Dec 212014
Poster image for You must be nuts!

It has taken much longer to complete the film than we had intended when we published the 3-minute prequel on New Year’s Day 2014!

The prequel shows the puppets Alph and Chah-Lee in bed on a Saturday evening – the eve of the start of the film.

Now (at last!) everyone has the chance to see what Alph shows Chah-Lee ‘the next day’. After making a few technical adjustments following its unlisted test publication on Vimeo in November, the film is now on YouTube.

Many thanks to everyone for the very positive feedback so far. We have started to add closed captions to the film in English so that the film will be subtitled automatically in the 163 languages now supported by YouTube. If you want to help refine the subtitles in any language, please let us know via the comments to this post.

Even though it was unlisted on Vimeo, over 700 people have watched the film so far in 37 countries. Thanks particularly to Deborah Walker and the Natural Health Radio team for helping to promote the film to their listeners. Deborah interviewed Obhi about how he has been applying his research to treat his father’s dementia and about the film. You can catch up with the interview here.

If you are looking for more details about the treatment given to Obhi’s father, Obhi wrote a guest post on the HealthInsightUK blog about it in August. The film’s Twitter feed (@youmustbenuts) highlights the latest developments on dementia, and the food, drugs and chemicals which may cause it.

Jan 182014
Medical journalist Jerome Burne

In this second part of our interview with medical journalist Jerome Burne, he explains why coconut oil could ease Alzheimer’s. Here is the article he wrote for the UK Daily Mail about this: Can coconut oil ease Alzheimer’s? Families who’ve given it to loved ones swear by it . The article was published on 8 January 2013.

Jan 132014
Jerome Burne, Medical journalist

In this first part of our interview with medical journalist Jerome Burne, he explains how he had heard about ketones and the benefits for the metabolism at a lecture by Professor Kieran Clarke of Oxford University. Here is the article he wrote for the UK Daily Mail based on that news: Could this elixir hold the key to weight loss?

Jan 042014

While we put the finishing touches to You must be nuts!, we will gradually upload the full interviews we have filmed with Jerome Burne, Paul Burstow MP, Patrick Holford, Dr Stephanie Seneff and Justin Smith. They will be embedded on the interviews page of this website for future reference.

Regrettably, we are not able to include the full interviews in the film itself. However, by posting the full interviews here, this should allow those interested in knowing more to access the full and detailed explanations provided by our interviewees, who kindly gave us their time to contribute to the film.

This is the first part of our interview with Patrick Holford for You must be nuts! In it, he explains what he thinks could prevent Alzheimer’s.

Apart from being the chief executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation, Patrick Holford is the author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan , as well as 34 other books in the field of nutrition medicine and psychiatry.

Jan 012014
Poster image for You must be nuts!

Poster image for You must be nuts!

I should introduce you to my friends Alph, Beel and Chah-Lee. They are puppets. You must be nuts! tells the story of how their exploration of the film’s interviews changes their lives.

Here’s the prequel:

The puppet family

Alph and Chah-Lee are husband and wife. They live in the UK.

Chah-Lee is the more health-conscious of the two. Every time a new diet becomes popular, she has been following it in the hope of returning to her once-slim figure.

Alph is the one I know best and through whom I met Chah-Lee and Beel. He is fascinated by current affairs and science. His iPad is his window on the world and we came to know each other through an online science discussion forum.

Beel is Chah-Lee’s Spanish father. He has travelled extensively and has lived in Spain, the UK, Latin America, the US and France. He met and married Chah-Lee’s mother while he was living in the UK.

Chah-Lee’s keen interest in health developed partly in reaction to seeing her mother gradually put on weight. As Chah-Lee was growing up, her mother started suffering health problems related to her obesity and diabetes.

As a result, after Beel had worked for many years as a senior executive, he and his wife decided to live in Spain. They set up ‘Beel’s Beach Bar’ together on its Mediterranean coast. Although Chah-Lee’s mother passed away a couple of years ago, Beel continues to run the bar.

