Category : Success

We’re excited to showcase the success that our program has brought to your lives. Below, find first person testimonials from people just like you about how the plans and wisdom contained in Grain Brain have changed your bodies, minds, and lives.

Whether a gluten free diet has ended your experience with brain fog or cutting back on carbohydrates has improved your energy levels, we want to know about it! We welcome you to share your experiences with us at success@drperlmutter.com

April B.

I found Grain Brain at my local Costco and found that I could really relate my experiences with food with what you were describing. I had very strong cravings to eat all the time, and had known that when I would cut bread/sandwiches out of my diet, I lost those same cravings. Your book defined things for me in such a way that I could grasp what had been happening in my body for many years.  I knew that my fasting glucose had been rising over the last few years and during my marriage year my family physician had prescribed Crestor for my whopping high cholesterol.  My late mother also had been diagnosed with high cholesterol about the same age and had been put on cholesterol lowering medication.  She died at age 78 with no stents or surgeries on her heart, but with Alzheimer’s.  More than anything I did not want to end up with Alzheimer’s…I have to die somehow but not with that please!

After reading your book I went off my Crestor, because it all made so much sense to me!  I already had an appointment in 3 months time to have my fasting glucose and my cholesterol retested.  In the meantime I very much reduced my sugar intake. From a dietary perspective, I drank no juice, had no candy and gave up desserts and did no baking. I would eat an egg or 2 each day, have cheese and meats, eat asparagus, green beens and juice green vegetables with lemon, ginger and an apple. I am not able to do this perfectly but I knew I was doing pretty well, with NO CRAVINGS. I lost weight fairly rapidly, and have now lost a total of 30 pounds as of February 2014. My doctor is happy about that. My triglycerides are only .90 mmol/L so this has encouraged me also. I did convince my doctor to give me the C-reactive protein test and it has come back low. I am more encouraged to stay on this new regimen and leave the Crestor alone. 

I doubt that I am gluten sensitive although 2 of my 3 sons are, with 1 of them having also having leaky gut. Both of these young men were diagnosed with ADD before high school. There is a history of food intolerances and behavior issues in their father’s family, and I feel that is where this is where these issues come from. Continue reading

Jeffrey K.

A gluten-free, low-carb lifestyle has been responsible for a major turn in my understanding of how what I eat affects my chances of having cognitive problems down the road. My father was a well-respected psychiatrist in the local area, and had done lots of research in neurology. Yet by the time he began his decline, while it seemed he may have caught on to the cause, it was too late. He began exercising furiously and drastically modified his eating habits, but he eventually wound up diagnosed with all three (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia). For so long I have eaten with zero caution. After I saw your videos, I realized what my father probably did, but while it was too late for him, I’m hoping I have time for a good turnaround.

I just got back my first A1C, which I’m using as my baseline, and while I am very concerned about it, I am also taking positive actions to correct it. Currently it is 5.6. I am now exercising aerobically between 45 and 55 minutes 6 of 7 days a week, carefully controlling my foods and supplementing based on your information. This is the first time in many attempts to lose weight that I actually believe I am going to be able to keep it off. It is SO much easier to think of this in terms of brain health and preventing cognitive decline than it ever was thinking in terms of just “losing weight”.  To me that is by far and away the best motivation. It makes eating right and exercising a “no-brainer.”

-Jeffrey K

Dan E.

My wife Kate had long been suffering with, what I referred to as, an irritable bowel condition for quite some time. Her gastroenterologist after a colon exam, told her to eat a lot of “Bran Buds” every day and consume a daily fiber drink, along with a laxative. Upon following this advice, her condition deteriorated. She entered into phases of severe pain and sleeplessness, leading to extreme fatigue.

We knew this wasn’t working and needed to try something different.

After a few days on gluten-free, low-carb diet, her symptoms disappeared completely! Not only that, but her GP has previously put her on Crestor, and she is now off that too! She also has solved the restless sleep condition entirely.

-Dan E.

Patricia C.

In Grain Brain, I found a book that had resonated with what I had for so long believed to be the truth about optimal health. Prior to reading, I had suffered from severe headaches since I was eleven.

Once I stopped eating gluten, lowered my carb intake, and increased my fat intake, my condition suddenly began to improve! Now, I rarely get headaches, and if I do they go away quickly. I also lost weight and my overall mood has improved. I’m very happy with my results!

-Patricia C.

Bob W.

When I was in my early 20s I was stricken with an extremely severe neurological disorder that destroyed my career as a cosmologist (a professional astronomer who studies the general nature and origin of the universe). My condition deteriorated very badly, but in 1984 I underwent a special test for food allergies.

