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Dementia is preventable through lifestyle. Start now. | Max Lugavere | TEDxVeniceBeach

Translator: Rhonda Jacobs
Reviewer: Tanya Cushman Hi everybody. I want to begin with a quick
little exercise if you will indulge me. I want you all to close your eyes – don’t worry, this is not
going to be a meditation – just close your eyes for a few seconds. And I want you to picture
somebody that has dementia. Okay, what does the term
“dementia” evoke for you? Maybe you have a relative
with the disease. Maybe you’ve seen a documentary recently. There’s no right or wrong answer. Just get that image in your mind’s eye. Now I want you to open your eyes,
and if the image you had in your head looks something like the person you see
on the screen in front of you, I want you to raise your hand. Alright, that’s quite a bit of people. Now I want you to raise your hand
if the image you had in your head looks somebody like the person
that you see on screen now. Okay. Much less people. This is my mother. And her name is Kathy,
and she has dementia, and I love her very much. And when I had to come
to terms with the fact that my mom was showing
the initial signs of memory loss in her 50s a couple of years ago, it was an incredibly traumatic
experience for me, and it’s still, to this day,
incredibly heartbreaking to have to acknowledge. But because I couldn’t chalk up
what I was seeing in my mom to typical aging – clearly she’s not the picture of a person
succumbing to the ravages of time – I decided to learn
all that I possibly could about the ways diet and lifestyle
mediate risk for neurological disease, brain health, and ultimately
brain function itself. Now, what I learned shook me to my core. You see, I thought, like you guys,
that dementia was an old person’s disease. You see, not only is dementia
not a normal aspect of aging, but it begins in the brain decades
before the first symptom of memory loss. If you make it to the age of 85,
you have a one in two chance of being diagnosed
with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s 50 percent;
those odds are not very good. And unfortunately
for my generation, millennials, we’re the first generation in history
that’s going to reach the age of 90, according to the Stanford
Center on Longevity. Now, I think I speak for many millennials when I say that generally
we believe science has our back, right? Ninety is a long ways from now. By the time I get to that age, we’re going to have
some kind of pharmaceutical cure – ultimately, not something
I have to worry about. Well, unfortunately, Alzheimer’s drug trials
have a near 100 percent failure rate. Let that figure sink in, okay? That’s worse than the failure rate
for cancer drugs. I mean, those are dismal statistics. Therefore, unless
we can prevent this disease, one in two millennials will have it,
which is pretty heartbreaking. For the past century, the conversation surrounding
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia,
has been one dominated by doom and gloom. That’s because since 1906, when Alzheimer’s disease
was first coined and named by the physician Alois Alzheimer, 90 percent of what
we know about the disease has been discovered
only in the past 15 years. So that is to say, this is
a rapidly evolving field of science. And while we don’t yet
have all the answers – there’s still no cure;
I wish we had a cure – we do have enough information
to say that today, for a significant proportion of people,
it is a potentially preventable disease. Here we have a statement written in 2014 by 109 leading scientists
and clinicians around the globe stating very plainly that in 2014,
we had enough evidence to say that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
is a preventable disease. And just this year, for the first time, at the Alzheimer’s Association’s
International Conference, it was acknowledged that one third
of dementia cases may be preventable. Depending on what literature you review,
even more may be preventable as well. This is just the statistic
that was most recently published in the journal Lancet, which is one of the top
medical journals in the world. And here we have coverage
from that same event alluding to the notion that a field is now looking for hope
in an area once thought impossible. Now, when it comes
to our diets and our lifestyles, and their impact on our health, it’s been said that our genes load the gun
while our choices pull the trigger. So I became obsessed with trying to understand
what it is about the modern world that makes it so likely
for our choices to pull the trigger on diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. So I did a deep dive into the literature. And I looked at parts of the world,
like in Ibadan, Nigeria, home of the Yoruba people. Now, there, the most common and most well-defined
Alzheimer’s disease risk gene, that in the United States puts somebody at anywhere between a 2- and 14-fold
increased risk for developing the disease, there, has little to no association
with Alzheimer’s disease. So in other words,
if you live in the United States, and you are genetically at risk
for developing Alzheimer’s disease, you might move to Ibadan, Nigeria,
and see that risk disappear. So I started thinking
a lot about evolution and the kinds of diets
that our ancestors might have consumed during the time
in which our brains evolved – the magnificent supercomputer
that each one of us is heir to, this incredible legacy – and I realized that for two million years, our ancestors ate in a way
that led to the evolution of our brains. That’s pretty amazing. But then, 10,000 years ago,
something happened. We turned our backs on that diet. We went from being hunter-gatherers,
eating according to seasonal availability, the world was our buffet, we got our nutrients
from the 50,000 edible plant species that there are around the world, and we became settlers, essentially becoming slaves to the few crops
that we could domesticate. Over time, our brains lost the volumetric
equivalent of a tennis ball. So let me just rephrase that
so you really get it. We ate a certain way for two million years
that led to the evolution of our brains, then we turned our backs on that diet. This ultimately paved the way
for the fact that today, 60 percent of the calories
that we consume worldwide come from three plants. Three plants. Wheat, corn, and rice. Perhaps even worse, 50 years ago, these crops became the basis
of our dietary guidelines, where for the first time in human history,
human beings were told how to eat. We were told to base our diets
on healthy whole grains. I mean, I grew up, the Food Pyramid –
which is now debunked – existed, telling me that if I wanted to be healthy, I needed to load up on anywhere
