With more and more Americans and residents being foreign-born, the Fourth of July has lost its meaning.

People love a day off, backyard barbeques, and fireworks. But celebrating Independence Day has all but disappeared.

For blacks, their independence day did not come until almost 100 or 200 years later, if at all.

“In 2014, he published a paper demonstrating the power of lifestyle choices for the prevention and treatment of this tragic condition. By leveraging 36 healthy lifestyle parameters, he was able to reverse Alzheimer’s in 9 out of 10 patients.

This included the use of exercise, a ketogenic diet, optimizing vitamin D and other hormones, increasing sleep, meditation, detoxification and eliminating gluten and processed foods. It’s been several years since we spoke last, so he’s got quite a few updates to share.”

Regarding brain health, I don’t want to take any chances. One stroke was enough. Luckily, it has now been one year since I had that small vessel stroke.

Life is fatal, but Alzheimer’s is worse than fatal.

Two Key Causative Factors That Must Be Addressed

According to Bredesen, supporting energy and reducing inflammation in the brain are the two most important factors to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s. Basics that all of Bredesen’s patients implement include:

Dietary intervention — Bredesen recommends a plant-rich, mildly ketogenic diet with a good omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, no dairy, no grains and no simple carbs. “That’s the approach that has worked the best,” he says. “We call that KetoFLEX 12/3.” Nutrition for Longevity now offers meal kits for the KetoFLEX 12/3 diet at, to make it easier to follow.

I have done whole food vegan for years, but my diet will trend toward pure keto and maybe even carnivore.

Exercise — Bredesen is seeing particularly good results with KAATSU (blood flow restriction training) and exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT).

Sleep optimization — Sleep apnea is a common problem that unquestionably contributes to cognitive decline, as it reduces oxygen to your brain and raises adrenaline while you’re sleeping.

“Poor sleep gives you more amyloid. It’s just a marker, but it’s a marker of things that aren’t so good, and unfortunately, amyloid then gives you poorer sleep.”

I’m unsure why, but I have been sleeping more recently. Maybe it’s my body’s way of healing.

I’m not so interested in what other people are doing. I must build the perfect life for an almost 70-year-old male. We all have so many individual deficits that group plans seem almost useless.

I do a decent job of reducing the amount of stuff in my life, but I can do even better. I collect too many little things, and I do buy some food on sale. I waste very little food because I have limited freezer and refrigerator space.


Besides a healthy diet, homelessness is the most significant risk to seniors and my biggest fear.

When checking my blood sugar, I will only do it once a day after my work shift.

I fight carb addiction daily.

Avoiding carbohydrates in a society saturated with sugary snacks can be arduous. The prevalence of carb-rich products in grocery stores, gas stations, and fast food joints is a testament to the challenge individuals face striving to limit their carbohydrate intake. These foods are conveniently available and heavily marketed, often triggering cravings and making it harder to resist temptation.

Carbohydrates, especially those derived from refined sugars, can be addictive due to their impact on the brain’s reward system. The high availability of these snacks, combined with their easy accessibility, creates an environment that constantly exposes individuals to these addictive substances.

Furthermore, the taste and texture of such foods are often designed to be irresistible, increasing the difficulty of avoiding them.

Moreover, the fast-paced nature of modern society plays a role in the struggle to avoid carbs. Many people lead busy lives with limited time for meal preparation. This leads to a reliance on processed and fast foods, often high in carbohydrates. These foods provide a quick and convenient solution, catering to the demands of hectic schedules.

Additionally, social pressures and cultural norms contribute to the difficulty of avoiding carbs. Social gatherings, celebrations, and workplace environments often revolve around food, and carbohydrates frequently take center stage.

Peer influence, combined with the desire to fit in or not stand out, can make it challenging to make healthy choices and resist the allure of sugary snacks.

The omnipresence of sugary snacks in grocery stores, gas stations, and fast food joints, combined with their addictive qualities, convenience, and societal pressures, creates a daunting task for individuals seeking to avoid carbohydrates.

Overcoming these challenges requires determination, planning, and a shift in societal norms to promote healthier alternatives.

My drugs of choice are ice cream and Pop Tarts.

When I watch YouTube videos on the homeless, I am amazed at how many are obese. What money you have for food goes to processed carbs.

At the same time, I feel a carb fest coming on.


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