This is an interview I’ve been looking forward to for years. Dr. Dale Bredesen is shaking up the medical world by showing that Alzheimer’s actually can be prevented, treated, and sometimes even reversed. This is really important to me because my mom is the final stages of Alzherimer’s and I, of course, am doing everything I can to prevent myself from falling to the same fate.
I believe the Sapien way of eating and lifestyle is doing just that - setting me up for my best chances at my longest healthspan. You can learn more about this at http://sapien.org/diet
Dr. Bredesen and I agree on all the core principles. He really is describing a Sapien diet with his protocol. We’re only at odds with the ratio of plant foods to animal foods.
As I’ve posted today on social media, I think people are actually more on the side of animal foods than they think. In the context of a whole foods, low carb diet without refined grains, sugar or vegetable oil, more often than not people are getting the majority of their calories from animal foods without necessarily realizing it. Only people eating Standard American Diets or Mediterranean Diets and the like are getting most of their calories from plant foods from all the empty calories coming from grains and other carbohydrates.
Many health figures in this space say things like “a plant heavy diet” or “fill half your plate up with greens” and people take this as being akin to a vegetarian diet. As I showed in my post, a daily intake where about 70% of the plates are filled with plants are actually 92% animal foods by calories.
I actually eat this way a lot. This is carnivore adjacent and is part of the Sapien Framework. You’re still getting a ton of flavor, variety, and nutrients from plants (even though they’re not as bioavailable), but you're really getting 90% of your calories from animal foods. So make your own decision on the ratio of plant to animal foods, but from what I’ve found, higher animal foods is more species appropriate for homo sapiens, and is actually what most people avoiding empty calorie, nutrient poor foods are already doing.
As always, I didn’t want to press him on this. I don’t invite people on my podcast to tell them I don’t agree with their opinions. I’d love for this to be debated with a moderator at some point, but as long as it’s a 1 on 1 Peak Human podcast I’m letting the guest speak their minds.
Here’s a bit of Dr. Bredesen’s extensive resume. He received his undergraduate degree from Caltech and his medical degree from Duke. He served as Resident and Chief Resident in Neurology at UCSF, he was the Director of the Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, he’s a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA School of Medicine, and the Founder of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.
The Bredesen Laboratory studies basic mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative process, and the translation of this knowledge into effective therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions, leading to the publication of over 220 research papers. He and his group developed a new approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and this approach led to the discovery of subtypes of the disease, followed by the first description of reversal of symptoms in patients with MCI and Alzheimer’s disease, with the ReCODE protocol, published in 2014, 2016, and 2018. His book, The End of Alzheimer’s, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been translated into 29 languages.
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