Eat to live….or live to Eat?

“What can I do to reduce my chance of Alzheimer’s?”  As a neurologist, this is one of the most common questions I am asked.  My reply was typically “select different parents, get better genes” as little was known beyond that as far as a risk factors for many diseases of the nervous system.  We still do not know exactly why people get ALS, Parkinson’s disease, amongst others, but it seems to be more and more clear that while nutrition is not the only factor, it is an extremely important one.  More and more studies are being completed that show healthy people get less chronic disease including diseases of the nervous system. There is an abundance of information that comes at us from all directions which can be conflicting and confusing.  I have now discovered a resource that I feel confident enough to guide my own and my family’s nutrition and a resource I refer patients to.  

Nutritionfacts.org  is a nonprofit organization founded by Michael Greger, MD, FACLM to provide science behind nutrition recommendations.  He has videos discussing the science behind ketogenetic diets, artificial sweeteners, which plans to eat to combat certain diseases, amongst 100s of other topics.  And, it is an invaluable FREE resource.  Of note, I have no relationship with this site nor Dr Greger. I am just a very happy recipient of the information given by his nonprofit organization.

If a more healthy diet seems out of reach financially, here are a few additional resources to consider:

Find a Food Program near You

Fair Food Network: fairfoodnetwork.org; 734-213-3999

Based in Michigan, this initiative has a national Double Up Food Bucks program that doubles the value of federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) benefits at farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

Fresh Prescription: ecocenter.org; 734-761-3186, 313-881-2263

This Detroit-based program caters to low-income patients with chronic diseases, caregivers of young children, and pregnant women who are referred by their primary care physicians. Patients receive a prescription for produce that’s filled at partnering farm stands or markets.

Wholesome Wave: wholesomewave.org; 203-226-1112

This national organization can help people start a produce prescription program in their own area. Contact them for a tool kit that includes fundraising strategies and step-by-step instructions.

Update as of 3/23/2020

 

The physicians of Legacy Spine and Neurological Specialists are fully committed to continuing to offer care to all our patients in the safest possible manner for our staff and all our patients, as well as all the entire population of our state, during this unprecedented healthcare crisis our nation is facing at this time.   Social distancing is the most important method of trying to slow the spread of this pandemic. Therefore starting 3/23/2020 we are closed. You may call 501-661-0077 or continue to our website and use our securing messaging system.

 

As of 3/30/202 we will offer Telehealth consultations for new and existing patients in accordance with the requests of President Trump and Governor Hutchinson.   We will do the very best we can To arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan for your issues via Telehealth. Most non urgent in person care will be explained and planned for but delayed until the social distancing is no longer appropriate for your condition. We will be offering in person care for only for limited urgent issues including selected spinal And cranial procedures.

 

Our MRI will be used with the greatest of preventative caution and in strict adherence of social distancing for our patients and staff.

 

Please be patient with any inconveniences during this period of time. We hope that all will join us in prayer for a full recovery for all Across the entire world afflicted with the Covid 19 and that we will this invisible war ASAP, and for the souls of those who have lost the battle!   God Bless America and the World!

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