Creative Writing Alumna Releases E-book on Alzheimer’s
Carnegie Mellon alumna Amy Berger (CW’00) believes her new e-book, “The Alzheimer’s Antidote,” is the remedy for preventing the fear, confusion, and hopelessness Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their caregivers feel.
Berger outlines a multipronged strategy that she thinks will correct the metabolic abnormalities that underlie AD – starting with implementing a specialized, targeted diet designed to preserve and restore brain function.
“I explain what is going wrong in the Alzheimer’s brain and what to do about it,” said Berger who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing in 2000. “We have been led to believe that we are powerless against the disturbing decline an Alzheimer’s patient will experience, but my thorough analysis of medical literature indicates otherwise.”
As strong as Berger feels about this disease's crippling effects, she does say in the e-book's disclaimer that the information in the book is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition. The information is intended for strictly educational purposes.
Berger’s e-book grew out of her University of Bridgeport graduate thesis. While studying human nutrition there, she realized that her research could become the missing link to the AD solution.
Turning her research into an e-book allowed Berger to deliver her work to the masses.
“I couldn’t imagine having this information and not sharing it with as many people as possible,” said Berger. “There is something victims and their caregivers can do about it. I’m glad I am able to provide detailed dietary guidance to help people make their way out of that frightening darkness.”
To explain how Alzheimer’s develops and to describe her solutions for the disease, Berger used her creative writing skills she learned from CMU to craft a story-like piece to make the complicated science concepts easy to understand.
“Putting words together in a way that people want to keep reading is an art and a skill. My classes at CMU were the foundation for that,” said Berger. “I frequently receive emails from readers of my blog complimenting my writing style, so I must be doing something right.”
Since earning her Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition, most of Berger’s work has been focused on health and nutrition.
When Berger isn’t working at her nutrition consulting practice, Tuit Nutrition, and writing for her blog, she writes for Designs for Health, which provides research-backed nutritional products and practice development programs to health care professionals.
Berger is multitalented – but that’s an understatement. She also works at the Pentagon for the Department of Defense. Along with her undergraduate degree from CMU and her graduate degree, Berger earned an Associate of Arts in Korean from the Defense Language Institute and served in the U.S. Air Force from 2004-2008.
But, she plans on focusing all of her time and energy on her nutrition consulting practice starting in August.
And, Berger hasn’t abandoned her first love, writing. As her Twitter bio reads, she’s a nutritionist by day and a novelist by night. She is currently putting the finishing touches on the rough draft of her first novel.
By Amanda King