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How to keep your brain healthy. It's a subject that desperately needs attention and is the mission of the drperlmutter.com blog. Categories are listed to the right and lead to empowering information on topics such as maintaining brain health and improving memory through a gluten free diet. We update this information as soon as it becomes available so check back often!

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How Much Wine Should I Drink?

How much alcohol should we consume? We have all heard that there are health benefits associated with low level alcohol consumption, like drinking a glass or two of red wine each day. Indeed, I have made this suggestion in my blogs and in many of the books I have written. While we do know that alcohol is, in and of itself, toxic to nerve cells, the scientific literature would tell us that there is decreased risk of conditions like Alzheimer’s disease in individuals who consume small amounts of alcohol each day.

In a new study appearing in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers again attempted to unravel the facts as it relates to the beneficial effects of alcohol. Before you get put off by this study’s somewhat compelling (Beneficial effects of low alcohol exposure, but adverse effects of high alcohol intake on glymphatic function) title, allow me to explain. Continue reading

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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD, and Dr. Leo Galland

Hello everyone. Today on The Empowering Neurologist I interview my longtime friend, Dr. Leo Galland. Today, we’ll be discussing Dr. Galland’s newest book, Already Here.

Already Here tells of the death of Dr. Galland’s son, Christopher, at the age of 22, the direct visual evidence Christopher showed him that our souls do go on, and the communications he received from Christopher’s spirit that dramatically changed Dr. Galland’s understanding of life and its meaning.

In life, Christopher was a brain-damaged special needs child who challenged everyone he knew with his unpredictable behavior and uncanny insights. After his death, he revealed to Leo the real purpose of his life, as a spiritual guide who taught others by confounding their assumptions and expectations. He began to share with Dr. Galland a new perspective on everything from the nature of good and evil to the concept of timelessness—“God’s moment”—to the notion that the universe is, fundamentally, an act of love.

Christopher’s wisdom was revealed to Dr. Galland over the course of a year, coalescing into three themes, which Leo calls the Gift of the Opposite, the Gift of Presence, and the Gift of Timelessness. Leo quickly came to realize that these gifts were not for him alone: they contain ancient wisdom, held sacred in many traditions, that Chris intended him to share with others. He wrote this book, under Chris’ direction, to do just that.

Already Here presents a unique dialogue in which an analytical, scientific mind tries to comprehend truths from another plane of existence—one that, nonetheless, is inseparable from our own. Chris describes Heaven and Earth, spirit and matter, as unified opposites that cannot exist without each other and cannot be separated from human consciousness. The book takes its title from Christopher’s final message to Dr. Galland, in which he describes Heaven as an “eternal present” where everyone is together, even those of us still living earthly lives. “Lighten up,” Christopher says to his father. “You’re already here, you know.”

Dr. Leo Galland, an international bestselling author and a respected scholar, is a global leader in integrative medicine and functional nutrition. He has received the Linus Pauling Award from the Institute of Functional Medicine for creating basic principles of Functional Medicine, and the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to healthcare from Marquis Who’s Who. He is the author of five popular books and several dozen scientific articles and textbook chapters. A board-certified internist, Dr. Galland is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. He received his education at Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Galland is listed in Leading Physicians of the World and America’s Top Doctors.

For more from Dr. Galland, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Empowering Neurologist – David Perlmutter, MD and Dr. Tom O’Bryan

One of the great parts of my job is that I receive a ton of books. This is a joy not only because, well, I quite enjoy reading, but it allows me to stay up-to-date on the future of medicine, and to continue to bring you the information you need to control your health destiny. One I’ve just picked up recently is The Autoimmune Fix, by my good friend Dr. Tom O’Bryan.

A bit more about Dr. O’Bryan:

Dr. Tom O’Bryan is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader specializing in the complications of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease as they occur inside and outside of the intestines. He is the founder of theDr.com. He recently hosted the paradigm-shifting ‘The Gluten Summit – A Grain of Truth’, bringing together 29 of the world’s experts on Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

Let’s dive right in!

And for more, you can visit theDr, or follow Dr. O’Bryan on Facebook and Twitter.

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A New Flavor for a Healthful Breakfast

I’ve received a number of questions lately on how to bring some new flavors to breakfast. While keeping in mind that a brain healthy diet is rich in a number of foods, I certainly have a few favorite breakfasts that are my regular go-tos on days that I decide to eat breakfast

One I’d like to share with you today is this delicious recipe for pumpkin breakfast pudding. It’s a great source of the nutrients you need to start the day, and tastes great without being full of sugar. So give this a shot tomorrow!

And in the comments, let me know what some of your favorite breakfasts are!

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The Low-Carb Diet & Type 2 Diabetes

Over the past several years, we’ve seen the rates of type 2 diabetes in the United States absolutely skyrocket. At this stage, there’s no doubt about it: lifestyle choices are playing a key role in causing this problem.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a threat to our collective health not only because of the harmful role diabetes can play in the body, but because of the myriad ailments that tend to be correlated with diabetes and its impacts elsewhere in the body, from the kidneys to the brain. For instance, did you know that type 2 diabetics may have as much as a 4x increase in risk for becoming a patient with Alzheimer’s?

All of this in mind, let’s look at what lifestyle choices can do to improve the healthspan of type 2 diabetics.