Greek Yogurt and Kefir—Are They ‘Brain’ Safe to Eat?

No, and here are four quick reasons, but…

The four reasons:




Gut Intolerance


Casein is a protein that envelopes nutrients and will not allow their absorption.  So when you put fruit on your cereal and coat it with milk, it is a waste, you just pass all the nutrients.

IGF-1, or insulin growth factor1, is a hormone our bodies naturally create and which dairy consumption increases.  We need IGF-1 to develop and grow our bodies from infancy onward but after our late 20s, when our brain has fully developed, we don’t produce as much or need as much, a balance must be established.  When we don’t have enough IGF-1 our brain function suffers, when we have too much, damage ensures due to overabundance, damage like cancer progression.  Just let your body makes its own IGF-1, and you do that by eating clean, go moderate on meat proteins and by-pass the milk.

Lactose is a type of sugar that requires a special enzyme to digest it.  Many folks don’t produce this enzyme or call it up to digest the lactose in milk.  Consequently, bloating, pain, cramps, diarrhea, gas, nausea and possibly vomiting –just general all out stomach torture–is a result of not being able to digest the lactose. Is this you?  If not, intolerance has been known to occur suddenly so be watchful, just bypass the milk.

Even if you seem to digest milk okay, it still messes up your gut flora; it keeps your microbiome off kilter.  Gut imbalance leads to difficulty digesting foods, inflammation and overall problems with immunity.

Yet with everything, there is an exception….kefir and Greek yogurt.  Again, your microbiome must be in balance, the good and the bad bacteria equaling out. Your microbiome needs just a bit of fermented food to keep the good bacteria stirring and working.  Fermented products such as kefir and Greek yogurt can give the gut needed bacteria and help it stay in balance.  But, understanding the intolerance, just omit it from your diet. Eat kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso; these are other fermented foods that will certainly do the gut bacteria balance trick.

If Greek yogurt and or kefir are all you have and if you can tolerate it, consume it with the knowledge of IGF-1 and casein. To get around casein, eat your Greek yogurt or kefir first thing in the morning with no additives and at least 30 minutes to an hour prior to consuming with other foods. In other words, no blueberries with the yogurt and wait an hour before you sip on your morning bone broth.  To ease with the IGF-1 production and prevent an overload, go easy on other animal proteins same day.

Basically know, only baby cows are to drink cow’s milk. Omit it from your diet to ensure the best brain health.

Here’s to your good brain health,



Janet Rich Pittman, SCALA, CDP

Brain Health Specialist


The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.



Transcript for Video on The #1Way to Get and Keep YOUR Brain in Gear!

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#1 Way to Get and Keep Your Brain in Gear

Hello, so glad to see you and glad you tuned in. You are here because I am going to reveal the latest science that tells us #1 Way to Get and Keep Your Brain In Gear.
In this video you are also going to learn the 3 main causes of brain drain,
brain fog leading to Alzheimer’s.

And I’ll show you how you can venture further to keep your cognition intact and your brain fully functioning. This video is about 13 minutes long so you might want to pause the video and go up and save the url or the address on your internet browser so you can come back to it if we are interrupted.

If you are like me and many of the other people I work more closely with, you want to save and review the information, good information that can help you get ahead in life, help you get into good brain health.

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Janet Rich Pittman. It’s very nice to see you. I am a brain health specialist. I am a former dementia administrator and dementia practitioner.
I served three locked down dementia facilities, in the range of 16 to 54 beds. And because of the small size I was able to give hands on service to my patients. And I truly grew to love some of my patients. The humiliation, the agony, the suffering my patients and their families went through, to finally my patients giving in, to death, just took it’s toll on me.

In our dementia training they teach us how to care for patients, they tell us what is happening, but they don’t give us the why or the possible causes. I wanted to know why. Why could Mr. Riley put together a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle in two or three hours but could not speak or feed himself? And here we have Roger Gentlihome who won the tennis championship at the Senior Olympic Games at age 102.

So I hit the books, actually medical reports, combing through journal after journal and database after database. I found and follow a number of scientists who are making strides in Alzheimer’s and other dementias, other neurological degenerative issues. And I have latched on to four from US and one from Italy. Just a few years ago they reversed severe cognitive impairment of 9 out of 10 patients, participants if you will.

