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

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.

Will P.

My name is Will. I’m 42 years old and have been diagnosed with epilepsy since the age of 14. Additionally, I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and stomach ulcers. Over the past 5 years my health has been deteriorating steadily. My weight was up to 355lbs as well. My wife was getting very concerned that I may not be with her much longer. When she read a book about gluten and its effects on the body, she realized almost immediately that I fit into either the celiac or gluten intolerance category (we still aren’t sure which one).

I read the book after she did and we decided to try going without gluten for two weeks to see if there was any truth to it.

What a difference this has made. I was on medication for my stomach issues (heartburn and stomach upset), thyroid medication, and Dilantin and Tegratol for my epilepsy. Not only have my aches and pains subsided, but I am no longer taking ANY medication. I have been off my stomach and thyroid meds for at least 4 months and I feel great. I have now been off my epilepsy meds for 6 weeks with no seizures or any repercussions what so ever.

-Will P.

Jesse H.

It’s wonderful to hear of the myriad conditions that were solved for Jesse just by eliminating gluten and wheat from his diet. – Dr. Perlmutter

In 2006, I realized that wheat was affecting my health. Still, I kept playing the “on again, off again” game of eliminating wheat for long periods of time, only to find myself binging on it a short while later. I began to notice that the periods that I experienced suffering were lasting longer after each binge.

The final straw came this past January. My suffering was so horrible I almost checked into the hospital. I had horrible, constant migraine headaches that caused my to stay in bed for hours during the day. I was blowing chunks of mucus from my nose every two minutes. My sinuses were swollen. My head was hot and tingly. This went on for six weeks.

Fortunately, I saw your PBS special. I immediately bought a copy of Grain Brain. After your special was over I took your advice and bought some eggs (I was eating vegan at the time). I felt so sick but I managed to drag myself out of bed and take public transportation to a food store that sold cage-free, vegetarian-fed eggs. I went, totally, gluten-free. My condition improved, remarkably. The migraines are gone. My sinuses cleared. I lost weight, naturally. 

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Melinda H.

My story began many years ago when my daughter, then just a child of 9, suffered from severe anxiety, OCD, phobias and, constantly complained of stomach aches. I sought help through traditional medicine, only to have her become violent and suicidal from the SSRIs she was given at such a young age. I had been a psychotherapist for over 15 years and over 10 years ago I sent one of my clients with complaints of stomach aches to a naturopath.

Wheat was removed out of her diet, her stomach aches went away, and she felt less anxious and depressed. That was my light bulb moment. I did the same for my daughter. Her anxiety, phobia’s, depression, OCD, went away. That was 10 years ago.

Today I run a holistic counseling centre where clients are recommended to remove gluten from their diet. Ten years ago there was little to support what I was doing but I knew intuitively it was the right thing to do. I was, and remain, amazed by the results I was seeing and getting. I have been met with some resistance and at times ridiculed by other professionals, however I have never turned away from the  idea of removing gluten from peoples diets.

-Melinda H.

Debi W.

I am thankful for discovering the information revealed in Grain Brain and Wheat Belly books! It has truly been life changing!! I am a 57 year old female and have always been a health nut. My eating habits and weight were considered to be far superior to the mainstream American diet. 

A short version of my story is that I began suffering daily from extreme pain/sensitivity in my temples & head. After a year of medical leave, I was ultimately let go from my corporate position (stress exacerbated my pain) and found myself struggling daily to cope with my physical condition. Over the past four years, I was examined by 24 people with “Doctor” in front of their names, along with 12 others that I would classify as “medical professionals” (therapists, psychiatrist, acupuncturists, specialized massage therapy, chiropractors, etc.). It should be noted that I was treated by 5 different neurologists during this time!  

My journey to health has been a lengthy, frustrating and discouraging one.  My symptoms were unique and (at the end of the day) ALL the doctors and medical professionals had NO idea what was wrong with me. I had sleep studies, 2 special mouth guards made for TMJ, Botox shots in my temples and jaws, MRIs, CAT scans, numerous X-rays, nerve blocking shots in my scalp, expensive blood tests, consults with facial experts, eye exams, was hospitalized with migraines, laser treatments for head & neck, too many prescriptions to count (most of which, after reading the drug warnings, I choose not to take!), hormonal supplements & herbal remedies….etc. One of the most discouraging visits was to an allergist with 30 years experience who refused to test me for ANY food sensitivities. That was in December 2013, and I was starting to give up hope that I would EVER get well. Continue reading

Caroline C.

I am a physician who specializes in nutrition and metabolism and I have the great fortune of practicing in Naples and have shared patients with Dr. Perlmutter for over 15 years. Several years ago, I decided to see Dr. Perlmutter for a medical concern of my own. For at least ten years, I had episodes of recurrent vertigo where the room would spin. Other times, I had mild dizziness that would affect me when I was really trying to concentrate such as when in conversation with a patient.  I had brain scans which did not reveal anything and I was told that my symptoms were due to benign positional vertigo by another skilled neurologist. I was a little young to have this diagnosis and I found that physical therapy did not really help.

When I saw Dr. Perlmutter, he recommended I have antibodies checked for gliadin which did not reveal an abnormality but further, more in-depth testing revealed sensitivity to gluten and several other foods. I removed those foods from my diet almost five years ago and it has made a huge difference in my health and well-being. My problem was not life-threatening, but it was vitality threatening. I have since been able to share my knowledge with my patients and many have  experienced a significant transformation in their health when they also remove foods to which they are sensitive.

I want to thank Dr. Perlmutter for his research, vision, leadership and mentorship. His work has benefited physicians as well as patients.

-Caroline C.

Caroline S.

Having recently seen your special BRAINCHANGE, and finding it very interesting, I wanted to share my story and the long road to my diagnosis of celiac disease.

As a teenager, I experienced migraines with visual aura, which became more frequent as I got older, and with no root-cause found. I had some occasional stomach/GI problems, but nothing indicating celiac. In my thirties the migraines became more frequent, almost a daily problem, and I also had become anemic, and diagnosed with ataxia.  It wasn’t until I saw a liver specialist, who did a large number of blood tests, that I was tested for celiac disease tested. In March 2010, I was diagnosed with celiac.

So I’ve been on a strict gluten-free diet for over 3 years now, and those migraines with aura haven’t occurred, my balance is fine, and my liver enzymes have been normal.

-Caroline S.