For Immediate Release 

03/28/18

Controversial Award-winning Alzheimer’s Documentary “Monster in the Mind” Now Available on Amazon

Following debut screenings at prestigious film festivals and professional symposiums in the U.S. and abroad, the controversial and groundbreaking documentary film Monster in the Mind, produced by medical journalist Jean Carper, is now available to the general public for sale or rent via Amazon.

Carper, now 86 years of age, was CNN’s first medical correspondent in the 1980’s and is the author of 20 books on health, diet and aging, including her latest, Prevent Alzheimer’s & Dementia NOW!: 101 New Ways to Save Your Aging Brain (Amazon Digital Services, LTD., 2017). Her four-year odyssey to uncover the truth about Alzheimer’s was launched when she learned that she carries the gene for old-age Alzheimer’s, called apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4).

“I became so terrified of developing Alzheimer’s,” admits Carper, “ that I decided to find out everything I could to avoid the disease, even becoming a guinea pig for brain testing to see how likely I was to get Alzheimer’s.”

In the process of interviewing more than 60 Alzheimer’s authorities in the U.S. and abroad, Carper was surprised to discover that “much of the fear of old-age Alzheimer’s is exaggerated and most of what we believe about it is wrong.”

Findings from the interviews featured in the documentary reveal that:

  • Despite a hundred years of unproven theories, the real cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown.
  • It is misdiagnosed half the time, even at autopsy.   
  • It is far less apt to destroy your brain than other old-age dementias, such as tiny strokes.
  • After age 60, it is not determined by genes.
  • You can lower your risk of old-age dementia by lifestyle choices.
  • The rates of old-age dementia in the U.S. and other affluent countries are falling dramatically, not rising.
  • Losing your mind is not an inevitable consequence of aging; it is preventable.

Carper, a life-time film aficionado whose mother played piano to accompany silent movies, produced the documentary to be entertaining as well as informative, by packaging Monster in the Mind in the genre of a science fiction horror film, with vintage clips from Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula and others.

The result—a “brilliantly crafted documentary,” according to Alzheimer’s News Today, and “a masterful dissection of Alzheimer’s, bringing drama, fact, hope and wise advice for us all,” according to Dr. George Perry, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Monster in the Mind was supported by a partial grant from the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, and won the prize for best science documentary at the University of Bergen in Norway. Carper also reports it has become something of “a cult film,” among the brainiacs of the Alzheimer’s community, after faculty-sponsored screenings at Stanford and UCLA medical schools, as well as a private sneak preview during the Alzheimer Association’s International Conference in Toronto.

“As far as documentaries on the subject go, Monster is unique and upbeat, a huge departure, and has definitely struck a nerve with cutting-edge researchers and opinion makers who think the Alzheimer’s story needs to be updated,” she said.

To rent or purchase Monster in the Mind visit  JeanCarper.com.   For interviews, speaking engagements, international screenings and sales, contact: MonsterInTheMind@gmail.com.


For interviews, speaking engagements, international screenings and sales, contact: MonsterInTheMind@gmail.com.

 

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 Jean Carper is the best-selling author of 24 books, most on health, nutrition, aging and the brain. (Photo by Richard Watherwax.)

Jean Carper is the best-selling author of 24 books, most on health, nutrition, aging and the brain. (Photo by Richard Watherwax.)

 At age 80, medical journalist Jean Carper begins a documentary to expose the myths about Alzheimer’s. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

At age 80, medical journalist Jean Carper begins a documentary to expose the myths about Alzheimer’s. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 Jean Carper, pictured here on her 86th birthday, was named after the actress Jean Harlow.  Small wonder she became a lifetime film aficionado, a passionate supporter of independent theaters and films, and finally was inspired to make one of her own. (Photo by Carol Tedesco)

Jean Carper, pictured here on her 86th birthday, was named after the actress Jean Harlow.  Small wonder she became a lifetime film aficionado, a passionate supporter of independent theaters and films, and finally was inspired to make one of her own. (Photo by Carol Tedesco)

 Jean undergoing testing by Dr. Majid Fotuhi in his NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center to determine her risk of cognitive decline and dementia. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

Jean undergoing testing by Dr. Majid Fotuhi in his NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center to determine her risk of cognitive decline and dementia. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 Director Jean Carper gets the results of her brain Pet scan from Dr. Sam Gandy, Mount Sinai, New York. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

Director Jean Carper gets the results of her brain Pet scan from Dr. Sam Gandy, Mount Sinai, New York. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 Director Jean Carper gets the results of her brain Pet scan from Dr. Sam Gandy, Mount Sinai, New York. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

Director Jean Carper gets the results of her brain Pet scan from Dr. Sam Gandy, Mount Sinai, New York. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 Pathologist Mark Rodgers, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, autopsies a brain with Alzheimer’s. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

Pathologist Mark Rodgers, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, autopsies a brain with Alzheimer’s. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 Jean Carper, center, and friends juggle together to help increase brain grey matter and improve memory. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

Jean Carper, center, and friends juggle together to help increase brain grey matter and improve memory. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 Dr. Peter Whitehouse, left, pictured here with producers Jean Carper, center, and Lee Koromvokis presented a scientific paper on “Monster In the Mind,” at the Alzheimer Association's International Conference in Toronto, 2016. (Photo by Kirti Khalsa)

Dr. Peter Whitehouse, left, pictured here with producers Jean Carper, center, and Lee Koromvokis presented a scientific paper on “Monster In the Mind,” at the Alzheimer Association's International Conference in Toronto, 2016. (Photo by Kirti Khalsa)

 Carper was CNN’s first medical correspondent in 1980, winning an ACE award for a series on brain cancer. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

Carper was CNN’s first medical correspondent in 1980, winning an ACE award for a series on brain cancer. (Screenshot from “Monster in the Mind,” Carper, J. Producer, 2017)

 “Monster in the Mind” promotional poster

“Monster in the Mind” promotional poster

 Cover for Jean Carper’s book, “Prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia NOW!: 101 New Ways to Save Your Aging Brain.” (Amazon Digital Services, LTD., 2017)

Cover for Jean Carper’s book, “Prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia NOW!: 101 New Ways to Save Your Aging Brain.” (Amazon Digital Services, LTD., 2017)