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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

Thanks for Hanging Out

Thanks for Hanging Out

As some of you may know, I was recently on Fox & Friends Weekend to talk Grain Brain. After a great appearance Clayton Morris, one of the show’s hosts, reached out to me because he is a big fan of Grain Brain. He thought it would be great for us to continue our conversation, and to take it to the web, where we could allow all of you to participate with us.

So, we took to Google+ for an hour-long conversation about the finer points of the argument I put forth in Grain Brain, taking time to answers questions submitted by those of you who tuned in to join us. I had a great time doing this, and I always appreciate an opportunity to interact directly with all of you. After this success, I’ll be sure to do another one soon!


Embrace the Changing Message

Over the past 15 years I have written several books including LifeGuide, BrainRecovery, The Better Brain Book, Raise a Smarter Child By Kindergarten, Power Up Your Brain, and now Grain Brain – The Surprising Truth About Wheat Carbs and Sugar, Your Brain’s Silent Killers.

Without question, the key dietary messaging over the years that I have put forth has clearly changed, and with good reason. Science is dynamic. And my mission is to remain at the leading edge of science and bring the very best and most current knowledge to public awareness.

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Stories of Success

As you know, I’m building a comprehensive collection of stories from members of our community about how going gluten-free and grain-free has improved their overall health and well-being. If you’ve taken a look at this section on my website, you’ve probably already seen some of these very meaningful stories. There are incredible accounts of individuals who have taken back control of their bodies and have reversed the damage done by years of poor dietary and lifestyle choices

Please share your success story with our community and me. You can e-mail it to, and we’ll feature it here on our website. We are building a robust resource for everyone.


Sharing Grain Brain

Between Facebook, Twitter, this blog and email, I hear from many of you who tell me you’re sharing Grain Brain, and its message, with family, friends, and just about anyone who will listen. Knowing that all of you feel as passionately about this cause as I do is simply amazing to learn, and I hope we can have a network effect that reaches far and wide.

However, just as many of you tell me about the pushback you experience from “fatphobics and carboholics” who simply tune you out once you start discussing our nutritional plan for optimal brain health and fighting brain illnesses. I’m interested to hear what some of their counter-arguments are. How do you respond? Perhaps I can offer some information that would help support your positions.

Underground Wellness with Sean Croxton

Underground Wellness with Sean Croxton

A few days ago I was asked to be a guest on the Underground Wellness podcast, hosted by Sean Croxton. It was great to see Sean’s enthusiasm for Grain Brain, and I was also glad we were able to take a whole host of listener questions. From discussing how the Grain Brain diet can benefit kids to providing an understanding of the nuances of the Grain Brain lifestyle, I thought we were able to have a productive and valuable discussion. Take a listen.

Doctor David Perlmutter on the Dr. Oz Show

Dr. Perlmutter and Grain Brain on Dr. Oz

Grain Brain Book Cover

As many of you know, yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with my good friend Dr. Oz discussing my new book, Grain Brain, and the role of diet in determining brain health. For starters, welcome to all who are joining me for the first time. I hope you’ll take some time to read Grain Brain and participate in the dialogue that takes place on my website and on my Facebook page.

While there were many interesting and important ideas we could have discussed, we focused on the primary and detrimental role of dietary choices favoring carbohydrates as actually proving toxic to brain health. Dr. Oz and I mentioned how Grain Brain is really focused on emphasizing the importance of adding back healthy fats to the diet as a means to achieve a healthy brain. Indeed, as I discussed, these dietary choices may well have a significant role in actually reducing risk for such devastating issues as Alzheimer’s disease.

Providing a visual of those foods that are and are not Grain Brain-friendly proved an incredibly helpful way for people to visualize our message. And we’ve really seen a nice response from that portion of the segment. Don’t let our small table of vegetables and fruits scare you! In addition to all the healthy fats and proteins we laid out, there are still plenty of healthy low-sugar fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet (think spinach, kale, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, tomato, squash, and blueberries among others).

Dr. Oz and I then spend some time on “the table of happy” where we talk about the ideal sources of brain healthy fats that should comprise a large portion of our diets. These include olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and grass-fed and free-range meats. Click here for a more comprehensive list of foods that you should be eating every day!

If you missed the segment yesterday, you can visit Dr. Oz’s website for clips.

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Join Me on Dr. Oz this Monday, October 21!

As the momentum around Grain Brain continues to build, I’d like to invite you to join me for my appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” this Monday, October 21. Join Dr. Oz and me as we discuss the central tenants of Grain Brain, and how you can adjust your diet and daily routines to work towards better brain health. We’ll look at some of the key dos and don’ts of the Grain Brain diet, and I’ll provide some simple tips to help you start making healthier changes by dinner.

To find out when and where the program will be airing in your area, visit Dr. Oz’s website.


One Month Grain- and Gluten-Free!

Today marks one month since the launch of Grain Brain. Not sure if it seems like just yesterday or forever ago, because everything that has happened since has been such a whirlwind. To all of you who have been a part of this journey, thank you. However, now I want to hear from you! How has Grain Brain changed you? What have you learned? What changes have you begun to make? Share in the comments below or send us a testimonial to if you would like to share your story!


The World’s Leading Gluten Sensitivity Experts at The Gluten Summit: Registration is Open!

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.

For more information, order your copy of Grain Brain today and join Dr. Perlmutter’s email list.


The Grain Farmer’s Perspective

Last week I got an email from a wheat farmer in South Dakota. He had read Grain Brain and mentioned he learned a lot by doing so. In the interest of furthering his knowledge, he wanted to know what message I had for grain farmers. If he was to quit producing grain and wheat, he wanted to know what farmers who want to produce products that are healthy for consumers should be doing, both to produce something that can “feed the world,” and make a sustainable business for them. I was very excited to hear from him, and think it’s a fascinating topic, so I’m sharing our exchange with all of you.

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