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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Three weeks ago, a friend of mine, who has IBS, told me to eliminate flour and sugar after I told her about my symptoms of painful, achy feet, ankles and knees. In addition, I was experiencing migraines every other day, regular fatigue, and persistent brain fog!
Three weeks in, after cutting gluten and sugar from my diet, I exhibit none of those symptoms at all! I have only had two headaches in the past three weeks and my energy levels are at an all-time high!
Patrick’s “a-ha” moment is just great. Did any of you have a similar moment? – Dr. Perlmutter
While reading Grain Brain, I had my “a-ha” moment in chapter 3. I immediately dumped out my sugar-filled coffee and poured a fresh black cup. In that moment, I swore off sugar and gluten completely. I focused solely on protein, healthy fats, and vegetables.
In just the last four weeks I have lost six pounds. It’s been only thirty days and I feel completely different! My gas problem has disappeared, and I wake up refreshed and energized, rather than with a feeling of sickness. I have a new grandson, and this is the grandfather I want him to know.
The best part about Ayla’s story is how she finally learned that eating fat does NOT make you fat, a message I’ve working hard to spread. – Dr. Perlmutter
I can personally attest to the drastic affects one experiences after removing wheat, grains and added sugar from her diet. I have lost 68 pounds (the first 55 pounds dropped within 6 months without exercise…simply from eliminating those 3 categories). More important though, is that most of my adult life I have been plagued by ridiculously high triglycerides.
When I first began reading Wheat Belly, my triglycerides were 546. On my lab results prior to that, they were 656. Within approximately 6 months of eliminating wheat, grains and sugar, in addition to my plummeting weight, my triglycerides dropped to 115. I don’t ever remember them being that low!
Until I actually tried this for myself, I too believed that fat made you fat and that it was the cause of my high triglycerides. The only thing I never understood was why, when I ate very little fat, exercised like crazy and made sure to eat plenty of complex healthy whole grains, that both my weight and triglycerides continued to climb. Every time I received my lab results. I felt like a failure…it was like bringing home a bad report card when I had really tried my best.
The path that brought J to a gluten-free, LCHF diet is interesting to learn about. The fact that he is a fellow medical practitioner makes it even more so. – Dr. Perlmutter.
I am a physician who has had intermittent diarrhea my entire life as did most of the members of my family. I simply lived with it. However, in my mid-forties, I started developing other symptoms, including inflammatory arthritis of my PIP joints of the hand (negative rheumatologic workup), odd fatigue, and three year’s worth of microscopic hematuria (negative urological workup). I was serum negative for the standard gluten markers and endoscopy biopsies were negative.
But within 4 weeks of stopping gluten on a dare from my sister, my blood in the urine stopped and has never returned (I presume kidney inflammation was present), my joint pains slowly subsided, the fatigue lifted, and the lifetime diarrhea has vanished. Man was I a happy guy!
I had been experiencing puzzling health issues (fatigue, foggy brain, feeling off balance, chills, sweats) on-and-off for three years. A year ago, food intolerances were identified as the culprits. Glucose intolerance and high C-reactive protein were persistent problems. I eliminated gluten (along with other recommended problem foods based on an ALCAT test) from my diet, and, paired with a healthy fats diet, I believe this is responsible for the stark turnaround in my health. I’ve seen a loss of unwanted body fat and an across-the-board improvement in all of my health issues.
It’s so good to hear stories like Lori’s, about how Grain Brain has brought answers and hope to those who have spent so many years looking for both. – Dr. Perlmutter
My husband and I were in a weather-related car accident in January 2000 and
both experienced severe closed head trauma. We lived in Pennsylvania at the
time. By the grace of God, we recovered miraculously – although quickly
realized (and accepted) that the damage done to our brains was going result
in life-long implications for us.
We made the decision to start a family a few years ago and have my husband be a stay-at-home dad; in part because we strongly believed in the value of having a parent at home with the child, but also because he struggled to maintain employment. He’s done a great job, but it is clear to both of us that our head injuries continue to cause daily challenges for us. With a young family, and ourselves aging, we are extremely concerned about the likelihood of dementia setting in at a young age for us and are desperate for support. Continue reading
I’ve heard many responses from folks who have read Grain Brain, but to know that I brought tears to someone’s eyes is incredibly humbling. – Dr. Perlmutter
I live in Australia and, by chance, came across Grain Brain whilst browsing iBooks for a good summer read. Once I got over the shock of the scientific revelations of your findings, I did three things:
- I cried with relief: I finally had some answers as to why my health was deteriorating in recent years (I am a 50 year old who exercises and followed a low fat/carb diet).
- I collected all my statins and hypertensive medication and threw them in the bin.
- Next, I cleared my pantry of all sugary foodstuffs along with anything containing gluten.
Frank makes reference to Why We Get Fat, by my colleague, friend and fellow author Dr. Gary Taubes. I suggest you learn more about his book, as it’s a great read too. – Dr. Perlmutter
I am a retired police sergeant, 66 and originally became interested in low-carb dieting after reading Gary Taubes’ book Why We Get Fat. Since I was diagnosed several years ago with pre-diabetes I realized I had to do something to avoid going into full diabetes. Taubes made a convincing case to put good fats back in the diet and cut all processed carbohydrates out.
I have been following your message since you first appeared on the Dr. Oz show. You not only document the basis behind your recommendations with peer-reviewed studies, but with the success of the patients you have counseled. In addition, I have never heard an expert in the area present the information in such a convincing way. I realize every time I hear you talk on a show that you honestly care about making a difference in getting the message out that could potentially save millions of lives. After hearing the story about your father I can understand where all of that passion comes from.
I have been following the exact guidelines you have recommended including eliminating grains and it has turned around my health completely. No pre-diabetes. A loss of 30 pounds. A loss of body fat. Loss of BPH symptoms. I feel better than ever and do not even get a cold now. I also work out 6 days a week and feel my mind is sharper than ever.
In May of 2012 I was diagnosed was a Meningioma brain tumor following a paralyzing, 15-minute seizure from the waist down on my left side. My tumor is located in my right frontal lobe, posterior. Due to vascular involvement, I was placed on anti-seizure meds and am currently on watch and wait. In the fall of 2012 my youngest son researched paleo diets and we have been following a low carb lifestyle ever since. Not only have we both lost significant weight and inches, my tumor has shrunk along with me in the two subsequent MRI scans in 2012 – 2013. My neuro-oncologist is amazed!
After reading your book, I feel confident that I can continue to positively turn my situation around. Presently I am working on adding the various supplements mentioned in the book. I have a doctor’s appointment coming up and plan on having blood work done as Grain Brain suggested.
My husband and I were forced, by chronic illness, almost 4 years ago, to adopt the Grain Brain lifestyle. My husband had chronic kidney disease and we were pushed, by the advice of medical doctors, to make up our own minds and eliminate foods like grains and dairy. We struggled to stay ahead of his “failing” clinical “numbers” as I learned more and more about nutrition, trying to delay what seems now to be the inevitable.
My husband received a donor kidney from his daughter in 2012. Because of what we went through and because of what I learned, we don’t eat gluten, grains or (most) starchy vegetables. We eat a fatty diet of grass-feed meats, eggs and complex vegetables. We have always been people who love the out-of-doors. We walk 3 miles a day, we ski, we hike and we kayak.
If we hadn’t made these changes, I truly believe we wouldn’t be able to lead the active lifestyle we still maintain.