Keto Cure Me Interview: Film-maker Max Lugavere, Bread Head Documentary
Max Lugavere Bread Head
Hi everyone, welcome to another blog post from the Keto Cure Me writing desk.
Keto Cure me is a ketogenic health blog that is low carb, keto focused and where I get to write about whatever inspires me on the day and I’m pretty inspired right now!
Today I’m going to be talking about an exciting new doco project called Bread Head, produced and directed by film-maker Max Lugavere.
A BIT ABOUT MAX LUGAVERE
Max Lugavere is a New York / LA based film-maker and producer of particular note. He is also the well-known TV anchor and presenter of his original series Acting Disruptive.
I recently recorded a Low Carb Conversation podcast with Jimmy Moore and Dietician Cassie that featured both myself and Max, but it was a few weeks prior to recording the podcast that I came across an article written by Kristine Crane about Alzheimer’s. The article featured the work that Max was doing with his current documentary project Bread Head, seeking to raise awareness of neurodegenerative disease, specifically Alzheimer’s.
I printed out the article and pinned it out my wall as a future blog topic for Keto Cure Me and that was that.
A week later Jimmy Moore contacted me via twitter to be on his Low Carb Conversations with Max and that’s how we met. I have since interviewed him and that’s how this story transpired.
So where did the idea for the film come about?
The idea for the Bread Head project came about fairly recently, but was inspired by the devastating news that Max’s mother Kathy had been diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease. Kathy started to experience some cognitive difficulties and memory loss approx. 3 years ago. Max describes this time in his life as when it all became very real.
Dissatisfied with the idea that nothing further could be done post diagnosis, Max went chasing down the proverbial rabbit hole seeking answers to help his mother.
What stemmed from Max’s quest for information was the unearthing of a growing body of scientific research, that neurodegenerative diseases have similar correlations to type two diabetes. There are significant clues to preventing Alzheimer’s’ in the same way we reverse type two and that is with with low carb, low sugar diets and the addition of animals fats for good brain health.
To say Max has a thirst for scientific knowledge would be an understatement. Max studied film and psychology at university and with his interest in science, technology & social media platforms, it became clear that he could reach a huge audience of younger people, giving them a heads up regarding the prevention of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Max told me that at this time in history more young people are interested in health & science than ever before.
Bread Head filming began in Boston with Max interviewing Dr. Allesio Fasano of the Center for Celiac Genetic Risk Factor Research, at Harvard University.
Dr. Fasano says despite some people having genetic risk factors for neurodegenerative disease, this doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop Alzheimer’s. This is very positive given Max has two gene variations that could put him at greater risk of eventually developing a dementia related condition in the future.
The knowledge that Max can modify his risk factors spurred him on to seek out the science behind Alzheimer’s, conducting further interviews with science’s top guns in neurology and neuropathology.
Throughout the documentary Max interviews several experts, including Dr. Suzanne De La Monte, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Professor of Neurosurgery and she is also a neuropathologist from Brown University. De La Monte coined the phrase type three diabetes. This is her term for describing the brain correlations between Alzheimer’s and T2 diabetes.
Dr. De La Monte’s research indicates the over consumption of sugar leads to insulin resistance in the brain. This has negative implications for good brain health. Her research shows rats that have insulin resistant brains have significant neurodegeneration and the rats developed a pattern in the brain akin to Alzheimer’s.
How many people in America and Australia has Alzheimer’s disease?
In 2014 over 5.2 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s. This number is expected to triple by 2050.
In Australia the numbers are just as scary given our population size. We have at least 343 thousand people living with the disease.
According to the Fight Alzheimer’s Save Australia organisation, this number will increase to 400 thousand in less than ten years, 900 thousand by 2050.
If De La Monte’s research regarding the connection between diabetic and Alzheimer brains is anything go by, we should be pouring research funds at this significant health issue as fast as we can.
My research into diabetes statisitcs shows that over 100 thousand people in Australia developed the very serious condition in the last year.
There exists a significant amount of scientific literature that shows there is an increased risk of dementia if you have consistently high levels of blood sugar.
This information alone should be enough to telegraph to people who can identify as being overweight, diabetic, or pre-diabetic that changing your eating habits to low carb, low sugar, high fat, can significantly reduce your risk factors for dementia related diseases.
I asked Max what his hopes were for his documentary Bread Head.
Max wants to get the message to younger people by surprising them and positing the idea into their minds that they can make positive food choices now. In the trailer for Bread Head Max says, “what if Americas most feared disease is a choice we can make at the checkouts”.
This statement speaks to the very heart of what is wrong with how we have been taught to eat. As Christine Cronau, nutrition expert and Australian author of The Fat Revolution says, “we should be avoiding everything in the middle section of the supermarkets, ignoring all of the packaging and sticking to whole foods”.
Max monitors his own nutrition; eating a low carb Paleo friendly diet. He includes omega three fats, and vitamins D and B. Max says he feels amazing and will continue to feed his body and brain the right kinds of fuel, as a preventative to protect his future brain health.
The film-maker points out that the people of the millennial generation are thirsty for knowledge, ‘the more we know about ourselves, the more we can measure, manage and improve’.
Max is raising funds to complete the documentary and he wants you to be part of it. We can all contribute to the process of bringing Bread Head to fruition.
Get along to The Kick-Starter website where you can contribute as little the cost of a cup of coffee or much more if you are able. This will make sure Bread Head makes its mark and helps to inform as many people as possible about how our food choices now will impact upon all of us into the future. Oh and did I mention there are benefits to helping fund the doco? Check it out.
You can see the trailer on the kick-start site or on YouTube, it’s an amazing documentary project pulled together by a talented and caring guy and his equally talented crew, totally worthy of your time and money.
Did I mention that Max Lugavere is also an awesome musician and has a recently released an EP entitled ‘One Year Later’. His album is a collection of songs both acoustic and full-band that have been received to critical acclaim. You can check out the album at www.maxlugavere.bandcamp.com
One of the benefits to contributing to the kick-starter for the doco is signed copies of his album.
I can attest to how dreamy his music is because I listened to it while writing this post and was so relaxed I nearly slid off my chair… really cool stuff.
Ok, so make sure you share this post with as many people as you can, especially as it will help in the fight against dementia related disease.
Share on Facebook and Twitter and talk to your friends about helping out on the Bread Head kick starter page.
Listen out for Low carb Conversations on Feb 6th with Jimmy Moore, Dietician Cassie, Max Lugavere and Me Michelle From Keto Cure Me.
That’s it for another Keto Cure Me post,
Take care of yourselves, Michelle