October 31 – November 3, 2019
Program Details 2017*
Brain Energy Metabolism: Implications for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment
Scientific research has provided a new understanding of how the brain uses energy. Glucose is a well known energy source for brain cells, but the brain does not utilize it efficiently in those with Alzheimer’s. An alternate source which is manufactured in the liver, called ketone bodies, is being explored for its therapeutic effects for a wide range of neurodegenerative disorders. Interestingly, it is possible for individuals to control the brain’s use of these two fuels. We will explore the book: Alzheimer’s Disease - What if there was a Cure? The Story of Ketones by Dr. Mary Newport.
Peter Kraus has served as the monthly gathering Program Chair for Chicago Area Mensa, having selected something in the neighborhood of 300 speakers during his tenure. Now, as program co-chair, he has spent time researching medical issues. Surprisingly, there appear to be two subsets of research - one which seems to be promulgated by the commercial interests, and another (that is not featured in the major media) which contradicts, or supplants, the research of the commercial interests.
*Note: This program was offered last year and may or may not be offered again this year.
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