Oct 132013

Grain Brain.
David Perlmutter.
Google Books

When looking for my next audiobook on the New York Times Best Seller list I saw this title on the ‘Dining’ category (whatever that is). Besides the clever title, I was to surprised to see the term ‘low-carb/high-fat’ used in the book’s description.

The author’s credibility appears pretty substantial, being not only a board-certified, practicing neurologist but also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. I look forward to hearing what the he has to say.

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  • Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD
  • Connection: Obesity in America, ADHD in Kids, and Dementia in Seniors

  • Book Info

    Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
    by David Perlmutter
    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    Published: 09/17/2013
    ISBN-10: 031623480X
    ISBN-13: 978-0316234801
    Started: 10/13/2013
    Finished: 11/17/2013
    Source: Amazon.com
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis

    The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.

    Author Info
    David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. Dr. Perlmutter is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, the University of Arizona, Scripps Institute, and Harvard University. He has contributed extensively to the world medical literature with publications appearing in The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology. He is the author of: The Better Brain Book and New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated radio and television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, Dr. Oz, and The CBS Early Show. In 2002 Dr. Perlmutter was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders and in addition was awarded the Denham Harmon Award for his pioneering work in the application of free radical science to clinical medicine. He is the recipient of the 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award. Dr. Perlmutter serves as Medical Advisor for The Dr. Oz Show.

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    Oct 092012

    Wheat Belly.
    William Davis.
    Google Books

    On August 12th, 2012, nearly a year after being published and having popped on to the top-ten list 16 times, Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis finally made it to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list under the Hard Cover Advice & Miscellaneous category. Except for one week as #2 it has remained at the top spot for the last 3 months. The contrarian Wheat Belly message, that eating “healthy whole grains” is ineffective, fattening, and downright destructive, appears to be growing.

    Book Info

    Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
    by William Davis
    Publisher: Rodale
    Published: 08/30/2011
    ISBN-10: 1609611543
    ISBN-13: 978-1609611545
    Started: 10/07/2012
    Finished: 10/31/2012
    Source: Amazon
    Reason: I decided to read this book because it was mentioned frequently on the numerous Low-Carb websites and podcasts.
    Format: Hardback

    Publisher Synopsis

    A provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems–from acne to diabetes and serious digestive disorders.

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic–it is wheat. How this once-benign grain–now genetically modified almost beyond recognition and found in virtually every course of every meal–has come to have such a profound and deleterious effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation.

    In Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet and the agricultural evolutions that have created a hybrid grain that has a greater impact on blood sugar levels than pure cane sugar and many of the addictive characteristics of a narcotic. He sheds light on wheat’s connection to weight gain as well as to a host of other adverse effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurologic disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia.

    Finally, to help listeners dependent on wheat products make the move to a wheat-free diet, he presents a clear-cut action plan packed with food and lifestyle tips, meal plans, and recipes.

    Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving good-bye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at a familiar food as well as an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds.

    Author Info
    William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the TrackYourPlaque.com program. He lives in Wisconsin.