Mar 262014
 
Interview with Dr Stephanie Seneff (Senior Research Associate, MIT)

In the ninth part of her interview for You must be nuts, Dr Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, reveals what happened when she tried to get a paper published which demonstrated a causal link between statins and Alzheimer’s.

In December 2009, Dr Seneff wrote a paper entitled APOE-4: The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer’s . A revised version of the paper, co-authored with Dr Glyn Wainwright and Dr Luca Masatelli, was published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine in December 2010 with the title Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: The detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet.

Dr Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, highlighted the potential conflict of interest faced by medical journals and the problems of the peer review process in his book The trouble with medical journals. An edited version of its introduction was published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2006.

Mar 152014
 
Justin Smith, producer/director of Statin Nation

Last week, the UK’s Daily Telegraph published the article Low fat foods stuffed with ‘harmful’ levels of sugar. It analysed the sugar content of a range of food and drinks marketed as ‘low fat’.

In the sixth part of his interview for You must be nuts!, Justin Smith, the Producer/Director of the documentary Statin Nation, considers whether a low fat diet could lead to a high carbohydrate diet. Apart from sugar, he talks about the effect on blood sugar levels of eating grains.

In September 2012, a study by the Mayo Clinic found that a high carbohydrate diet raised the risk of dementia in older people by a factor of almost 4, compared to a low carbohydrate, high fat diet. “When total fat and protein intake were taken into account, people with the highest carbohydrate intake were 3.6 times likelier to develop mild cognitive impairment.”

Neurologist Dr David Perlmutter’s bestselling book Grain Brain: the surprising truth about wheat, carbs and sugar – your brain’s silent killers highlights the connection between eating grains and dementia.

Mar 062014
 
Justin Smith, producer/director of Statin Nation

In the seventh part of his interview for You must be nuts!, Justin Smith, Producer/Director of the documentary Statin Nation considers whether a low fat diet and statin drugs could cause Alzheimer’s/dementia.

Mar 052014
 
Interview with Dr Stephanie Seneff (Senior Research Associate, MIT)

Dr Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT, talks about the connection between statin drugs and dementia.

In December 2009, Dr Seneff wrote a paper entitled APOE-4: The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer’s . A revised version of the paper, co-authored with Dr Glyn Wainwright and Dr Luca Masatelli, was published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine in December 2010 with the title Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: The detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet.

Mar 032014
 

From now on, we intend to publish an interview segment each day until they are all published – that should take us until early April.

As some leading doctors in the UK are demanding an end to the widespread prescription of statin drugs, we thought we would publish the segments of the interviews for You must be nuts! where our interviewees talked about statin drugs. In the fourth part of our interview with medical journalist, Jerome Burne, he draws attention to the increased risk of diabetes from taking statin drugs and the implications for dementia.