BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease?

Max Lugavere

Filmmaker and media personality Max Lugavere recently crushed his $75,000 goal on kickstarter, raising over $130,000 to produce a first of it’s kind documentary that explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health. Based on the results of his fundraising efforts with 1,748 backers including myself, I’d say people want to see BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease come to fruition.

Because changes in the brain begin decades before Alzheimer’s symptoms, the absolute best way we can move the needle on this disease is through minimizing risk when it matters most. Max Lugavere is directing this project which includes interviews with David Perlmutter, MD, and many other thought leaders working to help prevent and treat this and other devastating neurodegenerative diseases.

Join me and Max Lugavere on TLP Radio and Podcast tomorrow, March 4th at 8PM EST as we discuss Alzheimers, the BREAD HEAD documentary, and how you can take control of your brain health. Register for an email reminder.


iPod Therapy Opens Memories for Alzheimer’s Patients

Music works, music heals; it unlocks our emotions, creativity, spirituality, and the infinite potential of the brain.  It is also a way to tap into the memories of someone suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease according to Dr. Concetta Tomaino, who has studied the therapeutic effects of music for more than 30 years.

Caregivers have observed for decades that Alzheimer’s patients can still remember and sing songs long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces. Many hospitals and nursing homes use music as recreation, since it brings patients pleasure. But beyond the entertainment value, there’s growing evidence that listening to music can also help stimulate seemingly lost memories and even help restore some cognitive function.

“What I believe is happening is that by engaging very basic mechanisms of emotions and listening, music is stimulating dormant areas of the brain that haven’t been accessible due to degenerative disease,” says Concetta Tomaino, executive director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, a nonprofit organization founded at Beth Abraham in 1995. 1

Read the complete article by Melinda Beck in The Wall Street Journal.

1Retrieved November, 26, 2009 The Wall Street Journal “A Key for Unlocking Memories”


Have 10 minutes, web access and $20?

If so, then you may want to take the ALZselfttest to screen and see if you may be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The ALZselftest is an early warning screening test for Alzheimer’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment. 

Ongoing clinical studies of the ALZselftest are reported to show it is 98% accurate in distinguishing those with cognitive impairment from non-impaired persons.  The test was developed by Dr. John Dougherty, founder of Medical Interactive Technology and Medical Director of the Cole Neuroscience Center (Memory Disorder Program) at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

Here is a list of some things from the ALZselftest site that could signal cognitive impairment and are reason enough to seek out early screening and/or visit your physician immediately:

  • Forgetting how to perform basic tasks like: operate microwave, manage checkbook or tell time
  • Getting confused or lost in familiar places
  • Forgetting the names of people you have been close with for many years
  • Losing time, or inability to remember the current year, month or day of the week
  • Loss of personal hygiene habits
  • Mood or behavioral changes – this is an important one because depression (which is very treatable) can exacerbate AD symptoms and hasten progression of the disease

4.5 million Americans are sufferring from this devastating disease and 60% of people go undiagnosed until they are past the early stages. 

Who wants bad news? The old axiom is “No news is good news” right? No, not when it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease. It doesn’t go away because we don’t want it. Best to be informed…The early the better as there are treatment options available to manage the symptoms.  If you are over 55 you have a one in eight chance of having the disease.  Take a few minutes, twenty bucks and check it out.