Defeating Dementia – A review of a health and wellness book

Defeating Dementia by Richard Furman

Dementia. It’s one of the most dreaded conditions we face as we age. Many people claim they would rather be diagnosed with cancer than dementia or Alzheimer’s. What many don’t realize is that dementia is not a forgone conclusion as we get older. Our own lifestyle choices and habits can have a significant impact–for good or ill–on our chances of developing the disease. And that means there’s hope.

Drawing from the latest medical research, Dr. Richard Furman helps readers understand dementia and Alzheimer’s and shows them how to make three powerful lifestyle changes that can help decrease the probability of developing this disease. He explains how eating the right foods, exercising, and sustaining an ideal weight can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing dementia in the first place, and even how it can slow the progression of the disease in someone who has already received a diagnosis.

Wow!  What an informative yet easy to read book!  The author intersperses medical information with stories and observations made of his own mother-in-law as she progressed through the stages of Alzheimer’s over the course of 15 years.  The book is easy to read and understand – much harder to actually practice in real life!  But read it does give hope on how to ward off dementia.

As I read the book there were several things that struck me – like “What is good for the heart is good for the brain.”  And a high LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and being overweight would increase the chances for getting Alzheimer’s.  “Run from (red meat, cheese, butter, cream and fried foods) like your mental performance depends on it, because it does.”  “So many people attribute everything to their genes.  But even if you inherit some bad genes, you can still decrease your odds of developing Alzheimer’s.”

Powerful, helpful words!  This book is just a wealth of knowledge and I so highly recommend it!  And, I just read that the author is donating the proceeds from this book to Samaritan’s Purse to help with mission hospitals overseas – how cool is that!  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.


The Author:Richard Furman, MD, FACS, spent more than thirty years as a vascular surgeon. The author of Prescription for Life and Your Cholesterol Matters, Furman is past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He is cofounder of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan’s Purse. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.

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