Synopses & Reviews
Most people think there is little or nothing you can do to avoid Alzheimer's. But scientists know this is no longer true. In fact, prominent researchers now say that our best and perhaps only hope of defeating Alzheimer's is to prevent
After best-selling author Jean Carper discovered that she had the major susceptibility gene for Alzheimer's, she was determined to find all the latest scientific evidence on how to escape it. She discovered 100 surprisingly simple scientifically tested ways to radically cut the odds of Alzheimer's, memory decline, and other forms of dementia.
Did you know that vitamin B 12 helps keep your brain from shrinking? Apple juice mimics a common Alzheimer's drug? Surfing the internet strengthens aging brain cells? Ordinary infections and a popular anesthesia may trigger dementia? Meditating spurs the growth of new neurons? Exercise is like Miracle-Gro for your brain?
Even a few preventive actions could dramatically change your future by postponing Alzheimer's so long that you eventually outlive it. If you can delay the onset of Alzheimer's for five years, you cut your odds of having it by half. Postpone Alzheimer's for ten years, and you'll most likely never live to see it. 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's will change the way you look at Alzheimer's and provide exciting new answers from the frontiers of brain research to help keep you and your family free of this heartbreaking disease.
"If trying something new can delay or offset the effects of Alzheimer's, as former CNN medical correspondent and syndicated 'EatSmart' columnist Carper (The Food Pharmacy) contends, then readers would do well to try many of the ideas she offers in this empowering compendium. Genetically disposed to Alzheimer's, Carper, now in her 70s, has compressed the latest research on this and other types of dementia into short sections, each with a bottom-line action plan. While some are basic to all-around good health (e.g., taking a multivitamin, not smoking, limiting alcohol), others might surprise: consuming apple juice and vinegar, meditating, and surfing the Internet. Although Carper admits she has not tried all of them, she recommends that readers experiment with those best suited to their situations. Even a few nutritional (a Mediterranean diet) and lifestyle (exercise, stress relief, sleep) changes, she states, can gain as much as a decade disease-free, and by supplementing with anti-Alzheimer's powerhouses like niacin, choline, folic acid, and alpha lipoic acid, readers can push mental decline even further into the future. Whether in their 20s or well into retirement, readers will likely feel motivated to do the impossible: beat the approaching epidemic of a disease commonly viewed as hopeless. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Exceptionally good...Buy this book and keep it handy. Even if you only follow a few tips, your body will thank you."--Carol Bradley Bursack, Inforum
"Whether in their 20s or well into retirement, readers will likely feel motivated to do the impossible: beat the approaching epidemic of a disease commonly viewed as hopeless."--Publishers Weekly
"It's about time someone has compiled such an important manual of steps we can and should all take to avoid Alzheimer's. Jean has done a skillful job at delivering accessible tips that are backed in science and still very actionable for those of us interested in preserving our intellect and memory."--Mark Liponis, MD, coauthor of Ultraprevention and author of Ultralongevity
"In her usual science-made-simple approach, Jean Carper gives readers of all ages 100 doable strategies for keeping brains sharp and bodies healthy. I highly recommend reading it-and doing it."--William Sears, MD, author of Prime-Time Health
"A wonderful book that appeals to the lay person, physician and scientist alike, with its beautifully outlined 'what to do' approaches to dealing with the threat of such a frightening disease. It is a must read for all of us."--Brian J. Balin, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
"In this marvelous book, Jean Carper has done all the leg-work for the reader by basing it on the very recent scientific literature and direct contacts with many Alzheimer's disease researchers. She has a unique and refreshing writing style. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to maintain their cognitive abilities during aging and reduce their risk of Alzheimer's-which should be all of us!"--Gary W. Arendash, Ph.D., Research Professor of the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
"With style and wit Jean Carper has assembled all the simple things that people can do to delay the onset of age-related memory loss, an idea that may sound revolutionary to some, but is all research-based. My advice is simple: Read this book!"--Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown Medical School
"There is a gem of knowledge and insight on every page. Jean Carper brings a rare talent to these pages-she helps the reader see the difference between scientific breakthroughs and passing fads. Most important, this book offers hope-something the reader can do right now to change their future. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to protect their minds as they grow old."--Gary L. Wenk, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Ohio State University, author of Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings
"A refreshingly positive view of Alzheimer's disease and what you can do to reduce your risk."--Suzanne Tyas, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Studies and Gerontology and of Psychology, University of Waterloo
When bestselling author Jean Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer's gene, she was determined to find out if there was anything she could do to help herself. As it turns out, there was quite a lot. In 100 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER'S, Jean Carper teaches readers how to take simple and effective steps to battle age-related memory loss and prevent Alzheimer's Disease.
Based on the latest scientific findings and distilled into 100 short-form essays, 100 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT ALZHEIMER'S includes such surprising strategies as drinking apple juice; taking care of your gums; powering up with Acetyl-L-Carnitine, reading; and even simply trying new things. Carper discusses the major theories of Alzheimer's as well as the newest interventions. She provides the scientific rationale behind the tools in the book and details instructions on how readers can apply particular steps to their lives. A fresh, science-based approach on how to save your brain from damage caused by age-related dementia and Alzheimer's.
When bestselling author Carper discovered she had the Alzheimer's gene, she was determined to find out if there was anything she could do to help herself. In this resource she teaches how to take simple and effective steps to battle age-related memory loss and prevent Alzheimer's.
About the Author
Jean Carper is an award-winning medical journalist and the author of 23 books, including the New York Times
bestsellers Food-Your Miracle Medicine
, Stop Aging Now!,
and Miracle Cures
. She is a contributing editor to USA Weekend Magazine
, and wrote the magazine's "Eat Smart" column for 14 years. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Florida.