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Brain Maker Audiobook

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain's destiny.

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise - from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells 10 to one. What's taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In Brain Maker, Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick", and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain's destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2015 David Perlmutter (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"This book is a treasure." (Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Faith, Hope, and Healing and The Art of Healing)

"The research in Brain Maker was a revelation to me. And it will be to you as well. And, most importantly, you don't have to wait for this information to become mainstream. You can ensure your brain health - and that of your family - by following the practical program outlined here." (Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age )

"Dr. Perlmutter engagingly explains the hope-generating power of the new gut microbiome-brain science, motivating you to regenerate your brain health with his powerful and practical program." (Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School)

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    Natalie Gaithersburg, MD, United States 11-15-16
    Natalie Gaithersburg, MD, United States 11-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A giant 'chicken little' rumor mill"
    Any additional comments?

    I am perplexed that the book got so many positive reviews. Too many unsubstantiated claims. The author does not seem to appreciate the difference between causation and correlation.

    As a PhD biologist with many years of research experience, I felt compelled to check some of the references in the book. Most of them were pointing to "low-level evidence" like cell culture studies or just correlations. On top of that, the author cherry picks studies that support his assertions and ignores the vast body of literature that does not.

    For example, there were multiple reviews that demonstrated that normal glyphosate use does not cause any harm to human health caused. None of them are mentioned in the book. The connection between autism and microbiome is plausible, but, at this point, there is no scientific proof that poor gut microbiome can cause autism.

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    Nancy 12-19-16
    Nancy 12-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Greater emphasis on the problems than the solution"

    I almost gave up on this book, but I did make it to the end.

    I think that the author spent far too much time in the book telling us (often redundantly), how many ways our lifestyle or our mother's lifestyle can mess up our gut biome. The solutions suggestions came very near the end, and not all of them are easily accomplished (fecal transplant).

    Thanks to this book, I now understand the effects on the gut biome of breast-feeding and birth via vaginal delivery. I don't dispute the accuracy or truth of the information. However, Perhaps I'm over-sensitive because I had an emergency c-section, but I bristled every time the author mentioned how my child had been denied the microbial benefits of a vaginal delivery. I kept listening to the book because I thought that if I could get through the current discussion, preachy as it seemed, that I'd get to more useful information. Unfortunately, the c-section dialogue is peppered throughout the book. It's especially annoying since there are post-birth dietary considerations that can ameliorate the circumstances of one's birth.

    The narrator did a fine job.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy Riedel Kennewick, Washington United States 06-15-17
    Brandy Riedel Kennewick, Washington United States 06-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book, reader could stand to improve"

    As a scientist who used to work on the human microbiome project, I found it hard not to cringe at the multiple mis-pronounciations. It's silly to say such a thing, but this is the first book that really bothered me in this way, and I've listened to multiple science-based audiobooks. None the less, it is still a good insightful book, and worth the listen or read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    william wheeler Florida 10-21-17
    william wheeler Florida 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wow you learn something new everday"

    I listened to this book and wow so I started with the probiotic and fermented foods lifestyle change and what a difference already my hips and knees have hurt for years and that has already almost disappeared also my weight is finally starting to go down. I have lost 16lbs in 3 weeks and the food is great I now make my own pickles,sauerkraut,and yogurt at home and have switched only organic meats and vegetables for sweet I personally only use raw honey but there are other choices I could not be happier or more energetic.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone

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    Steven A. Lebeau McLean, VA United States 10-21-17
    Steven A. Lebeau McLean, VA United States 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "clean information about bacterial influence "

    Great listen for concise yet complete detail about the bacterial influence in the 2% of each human's body weight on earth

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    Paul 10-20-17
    Paul 10-20-17
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    "Great Description of the relationship between gut and brain "

    When I think about that partnership between microbes and the humans brain. It almost seems like we’ve given delegating rights to the microbes without our conscious consent. I feel that the introspective review and creation highlights our current understanding. CRISPR-CAS9 and new microbiotic controls governing the genetic expression of neuronal tissue and sub components called vSLENDR. Thanks for pioneers like yourself lending the way to a brighter future!

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    Andrew Harn 10-18-17
    Andrew Harn 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Contents less diverse than an American microbiome"

    The author wastes numerous chapters of rambling studies before getting to the main points. Yes, I understand that inflammation is responsible for this list of illnesses and symptoms you iterate dozens of things. No, you don't need to dedicate a full chapter to every single thing and how it's caused by inflammation. The author also manages to drag back old points into latter chapters as if it reinforces his argument. I lost hours for something I could have done in half the time from self study.

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    PoeticLicensedk 10-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Deficiencies in our microbiomes can be fixed"

    What I liked most was the emphasis on fermented foods. I plan to brew Kambucha & make saurkraut. What surprised me was how a compromised microbiome could lead to such a broad array of inflamatory diseases. I had read about fecal matter transplants previous, but hadn't realized there was a connection between the microbiome with autoimmune diseases or autism.

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    Ross Mac Florence AL 10-13-17
    Ross Mac Florence AL 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Informative, Cutting edge"

    The next time someone tells you that you have S#%t for brains you can take it as a compliment and then relay the facts from this book! Dr Permutter offers loads of significant and interesting research as well as moving personal accounts that have influenced his studies. If you’re a nutritional science nerd this is a MUST READ.

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    Bonnie Smith 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very informative"

    Narrator spoke clearly and was easy to listen to. Information gleaned was surprising and and will be useful. I plan to be more aware what I put in my gut after learning about how the bacteria effects my total body, brain and lifespan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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