Next study 45 of 45 were reversed and today’s date hundreds have been reversed right up at the 1000 mark.

These are people like Mr. Riley who can now talk and feed themselves not to mention snuggle up with their grandchildren, remember their birthdays and fix them supper—plan a fun night for the grandchildren
to sleep over!

Today I’m going to give you the foundation of how to keep our brain healthy and give you the beginning, the foundation, #1 way to keep our brain in gear and prevent our cognition from fully slipping into Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

First, what is happening in the brain is that a vast hunk of brain cells in a certain section of our brain are dying. The amount of cell death and the location varies from person to person.

Okay, brain cells are dying. Why? And how?

Here is the secret, the #1 reason we get brain fog, brain drain, leading to Alzheimer’s… Alzheimer’s at first is really not a head disease, it is a gut disease. What we eat combined with our DNA can make or break us. In other words, the foods we eat, what we put into our gut, combined with our DNA, can increase our health or make us sick.

Science recently tells us that we have two brains, we have the head brain, area between our ears, behind our eyes and a gut brain, area under our chin down to our hip bones. We create more neurotransmitters in our gut brain that we do in our head brain. Consequently we have more neurotransmitters in our gut brain than in our head brain.

What are neurotransmitters? These are messenger chemicals that travel along our neurons, they send nutrients up to our head brain get dispersed around where these messenger chemicals are now commands that are sent back down to our gut and other organs to tell us how to function and operate. This communication is called


We’ve always know about this brain gut connection. It can be delayed …how about all of us who have embedded in too much alcohol and woken up with horrible hangover and headache.

With heavy stress, a test or presentation coming up we get sick to our stomachs, have diarrhea or vomit.

Or this brain gut connection can be acute-right away. My girlfriend is allergic to crab, we were at a holiday open house, she looks at me and says, “that dip had crab in it”. I knew of her condition and I parted the waters, the people and barely made it to the kitchen sink where she upchucked and upchucked.

Cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, is not acute, symptoms are not going to pop up right away.

Over time based on what we put in our gut and our DNA we starve our brain cells and create hyper inflammation and/or a combination of this starvation and inflammation.

Right there are the three causes of Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment. 1. We starve or brain cells, 2. We cause hyper inflammation in our brain cells and 3. A combination of this starvation and hyper inflammation.

Let’s go a little bit deeper, when brain cells are starved, they cannot get the nutrients needed to operate, for those messenger molecules to run and command so the neurons shrivel up and die. Inflammation is like when you get a cut and maybe a little infection with puss, that’s inflammation working, your immune system is in operation, getting the bacteria and toxins out of that particular area, out of your body. A scab forms, new skin grows back. This is inflammation working, killing bad and damaged cells, creating growing new cells.

But hyper inflammation is when something triggers inflammation in your brain and the bad cells are eaten—but inflammation just keeps eating and eating all the cells, the good cells too, it cannot shut off.

So what causes this starvation and inflammation? Roughly, there are 7 triggers but the problem is there is not one acting alone. There are two, usually three to four that start a cascade of brain cell death and it all depends upon your intake or consumption of these triggers—the intake of these triggers in association with your DNA.

I met Juliana at a marketing conference. She was not as sharp and pungent as I felt an accountant should be. She is an accounting consultant. When she learned of my training, she confided in me of her continual cognitive slipping, forgetting clients, not understanding formulas she had created on the spread sheets a year ago. She said she was leaving out details in her analysis. “Janet”, she sighed, “I’m just tired and lethargic all the time.”

Even though we live on opposite sides of the county, she wanted me to help her. I worked with her GP, we had some testing done where we learned she had a high level on her hs-CRP test, this is a blood test for inflammation. After Juliana and I put our heads together we realized it was a continual infection in her mouth from where she had her wisdom teeth removed about 4 years earlier. It took a few months after a ‘cleaning out dental procedure’ but all her cognitive failing are gone and she is sharp as a tack—crunching those numbers!

