(PDF) Grain Brain Author David Perlmutter
Ted off his gourd so author obviously wants to assure self he s not doomed to the same fate This book is horseshit He says that paleo type ancestors never had alzheimersdementia though as far as I know no one has ever found viable brain samples of paleo era ancestors He also seems to believe in evolution but only up until 10000 years ago States that the ancestral diet was 75% fat 20% protein and 5% carbohydrates though unless there were pools of rendered fat all over kingdom come this isn t even possible Even beetles aren t 75% fat they re about 30 40% protein and obviously all plants worth eating humans haven t lost the ability to digest cellulose it was never there to begin with are still primarily carbohydrate Egg yolk is 60% fat These people were certainly not pressing olive oil much less mechanically processing other plant oils and they weren t leaving animal flesh behind after eating the fat if there was much to begin with One valuable thing he does touch on is that a lot of illnesses stem from systemic inflammation see also The ueen of Fats and The End of Illness for better discussions on this issue and refined carbs including sugar excess salt and processed meats can exacerbate systemic inflammation along with other things excess alcohol smoking stress omega 6 fatty acids dairy etc The problem though is that a high fat diet especially with out of balance fatty acid ratios is that it might actually be exacerbating instead of ameliorating the inflammationAside from that this book is loaded with false hopes like cutting out gluten will cure or improve your ADHD autism multiple sclerosis arthritis asthma diabetes and cut your wildly slash your risk for Alzheimers He has a lot of citations but many of them are WEBSITES hello Dr Oz is hardly a paragon of scientific rigor or studies whose implications are either overstated or taken out of context Most of the rest of his data come from personal anecdotes and testimonies of patients Bob had tremors so we removed gluten from his diet and six months later he was cured Sylvia s migraines and seasonal allergies went away after she stopped eating grain Ezra s suspected multiple sclerosis was actually a gluten sensitivity It s irresponsible for a doctor to intimate that all neurological disorders are caused or exacerbated by grainglutensugar and can be curedimproved by dropping these things from a dietThere are some recipes in the back skimmed those but I hope you aren t fond of dessertI don t dispute that the western diet contains way too much sugar and processed foods but what s wrong with whole grains He NEVER explains this Whole grains contain fat and fiber which slows their glycemic impact Newer varieties of wheat especially genetically modified ones probably do contain gluten and are less well tolerated than older varieties but does that really mean we should cut all wheat from our diet as opposed to reverting to older varieties People following a lot of healthier diets like the Mediterranean diet ingest plenty of whole grains As with any diet book and especially with this one follow your doctors orders listen to your body and use common senseI have had gluten issues in the past and several of the medical issues mentioned run in my family I try to eat gluten free as much as possible which really ust translates into non processed foods and whole fruits and vegetables That being said this book is really a hate campaign against gluten Carbs are not the devil And the language used in this book is generalizing in some places absolutists in others and clearly using scare tactics in the rest Any good advice or scientific correlations are lost in this plainly irresponsible use of languageGluten free is the new fad Find another book about it But remember Dr Atkins died of a heart attack following his own advice And if I followed this book so will I I was already one of the converted I follow the Paleo diet and thrive on it after years of battle with candidiasis and other ills The difference it makes in uality of life and the amount of energy I have is incalculable To an outsider it looks like a fadThe basis contention of this book is that most of the medical ills of our age from rashes and headaches to obesity diabetes and cancer are caused by eating glutinous grains For generations now we have believed cholesterol and fat to be dietary enemies turns out to be uite the opposite So Perlmutter not only confirms what I already believed but backs it up with studies new medical evidence and lucid description of the causation and effect He explains that one person in two hundred has Celiac disease which is the most extreme reaction to gluten but that one in thirty is gluten intolerant to some degree with unrecognized illness and discomfort caused by eating wheatAt my book club my friends were making fun of this book as medical nonsense I was biting my tongue because the truth Perlmutter tells is my truth borne out by all my experience It makes me feel like Penelope I want to tell everyone how much better they d feel now and in future if only they stopped eating grains but who would listen The Prairie farmers would not thank meI believe that gluten like sugar and caffeine has addictive properties and no one wants to abandon an addiction What we eat and what we do not eat is a very personal matter that everyone takes seriouslyPerlmutter ends his book with a useful section of suggested menus and recipesHighly recommende. T any age And his revolutionary 4 week plan will show you how to keep your brain healthy and sharp while dramatically reducing your risk for debilitating neurological disease without drugs Featuring a blend of cutting edge research real life stories of transformation and accessible practical advice Grain Brain teaches you how to take control of your smart genes regain wellness and enjoy lifelong health and vitalit.
