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

David Perlmutter , Kristin Loberg , Peter Ganim
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Sept. 17 2013
A #1 New York Times bestseller--the devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 4-week 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 4-week plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

GRAIN BRAIN is a #1 New York Times bestseller and a finalist for a 2013 Books for a Better Life award.

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.

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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 VanguardNeurologist.com 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars murray Sept. 23 2013
By murray TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book Jan. 6 2014
By Rebecca
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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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Merits of low carb from another angle! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lifestyle Changer Nov. 17 2013
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Impressive eye opener read, now look a items in food stores in a different light. It all seems to make perfect sense. Will be buying additional copies for family & friends.

LH
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I knew it! Nov. 17 2013
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As a veterinarian 'suffering' from familial hypercholesteremia I was encouraged to start medication and dietary management in my late teens. Knowing about animal nutrition and my own body's response to high fat/protein diets I have spent years trying to explain to others carbohydrate metabolism and the irrational fear of things like whole milk, butter, meat and eggs! Interestingly enough my cholesterol has not 'worsened' with the ingestion of more protein and fat; my triglycerides continue to be normal. Further reading and life experience, including understanding of genetic expression (we tell people this about pet food all the time) confirms to me you are on the right track. While it is nice not to be worried about coronary disease and the risk of diabetes, I am even more excited about the benefit this diet offers for my brain. Thanks for making it easier to share your thoughts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy it Feb. 1 2014
By Melissa
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Very interesting concept, and lots of good info. That said, I'm turned off by fear-mongering, and he certainly does some of that.
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Published 1 month ago by Terri Krushelniski
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be on everyones must read list.
I bought this book after seeing Dr. Perlmutter on PBS. I had no digestive problems so thought that my symptoms were something other than gluten intolerance. After listening to Dr. Read more
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