Mike and I are runners. He’s about 5’11” and skinnier than I am, just a string bean. When he found out what I do he confided in me he, that he was, in his words, “losing his marbles” and he was about to lose his job. It was everything he said, he could not remember his computer password, had trouble recognizing faces at work, he’d miss meetings, even if he’d written them down. His neurologist told him: get your affairs in order. He asked me what would I suggest. Everyone wants a snap decision, a quick cure. Alzheimer’s and other dementias have taken years to percolate in your mind, and it affects everyone differently pending your DNA and lifestyle. I told Mike it is a complicated disease and unfortunately turnaround can be complicated that if he would share with me his test results and go over a bit of history I’d be glad to help him. So we did, went over all he had but he was missing some hormone test results. He didn’t want to do testing again so I combed his lifestyle started with his running and diet, changed 1 thing and I added a couple of other supplements and boom…night and day difference. He is thriving now at work and has gained about 20 pounds.

Every time we see each other at races or with our running group Mike hugs me and brags on me but I always turn the conversation because he did it. He just had my help. Just like Juliana had my help. And I have helped a lot more. Currently I am getting their testimonies and will put them on my website. But now the questions is, How can I help you? Can I help you or a loved one?

You’re a member of my brain health revolution so I give you quick and short information here and there. I do try not to wear out my welcome. But I know it is not enough. Even when I give speeches 30 minutes to an hour up to half day seminars, I walk away saying to myself there is so much more I can give.

Would you like to set up a meeting and see what I can do for you or a loved one in your family? And if not now, maybe in the future, let’s stay in touch. My mission is to help you or a loved one take hold of your brain health and get the brain is gear so to be fully functioning.

Usually when I meet with folks, I charge a basic fee to begin consultation. But with this video, I offer a FREE, free strategy session where we will access you or a loved one’s current situation and determine what is needed right away to get the brain in gear.

Simply email me with subject line “free strategy session” so in turn you can have the ability and freedom to engage in life, like Mike and Juliana, where YOU or a loved one will feel a new found freedom after the brain fog lifts, where the knack to concentrate swings back and confusion is replaced with crystal clear thinking and proper decision making. Your confidence returns confirming you can remain and live independent for years to come.

Below, I’ve given you 2 flyers of what we talked about earlier, 3 Causes of Alzheimer’s and 7 Triggers of Alzheimer’s. As you can see, these flyers and this video just scratch the surface.

Together we can go deeper into your specific brain situation and have you and your brain in gear and operating on all cylinders.

Email me your free strategy session. I’m Janet Rich Pittman wishing you the very best in good brain health.



Three Main Causes of Alzheimer’s, click here.

Seven Triggers of Alzheimer’s, click here.


8 in 2018: YOUR Top Questions Regarding YOUR Brain Health and Dementia

8 in 2018: Answers to YOUR Most Frequently Asked Questions:

1.In the Q&A after your speech, you advised never to retire. Could you go over that again.

Janet: That’s right. Never retire your brain, always keep it working for the rest of your life, specifically working to solve new problems or challenges. From shopping in a new grocery store to learning a foreign language to finding a tutor for your son/grandson, these are brain exercises.

Brain exercising is putting new information on top of old for an accomplishment, for a result. Here is the ketch: you have to have many of these new accomplishments EVERY DAY. How many? No one knows for sure. The only science I have found behind this is that college educated individuals and/or those devoted to continuing education and the usage of it, mentally last the longest.

Also to ensure your mind keeps churning all of its gears, one must have something to sink their teeth into, a purpose in life, a reason to get up and go every morning. Fine if you want to ‘retire’ from your current job. We all need a change of pace, a different routine, less stress. But…

Light two of your brain candles with one flame…get a new job!! This way, you never retire your brain and you always have a challenge before you. Brain challenge/brain exercising examples at your new job: learning a new software, understanding new company procedures and keeping up with the names of all the new employees. Plus, you’ll have some fun mad money! Never RETIRE!!!! Here is 1.47 minute video I made talking more about what happens when you finally get there, get to retirement.

Here is an article I wrote describing the number 1 side job you need to get to help your brain.




2. Hello, I watched your advice on the news and you brought up balancing hormones so do you believe in taking bio-identical hormones? would that really make a difference? I really am scared to take those because of breast cancer but I noticed my memory is getting worse, I cannot speak the words I want during conversation.

