Dr. Perlmutter’s Periscope Q&A

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?

  • Patsy

    Dr Perlmutter is showing us all how to live a long, healthy, happy life!!! Our healthy off-spring will thank him for generations !!!!!

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you so much for those kind words Patsy.

  • Ri

    wow you look very sharp Dr Perlmutter ! 🙂 Thanks for sharing:)

  • Ri

    I have a question if you could please offer some advice Dr Perlmutter! My beloved mother had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance on the weekend as she was in a great deal of pain and discomfort. It turns out she had an obstruction in her bowels. She was moaning and groaning the whole time in so much pain and seeing my mother like that made me so worried and sad. They gave her morphine for relief as well as something for heart burn and nausea. My mother has had a previous hernia from years back in her stomach area which is why she has a large stomach and also has a lot of scar tissue so she is NOT a good candidate for surgery as she could bleed out. Thank God after a few days of a fluid diet the issue resolved itself and my mom could be sent home without requiring surgery. She is diabetic and has high blood pressure and I really do worry about her and she is terrified that this will happen again! The doctors gave her no reason or explanation for this and said food choices had nothing to do with it and this just happens to people whether or not they’ve had previous surgeries. Dr Perlmutter if you could please offer some advice that I could pass along to my mother for what foods she could be eating or should avoid I would greatly appreciate that as conventional doctors never seem to have any answers for anything! these things “just happen” but I believe we have a lot more control over our health than medical practitioners lead us to believe. I don’t want to see her in the hospital in that much pain again-she’s all I have:(

  • I’ve been reading the book and loving all the information

    • David Perlmutter

      Good to know you are enjoying!

  • Bill Hutchins

    Great discussion
    Please do this monthly at least!

    • RiRi Ray

      yes I agree!!

  • Piter Nortug

    this is not a joke, but a question: according to what you say about vaginal bacteria, having oral sex is it a good thing for gut flora?

    • ,,,

      I was wondering about this too because as a woman prone to bacterial vaginosis (very frustrating don’t know the cause and have to constantly take antibiotics which I hate) I wondered if this would be good or bad for the gut flora as well..

  • Rochelle

    Excellent! Yes, you should do it again. Thank you.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you for the feedback!

  • Ahnalira Koan

    Great discussion! Please do it again and again 😀

  • Mary J

    Doc, you are the best. I have both books and appreciate them thoroughly. You are so generous with your time and knowledge and obviously love what you do. Please continue these Q and A’s, I never tire of your words of wisdom.

    • David Perlmutter

      Would love to do another one soon Mary.

  • Anna

    What probiotic product and turmeric product do you recommend?

  • catalinda8

    Dr. P, what do you think of pterostilbene? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21982274

  • Dorothy smith

    This was a terrific session. SO informative and with detail. I hope there are more. I have MS and have already implemented most of the important dietary elements you recommend. Thank you ( UK).

    • David Perlmutter

      Have you looked into the work of Dr. Terry Wahls Dorothy?

  • Joy

    This is most helpful in terms of content – one suggestion for the future is to make the questions louder – I had trouble hearing them and either the person reading them needs a better mic, or Dr. P could repeat them. Please? Thank you!

    • David Perlmutter

      Have heard that from a few individuals. Thanks for the feedback.

  • Kathy

    Really enjoyable and informative talk. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for sharing your knowledge and wisdom to help us all feel better. You’re so awesome! Much love.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thank you Kathy!

  • Marie

    Loved the discussion. Do you have any suggestions for my granddaughter(12yr) who has psorisis. It is primarily on her back and front chest and stomach? Are there any herbs or supplements you can suggest. Thank you

  • mrjcleaver

    Hi David – What about soil-based probiotics, in particular bacillus subtilis, known as the organism in natto that populates the gut with Vitamin K2-making capability? Are countries where k2 intake is low positively correlated with osteoporosis? Are the neurological effects of a diet rich in K2 known and what are they? (K2, Weston-Price’s Activator X) is said to be the determinator for whether dietary calcium helps build bone instead of causing hardening of soft tissue such as arteries.

  • Ann

    Thank you! Very helpful!

  • Barbro

    What about coffee and its bad influence on adrenals/adrenal fatigue?

  • pam macdonald

    I hope you can address this question regarding coffee. There is a new flour made out of coffee bean husks that is being highly touted for nutritional benefits. Do you have any opinions if using this gf flour would keep in line with drinking coffee?