between 6-11 servings of grains per day. And today, the advice is still given that to be healthy, we need
to incorporate grains in every meal. Well, when we look at research, like what was recently
published by Cochrane, which is an organization that has a partnership
with the World Health Organization and is known for their unbiased,
systematic reviews of medical research, we see that there is no evidence
to suggest that eating grains, including whole grains, improve our health. Now, in this research review,
they looked at a certain kind of a trial: they looked at a randomized
controlled trial. Now, randomized controlled trials are the only kinds of trials
that can show cause and effect, which is why this research
is so important. But perhaps the most insidious thing
about these three grains is that today they’re pulverized
and packaged and sold to us in processed foods
that line our supermarket aisles. These ultraprocessed foods now make up 60 percent of the calories
that we consume worldwide. When we consume
these exact kinds of foods, they set off the equivalent
of a forest fire in the body. And the brain sits
directly downwind of that fire. That fire that I’m talking about,
that’s called inflammation. And inflammation directly
accelerates brain aging and worsens pre-existing disease states. Now, our bodies have an incredible
capacity to heal from inflammation. That’s what’s so great
about being a biological entity. Our bodies are so smart. But the problem is our bodies
need the proper ingredients to be able to repair from inflammation. Unfortunately today, 90 percent of Americans are now deficient
in at least one vitamin or mineral. Why do you think that is? Well, that’s because
we’re basing our diets around not only
these ultra-processed foods, but processed foods
made from these three crops, which are pretty scarce
when it comes to nutrients. They’re calorically dense, but they are not nutrient dense,
which is a key differentiator. Another thing that
these foods do very well is they send levels
of blood sugar through the roof. And when blood sugar is elevated, an ancestral hormone in our bodies
also becomes elevated. That hormone is called insulin, and insulin is the body’s
chief fat-storage hormone. The fact that we’re relying
so much on these kinds of foods is why for the first time in history, there are more overweight people
walking the earth than underweight. Now, the other thing
that insulin does really well is it turns your fat cells into the equivalent of a subway turnstile
in midtown Manhattan during rush hour. Basically, calories can flow
into your fat cells, but they can’t come out. Now, this is very problematic because there are certain
organs in our body that have evolved to use fat, and use it remarkably well –
in particular, the brain. The brain loves to use fat for fuel. In fact, I call fat
our body’s birthright fuel. You see, when we’re born, human babies come packaged
with an unusual amount of fat. Our fatness rivals that
of baby seals, actually. We come packaged with a really
high percentage of body fat. I don’t mean to make
any babies in the audience insecure. If there are any babies
in the audience, I apologize, but it’s actually fascinating why it’s believed we come
packaged with so much fat. You see, the human baby is born
with a half-baked brain. We complete our development in the world. This is often referred to
as the fourth trimester. If we were born cognitively with the skills that some
of our simian ancestors are born with, our gestation would be twice as long. This is one of the reasons
human beings are so smart. We complete our development in the world. And it’s thought the fat
that we come packaged with serves as a sort of Mophie
for the developing brain. The developing brain
is incredibly energy hungry too. This is why that’s so useful. The newborn brain uses 90 percent
of the baby’s metabolic rate. So that means that 90 percent of the oxygen and calories
that the baby is consuming goes to fuel its brain. But the baby couldn’t possibly consume
enough calories to support that, therefore, fat. In the human adult brain, the ability
to use fat for fuel is not lost. In fact, as adults,
our brains still love to use fat. It could almost be said – almost – that when the brain
is using fat for fuel, it’s not aging. And the fact that we constantly,
chronically deny the ability of the brain to use fat for fuel due to our chronically
high-carbohydrate diets, well, this might be one of the most
detrimental aspects of the modern diet. And this could, partly,
explain why it’s thought that 40 percent of Alzheimer’s cases may be attributable
to chronically elevated insulin alone. Again, insulin is the hormone that turns our cells
into that subway turnstile. And this was a figure published
in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, which is one of the leading
dementia journals worldwide. So knowing what I know about the brain
and how to properly feed it, I’ve become obsessed
with what I like to describe as resetting my brain
to its factory settings. So I like to spend more time with my body
and brain in a low insulin state. And the quickest way,
the best and most efficient way, of getting your body and brain
into a low insulin state is via fasting. Luckily, we all fast every single day. This is when we’re asleep. So what I like to do
is I like to pad my sleep by two or three hours on each side with an additional time frame
in which I’m not eating. A lot of people call this
intermittent fasting. But essentially, one of the main goals
of intermittent fasting is to allow your body and brain
to spend more time in a low insulin state. When it’s time for me to eat,
I opt for nutrient density, which describes foods that have a very high ratio
of nutrients to calories. And there’s no better example of that than dark, leafy greens,
like kale and spinach. They have tons of nutrients
that protect your brain cells and help your brain cells create energy, and they have very few calories. In fact, the consumption
of dark, leafy greens is associated with reduced aging
by up to 11 years. I eat lots of eggs. You see, I learned
that when an embryo is developing, the first structure to develop
is the nervous system, which includes the brain. Therefore, an egg yolk
is literally designed by nature to contain all
of the necessary ingredients required to grow a healthy brain. I also eat two to three servings of humanely-raised
grassfed red meat per week. If I was a pre-menopausal woman,
I would probably eat three to four because red meat contains an abundance
of highly bioavailable micronutrients. And in fact, a lot of people today say that there’s no place for meat
in a healthy diet. But to that, I invoke a quote
from one of my heroes, Carl Sagan, who said that extraordinary claims
require extraordinary evidence. And researchers believe that it’s not just access to meat,
