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Ask The Low-Carb Experts (Episode 14): ‘Diet And The Three A’s: ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer’s’ | Dr. Larry McCleary


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In Episode 14 of “Jimmy Moore Presents: Ask The Low-Carb Experts,” we welcome a respected and reputable children’s neurosurgeon named Dr. Larry McCleary who is the retired Acting Chief of Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital. His latest book Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly examines the close interconnection between the role of gut health, nutrition and the health of your brain (listen to my interview with Dr. McCleary about this book in Episode 463 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”). His specific areas of expertise involve the neurological system and metabolic medicine which makes him very highly-qualified to address the role that diet plays on mental health ailments such as ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer’s. Can these be prevented or even reversed through the use of nutrition? That’s what we explored in greater detail in this podcast with Dr. McCleary where he reveals some simple nutritional changes as well as the addition of some key healthy fat sources can make all the difference in the world from people suffering from any of “the three A’s.” It was such a pleasure and an honor to have an amazing expert like Dr. Larry McCleary joining us on ATLCX answering listener questions about diet and the impact it can have on ADHD, autism and Alzheimer’s disease in EPISODE 14 on April 19, 2012.

Listen to Dr. Larry McCleary take questions on “ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer’s”:

  • Why he is qualified to address these three topics
  • His look into alternative medicine starting about 20 years ago
  • He’s long looked at “children with sick brains” in his career
  • After brain surgery, he wanted a way to help “heal their brain”
  • Nutrition and nutritional support became a topic he wanted to explore
  • He started using fatty acids, lipids and amino acids
  • Then he later found the glucose and insulin metabolism connection
  • How autism, ADHD and Alzheimer’s are similar in nature
  • These are all diseases that you can’t learn you have in a blood test
  • Different people can make different diagnoses based on symptoms
  • There’s a broad range of symptoms that can show up in these categories
  • The problem is there is a “spectrum” for each of these diseases
  • The treatment has to match the method by which the disease manifested itself
  • There are “false negative” tests for being gluten sensitive
  • However, a gluten-free diet can give a “pretty dramatic response”
  • The people who have found improvements in ADHD from eating low-carb
  • Dietary modification can sometimes decrease symptoms/medication dramatically
  • 70% of the brain is fat, higher than any other part of the human body
  • What impact the omega-3/omega-6 ratio plays in the three A’s
  • Whether krill oil is still his favorite long-chain fatty acid source
  • Krill are not burdened by heavy metals like some fish oils do
  • Why people can “feel spacey” when they are in ketosis
  • A mother’s diet can impact the development of autism/ADHD in the child
  • What his thoughts are on Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s GAPS diet protocol
  • Leaky gut and the impact on nutrients can lead to adverse brain function
  • Many ADHD kids eat a highly refined carbohydrate diet that makes them worse
  • He could write a book called Feed Your Gut, Heal Your Brain
  • Whichever diet you choose, make sure you get the essential fats
  • That doesn’t mean don’t eat any omega-6 fats, but get omega-3 fats higher
  • Stabilizing blood sugar levels by eating a higher-fat, lower-carb diet
  • Be careful with fruit with ADHD because of salicylate content
  • Salicylates can impair mitochondrial function and are toxic for ADHD
  • Artificial sweeteners and food additives can also be a problem for some people
  • A good multivitamin with calcium and magnesium “relaxes the brain”
  • Monounsaturated fats are a “really good” fat source from nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil is great for people with pre-Alzheimer’s
  • Coconut oil is almost like sugar as a “stable” energy source with a “jolt”
  • What role “intense glycation” plays in the brain on Alzheimer’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s is Type 3 diabetes because brain-insulin signaling pathway impairs
  • Insulin increases the ability of the brain to change itself
  • If you knockout insulin signaling in animals, they get Alzheimer’s disease
  • Eat a healthy high-fat, low-carb diet, exercise & sleep, you won’t need drugs
  • Dr. McCleary discusses Type 3 diabetes in his book The Brain Trust Program
  • You can see “subtle abnormalities” 30 years before Alzheimer’s develops
  • Alzheimer’s can be eradicated if you can push it off for five years
  • What kind of fish is preferred to get the best benefits of omega-3 fats
  • Eat the smaller fish to avoid the higher levels of heavy metals
  • What the relationship between calcium/magnesium is in the three A’s
  • Taking calcium for bone health disrupts the calcium-magnesium relationship
  • How you help an autistic child who is picky about eating fruits and vegetables
  • Maybe an autistic child doesn’t do well eating even healthy fruits/veggies
  • How far diet can go to correct autism with brain changes being present
  • How much coconut oil is needed in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Let your gut be your guide to avoid taking too much to upset your stomach
  • Which foods should be eliminated for treating autism and what will happen
  • Going “cold turkey” for a kid probably not pruduent (drop sugar, wheat first)
  • What to do about the toxins in certain fruits and veggies for ADHD kids
  • Drop milk for a month to see if there are any positive changes
  • Don’t let your Alzheimer’s get too bad before making the dietary changes
  • Many Alzheimer’s tend to have “sugar cravings” because of glucose dysfunction
  • What scientific research there is on coconut oil improving brain health
  • The Axona research on coconut oil in Alzheimer’s
  • Samuel Henderson results found on PubMed
  • 1 in 88 get Alzheimer’s now and the lack of Vitamin D is a big culprit


