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

Brain Maker

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 his latest book Brain Maker, the New York Times # 1 bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD 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.

Join me and David Perlmutter Wednesday, May 6, at 8PM EST as we discuss Brain Maker, brain disorders, and how to open the door to brain health. Register now for this free program and receive an email reminder 3 hours before the show.

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar- Your Brain’s Silent Killers


Remember the food pyramid we were taught to memorize in school with the poster on our classroom walls? Well,  it’s still hanging there in plain sight for our children and grand-kids to see.  The USDA continues to provide Americans with our recommended dietary guidelines according to this model. It has “evolved” a bit since I was a kid, but according to a new book coming out next month titled Grain Brain, the foundation; 6-11 servings of Bread, Cereal, Rice and Pasta may in fact be killing us.

Let’s face it, how many of the foods we love to eat are bad for us? Any carboholics reading this? I’m a recovering carb addict, love the stuff… Oh, the euphoric high that comes with a nice  bowl of pasta carbonara and a slice of rustic Italian bread! Trouble is a couple hours later comes the crash followed by the craving for more to bring back the euphoria. It’s a vicious cycle that will be all too familiar for those reading this post. It’s time to break the cycle…

Are you interested in exploring how eating the wrong foods are shortening your quality of life and the time you have to live it? Would you like to learn how the right foods can support your mental,  physical and emotional health helping you to live a longer, happier life? Then please join me tomorrow evening for the Sound Brain Fitness teleseminar series as my guest David Perlmutter, MD shares insights from this new book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar- Your Brain’s Silent Killers Register

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. On this call Dr. Perlmutter will share what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.

Alex and his guest will explore these main points from his new book Grain Brain which will be released on September 17th, 2013:

  • Can Alzheimer’s be prevented?
  • If celiac disease affects only about 1-2 % of the population, why all the concern about gluten?
  • What’s so bad about carbs as far as the brain is concerned?
  • What other brain issues are related to gluten sensitivity?
  • What do you do all day – professionally?
  • Why are American schoolchildren so unhealthy?
  • You recently challenged the mainstream thesis of Alzheimer’s as being caused by a particular protein (beta-amyloid) please explain.

When? Wednesday, August 7th, 8:00 pm Eastern. The event is free, but space it limited. Register here.

Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment

The new book Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment by David Perlmutter,M.D., F.A.C.N. and Alberto Villando, Ph.D. was released today.

I have known David for a number of years, as a Scientific Advisor to my company and as the neurologist I refer people to when they show signs of or have a neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. His previous books The Better Brain Book, and How to Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten are high on my list of recommended reading for those interested in matters of the brain. I am confident Power Up Your Brain will be added to the list!

From the author’s website- The quest for enlightenment has occupied mankind for millennia. And from the depictions we’ve seen-monks sitting on meditation cushions, nuns kneeling in prayer, shamans communing with the universe-it seems that this elusive state is reserved for a chosen few. But now, neuroscientist David Perlmutter and medical anthropologist and shaman Alberto Villoldo have come together to explore the commonalities between their specialties with the aim of making enlightenment possible for anyone. Joining the long-separated worlds of science and spirit, Perlmutter explores the exciting phenomena of neurogenesis and mitochondrial health, while Villoldo brings his vast knowledge of shamanic and spiritual practices to the table. Together they draw from the most powerful tools in each discipline to create the Power Up Your Brain program, a ground-breaking, five-week plan that helps prime the brain for enlightenment. With nutritional advice, dietary supplements, physical exercise, shamanic practices, meditation, and visualizations, Perlmutter and Villoldo guide readers, step by step, through a program to help them clear their minds from previous trauma and open themselves up to experience the inner peace, vast insight, and extraordinary creativity that define the experience of enlightenment, paving the way to successfully face the challenges to come.

Order your copy and please let me know what you think! We are also giving away a free signed copy of the book on the Advanced Brain Technologies Facebook page. Like us and you’ll automatically be entered for the drawing!

50 Best Blogs for Neurology Students

The brain is a vast frontier, with neurology students as our future pioneers on the front lines helping those with nervous system disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and brain injuries following 12 years of concentrated studies, internships and residency.

To help these dedicated students in their exploration the 50 Best Blogs for Neurology Students has been complied. This is a must read for anyone with even a passing interest in the wondrous brain! Some of my personal favorites are included, such as Renegade Neurologist, the blog of David Perlmutter, MD, a pioneer himself in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative disease.  Did I mention The Brain Understanding Itself made the list?  A nod to Suzane Smith for letting me know.