but cooked meat that catalyzed the growth
of our brains during our evolution. I eat lots of fatty fish: salmon, wild salmon, and sardines. And this is actually my perfect plate. It’s half, if not more,
filled with colorful, fibrous vegetables and a piece of protein
that’s not just protein. It’s got a ton
of essential micronutrients, like DHA fat, which is one of the most important
structural building blocks of the brain. We now know that the adult brain
can grow new brain cells up until death. But the impetus there is
that we need to supply our brains with the appropriate
building blocks to do so. I also eat tons of fruit. But not all fruits, okay? I eat lots of avocados. Avocados have the highest percentage
of fat-protecting antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable. This is really important
and really key for brain health because your brain is constructed of fat. Sixty percent of the brain
by weight is fat, but it’s a kind of fat
that is highly vulnerable and prone to oxidation. We need to supply our bodies
with fat-soluble antioxidants like vitamin E – I eat lots of avocados, an avocado a day. And I avoid, for the most part,
modern, cultivated sweet fruit. I’m not going to stand up here, guys, and tell you that the banana
on the right is toxic. It’s not toxic! But today, our modern fruits are bred
to contain more starch and sugar than ever before in history
because we like the way it tastes. Compare the modern banana
to the wild banana on the left, and you’ll see the contrast is stark. And the research on fruit, okay,
might surprise you. Published in the Journal
of the Alzheimer’s Association, it was found when looking
at older adults that higher fruit consumption was
associated with shrinkage of the cortex, which is your brain’s grey matter. Now, researchers in this journal wrote – they compared that eating foods
with high glycemic load, whether as fruit
or highly refined carbohydrates, may have the same
detrimental effect on the brain. Now, this research is really fascinating because fruit is usually associated
with an overall healthy dietary pattern, but rather than just looking
at diets as a whole in this research, they looked at individual
dietary components as well, where they came to this finding,
which is very striking. I also consume lots of fruit juice, but only one kind of fruit juice: extra virgin olive oil,
which is actually a fruit juice. Extra virgin olive oil is a staple
of the Mediterranean diet. It’s one of the main features
of the Mediterranean diet, adherence to which is associated
with a robust risk reduction for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. No talk about preventing
dementia and cognitive decline, which is the most important topic
I think there is, would be complete without
a little bit of a chat on exercise. So aerobic exercise is really important. I don’t do my aerobic exercise in the gym,
I do it in the real world. I try to imbue my day
with as much movement as possible. I’m always walking, I take the stairs
whenever given the opportunity, and I bike-ride whenever I can. I know you guys in Venice
love bike-riding. The best thing about aerobic exercise is that it boosts something
called BDNF in the brain. Remember this acronym;
it’s very important. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It’s a guardian protein. It’s a guardian molecule that not only ensures the survival
of your existing neurons, but promotes the growth
of new ones as well. It’s key for neuroplasticity. And aerobic exercise
is the best way to stimulate BDNF. I also love to lift weights. Aside from making me
look better naked, which it does, having stronger muscles is really important
for brain function and brain health. Why? Because the same exact stimulus
required to grow your muscles and make them stronger also acts on your brain cells
to make them more efficient. So where is the research to show that making all of these changes
in your lifestyles and diets is going to be worth your time? Where’s the hard data? Right? Well, to answer that question,
I refer to the incredible FINGER study, which was led by Dr. Miia Kivipelto at the Karolinska Institute
in Stockholm, Sweden. I had the pleasure of visiting
the Karolinska Institute and interviewing Miia Kivipelto, and what’s so great about the FINGER trial is that it’s the world’s first-ever
large population, long-term, randomized controlled trial. Randomized controlled trials, remember,
are the kinds of trials required to prove cause and effect. And what she found
in this incredible trial was that in her older adult
at-risk population, that by adhering to a battery
of dietary and lifestyle interventions, many of which I’ve described already, she was able to improve executive function
in her subjects by 83 percent and improve processing speed
by 150 percent. Now, this is incredible, and it’s also particularly poignant for me
in regards to executive function because my whole life
I’ve struggled with executive function. Here’s a letter written
by my guidance counselors in elementary school,
in the days before e-mail, to my parents suggesting that I see a psychologist
because I had a lot of trouble focusing my attention
and tuning out distraction. And that’s why all throughout
my academic career, my grades were never good. That’s why I went into film
instead of going to med school, which is actually
what I really wanted to do. If only I knew then what I know now. So in closing, thanks to research
performed by AARP, we know that brain health is important
to 93 percent of Americans. That is awesome. What’s less awesome
is that very few people know how to maintain
or improve brain health. So I’m trying to fill
this knowledge gap for people. Because every three seconds
a new dementia case is diagnosed. Let that sink in. I mean, that’s, like, heartbreaking. In fact, since I began
speaking to you guys, 400 people around the world
were diagnosed with dementia. But for me, this is not about statistics. This is about a person
who I love very much: my mother. And truthfully, I would do anything
that I could to get her back into the state she was before the monster
that is dementia took over. But it’s made me incredibly passionate
about spreading this message of prevention out to people of all ages. Our cognitive health
might be a choice that we make with every bite that we take. And I want to be very clear
that there’s no person walking the earth who’s not at risk. The brain is highly delicate and vulnerable to the many insults
thrown at it by the modern world. You’re never too young or too old
to make a brain-healthy choice. And our brains really make possible all that it is that we love
to do in the world. So for that reason, I hope
that you’ll all agree with me when I say that it’s worth protecting. Thank you. (Applause)