    There are four ways you can listen to Episode 14:

    1. LISTEN LIVE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 7PM ET by calling (712) 432-0900 or on Skype at “freeconferencing.7124320900”–whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code “848908.” You can listen and even participate on the topic discussion by asking your questions directly to the featured expert.

    2. Listen at the iTunes page for the podcast:

    3. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast:

    4. Download the MP3 file of Episode 14 [91:10m]:

    If you cannot join us LIVE on the podcast on Thursday nights at 7PM ET, then you can still ask your questions of the expert guests in two ways. First, you can visit AskTheLowCarbExperts.com and fill out the form along the right-hand side of the page under “Submit Your Question” to input your name, e-mail address, the name of the expert you want to ask, and your question for them. These questions will be asked LIVE on the show airing on Thursdays. Or, for your convenience we have set up a way for you to e-mail us your questions directly to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion. This is a golden opportunity for you to tap directly into the wealth of knowledge and experience on all things related to healthy low-carb living featuring the best and brightest experts in the realm of health!

    Did you have any feedback about what Dr. Larry McCleary shared about “Diet And The Three A’s: ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer’s?” Tell us about it in the show notes section of Episode 14. Pick up a copy of Dr. McCleary’s latest book Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly and keep up with his work at DrMcCleary.com. In EPISODE 15 on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7PM ET we will have an awesome low-carb expert for you in Duke researcher and practitioner Dr. Eric Westman addressing the topic of “Exploding The Low-Carb Myths.” Dr. Westman is a lifestyle medicine physician specializing in disease prevention through the use of low-carbohydrate nutritional approaches that often improve conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease and more. He’s the co-author with Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek of the New York Times bestselling book The New Atkins For A New You (listen to my interview with him about this book in Episode 338 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”) and has performed some of the most influential scientific research on low-carb diets in the world. He regularly teaches his patients about low-carb diets and has heard virtually every objection about it over the years. That’s why he’ll be here with us dispelling the myths people still believe about low-carb living. Feel free to go ahead and start submitting your questions for Dr. Eric Westman about the myths about low-carb diets that you’re still concerned about by using the “Submit Your Question” form (on the right-hand side of the web site) or e-mail your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com (please keep your questions limited to the specific topic for this episode). If you have any burning questions related to low-carb myths, then be sure to tune in LIVE on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 7PM ET to ask your question directly to Dr. Eric Westman.

    Here are the upcoming experts and topics we’ll be covering on #ATLCX:

    5-3 to 6-6: NO PODCASTS
    EPISODE 16: June 7, 2012 | Maria Emmerich and Valerie Berkowitz | “Low-Carb, Pregnancy & Kids”
    EPISODE 17: June 14, 2012 | Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib | “All Things Exercise (Exercise 101)”
    EPISODE 18: June 21, 2012 | David Getoff | “The Truth About Sweeteners”
    EPISODE 19: June 28, 2012 | Julia Ross | “How To Beat Carbohydrate Addiction”
    6-29 to 7-18: NO PODCASTS
    EPISODE 20: July 19, 2012 | Dr. Jonny Bowden | “All Things Vitamins (Supplements 101)”
    EPISODE 21: July 26, 2012 | Nora Gedgaudas | “Are Starches Really Safe?”
    7-27 to 8-15: NO PODCASTS
    EPISODE 22: August 16, 2012 | Dr. Kaayla Daniel | “The Truth About Soy”
    EPISODE 23: August 23, 2012 | Dr. Stephen Phinney | “Long-Term Stalls & Weight Gain Even On A Well-Formulated Low-Carb Diet”
    EPISODE 24: August 30, 2012 | Dr. Donald Layman | “All Things Protein (Protein 101)”
    EPISODE 25: September 6, 2012 | Fred Hahn | “All Things Slow Lifting (Slow Burn 101)”
    EPISODE 26: September 13, 2012 | Robb Wolf | “Transitioning To The Paleo Diet”

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