Defeating Dementia: Meet Dr. Richard Furman

Defeating Dementia: Meet Dr. Richard Furman

On my recent annual study break in October, Becky and I had a chance to visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. While shopping in the bookstore, we picked up a copy of Dr. Richard Furman’s newer book, Defeating Dementia: What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia. In short, it was a fascinating and convicting read! Dr. Furman is a follower of Christ and the book is endorsed by Franklin Graham. We’ve always thought that Alzheimer’s was simply a disease that “some got” and others “did not.” Dr. Furman has convinced us otherwise.

Here’s the big picture: Dr. Robert Furman is a retired vascular surgeon and over the course of his career, he’s seen a LOT of arteries, veins and hearts. He is convinced by his own career—and mounds of research—that roughly two-thirds of Alzheimer’s and dementia can be avoided with a proper diet, a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise!

According to Dr. Furman, the reason is simple. It’s because a healthy brain is dependent on a healthy heart and a healthy circulatory system—one word, oxygen. By exercising, maintaining proper nutrition and keeping blood pressure under control, we can contribute to a healthy brain long-term. While this certainly does not rule out genetic factors in dementia, it does help explain why so much dementia and Alzheimer’s can be avoided in Western culture.

Dr. Furman’s book offers a persuasive summary of his research in simple, laymen’s language. It offers a compelling overview as to what has been discovered about preventing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. This is a must read! It just makes sense both spiritually and physically—how we take care of our bodies is indeed a spiritual issue. Becky and I were both encouraged and challenged by Dr. Furman’s findings, and have already started to make some adjustments in our own lifestyle accordingly.

by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor
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