The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.
Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.
He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our "smart genes" through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, Grain Brain teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.
Please note that there are many references in this audiobook to information discussed in Chapter 10. Chapter 10 has been recorded in its entirety on this audiobook and all information contained in this chapter can be listened to in the recording.
©2013 David Perlmutter (P)2013 Hachette Audio
"Dr. Perlmutter provides sound advice, supported by the latest and most well respected medical research." (Russell. B. Roth, MD, Past President, American Medical Association)
"Dr. Perlmutter is the leading integrative medicine neurologist in North America today. His ability to fully integrate conventional medicine diagnosis and treatment with the latest innovations in nutritional and environmental medicine is phenomenal. As a teacher and clinician, he has fundamentally changed how physicians and patients think about neurological degeneration and, happily, regeneration." (Joseph Pizzorno, MD, coauthor of Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine)
"A provocative, eye-opening scientific account of how diet profoundly influences nerve health and brain function. Grain Brain explains how the American diet rich in gluten and inflammatory foods is linked to neurological conditions. Dr. Perlmutter outlines a blueprint for optimal health and a more resilient brain through proper nutrition and lifestyle. Grain Brain is a must-read!" (Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health)
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Yes and No. Very informative however provides so much info you must take notes to reference.
Good performance. A joy to hear his voice.
More of shocking info. This book can scare you aware from how you eat however once put in proper prospective you will make changes within reason.
I've read wheat belly, why we get fat (Gary taubes), and fat chance (Robert lustig) and this book is the weakest of the group of similar low carb books. This book states over and over that there is an association between Alzheimer's and wheat, but association does not equal cause and effect. Cause requires a randomized controlled trial, while associations could have nothing to do with cause and effect. For example, a propensity to develop Alzheimer's may lead to a hunger for carbs. Or hunger for carbs may lead to both eating more carbs and separately lead to Alzheimer's. In other words in order to prove cause and effect you would need to randomize people to either a high carb diet or low carb diet and see the incidences of Alzheimer's. If such a study exist is he doesn't mention it.
He mentions that you should give up dairy but gives no evidence to why this is in any way related to grain/gluten or even scientifically why dairy is bad. Ive reviewed the literature on dairy and I believe milk products to be ideal foods (cheese, milk, whey protein). The book, "the great cholesterol myth" does a more convincing job illustrating why cholesterol is not bad for you.
Grain brain gets off point by too often making non evidence based recommendations. Stating that studies show this or that without giving enough info to find and scrutinize these studies is not convincing. He makes a case for exercise helping the brain, but I didn't hear any journal names, authors, years of publication, or even the methodology of the studies. I will return this book and get my money back.
Not only should you not buy this book, but beware of his claims on supplements. Sure, grains may be not great for you, but to eliminate all carbs is not possible nor necessary to lose weight (he does day that 60 carbs per day are allowed). Read the boom, "mindless eating" by Brian Wansink if you want a more evidence based diet book with more reasonable recommendations.
I have read dozens of audio books on Audible and hundreds are hard copy books. This is the best book I have ever read. Period. I literally went to Amazon.com and ordered several hard copies to be shipped to my family and friends. I have dabbled in the Keto diet on and off and this finally made everything click. This book is extremely well written and easy to understand and the author's theories are backed up by a lot of scientific research and studies. If you don't want to die of a degenerative brain disorder than you will need to read this book.
An incredible book based on a lifestyle change unlike any other out there. It goes against traditional dietary concepts that once applied to your daily living, your health,body and brain take on a whole new positive outcome. I've been in this program for quit a while and I got rid of all my neuro medication and other pills for physical pains. I am at the healthiest I've ever been. And my waist line went down 3 sizes. I'm a slim 31 men's waist at 49. My abs are beginning to show. That's the bonus. But the best of all is the brain. My days now are with a take-charge attitude. I'm at my best most of the time. And the energy is crazy. I highly recommend and dare you to make the change. It's worth it for your health.
This is one of the best books I read in last few wks, information is practical, true and supported by medical literature. Writer also underlines where the information is taken from and provides solutions, as well proof.
what we can do to help ourself by living better
Modern Wheat Destroys life!
Great book, very educational. It enforced thoughts I've had for a long time.
The enclosed PDF does not include the 7 Day and 30 Day Plans. I've searched the internet and can't find them. I guess I'll have to purchase the paper book to get that information.
Yes, more convenient with my busy schedule.
The science based information
Easy to listen to
This is a very informative book that EVERYONE should hear or read. It contains information that explains how we can all help not only our brains but every facet of our health and longevity.
I listened to this audio, it made a lot of sense & I took action immediately.
Now Gluten free for 2 weeks, I have lost around 5 kilos, my allergies hay fever has disappeared, my eyes have cleared up, no more black rings & I feel fantastic.
I thought it was going to be hard to give up normal bread and cookies but I haven't missed them in the slightest. When you get the benefits that flow on by not eating Gluten, There is no looking back, no cravings, no side effects. WIN WIN WIN !!!
This is a wonderful and well written book. There is so much information that it almost requires me to go back and review at least portions of the book.My only problem with this book is that it has several references to the PDF file for charts and lists but there is no PDF file with this audio book....?
I cannot help comparing this book to "The China Study" by Colin Campbell, who recommends plant-based diet, which may appear to be at odds with the recommendations given in "Grain Brain". Both authors have "credible" (though this can be subjective) research background. However, I felt that this book provided more scientific arguments and thus, to me, more convincing. Through reading this book, I felt that I learned a lot in various areas of biology - brain, causes of many illnesses: inflammation and oxidation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. To me, the most convincing argument against the wheat-filled eating habits of modern society is the fact that we humans started eating wheat only ten thousand years ago or so, and that the characteristics of modern wheat (e.g, gluten content) changed in the past several decades and is nothing like what ancestors ate. I can believe that the increase in obesity and diabetes has something to do with the increasing consumption of wheat. I did think that the author is opinionated and probably biased (this was also the case with Colin Campbell). Yet, I am convinced that there is no harm in avoiding wheat most of the time. It is SO hard to avoid wheat-containing food though.
This is a fantastic book with some really in depth science for geeks and or students of medicine or nutrition etc. highly recommended!
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