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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, ground-breaking book about the dangers of grains and a high carb diet, 23 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers (Hardcover)
This is an important book, almost on a par with Uffe Ravnskov's and Malcolm Kendrick's books on the cholesterol myth, and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's books, the one refuting the diet-heart hypothesis and the other on "gut and psychology syndrome". The author is telling us that if we continue to eat as we are doing - living on a diet of grains and carbohydrates, we will destroy our brain and develop Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Or we may develop diabetes (because of the carbohyrates), which in itself doubles the risk of Alzheimer's.

We need to get rid of our bread and exchange it with butter and eggs. Saturated fats and high cholesterol are not the problem. We need to adopt a high-fat diet, including saturated fats. The author explains how our food choices can bring inflammation under control by changing the expression of our genes.

The two biggest myths are 1) a low-fat, high carb diet is good and 2) cholesterol is bad.

It turns out that many of us, though not suffering from celiac disease, are in fact gluten-sensitive. The author is of the opinion that this "represents the greatest and most under-recognized threat to humanity". Gluten triggers "not just dementia but epilepsy, headache, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD and even decreased libido". Gluten, and a high-carbohydrate diet, for that matter, stimulates "inflammatory pathways that reach the brain".

Cholesterol, far from being the villain of the piece, is one of the most important players in maintaining brain health and function. "Study after study shows that high cholesterol reduces your risk for brain disease and increases longevity." High levels of dietary fat have been proven to be the key to health and peak brain function.

As also pointed out in the afore-mentioned books, statins are death-bringing, since they reduce your cholesterol level, and cholesterol, also LDL, the fallaciously termed "bad" cholesterol, is a critical brain nutrient, essential for the function of neurons, and plays a fundamental role as a building block of the cell membrane.

Chapter 2 of the book is devoted to gluten's role in brain inflammation. Many people with debilitating symptoms such as migraine, bipolar disorder, uncontrollable shaking, and so on, experience great relief when eliminating gluten from their diet. The author considers gluten a modern poison.

We now know that we can grow new neurons throughout our life. Something called BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) plays a key role in creating new neurons and protecting existing neurons. Calorie restriction is an epigenetic factor that turns on the gene for BDNF production. Also physical exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, targets the BDNF gene, reverses memory decline in the elderly and increases growth of new brain cells in the brain's memory centre.

The consumption of ketones, found in coconut oil, gives significant improvement in cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients (see the books of Bruce Fife). Ketosis (acquiring energy from our fat cells), instead of the process whereby we acquire it from the carbohydrates and protein we eat, is a healthful condition.

There is much valuable information in this book - life-saving information, if you follow Dr. Perlmutter's advice, that is. We are told of the power of fasting, and what fasting and ketogenic diets have in common. We are advised to take DHA capsules (DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid), reservatrol, turmeric, probiotics, coconut oil, alpha-lipoic acid and Vitamin D.

The final chapters are devoted to "A new way of life, The Four-Week Plan of Action". The focus is on food, exercise and sleep. We are provided with meal plans and recipes.

My only reservation is the author's apparent ignorance about the dangers of microwave ovens. He also recommends that we eat canned tomatoes, whereas the illustrious Dr. Mercola (my hero) warns us to stay well clear of these, since the acidity in tomatoes can provoke leaching of the harmful BPA (biphenol-A) in the lining of the can into the food.

But, notwithstanding, to sum up, I would highly recommend that you read this well-written, highly informative, ground-breaking book. The information it contains is basic, essential and perhaps live-saving.
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2015 21:29:53 BDT
Actually there is not much in that book that we don't already know. It is a bit far fetched. For myself I have stopped eating any grain products, rise, beans, pastas etc already one year ago but have not lost weight and now AI suffer from knee pain to the degree that I had to schedule a key hole operation to the knee.
This does not mean that the advise this book is all about is wrong or misleading, except, maybe the Cholesterol LDL lowering statin drugs which in most cases are useful (think of people with tendency for Insulin resistance and people with diabetic where heart problems are just around the corner...statin does offer some protection - and don't we all forget this.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2015 21:38:11 BDT
Many people are still not aware that eating grain products is harmful, so I feel that this book is important. I disagree with you about statins which are life-threatening. There are many good things diabetics can do - taking statins is not one of them!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2015 07:56:35 BDT
You miss read me: I did not say statin works against diabetics. What I said is, that statin is protecting those with diabetics (to a certain degree) and risk of it from farther developing heart condition by lowering the LDL. Diabetics presents an independent risk of heart condition and heart failure in every that has elevated blood sugar to the degree of diabetics.
Don't be so easily fooled by those that are quick to condemn statin drugs just because the pharmaceutical industry has hit a jack-pot with statin piles.
There is now a third generation statins; those include a one in three weeks injection (and no piles intake), those include another piles that has only about 70 % statins and the rest supporting agents that works even better and healthier than the previous statin generation, and there is another one still in the test phase... meaning that the doctors and developing stuff know about the short coming of statins and trying to get a better remedy - until than what is there...the dangerous use of vitamin B-6...? the other "snake-oil-remedies" offered by the alternative medicine...?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2015 12:24:58 BDT
What is dangerous about B6?? Ha, Ha! I don´t know anything about the third generation statins, but would expect them to be even more harmful. I would advise you to read either Fat and cholesterol are good for you by Uffe Ravnskov, or The great cholesterol con by Malcolm Kendrick. It can be exceedingly harmful, in fact death-bringing to lower LDL, or cholesterol as a whole, since we need cholesterol.

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