Monica D.

I only adapted a low-carb, high-fat, gluten-free lifestyle a couple of weeks ago, and I already feel incredible! I cut out all gluten, wheat and sugar from my life, and have started taking a robust supplement regimen. Not only do I feel great, I even lost a couple of pounds!

I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 13 years old, diagnosed with ADD when I was 14 and at 21, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Recently I went to the doctor because I’ve been having migraines and feeling dizzy after my workouts. My blood test showed my cholesterol levels were low and my sugar levels high. However, all my doctor recommended was to stop exercising.

Despite being diagnosed with epilepsy, ADD, and polycystic ovary syndrome, I feel great! I have energy, no migraines, no dizziness and I even got my period back! I am even able to concentrate better on work!

-Monica D.

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Probiotic Prevents ADHD and Autism

Right now in America more than 6 million children carry a diagnosis of ADHD. I think it is fair to say that autism has become an epidemic when you consider that, today, as many as 1 in 40 male births will ultimately be diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum.

So aside from hoping that effective treatments will be developed, there’s no question that we have to wonder what may be causing these issues, and if that can be determined, what can be done to fix the problem. One thing that has been clearly supported in research is a relationship between what goes on in the gut and the development of neuropsychiatric disorders like these mentioned here. Bowel issues are common in ADHD and are seen almost universally in autistic children.

Certainly, front and center in research these days is the understanding that the gut bacteria, part of the human microbiome, plays a huge role in terms of brain health and function. As such, researchers in Finland decided to explore the possibility that changing the microbiome might be associated with a reduced risk for both ADHD and autism. Continue reading

Scientists Question Safety of ADHD Drugs

Currently in America about 6.5 million children have been given the diagnosis of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for which pharmacotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. In fact, about two thirds of those children with this diagnosis are currently taking medication.

Obviously, parents who ultimately choose to medicate their children assume that prior to allowing these medications to become available for prescription they have been studied extensively. After all, parents should certainly have a high level of confidence in the safety of these drugs.

But in this study published by researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and several other institutions raises some important concerns about how these drugs were tested to validate their safety. The study, published in the journal, PLOS ONE in July of this year looked at all currently available ADHD medications that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and specifically evaluated the clinical trials performed by the sponsor that the FDA used to evaluate each drug’s efficacy as well as safety. Continue reading

April B.

I found Grain Brain at my local Costco and found that I could really relate my experiences with food with what you were describing. I had very strong cravings to eat all the time, and had known that when I would cut bread/sandwiches out of my diet, I lost those same cravings. Your book defined things for me in such a way that I could grasp what had been happening in my body for many years.  I knew that my fasting glucose had been rising over the last few years and during my marriage year my family physician had prescribed Crestor for my whopping high cholesterol.  My late mother also had been diagnosed with high cholesterol about the same age and had been put on cholesterol lowering medication.  She died at age 78 with no stents or surgeries on her heart, but with Alzheimer’s.  More than anything I did not want to end up with Alzheimer’s…I have to die somehow but not with that please!

After reading your book I went off my Crestor, because it all made so much sense to me!  I already had an appointment in 3 months time to have my fasting glucose and my cholesterol retested.  In the meantime I very much reduced my sugar intake. From a dietary perspective, I drank no juice, had no candy and gave up desserts and did no baking. I would eat an egg or 2 each day, have cheese and meats, eat asparagus, green beens and juice green vegetables with lemon, ginger and an apple. I am not able to do this perfectly but I knew I was doing pretty well, with NO CRAVINGS. I lost weight fairly rapidly, and have now lost a total of 30 pounds as of February 2014. My doctor is happy about that. My triglycerides are only .90 mmol/L so this has encouraged me also. I did convince my doctor to give me the C-reactive protein test and it has come back low. I am more encouraged to stay on this new regimen and leave the Crestor alone. 

I doubt that I am gluten sensitive although 2 of my 3 sons are, with 1 of them having also having leaky gut. Both of these young men were diagnosed with ADD before high school. There is a history of food intolerances and behavior issues in their father’s family, and I feel that is where this is where these issues come from. Continue reading

Claudio V.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s ten years ago. My disease brought me to several doctors, including four endocrinologists in three different countries. They were all focused on getting my TSH in an acceptable range using levothyroxine. I was told that once this was achieved I would feel “normal” once again. Boy, that was not the case at all!

The recommended dosage resulted in lethargy, depression, memory deterioration, attention deficit and a reduction in balance. All perceived it as a thyroid problem, not autoimmune. None of these doctors truly knew anything about the cause or triggers.

In time, I worked with a physician to manage my medications at a more appropriate dosage, but was still falling short of feeling how I wanted. It was a chance encounter with the BRAINCHANGE special on my local PBS that brought me to Dr. Perlmutter. Now on his low-carb, no-gluten, regimen, I feel 100% again. I’ve experienced no heart fibrillations, and I feel my bones doing better.

-Claudio V.

DHA Supplementation during pregnancy, nursing

Why Breastfeeding Mothers Should Take DHA

It is estimated that in America today more than 6 million of our school-aged children have been given a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder. What’s even more disturbing is the revelation that close to 70% of these children are taking potentially dangerous, mind-altering medications to help them pay attention.

As it turns out, research shows that if mothers take even a low dosage of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA during the first few months of breastfeeding, there is a significant increase in the ability of their children to pay attention when they are examined as they enter school. Research shows that when children receive breast milk from mothers who were taking a single, 200mg capsule of DHA, attention scores were much better when compared to the children of non-supplemented mothers when attention tests were administered at age 5 years. Other studies have clearly confirmed that the level of DHA in breast milk increases as much as 2-fold following mother’s supplementation.

These findings lend further support for the understanding that supplementation of DHA is important not just during pregnancy, but while nursing as well.

Matthew B.

This is a great story from Matthew. It’s theme is very similar to an article I had published on MindBodyGreen. – Dr. Perlmutter

My whole life, my diet has been chock full of sweets, grains, and a wealth of processed junks foods. This year though, I read Grain Brain. I changed my ways and lost more than 30 lbs. in just the 2-3 months that I have changed my ways.

Growing up, I was diagnosed with learning disabilities in elementary school, which in high school became ADD/ADHD. I was also prescribed a wealth of medications for anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. These were a part of my daily routine for years, but everything has changed since I made changes to my lifestyle. My ailments have disappeared. almost instantly. Without processed junk foods, gluten and grains, my memory and focus have improved drastically, and I can absorb information with great ease. I truly believe that it was Grain Brain that made these changes possible, and changed my life for the better.

-Matthew B.