Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Mary Newport

Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Mary Newport

Alzheimer’s disease now affects more than 5.5 million Americans, and it is a disease without cure or meaningful treatment. Dr. Mary Newport, a medical doctor specializing in the care of critically ill newborns, was thrust into the role of caregiver when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. But rather than remain passive and agree to the “standard of care”, Dr. Newport began an in-depth pursuit to gain an understanding of what actually underlies the neuronal failure characteristic of this disease. She chronicles this journey, and her discoveries, in her book Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure?.

This is a compelling work that’s focused on the idea of providing ketones, a type of fat, to power brain cells.

Dr. David Perlmutter and Rena Greenberg

Dr. David Perlmutter and Rena Greenberg

Are your best intentions always falling by the wayside as it relates to following dietary advice? Today on The Empowering Neurologist, I interview Rena Greenberg, author of, The Craving Cure.

Rena Greenberg’s success with weight loss hypnosis and gastric bypass hypnosis has been featured in 150+ news stories including USA Today, Woman’s World Magazine, The Doctor’s Show, CNN, Good Morning America and ABC-TV Nightline.

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Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Leo Galland

Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. Leo Galland

Today on The Empowering Neurologist, I spend some time with my long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Leo Galland. Dr. Galland is one of the true pioneers in functional medicine, who has dedicated his professional life to practicing medicine in a way that utilizes the latest scientific advances coupled with the most profound insights of ancient healing systems. Thus, he is able to give his patients the best tools to preserve health, increase longevity and speed recovery from illness.

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Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. David Ludwig

Dr. David Perlmutter and Dr. David Ludwig

Today on The Empowering Neurologist,  I interview Dr. David Ludwig. Dr. Ludwig is a practicing endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Ludwig has published over 150 scientific articles, and presently serves as Contributing Writer for JAMA.

He is founding director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, one of the country’s oldest and largest multidisciplinary clinics for the care of overweight children. OWL serves as a home for research into innovative approaches to treat childhood obesity.

Dr. Ludwig also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. He developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one that decreases the surge in blood sugar after meals) for the treatment of obesity-related diseases.

Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR, ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN, among others.

Today’s interview focuses on his new book, Always Hungry?.

From Amazon:

ALWAYS HUNGRY? turns dieting on its head with a three-phase program that ignores calories and targets fat cells directly. The recipes and meal plan include luscious high fat foods (like nuts and nut butters, full fat dairy, avocados, and dark chocolate), savory proteins, and natural carbohydrates. The result? Fat cells release their excess calories and you lose weight-and inches-without battling cravings and constant hunger. This is dieting without deprivation.

Forget calories. Forget cravings. Forget dieting. ALWAYS HUNGRY? reveals a liberating new way to tame hunger and lose weight . . . for good.

The book really does deliver in terms of both providing the science in an understandable way, as well as giving the reader a user-friendly, actionable plan. I’m really glad I was given the opportunity to read the manuscript for this important work.

Dr. David Perlmutter and Dave Asprey

Dr. David Perlmutter and Dave Asprey

I’m sure many of you have been hearing about Bulletproof Coffee. While this might seem like just another trend or novelty, it turns out that the man behind the brand is actually way tuned in on the biochemistry of the brain that supports why his ideas are so popular.
Dave Asprey is the founder of the Bulletproof movement and author of the New York Times best-seller, The Bulletproof Diet. From his website:

From private brain EEG facilities hidden in a Canadian forest to remote monasteries in Tibet, from Silicon Valley to the Andes, Dave Asprey used hacking techniques and tried everything on himself, obsessively focused on discovering the answers to this one persistent question:

What are the simplest things you can do to be better at everything?

What emerged is the idea of becoming Bulletproof: the state of high performance where you take control of and improve your biochemistry, your body, and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions. It used to take a lifetime to radically rewire the human body and mind this way, if you were lucky enough to even know it was possible. Technology has changed the rules.

Dave founded Bulletproof to make these breakthroughs – and the body and brain you deserve — easily available to you in your everyday life.

Today on The Empowering Neurologist, Dave reveals how he came to understand why we need to favor a diet that provides a special type of fat, ketones, to power the brain and regain energy and stamina. It’s a fascinating exploration of what one motivated individual has been able to accomplish when faced with adversity. Most importantly, this interview commemorates the launch of his new book, Bulletproof: The Cookbook, now available everywhere.

Enjoy!