own. I’ve noticed that the worse you have the disease, the harder it is to kick. But it’s also even more crucial to kick at that point, because it’s already at the point of no return. Unless drastic measures are taken, a life of forgetfulness and lost memories is right around the corner, if it isn’t happening already? When was the last time you lost your keys or couldn’t remember someone’s name?
Fat, another organ
Even though obesity, excess fat, is considered to be a disease by many, fat is considered by many professionals to be another internal organ. It’s an organ with its own mind, a mind to keep growing. It’s also one of the few organs that can grow in size, and when it does, it multiplies the hormones’ and adipokines‘ effects on our bodies. And it modifies it exponentially, which isn’t pretty.
Dictionary.com defines an organ as; “ ”
By strict definition, fat follows that description. It is a group of tissues in a distinct structure, that performs a specialized task. In this case it performs many tasks, so many that it’s mind boggling. This one organ creates more cytokines and hormones than any other organ in the body. That means that fat is one organ in our bodies, that either controls us, or that we control it. When I talk about controlling us, I’m talking about control of our hormones which in turn controls our emotions. It also means that this one organ is responsible for more illness and disease than anything else in our entire bodies.
This is exactly why it’s so bad, the worst of these adipokines are cell signaling proteins that trigger hosts of illnesses and diseases. These diseases range from multiple cancers to multiple CVDs, which we’ll talk about later. The fat creates the bad cytokines that muck up your system. They create the adipokines that instruct your cells to turn into amyloid plaque. Amyloids are the foundation of an armlong list of disorders, many cancers including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, and on and on. This isn’t even mentioning the mental disorders that come with amyloids. That list is even longer. The devastating effects that these hormones and adipokines have on your body, because of fat in your body, are truly astounding.
Body Fat production depends on Glucose
Now I know that glucose not only creates fat, the fat it creates, creates in turn, hormones and adipokines that trigger the inflammation and cell degradation associated with cancer and CVDs and worse of all brain loss. This fat factory is wasting away your brains and taking with it all of your mental faculties and dignity.
But it’s not only the fat factory that’s destroying our brains. It’s the gliadin that you eat every time you eat gluten. Your body can have this auto-immune response to gliadin, by sending out anti-gliadin antibodies that have the ability to attach themselves to purkinje cells in your cerebellum as explained by Dr Davis;. “The antigliadin antibodies triggered by gluten can bind to Purkinje cells of the brain, cells unique to the cerebellum. Brain tissue such as Purkinje cells do not have the capacity to regenerate: Once damaged, cerebellar Purkinje cells are gone . . . forever.” Doesn’t that say brain damage?
Only by taking abrupt action immediately, are you going to interrupt the production of these hormones that the fat factory is producing. And it’s producing these hormones so it can continue to enlarge itself in a vicious cycle. The only way to stop this cycle at this point, is to stop the fuel that feeds it, carbohydrates.
I’m sorry, but there’s no way around it. Not even you can change science. Unless you shut off the spigot of inflammation that you’re pouring into your body, every time you eat carbs, you’re going to feed the the fat that feeds the inflammation that causes all the disorders and disease listed in Carbs, The New Death Sentence, (15 of them, for starters).
A search of Obesity and brain size at NIH’s PMC site brought up over 1200 studies done on obesity and brain size. One in particular that I looked at, showed the influence leptin has on the brain and it’s ability to regulate energy in the body. Leptin is one of hundreds of hormones and adipokines (cell signaling proteins), that’s manufactured in your body fat.
According the study on Obesity and Dementia; “Within the brain, leptin regulates energy intake” “Leptin inhibits the expression of orexigenic neuropeptides and stimulates the expression of anorexigenic neuropeptides, which results in inhibition of energy intake (Jequier, 2002).”
That explains why those on a diet high in carbs (which is the only thing that can make people fat), run out of energy so much, and need to refuel every two hours or so. It’s the leptin expressing itself in the brain that inhibits the signals that tell us if we have energy or not and if we need to eat or not. And this is where the problem multiplies. Since leptin is formed in the fat around our body, it tells our brain that our body it needs more (fat) by blocking these signals. So what do we do? We eat more, to feed that need. This is leptin resistance, the leptin blocking those receptors in our brain that tell us that we don’t need to eat and have enough energy. It’s this leptin resistance that gives fat a mind of its own and allows it to work within us without our permission. That to me is unadulterated robbery of our senses and emotions.
If you don’t have the ability to fight your hormones (leptin in this case) and resist this basic expression of survival, hunger, you’re doomed to everything listed in Carbs, The New Death Sentence. That is what makes carbs so addictive and dangerous and why their continuance must be curbed.
“It is known that adipokines, secretory products of adipose tissue such as leptin, interact directly with specific nuclei in certain areas of the brain such as the hippocampus. This results in regulation of not only feeding behavior, but also neurodegeneration, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and memory consolidation (Doherty, 2011).” Are you starting to get the picture? Leptin isn’t your friend.
The Dangers of Leptin
Wikipedia says that the first adipokine, leptin was discovered in 1994 and since then 100’s have been discovered. Isn’t that disturbing? Fat that we make from glucose manufacturers hosts of hormones that are wreaking havoc on our bodies.
That means with the carbs we eat, we’re making fat, a fat that grows hormones that have cell signaling proteins that control hunger, energy expenditure and fat oxidation, blood pressure, glucose uptake and insulin resistance just to begin with. I didn’t even make it half way through all the cell signaling proteins that were listed. The others that I did check all triggered a disorder or inflammation somewhere in the body. Many of them are associated with more than half of the known cancers, a multitude of heart diseases and every form of dementia known to man.