Randall Smitham



  1. Pagrator Tersot Posted on April 4, 2019 at 6:43 am

    You didn’t take into account 50+ years of chem trail spraying of aluminum, barium and other deadly toxins. Alzheimer’s patients have high levels of metals in their bloodstream. Coincidence?

  2. 101 Life Posted on April 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah. Sugar, oil, refined flour and processed food, sedan lifestyle, stress and lack of proper sleep are the factors for diseases. Awesome info !!
    Personal testimony : when I incorporated the changes in the above mentioned factors in my life, my BP and Blood sugar levels came back down to normal and lost 12 lbs in 4 months!

  3. michelle stein-evers frankl Posted on April 5, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Only a relatively young person would think dementia can be prevented in anyway, but especially by diet and lifestyle.
    And when one says “dementia” it’s not just Alzheimer’s. There are dozens of types of dementias. So irresponsible for you to say that dementia is absolutely preventable, as you totally disregard the tens of thousands of genetic soup we carry.

  4. CrazyStacey1970 Posted on April 5, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Is there any research being done about playing video games to keep the brain limber?It seems to help me . I have depression and anxiety and the meds I take are destroying my memory and motivation. I want to start doing something now , in my forties, besides diet and (I hate) excercise. I know it helps with mental function but is so hard to do. I'm glad it wasn't the first thing mentioned to do to deter dementia as many say. I can do the red meat and fish. Someone in the comments here mentioned sleep. I always wonder if taking sleeping pills is detrimental to the brain's health. I sleep, but it's artificial, the only way I can get a good night's sleep. i wish more people would talk about brain health. We know more about outer space than we do about the human brain. Why isn't more money going into research about the brain, instead of big Pharma concocting new drugs that don't help??

  5. Gwen San Posted on April 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I feel disgusted by what I eat after hearing him talking on and on about the "good food"!

  6. Valenstyle Posted on April 5, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Eggs cause inflammation!!

  7. easybullet3 Posted on April 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Insufficient sleep AND sleeping under the sheet covers are BOTH massive contributors to Alzheimer's & Dementia.

    Food (Green Vegetables and Fruit; and AVOIDING animal protein, Good Exercise, Exercising your brain (ie: learn a language) will take care of the rest.

  8. littlestbroccoli Posted on April 5, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Oh, more keto propaganda?

  9. Theresa Joy Posted on April 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    No no, it’s not the carbs it’s Meat that causes so many diseases.

  10. Deanna Bollo Posted on April 5, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for your comment. You’re absolutely correct. Another Vegan. So suggest ethical, healthy diet. Being pro life, pro planet cannot be wrong. I reiterate your presentation sucks! Good luck.

  11. Janis Froehlig Posted on April 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Your brain is a Subaru head gasket….

  12. Ricky Powell Posted on April 5, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I was with you all the way up to eggs and meat. I've been vegan for almost two years and feel better than I ever have in my 50+ years. There is so much evidence suggesting a whole food, plant-based diet being the most healthy for humans, and has been cited in so many studies in being able to reverse many of our top killers in the US. Of course, nothing can be 100% effective in doing that, but lots of case studies and doctors have confirmed. (Not to mention the benefits for the animals and our planet!) 🙂

  13. Louise Walker Posted on April 6, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Good wake up call, his mother would be proud of him. Add Meditation to the TO DO list to balance psychological trauma, another cause of Dementia.

