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Overnutrition and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Overnutrition and Neurodegenerative Diseases
September 11, 2018 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Overnutrition is a term that refers to how excessive nutrients can damage the human body.

The modern diet has become a common source of excessive nutrients and increases dangerous levels of systemic inflammation within the body.  The stress from the inflammation will activate the genes within our DNA and trigger or worsen common medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

Many are familiar with the fact that eating too many calories or excessive amounts of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) can worsen a diabetic’s blood sugar level. The blood sugar levels increase to dangerous levels not because there are too many sugars in the food.  It increases because excessive calories and carbohydrates trigger more inflammation and worsen diabetes at the genetic level.

Cooking food at high temperatures or for too long will form another dangerous nutrient called AGE (advanced glycation end product), and consuming excessive amounts of AGEs will also trigger an overnutrition reaction and worsen a diabetics blood sugar level

Saturated fats (palmitic acid) are commonly added packaged foods and if consumed in excessive amounts will also worsen the blood sugar levels through the inflammatory overnutrition reaction as well.

Reversing Overnutrition

Fortunately, you can reverse the inflammation and damage of overnutrition by activating a natural cellular repair mechanism called hormesis and can be activated through a simple eating pattern called intermittent fasting.  In order to try intermittent fasting, you simply limit the calories you eat (maximum of 600 for men and 500 for women) on one or two nonconsecutive days per week.

This is not a new dietary pattern for humans.  Our stone age ancestors naturally engaged in fasting due to scarcity of food but the over-abundance of food in our modern world has eliminated these periods of involuntary but health-promoting intermittent fasting.

Minimizes consumption of calorie dense foods, limiting your carbohydrate intake to less than 100 grams per day, avoiding mindless snacking, cooking foods at lower temperatures and adding a little intermittent fasting can go a long way towards preserving your health and even reverse some of your present medical conditions.

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38 Comments

  1. Chris 4 days ago

    I have noticed an increase of mucus in stool. I’m currently taking 3000mg DHA, the ALA, and 2 tablespoons EVOO. It seems even more so during and after a round of Rifaximin. Is this normal? I have been doing the NP for 3 months and have just finished my 2nd round of Rifaximin.

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 4 days ago

      I have not had patient with this same particular issues and I would say this is unusual and may not be directly related to rifaximin. If this continue or if associated with fever, abdominal pain or blood in the stool I recommend contacting your managing physician.

  2. Katsiaryna 3 weeks ago

    Hello Dr. Nemechek,
    My son has taken anti epilepsy medicine for 1,5 years. Each 4 months we make a special blood test to see the concentration of this anti epilepsy medicine. A few days ago we made the test. It showed that concentration of the medicine in the blood of my son is too high. It has always been normal before. My son is on the Protocol for 10 days. Could the Protocol influence this process? Thank you.
    Best regards.

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 weeks ago

      The inulin will reverse bacterial overgrowth and this allows the gut to heal and potentially absorb medications better. This would lead to a higher blood level.

  3. Kelsey 1 month ago

    My daughters and I are all on your protocol and having such success – thank you! For intermittent fasting for women (500 calories) would I have to count my olive oil from doing your protocol – or is that separate, as it would take up a lot of the daily calorie allowance, I imagine!

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 1 month ago

      I consider it separate since these oils are not readily available for energy on the same day they are consumed.

  4. Jeny 2 months ago

    Hi my 3.5 son has been on your Protocol for a month and has tiny gains. He has not gone through the awakening phase is that because he has a mild autisim or is it still coming? His does are 1/2tsp Inulin, 1.25ml Nordic Naturals Fish Oil and 1.5-2tbsp of oil. Should I change this? Thanks!!

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      Maybe not enough inulin.

  5. Sarah Cummings 2 months ago

    I really want to try intermittent fasting, I’ve heard of so many benefits. Is there a period of time where your body will need to transition to feel the effects?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      IF has a slow accumulative effects and I use it in combination with my protovol as well as carb reduction < 100 gram per day)

  6. Monalisa Saha 2 months ago

    Hello Dr. Nemechek,

    My 8 year old minimally verbal daughter on the spectrum has been suffering from massive pain issues for one year now. She gets massive pain in her head, hands and legs which turn very hot and red sometimes. When it’s bearable she tells and writes explaining it, but beats herself miserably when the pain gets unbearable.

    This issue started after a series of viral and bacterial infections last year. We have been to many doctors, did tons of tests and tried a lot of medicines, but nothing is helping other than antibiotics.

    Could this be an autonomic system issue and will your protocol help? Kindly help us.
    Thanks & regards

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      Potentially. Autonomic dysfunction can cause severe migraine headaches and flushing of the skin. Possibly these are happening together.

  7. Georgia 2 months ago

    Dear Dr Nemechek,

    I’m 26 and I’ve suffered from severe hyperhidrosis and therefore sympathetic overdrive since age 8. I’ve recently started your protocol and I feel much better mentally.

    Sadly I’m still unable to work, so I’m keen to know if the nervous system heals at the same rate as the brain?

    Also, I’m considering a 3 day water fast to speed up the recovery of my nervous system. Do you think it would be alright to break from your protocol for this purpose?

    Your advice is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    Kind regards,

    Georgia

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      The overall nervous system (brain and peripheral nervous system) all recovery about the same rate.

      I have no understanding how a 3 day water fast is going to help your nervous system to recover.

