Protect Your Memory with Dr. Neal Barnard
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Protect Your Memory with Dr. Neal Barnard

Watch Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1pm & Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 7am on WMHT TV

Nothing is more important than health, family and loved ones. Connections with other people, entire relationships and everything loved ones have ever meant could be wiped out if someone is at risk for memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, based on family history and lifestyle. Alzheimer’s disease attacks half of us by age 85. Five million Americans already have it — and that number is growing rapidly. But with groundbreaking research, Dr. Neal Barnard proves there is much that can be done to protect against memory loss and offers new ways to offset the risk. PROTECT YOUR MEMORY WITH DR. NEAL BARNARD is part of special programming airing Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 1pm on WMHT TV.

Many have wished that their memory was stronger and their thinking clearer. Some doctors say that memory problems are simply genetic. There are in fact genes connected to dementia – the principle gene in Alzheimer’s disease is called APOE epsilon 4. For someone who receives APOE 4 from one parent, the risk for Alzheimer’s is three times higher than for those who don’t have the gene. If they acquire APOE 4 from both parents, their risk is 10-15 times higher. For some doctors, that’s the end of the story. Just wait and see. There is nothing to be done.

In PROTECT YOUR MEMORY, Dr. Neal Barnard proves that there is, in fact, muchthat can be done to protect the brain and memory. He dives into three simple steps that can be taken to derail the degenerative processes that could in turn derail lives and memories:

  • Skip “bad fat”
  • Knock out free radicals
  • Exercise the brain

Dr. Barnard also warns against potential threats to the brain, including medications, drug interactions, sleep deprivation and physical conditions that can put memory at risk. While research has led to clear answers about how to prevent lung cancer and reduce heart attacks, most people have absolutely no idea that it is possible to protect their memory, brain and connections with loved ones.  Dr. Barnard provides viewers with the research-backed information that gives them the power to protect their memory, beyond simply “waiting and seeing.”

About Neal Barnard, M.D.

Neal Barnard, MD, is a clinical researcher, professor, author and health advocate. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, a Life Member of the American Medical Association, and a member of the American Diabetes Association. He is the author of dozens of publications in scientific and medical journals as well as numerous nutrition books for lay readers, including his New York Times best-seller, 21-Day Weightloss Kickstart,and Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes, both books serving as the basis for his previous national PBS specials. He is frequently called on by national news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition, research issues and other controversial areas in modern medicine.

Dr. Barnard is a frequent lecturer at scientific and lay conferences and has made presentations for the American Public Health Association, the World Bank, the National Library of Medicine, the Franklin Institute, the American Medical Writers Association, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and many state dietetic associations. He grew up in Fargo, North Dakota.

He received his MD degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in 1985. PCRM has since grown into a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine. As president of PCRM, Dr. Barnard has been instrumental in efforts to reform federal dietary guidelines.