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Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (Sept. 17 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619698463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619698468
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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"Dr. Perlmutter outlines an innovative approach to our most fragile organ, the brain. He is an absolute leader in the use of alternative and conventional approaches in the treatment of neurologic disorders. I have referred him patients with wonderful results. He is on the cutting edge and can help change the way we practice medicine." --Mehmet Oz, MD

"Dr. Perlmutter takes us on a detailed tour of the destructive effects that 'healthy whole grains' have on our brains. Modern wheat, in particular, is responsible for destroying more brains in this country than all the strokes, car accidents, and head trauma combined. 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

"If you want to boost your brain power, keep your memory, and lift your mood and energy, as well as heal from a host of other common complaints, Dr. Perlmutter is your guide. This is the definitive instruction book for the care and feeding of your brain!" --Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution

"Dr. Perlmutter's work has helped me better understand ways to maintain and improve brain function and to prevent and treat diseases of the nervous system that are not managed well by conventional medicine." --Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Happiness and True Food

"Dementia and many other brain diseases are not inevitable, nor are they genetic. They are directly and powerfully linked to a diet high in sugar and grains. Grain Brain not only proves this, it also 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. It is filled with self-empowering wisdom and easily understood leading-edge science. It can help you to avoid the devastating effects of an unhealthy diet and the dietary factors which are involved. By learning from the information presented in Dr. Perlmutter's book, you can avoid multiple health and neurological problems."--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. 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

"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

"Dr. Perlmutter provides sound advice, supported by the latest and most well respected medical research." --Russell. B. Roth, MD, Past President, American Medical Association

About the Author

David Perlmutter, MD, is president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, and the co-founder and president of The Perlmutter Brain Foundation. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition and the Linus Pauling Award, and he serves on the Medical Advisory Board of The Dr. Oz Show. A frequent lecturer, he writes a blog at and is a contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of The Better Brain Book, Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten, and Power Up Your Brain.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Robert Whitelock on Jan. 1 2014
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This is a descendant of the low carb work of Atkins and others, mostly cardiologists, who have warned of the severe dangers of unrestricted carbohydrate consumption. This takes the gluten warnings of WHEAT BELLY and expands them exponentially. This author is a neurosurgeon who examines carb consumption, glucose and gluten from the perspective of the brain, specifically their role in Dementia and Altzheimer's Disease. He also draws a straight line between unnecessary cholesterol control using statin drugs and these same conditions. Explosive information, that needs to be either refuted or verified. My own experience with ketogenic diets and controlled carb dieting suggests he is correct.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on Jan. 6 2014
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This book, along with the arguments backing the basic premise, is amazing. I read this several months ago and have been off gluten and living a paleo-esque lifestyle ever since and feel great. It is also refreshing to have a book that discusses healthful nutrition not only through the lens of losing weight, but for your cognitive and overall health. The weight loss is just a really nice perk :)

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to better understand the relationship between the foods that we eat and our overall health and wellness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2015
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Do you think that your diet has little to do with your capacity to think or help prevent Alzheimer’s, depression, headaches, anxiety and many other ailments? Well, Grain Brain will make you think otherwise.

In my never-ending quest to find healthier ways to eat without going on some strict fad diet, I had to give this book a try. For me, weight hasn’t been the only goal, but healthier living for mind and body. So, how could I not delve into a book which opens with provocative statements like, “Brain disease can be largely prevented through the choices you make in life”. Or “fruit and other carbohydrates could be health hazards with far-reaching consequences that not only will wreak physical havoc on your brain, but also will accelerate your body’s aging process from the inside out”. And this is just the beginning of numerous statements made by author Dr. David Perlmutter.

Happily, the doctor cites many studies from respected journals to back up his claims. It appears that the medical community is beginning to take a hard look at those low-fat, high-carb diets we’ve been conditioned to believe are good for us. Perlmutter also debunks some popular, though misguided beliefs, about cholesterol and cholesterol-lowering drugs. Most of the scientific explanation behind his claims was reasonably easy to understand even for those of us without science backgrounds. The book is well written, well organized, and suggested menu plans and recipes will be really helpful. Given the dramatic rise in Alzheimer’s disease, Grain Brain is also a timely contribution to healthier living.

Honestly, no other book has really inspired me to change some unhealthy eating habits as much as this one has. It will be interesting to see how long his message sticks with me, but for anyone who wants to improve their health, this is a must-read.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By murray on Sept. 23 2013
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I had already seen most of the scientific research here and had evolved to almost all of the recommended dietary and lifestyle recommendations. What makes this book so powerful is the confirmation of the science through Dr. Perlmutter's extensive clinical experience, which gives some credibility to dosage recommendations. In my own case, adopting a ketogenic diet and monitoring blood sugar daily resulted in dropping my HbA1c to 4.7. Thankfully, this now puts me in the lowest quartile for rate of loss of brain tissue with age, and rate is important, due to the effect of compounding interest. (A recent study found no lower bound on HbA1c in terms of reducing loss of brain tissue--the lower the better.) So one does not have to take this book on faith--measure the results.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on Feb. 1 2014
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I like the audio disk format. This book contains a lot of up to date information about gluten sensitivity, how to get properly tested, why it's so important to get tested, and the neurological affects gluten sensitivity can have on health. He also explains diseases caused by gluten sensitivity and inflammation. He explains the difference between gluten sensitivity and celiac.
If you know that wheat is troubling you, but you aren't celiac, but unmotivated to quit eating wheat, this book will outline in great detail the damage gluten is causing to your health; changing the way you look at gluten consumption.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mathieu Gagni on Sept. 25 2013
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I really enjoyed this book! It is very well written and gives alot of recent paper references. Low-carb/paleo/ketogenic/HFLC diets whatever you call them have a bunch of books written about them, but it is the first time a book dig so much regarding the impact of diet on our brain. Alot of the litterature on the ketogenic diet seems very recent. There is some very nice recent articles you can find on pubmed on the impacts of beta-hydroxybutyrate on our cells.

I was already on a cyclic ketogenic diet (I alternate in and out of ketosis), so it's not big news to me how beneficial it can be. It was the book "wheat belly" which opened my mind on the subject of grains. I've started with wheat and later dropped all grains, sugar and processed foods. I have crohn disease and it only took a few months for me on a this diet to get back in great shape and for the symptoms to disappear again without big medications. My whole body is on another level now, but the biggest surprise was the clarity of mind it gave me. After a only few days of cutting wheat I could already feel a huge difference as I was diagnozed with ADD a long time ago and took ritalin for a few years. No more brain fog. Now I can concentrate properly and finish my dam PhD hehe. I no longer feel the urge to snack all day long and everyone in my family is jealous of my fasting blood sugar. My girlfriend also started to eat similar as me but higher in carbs (almost no grains) and still lost an impressive amount of weight without any restrictions. Her mood, skin and hair also nicely improved.

No way mainstream "registered dietitians" will soon get on board on this as they can't even openly talk about grain free diets to their clients. Another pseudo-scientific group stuck in the 70s.
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