  8. Sarah Brant 2 months ago

    Dr Nemechek,

    Our entire family is on your protocol and we have seen substantial gains in our child on the spectrum and our child who has some red flags. I have a question for you concerning a product that I recently read about called Clarifi. It’s a saliva test that detects autism and claims to measure molecules in the saliva. I’m curious to know your opinion on this product. Thanks!

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      I’ve never heard of it and would know what molecules they could possible measure to make a diagnosis of autism

  9. Pamela Dahlsen 2 months ago

    My daughter’s first child is 4 and non-verbal autism. He just started this Protocol 10 days ago. My daughter is 19 weeks pregnant with child number 2. Should she also be on Protocol and is it completely safe during pregnancy?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      My thoughts on prevention can be found in our book.

  10. Xiomary 2 months ago

    Hi Dr. Nemechek….I wanted to know if the doses of the 3 supplements that I have to give to my child is about age or weight? … He is 4 years and 6 months old and weight 84 pounds…a big boy!!!..and it is about weight how much I should be giving?…thank you!!!

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      Age vs weight? – no one knows for certain.

  11. Diana 2 months ago

    Hello Dr Nemechek. I am from Macedonia and I am a mother of 14 years old girl who has suffered a stroke seven years ago. After that she has right side hemiplegia and epilepsy. I was wondering if I can start with the protocol but I am afraid because of the epilepsy. And if I start how to do that.
    Thanks.

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      My protocol reduces inflammation levels in the brain and this commonly results in fewer seizures.

  12. Imane 2 months ago

    I have been suffering from chronic fatigue for 6 years. I started taking inulin and had something that happened to me before. Half of my tongue gets numb stinging swollen and turned white ( low blood flow). I looked for what it could be and it looks like raynaud attack. I never had any problem like that before until I started taking inulin. I haven’t stopped it. But now that I got this attack 4 times already, I wonder if I should stop it.

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      This is more likely an neurological phenomena that is affecting your blood vessel constriction/dilation and not a primary blood flow issue per say.

      It’s also another example why I use rifaximin with adults instead of inulin.

  13. Georgia 2 months ago

    Dear Dr Nemechek,

    I have another question thanks. I read in your book that I should not take multivitamins or probiotics during your protocol (which I don’t). However, I do take a few other supplements (only vitamins and minerals). Should I stop taking these?

    Thank you and kind regards,

    Georgia

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      I recommend stopping all supplements.

  14. Georgia 2 months ago

    Dear Dr Nemechek,

    I have recently started your protocol and I feel so much better already – thank you. I have a couple of questions regarding this please.

    I suffer from fructose malabsorption and I’m wondering if it’s ok for me to take inulin after Rifaximin (for food intolerances)?

    I’m also on Modified Citrus Pectin (Pectasol-C) to detoxify heavy metals, is it alright to stay on this during the protocol?

    Kind regards,

    Georgia

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 months ago

      I generally don’t find the inulin is necessary to take after rifaximin – this should resolve most food intolerance even better than inulin.

      A healthy gut bacteria seems to naturally detox heavy metals and my patients recover without detoxification supplements (they often do better without them).

  15. sheryl 3 months ago

    Hi we love you my son is on the oils and wow what a difference in my autistic 19 year old. Can’t wait for our appt in December with you. I have a question my healthy 22 year old daughter has bradycardia standing and working as a nurse she will feel faint and bpm is. 35 -43. No thyroid issues doesn’t take any meds and doesn’t drink smoke etc. no heart defects.

    Do you think this is an autonomic system issue and would your protocol and VNS help ?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 months ago

      Yes, yes and yes.

  16. April walker 3 months ago

    Good evening Dr. So do patients on the rifaximin have negative responses? Would my sons negative response to inulin lead to believe that he needs the rifaximin instead of inulin? Thank you for your expertise.

    April Walker.

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 months ago

      If by negative response do you mean the awakening? If so, then yes the rifaxamin will cause the same difficult awakening response as the inulin.

      Watch my YouTube video on anxiety and aggression.

  17. Tracy 3 months ago

    Hi, you said to limit carbs to 100 grams a day. Is that all carbs naturally occurring and added?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 months ago

      Yes

  18. A’s mommy 3 months ago

    Hi Dr N!! We love you and our son has been on your protocol since may (doing great) and we loved our Skype call with you. My question is about ME ! I have alopecia areata. It’s gotten worse with the day to day stress and heartache of having an autistic son. My Derm told me to “pulse” oral prednisone. I’m also on the protocol and it’s helped me with my anxiety. My hair is still an issue. I’m confident it will grow back with the Nemecheck protocol but with my excessive stress do you think I should go on the Cortizone or will the Cortizone interfere with the protocol ? Another question I have is about alcohol. I did Rifaxamin a month ago but in your book you said alcohol could bring back SIBO. Should we completely obstain from alcohol ?

    Thanks again for all you do ! We watch your videos over and over. My husband and I would be lost without you ! We’ll see you next month.

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 months ago

      Intoxication with alcohol can cause a short-lived neuropathy that has the potential of cause SIBO relapse. That is different that saying a glass of wine with dinner would do the same.

      The hair issues takes about 3 months to notice improvement with substantial gains around 6 months after rifaximin.

  19. Anne 3 months ago

    Hi Dr. Nemechek,
    I read your book and started the protocol a couple of month ago. My child was on inulin for a while and then on Rifaximin. Should she resume inulin after finishing Rifaximin?

    • Author
      Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 3 months ago

      Not necessarily but it won’t harm anything if you’d like to try.

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