Janet: Yes, I believe in bio-identical hormones, at any age FOR ANY GENDER. But you must take what your body is missing, not just a prescription for any and all. You are right, too many hormones can cause cancer, but what they don’t tell you is that not enough hormones can cause cancer AND memory problems.

And about needing to stop and think about what to say, the words you are thinking not coming out of your mouth…that tells me your synapse brain cells are weak. This symptom is a direct correlation to hormone imbalance, poor nutrition and lack of sleep, each or a combination of them all successfully balanced. There is no cure for memory loss and mental weakness BUT there are actions, primarily a combination of, that you must revolve your life in and around so to better your mental health. Here is a signature article I wrote, How to Keep Our Brains Young.





3. My parents are both in good physical health, my dad is 85 and my mom is 78. Do you think their diet of high carbs, processed foods, white bread, and sugar is contributing to their brain drain?
Janet: Quick answer is yes. To understand why, take about a 20 minute read of my most popular give away 9 Signs You’re Experiencing Bra

in Drain with Ways To Keep Your Brain Fully Charged, here.

Perhaps all three of you could read one of my signature articles I wrote, We Are Starving our Brains and Don’t Even Realize It  or Why Are Our Parents and GrandParents Coming Down with Alzhiemer’s and Other Dementias.

All these writing talk about the 6 WHITE Brain Damaging Foods we consume wholeheartedly without knowing in our daily diets…white sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, white corn (it is white when processed after it’s endosperm, shell, is taken away) plus these last four turn to sugar, along with all milk products (this includes cheese).




4. “I eat whole grain wheat, rice, oats & flax meal. If I quit putting milk with these, what can I use? What do you eat for breakfast?”
Janet:  I suggest no wheat whatsoever, wheat contains most gluten of our food consumption and in a phrase summary, gluten opens/dissolves the lining of our small intestine, for everyone who consumes wheat, celiac disease or no. Thus, partially digested food seeps out of our intestines, seeps into our blood, digests the lining of our arteries, breaks the blood brain barrier and eventually causes hyper inflammation. As we are all different, with different DNA and different immune performance levels, bodies react differently. Dr. Alessio Fasano, brought over from a University in Italy by MIT who now practices at Harvard discovered this and wrote a book on it, Gluten Freedom.

For rice, only wild and brown, if brown, try to get the sprouted, it is just easier on the digestive track. Oats have a hint of gluten, go easy on them and get oats that have not been processed, get preferably steel cut, 2nd choice get old fashion. When they are processed their endosperm (shell) is removed from being heated and bleached (in order to cook quicker and look nice) which pulls away the natural nutrients from oats.

Flax meal, great!! Good omega 3.

For your oatmeal, you could also stir in a bit of almond butter, honey, molasses or maple syrup—just a bit though, sugar, any type eventually is bad for you. We cook steel cut oatmeal in filtered water and add Extra Virgin Olive Oil (great antioxidant and is needed to help with sticking, you could add either grass fed butter or coconut oil) and Vietnamese Cinnamon, the taste is so much better

For my breakfast: I stick to protein, smart carbs and veggies
Today: I had left over of shrimp casserole, fresh kale from my Dad’s garden, carrots and 2 slices of bacon with green tea.
Shrimp Casserole: made with basis of a puree of freshly roasted mirlton or cayote squash mixed with eggs, flax seed meal, sprinkle of tapioca pudding for thickening, cajun spiced ghee sautee of fresh shrimp my buddy caught, not farm raised shrimp.

Yesterday’s: kale (from my Dad’s garden), carrots, egg muffin, bacon, celery with almond butter, green tea
Egg Muffin: onions, garlic, celery, green red and yellow bell pepper sauteed in bit of bacon grease placed in butter greased muffin tins (6 muffin sections in tin) and topped with stirred up eggs, baked till set and put in refrigerator to eat from.

Day before: kale (from my Dad’s garden), left over baked chicken with fresh herb butter sauce, carrots, ½ green banana, green tea

My carbs: I only eat smart carbs which are complex carbs: all vegetables, occasional beans, wild and sprouted brown rice, quinoa rarely (once month–gluten issue).




