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Old 09-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Grain Brain


Hi Folks, a new book came out today called "Grain Brain" by Dr. David Perlmutter which advocates for low carb WOE. The book states that people can lower their risk of getting Alzheimers disease and dementia by 65% by following a low carb eating plan. He believes that eating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates dumb us down while speeding up the aging process.

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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Thanks! I downloaded a sample to my Kindle.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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Interesting!
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
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that's one of my main reasons to LC .....My Dad died a horrible death last year from Alz/ Dem and I am going to do everything I can to not end up the same way !!

Just say NO to sugar and flour !
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as an aside here, for people experiencing some of those problems, I think it's worth trying a LOT of coconut oil. I'm not sure the science is conclusive yet, but there are reasons to think this allows a brain that can no longer process glucose properly to use a secondary energy source and keep working. (of course you could get those ketones from being in ketosis as well, but that is asking a lot of someone who is suffering severe dementia... coconut oil is easier and faster.)
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:16 PM   #6
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Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. And good for you for sticking to low carb.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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as an aside here, for people experiencing some of those problems, I think it's worth trying a LOT of coconut oil. I'm not sure the science is conclusive yet, but there are reasons to think this allows a brain that can no longer process glucose properly to use a secondary energy source and keep working. (of course you could get those ketones from being in ketosis as well, but that is asking a lot of someone who is suffering severe dementia... coconut oil is easier and faster.)
That's really interesting. Do you have a source/article to peruse by chance?
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:16 PM   #8
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I put co in my coffee every day too........
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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Thanks for mentioning it. I also just downloaded a sample to my Kindle.

It sounds like he might be against all grains rather than just wheat...?

I, for one, would be much happier if these authors would spend a little more time coming up with good titles instead of the cutsie ones that scream fad diet. /pet peeve vent
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:51 PM   #10
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If you google, you can find some good podcast interviews. He's very passionate about his position and therefore very inspiring.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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I just ordered mine from Amazon too........
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:29 PM   #12
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They are finding Lyme disease in brains of Alzheimer patients. Carbs n sugar feed Lyme bacteria.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #13
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That's really interesting. Do you have a source/article to peruse by chance?
Do a google search for Bruce Fife or get ahold of any of his books. He has all the research. Weston Price Foundation might have some as well.
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Here is a link to dr. Mary Newports' work.
http://www.coconutoil.com/Alzheimers...aryNewport.pdf
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:19 AM   #15
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Just downloaded this to my kindle. Thanks for the suggestion.
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That's really interesting. Do you have a source/article to peruse by chance?
There's a very interesting book on the subject also the title is Alzheimer's Disease: What if There Was a Cure by Mary T Newport.
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I can tell you it is a hit according to my library availability. 22 holds with 47 copies, 4 holds / 6 copies of large print and cd version, 8 holds on something they don't yet have. I do hope they get the e/audio.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:28 PM   #18
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I was impressed by the Grain Brain sample I read & then, coincidentally, read an article by Mercola that contained quotes by & much praise for Dr. P.

From what I have read, it sounds like Grain Brain is an even more important book than Wheat Belly.

My library does not have Grain Brain so I think I might order it from Amazon. I don't want this on Kindle because I expect I'll be referring back to different things & also might want to share the info with some who don't have a Kindle.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:17 PM   #19
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I got mine from Amazon . It wasn't expensive. I'm still reading it . Need to sit down and finish it !!
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #20
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I'm in the process of reading right now.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #21
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I'm reading it too!
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I'm reading it too!
Just the sample, or did you like it so much you bought the book?
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:52 PM   #23
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Just the sample, or did you like it so much you bought the book?
I liked the sample so much that I bought the book for my Kindle.
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I liked the sample so much that I bought the book for my Kindle.
I just picked up the sample, that was why I was asking.
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Old 10-08-2013, 04:48 AM   #25
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Just finished the book Grain Brain. I loved it as much as the Wheat Belly book. The Grain Brain book is filled with important information on health and the dangers of wheat. This is another book I won't part with since I have highlighted and taken notes. I'm sure I will read it time and time again.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:19 PM   #26
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I am about 1/2 way through Grain Brain now. I haven't had time over the last few weeks to really sit down and read; it's been frustrating.

But wow - the part on statins was absolutely horrifying! Not only do they interfere with liver function, they interfere with the brain manufacturing cholesterol. I am more resolute than ever to not take them. I have never been convinced that high blood lipids in and of themselves are worth medicating; it sounds like for all the medicating going into lowering the numbers, the risk for heart attack is roughly the same based on actual heart attack numbers and not someone's interpretation of risk factors.

High cholesterol runs in my family. Of course, my entire family eats carbs like they are going out of style, so that might factor into it. But I don't think I'll be getting tested anytime soon, just in case. I won't take statins no matter what the numbers. Is there any other reason to bother with it?
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:00 PM   #27
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I have the book and heard a podcast with him regarding the book. Interesting he said the higher the A1C the higher the rate of dementia. So interesting...I will do whatever it takes to keep my brain healthy.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:00 AM   #28
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This is on my wish list.
Can't wait to read it!
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:09 AM   #29
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I found it a great read! Definitely one of my new favourites!

Both my grandmothers had a form of Alzheimer's and dementia, so this book was particularly interesting for me.
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:32 AM   #30
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Got to read more last night. He explains A1C (something I was not familiar with) and how sugar binds to proteins in the body and makes them unable to fold properly. Which happens to LDL (in and of itself not bad, but when sugar binds to it becomes a problem). So sugar/starch effects way, way more than just the pancreas and insulin. I went low carb because of insulin but the more I learn, the more confident I am in my choice.

I would love to know the connection and science behind cancer and sugar. Perlmutter is focused on brain function, but he keeps mentioning cancer in his list of chronic illnesses that gluten effects. Does anyone know a book that addresses this?
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