I now eat approximately 20 unprocessed foods (leading to a gluten and grain-free diet) as my entire diet and I drink distilled water as my only fluid; I would estimate that my health is now approximately 100 times better, and that, at 65 years of age, my hearing is better than when I was a teenager! My night vision is better, my problem with obesity is gone, and many other symptoms have either disappeared or vastly improved.

-Bob W.

J.L.

Reading Grain Brain changed my life forever.

For the past five years, every three months, I have received botox or myoblock injections to treat my cervical dystonia. Though I received the injections, my head still shook on occasion. On February 17, 2014, I started on a gluten-free, ketogenic diet, in hopes I would be treating my cervical dystonia. With this diet, the head shaking is minimal. Today, I will no longer need to see my neurologist. The diet did not cure my cervical dystonia but made it livable without botox/myoblock injections. My conclusion is diet and sleep are the best treatment.

-J.L.

Maryl O.

Thank you for your research and for writing Grain Brain. I have been gluten-free for four weeks now and have lost 8 pounds. These were 8 stubborn pounds that I just could not dislodge for several years now – even with healthy eating and daily exercise. Your book (and now my scales) has taught me that gluten was the culprit! Overall, I feel much better and my mind seems clearer. Short-term memory has been a challenge in my 50’s, and I now know that having “Grain Brain” was the cause! I am hoping to see an improvement in this area given more time on my new gluten-free food plan.

-Maryl O.

Eric S.

My wife and I are 60 years old. We saw your program, BRAINCHANGE, in March 2014 and subsequently purchased Grain Brain and made the dramatic shift to a gluten-free, grain-free approach to eating. We emptied the pantry of any gluten-related items. The major improvement is that, after three months, I no longer take a daily iron supplement and have an increased feeling of energy. My iron and ferritin readings are now in the normal range.  

Both of us have experienced an amazing new sense of clear-headedness. We know how it feels to be “fuzzy headed” or have a “foggy brain” and those feelings have vanished. Even though we are very fit and regularly exercise, we both lost some more weight as a result of the reduction in carbs and we increased our protein.

My mother had and died with Alzheimer’s and I am willing to bet that this approach to eating will help me significantly reduce my chances of getting the disease. I also believe it will significantly increase my chances of watching my grandchildren grow and be part of their lives for a very long time.

-Eric S.

Linda R.

My mother died 10 years ago of undiagnosed, untreated leaky gut. Even though she had obvious problems, the GI doctors had no idea what was wrong with her. It was a nightmare watching her suffer, and driving her to countless doctor’s appointments only to walk away empty-handed. She had so much pain. She was on Oxycotin and also massive amounts of IV antibiotics to treat diverticulitus. Her poor gut was a total mess. We finally got her to a surgeon who read the earlier scans, which were taken and read by the GI specialist, to find that she needed immediate surgery. The surgeon actually asked us: “Did the GI doctor think this was OK?”.

Mom was too weak to have an operation, and could no longer digest food, so they put a central line in her and fed her liquid food to build up her strength. This went on for several weeks and the day before her surgery, so was brought to the hospital with a 105 degree fever. During her emergency operation, she suffered a heart attack, her intestines were falling apart in the surgeon’s hands, and could not be repaired. As a result she ultimately died of sepsis.

This was such a nightmare for our family and completely avoidable. Now 3 of her 4 children are having symptoms like she did. Two of us went to GI doctors, to find that they have learned nothing in the past 10 years. We both then went to functional doctors, who were enormously helpful. We were diagnosed with leaky gut and took the time to learn about it.  We changed or diet (gluten-free and dairy-free), started taking supplements, and are doing much better.

It is amazing to me that gluten can wreak such havoc in the body, and literally kill us if we don’t take steps to eliminate it from our diet.  If only we knew then what we know now.

-Linda R.

Mari M.

I quit eating wheat and gluten 11 years ago due to a positive test for sensitivity for both. Prior to that, I had constant bloating and “mystery” itches that no doctor could diagnose.

As soon as I quit wheat and gluten, the itch was gone! It would only come back when I ate food crossed-contaminated by wheat/gluten!

My whole life has changed for the better. After removing wheat and gluten, I immediately lost 15 pounds! Did my energy return? Let me just say WOW, did it ever! I am 63 years young and my younger friends and family can barely keep up!

I recently decided to go on a very low carb program, and I stick to 60carbs/day or less. I feel even better than I did before, and even lost an extra ten pounds! Also, I would like to add that I have run a support group for people with Tinnitus for 16 years now and I believe that wheat/gluten does have a negative effect on tinnitus sufferers! Sure does with me!

-Mari M.