5. I can’t believe that you eat bacon or grease.

Janet: I personally eat a ½ keto, ½ paleo diet, no gluten and low low fruit diet. Your brain is mostly fat, it needs fat to help the nutrients swim all around and be accurately distributed. Good fat is necessary for good brain health, but you cannot combine it with bad fats like trans fats or hydrogenated oils (canola, sesame seed, corn, etc.). It’s like putting water in oil, it doesn’t mix, digest, assimilate into your cells correctly. The only fats you should be eating are grass fed natural animal fats (butter and fat in meats), olive oil, coconut oil.

A marathon runner, age 62, I counseled was having memory issues and finance issues, he could not understand numbers any longer. After a quick review of his lifestyle and diet he was a perfect Alzheimer’s prevention specimen except for his diet. For years, decades, he followed a low fat, high carb, high protein diet. Insulin resistance was a contributing factor but mainly, the lack of fat took it’s toll on his brain. After some key supplements based on further testing and a strict ketogenic diet (diet high in fats), he now tutors his coworkers in spread sheet formula development.  He was starving his brain of fats.   To learn more you would enjoy an article I wrote on Starving Your Brain.

Mr. Marathon Runner: at 62, he still runs by the way.




6. You say go super low on sugar, what about fruit? I eat a lot of fruit.

Janet: Sugar…consumption and processing/digestion of it truly depends on each person. Just keep it as low as possible and only from natural sources, fruits, honey, maple syrup, molasses, homegrown stevia leaves. Just know ball park your body and brain can only successfully process/digest 5-8-10 grams sugar a day. And don’t sleep on it. If you consume fruit or any sugar, consume as little as possible and be sure and consume before 2pm so to process all your sugar and not interfere with your sleep.  Need help sleeping and staying asleep? If my 19 Ways to Get to Sleep and Stay Sleeping flyer does not do the trick, email me and let’s schedule some one-on-one time together.  We can get you sleeping!




7.You say we must do physical exercise, brain exercise and eliminate chronic stress. I walk about 30 minutes daily when I do my praying. I assume this helps as praying reduces my stress. Because I am busy with e-mail reading & correspondence, and reading 2 Christian magazines is this a good amount of reading?

Janet: Just make sure you get some huffing and puffing in that walk, God will approve!!!. Extra oxygen up in your brain along with a faster than normal beating heart activates your Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor which gets your glia cells reproducing faster and your synapse linking those neurons together and your stem cells creating more neurons! In other words, exercise creates new brain cells and also strengthens and matures new brain cells which keeps your train of thought flowing and memory as instant as possible. Here is a quick 2 minute read of an article I wrote on exercise creating new brain cells.

Also, in regard to all that Christian reading, please understand the difference between reading for entertainment or fact finding vs. reading for an accomplishment. You and your brain have to do something–accomplish something with those facts, put the facts to use!! Reading is nice and okay but only goes so far. Reading is a tool to create new brain cells.  Here is an example of how it work:  you are a history buff and lecture here and there so you read to understand why the Brits almost won the War of 1812 and if it had not been for their loss of the Battle of Mobile Bay in Mobile Alabama we, the US, might still be under British rule! You then use that newly learned trivia in your new lecture. A question comes up about the pirates, so you go back to your sources, read some more and are prepared for the next lecture to answer the questions! For more on brain exercising, review question #1 above or click here to quickly get to it.



8.  What are the first signs of dementia that you notice?
Janet:  It is not Memory Loss! Memory loss is what most folks acknowledge with beginning dementia, yet it is low on the list. Gait is the primary indication dementia has been percolating upstairs and is working to set in. Are you or yours taking the streets like a New York Fashion Runway or are you shuffling your walk, barely lifting your feet from the floor? Poor balance and a weak gait are the leading signs of dementia. I created a 45 second video here on the first thing to look for in dementia,

For Brain Health Members exclusively, I have here a check-off list for the Top Signs Your Cognizance is slipping.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me,

Helping you keep your memory, age successfully and have good brain health, I’m YOUR Brain Health Specialist, 




                                                                                                            Janet Rich Pittman

Have You Fallen Lately?


How’s your balance?   Do you fall frequently?  Take a simple balancing test.  Go barefoot.  Grab a clock with a second hand or hit the timer on your cell phone.  Place your right hand on a bath or kitchen counter and bend your left knee which will pull up your left leg.  You can either hold knee at a 45 degree angle or try and hit your butt.  Slide your hand from the counter and stand one-footed for as long as possible.  Note the time.