T is educational The author might be right overall No one in this day and age can know for sure due to the sheer complexity of human physiology and the lack of studies adeuate to really provide us the knowledge we needThe author has a case he wants to make and he does so by providing only the information that supports his case and he leaves out pretty much everything else including any established facts that might contradict his arguments or that would educate you about potential drawbacks or even dangers of his viewsThis is again not to say that his case is wrong It is Dirty Secrets just to say that this a very one sided exposure to the subject and seems to even leave out anything that also might educate yourself about any possible drawbacksPersonally I want to know as much as possible on the subject so I can make an informed decision for myself and it seems like this book is not useful for that unless I can find a second book meant to either be a rebuttal of this or at least fill in the gaps left and provide the additional details that were definitely left outIf you want to educate yourself on all the facts related to this subject this is not the book for you If you already think gluten is evil and want a book to convince you of this without mentioning anything that might contradict those views then this is the book for you I received this advance readers copy from Goodreads First Reads Yay for free books and thank youPerhaps I should apologize in advance this is long and probably a bit of a tirade Here s the good parts version If you are concerned about gluten intolerance not celiacs your blood sugar levels neurological issues orust think you are hooked on sugar and worry about bad for you carbs read this book SoThey say that when the student is ready the teacher will come and I found it almost amusing that I won this book ust a few of weeks after one of those wake up calls at the doctor s office I had known trouble was brewing for uite some time but have spent most of the last 18 months uninsured Finally got coverage again 90 day wait period behind me made the eleventy billion phone calls to nearly every doctor in our phone book before scoring a doctor accepting new patients and an appointment two months into the future and had enough blood draws to reuire a basket to carry all the vials followed by another week or two of waiting I got some answers I will spare you the nitty gritty details but changes are reuired in the diet and lifestyle arena I was not surprisedWhat has continued to surprise me throughout my adult life are the shifting sands of diet and nutrition to the point that I have become pretty cynical and came close to adopting a who cares it will all change next year anyway and we all are dying of something someday attitude about food and eating Now you must know that I have always tried to eat and cook good healthy food I have never smoked or consumed alcohol or abused any drug I love drinking water I really have tried for a healthy lifestyle We grow a garden for years I made my own bread we didn t do drive throughs my kids did not grow up on happy meals or Pop Tarts they wondered why I didn t allow Chef Boyardee in our pantry until they tried it at someone else s house Sure we ate the occasional convenience item canned soup some pizza now and the Scary stuff but as is the case for all nutrition science it is smoke than fire here too I prefer to use Pollan s simple rules as far as nutrition is concerned instead of obsessing over the latest science latest recommendations specific diets super foods super villains etcThat said Perlmutter s work is still useful It will make you think twice about hating on fat based and cholesterol containing foods and finding comfort with carbsBrain dysfunction starts in your daily bread and I m going to prove it Modern grains are silently destroying your brain Perlmutter says and that is not even the most melodramatic line in the book The discus I received this book as an advanced copy from Good Reads In this book Dr Pearlmutter makes the case that many healthy problems currently endemic in our society are directly related to our over consumption of carbohydrates particularly those from grain He lays out the claim for how such a diet is counter to our evolutionary needs and then proceeds to make links between gluten insensitivity neurological inflammation and neurological disorders I actually have a PhD and regularly study aging and Alzheimer s disease in my research I was very mixed in my impressions of the book I have begun cutting down on my carbs and being selective in my diet I think there is a very real link between metabolic dysfunction and neurodegeneration I do think the book is over overselling the effects At one point the book suggests that schizophrenic symptoms are reduced by going to a gluten free diet While it probably wouldn t hurt to go to such a diet in no way would I think it would cure it So I thought the book was thought provoking but at times the science is a bit uestionable Also the book can read a bit like a laundry list study x found y and you can get lost after hearing so many individual facts So I would recommend reading the book as it is uite thought provoking However take the book with a grain of salt tl dr uack sensationalist uack data mining uackAuthor claims that the source of almost all neurological illnessesdementia is not due to genetics but to diet Author s father is 96 and demen. ADHD anxiety chronic headaches depression decreased libido and much Groundbreaking and timely Grain Brain shows that the fate of your brain is not in your genes it's in the food you eat Dr Perlmutter explains what happens when your brain encounters common ingredients in fruit bowls and bread how statins may be erasing your memory why a diet high in good fats is ideal and how to spur the growth of new brain cells
