November/December 2017 THE SCOTTISH RITE JOURNAL 25
These suggestions are just scratching
the surface of the way the Scottish Rite
can encourage the Brethren to keep physi-
cally active and thereby provide one more
low grade preventive measure which may
reduce the chance of Alzheimer’s (AD).
• Saturated fats
• Added sugar
• Fried foods
• Processed food
(GET RID OF PIZZA
• Trans-fatty acids
Are there fruits and vegetables rich
in vitamin E and beta-carotene?
• Dark green-
• Leafy green and
like broccoli (note
the repeat - now
repeated as a salad
or as a cooked
potato (rather than
• Are the foods rich in
• Are you offering
whole grain breads,
low fat meats, and
skim or reduced fat
• Nuts and
• Spices such as
Are Your Meals Well Balanced & Heart Friendly?
While no studies have shown that a specific diet can prevent AD or other types of
dementia, a healthy eating plan can provide key nutrients for better brain function.
Did you offer tea in addition
to coffee? Green, white,
and oolong teas are
considered brain healthy,
more so than coffee.
And get rid
But one preventive measure Masonic bodies do not pay enough attention to is diet.
Diet and Brain Health
How many Masonic meetings provide a
meal to the brethren? Likely most, or at
least they should. Meals increase the social activities of the Lodge. Stop and think:
“Are we providing the best food choices to
prevent diabetes and obesity, contributing
factors in the development of Alzheimer’s?” Simple changes could provide significant improvements. For example, substitute fruits and berries for the ice cream as
deserts for our banquets (OK add a little
whipped topping, but keep it low fat). A
healthy diet—especially for your brain—
includes foods such as: fruits; vegetables;
whole grains; and lean sources of protein.
While no studies have shown that a
specific diet can prevent AD or other
types of dementia, a healthy eating plan
can provide key nutrients for better brain
function. A well-balanced diet can also
help you manage your weight in addition
to delaying the onset of AD.
Hopefully you can now see how Masonic activities are fighting Alzheimer’s
and how we can do more. Get the older
members to participate in Masonic activities. Get them to take part in the ritualistic work of the lodge or just by attending
a stimulating Masonic program you are
helping to prevent the onset of this disease in them and possibly yourself. There
is more truth to the phrase “use it or
lose it” particularly when it comes to Alzheimer’s. Memorization is an important
part of the prevention effort. Masonry offers more than its share of rituals, orders,
and parts for its members to learn.
Masonry provides the Mason and his
family with a social life, and by being an
active Mason you are staying mentally
active (provided you stay awake in the
meetings) all the while improving your
memory, reasoning, and thinking skills—
all of which are ways to help ward off the
onset of Alzheimer’s. By being an active
Mason you are in the first line of attack
against this disease.