It’s great to hear about the success that Danielle, a patient of mine, has had, and I look forward to hearing about the results from her upcoming race. – Dr. Perlmutter
I am a 44 year old woman who has Multiple Sclerosis. I am also a lifelong endurance athlete, having competed in events ranging from ultra marathons to Ironman triathlons. There is no question in my mind that the high-fat, low carb diet that Dr. Perlmutter has placed me on has improved my health tremendously.
For as long as I can remember, I have suffered from stomach aches and wrapping pain around my midsection. I endured years of emergency room and gastroenterology visits/tests before receiving a diagnosis of MS. My doctor at that time encouraged me to take the disease-modifying medications, but I was repelled by the side effects of these meds and began to research alternative therapies. A friend suggested that I see Dr. Perlmutter and I will forever be thankful for that recommendation.
Dr Perlmutter placed me on a high-fat, low-carb diet, like the one identified in Grain Brain, and revamped my arsenal of supplements. Within a week I was feeling amazing and the stomach aches and pain around my midsection had disappeared. Additionally, I have more energy, and my joints feel more lubricated (even the tendinitis/bursitis that has long affected my right knee has disappeared).
As an endurance athlete, the freedom from relying primarily on glucose as fuel has been tremendous. After a brief period of adaptation (about two months in my case), I have trained my body to use fat for fuel rather than glucose. I can now go out and run for hours (at around 70% of maximum heart rate) with only a bottle of water and without the numerous gels that I used to ingest.
Last year I completed a six-day, 156-mile race across the Sahara Desert. The race required self-sufficiency, so I had to run with a pack containing everything that I needed for survival over the six days (except water, which was distributed about every 8 miles). At that time, I was a carb junkie and my pack was filled with sugary gels and snacks. As the intense heat, rough terrain and successive daily efforts broke my body down though, I became nauseated by sugar and dreamed of bacon dripping with grease. This is absolute confirmation to me that my body craves and prefers to run on fat!
I am excited to return to that race again this year armed with the knowledge that Dr. Perlmutter has given to me. This year my pack will contain nuts, grass-fed beef jerky and packets of coconut oil. A lighter pack translates to an easier and hopefully faster race.
Thanks Dr. Perlmutter!