I don t even know why I read this Listened to it Whatever It s 112am I actually finished this like two weeks ago anyway Found it on Overdrive and needed something for the commute I thought nonfiction might make me smarter informed what have you Instead it scared the hell outta me We all knew sugar carbs gluten bread candy soda etc are all bad for us physically This book breaks down how carbs and grains especially are eating away at our brains giving us diabetes and ultimately leading us down the terrifying road toward Alzheimer s and dementia The science of the book was fascinating And yeah I get it He s got an agenda so all of his research is biased since he wants to make his point and there are other studies that provide conflicting information I still liked how he focused on our brains and not our bodies to plead for us to eat spinach and less brownies Then it turned into a diet book and I sort of didn t care any We have plenty of those already I guess you can t really market this kind of book without a diet plan involved I know what to eat and what not to eat but I guess I can read a long food list again And supplements Lots of supplements Anyway I like running I love kombucha and almonds I like grass fed beef But man I think the occasional pizza or nachos isn t going to hurt anyone This is America You can t take away our guns or our high fructose corn syrup I don t wanna live in a world where Frosted Flakes don t exist They re grrrrrrrrreat And this book is ust okay I hope all of you paleo vegan mediterranean vegetarian carnivores have a great night I admit I have a bias against health books They are usually poorly written bloated with patient testimonials and the information could be better summarized in a good magazine articleAnd that s true of Grain Brain which I picked up after seeing an article about the link between carbs and problems in the brain including dementia Alzheimer s disease anxiety and depression Dr Perlumtter recommends cutting down on carbs especially ones containing gluten and eating healthy fats to feed your brainI found the information useful but I couldn t finish this book I read the first few chapters the debunking of low fat diets was interesting along with the list of foods that contain gluten and then I had to skim the restThis book is a huge bestseller right now so maybe you will find it readable DNF at p17A Letter From Present Me to Past Me When I Was Book Shopping a Year Ago Dear Past RoyaOver the past twelve months I ve noticed some new things I ve noticed that people are far irritating than they were last year That s fine you ll get over it I ve noticed that I relate to Anxiety Cat memes a lot than I m comfortable with This isn t okay but it s not the worst thing ever You are what you are unless what you are is an axe wielding psycho in which case I strongly advise you not to be and that s okay More recently I ve noticed that a lot of the books you ve read this year are bad Not bad as in Well it sucked but there are better books to come Bad like axe wielding psycho that will brutally murder everyone you love and mentally scar you for the rest of your existencePersonally I m disappointed How could you betray me like this You got me Fallen by Lauren Kate I didn t read a sentence of it but that s not the point I bet you planned this out It s so like you to spite me like this There s no way that you like YA novels or those weird self help books GrossI mean you better not because if you do I will totally hate you for it when you get to be my age It s only reasonable anyway So let s get down to businessYou picked me this piece of crap last year in a university book store thinking that I d love it right WRONGUnlike you I don t have a crappy taste in books and I certainly do not enjoy pissing people off by giving them rubbish as reading materialSo I read this book I read it for you Well actually I read seventeen pages but that s the same thing Anyway I sacrificed my time for you and what do I get I get a book that tells you that if you eat 60 grams of carbohydrates a day yes you read that right these following problems will be helped ADHD cue scepticism anxiety and chronic stress chronic headaches and migraines depression diabetes epilepsy cue heavy coughing focus and concentration problems inflammatory conditions and diseases including arthritis insomnia intestinal problems including celiac disease gluten sensitivity and irritable bowl memory problems and mild cognitive impairment mood disorders overweight and obesity Tourette s syndrome cue uncontrollable laughter and much eye rollsFirst things first I m hungry I think I ll go have a CARB You hear that A carb That s right I have no shameAh that s betterOkay so obviously this sucked All seventeen pages of it in fact I m sure that a lot of this stuff isn t complete bunk but you have to take it with a pinch of saltor you know all the salt in the shaker My point is most of this stuff is crap Do you have the faintest idea ust how much pissed off I d be yes it s possible if I only had 60 grams of carbs everyday Super pissedUnfortunately I DNFed this book after seventeen pages and there isn t much left to rant about so today I m going to be nice and let you off with a warningDon t ever buy me a self help book again Ever I mean it None of that preachy crap I m so done If you do prepare to feel my wrathWatch your stepLovePresent Roya Unfortunately this book is dogmatic than From #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr Perlmutter the devastating truth about the effects of wheat sugar and carbs on the brain and a 4 week plan to achieve optimum healthIn Grain Brain renowned neurologist David Perlmutter MD blows the lid off a finding that's been buried in medical literature for far too long carbs are destroying your brain Even so called healthy carbs like whole grains can cause dementia.
(PDF) Grain Brain Author David Perlmutter
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Dr Perlmutter is a Board Certified Neurologist and four time New York Times bestselling author He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of NutritionDr Perlmutter received his MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G Rowntree Research Award He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of A