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
The story of Lizzie and her family, though long, is a must-read. – Dr. Perlmutter
I have lived the past decade of my life in terrible fear of developing early on-set Alzheimer’s disease. I am 26 this year, and I am the 4th child in a family of five girls. When I was 12, my mom started to get what I now know as the classic signs of Alzheimer’s. She was only in her 40s. Unfortunately, she ate the low-fat, whole-grain diet that was and, still is, so popular. Within a year of noticing symptoms, my mom had to go live in an assisted living home. No doctors knew what was wrong with her and many said she had Huntington’s Disease, although she tested negative for it. Three years after her first symptoms, she passed away. About five years later her sister also passed away from the same thing. My grandmother also had the same symptoms and died very young. They all had very stressful marriages.
My sisters and I have always been terrified of getting sick like our mother. In recent years we learned that her illness was early on-set Alzheimers. It was helpful to know the cause, but inside we all felt full of despair, as if a death sentence had been placed on us. It has affected all of our life choices, even the choice to have children and pass on this gene. Continue reading
I started 2015 by adopting a gluten-free, low-carb lifestyle.
I had suffered from anxiety since the age of six, and added chronic stress to that when I was in my thirties. Many other symptoms would come up later, including irritable bowel syndrome in 2005, severe joint pain/muscle ache, lack of sleep, lack of concentration, depression and finally, a breakdown in 2009. Conventional medicine scratched only the surface. I was grasping at straws last year with my trying to exclude different foods from my diet, suffering acid reflux all the while. I would fall asleep to be awakened by a dead arm and, in panic, try to get the circulation back.
This regimen has saved my life. Within five days I started to sleep. Within twelve, I broke free of depressive moods. I have no joint pain or muscle ache now, no acid reflux at all. My gut feels like it’s been repaired. I do not eat any carbs and do eat a high-fat diet with extra virgin olive oil, coconut, butter, and the like. I feel energetic and feel my brain is functioning again. I am 63 now and am looking forward to getting even better. Last week, I started eating fermented foods like kimchi, red cabbage, and cauliflower. In a week or so, I will be excited to find even more improvement in my overall health.
The most revealing part of Maari’s story is in the final paragraph. – Dr. Perlmutter
Several years ago I started suffering from panic attacks and anxiety, and I quickly began researching holistic alternatives to the pharmacy medications doctors wanted to put me on. After three months of these attacks, my health was repaired within a month.
Fast forward seven years, and after my second pregnancy I started breaking out in hives all over my body, on top of having an under-active thyroid (a big surprise as I had an over-active thyroid). I was forced to take Synthroid. Continue reading
It’s been fifteen months since I made a forever change to my diet and lifestyle by converting to a low-carb, gluten-free, high-fat diet. From a starting point of a soft 225 lbs., I am now down to 198 lbs. and loving it!
I started small, but eliminating all sugars, carbohydrates, and gluten for 30 days. I lost 3 lbs. per week, even with no change to my gym schedule, which was sporadic at best. My jeans that were once tight were falling off my butt and I had to wash them in hot water, and shrink them. For the first time in a long time, I was happy to look at myself in the mirror after a shower – heck at 48 years young I look better than I did when went to the gym 2 hours a day when I was 20!
I committed to my new gluten-free, low-carb lifestyle 7 months ago, and have since lost 23 lbs., mostly in the first 3 months. Most noticeable to me is the reduction in body aches. I’m running twice the miles I used to because my body does not hurt like it did before. I simply feel better!
I’m a 38 year old female and I have epilepsy. I have focal motor seizures that mimic dystonia. I suffer from night seizures and occasional daytime seizures, presenting themselves as cramping in my right arm and leg, lasting 1-10 seconds. For most of my years, I believed this was a life sentence. However, I’ve remained mainly seizure free on a gluten-free diet and haven’t taken daily medication for years. I take muscle relaxants when I have seizures (about once per year for a few weeks).
Further, although I have remained mainly seizure-free over the last few years, I have been a terrible sleeper….very restless and wakeful. But I have had great success on my new diet and supplement regimen. I have never slept so good! I’m sleeping through the night and I feel so well-rested in the morning.
21- Anonymous from Wicklow, Ireland
I’m moved by Joni’s daughter’s story of triumph over her illness. Hope it inspires all of you as well. Wishing her much luck at college. – Dr. Perlmutter
I have an 18 year old who is a success story. At the age of 4, she was first hospitalized for an abdominal migraine, which escalated to years of cyclical vomiting. She had been in and out of the hospital for the next 10+ years, sometimes as frequently as bi-weekly. As her vomiting increased, so did her constipation. She eventually ended up with a cecostomy tube, placed in 2012.
My incredibly determined daughter, who never complained, was ready for a change. We both love the science of food and read all we could. Shorty after the tube went in, she went gluten-free, processed food-free and cut out sugars. We just read Grain Brain and felt that we were reading her story. She hasn’t had a migraine for 2 years and they were set to remove her large intestine last year, but she promptly refused. She forged forward with her diet and the tube was removed last week. Her colon is working on its own again. She is currently a normal healthy 18-year-old heading off to college next year.
She eats, lives and breathes gluten-free and, as her brother says, “green leafy foods”.
As someone who watched a bedridden mother die of Alzheimer’s, I have a deep personal interest in preventing this disease in my family. As such, I am always alert for leading-edge information on how to prevent this terrible illness.
Before my diet, I had been consuming almost a quart of buttermilk stuffed with corn chips every day. Add to that diet colas, other crackers and chips, and the daily oatmeal my doctor told me to eat, and it should be clear I was on a dangerous path. Once information about a low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free lifestyle was put before me, I instantly realized this was the information I had been waiting for.
I went to an olive oil store and bought a bottle, started eating grass-fed beef, eliminated grains, switched to green tea, and bought some stevia for (occasional) sweetening. I’ve also begun to eat more organic greens (daily in fact).
Previously, I also suffered from arthritis in my joints, especially at night when the pain woke me up several times. If a change in sleep pattern is any evidence that this diet is working, then it is worth it to me for that reason only. It has only been six weeks, and the change is already AMAZING!!!
-A.K. from Destin, FL
I only adapted a low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free lifestyle a couple of weeks ago, and I already feel incredible! I cut out all gluten, wheat and sugar from my life, and have started taking a robust supplement regimen. Not only do I feel great, I even lost a couple of pounds!
I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 13 years old, diagnosed with ADD when I was 14 and at 21, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Recently I went to the doctor because I’ve been having migraines and feeling dizzy after my workouts. My blood test showed my cholesterol levels were low and my sugar levels high. However, all my doctor recommended was to stop exercising.
Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy, ADD, and polycystic ovary syndrome, I feel great! I have energy, no migraines, no dizziness and I even got my period back! I am even able to concentrate better on work!
In Grain Brain, and Brain Maker, I mention how important sleep is, and how simple dietary changes can improve your nightly rest. Great to hear this is the case for Gerry. – Dr. Perlmutter
My name is Tom, and I want to share the story of my wife, Gerry.
After being on a gluten-free, low-carb, high-fat plan for one month, the biggest difference I have seen is that my wife is sleeping through the night. Now that’s probably not a big deal for many people, but she has been a poor sleeper her whole life – 67 years. Its been almost miraculous for us as she normally has trouble falling asleep, then wakes up around 2 a.m., stays up for a couple of hours, and then finally might drift back to sleep at 4 a.m. Some nights she wouldn’t sleep at all.
These days, she goes to sleep easier, and gets a solid eight hours sleep every night.
For this reason alone she’ll stay on the plan. It’s an unexpected, but very welcome side-effect.
– Tom and Gerry P.