I recently noticed a flyer posted at a local restaurant:
“Pancake Breakfast to Aid Alzheimer’s Association”
A quick search online reveals that this is not an isolated event.
Pancake breakfasts, it seems, have become de rigueur for benefitting Alzheimer’s. Whether to increase awareness or to fund research, pancake breakfasts are suddenly being promoted by a slew of well-meaning people, from local firefighters to community organizations to Alzheimer’s associations.
What do you think of this idea: hosting a smoke-in to combat lung cancer? Does it sound like a good idea?
Sure, if you live in Crazy Town.
Same with feeding pancakes to people to combat Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Maios Hadjivassiliou of the United Kingdom, a recognized world authority on gluten sensitivity, states that “gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times, exclusively a neurological disease.”
And for those of you who are quick to respond that only 1% of people have Celiac disease (gluten intolerance), I remind you that traditional testing does a horrible job of identifying an immune system response to gluten, typically testing for antibodies to less than 0.1% of the proteins in modern wheat before proclaiming a patient gluten intolerant or not.
In fact, the American Journal of Gastrointerology has called for a new disease condition to be recognized in which a patient has all the effects of wheat sensitivity without any of the traditional celiac markers. They call this disease “Non-Celiac Wheat Sensitivity.”
Noted neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter’s upcoming book “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers” promises to continue the message of the best selling book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis: today’s modern grains have a degenerative neurological effect on our brains.
If you want to host a breakfast to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, by all means, do so. But serve omelets and grass-fed meats cooked in coconut oil and include low-glycemic vegetables, avocados, nuts, and berries.
For heaven’s sake, don’t serve pancakes.