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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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McInnes pens Honey Sapiens: Human Cognition and Sugars: The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

Hammersmith Health Books has just released, Honey Sapiens: Human Cognition and Sugars: The Ugly, the Bad and the Good, by Mike McInnes.

In this publication, the pharmacist and sports nutritionist presents compelling evidence that refined carbohydrates and sugars are not only shrinking the human brain but also degrading human cognition.

The book sheds light on the devastating impact of excess circulating glucose on the brain’s energy supply and its connection to obesity, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism spectrum disorders.

McInnes unravels the mechanism behind these neurodegenerative conditions, revealing that excess circulating glucose oxidizes and degrades a crucial enzyme called glutamine synthetase, which plays a pivotal role in fuelling the human brain.

Mike McInnes

The author’s in-depth exploration of this enzyme’s significance is detailed in chapter 2 of the book.

By suppressing glutamine synthetase, excess glucose deprives the brain of energy, impairing its functions, just as overwhelming an engine would disable its fuel pump.

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The author establishes that refined carbohydrates and sugars have contributed to a recent decline in vital functions among Homo sapiens, including energy homeostasis and the coupling of environmental information with the energy required for survival.

McInnes attributes this decline to the shift in dietary patterns favouring increased consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars over the past half-century.

The various diseases associated with this cognitive decline serve as manifestations of the timing, intensity, and duration of the assault on the brain’s energy supply, both before and after birth.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes are shown to cause reduced cerebral volume and cognitive impairments, while Alzheimer’s disease leads to reduced cerebral volume, cognitive decline, and dementia.

Autism spectrum disorders are marked by structural brain alterations, compromised cognition, communication, language, and various other symptoms.

McInnes emphasizes that all other attempts to repair the damaged mechanisms, enzymes, receptors, and hormones associated with these conditions through synthetic drugs are ultimately futile, as they address downstream effects rather than the root cause.

Alternative solution

In addition to highlighting the detrimental effects of excess sugar on brain energy, McInnes presents an alternative solution: the replacement of refined sugars with honey as a sweetener.

The author asserts that honey, unlike refined sugar, can prevent and even reverse the catastrophic decline in human cognition.

Chapter 9 provides an in-depth exploration of the extraordinary fuel properties of honey and its status as the perfect energy source for the brain.

McInnes laments the neglect of honey by health institutions over the past two decades despite the exponential growth in scientific knowledge about its benefits, characterizing this neglect as both a tragedy and an intellectual crime.

To safeguard human cognitive function, McInnes advocates for the removal of refined carbohydrates and sugars from our diets.

Individuals can opt for diets free of these substances entirely or replace them with honey, which emerges as the most potent antidiabetic food known.

The book delves into the evolutionary history of honey and its ability to protect the brain from sugar toxicity while upregulating the expression of genes crucial for communication.

Honey Sapiens serves as a wake-up call to individuals and health institutions alike, urging them to recognize the damaging effects of refined carbohydrates and sugars on the human brain.

McInnes’s book emphasizes the urgent need for a paradigm shift in dietary choices and calls for the recognition of honey as the ultimate solution to protect and enhance cognitive function.

Published by Hammersmith Health Books, Honey Sapiens: Protecting the Human Brain from Sugar Degradation available nationwide and online from now.

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