No. 730



Skinny Vinnie hit a home run, with his fantastic new book titled, “The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription.” Now, you may say, “Who is Skinny Vinnie?” The nickname Skinny Vinnie was given to Dr. Vincent Fortanasce when he was growing up in a rough Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was slight of frame, but survived by becoming a closet weightlifter, and before he left Seton Hall University he was the number one prospect for the 1964 Olympic weightlifting team. This fantastic young man went on to become Board-certified in neurology and rehabilitation, a psychiatrist and also a renowned bioethicist.
Dr. Fortanasce is a clinical professor of neurology at the University of Southern California, twice-awarded Outstanding Lecturer of the Year. Named one of the top 100 physicians in Los Angles County and one of the best physicians in America, he hosts a monthly radio show, syndicated worldwide on EWTN, and has appeared widely in the media — from “60 Minutes,” “Dateline” and “Good Morning America” to the New York Times and USA Today. His patients have included Pope John Paul II. I wanted you to know Dr. Fortanasce’s credentials, because confidence in our doctor is one of the most important things we can have, especially when dealing with the condition of Alzheimer’s, a disease that is so devastating.
His book, “The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription” was born out of his personal experience of dealing with the ravages of Alzheimer’s in his own father and also the problems he saw in patients in his neurological practice. Dr. Fortanasce has the ability to explain the various concepts in a step-by-step, easy, understandable style for those not familiar with medical terminology and uses numerous illustrations from his private practice. Unlike most books and forms of treatment, this book does not deal with the “here-and-now” but what steps can we take to prevent this terrible disease from occurring in the future.
While reading this book so I could write this column, there were two things that really stood out for me. First, in most cases, Alzheimer’s is something that starts 30 years earlier, before the symptoms reach the point that it can be diagnosed. And next, the fact that with the proper steps regarding, diet, exercise, stress reduction and meditation, up to 70 percent of all Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented, thus, “The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription.” This terrible disease destroys not only the patient’s mind and life, it shakes the foundation of the entire family.
For those who are willing to read the book and follow the various steps in the prescription, he makes this statement: “I am going to tell you how to help your children and grandchildren prevent Alzheimer’s disease by making healthy diet and exercise choices early in life. But above all, he says to his readers, “I want to give you hope —particularly if you have a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease as I do. By learning more about Alzheimer’s disease you can start today to protect your health and your brain.”
The four-step program of dietary changes, exercises, brain boosters and relaxation techniques will provide you with the latest information and specific tools you need to build a bigger and better brain. It’s all there in pages and pages of good solid information, along with drawings, charts, photos, a 28-day meal plan, and even recipes for good healthy foods.
You have the title and the author’s name, and most all bookstores, along with, will carry it. I highly recommend it. This book could make a big difference in your life.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Davidson is a public speaker and syndicated columnist. You may contact him at 2 Bentley Drive, Conway, AR 72034. To begin a bookcase literacy project visit You won’t go wrong helping a needy child.)