Brain and Nervous System Problems

Does Alcohol Offer Any Real Health Benefits?

January 28, 2022 |

Some interesting and useful background information before we start:    There is no clear consensus among countries on what constitutes one “standard drink” of alcohol.  For example, here is a sample of the number of grams of alcohol considered to be 1 standard alcoholic drink in countries around the world (1,2). 8 grams in the…

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Cocoa and the Brain

September 24, 2021 |

Cocoa….the word conjures up the beloved treat, chocolate, of which cocoa beans are the main ingredients.  Sadly, most chocolates are not healthy.  This is largely due to their added ingredients such as sugar, fat and milk ingredients.  But the healthfulness of chocolate also depends on the amount of unprocessed cocoa in the chocolate product.  Researchers…

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The Foods You Eat Shape the Performance of Your Brain

September 10, 2021 |

It is becoming increasingly clear that the food choices we make every day can alter the way we process information about the world around us.  Perhaps this shouldn’t be a big surprise.  We know now that the human adult brain, which constitutes only about 2% of our body weight, uses 20% of our total oxygen…

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Diet And Lifestyle Affect Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

May 7, 2021 |

Worldwide, nearly 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease today (1), with about 500,000 of those being Canadians (2) and 5.5 million Americans (3).  Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death among those of 65 years of age and older. …

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Diet Diminishes Depression

January 1, 2021 |

Depression is defined by feelings of sadness and hopelessness, not related to life events, that interfere with the performance of daily life activities. Unfortunately, depression is becoming more prevalent.  It is estimated that 11.2% of the Canadian population suffers from depression at some time in their lives (1) and it is predicted that depression will…

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