Katherine Martinko at treehugger.com writes:
“In his newest book, Dr. Barry Sears presents a convincing argument for how combatting diet-induced inflammation can increase health, longevity, and weight loss and create much higher quality of life.
In 2005 a study in the New England Journal of Medicine predicted that the lifespan of children born in the twenty-first century would be shorter than that of their parents. The study authors predicted that 1 out of 3 children would develop diabetes, which would mean that, by 2050, one-third of American adults would have diabetes; and the earlier the onset of diabetes, the more likely it is to develop Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Barry Sears, one of the world’s leading researchers on the hormonal effects of food and creator of the Zone diet, believes that we face a coming reckoning – “a global tsunami of the most dreaded disease of aging: Alzheimer’s disease.” Based on years of research, Dr. Sears states that the impending crisis has been gathering steam for the past half-century, since industrialized agriculture and processed foods changed our diets for the worse. This is what happens:
Increased diet-induced inflammation → Increased obesity → Increased diabetes → Increased Alzheimer’s
It’s a terrifying picture that he paints, when you stop to imagine one-third of the U.S. population battling Alzheimer’s, a condition with no known cure that is now the sixth leading cause of death in America. All we know is that it appears to involve inflammation.
Dr. Sears’ newest book, The Mediterranean Zone (Ballantine Books, 2014), is an injunction to eat more vegetables. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is – and that’s precisely what makes this book so profound. Since all of those unwanted conditions of obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s are rooted in dietary-induced cellular inflammation, then all you have to do is start eating in a way that reduces inflammation, and The Mediterranean Zone explains how to do that.”
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