How many minutes can you stand tall and straight before toppling?  If you hit the 5 minute mark, congratulations.


If you only last less than a minute, you may be on your way for a fall, provided you have not had a bad one already.  According to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of accidental death for those 65 and older.


In order to fight this statistic and prolong your life, you must improve your balance. The best way to improve your balance is by strengthening the core of your body.  Your core is the area of your torso, actually from your shoulders down to the top of your hips, or lower pelvic area.


Your core holds the center of your personal gravity to lift, sit, stand, lie down or bend over.  When your core is not strong, your balance is off.  When your balance is off, your confidence is diminished and you are unsure of yourself, making it easy to give in to a fall.


You stand tall and straight with a strong core, you are in alignment having good posture. Tammy Wise,  is a widely respected mind-body fitness expert, practitioner of holistic healing and Tao minister practicing in New York City.  In her article Strengthen Your Will To Align,  she explains one must recognize the importance of their posture. “Posture”, she states, “is the first thing that cues you in on how you feel”.  Weak posture leads to imbalance which leads to lack of confidence which leads to a fall.


Strengthening your body core also ensures a strong mind.  Core building exercises shoots demands for actions to the cerebellum, the area of the brain in the back of your head next to the brain stem.  The cerebellum area acts as a computer processing information for a quick and clear response involving your balance, equilibrium, muscle coordination and positional awareness.  Strengthening your core improves your brain health, your brain’s ability to quickly think on your feet, correcting actions and movement, thereby preventing falls.


A strong core tightens abdominal muscles to support the diaphragm permitting deeper and fuller breathing, allowing more oxygen to circulate in your blood finally reaching then penetrating the capillaries in your brain flooding it with nutrients.


So how do you strengthen your core?


Power walking, running especially—as much as you can do, jiggles all your core organs and muscles.  Over time they become strong and synergize to strengthen your core.  Plus, aerobic and brain exercises help create and develop your brain cells to be quick on your feet for snap balancing decisions.  Any exercise though helps to build core muscles.


General sit ups, 5 to 10 to 50 per day, are a great start.  Yoga and pilate exercising concentrates mainly on developing core inner strength.  But you don’t have to go out and join a health club or hire a personal trainer.


Improve your balance by having a strong body core and with a strong core, you will have good brain health which will help prolong your life and prevent falls!.





Prevent Falls Check List


To Prevent Falls:

Improve Your Balance

The Best Way to Improve Your Balance:



Your core is the area of your torso, actually from your shoulders down to the top of your hips, or lower pelvic area. Your core holds the center of your personal gravity to lift, sit, stand, lie down or bend over.



Participate in Aerobic Exercise to

  1. strengthen core muscles connecting to core or gut organs and
  2. create new brain neurons and supporting brain glia cells for quick thought to your cerebellum for immediate balancing action.  The cerebellum area acts as a computer processing information for a quick and clear response involving your balance, equilibrium, muscle coordination and positional awareness.


After a steady Exercise Program of 6 months and Your

Balance is Still Off

  • Strengthen your ankles, calves and feet. Research exercises and resistance training to strengthen them, incorporate them into your weekly workout routine.  You may need to see a Physical Therapist who specializes in balance issues.
  • How are your ears? Have a professional check for any severe wax buildup
  • What foods are you eating? Daily intake of alcohol, overeating every day, too much sugar and way overload of gluten all stress your equilibrium.  A 2000 calorie or less paleo or keto diet is the best brain diet.
  • Are your eustachian tubes clogged? Theses are tubes that connect middle ear to back of throat, one per ear, that could become clogged with thick mucus.
  • Might have you vertigo or Meniere’s Disease? These are balance/dizzy diseases. Research them, see if you could be a victim, find causes, see about eliminating the causes and maybe see a doctor.



The purpose of this information is to convey knowledge. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure your condition or to be a substitute for advice from your main healthcare professional. Sincerely, I wish you and yours the very best in brain health.

