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'Grain Brain' by Dr. David Perlmutter: The harm in wheat, carbs and sugar

A revolutionary diet for brain health
A revolutionary diet for brain health
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Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter


"Grain Brain" is the latest book by Dr. David Perlmutter about "The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 4-week plan to achieve optimum health."

Perlmutter includes lots and lots of research and personal anecdotal data about the harmful effects of consuming carbs. Many of his patients have been cured of serious illnesses (including daily migraine headaches) by adopting a gluten-free diet.

He explains that medical research is just beginning to document a connection between movement disorders and gluten sensitivity. Most mainstream doctors do not look for dietary causes for illnesses.

He goes on to state that many patients "...come to me with vastly different medical complaints, but they share a common thread: gluten sensitivity." He explains in scientific detail why the problem of gluten sensitivity is so prevalent and so dangerous.

But Perlmutter doesn't stop there. He goes on to explain why " extremely low-carb and high-fat diet is what your body fundamentally craves and needs." He explains why eating lots of carbs is almost as dangerous as eating gluten.

What Perlmutter says about cholesterol is what will surprise many (extreme understatement here). He says that our quest for low cholesterol, medical recommendations notwithstanding, is based on a myth. And Perlmutter backs up everything he says with research. His footnotes are meticulous.

He cites a study that appeared in the medical journal Lancet which followed 724 elderly people for ten years. During the study, 642 people died. He writes, "Each thirty-nine point increase in total cholesterol corresponded to a 15 percent decrease in mortality risk." The study showed no difference in the risk of dying between those with high and low cholesterol. In fact, the study found increased risk of death was associated with lower cholesterol.

For years the medical establishment has said eggs are not good for us. Perlmutter says that eggs are "quite possibly the world's most perfect food." He cites a University of Connecticut study that demonstrated that people on a low-carb diet eating whole eggs (even on a daily basis) "improved insulin sensitivity and other cardiovascular risk parameters."

So eat those omelets with cheese and butter. Just make sure that they are organic. He provides recipes and diet ideas. And he is the proof of what he writes. My mother recently dined at one of Perlmutter's favorite restaurants in Naples. She asked the waiter about him. "Rail thin" was how he was described.

There is a reason that Perlmutter's research has been touted by such health gurus as Dr. Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Dr. Bernie Siegel. America is not getting healthier on traditional medical dogma. Perhaps Perlmutter can change that.

Perlmutter's bio: David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he received the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. He is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by medical institutions including Columbia University, the University of Arizona, Scripps Institute, and Harvard University. Perlmutter has published extensively with articles appearing in The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by LIttle, Brown and Company for review purposes.

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