What I like about Sandy’s store is the role her husband’s aunt played. On both social media and this website, I always talk about the important of sharing this information with others. The reason why is because I want to facilitate more stories like Sandy’s. – Dr. Perlmutter
I am listening right now to your talk on The Gluten Summit; at around minute 35 you talk about the 66 year-old man who eliminated the migraines he had suffered from his entire adult life. I just turned 60 this month. I want to tell you I’ve had a similar success over the past 18 months after deciding to quit carbs.
I recall having headaches as early as 6th grade: I got in the car after school and my head was hurting, and I can still hear my mother saying “You shouldn’t be having these headaches this young.” My dad really suffered from headaches, and I believe now that he had migraines. We just assumed that I inherited the tendency to have headaches from him; my mother and brother didn’t have them.
I was probably early 20s when I realized that my headaches fit the description of migraines. The left side of my head would just feel like it was exploding, I couldn’t see out of my left eye, sick to my stomach…light, sound, movement, made it worse, etc. Me being me, I would always try to tough it out rather than go from doctor to doctor in a search of pills to take (perhaps because I thought I had inherited this problem and just had to put up with it). So, for many years, I took extra-strength Excedrin hoping it would help (usually it didn’t) with ice packs or massage. I worked as a computer programmer for 7 years after college when I finally had to quit; I just could not get through the day and suffer through the headaches. I eventually went to several doctors and tried various drugs, which only helped sometimes, but usually the headache came back in about 12 hours. Given the cost and the fact that they often didn’t work, I gave up the drugs. Not once did any doctor ask what I was eating.
Roger’s simple story is just that: a simple story about how diet can change the state of our health. – Dr. Perlmutter
A disabled veteran, I recently went to the VA for a checkup. The results were shocking! I was told I was overweight (300lbs, 6′ 1″), diabetic and had very high blood pressure. The doctors even told me that it was likely I would have a stroke at any moment. Their solution? Pills, pills, pills. There was no discussion of diet!
I rejected their therapy and hit the library, watching countless videos on diet and health, reading Wheat Belly and, just recently, Grain Brain. Grain Brain is now my favorite book, well-written with loads of zingers! Since dropping carbs and wheat, I have lost 60lbs, and all of my negative symptoms have disappeared. I am recommending your book to everyone I know. When people see me now, they ask what happened and I tell them, Read Grain Brain.
– Roger W.
Cheryl struggled with chronic pain for years before learning about the benefits of a grain-free and gluten-free diet. I’m glad to know that the release of a Grain Brain can bring information to those like Cheryl, who are desperate for answers. – Dr. Perlmutter
I’ve suffered with arthritis since age 16. To manage the pain, I would receive injections in my shoulders and knees to help manage the pain. Crying, I would wake up in the morning due to throbbing pains. In the years since, I’ve had 2 knee replacements and must start each day with Ibuprofen. I couldn’t walk without glucosamine/chondroitin.
Monia’s story makes me wish I had been able to write Grain Brain a decade earlier. This book has brought to me so many stories of individuals who were looking for answers on these topics but couldn’t find them. I’m glad that Grain Brain can finally give them the information they’ve been looking for. – Dr. Perlmutter
I have been on my low-carb, high-fat journey for some time, but I only recently came across Dr. Perlmutter through his videos on YouTube. When I first started I had a nutritionist to guide me along, but even though I was diligent, I wasn’t losing any weight. So, I decided to gather all the knowledge I could about nutrition.
After much studying, I gave up sugar in 2001, followed by dairy in 2003 and meat (besides fish) in 2009. Finally, in 2010, I lost 100lbs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t maintain it and I quickly put 30lbs back on, accompanied by unstoppable carb cravings. Soon thereafter, I read Wheat Belly and cut out bread. However, it wasn’t until I read Grain Brain that I found the plan that would really work for me.
Shawna’s story is similar to what I hear from many individuals: family health history motivates them to learn more about disease cause and prevention. – Dr. Perlmutter
When my dad was about 55 years old (about 1975), he started having problems with his leg. It would kinda drag behind him and he would have a hard time picking it up and walking correctly. They assumed he had a stroke or had complications from when he broke his leg a few years prior.
Fast forward to 1985. He starts having serious balance problems and is diagnosed as diabetic. So he changes his diet and drops about 50 pounds. As the years go on the his balance continues to deteriorate. He went to about a dozen neurologists and no one could diagnose his issue. In about 1995, he started having seizures. We have no history of epilepsy in the family. The neurologist said they that my father is suffering from TIA strokes. During one of these seizures in about June of 2000 he lost his balance, fell and broke his back.
Marcelene had some incredibly kind words about Grain Brain, and I wanted to share her story with you. Hers is an incredibly powerful reminder of just how significant of an impact changing your diet can have. – Dr. Perlmutter
I was not born with a seizure disorder. I have always been extremely healthy: exercise daily, use supplements, meditate, drink plenty of water, get regular sleep of eight hours, and my weight has always been in the lean mass area. However, in my late 40s I began having petit mal seizures.
Has Grain Brain increased your awareness to the topics of gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet, and a diet meant to improve brain health? If so, then I encourage you attend The Gluten Summit, a FREE, on-line event next month that will feature some of the world’s leading experts on health, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, including Nora Gedgaudas, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. William Davis, and myself.
The Gluten Summit, organized by Dr. Tom O’Bryan, is a series of online interviews that will take place from November 11-17. While I encourage you to make a point to stop by for my interview, this unique opportunity represents a chance to hear from some of the sharpest minds dealing with brain health, gluten sensitivity, functional medicine, and much, much more. To register for this free event, visit The Gluten Summit’s website.
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