Dr. Neal Barnard on ‘Power Foods for the Brain’ at Portland Museum of Art

Posted Sept. 30, 2013, at 11:44 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – The University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities, in its fifth season, will host the 2013 Crosley Lecture featuring Neal Barnard, MD, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, who will discuss “Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory.” The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14, at Portland Museum of Art. A book reception will follow the lecture.

Nutrition researcher and New York Times bestselling author Neal Barnard, M.D., is well known for his research about the health benefits of a low-fat, plant-based diet. Dr. Barnard’s latest book, “Power Foods for the Brain,” talks about how certain foods—power foods—can protect your brain and optimize its function, even dramatically reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Barnard reviewed the most up-to-date research studies, creating a program that can help boost brain health, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, and improve over cognitive functions, including improved energy levels, sleep patterns, mood, and concentration.
Dr. Barnard’s advice helps rid toxic metals from a diet, kitchen, and medicine cabinets, while introducing lifestyle habits that aim to sharpen memory and improve health. A seven-day meal plan and more than 70 recipes are included to help get started.
The Center is a public forum designed to introduce students and members of the public to the exploration of the great issues facing humanity today.
“We are glad to host an event about such a topic that is vital to our health” said Anouar Majid, UNE’s founding director of the Center for Global Humanities and vice president for Global Affairs. “”Dr. Barnard’s lecture will help us understand what is at stake when it comes to what we eat.  I invite people to join us.”
Events are held on UNE’s Portland Campus, and many are also broadcast live at the Cary Library in Houlton. For more information, visit www.une.edu/cgh.
The Crosley Lecture is named in memory of Rev. Marion Crosley and his wife Mehitable Adelia Swift Crosley and is funded by Barbara Goodbody, a longtime friend of Westbrook College and UNE. Rev. Crosley was a Universalist minister who lived in Portland from 1885 to 1889 and served on the board of the Westbrook Seminary, which later became Westbrook College and is now part of UNE.

The lecture, inaugurated in 1984, was initially devoted to the topic of ethics; but the founding of the Center for Global Humanities and the launch of a global initiatives program at UNE led to the renaming of the lecture to best reflect Goodbody’s interest in global traditions and her tireless immersion in the world of ideas and arts.

UNE is an innovative health sciences university grounded in the liberal arts, with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses and unique study abroad opportunities. UNE has internationally recognized scholars in the sciences, health, medicine and humanities, and offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree program.

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