Max Lugavere sat at the kitchen table across from his mother and made a common request of her. “Please pass the salt.” It should have taken her a fraction of a second to respond, but it took more like four seconds. It was the first sign that something was wrong with his 57-year old mother, who appeared to be otherwise healthy. The bad news arrived a few months later. She was suffering from a form of dementia that was destroying her cognitive function. Lugavere, a journalist, intuitively knew that his mother’s dementia was not a random event or luck of the draw. She hadn’t pulled the short stick. There was a cause behind her dementia, and he was determined to find out what it was. He put his successful media career on hold and spent the better half of a decade trying to understand the workings of the human brain and his mother’s condition. He devoured the most current scientific research, talked to the leading scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country’s top neurology departments. What Lugavere discovered so shocked him that he felt compelled to write his recently-released book, Genius Foods. In it he shares the primary causes of his mother’s dementia, including some of the everyday foods in most pantries, and why he has dubbed three of those foods silent killers.
- Fast-Burning Carbs
- Chemically Processed Oils
- Food Additives
- How food is like software for our endlessly capable minds
- How select nutrients can boost working memory and processing speed
- How slowing down the cognitive aging process is just as much about the foods you omit from your diet as the superfoods you consume;
- How easy it is to modulate the quality of your thoughts and mood by food.