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Btw, about new ideas - 2 additional sources of fat: Nutiva, Organic MCT Oil From Coconut   and Nutiva, Organic Hemp Oil, Cold Pressed

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Howdy ya'll. Thanks for the book title, LindaG.  I'll take a look. Yes, appointment with nutritionist was good. I think I will try fasting, but just 24 hours!  We talked about taking a multi-vitamin plus a calcium with magnesium at a different time. This will address the selenium concern and hopefully catch other deficiencies of the keto diet. I would like to not take supplements - with all the vegetables I eat it is hard to imagine that I am missing anything! - but I look at it as an insurance policy. Then again, the whole idea of the keto diet seems to be that it alone can feed our cells what they need! Terry Wahl is certainly in that camp.  Have you watched her Ted talk? It is old and I don't think she talked much about fat, just about veggies. Her book, The Wahl Protocol is different.

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I told the dietician I was worried about maintaining the diet while traveling.  She suggested trying KetoCal.  Of course, it seems designed for children with epilepsy.  There is a liquid in what looks like a juice box and a powder, too.  The dietician filled out a form for me to get some samples.  I  can have some delivered to my destination so that I don't have to worry about flying with it.  Again, getting away from real food, but I like the idea of back-up.  And there are always nuts, salads, fish and lots of veggie sides with extra whatever kind of fat I can find. I am a pescatarian (no meat, just seafood), so that further complicates things. But I like a challenge!  

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Somehow thinking of eating lots of little livers is not working for me. I might have to stick to walnuts! But thanks!  % of fat is very impressive!

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I read a lot of Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine today. I read the preview on Amazon and just kept hitting Surprise Me and more pages showed up. Really good. Thanks LindaG.  The author recommended The Alzheimer's Antidote by Amy Berger. I have that now and started reading it. Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are very similar, so it makes sense to read this. I feel like I am starting to catch on! I tried to talk with my sister about the diet, but I felt like I was on another planet!

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So glad you like it ncrocker. I know what you mean about trying to talk with others about these topics. I’m doing a three-day fast right now, and my family thinks I have lost my mind.

Couple of other things:

I have also found Dale Bredesen helpful - he has a protocol he calls ReCode for Alzheimer’s Disease that is pretty amazing. I usually watch these authors on YouTube, speaking at conferences or being interviewed on a podcast before I decide to buy a book. Trying to keep my budget intact.

You asked about reducing meds while on a keto diet. I have not reduced my meds, but I have also not increased my meds in over a year now so I’m taking that as a small win.

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I take books out of the library when I can. I will look for the Dale Bredesen book. I am at high risk for Alzheimer's because I have two copies of the APOE4 gene.

The Alzheimer's Antidote by Amy Berger is very good so far. She writes a lot about the keto diet and what she says about Alzheimer's is relevant to Parkinson's. I am continuing to learn more about the brain. Clearly, I am currently obsessed with learning about Parkinson's and the keto diet! I didn't read much for years. Now I am clearer cognitively because of the diet and I can concentrate and read again!

 I think I will purchase Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine. It is only $16 on Amazon. Then I can give it to my sister! I wish I could get my Dad on the keto diet. He is 97 and his memory is shot. He lives in assisted living and I am sure they wouldn't know what I was talking about if I asked for him to  be put on a keto diet.  I will try it, though, next time I visit him. He is not nearby.

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I will mention , ncrocker, that I have noticed some differences in the way research is conducted for those over 65 versus those under that age. I’m just guessing but I think our mitochondria stop responding to interventions like this as we age. 

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Yes, thank you, LindaG for the tether back to reality! I suppose it is unrealistic to imagine that my 97 year old father would dramatically improve if I started him on a keto diet now. Wishful thinking indeed! I should focus on myself as I am now 62 and see Alzheimer's looming in a possible future. Parkinson's seems like a gift to get me on a ketogenic diet and thus dodge Alzheimer's! Well, it worked! Tonight I had a lovely dinner of fish and greens simmered in coconut milk with some avocado chunks tossed in before serving. Pecans for desert. 

 

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On 4/1/2018 at 3:58 AM, LindaG said:

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LindaG and Natasha: I just found a website/blog focused on APOE4.  You might be interested because Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are so similar. It is at Apoe4.info

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I am so glad you found him compelling. Bad draw for you on the APOE4 genes. How did you identify that? Through your doctor? I have my data from 23 & Me, but so far am completely mystified as to how to read it, or how to even look for the APOE4. I'm switching to a new doctor however, and am hoping she will help me understand this. Keep us posted on your progress with the ReCode protocol okay?

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On 4/1/2018 at 3:58 AM, LindaG said:

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Hi. I did 23andme about 5 years ago when it was free if you had Parkinson's! Back then they gave a lot more information than now. It was all very clear.  They gave percentages of risks for various diseases. I don't think they do that anymore. You might be able to call and ask them about it. My disease info is now in an archived section of my account to, I guess, make it clear that things are different. That's too bad that a you can't find it. Bummer. My father and sister are going to do it and I was hoping to see more than will probably be shown. 

I am very excited about the ReCode. It is pricey, though. They estimate $150 - $450 a month for supplements! And you have to commit to $75 per month for reports for one year. The reports give advice on exactly what you should do in response to what is found in tests.  Seems like my doctor should be able to do that.  But, maybe not. I see that part of the beauty of this is that doctors and other health professionals with minimal background in the various areas involved in the testing and suggestions can be the conduit to bring concrete, expert advise to a large group of people. The practitioners do four days of training. This means that more people can be given advice and served. I could maybe do it! Although somebody has to be able to order tests. This really could be a revolution in medicine because it shows how to take into consideration the complexity of illness - forget the search for silver bullets.  Also, it monetarises prevention. (Got that phrase from Maria Schriver although she wasn't talking about Bredesen!) Sounds impressive and it really is an important concept. Money can be made on illness, but not so much on prevention. Dr. Bredesen has figured out how to make money on prevention with his monthly report fee, etc.  If ReCODE turns out to really prevent or mitigate Alzheimer's, wow! For my sake I hope it does!

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I want to look into a ketogenic diet but its all protein . I find that protein effects the absorption  of my sinemet.

Has anyone found that to be true

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Noah - I think you should do more research on the ketogenic diet. It is NOT Atkins. It is low carb, low protein, and high fat. And yes the protein does interfere with the uptake of l-dopa in Sinemet. 

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