Leptin only plays a small part in the assault that our hormones throw at us. Adiponectin plays just as important role. As does Apelin, chemerin, and 6 other hormones that they’ve found so far. And they finding more. All these hormones are adipokines and are manufactured in adipose tissue or fat. The other six adipokines listed on Wikipedia that I didn’t list here are all associated with inflammation and the oxidative stress that’s associated almost all cancers, most heart diseases and all brain damage that’s not caused by concussions and blunt force trauma.
If leptin plays a part in neurodegeneration, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis and memory consolidation, doesn’t it make sense that it’s the creation of leptin that we need to control, to stem its influence in our bodies. If we’re to control the amount of leptin in our bodies, and leptin is made in adipose tissue (fat), then we need to control the amount of fat in our bodies. The only thing that controls the amount of fat that goes into our bodies is the amount of glucose that we feed it. We know that the glucose is controlled by the amount of carbs we put in our bodies, so it’s easy to understand why we need to curb the carbs.
You can’t change the science. Glucose in the body creates fat. Fat creates leptin. The more leptin you have in your body, the more resistant you become to it and the more it needs to feed itself. It’s a cycle that keeps feeding itself again and again and again until you’re hungry 10 minutes right after you finished a big meal. I can remember times after a big spaghetti dinner when I was foraging though the cabinets and refrigerator, looking for something else to eat, on a full stomach. When I think about that now, I think, how sick could I have been to be expressing that kind of behavior? Then I think, I was a kid then, I was only eating what was fed to me. Here’s the scary part, I was eating exactly what the ADA was telling me I should eat. That’s exactly what you’re doing right now, following the dietary guidelines that you grew up with. How could they have gotten it so wrong?
Fortunately. I can only remember those times now, as I don’t get hungry much anymore. (Another advantage of being thin, and on a ketogenic diet.) Leptin doesn’t control anything in my body. I don’t have that much leptin in my body to control my urges and my energy. With a body fat ratio of 16 %, my body isn’t ever going to make enough leptin to create any problems in my body, provided that I don’t feed it what it wants, carbohydrates. This is what make it so easy now to fast.
The Benefit of Adiponectin
It’s adiponectin that not only dictates how glucose is turned into fat, it controls how the fat is burned in the body, and this is where it gets real interesting. Higher levels of adiponectin in the body allow the body to generate more energy from a smaller amount of fat, making adiponectin crucial for maximum energy output with minimal intake of food. That is why Dr Miller says that people on low carb diets have more energy.
Since adiponectin is made in adipose tissue like all other adipokines, one would think that having a lot of fat would create a lot of adiponectin, when actually, we create just as much of it if not more when we don’t have the fat stores in out bodies. Our bodies use fat in our bones to create adiponectin. Actually, “Levels of the hormone are inversely correlated with body fat percentage in adults“  “Contrary to expectations, despite being produced in adipose tissue, adiponectin was found to be decreased in obesity.“
“The hormone plays a role in the suppression of the metabolic derangements that may result in type 2 diabetes, obesity,atherosclerosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and an independent risk factor for metabolic syndrome.“
So, how do we increase this hormone? Since levels of the hormone are inversely correlated with body fat percentage, the more fat we have the less adiponectin we have in our systems. This in itself, leads to more obesity, more diabetes and everything that comes along with that.
Again According to Wikipedia;
That means to avoid low levels of adiponectin in your body, weight loss is crucial. This places more importance in calorie restriction. But there’s good news for those carboholics who have trouble restricting their calories, “…omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have shown increased plasma adiponectin. Curcumin, capsaicin, gingerol, and catechins have also been found to increase adiponectin expression.“
The most optimum way of reducing calorie intake is fasting. Most every religious practice have some form of fasting within is practice, with the exception of Christianity. When Christians get together, it’s usually in the form of a pot luck meal. Christians love to eat. But even Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights. Is it any wonder that Jesus was so smart?
Fasting not only effects your hormones, it has multiple, other effects on the body that are all wondrous. Fasting brings with it, important benefits to the health of your brain.
- It increases BDNF in your brain. This is what enables your brain to grow.
- It’s ramps up the expression of Nrf2 in your genes and that can boost your anti-oxidants exponentially. ramping up your immune system and keeping your healthier than any medicine can.
So, it not only boosts brain growth, it boosts anti-oxidant production which keeps you healthier by being better able to fight off illness and disease.
Fasting conjures up images of starvation, though. This may be true is you are one of those unfortunate individuals who is still stuck on a carbohydrate diet. On a carbohydrate diet, fasting is next to impossible. At the least, it’s very difficult and involves a massive amount of discomfort.
The best way to avoid this discomfort
is to convert your diet to a low carb diet,
preferably a diet without any carbs.
This is where a fat tax might be a good idea. Tax carbohydrates by the amount of fat they create, which is influenced directly by their place on the glycemic index. This would force the population to cut back on their intake of this dangerous food. It might also help to pay for all the medical needs that carboholics are going to need, if they continue to consume these killing field grains.
We as a population have to do something to correct this aberration to our diet. This food is killing us painfully, expensively and indiscriminately. As a society, we can’t allow this to continue unabated, as it has, for the last 60 years.
It’s Time For A Cure,
Curb Your Carbs