Power Foods for the Brain | Neal Barnard | TEDxBismarck

Published 2016-09-20
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Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored over 70 scientific publications as well as 17 books. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

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All Comments (21)
  • @cacevedo07
    I'm a biochemist and vegan for more than 30 years. I'm grateful for doctors like Dr. Barnard who have been fighting to deliver this information to the public.
  • @shilpagupta2557
    The best line "if we are able to learn what it takes to protect our brain then perhaps families will be able to stay together much longer".
  • @Exen88
    His team sued the government because they weren’t doing their job. Props to this man and his team. Hero of the people right there!!
  • Not only was this some of the best content I’ve ever read on dementia, but he is an outstanding speaker. I cried at the end. I’m so grateful for what he helped accomplish with terminating the food pyramid.
  • @sydney2236
    Thank you so much for this! I’m 23 and play time is really over when it comes to health. At the end of the day it’s nobody’s responsibility but your own so I’m trying to do better for myself and my babies!
  • @drugarm1
    You turned the pain of losing your Dad into a simple, informative, random act of love to help prevent further suffering ❤️ you Dr Barnard, are very cool 😎 thank you
  • @downbntout
    This man and his colleagues advocating for whole plant foods are heroes to me, because following their advice has reversed my heart disease. Proven with ultrasounds of my carotids and aorta, four years apart. It really is do-able.
  • I’m so glad I found this video while studying for my anatomy class. I’m only 15, and I’m very great full I can get a head start on working on keeping my brain healthy :)
  • @chinweizeng9837
    It's people like Neal Barnard that makes the world warmer. Sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing so lovingly and compassionately.
  • To anybody who's reading this, I pray that whatever is hurting you or whatever you are constantly stressing about gets better. May the dark thoughts, the overthinking, and the doubt exit your mind right now. May clarity replace confusion. May peace and calmness fill your life. Amen.💕
  • @quanmack6332
    "We sued the government"
    I appreciate this man and his whole team. The government makes too much money off peoples suffering.
  • @feda_roz
    "Genes are not destiny". I think that's a powerful and very courageous message. Thank you for this video it has enriched my knowledge alot more.
  • @shanw2692
    I am a person who is very concerned about physical and mental health. I am on a healthy diet recommended by my dietitian who works for National Health Service UK. I am also doing aerobic exercises and brisk walking regularly. But I never knew that brisk walking makes my hippocampus bigger, which improves my memory. I am so grateful to Dr Neal Barnard. This is one of the best presentations I have ever come across.
  • @jaseegrubb1442
    Great Ted talk! I have already sent it to a few friends. I am 55, a vegetarian, now I have more reasons to begin to move towards becoming a vegan. I have also recently taken on getting my Master's in Nursing and noticed that my diet, meditation, and breath-work have helped with my studies. I have earned straight A's so far! Thank you!
  • One the best ted talks, Although we have heard this many times he is so compelling. This can impact us so greatly. He may have saved millions of lives from incredible suffering.
  • Thank you, Dr. Barnard. My condolences about your father. Thank you for sharing your story and for dedicating your life to helping people live long, healthy, happy lives. I have never met you but I consider you to be one of my doctors. I follow your advice & enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Don’t know when you gave this presentation but thank you for giving it and letting us be aware of what we can do to prevent Alzheimer’s. I found this very helpful fir my daily living and will try to follow your advice. I do walk four times a week . A brisk walk and some days walk two miles which is around 45 minutes for me. I am 73 and already have some issues with forgetting names and word finding. So I hope to reverse this. Once again, thank you.
  • @superbreastman
    Wonderful speech. If we stick to these simple principles we'd all be healthier and happier with our families,children and friends. And best of it is IT'S SO DAMN EASY TO DO! Thank you Dr. Barnard!
  • @anns1921
    What a wonderful talk and message. This is exactly why I love Dr. Barnard. He truly cares about people.
  • Thank you Sir for your life saving research and efforts. My condolences on the loss of your father. May your accomplishments help others not have to suffer your pain. God Bless you. 🙏😔👍