Brain Maker

  • by David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling 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 10 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.

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What the Critics Say

"This book is a treasure." (Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Faith, Hope, and Healing and The Art of Healing)
"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." (Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Goddesses Never Age )
"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." (Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, Harvard Medical School)

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The Gut--Your Second Brain--Who Knew!

Terrific book about brain health and its relationship to the health and integrity of your gastrointestinal tract. Dr Perlmutter is a practicing MD, neurologist and nutritionist. The information presented is grounded in scientific research and peer reviewed literature. Much of Dr Perlmutter's approach is cutting edge and offers a new way to view how the brain is affected by the diet you eat. Practical and easily applicable advise on how to improve your health and make a real change in the way you feel each day.

Be aware that the book is complicated with numerous scientific references cited. It can be slow going and I occasionally needed to listen to several sections more than once. That said, the book is excellent and filled with life changing information. Worth the effort and highly recommended listening.
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- Sara

Fascinating science & suggestions for diet changes

STORY (science/health) - I think most anyone interested in maintaining or improving their health could benefit from the ideas in this book. The ideas are totally new to me, but Dr. Perlmutter has been implementing them in his practice for quite some time. Basically, he professes that the microbes in your gut control your health more than you would think, and this book specifically addresses their effect on your brain. I was very impressed with the theories, and the scientific studies that backed them up were absolutely fascinating...to a point. After a while I was just thinking, "Okay, I get it, I get it. Stop!" I was anxious to get to the diet suggestions so that I could get on with making some changes.

Much of the diet suggestions are things we all already know we should be doing, like eating more fresh vegetables, less processed foods, etc., but some of them are more specific, like consuming more fermented foods, probiotics, prebiotics and specific supplements. He also presents an argument for a gluten-free diet that finally has grabbed my attention. At any rate, I plan to make some of the diet changes, but definitely not all of them. Dr. Perlmutter has a website with resources that I plan to investigate as well.

PERFORMANCE - Where has Peter Ganim been and why haven't I heard him before? He narrates lots of books, but I've been missing out. OMG, I love his voice. He literally sounds sexy reading scientific data!!

OVERALL - Recommended for everyone, especially if someone you care about suffers from stomach/bowel issues or has autism, ADHD, Alzheimer's or other brain-related conditions, as those problems are addressed in detail. I am only interested in maintaining good health and a healthy brain, and I bookmarked multiple portions that I plan to refer to often.

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- AudioAddict

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio