Grain brain The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar--your brain's silent killers

David Perlmutter, 1954-

Book - 2018

"Dr. Perlmutter's #1 New York Times bestseller about the devastating effects of gluten, sugar, and carbs on the brain and body -- updated with the latest nutritional and neurological science." -- Publisher annotation.

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New York : Little, Brown Spark 2018.
Main Author
David Perlmutter, 1954- (author)
Revised edition
Physical Description
x, 371 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-358) and index.
  • Introduction Against the Grain
  • Self-assessment What Are Your Risk Factors?
  • Part I. The Whole Grain Truth
  • Chapter 1. The Cornerstone of Brain Disease: What You Don't Know About Inflammation
  • Chapter 2. The Sticky Protein: Gluten's Role in Brain Inflammation (It's Not Just About Your Belly)
  • Chapter 3. Attention, Carboholics and Fat Phobics: Surprising Truths About Your Brain's Real Enemies and Lovers
  • Chapter 4. Not a Fruitful Union: This Is Your Brain on Sugar (Natural or Not)
  • Chapter 5. The Gift of Neurogenesis and Controlling Master Switches: How to Change Your Genetic Destiny
  • Chapter 6. Brain Drain: How Gluten Robs Your-and Your Children's-Peace of Mind
  • Part II. Grain Brain Rehab
  • Chapter 7. Dietary Habits for an Optimal Brain: Hello, Fasting, Fats, and Essential Supplements
  • Chapter 8. Genetic Medicine: Jog Your Genes to Build a Better Brain
  • Chapter 9. Good Night, Brain: Leverage Your Leptin to Rule Your Hormonal Kingdom
  • Part III. Say Goodbye to Grain Brain
  • Chapter 10. A New Way of Life: The Four-Week Plan of Action
  • Chapter 11. Eating Your Way to a Healthy Brain: Meal Plans and Recipes
  • Epilogue The Mesmerizing Truth
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Notes
  • Index
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In his latest book, neurologist Perlmutter (The Better Brain Book) declares war on a common foodstuff, attributing a bewilderingly wide assortment of maladies to the consumption of gluten, a substance found in bread and other stock foods. Contrasting modern humans against idealized humans of the distant past, Perlmutter concludes that the former, whose average life expectancy at birth is about twice that of their Paleolithic ancestors, have gone off the proper track. He addresses the churlish objection that gluten has been part of the human diet for many millennia by firmly asserting that recent changes to crops have transformed a once-safe food into a terrible scourge. The book features health advice, a number of gluten-free recipes, and details on some relevant case studies. Lauded by such nonconsensus pundits as Mehmet Oz and William Davis, Perlmutter offers readers a comfortably simplistic model for thinking about carbs. Agent: Bonnie Solow, Solow Literary Enterprises. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Carbohydrates create inflammation and ultimately degenerative disease, says neurologist Perlmutter; the book focuses particularly on the brain. (LJ 11/1/13) (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

"Gluten is our generation's tobacco," argues Perlmutter (Power Up Your Brain, 2012, etc.), whose credentials as a board-certified neurologist and American College of Nutrition Fellow make him a uniquely qualified voice in the debate about which foods are best for the brain and body. Gluten, most commonly found in wheat products, plays a significant role in pernicious health issues relating to the brain. Bucking the mainstream notion that fat and cholesterol lead to poor health, the author proposes that the carbohydrate-laden foods that form the staple of many diets may cause brain problems as diverse as migraines, ADHD, Parkinson's, depression, anxiety and more. In addition, he provides ample evidence to suggest that diabetes, a disease already linked to the high sugar content of carbs, doubles the risk of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Gluten, not cholesterol, activates damaging chemical chain reactions which can result in inflammation and leave the brain and heart vulnerable to dysfunction and disease--even if an individual has no gastrointestinal sensitivity to gluten. Importantly, Perlmutter stresses that brain damage need not be permanent. A few simple lifestyle changes, he argues, can dramatically reduce the risk for debilitating brain diseases in the future, without the need for any kind of prescription medication. This "genetic reprogramming" is possible at any age, and its side effects include weight loss and increased energy levels in addition to brain health. Alongside numerous professional anecdotes detailing the successes of a diet without carbs but with omega-3 fats, the author provides abundant lists of "good" and "bad" foods, a 30-day plan of action that includes suggested meals, and a slate of gluten-free recipes. A galvanizing call to arms against a gluten-heavy diet.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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