    Balance & moderation in all. And look wider to other diets including Ayurvedic/Indian which uses so many other low sugar carbs, all the pulses that go into the dahls etc. Sincere best wishes.

  14. Dot Paris Posted on April 6, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    The problem are high toxicity of food, air, cosmetics, water and even fabrics our clothes are made from. Heavy metals are everywhere. We are doomed:(

  15. Etkili İngilizce Posted on April 7, 2019 at 8:47 am

    He's handsome 😏

  16. CarvingJoy Posted on April 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Hello Max, Exelon (rivastigmine) helped my mum returned to us, wonder if it could help your mum.

  17. BOLANLE OMONIYI Posted on April 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Matt !

  18. rayyan dardari Posted on April 8, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Sounds like a keto diet to me

  19. Abigail McKern Posted on April 9, 2019 at 3:26 am

    A very interesting talk. My Mother is 97 and has had Dementia for 17 years. For 70 years she ate once a day, didn't drink didn't smoke was a vegetarian and ate mostly raw and organic. MASSIVE amounts of leafy greens, fruits nuts and olive oils. She never learnt to drive and walked for miles every day. She is incredibly healthy and is on no medication whatsoever.She lived like that – yet she STILL has Dementia.

  20. daniela85 Posted on April 9, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Eggs are full of cholestorol and red meat is carcinogenic. What studies are you reading??? WTF?? Horrible advise!! Eat a whole foods plant based diet and you'll be fine! Read "the China study", watch 'what the health". Follow this Dr.: Dr. McDougall, Dr. Garth Davis, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. T Colin Campbell.

  21. Anne Miller Posted on April 9, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    With Alz, only the one with ALz can really experience their own unique situation. Those dealing with these challenges are the pros.

  22. thinkin outloud Posted on April 10, 2019 at 6:17 am

    I dont eat grains. They are more heavily sprayed with glyphosate – roundup than any other food group. This stuff is wrecking havoc with our microbiome and causing autoimmune disorders. I avoid every grain. I will sprinkle flaxseeds on my salad. I also enjoy a handful of walnuts everyday.

  23. Shelley Charlesworth Posted on April 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    The Blue Zones–where people live the longest, healthiest lives and die peacefully in their sleep – all have these things in common: close family ties, no smoking, plant based foods, constant activity, social engagement and legumes.
    Maintaining family ties and engaging socially with other people requires ability to connect.
    People living in Blue Zones have very little dementia.

  24. A A Q Posted on April 11, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Before you start thinking you have to eat like a Nigerian to avoid Dementia, notice their life expectancy is around 55 years. Perhaps that's the real reason Dementia is virtually unheard of in that country.

  25. Kaptain KoRn Posted on April 12, 2019 at 8:04 am

    This guy is a Hack!

  26. Irene Madrid Posted on April 13, 2019 at 2:36 am

    My mom at 92 has dementia and she is very child like — similar to a four yr old. She is one of the happy ones. When my 97 yr old mean father died, she had no sense of it but she would have been glad after 75 yrs of a marriage with a narcissist.He caused lots of stress but ate well, exercised and kept his sharp mind. He read a lot. Mom cooked, cleaned , gossiped, enjoyed the babies and was not academic. She was not into sports and ate lies a typical Nebraskan. Go figure.

  27. Niall Morris Posted on April 13, 2019 at 11:49 am

    What a poster boy!! Lovely

  28. maplegingko Posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Could keto help your mom? Coconut oil?

  29. Matt Lauer Posted on April 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I would call the title of this video a claim but not a fact. I'm all for healthy lifestyle but any honest expert on the subject of dementia would tell you that there's no proof that it's preventable through lifestyle. Just another huckster making money taking advantage of the gullible. Wishful thinking can cause many to not be rational.

  30. Victoria Burdett Posted on April 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you – you’re amazing- your mum would be / or is – soooooooo proud of you xxx this makes so much sense to me – I’ve suffered health issues related to grains and sugar for years – since cutting most of it out – I’m sooooo much better- good luck x

  31. Sandy J Posted on April 17, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Netflix Forkscand Knifes debunks a lot. food chains contribute mega bucks to heart, diabetes foundation. My brother in law a vegan, exercised outdoors, had bladder cancer, stroke, lost a limb, he did everything this “kid” talks about. Like he said he’s a wanna be, get to your 70s then talk. Why would anyone take non medical young persons advise. Not saying he’s right or wrong, not a scientist, not a doctor, not a dietitian. Don’t get it.

  32. Lisa Cunningham Posted on April 18, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    No wonder so many of us are getting celiac disease. I have major gluten problems that surfaced in 2013.

  33. yogi bee Posted on April 19, 2019 at 1:34 am

    The most important message here is to read the "NOTE FROM TED". Please do not look to this talk for medical advice.

