Is your brain health important to you? Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s or dementia? Is a loved one suffering with neurological issues that affect cognition? If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then you’re definitely going to want to learn more about neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter.
I first learned about Dr. Perlmutter on one of Jimmy Moore’s podcasts. At first, I didn’t realize that he was anything special. Surprisingly though, I was captivated after only a few minutes of listening to this guy talk. It was clear to me that he was a “rock star” in the field of neurology, and he was making mainstream news with his message that carbs damage your brain and healthy fats nourish, protect, and even repair it.
Now, Dr. Perlmutter’s message isn’t news to those of us in the low-carb, high-fat, real food scene. What surprised me though was how well his concepts were being received in the mainstream. Just this week, he appeared on the ‘Dr. Oz Show’ to discuss his new book, and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I heard Dr. Oz confess that heart doctors including him were starting to understand that saturated fats aren’t the enemy; inflammation caused by high blood sugar was the underlying problem. Considering some of the nonsense I’ve seen Dr. Oz advocate, I just couldn’t believe that even HE was coming around. And to be honest, it’s hard to defend the old junk science pushed by the government when new science proves the exact opposite at nearly every turn.
Fortunately for the mainstream, ‘Grain Brain’ is well cited. Not only has this man been in the trenches changing lives, but he’s spent a lot of time backing up his methodology with studies that are well formulated and difficult to refute. In the end, it comes down to getting past this bias that most of us have when it comes to carbs. There’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. There are essential fats and essential proteins, but the human body doesn’t NEED carbs. And in today’s world of plenty, it’s those very carbs that are killing our hearts, killing our brains, and killing us (in the end.)
I share this stuff on my blog because I care about folks. It kills me to see people suffering needlessly. In the end, God gave us each free will though, and I accept that. What I CAN’T do is refrain from sharing info that changes lives, so if you’re sick or no someone who is, please, PLEASE consider that there is a different way. We’ve all done some pretty crazy things in our lives. Taking 30 days to eat the way humans were MEANT to eat really isn’t that crazy in the grand scheme of things, is it?
- Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers — Dr. David Perlmutter’s best-selling book at Amazon.com
- 725: Dr. David Perlmutter Blames Carbs For Brain Health Decline In ‘Grain Brain’ — The “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” episode that introduced me to Dr. Perlmutter’s work
- 51: Dr. David Perlmutter | Grain Brain and Ketones — ‘Ask the Low-Carb Experts’ episode
- The Paleo Solution Podcast: Episode 200 — Guest Dr. Perlmutter — a more scientific look at Dr. Perlmutter’s work, but definitely worth a listen
- Do Carbs Cause Alzheimer’s? — Dr. Perlmutter’s October 21, 2013 appearance on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’
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