President Trump, to quell the Alzheimer’s questions, here is what to do:

(a quick 3 minute read)

Former White House Aid Omarosa Manigault Newman in her book Unhinged claims that changes in President Trump’s actions stem from his mental decline which is leading to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s. This ‘does Trump have Alzheimer’s?’ question has been raised by opponents since his candidacy. And now various articles from Business Insider, The Hill, Page Six, Washington Examiner, USA Today, The Splinter and The Wall Street Journal , while covering Omarosa and her new book, print the question again.

The August 14, 2018 issue of Quartz Magazine specifically points out 4 examples – each of which don’t have scientific backing. In my article, “Does Trump Have Dementia? Not So Fast! “, I countered each of Omarosa’s accusations with scientific backing. Here is the article for your review, a quick 5 minute read.

Together with Business Insider’s article January 16, 2018 by Hilary Brueck “Trump got a perfect score on a screening test for dementia and Alzheimer’s”, both articles should nail shut the coffin of continual questions pertaining to Trump suffering from mild cognitive behavior.

But let’s just say, Mr. Trump does have dementia percolating in his brain.

But let’s just say, Mr. Trump does have dementia percolating in his brain. He is the president of the United States, now what? It’s not like a parent, where you are troubled by their actions, consequently seek help from a neurologist. Plus in Brueck’s article, Trump has already been through the neurological testing.

‘Presidential Brain Health Counsel’

The last step to quell the question: have the top Trump advisers discretely gather three, five to seven dementia experts comprised of PhDs, physicians and nutritionists scattered across the county who are responsible for reversing the various diseases of dementia. After observation, blood and nutritional testing as well as brain scans and secretive mirrored observations to reflect response times, thought processing and oxygen intake(physical exertion)[your general neurologist just isn’t going to do that], the group could issue a report on President Trump’s current neurological health with a prognosis for his future head brain health. This assessment report, from the nation’s top dementia experts, would give the final answer, once and for all.

I’ve created a list of 17 scientific leaders who have reversed and curtailed the progression of various dementias, including Alzheimer’s. A ‘Presidential Brain Health Counsel’ could surely be appointed from this list. I would be more than happy to offer my continual advisement to the White House.



Omarosa raises new questions about Trump, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease but she’s got it all wrong.

Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in her new book “Unhinged” that changes in President Trump’s actions stem from his mental decline which is leading to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s.

As highlighted in the August 14, 2018 issue of Quartz Magazine she points out 4 examples – each of which don’t have scientific backing.  I say that as a brain health specialist, a former dementia administrator and dementia practitioner, who has spent years studying the brain and causes of dementia.

It is not mental decline Omarosa is describing, it is change in mental direction, actually mental enhancement, specifically mental perspicacity.

Let’s assess her accusations:

     “Apparent difficulty retaining new information, he doesn’t recognize new hires…”

Continual lack of instant recall, based on ill cognitive reasoning, is a precursor to dementia.  Of the 50 to 100 people the president of the US has to meet on a daily basis, as well as the dozens of issues needing attention, it is common and understandable to only remember that person who is most important to the situation at hand and the situation that calls for immediate priority.

It’s the same with memory.  Trying to stuff one more item for recall into the president’s brain holding quadrillions of facts is daunting. He is only going to immediately remember that which is most important.

Psychologist Dr. George Miller gave us the Miller Law in 1956 which holds professional acuity, to this day.  His law states the average person can only remember 7 items at once. [i]   Dr. Nelson Conway, a working memory specialist and director of the working memory laboratory at the University of Missouri says ability to remember boils down to cognitive ability combined with the amount of information to retain; for most us, we can only recall 3-5 items at a time, an average of 4 items[ii].


             “…reliance on notes in public speeches”

You’d be hard pressed to find a public speaker who doesn’t rely on notes or a teleprompter for their speeches. Anyone who has to deliver a speech every day, sometimes two to three a day, under the weight of being the leader of the world, would have trouble remembering what to say and scrounge for notes, especially if giving different speeches. If someone is truly suffering from dementia they may forget the purpose for their speaking engagement and could appear rattled and confused. Additionally, reference Miller’s Law.


          “His father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s…family history, heredity are the most important factors for determining if you will get the disease.”