  34. Gia Lollobrigida Posted on April 19, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Fasting is IT. Truly the easiest, cheapest, and able to be done by all but children & pregnant/nursing woman. Starting at 12 hours (i.e, 8pm-8am…9pm-9am), with whatever time is good for you…just trying that for a few weeks, then extending to 14 and on. It is truly an eyeopening lifestyle. I believe FASTING has the ability to cure obesity in USA.

  35. Simon Koetsier Posted on April 22, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Why does this video take 20 minutes just get to the point 😭

  36. Ammar Keylani Posted on April 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I hope one day you arrive to the conclusion that there is no such thing as meat but actually "dead tissue". Where do you think a horse gets his powerful muscles from? I hope as well you might find the simple answer of why elephants in captivity lose their memory far far faster than those on the wild!!! Dementia is an evolutionary obstacle rather social as much as nutritional. Good luck!

  37. AdEPT erik Posted on April 28, 2019 at 4:52 am

    You know to take this talk with a grainof salt when he only cites one study. Real scientific talk presents hundreds of studies, many of which offer conflicting and confounding variables. THis topic is conflicting and confounding… study isnt definitive, and the one that states dementia can be prevented without qualifying population data…isnt much of a reputable one I am afraid.

  38. Tony D Posted on April 28, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    This is old news. The doctor my mother had told us this information 15 years ago.

  39. do br Posted on April 28, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    If not eating meat means I develop dementia, so be it.

  40. Buzz Barnes Posted on April 28, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    It is preventable, but, is it curable? I am 78 and I can feel and see how my mind is not working right.

  41. AFTA Comics Posted on April 28, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    What I want to see is not some 20-something doing a talk on this subject, but a man in his upper 80's who is healthy and speaks from experience.

  42. Laurent L Posted on April 29, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Bases his case on evolution, doesn't mention that the GI tract is that of a frugivor, recommends meat.

  43. Kimberly Gale Goodman Laughter Heals 5921028 Posted on May 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Presidential presidential candidate for the presidential race

  44. Kimberly Gale Goodman Laughter Heals 5921028 Posted on May 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm


  45. R. Wright Posted on May 2, 2019 at 6:40 am

    Interesting. I exposed my 2 sons to a variety of foods. My older loves tropical; mango, citrus, avocados. My younger only eats his veggies raw with hummus. I can't stand bread and were all lactose intolerant. My Mom has early onset Alzheimers from the age of of about 58. She had a Jamaican diet of high starchy foods, but filled with fruits, berries, goat and fish. It could be the Canadian diet that she switch to. Who knows, but like he said the research only is now rolling.

  46. Jordan Saltzman Posted on May 3, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    4:50… in reference to the Alzheimer's risk gene – I think it is a massive oversimplification to say that expression of Alzheimer's symptoms is simply due to dietary differences between Americans and Nigerians. There may be a wealth of other genetic and environmental factors contributing to a higher rate of Alzheimer's onset in Americans. Simply moving to Nigeria won't necessary decrease the risk of Alzheimers. That is an unreasonable conclusion to reach.

  47. Appolonius10 Posted on May 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    It is a strange disease. My beloved grandfather on my paternal side, fought as a royal naval officer in WWII, was injured in the stomach by shrapnel, was sent almost deaf by the engine rooms, became an engineer in civilian life, smoked like a chimney, had lifelong digestion problems due to the injury, ate mostly fish n chips, died at 89 with full mental faculties, no memory loss, sharp as a blade, his body gave out just because of the lifelong abuse. Great man. Love him so much

  48. 101 Life Posted on May 5, 2019 at 9:51 am


  49. Priscilla Allan Posted on May 10, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Why are you looking only at food and exercise? Why not look at the fact we are play deprived? Have a google on the importance of play.

  50. davina gayle-harris Posted on May 10, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I’m only just half way through but I’ve got to say he’s talking. A lot of rubbish. A high meat diet is a sure way to get heart disease and cancer and other lifestyle diseases.
    I would love to get a chance to run some test on him, I’m sure I would see too much Utica acid nitrogen, hyperplasia, low calcium, and low other bone minerals, acidic bones and blood, calcification and prostate issues developing.

    Eating the flesh of animas is simply getting nutrients second hand.

  51. INLOGIX Enterprises LLC Posted on May 10, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Kale is toxic — avoid it. Read the article Vegetable Detective from Craftsman magazine.

  52. doug godfrey Posted on May 11, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Starvation can cause more deaths than any diet.

  53. Lourdes Meza Posted on May 15, 2019 at 4:26 am

    animal products cause inflammation.

  54. TBR Posted on May 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    CBD is good for killing Inflammation. And CBD crosses the barrier to the brain. I am not a scientist but if I put 1 and 1 together it could be something that can help

  55. neonia hazelwood Posted on May 17, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    The volume is too low.

  56. ed low Posted on May 21, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Great, but in my experience, wild bananas are FAR sweeter than cultivated.

  57. BgSkyGrl Posted on May 22, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Unfortunately he doesn't talk about dementia being reversible. Dr Dale Bredesen and the Bredesen protocol.

