This section will keep you up-to-date on the latest projects and works of neurologist and nutritionist Dr. David Perlmutter. Featuring news on media appearances, podcast interviews, and new research and studies, this section has everything you need to know about Dr. Perlmutter’s latest going-ons.
Some posts to get you started:
Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Bredesen at The Buck Institute
Why I Wrote Brain Maker
This spring, I’m partnering with CBN to launch a transformational health and wellness challenge unlike any other. YOU are invited to take part in a FREE 8-week Shape Up for Summer Challenge to achieve your personal weight loss goal. The challenge starts on April 5th and ends May 31st. The challenge will focus on ‘food I.Q.’ by using The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan philosophy – a scientific approach that helps with mental clarity, memory, improves overall well-being, embraces healthy eating and weight loss. To join the challenge, click here now. Continue reading
I’m excited to be able to answers your questions whenever I can through this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets. That said, I’m always looking for new ways to be able to shed light on some of the most pressing concerns of the Empowering Neurologist community. That’s why I’m excited to present our latest Q&A opportunity.
It’s clear that our video content has reached a wide audience with very positive feedback, so moving forward, I’ll be answering your questions with video responses. So on this post, I’d like to invite you to post your questions, comments, or ideas you’d like me to explore moving forward. Questions should be general, and not relate to a specific person’s medical condition. If someone has already asked the same or similar question, or you see a question you like, please upvote it, rather than posting the question again. Each week I’ll recored a response to the most popular question(s) based on your votes!
Look forward to seeing your questions!
The awareness of the role of our resident microbes just seems to be exploding. I’ve recently learned that the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City has just opened an exhibit called The Secret World Inside You that is dedicated to the incredibly important role the vast array of microbes (the microbiome) living within each and every one of us plays in our health.
The focus of the exhibit seems to be dedicated to the notion that we are each an actual interdependent “ecosystem.” This is certainly a new way of thinking about the human body.
The descriptions of the exhibit indicate that it is quite revealing in terms of correlating the human microbiome with things like immune function, detoxification, and regulating metabolism, using animations and other visual presentations. Can’t wait!
On June 18, I had a chance to visit with my good friend Dr. Dale Bredesen at the Buck Institute for Age Research in Novato, California. I was in town to attend a special event for Brain Maker put on by the Buck Institute, where Dr. Bredesen and I lectured on the microbiome and its relationship to brain health.
I’m happy to report that not only was there a person in every seat in the room, but that the Buck Institute went so far as to livestream the event so that a recording would be made available for those who could not attend. Enjoy.
On the day we launched Brain Maker, I thought it would be fun to get to speak to you all in real-time and be able to answer some of your questions on the book, the microbiome, gut health, and more. Utilizing the tool Periscope, we were able to having a dynamic discussion on a number of topics, but important to me is that these were the topics you all wanted to know about. We saw lots of questions on subjects such as probiotics, coffee/wine consumption and C. diff.
You can watch the recording of my Periscope here now, and I encourage you to leave your thoughts. Should we do this again?
Ahead of the release of Brain Maker, there’s an important question I want to answer: why did I write this book?
We are not alone.
Even within the confines of the human body, each of us is colonized by more than 100 trillion microbes with whom we live symbiotically. While we provide an environment that allows these organisms to flourish, they in turn interface with all manner of our physiology, regulating fundamental processes like immunity, metabolism, inflammation, the production of vitamins and neurotransmitters and even the expression of our DNA.
Scientific exploration of these microbes, known collectively as the human microbiome, is now revealing fascinating relationships between, for example, the diversity and types of bacteria living within the gut and a vast array of disease conditions, including diabetes (both type 1 and 2), obesity, allergy, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, anxiety, depression, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, coronary artery disease, inflammatory bowel disorders, celiac disease, skin disorders, and many, many others.
The empowering part of this emerging science is the story told by Brain Maker. For it is in these pages that you will learn how simple lifestyle changes, from food choices to use of antibiotics to even birth method selection, have a profound effect upon gut bacteria, and as such, will dramatically affect your health destiny – for the better.
I am extremely honored and delighted to have had the opportunity to be interviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD for the first video interview on Synthesis. In this interview, Dr. Bland and I explore a functional medicine approach to both preservation of brain health as well as enhancement of function.
I strongly recommend that you consider subscribing to Functional Medicine Update which is published monthly and is clearly the best way to stay current in terms of advances in functional and integrative medicine.
Just last week, I had the pleasure of joining Kelly Ripa and guest host Anderson Cooper on LIVE with Kelly & Michael to talk about Grain Brain. While my segment was short, I like to think it was packed with actionable information that you can use to help eat your way to a better brain. Remember, go gluten-free, and low-carb, and load up on healthy fats, and you’ll be well on your road to a healthier tomorrow.
Years ago, if someone would have suggested that I would someday write a cookbook, I would have scoffed at the notion. After all, my training in neurology focused on identifying diseases and utilizing pharmaceutical interventions in hopes of improving a patient’s health.
In fact, in my early years of practicing neurology, this is pretty much what I did. Nevertheless, I always found myself to be a little bit out of step with my peers in terms of how we approached patient care. Ultimately, I became extremely frustrated by this somewhat myopic approach, focusing almost exclusively on treating symptoms, while the cause of various diseases we were trying to treat remained off-limits to discussion, and even exploration.
The brain remained the last bastion of the dogma that lifestyle issues don’t matter when it comes to health. Over the past several decades the idea of a “heart smart diet” became very mainstream. Women were told to eat calcium rich foods as a way to stave off osteoporosis. But until very recently, brain health and brain diseases were not included in the lifestyle conversation. Continue reading