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Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brainfor Life Hardcover – April 28, 2015
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"Dr. Perlmutter's book is among those rare and exciting exceptions: information so empowering, so enlightening, and presented so clearly and concisely that the reader emerges far better off for the reading experience. Put this book on your short list of must-reads for health and nutrition."—William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly
"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
"The single most important medical innovation in the 21st century is making the link between the gut and the little bugs that live there and nearly every chronic disease - from autism to depression, from asthma to autoimmune disease, from diabetes to dementia. Brain Maker is a game changer. For the first time, this brilliant scientist doctor connects the dots and teaches us why we need to tend our inner garden (our microbiome) and provides a radical but simple plan to reset, reboot, and renew your microbiome. This book shouldn't be called Brain Maker, it should be called Health Maker."—Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution
"Thanks in large part to dramatic and ongoing increases in understanding the brain-gut-microbiome connection, there is new hope for the treatment of many neurological conditions, from autism to Alzheimer's to multiple sclerosis. David Perlmutter is a leader in this burgeoning field, and his new book, Brain Maker, is a landmark contribution."—Dale E. Bredesen, MD, professor and director of Alzheimer's Disease Research, UCLA
"In this revolutionary new book, the nation's leading integrative neurologist, David Perlmutter, gives you a powerful program to heal your gut and optimize your brain. I will recommend it to all of my patients and friends."—Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Healing ADD
"Bravo! Dr. Permutter's latest paradigm-shifting book shows us how to manage our health, and especially our brains, through the new frontier of science, the microbiome. By connecting the dots from our gut to our brain, he explains how we can avoid disease, age well, handle stress, and manage our moods. With revolutionary ideas and practical advice, he gives us a fighting chance against brain decline. I love this book!"—John Ratey, MD, author of Spark and coauthor of Go Wild, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"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
PRAISE FOR GRAIN BRAIN
"An innovative approach to our most fragile organ, the brain."—Mehmet Oz, MD
"Dr. Perlmutter makes a persuasive case for this wheat-free approach to preserve brain health and functioning, or to begin the process of reversal."—William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly
"The definitive instruction book for the care and feeding of your brain!"—Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution
"Gives you everything you need to know to protect your brain--or a loved one's--now."—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"This book is a treasure."—Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Faith, Hope, and Healing and The Art of Healing
"A provocative, eye-opening scientific account of how diet profoundly influences nerve health and brain function. A must-read!"—Gerard E. Mullin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of The Inside Tract
"Mind-blowing and disruptive to some long-standing beliefs about what our bodies require for optimal health...Grain Brain lays out an easy-to-understand roadmap packed with the latest science."—Max Lugavere, Psychology Today
"A tour de force that is destined to save many lives. [Grain Brain] gives us what we need to know to be well again. Please read it."—Health Central
About the Author
David Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain as well as The Grain Brain Cookbook, The Better Brain Book, and Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten. He lives and practices in Naples, Florida.
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Dr. Perlmutter shares new research about bacterial-derived compounds that are causing dis-ease in children as well. (The section about autism and gut bacteria was my favorite part of the book. Not many authors are sharing natural ways to minimize the bacterial-synthesized compounds that are causing erratic behavior in children.)
Last but not least, Dr. P has new recipes and brain-maker food plans that are not found anywhere else.
This book contains health tips to give you a completely new take on foundational issues, such as weight loss, improved blood sugar control, sharper memory, and balanced behavior in adults and children. It's a great read.
Very informative and practical reading. As one example, I now know to avoid wheat gluten not only because it can trigger leaky gut and inflammation, but also because I don't want gluten to play a role in LPS leaking from the gut, where it belongs, into systemic circulation, where it can wreak havoc by causing inflammation. So in addition to gluten and absorbed carbohydrate effects, an expanding list of different substances and their collective role in whole body inflammation is put forth in this new book.
On the practical side, chapter 8 outlines key operating principles to heal the gut so the rest of the body can enjoy good health. There are fermented food recipes, and recommended prebiotic foods. I already find fermented foods to aid sleep and decrease anxiety. I have a new appreciation for onions as a prebiotic, and we are consuming more of them. Maybe I will even attempt a probiotic enema at an undisclosed time and place of my choosing!
I'm sure in days and years to come we will have more books coming out, because the gut microbiome is still a wide open field of study.
My own personal experience bears his opinions out totally. A month ago I was so sick I wanted to die. I had insomnia due to inability to breathe at night with nasal congestion, eyes felt like they had sand in them, anxiety and depression, zero energy, mood swings, brain fog, digestive tract problems including cramps and diarrhea, and chronic muscle pains that came and went. After a month on a grain-free diet I am sleeping like a baby, in perfect health, and exercising every night. No more afternoon naps, I am too full of energy. No more nose, eye, brain, muscle, or GI problems of any kind. And, I have lost 5 lbs. to boot.
If you are having any of the problems listed in Dr. Perlmutter's book, give his dietary advice a try for one month. What do you have to lose? Eat veggies, meat, fish, fowl, nuts, and enjoy yourself. If after a month you see no improvement in your medical condition, you have still eaten plenty of good delicious food and improved your health and probably your weight. Nothing to lose but your sickness.