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.
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Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Bredesen at The Buck Institute
Why I Wrote Brain Maker
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
Tomorrow (Thursday, May 8th) on the Dr. Oz Show, I’ll be discussing the very real threat that gluten poses to brain health and function. I’m actually going to bring along a patient whose life was pretty much destroyed by a devastating movement disorder that involved her face. Tune in to watch what happened to her when she went gluten-free!
Gluten induces inflammation, and this may well be happening in all humans! Inflammation is a pivotal mechanism involved in all brain degenerative disorders. I’ll demonstrate exactly how this happens, so tune in. Should be very instructive.
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Between the continued press for Grain Brain, ongoing regional media appearances and the momentum of my public TV special BRAINCHANGE, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to share the lessons of Grain Brain with an ever-expanding audience. Many of you who are regular readers of my blog have tuned in for those appearances, and for that I thank you. That’s why I wanted to let you know about an exciting interview I have coming up tomorrow.
Tomorrow, Friday, I’ll be a guest on FOX News’ morning show Fox & Friends. I’m excited to sit down and chat Grain Brain with the shows anchors, especially on a Friday. Hopefully, those who tune in will become curious about how diet impacts brain health, and will use the opportunity (and the weekend) to pick up a copy of Grain Brain and start making some changes. I’m on quite early, 6:45AM ET, so if you plan to tune in, be sure to set that alarm, your brain will thank you. I bet it would like a cup of coffee while you tune in as well.
I’ll be live on The Herman Cain Show this morning at 11:30AM. I’m looking forward to another great conversation with my friend Neal Boortz – I hope you can join me for this program. Listen live online here.
I am very excited to announce that my public television special BrainChange is currently airing across the country. Over the next two weeks, check our page and your local listings to find when you can catch this valuable information.
You can make changes in your lifestyle today that will have a profound impact on how your brain will be working tomorrow. I hope you can join me.
I was lucky enough to chat with Alan Taylor, the award-winning host of Popular Science Radio earlier today about some of the science I’ve been promoting in Grain Brain. The segment airs tomorrow, and you can listen live online here at 3PM EST. We had a great conversation and I hope you can join me.