Brain Maker

Brain Maker

The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect your Brain--for Life

Large Print - 2015
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The bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain's destiny.

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome - the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What's taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In Brain Maker , Dr. Perlmutter explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain's destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, Brain Maker opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316339308
Characteristics: x, 452 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Loberg, Kristin - Author


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Jan 20, 2018

Perlmutter gets even closer to Gundry.

Perlmutter wrote his foundational book “Grain Brain” in 2013, and “Brain Maker” in 2015. Perlmutter’s books get incrementally closer to Gundry’s “The Plant Paradox” published in 2017.

Within “Grain Brain” Perlmutter advanced that our diet based on grains and carbs is unfit for our DNA that has not changed since the Paleolithic era. While few people have celiac disease as they can’t digest gluten, Perlmutter advances that many of us are gluten sensitive. And, gluten sensitivity associated with a diet high in grains and carbs triggers the production of cytokines that cause inflammation and attack the brain. High cytokines levels are seen in patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, MS, and autism. He views gluten sensitivity as having severe neurological implication in addition to gastrointestinal ones.

Within “Brain Maker” Perlmutter explains the mechanism whereby gluten sensitivity triggers the production of cytokines and inflammation. It has to do with the microbiome. A diet high in grains and carbs impairs the balance of bacteria within our microbiome (feeding the bacteria that are not good for us that can impair our metabolism and make us fat, the Firmicutes; meanwhile starving the good bacteria that assists our metabolism: the Bacteroidetes). This microbiome imbalance (an F/B ratio that gets out of whack in favor of the Firmicutes) causes gut permeability (the “leaky gut” syndrome). This will facilitate the crossing of toxins across our intestine wall, cause chronic inflammation, trigger unhealthy autoimmune response, and be at the essence of gastro-intestinal, and neurological diseases (including dementia, depression, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson). Additionally, our immune system controls inflammation. But, our microbiome regulates the immune response. So, there are interesting physiological feedback loops with inflammation as an endpoint.

The above paragraph detailing Perlmutter’s explanation of the role of the microbiome is also right out of Gundry’s “The Plant Paradox.” Both authors agree 100% on this count. Actually, the “leaky gut” is Gundry’s core concept just like “gluten sensitivity” was Perlmutter’s core concept in “Grain Brain” and the “microbiome” is his core concept in “Brain Maker.” The microbiome health status explains underlying causes of gluten sensitivity and leaky gut syndrome. Such health issues are at the essence of gastrointestinal, autoimmune, and neurological diseases.

When both authors address what impairs the microbiome, the parallels between the two are uncanny. Gundry mentions the “7 deadly disruptors” that include:
1) Excessive prevalence of antibiotics (in medicine, cosmetics, agriculture) that decimate our microbiome;
2) NSAIDs that do not harm the stomach, but attack the small intestine, and cause leaky gut;
3) Stomach-acid blockers that reduce stomach acids and allow bad bacteria to thrive;
4) Artificial sweeteners that kill good bacteria and nourish bad ones.
5) Genetically modified foods and herbicides (RoundUp) that trigger the ingestion of glyphosate linked to cancer, kidney and liver failure, and other chronic illnesses.

Meanwhile, Perlmutter in his chapter “Bust a Gut” mentions 3 out of the 5 factors above (antibiotics, NSAIDs, GMO foods). And, elsewhere Perlmutter expands on the ills of artificial sweeteners.

Both authors recommendations on maintaining the microbiome also converge. Gundry recommends a low-carb (low sugar), no grain, high fat diet with fats derived mainly from plants including vegetables, and nuts. Perlmutter recommends the same diet with a focus on prebiotic and probiotic nutrients (Gundry also likes those).

The only material difference between Perlmutter’s “Brain Maker” and Gundry’s “Plant Paradox” is the latter’s concept of lectins that narrows down the choice of plant-foods you can eat. Otherwise, both authors are on the same page.

VaughanPLMallory Dec 07, 2016

The mind body connection is revealed in "The brain maker" in scientific detail. A must read for anyone interested in alternative forms of medicine.

LoganLib_LW Jun 28, 2016

Neurologist and Alzheimer's specialist, Perlmutter blows the lid on the many and varied lifestyle diseases we're currently being faced with and how to avoid them.

Jun 06, 2016

Amazing knowledge to learn & help readers to eat healthier.

Jan 20, 2016

Fascinating research and experience from a neurologist on what feeds our brain.

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