Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316380102
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 86,714
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders. With his books now published in twenty-seven languages, Dr. Perlmutter is setting new standards for what healthy lifestyle means around the world.

He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker, as well as The Better Brain Book and Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten. He lives in Naples, Florida.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Bug Alert: You've Got Company 3

Gut Check: What Are Your Risk Factors? 15

Part I Getting to Know Your Hundred Trillion Friends

Chapter 1 Welcome Aboard: Your Microbial Friends from Birth to Death 21

Chapter 2 Belly and Brain on Fire; The New Science of Inflammation 43

Chapter 3 Is Your Belly Depressed? Why Angry Guts Make for Moody and Anxious Minds 71

Chapter 4 How Your Intestinal Flora Can Make You Fat and Brainsick: The Surprising Links Between Your Gut's Bacteria and Appetite, Obesity and the Brain 96

Chapter 5 Autism and the Gut: On the Frontiers of Brain Medicine 116

Part II Trouble in Bugville

Chapter 6 Punched in the Gut: The Truth about Fructose and Gluten 143

Chapter 7 Bust a Gut: Common Exposures That Make a Good Microbiome Go Bad 155

Part III Brain Maker Rehab

Chapter 8 Feeding Your Microbiome: Six Essential Keys to Boosting Your Brain by Boosting Your Gut 179

Chapter 9 Go Pro: The Guide to Supplements 202

Chapter 10 The Brain Maker 7-Day Meal Plan: Eat Your Way to a Healthier Brain 217

Epilogue: What the Future Holds 265

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 281

Index 305

What People are Saying About This

MD - Mehmet Oz

"Humans outsource digestion to our gut bacteria. Dr Perlmutter takes us on a journey to understand how these foreigners profoundly influence our brains—for good and bad."

MD, author of Wheat Belly - William Davis

"After diving into the information masterfully presented by Dr. Perlmutter in Brain Maker, the reader's life will surely be changed. Having heard just about every side of every nutritional argument made the last 50 years, I make that claim for very few books. But Dr. Perlmutter's book is among those rare and exciting exceptions: information so empowering, so enlightening, and presented so clearly and concisely that the reader emerges far better off for the reading experience. Put this book on your short list of must-reads for health and nutrition."

MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age - Christiane Northrup

"I have long known about the importance of probiotics in women's gynecologic health and also the link between a mother's microbiome and its effect on her newborn. But little did I realize how crucial our microbiome is to our brain health throughout our lives. And how simple lifestyle changes can have such profound effects on things like anxiety, headaches, and obesity. The research in Brain Maker was a revelation to me. And it will be to you as well. And, most importantly, you don't have to wait for this information to become mainstream. You can ensure your brain health—and that of your family—by following the practical program outlined here."

Daniel G. Amen

Your gut and brain are totally connected. They support each other or damage each other. In this revolutionary new book, the nation's leading integrative neurologist, David Perlmutter, gives you a powerful program to heal your gut and optimize your brain. I will recommend it to all of my patients and friends. --Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Healing ADD

MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School - Martha Herbert

"Dr. Perlmutter engagingly explains the hope-generating power of the new gut microbiome-brain science, motivating you to regenerate your brain health with his powerful and practical program."

Mark Hyman

The single most important medical innovation in the 21st century is making the link between the gut and the little bugs that live there and nearly every chronic disease — from autism to depression, from asthma to autoimmune disease, from diabetes to dementia. Dr. David Perlmutter's new book Brain Maker is a game changer. For the first time, this brilliant scientist doctor connects the dots and teaches us why we need to tend our inner garden (our microbiome) and provides a radical but simple plan to reset, reboot, and renew your microbiome. This book shouldn't be called Brain Maker, it should be called Health Maker. This is the future of health and health care. --Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution

MD, author of Spark and coauthor of Go Wild - John Ratey

"Bravo! Dr. Permutter's latest paradigm-shifting book shows us how to manage our health, and especially our brains, through the new frontier of science, the microbiome. By connecting the dots from our gut to our brain, he explains how we can avoid disease, age well, handle stress, and manage our moods. With revolutionary ideas and practical advice, he gives us a fighting chance against brain decline. I love this book!"

MD, Augustus Rose Professor - Dale E. Bredesen

"Thanks in large part to dramatic and ongoing increases in understanding the brain-gut-microbiome connection, there is new hope for the treatment of many neurological conditions, from autism to Alzheimer's to multiple sclerosis. David Perlmutter is a leader in this burgeoning field, and his new book, Brain Maker, is a landmark contribution."

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