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Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers | [David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg]

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Amazon Customer Westmont, IL, United States 11-14-13
    Amazon Customer Westmont, IL, United States 11-14-13
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    Any additional comments?

    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.

    54 of 71 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-16-15
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.

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    "Adkins was right. Or was he?"

    A friend recommended this book and I was fearful it would be a tedious listen. My fears were not unfounded. I can't argue science with Dr. Perlmutter since it's above my pay grade. But others who can, have. And from what I've read (in both the book and responses by others) I think the jury has many more months or years of sequestration before the gluten menace can be verified among the non-celiac masses. I also found it ironic that Perlmutter's epilog made disparaging reference to pop culture fads and diets and completely missed the point that his offering was of the same ilk. Really wished that he had written an abridged version so that I could have spent half the time on this listen. I'll be requesting a refund.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Oakley N.carolina 10-05-13
    J. Oakley N.carolina 10-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "LOVE this book!"

    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....?

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 05-19-15
    Simone 05-19-15 Member Since 2015

    Member Since 2006!!

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    "Too Good to be True?"

    I tend to take all of these things with a grain of salt (salt - is that healthy this week? Probably not)

    I completely believe that “you are what you eat” but there are SO MANY different theories out there about doing it “the right way” that who do you ultimately believe? This doctor says A, another doctor swears by B, and yet another says C is the key to health and long life… so who’s the liar? (and are they all doctors?) Do you just go with whoever sounds the most credible and who presented their hypothesis in the most factual way? and if so, did you fact-check their research? How can you REALLY be sure it’s all correct? And of course… who funded them? Am I really getting both sides of the argument?

    Regarding this book in particular, I can’t help but feel that he is selling fear and the miracle pill to solve everything. “Even if you have no symptoms, you can be at high risk… unless you do as I say” “Do you suffer from any of these symptoms? ____________ (insert endless list of ailments), well read on because I have the cure!” – there is an element of false hope in there somewhere. I’m not saying he is lying, or wrong, or anything like that – it’s just that the tone of his book seems a little foreboding and ominous. Perhaps he is just trying to express how serious the issue is, but to me it just left me feeling doomed.

    Personally, I really believe that no one method will have the same impact or work in the same way in different people’s bodies. I think the answer is somewhere in the middle where the zillions of nutrition theories intersect; I don’t think there is such a thing as a “universal answer” aside from: put the fork down and go for a walk!

    In conclusion I would say it’s an informative book, it’s all very interesting … but pass the salt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nelson 02-20-15
    nelson 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye Opening"

    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.

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    Mariajo Los Angeles 09-10-14
    Mariajo Los Angeles 09-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I went from 150lb to 116lb quitting carbs/sugar"
    What made the experience of listening to Grain Brain the most enjoyable?

    That I learned so much while I was driving or making dinner. Such and engaging book. He really put the effort in teaching us how to improve our lives by doing small changes that give great results.


    What other book might you compare Grain Brain to and why?

    Dr. Mercola's No Grain Diet, I wish they wold have the AUDIO version of that book, I go through audiobooks so quickly as oppose to reading the books, I don't have the time.


    What does Peter Ganim bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice, very professional and you can totally picture a good doctor talking to you. Very kind but also very firm and determined. Great voice actor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to it while I get ready to go to work, and while driving to work, while cooking dinner. I can't listen to 9 hrs in one day. I probably wouldn't assimilate all the information in one day but by listening to 1 to 2 hrs a day was perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I truly loved it! this is the review that I posted in other places like good reads and amazon:
    I just finished listening to the AUDIO version of this amazing book that I think EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS PLANET should read or listen, regardless if you are ALLERGIC to GLUTEN or not, GLUTEN AFFECTS US ALL, and most importantly, it affects our BRAINS our MOOD and MEMORY, so QUIT BREAD AND SUGAR! you will feel AMAZING!. It would improve your quality of life immensely if you follow his advice on cutting any GLUTEN containing food like bread, pasta, cakes, chips... and instead increase you consumption on healthy fats like COCONUT OIL, OLIVE OIL, RAW BUTTER, NUTS, AVOCADOS...