  58. Jan Doedel Posted on May 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t listen to this man. Animal proteins causes dementia!!

  59. Kandela Brown Posted on May 26, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Too lengthy man. You lost me around 7 minutes. No wonder nothing gets accomplished; with so much hot air, the purpose of the talk is diluted by a mountain of unnecessary verbiage.

  60. Julia Metcalf Posted on May 31, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    It's the lack of healthy fats, meats, organ meats, raw diary in our diets…it is too much starch, sugars, anti-nutrients from plant eating that causes dementia….just like the speaker says…EAT MEAT TO STAY INDEPENDENT….really not much of a mystery, just don't believe what the 'herd' tells you

  61. Kamala Specht Posted on June 3, 2019 at 3:49 am

    I choose to follow Dr. Neal Bernard of Physicians for Socially Responsible Medicine. See his vid on Alzeimers and Diabetes. Opposite advice to this presentation.

  62. Absolute Wellness Posted on June 3, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Dark leafy greens have high amounts oxalates. What are they!? Do your research. Your body will thank you.

  63. Cutic Leona Posted on June 5, 2019 at 8:58 am

    2000000 years ago people die in 40 today is 90is

  64. Glenna Rose Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:57 am

    At this point, I've neither watched the video nor read all the comments but am going to add this anyway:
    Drinking water for good hydration is the most important part. Much "senile" behavior is because the person is dehydrated and very common in nursing homes where drinking less water seems to be encouraged so there are not diapers to change, etc.

  65. Amelie K Posted on June 11, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    This guy is a journalist and not a scientist who actually works with dementia research every day. I have worked with patients suffering from dementia for numerous years and have been lucky enough to listen to lectures by some of the worlds most active scientists in the field, and yes, there are some things you can do to try to put the odds in your favour (especially concerning vascular dementia – what's good for the heart is also good for the brain, so exercise, healthy foods etc), but I've seen MANY patients who did everything "right" who suffer and die from various forms of dementia anyway. It's just not that simple. I wish to God it was. Dementia is not one disease, it's a name that describes a series of symtoms that are caused by brain damage. That brain damage can be caused by about one hundred different diseases or disease states, and for many of these we simply don't know why it happens and we don't have a cure for it. Every damn day you can read a headline in some newspaper about "doing this or eating that" to not get Alzheimer's, exploiting our fear of these deadly, non curable (at least not yet) diseases. Most often you are encouraged to buy something (a product or "advice") before the article is over.

  66. Susan Johnson Posted on June 12, 2019 at 1:54 am

    What's being sprayed down on us from chem trails if filled aluminum. That has a lot to do with increase in alzheimers.

  67. E k Posted on June 12, 2019 at 3:10 am

    There's a reason u didn't become a doctor…u may not have had time to do this research n write the book u wrote which will prob help more people maybe in larger scale than if u had been a doctor. Great inspiring young man. Totally taking all his advice and getting the book..'genius foods'. Thank you.

  68. Iris Eckelboom Posted on June 20, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Strange. In my neuroscience class we learned basically the opposite: we evolved larger brains because of the nutrient density of fruits. We got our colour vision because of that. Evidence can be seen in monkeys: monkeys that don't eat fruits have MUCH smaller cortices relative to monkeys that do eat fruit. I have never heard that meat made our brains grow. If that's the case, why wouldn't more carnivorous species have increased cortex growth relative to herbivorous eaters?

  69. Hennie van der Linde Posted on June 22, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Google or You tube Candida albicans + alzheimers or dementia. Longtime stress weakens your immune system.

  70. Patricia Collier Posted on June 22, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    No one knows how to prevent Alzheimer's, vascular maybe .

  71. Yahu Yahu Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Dementia in some cases is God sent..some of them are very lovable. Alzheimer's is a monster.

  72. John Doe Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    He starts well, then screws it up completely – as somebody else has commented, this becomes a "low carb/Keto/Paleo" diet advert, and deviates from the scientific literature. He isn't a scientist, and it shows – he doesn't understand research study design and limitations – and he quotes studies piece meal, rather than putting the pieces together.

    Several recent reviews in the scientific literature have shown reduced longevity, and INCREASED all cause mortality from his way of eating – the "low carb-Paleo" way. The Blue Zone peoples have been studied extensively- the longest living, free of disease peoples in the world including for cognitive decline – eat a wholegrain and complex carb majority diet. Eating in their whole forms the very grains he's deriding!

    Oh and by the way, "grass reared" meats still contribute heavily to climate change causing gases. Fish aren't a majority part of Blue Zone diets; they have now often levels of metals, and plastics in their tissues, and overfishing is damaging native eco-systems worldwide.

    Stick to proven ways in the research literature of reversing cardiovascular and preventing chronic disease – the Ornish, McDougall, Esselstyn, Barnard etc. ways of eating, and living – and reduce your environmental toxin exposures as best you can.

  73. beppegoals Posted on June 30, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I really don't want to be rude, but what qualifications does he have to give advice on nutrition, let alone nutrition to prevent Alzheimer's disease?

