Coming Soon: Grain Brain September 17, 2013
Leading-edge scientific research is finally bringing to light a remarkable fact: Some of our most pernicious brain ailments and disorders, from headaches and ADHD to depression and dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), are absolutely a reflection of our dietary choices. Our brains are highly sensitive to common ingredients found in foods today, triggering neurological conditions and setting us up for serious illness now and later on. In Dr. David Perlmutter’s GRAIN BRAIN, acclaimed neurologist and nutritional expert Dr. Perlmutter blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in the medical literature for far too long. He takes us on a provocative tour of how to foster a healthy brain, one that can stave off what many falsely believe is an inherited risk for illness and dementia. Readers learn how certain foods gravely impact the health and functioning of the brain, especially the sugars and carbohydrates we’ve come to love and overconsume. For years, health experts have expounded on the connection between whole grains and heart health, whole grains and intestinal health, as well as refined grains and obesity. However, no one has explained what eating grains of any kind—whole or refined—can actually do to harm the brain. Until now. In GRAIN BRAIN, Dr. Perlmutter separates the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, and offers an eye-opening lesson on how to care for and protect this critical organ in unimaginable ways. With a blend of storytelling, anecdotes, a synthesis of landmark studies, and detailed action plans, GRAIN BRAIN not only offers Dr. Perlmutter’s recommendations in an engrossing and insightful read, but he also make the bold argument that we get to control the fate of our brains. In other words, brain disease is a choice, not a destiny. Much in the way type-2 diabetes is an outcome of lifestyle choices, so too is Alzheimer’s, which is now being called type-3 diabetes. Proposing a dramatic new definition of “healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Perlmutter explodes fraudulent but popular misconceptions such as ones linking dietary fat to heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer and diabetes; he argues convincingly against the prevailing wisdom that claims eating antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries and beans has any benefits; he incriminates statins for terrorizing the brain; and he provides a practical plan of action anyone can start today to welcome a more focused, disease-free brain tomorrow.