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Jan 22, 2014 08:25 AM

Low carb for dementia/carbs/gluten cause of dementia?


Editor's Note :
"In his new book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar -- Your Brain's Silent Killers, Dr. David Perlmutter, Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, advocates that lifestyle modifications, starting with a high-fat, nearly carbohydrate-free diet, can prevent or greatly lower dementia risk and progression -- and he's armed with plenty of data to back up the claim. But detractors say the evidence isn't quite there. With Grain Brain about to hit its 15th straight week on the New York Times best-seller list (including a stint at the top spot) Medscape spoke with Dr. Perlmutter about his thoughts on the impact of carbohydrates and gluten on the brain."

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  1. I bought Grain Brain when it came out, after listening to Robb Wolf's podcast with Dr. Perlmutter (about 90 min.):


    I wish Perlmutter's message could get through to those who need it. But, this is a very difficult challenge, IMO. As we grow older, I think we are more apt to eat ready-to-eat foods and give in to carb addiction. This exposes us to damaging gluten, carbs, the inflammatory polyunsaturated fatty acids, and associated toxins.

    I'm of the opinion that Perlmutter's program is appropriate for those for whom it is indicated, but, there is no one-size-fits-all diet. There are diets that are actually quite similar which may be more appropriate for those who are younger, very active, and free of neurological or metabolic issues.

    Perlmutter has made quite a few media appearances promoting the book, including the Dr. Oz show. He is actually on Oz's advisory board. More information can be found by the usual googling, or even starting from his own website:


    1. Dr. Perlmutter's cookbook is out, and looks interesting. The preview on Amazon is a pretty good taste.

      I'm a big fan of this guy. I thought his PBS info-mercial type fund raiser thing was better than most, and I think he is involved in the production of all kinds of solid content.

      It looks like he will be appearing on Dr. Oz on 9/19 (FWIW).