The background to the puppets

Needless to say, Alph, Beel and Chah-Lee are fictitious characters. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Of course, Alph, Beel and Chah-Lee could be anyone – A, B and C – and they could be living anywhere in the world. Their dialogue is derived from various informal conversations with friends and colleagues over the past year about dementia, dietary advice, prescription drugs and/or what constitutes a healthy diet. It aims to cover all the typical questions which arise in any such discussion.

The puppets were kindly created for the film by Enrique Nicanor. His past credits include creating and animating the original puppets for the children’s TV series The Magic Roundabout and producing and directing the Spanish version of Sesame Street for its first three years.

Elisabeth Christ provided the voice of Chah-Lee, Enrique provided the voice of Beel and I provided the voice of Alph. Kaberi was the puppeteer behind Chah-Lee while Enrique was the puppeteer for Alph and Beel.

Amid the increasingly grim findings of my research and the challenges of caring for someone with dementia, Alph, Beel & Chah-Lee provided a welcome source of light relief. The two days of filming the puppet sequences were strenuous but fun. My father was our fascinated and patient live audience while we filmed the breakfast scenes over several hours on Saturday.

Wishing you a dementia-free 2014 … and beyond.

Jun 092013

Dr Mary Newport, the author of the article (and later book) What if there was a cure for Alzheimer’s and no-one knew?, gave this 18-minute talk at TEDxUSF in February this year in Tampa, Florida.

Dr Newport was the first to research and document having tried to treat Alzheimer’s using coconut oil. In this talk, she explains what persuaded her to give this apparently unlikely treatment to her husband after he was diagnosed with severe Alzheimer’s. It was her experience which was featured in the video news story by Lorie Johnson, Health editor of CBN News which one of our neighbours had told us about. This is what led me to look further into trying to use coconut oil.

Dr Bruce Fife’s book Stop Alzheimer’s Now! includes Dr Newport’s experience and contains many medical references. Note that his approach for using coconut oil is slightly different from that of Dr Newport. He suggests combining it with a very low carbohydrate (ketogenic) diet, as well as a number of supplements.

In October 2012, a Mayo Clinic study funded by the US National Institute on Ageing found that older people taking a high carbohydrate diet were four times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (the first signs of Alzheimer’s/dementia) than those on a balanced diet. The same study also found that “those who consume a lot of protein and fat relative to carbohydrates are less likely to become cognitively impaired.” For more details about why that would be the case, read the European Journal of Internal Medicine article Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: the detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet by Dr Stephanie Seneff, Dr Glyn Wainwright and Dr Luca Mascitelli.

Dr Mercola’s recent article Diet may slow Alzheimer’s disease provides a summary of all the plausible treatments and tips for avoiding Alzheimer’s proposed by the latest research.

Jun 092013
The star of You must be nuts! - Coconut oil

The star of You must be nuts! – Coconut oil

This weekend, I started preparing a brief video introduction (or “teaser”) to You must be nuts!. The first image required by the script was an image of coconut oil. So let me introduce the star of the film … .

May 042013

By the end of March, we had completed four interviews for You must be nuts! As I said in my first blog post, health journalist Jerome Burne was the subject of our first interview.

The next person we interviewed was Patrick Holford, the founder of the Food for the Brain Foundation and author of several books.

Patrick Holford,co-founder of the Food for the Brain Foundation .

Patrick Holford,
co-founder of the Food for the Brain Foundation .

Later the same day, we interviewed Paul Burstow MP, the former Health Minister who had overseen the creation of a fund for dementia research. He had also initiated a Parliamentary debate about dementia in January 2013.

Paul Burstow MP

Paul Burstow MP

Our next interviewee was Justin Smith, the producer/director of the film Statin Nation – the great cholesterol cover-up and author of $29 billion reasons to lie about cholesterol .

Justin Smith, producer/director of Statin Nation

Justin Smith, producer/director of Statin Nation

Yesterday, Enrique Nicanor interviewed Dr Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Scientist at MIT for You must be nuts!

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

Dr Stephanie Seneff, Senior Research Associate, MIT