    I have quit bread for a while, not completely but I would only have some indulgences on the weekends like having a hamburger once in a while, but pretty much no bread or pasta or cakes during the week. I am a 34 year old woman, my height is 5'3" and I went from 150lb to 116lb by working out 2hrs every day (P90X, Zumba, spinning) and eating healthy: Lots of fresh organic vegetables (mostly green), protein like turkey and cage free chicken, wild salmon, grass fed beef, 2 cups of fruit a day (no more), 1oz (1 handful) of raw nuts like pecans, pumping seeds, cashews, almonds... and cooking only with COCONUT OIL, I make my own dressing for my daily salad with OLIVE AND COCONUT Oil, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast and tons of herbs and TURMERIC and for desert 1 cube of organic NON-GMO dark chocolate.

    I've had this way of eating for more than a year but I would cheat to bad on the weekends and I was 121lb and I wanted to loose those last 5 stubborn pounds , now after reading this AMAZING INFORMATIVE book I quit bread for good, I feel much better and I lost the last 5 pounds that I wanted to loose.

    Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for this INCREDIBLE book that you put together... You rock!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wiznut 07-30-14
    wiznut 07-30-14 Member Since 2014

    A greater understanding is what I seek. With this I hope to enrich my knowledge of life and my legacy. Why Dad?Well here's a head start son

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    "Try Before you dismiss the science."
    Would you listen to Grain Brain again? Why?

    The PDF and references more than equip you for the road ahead. I would suggest listening the second time and bookmarking the areas of interest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grain Brain?

    The results of the science after implementation.


    What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken and keeps your interest with his tone.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The amount of sugar in whole wheat bread that's thought to be healthy.


    Any additional comments?

    You are what you eat, Genetically modified doesn't mean better The book "Grain brain" fills the over all body effect that this waist line specific book does not address. In stating this It is very important to read/listen to them both. I started a diet and vitamin program after I read them both. I have struggled with my wait for the last 5 years. I exercise 3 to 5 days a week. Nothing has helped me loose my waist. To test the science i did nothing for two and a half weeks at the gym ( I wanted to see what diet and vitamins alone would do). I did the one day fast and started the vitamins and diet set up in the books. I lost just over 20 pounds in 19 days. I really didn't believe it would work much less in the time that it did. I'm also much less hungry than I was even after reimplementation of my work out program."TRY IT" Before you dismiss the science.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-17-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Really enlightening, but feels like a horror story"

    This is a fascinating book.
    This book talks about the reality of the dangers of ingesting gluten.
    The first book about the harm gluten can bring to one's life I read is called wheat belly, and that one emphasizes the digestory system and illnesses that can be caused by gluten in general. Very informative.
    Grain Brain, however, also talks about this reality and more, because it alerts us about what gluten and carbs can do to our brain. It brings so many shocking things that I felt like I was reading a horror book. If you want to keep living long, healthily and with a lucid brain,
    I'd advise you to read this one. You will be amazed at what you will discover. And if a gluten free reality is also yours, you might as well read this one too in order to find out about the latest researches in the field.
    I highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trainwife Chicago, Illinois United States 04-11-14
    Trainwife Chicago, Illinois United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Cathy

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    "If you're willing to make a big change - I wasn't"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad I listened to the book, but I probably should have started with an easier "Grain Brain for Dummies" or something to that nature as I'm a newcomer to this lifestyle. It kept my interest for 9.5 hours so it wasn't horrible.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less percentages and surveys - difficult to understand for someone who is not a doctor.


    What aspect of Peter Ganim’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing


    Could you see Grain Brain being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe "Grain Brain for Dummies" ?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ENOLA, PA, United States 03-18-14
    Robert ENOLA, PA, United States 03-18-14
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    "Excellent book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Grain Brain the most enjoyable?

    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 did you like best about this story?

    what we can do to help ourself by living better


    Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    not


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Modern Wheat Destroys life!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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