Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, University of Oxford is a leading expert in Alzheimer’s prevention. He has already shown how to virtually arrest abnormal brain shrinkage and memory decline in pre-dementia with inexpensive nutrients, thus defining major drivers of dementia. He wants to make the UK dementia unfriendly, the key being diet not drugs.
Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, unravels how the brain’s ‘reward’ system has been hijacked by junk food and technology, leading to the twin epidemics of addiction and depression. Professor Lustig is author of New York Times best selling book Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar, as well as his most recent book, The Hacking of The American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.
Director of Institute of Brain Chemistry and Reproductive Physiology at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, shows how the brain evolved in the sea 500 million years ago and has depended on marine nutrients such as DHA since then. Since 1950 there has been, an explosion of intensively reared land-based foods and fisheries have shrunk. Michael explores how the resulting dietary deficiencies of brain specific nutrients is likely responsible for the decline in intelligence since 1950, and the escalation of mental ill-health.
The incidence of mental illness is rising. IQ appears to be falling. More children are suffering from autism and ADHD. There are more teenagers diagnosed with schizophrenia and more are committing suicide. More adults are diagnosed with depression, anxiety and insomnia, and are unable to cope with stress. More elderly are slipping into dementia.
Why? What is driving the decline and fall of our mental health? And what can be done about it? How can we reclaim our brains?