A man went to the doctor for his annual check-up. After doing the usual battery of tests, the physician asked him about his daily diet. The fella responded as follows: “For breakfast I usually have things like eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes, toast, butter, and some coffee. For morning break, I have two to three cream or glazed donuts, and some coffee. For lunch I usually have things like pizza, tacos, cheeseburgers, fries, onion rings, milkshake, and some coffee. For afternoon break, I have a couple of chocolate candy bars, and some coffee. For supper I usually have things like steak, pork, ribs, fried chicken, biscuits, gravy, pie or cake, ice cream, and some coffee. For late night snack, I have potato chips, dip, and some coffee. Now Doc, I know what you are going to say, ‘I drink too much coffee!’” Let me ask you a question – Are you one of those who opt for low-fat dressing on your salad, pour non-fat milk over your cereal, or eat lean cuts of red meat or skinless poultry? Many choose such options to avoid gaining weight and preventing heart disease; both good, but now, not only is new research seriously challenging the health benefits of low-fat diets, it is especially doing so when it comes to the possible connection between no-fat and no-memory, i.e, Alzheimer’s Disease. Let me explain. Over 6,000,000 North Americans suffer with Alzheimer’s. In 1980, Alzheimer’s affected less than 1 in 100,000 people but by 2010, that rate had shot up to 25 per 100,000. And the number of new cases is expected to double over the next twenty-five years. But even though the disease was first identified by the German psychiatrist, Dr. Alios Alzheimer, in 1906, it remained a rare condition until the 1980s when it began to skyrocket. Prior to this time, there is almost no mention of the disease in medical journals. Dr. Murray Waldman, Alzheimer researcher, states, “I looked everywhere, including the Library of Congress and the British Museum Library, but I couldn’t find anything indicating there was very much Alzheimer’s until this generation. Yes, people do lose some memory as they age, but Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. It is a disease. The brains of Alzheimer’s patients are distinctly different from the brains of others. And past physicians would have noticed this.” So what has happened over the last few decades that may have caused such a dramatic rise in Alzheimer’s? Diet readily comes to mind. What we eat has changed radically over the past 40 years as we’ve shifted from eating foods rich in saturated fat and cholesterol to those low in both. As a result, we’ve become a fat deficient society. And is it just coincidence that as we’ve lowered our fat intake we’ve seen a dramatic rise in Alzheimer’s? You see, fat is an essential element of the human brain. As a matter of fact, 60% of our brain is made up of fat and 25% of the body’s cholesterol resides inside our skulls. The latter, cholesterol, is especially essential for the transmission of nerve impulses that both store and retrieve the brain’s memory data. For example, researchers at John Hopkins University monitored 400 seniors for 18 years and every three years they measured memory capability and cholesterol levels – and those with the highest cholesterol had the best recall.
The bottom line? I’m not a medical doctor and I’m certainly not giving anyone medical advice. But God did say to Israel in Nehemiah 8:10, …eat the fat… And so to me, this all seems like a no-brainer.