Dr. Mercola is an alternative medicine proponent, osteopathic physician, and Web entrepreneur, who markets a variety of dietary supplements and medical devices through his website, Mercola.com. Mercola is a 1976 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and a 1982 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (now Midwestern University).

“The connection between sugar and Alzheimer’s disease was first made in 2005, when the disease was tentatively dubbed “type 3 diabetes.” Previous research has also shown that people with diabetes have a twofold increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”

“When you adopt a high-fat, low-carb diet and make to switch to burning fat and ketones for fuel instead of glucose, your mitochondria’s exposure to oxidative damage drops by as much as 30 to 40 percent compared to when your primary source of fuel is sugar, as is typical in American diets today. This means that when you are ‘fat adapted” – that is, when you have made the transition to burning fat for fuel – your mitochondrial DNA, cell membranes, and protein can remain stronger, healthier, and more resilient.”

“Processed food, with all its chemical additives, added sugars, and refined oils and carbohydrates, is extremely addictive. This has been demonstrated by a number of studies spanning decades of research and is no accident. The food industry employs teams of scientists who scheme to improve the “mouthfeel” of fake, processed food. They do this to maximize food cravings so you will continue to come back for more even when your body doesn’t need nourishment.”