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The Apo E Gene Diet--Preventing, Alzheimer's and Heart Disease, One Patient at a Time

November Is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month--The Apo E Gene Diet--A Solution for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Chronic Illnesses. THE APO E GENE DIET WINS ITS SECOND BOOK AWARD in "Health: Diet and Weight Loss" category of National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News The APO E Gene Diet presents an integrative medicine solution for serious diseases like Alzheimer's. According to Ms. McDonald, we all need to wake up and recognize that diet does make a difference in both disease prevention and treatment.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2008 -- The situation: Five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer's disease and millions more care for them. McDonald urges us to keep these facts in mind as we move into November, National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. The United States is concurrently experiencing a serious obesity epidemic--obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, Alzheimer's, and diabetes. Nearly one million people die of heart disease every year. Alzheimer's and heart disease are two very serious diseases that are now known to be caused by a type of chronic inflammation visible only with laboratory tests--our body's reaction to foods it is not designed to metabolize. Both diabetes and high insulin levels are linked to Alzheimer's.

McDonald believes the main reason we are experiencing epidemic proportions of these diseases is because we have moved away from whole, natural foods to highly processed foods. We have also left behind healthy home-cooked meals for fast food and restaurant meals, where we have little control over the ingredients.

The food in many restaurants, fast-food establishments, schools, and even hospitals, is highly processed and often preserved with substances harmful to the body. Furthermore, we tend to eat too quickly with little emphasis on mindful eating which strengthens our mind-body-spirit connection and enhances our enjoyment of life. Then, as we gain weight, we jump into the latest in-vogue diet, trying to find a quick way out of the unhealthy eating patterns we have been following for years. All of this only encourages obesity, chronic inflammation of the body, and the development of chronic illness.

As a culture, we need to recognize that the most favorable diet for each individual person requires that we understand the connection between our unique genetic makeup and our specific nutritional environment, specifically the amount and type of carbohydrates, fats, and protein we consume.

Among Ms McDonald's own patients who want to lose weight, confusion is the number one problem interfering with their goal.

Many people today don't know what to eat to be healthy, sadly, in part because the medical community doesn't provide clear, accurate nutritional information. This is understandable because doctors themselves rarely receive meaningful training in nutrition.

The Apo E Gene Diet utilizes a readily-available genetic test that determines if a person carries a variation of the gene that can put them at high risk for developing heart disease and Alzheimer's. The gene in question is the Apo E gene. Since the early 1990s, scientists have known that this gene plays a key role in Alzheimer's, as well as heart disease, Parkinson's, and other chronic conditions.

The problem: Genetic testing only indicates a predisposition to heart disease or Alzheimer's, etc. It does not provide a solution to preventing or curing the diseases. Until recently, no such solution existed.

The solution: Seven years ago, McDonald began to focus on the Apo E gene in her practice. She determined that specific nutritional programs, along with specific environmental and lifestyle changes, support a person's unique Apo E gene variation (genotype) and in so doing, reduce or eliminate chronic symptoms related to Alzheimer's, high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure, in addition to a host of other symptoms. She now shares her program in a groundbreaking integrative medicine book, The ApoE Gene Diet: A Breakthrough in Changing Cholesterol, Weight, Heart and Alzheimer's Disease Using the Body's Own Genes (Elite Books, 2007, $27.95).

McDonald's work is scientifically supported by research including that of Robert Krauss, MD, director, Arteriosclerosis Research, Children's Hospital, Oakland, CA, and cardiologist Robert Superko, MD, past director, Cholesterol, Genetics and Heart Disease Institute, San Mateo, CA, and former co-director, Advanced Cardiovascular Prevention Program, American Cardiovascular Research Institute, Atlanta, GA.

Millions of people recognize and experience these chronic illnesses and are desperate for powerful solutions. They are now made accessible through this groundbreaking, practical information.

As Larry Dossey, MD, bestselling author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things, writes, "This book represents the future of medicine--an individualized, personalized approach that honors our genetic uniqueness. Pamela McDonald brings together a complete health program that honors all we are--body, mind, and spirit." Andrew Weil, MD, also heartily endorses her work.

Pamela McDonald, RN, FA, FNP, is a leading integrative medicine nurse practitioner dedicated to the prevention of cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic illnesses. A graduate of Andrew Weil's Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, she has almost 30 years of clinical experience and advanced specialty training in family practice, nutrition, surgery, women's health, exercise/sports medicine, and mind-body medicine. - Contact JoAnne Moody at 925-980-9655 or Info @


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