Review: The Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, MD with Kristen Loberg

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The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers

Introduction

Have you noticed more people are living longer and dying at an older age? As I watch older people in my community they seem to just keep getting older, but the quality of life deteriorates. Those who manage to stay in their own home do so only because they have a good support team: a lawn care service, housekeepers, and perhaps a family member to check on them.

In the United States, people used to die at an earlier age from diseases such as cholera or tuberculosis. Today the aging population just “keeps on plugging” until they die from complications related to “old age.” Then some condition finally causes a major failure such as a blood clot, heart failure or pneumonia.

Today, people dread living a life of mental confusion related to Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. In 2011, a study conducted by Harris Interactive for the MetLife Foundation showed that 31 percent of people fear dementia more than death or cancer.

Children with an Alzheimer’s parent fear they will also live out their winter years in a senior facility in a constant state of clouded confusion.

The Premise

According to the The Grain Brain author, Dr. David Perlmutter, the fate of your brain isn’t in your DNA and it’s not inevitable. If you already feel a likely candidate because you suffer from other head disorders: headaches, migraines, or depression for example; the cause isn’t in your genes – it’s in your diet.

Review: The Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, MD with Kristen LobergThe author, Dr. David Perlmutter, should know. He is a board-certified, practicing neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He has received several professional awards for his pioneering research in neurodegenerative diseases.

His writings appear in medical publications. He is recognized as a neurological and nutritional expert lecturing around the world. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board for The Dr. Oz Show.

In The Grain Brain, Dr. Perlmutter proving that the real boogieman to the end-of-life state of the American brain is our beloved whole wheat, whole grain, multigrain, and seven-grain breads. Modern grains, fruits and other carbohydrates are health hazards to the brain and body.

In America, the rate of Type 2 diabetes is soaring followed by heart disease and cancer. Look around and you’ll see cultural changes made to accommodate the supersized bellies and bottoms of the obese American. Have you noticed the chairs in waiting rooms are extra wide?

Did you know that hospitals are refitting beds, wheelchairs and trolleys to support huge patients? And it’s not just a few beds, but entire complexes are now retrofitted to accommodate big, big people. The same goes for restrooms and coffins.

Dr. Perlmutter postulates that the cause of chronic headaches, anxiety, depression, ADHD and senior moments is the shift in the American diet away from a high-fat, low-carb pattern to a low-fat, high-carb diet. Every day, more and more people discover they have a gluten intolerance or full-blown allergy to the gluten protein.

Gluten is the protein found in the wheat grain. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder involving the gluten protein, but only affects a small number of people. Symptoms such as bloating, painful gut, and brain fog are usually related to gluten sensitivities, but not necessarily on Celiac disease.

In fact, our brain decides how our bodies react to the food we eat. Our bodies are not genetically prepared for the type of foods we consume. In fact, food is powerful epigenetic modulator. What is that? It means that what we eat can change our DNA for better or worse.

Food actually regulates the expression of many of our genes. And we have only just begun to understand the damaging consequences of wheat consumption from this perspective.

Core Chapters

Questionnaire

This chapter of The Grain Brain provides the reader with a comprehensive questionnaire designed to show the reader how daily dietary habits can affect the health and functions of your brain. Dread filling out lengthy questionnaires? This one takes about a minute of your time.

Part 1, “The Whole Grain Truth”

In this section you’ll learn what nutritional components can damage or salvage the brain. These can leave you vulnerable to disease both of the core body and brain.   Dr. Perlmutter argues that the traditional food pyramid should be thrown away. We should dump the loaf of bread in the trash and replace it with eggs and butter. That’s for me!

If you are taking statin drugs for high cholesterol, Dr. Permutter tell you why these drugs are doing far more damage than good. Statins also increase the likelihood of diabetes especially in someone with a family history of the disease. Dropping the statins and taking up new nutritional practices will do far more to lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and save your brain, too.

Part 2, “Grain Brain Rehab”

This section is devoted to the science of habits for a healthy brain including: nutrition and supplements, exercise, and sleep. These lessons set the stage for the program detailed in Part 3.

Part 3, “Say Good-bye to Grain Brain”

The doctor had me sold after reading Part 1 where he aligned the science and statistics to his premise that our western, carbohydrate heavy diet is making us fat, dumb and in some cases, crazy. This section provides the meat (pun intended) for taking a new direction in diet and lifestyle. You do not have to live out your life with crippling arthritis, diabetes and in a constant state of confused delirium.

Who Benefits

This book tells the reader what lifestyle changes they can make to keep the brain healthy and vibrant until death you do depart. The good news is even though you’ve damage your precious cortex, making dietary changes can reverse and even rejuvenate your mental capabilities.

The doctor’s dietary recommendations are for anyone who wants to change their direction for mental and physical wellness. These dietary changes are especially critical for people suffering from these debilitating mental and physical conditions:

  • ADHD
  • anxiety and chronic stress
  • chronic headaches and migraines
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • epilepsy
  • focus and concentration problems
  • inflammatory conditions and diseases, including arthritis
  • insomnia
  • intestinal problems including celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, and irritable bowel syndrome

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