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Splashlight’s Bright Light on Big Ideas: Grain Brain

This book revealed a surprising truth to us about the brain’s silent killers and what is causing an epidemic level of neurological disorders and other health problems. You just might be surprised, too. 

Think of it this way: if your beloved pet was sick, your vet would probably ask you, “so what have they been eating?” Yet for ourselves and our families, we often overlook the single most important decision we make every day in terms of health and our ability to resist and combat disease: our diet.

According to renowned Neurologist and author of the Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter, the standard American diet, which is high in carbohydrates and low in fat, is at the root of many of the modern scourges linked to the brain, including: chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, movement disorders, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.


Dr. David Perlmutter poses with his book, Grain Brain, while appearing on Dr. Oz's television show. Click here to see what the doctors had to say.

Dr. David Perlmutter poses with his book, Grain Brain, while appearing on Dr. Oz’s television show.


“The idea that our brains are sensitive to what we eat has been quietly circulating in our most prestigious medical literature recently,” Dr. Perlmutter said. “While it’s common knowledge now that “heart smart” diets can help support the cardiovascular system, we are just starting to learn that what we put in our mouths can similarly affect our brains’ health, for better or worse.”

Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study showing that the costs for dementia care in 2010 were estimated to be as high as $200 billion, far outpacing expenses related to heart disease and cancer. By some estimates, 2.7 million Alzheimer’s patients in America today might not have developed this disease if only they had learned that food matters.

I personally took the challenge laid out by Dr. Perlmutter in his book and found the results to be remarkable. In just 6 weeks I lost 14 pounds by doing nothing more than reducing the sugars I would eat to less than 20 grams a day and changing my choices to gluten free and minimal if any grains. My energy levels increased and I seemed more alert than before. I even found some great new recipes in his Grain Brain Cookbook. I highly recommend taking a closer look.

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