USA, Listener Since 2005
This book is the perfect companion to Dr Perlmutter's book Brain Maker, one of my favorite recent health titles. Grain Brain carefully and clearly presents the reasons why everyone needs to make drastic and life altering changes to the way we view food and illness. The cause and effect link that Dr Perlmutter proposes undoes long held beliefs in the health care world about the relationship between diet and disease. Important life altering information is presented which will propel most readers into permanent dietary change. If you are looking for a way to change the way you eat and feel Grain Brain is the perfect place to start. Excellent and fantastic information.
If you are looking for a book about healthy eating and how to transform your health this is it. I won't say that this plant based eating program is easy to follow. It is foreign thinking in the world of the high fat, high protein, high sugar, refined foods of the American diet.
To me, it is simple to do at home where you can control what foods you stock in your kitchen--but the minute you leave the house for work or whatever it becomes more difficult. I'm just being very honest here--not negative. It is a definitely doable eating formula-- but it takes some planning and work to accomplish. That said--this eating style will transform how you feel. That transformation and renewed health then becomes the motivation to continue the program and work at all the changes required.
The book is clear, positive and informative. Dr Fuhrman is an MD with a proven track record at motivating change in his patients. The program is extreme--but the book explains the whys and hows and the reasons behind the theory. To my mind even if you take away only half of what is offered here you will be better off. But be aware this plan requires that you rethink everything you think you know about food and healthy eating.
I agree with the author that the standard American diet of fast food, processed food, chemical additives, and high sugar intake is making large numbers of people sick. Overall, I found the material presented compelling. However, there were several places in the book where I felt that Dr Blum may have jumped too quickly from point A to point D (skipping over points B & C) possibly rushing to find "the" answer precipitously. In reality, the physiology and pathology of the human body is anything but simple.
The book is filled with information and gentle encouragement. I particularly liked Dr Blum's holistic approach--looking at the individual from all angles. Diet, life style, exercise, supplements & vitamins, stress control, mind/body instruction and symptom management are all addressed. The book is very helpful whether you have an autoimmune diagnosis or are trying to prevent an autoimmune disease from developing.
The narration was a bit strange as the voice almost sounded robotic or machine generated. This wasn't enough to make me stop listening. I would suggest a listen to the sample first, but keep in mind that the material presented is worth coping with the odd narration.