  74. Barry M Posted on June 30, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Nothing can prevent dementia . The incidence of Alzheimer's rises exponentially with age . Journalists are interested in stories not truth

  75. use1kcf Posted on July 3, 2019 at 1:09 am

    He didn’t mention nuts as a prime food for brain health at all. Weird.

  76. Rosemary Howe Posted on July 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Sadly, spinach is high in oxalates. For those prone to calcium oxalate kidney stones spinach is off the menu. Check out Chicago Uni, Dr Coe, on kidney stones.

  77. Barry White Posted on July 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I believe sleep loss is a culprit! I suffer from a bone infection from a root canal extraction site of now 32 years & no one at least here in the USA will help me unless I convert to Satan. I feel pity for this country. Dumbed Down & lied to. We didn’t go to the moon & we never will. The perfect storm of greed & stupidity.

  78. Johnny James Posted on July 4, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    never take a statin drug.

  79. catitude4 Posted on July 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    To be healthy, stay away from Big Pharma. It isn't just your food, it is also vaccines, statins.

  80. eccentricwriter Posted on July 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    I don't actually agree that the brain is worth protecting. You're dead anyways so it's irrational to care much about health for its own sake. Sure, I suppose if there's things you still want to do or goals you want to complete it makes sense to care a bit more and make some adjustments for awhile. But I for one would rather enjoy my life right now rather than do all these things to prevent something happening later…. when I'm just gonna die anyways. If I get diabetes or dementia or anything else that prevents me from doing what i want including just standard ageing I'll just suicide myself. I'll have gotten everything I can out of life at that point and have no interest in suffering needlessly when I WAS JUST GOING TO DIE ANYWAYS. I'm saying this as someone with a genetic disorder that's already taken my independence from me at a young age, I'm only sticking around to grab what little I can get until the end.

  81. Franciscanisha Gomesbukkam Posted on July 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you very much sir for this precious information you have provided to us . I have debated a lot with so called vegans on Facebook and one old man I purposely cut off from my friends list because he was so obsessed with not killing animals . I told him that we are born to eat both plants and animals and that's why we have the canine teeth. Finally I had to tell him not to eat plants too because I love plants just like he loves animals and told him that he can live drinking only water out of anger finally.

  82. Diana G Posted on July 14, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Excellent and well delivered! Thank you.

  83. peanut12345 Posted on July 17, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    No mention of Toxic Drugs for your chronic illness "treatment". Take 6..10..12, no side effects, Really.

  84. Rosalba hamer Posted on July 19, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Test cells for vaccines now we know they contained dangerous chemicals.

  85. Karl Wesneski Posted on July 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Red meat is literally a classified carcinogen by the WHO and eggs are not legally allowed to be labeled as safe or healthy…👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼

  86. Erika Ikeler Posted on July 25, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I thought this was a very excellent presentation. a true gem ~ I forwarded to my loved ones

  87. Annie Ong Posted on August 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Many talks about insufficient sleep are bad for health but there is still no cure for that health problem. I really wish someone can tell me how can I fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

  88. Just a sec Posted on August 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    'Humans live on 1/4 of the food they eat. On the other 3/4 lives their doctor' – Egyptian inscription

  89. Christine Paolini Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Say it ain't so! The food industry is not interested in our health but only profit??? I never would've expected that!!

  90. Christine Paolini Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Max lugaverre had issues focussing as a child due to vaccines, they contain a lot of aluminum which enters the brain due to the blood brain barrier opening up as polysorbate is also in vaccines. Aluminum is a neurotoxin.

  91. thinkin outloud Posted on August 13, 2019 at 7:50 am

    The guy is still confused about what foods he needs to eliminate from his diet.

  92. Candycane Posted on August 21, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Menapause is a factor!! l People need to protect their brains and hearts. Take the HRT! I was a mess, took it, a month later I am back to normal.

  93. OfftoShambala Posted on August 22, 2019 at 12:46 am

    This kid is whacked if he thinks the millennial generation will make it to 90… assuming he means that will be their average life expectancy… in fact I think the avg life expectancy will go down significantly … probably early 70’s.

  94. wyzolma99 Posted on August 27, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Try coconut oil…. the work of Dr Mary Newport

  95. G Garcia Posted on September 5, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I noticed that the audience was mostly thin and fairly young. Were they a specific group or a conference?

  96. Crowe Posted on September 9, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I'd rather get dementia than have to eat any of the foods he listed.

  97. MegzeeR Posted on September 10, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Wow, how shortsighted. This toxic everything world that's swirling in new radiation from the cosmos, ort cloud, our own Sun, Fukushima, flouride, arsenic, mercury, heavy metals contaminating much of our world with all the mining for rare metals to make all these 'clean energy' batteries and containment systems, heck, I could go one for pages and you're thinking that changing our diets and sleeping better will save our brain from chemically destroyed damage? Not to mention the toxic soup of "vaccinations", prescriptions and processed non food? Well, bless your hearts.