  • irene

    Are sugar alcohols like erythritol harmful to the gut biome

    • Brigid Skelton

      From what I’ve read, no. In fact Swerve (erythritol with oligosaccharides) actually has a pre-biotic effect. Watch out for ones that contain maltitol though, as those avoiding grains will not want that.

  • Lynette

    Yes yes yes. Please keep this information coming. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and research so generously.

    • David Perlmutter

      Will try to continue doing events like these when I can!

  • Mary

    Thank you Dr. Perlmutter. Couldn’t hear the questions very well. Could you repeat them next time ???

    • David Perlmutter

      Will absolutely find a way to change that next time.

  • Jneen

    Hard to hear the questions. A simple adjustment for these discussions, yes?!

    • David Perlmutter

      Thanks for the feedback. We’ll look into this next time.

  • Andres

    any thoughts on the fact that wine has ochratoxin A and unlisted types of yeast.

  • Linda Law

    It’s 05/18/15, 12:54 am. I just caught this wonderful Q&A with Dr. Perlmutter by receiving an email about it – so I was not able to send in questions. Thank you for your clarity in addressing these tremendously important brain/gut health issues.

    In answer to your question “is this helpful & would future telescope Q&As help?” ANSWER: YES! DEFINITELY!

    Even if I was unaware you were doing this, taping & emailing it to me gives me a resource to share with family & friends plus refer back to.

    GREAT JOB! Much success to you & others working to improve our health. Thank you!

  • Eddie Richards

    Thumbs up from me in the UK for these Q and A sessions, please do more, and thanks for the books, they are great

  • Richard Pirovano

    Does chlorine in our tap water kill the good bacteria in our gut?

  • Richard Pirovano

    I’ve been dealing with depression for 20 years. I’m taking Zoloft 100mg. and following your diet of high good fats, no gluten and very low carbs. How do I know when I can wean myself off my medication?

  • Larry B.

    Fasano (whom Dr. P. has quoted in the past) has recently written a book claiming that there is no reason for the majority of people (who are not Celiac nor gluten sensitive) to avoid gluten – please comment

  • Philip Domenico, PhD

    Only black & white (Holstein) cows have toxic casein. Buy A2 dairy from brown cows, which do not have this allergy issue. An example of toxin-free fairy is Trimona yogurt, which is a grass-fed, organic, full-fat, sugar-free, rich, fermented dairy product made from brown cows: https://thescienceofnutritiondotnet.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/health-benefits-of-bulgarian-yogurt/

  • Pete Pinkerton

    Please increase volume of off camera questions.. they are hard to understand which reduces the effectiveness of the answers if one couldn’t hear the question clearly.. Thanks

  • Tsipora Baer

    Why is it okay to eat chumus, which is made from chickpeas, but not good to eat chickpeas?

    Why is if okay to eat fermented soybeans (tempeh,) but not under enter soybeans?

    • Tsipora Baer

      I meant to say that unfermented soybeans are not recommended, but tempeh is.

  • Robyn

    Is it possible that a side effect of introducing probiotics and prebiotics into my diet is making me tired?

  • Janice Montana

    Countries like France and Italy love their bread and pasta.Why do they not have the suffer from the same issues as we do in the U.S>

  • Ri

    im not done reading the book yet but does anyone know if its ok to give children probiotic supplements daily? and what other supplements should children take daily ? I don’t have any yet but im very interested in children’s health and nutrition in their development. thanks

  • Nina Vikse

    My husband is reading Brain Maker and thinks it is an amazing book. We were wondering what you think of the supplement Diatomaceous Earth 84% Silica.

  • sheila dipprey

    I cleaned up my gut and Parkinsons symptoms have dramatically improved. Thank you. What do you think about hydrochloric acid drops 5% as a viable gut normalizer? Seems to help keep me cleaned out.

  • Stacey Marchione

    Dr. Perlmutter, I just want to thank for the profound improvement in my son Anthony’s health and well being. Your research and passion have changed our whole family’s life, he is thriving even with only 1/2 heart! Please continue these sessions, we are 2 of your biggest fans.

  • Marie

    Love you Dr Perlmutter. You have helped my husband and I with our diabetes so much ( more than any one) with your excellent book Grain Brain. In your next periscope interview could you please address how to get off ppi’s and avoid esophageal cancer. It’s so hard to stop this med without burning up your esophagus even when the diet you prescribe does help. Thank you

  • Charlotte Rogers

    Doctor Perlmutter. You recommend taking a probiotic supplement in the morning on an empty stomach. My question is how soon can i have my morning coffee after taking a probiotic ? Normally i have couple cups of coffee an hour before breakfast. I have your new book but i couldn’t find any answers to my inquiry.

