Grain Brain Dr. Perlmutter

Thank you Dr. Perlmutter!

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Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, Dr. Perlmutter just released the New York Times Best Seller Grain Brain last week.It is already at #7!

Dr. Perlmutter’s book presents and reiterates detailed scientific data and peer-reviewed articles regarding carbohydrates, wheat and gluten in the diet, and deleterious effects on our health,
and even more importantly on our brain.

Diseases and disorders for which we currently have no cure such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis etc, that for many years, functional medicine practitioners have clinically experienced
significant improvements from gluten and grain free nutrition programs, are now substantiated with Dr. Perlmutter’s detailed and clinically referenced book.

Dr. Perlmutter talks about epigenetics – how our genes are influenced by our environment (including food, sleep and exercise) and that what we have been taught for decades, such as the inability to
stimulate new brain cells is incorrect.  The University of Pittsburgh’s study in 2011 proved that 20 minutes per day can turn on genes to increase brain cells in the hippocampus and improve memory.

But – you cannot put 20 minutes of exercise in a pill, so we don’t hear much about this!  Dr. Perlmutter also notes that you cannot put low carbs and healthy fats in a pill, so there is no research focussed
towards this effort either – but 32 Million dollars have been allocated for developing a pharmaceutical for the treatment of Alzheiemer’s Disease.

Eliminating grains and carbohydrates, and incorporating plenty of healthy fats into the diet, as well as, copious amounts of anti-inflammatory and nutrient rich vegetables can reverse many of
the symptoms associated with dementia, ADHD, epilepsy, depression.

Dr. Perlmutter’s delightful and insightful podcast on Paleo Lifestyle is a great introduction to his book which is an amazing contribution to those of us on the bleeding edge of this nutritional
paradigm shift.

Dr. Perlmutter’s son is currently a 3rd year medical student and has not had one hour nutrition education nor exercise physiology instruction.  He is attending the Institute of Functional Medicine
(IFM) classes in an effort to learn more about the critical and fundamental role of nutrition in our health.

Hopefully in a few years from now the big bruise on my forehead from banging my head against the wall will be gone and this information will be more widely accepted and practiced.

Unfortunately this article is not included in Grain Brain – but Dr. Perlmutter mentioned it – published in August 2013 – New England Journal of Medicine – Glucose Levels and Increased Risk of Dementia