According to Dr. David Perlmutter, author of various books on the brain, Grain Brain, Brain Maker and The Better Brain, genes are “a predisposition, not a determinant, meaning that while some people have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s by virtue of their genetics, that isn’t written in stone”.   Dr. Mark Hyman, author of The Ultra Mind Solution, also notes, “our genes do not dictate our destiny”.


      “He’s paranoid and irritable, anything could trigger fits of rage.”

If someone has always been typically sweet yet on a consistent basis becomes very angry and mean, this could be an early sign of dementia. Yes, severe behavior and personality changes are key components of cognitive impairment.  And that is just it, Trump has always been demanding and short-tempered, key personality traits the public has been aware of since following his life’s accomplishments prior to his candidacy as well as the presidency.


Omarosa Manigault Newman raises the question if Alzheimer’s disease is present in Trump.  To date, a true diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can only be made post mortem.  The average viewer can attest, the president’s job is mentally demanding, taxing and trying.  Whether you like him or not, President’s Trump discernment and shrewdness in managing our nation, not Alzheimer’s or dementia, shine through his actions.

Giving the counter measure from an experienced expert, I treat you to a fair and balanced view,





[i]The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information[1] is one of the most highly cited papers in psychology.[2][3][4] It was published in 1956 in Psychological Review by the cognitive psychologist George A. Miller of Princeton University‘s Department of Psychology. It is often interpreted to argue that the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory is 7 ± 2. This is frequently referred to as Miller’s law.


Miller, G. A. (1956). “The magical number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our capacity for processing information”. Psychological Review. 63 (2): 81–97. doi:10.1037/h0043158PMID 13310704.


[ii] Nelson Cowan, George Miller’s Magical Number of Immediate Memory in Retrospect: Observations on the Faltering Progression of Science, Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2010 Feb 1; 19(1): 51–57. doi:  10.1177/0963721409359277,  PMCID: PMC2864034, NIHMSID: NIHMS167613, PMID: 20445769


If you would like to read the August 14, 2018 Quartz article referenced here, click the link here.

Corn for BREAKFAST? 2nd post to find out why NOT

     In our last ‘corn’ post we ventured into the first fact of how corn causes dementia.

     2. While neurons operate from electric impulses, microglia cells (the cells that turn mad) are fueled by chemicals, i.e. nutrients.  That’s why we eat, to give our microglia cells good nutrients for our brain to function. Processed food is not nutritional, it is nothing more than severely broken down fruits and vegetables ‘beefed’ up with synthetic chemicals to hold it to other chemicals and make it taste better and look nice.  No wonder our brain cells turn mad.

     When was the last time you read a food label?  On your corn flakes ingredient listing it contains trisodium phosphate (TSP).  Yea, I didn’t study chemistry either but TSP is an inorganic water soluble salt used as a food additive that acts as a cleaning agent and degreaser, sometimes used to keep fats blended.

Hmmm..Dawn in your brain?

     How about BHT, listed about 1/3 way down the label.  Study shoes BHT, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, is a synthetic compound used to prevent fat from oxidizing and is a key ingredient to jet fuel, rubber, petroleum products and packaging materials.  Do food processors think if it is good enough for jet fuel, it is good enough for our brain?

     3. Something as potent to our brain as a jet fuel additive is Roundup, an herbicide developed by Monsanto.  Back in the 70s, chemists noticed bacteria growing in the roundup waste dump.  They took the bacteria and genetically implanted it, at first, into potatoes.  When farmers spray Roundup on the potatoes or any other fruit or vegetable, everything dies but the fruit or vegetable. This is the basis of a genetically modified organism and this procedure is responsible for 90% of corn grown in the United States. Yes, the corn you are eating is grown from a genetically modified organism (seed).

     GMOed foods are linked to neurological disorders, not only to Alzheimer’s but other dementias, specifically Parkinson’s disease, autism, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Yep, those are all dementia diseases and obviously another story in itself.

     Over the years the brain just cannot successfully eliminate the bad chemicals we put into our brain by eating corn, or other manipulated foods for that matter.

     Bottom line, reconsider your corn flakes and corn cereal for breakfast. And not just for breakfast, for every food you put in your mouth, know what it is, what is in it and truly shoot to eat nutritional healthy foods.  Your brain will love you, your body will love you.

     Here’s to your good brain health!