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Grain Brain Audiobook

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

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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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    Jenn EDMOND, OK, United States 03-13-14
    Jenn EDMOND, OK, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gamechanger....I am telling everyone to read!"
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    Americans are in great need of a book like this! We are digging graves eating the amount of carbs and gluten an average person comsumes day to day. It really makes sense once you read this book why americans are so over weight and the simple change (I guess not simple, but worth it) that can give you better heath and a better life!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jo MAHOMET, IL, United States 03-03-14
    Jo MAHOMET, IL, United States 03-03-14
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    "Excellent information"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Grain Brain to be better than the print version?

    Yes, more convenient with my busy schedule.


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

    The science based information


    What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Chatswood, Australia 11-22-13
    Peter Chatswood, Australia 11-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "For me this book changed my life"

    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 !!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie 09-27-13
    Marie 09-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling Case For Change"

    If you were motivated by Wheat Belly, this will do the same. Similar in genre, but not content. Lots of research to back up the author's claims, and quite a bit on ADHD, autism, and how children are impacted by the foods they eat. Shocking, some of it, and it just reinforces that we are each responsible for what we know about the food decide to eat. Eyes wide open awareness is what it takes to be healthy, and this audio book is an enlightening listen.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick United States 11-01-13
    Patrick United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2017

    Greetings. My brother introduced me to Audible in 2011. Since, nothing but enjoyment. Hopefully my reviews are very useful to you. Enjoy!

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    "Life changing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Grain Brain to be better than the print version?

    Yes and No. Very informative however provides so much info you must take notes to reference.


    What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

    Good performance. A joy to hear his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 04-09-14
    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

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    "Wow...I could not stop reading ."

    The way everything is explained is so in depth and easy to understand. I look forward to implementing all the knowledge I have leaned from this outstanding book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    joyce 08-27-15
    joyce 08-27-15

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "Sadly, this will be dismissed out-of-hand by many"

    Dr. Perlmutter is not the first MD, scientist, or nutritionist to point out that in recent generations our diet has changed drastically and much too quickly for our biochemistry to evolve in concert. He's not the first to point out a direct correlation between the increase in carbs in our diet and the increase in diabetes. He is not the first to demonize gluten, a protein found in many of the grains that form the basis of our (American) diet. But Dr. Perlmutter, a practicing neurologist, has written a great book here, managing to avoid the hysteria of the true believer while still delivering a shocking litany of deleterious effects produced by eating grains, including neurological diseases like dementia. He makes frequent reference to studies from renowned universities and med schools, and research published in respected medical journals, as well as discussing (with their consent) his own patients. There is a fair amount of biochemistry detailed in one section of the book, but I think if a reader is overwhelmed or disinterested, skipping this part would not affect the take-away message, which is: buck the food-industrial complex, break your carb addiction, let eating good fats keep you healthy. And you stay slim too, a nice side effect. I bet you will find your mouth agape many times as you listen to this fascinating book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Happy pH 07-15-15
    Happy pH 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Information that is sound"

    After 100 books on health and diet I didn't learn much new. However the author did a wonderful job and the performance was entertaining. I've been ketogenic for 6 months now and whole heartedly subscribe to the philosophy and science presented. I eat so much less often and save $300 per month on my grocery bill by not eating as much. Keep in mind I'm skinny and always have been. But now I'm not chronically hungry looking for more food all the time. What a time and money saver it is to be on this diet.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Westmont, IL, United States 11-14-13
    Amazon Customer Westmont, IL, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Skeptical"
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    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.

    77 of 102 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....?

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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  • Russ Coupe
    5/3/16
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    "Excellent"

    Following on from the 'Wheat Belly" this book now confirms my new way of eating... Thank you

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  • Adrian N.
    1/21/16
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    "Well worth a listen."

    Can't pretend to have understood everything but feel like my diet is now headed in the right direction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Soudley, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Excellent Information"

    This book blew me away with its information. I had to go away and investigate all its claims. What I found is that it is all true!! This book is a revelation and a must read (hear)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iamhayley
    South Wales, UK
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    "Part of any healthy Eaters Library"
    If you could sum up Grain Brain in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, Informative,


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

    Wheat Belly, Fat Chance, Why we get Fat


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    A great resource for anybody wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Very in-depth at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boris of London
    London, UK
    5/6/14
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    "Informative and substantial"
    What made the experience of listening to Grain Brain the most enjoyable?

    Interesting theory. Not something you read about everyday - adds more weight to the anti-sugar mission.


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

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    Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favourite?

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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ritchie
    3/11/15
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    "Good for doctors"

    Good book well read, was just a bit to much science for me. But if you are interested in details then I'm sure it would be great. Also a lot of it is more relevant to Americans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reesy
    3/8/15
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a fantastic book with some really in depth science for geeks and or students of medicine or nutrition etc. highly recommended!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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