  • Kathie Heard

    Thank you so much for this interview! Very helpful for me to fine tune your protocol for my husband. He is improving. Question: C-Reactive protein is a marker for inflammation. On my husband’s second set of tests (3.5 mos after first set and starting Grain Brain protocol) his C Reactive came in <.3, same as the first set. Seems odd. Any other test to look at inflammation?

  • Cathy devlin

    I loved your talk – got some great advice to complement your books. I want to start adding probiotics into my diet (already on probiotics and all the supplements you recommend in GB) but I also mal absorb fructose and almost all the prebiotic foods seem to be high in fructose – any you’d recommend?

  • Cathy devlin

    What PREbiotics would you recommend for people who mal absorb fructose? Most of them seem to be high in fructose ( garlic, onion, insulin, artichokes etc) Many thanks, Cathy

  • Craig Oliver

    What about caffeine’s affect on the adrenal glands?

  • Elizabeth Bartlett

    Dr. P – I just read about something called “Arctic Ruby Oil” made from Calanus. What do you know about this oil? The producers claim it reduces visceral fat, among other things.

  • Julie

    Dr Perlmutter I absolutely love you for what you are doing to help us. Thank you. I have all your books and recently bought One Spirit Medicine and to my surprise you were in there as well. Thank u for all u do.

  • Brenda Durant

    I loved this question and answer session and would like to hear many more

  • Pamela Rosalynde

    Dr P My partner, already a diabetic, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s just over a month ago, from which time we have revolutionised our eating, a whole hearted thanks to you, AND already we are seeing great changes.
    We have a locally produced liquid probiotic, made here in Queensland Australia, made from12 to 14 different types of lactobacillus friendly bacteria as well as different forms of beneficial yeast. This particular liquid probiotic is made from malt, oats,maize, rice, alfalfa seed, barley. linseed, mung beans, rye grain, wheat, millet, buckwheat, filtered water and is Naturally Fermented. I’m uncertain and here is where I need educating please…. does the fermentation process take out any gluten from these grains? Or would it be advisable to find an alternate probiotic? Thank you.
    We also have a Grains and Greens powder made by the same manufacturer, this also contains lactobacillus cultures, fermented barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa grass and a wide selection of fermented whole grains and whey protein, Spirulina grains. Again is this a suitable product please?

  • fernwoods

    Thanks, this was great, please do more Q and A. How can we ask questions? I want to know if nuts need to be soaked and dehydrated to remove enzyme inhibitors on their surface.

  • Peggy Robertson

    Thank you so much for this video, Dr. Perlmutter. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Maria Gomez

    What are my options if I am vegan?
    What kind of supplements do I have to take?

  • Ann

    I live in the U.K. Can u help me by giving me info of websites were I can buy supplements? The health food shop here is rubbish, and have order some only to find they are full of maltodextrin. Its cost me loads and now I cant even take these supplements I bought because of this filler which is in many of there products sold there. I even phoned their nutritionist and he failed to tell me of this ingredient in them before I ordered. I need Dairy, wheat &Gluten free without Maltodextrin. Plz help!!

  • susanmarjorie

    A question about Lactobacillus brevis: you mention it increases killer T cell activity; could this be a problem with autoimmunity? Do you have any recommendations for increasing T regs instead?

  • Joe

    Great information!
    Please do it again and again.
    Thanks so much.

  • Connie C.

    Dr. P, what do you say about dehydrating fruits/veggies. Is this, too, a no-no, “processed” food? I have very little freezer space and “canning” (I feel) cooks the life out of them. Suggestions appreciated.


  • Jo l

    Is it important that Probiotic Capsule s
    Be enteric
    Coated, so they are not dissolved by the gastric acid in the stomach and are
    Dissolved in the small intestine for better absorption .

  • Christine E. Kneisley

    I would like to know how you treat Picks Disease?

  • Stella

    We are looking for a water filter to take out most of chlorine in our drinking water. Our Refrigerator and water softener both remove some chlorine. Is it necessary to take out all? Any suggestions?
    Oh, we gave your Brain Maker book to my husbands Brother and his Daughter. Great information. Thanks

  • Chris

    Dr. Perlmutter , I took probiotics three weeks ago, I had fever for two days, Then diarrhea for three days, My stool is still very soft and watery, and the color is light brown,/ tan as opposed to dark brown before. I took pepto, to control the diarrhea. I am making an appointment with my doctor. Any special test or advice to give my doctor?

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