On April 12, 2017, I sent out a monthly message to about 92 people advising them to use Turmeric if anyone had a family history of Alzheimer’s. Well, I came across four families that have had either Dementia or full Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease has no known cure yet. But it seems that diet, exercise, and education are helping in slowing down the disease. In my new book, Gourmet Cooking with Health in Mind, I have written a chapter on “Alzheimer’s Disease and Indian Diet.”
The Indian Diet
The Indian diet is plant-based protein: beans, such as chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, quinoa, mung etc. The bread is made with whole wheat, barley, chickpeas, flours, and seeds etc. Beans are made mostly juicy with greens and tomatoes or a little lemon juice daily. Fresh ground herbal chutney is used every day. The vegetables are made with fresh ground spices, curry powder, and turmeric. Turmeric is used 3 to 4 times a day in cooking, about ¼ Teaspoon for two servings.
Desserts are made mostly with milk, home-made cheese, nuts, seeds, beans, squash, fruits etc. Yogurt is eaten during the day, and whole warm milk with or without water and a little brown sugar is served after dinner. Fruits, nuts, yogurt drinks, milk tea, milk coffee are served during the day.
Early morning (before sunrise) and late evening after dinner are the walking times. Yoga together with the deep-breathing exercises and meditation is a must. Socializing at the temple or other gathering places is beneficial. Eat healthily, exercise daily, be courteous to others and maintain a happy lifestyle, do not drink alcohol and do not smoke. This is the key to a disease-free life.
Recommended Book: “My Two Elaines: Learning, Coping, and Surviving as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver,” (click on book to visit the website) 2017, by Martin J. Schreiber with Cathy Breitenbucher, Book Publishers Network, $16.95.
Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.”
Joseph Joubert, French moralist (1754-1824).
Thank you kindly,
Sushil (Sue) Hennessy
You don’t need money, just a little time to give mental support and be kind to all. Check on the elderly, bring their Newspaper to their door in bad weather, say hello to your neighbors when you see them, wish them happy holidays and birthdays etc. Call your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles; talk to them to make sure they are not lonely, thank the soldiers when you see them for keeping us safe; thank priests, police officers, teachers, postal workers, newspaper persons, trash collectors for their services. Write notes to a lonely and unknown person and make his or her day. These acts of kindness have a trickle-down effect.