Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, And Sugar--your Brain's Silent Killers

Hardcover | September 17, 2013

byDavid PerlmutterAs told byKristin Loberg

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A #1New York Timesbestseller--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 evenhealthyones 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 maladieswithout 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 #1New York Timesbestseller and a finalist for a 2013 Books for a Better Life award.

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A #1New York Timesbestseller--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 unhealt...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031623480X

ISBN - 13:9780316234801


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my life, lost weight easily by going wheat free I've been wheat free for almost a year and have read many books about nutrition. I only eat real fresh foods that do not have a barcode or scanner code printed on it. No more packed or boxed fake stuff in my pantry. I eat brown rice, quinoa, ground flax, chia, nuts, legumes, seeds, probiotics, unlimited vegetables, drink plain water and mostly organic fresh foods that need to be refridgerated to nourish my body. I do not get hunger cravings for wheat breads or sugar. My body feels healthier and I do not need any medications. My stomach and limbs are less puffy. I have lost weight. I sleep deeper and feel rested. I have clear skin. Being wheat caffeine and sugar free has changed my body my life.
Date published: 2016-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grain brain This book will change the way I eat sleep and exercise, They say knowledge is power and when you know better you most certainly will strive to do better . This book makes us all realize that it is never too late to start making changes that would enable us to live longer and not just a long life bur a healthy life. Thanks Doc
Date published: 2015-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brain Diet This book looks at diet from a brain health perspective which is entirely unique from my experience. Dr. Perlmutter explains his conclusions in an easy to understand manner and backs things up with references to a lot of research. I think that full adoption of his recommendation may be beneficial for brain function, but may be difficult to implement from a meal plan point of view especially if you are trying to maintain good fibre content in your diet.
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of Money This book is garbage. Going Gluten free if your not celiac or gluten sensitive has yet to be proven to have any of the benefits this book or Wheat Belly claim. It is more likely people feel better or lose weight because they are watching what their eating and how much overall.
Date published: 2014-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Jam packed of great information about how you really should be eating.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Physiological Fact Full of the most up-to-date, leading-edge unbiased scientific cause and effect evidence. I've purchased extra copies to give away to friends and family who could benefit from this knowledge.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this one I have read numerous books describing health issues that develop from eating grains, sugars and starches. Grain Brain most fully explains a comprehensive list of the problems and gives us good explainations of why our problems develop. It gives us a road map to follow so we can avoid many debilitating health issues.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wake Up Call! I am so happy that I purchased this book. Since I have been following this food regiment, I lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks and I don’t seem to feel sluggish anymore. My son was diagnosed with ADHD 3 years ago, and I hate that I give him a pill every day. My next step is to have him follow these same food choices to see if this helps “clear his mind” and “keep him focused”, instead of giving him medications that slow down his physical growth.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening! - Not written like most "diet" books...Grain Brain will forever change how you view foods. Preventing cognitive decline is the primary goal of the book, but many diseases and neurological ailments are discussed. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style. The message is simple and well supported. You have to read this!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grain Brain Dr. Perlmutter explains all the science behind why grains and sugar are bad for your body and foremost, your brain, explaining all the physiological reactions and health consequences in very plain language.  It all really does make sense that the diseases that are affecting us today as a society were not around hundreds or thousands of years ago, and that, quite simply, if we eat what our bodies were meant to eat, we can reverse these illnesses.  It sounds like hokum since we've been told for years how good whole grains are, but he uncovers the reasons why they're not and shows exactly what they're doing to our brains.  He has made his food program as easy as possible for carb lovers to switch over, and it's not so strict a diet as some other Palio diets.  Some dairy is allowed (not giving up the cream in my coffee, sorry!) and even a glass of wine at dinner, and some fruit.   He also incorporates exercise and regular sleep into the program, explaining here as well the science behind the physiological advantages to our health for both and why they're key parts of the program.  I found his book to be an easy read and the most informative on the subject, and the most convincing.  I'm going to give the program a go and am looking forward to much better health in my 50s and beyond!
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense read. found it coincided well with 'Fast Metabolism' - which is the hardest diet I have ever tried, and in a month only lost 5lbs! - this is a little more forgiving and well worth reading.
Date published: 2013-10-23

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"A tour de force that is destined to save many lives. As I read this important and well-written book I found myself nodding my head vigorously in agreement at practically every page. [Grain Brain] gives us what we need to know to be well again. Please read it." --Health Central