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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
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Little, Brown Spark
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
It's important to pay attention to the microbiome. Eat kimchi, yogurt, and kefir. There, I just saved you 9 hours.
Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius*
The brain and your gut are related.

Do: Take probiotics

Don't: Take antibiotics for viruses

Do: finish all of your antibiotics when you need to take them

Don't: Eat too much sugar or corn syrup

Do: Eat fermented foods like sour kraut, kimchi, and pickles and like

Don't: drink diet soda

Do: drink Kombucha and Kefir

There. Or you can read the book. Seriously, you'll get more out of the book but that's the gist of it.

Ps. Get enough sleep and exercise!
Danielle Robertson
May 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-fitness
I really liked this book at the beginning, but after about a hundred pages I can't take it anymore. Each chapter is as formulaic and predictable as an episode of House, with as many health miracles and panaceas as a full season of Dr Oz, and as overloaded with "Bob and Susan" stories as 7 Habits.

Perhaps my expectations were set too high by the book "Nerve" by Taylor Clark Why I LOVE 'Nerve' . That book presented a desirable combination of personal stories and scientific evidence, and the person
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book emphasizes a few very important points, about the importance of our microbiome to our health. The book presents lots of evidence that our microbiome--the microbes in our gut--serve important roles in our overall health and also to our brain health. Some brain dysfunctions may be due to problems with the microbes in our gut. So, the book has some good recommendations for improving our microbiome. Pre-biotics, probiotics, and fermented foods might all useful for this purpose. Even better ...more
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nutrition
This was a very informative and excellent read, especially for a newbie like I am in the realm of the microbiome. It covers many bases, including:

1)Composition of microbiome and how this affects you.
2)How your bacteria are determined in large part by your birth and early infancy.
3)Effects of diet and environment on your gut.
4)Links to multiple disorders including depression, autism, Tourette syndrome, obesity, neurological disorders, ADHD, and allergies.
5)Probiotics, prebiotics.
6)Types of food a
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010s, dewey600s
Adding link 5/16/2020
Article reinforces my practice of taking supplemental reuteri
"When Wilmes and his colleagues tested L. reuteri in this chip, they saw that lactate produced by the microbes traveled through the human gut tissue, indicating that it could enter the bloodstream and potentially travel to the brain."
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Researchers have demonstrated a causal link between the gut microbiome an
3.5 on this one. I think Dr. Perlmutter's work is important in informing the general public about advances in understanding the human microbiome (gut bacteria), but I think the science is still too early to justify his "magic bullet" analysis. He makes it sound as if this is the cure-all for every type of disease. I find this field of research fascinating and look forward to what comes next.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I started questioning this book after reading sentences describing how incredible, fantastic and unbelievable the information in this book was, and how it would completely change my life. It was really silly, exaggerated sentences that seemed unprofessional and out of place in a book allegedly presenting medical research to the public. I read this in Norwegian, so maybe those sentences sounded OK in English, but they made me wonder about the author, and finally this made me DNF the book.

When I g
Perlmutter has a long history of pushing pseudoscience. He preys on those who lack scientific literacy, all so he can make a buck. There are other books written by credible researchers. Giulia Enders' Gut and the Sonnenburgs' The Good Gut are two good examples of scientifically sound books on gut microbes.

Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time and money on snake oil.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This guy likes to think of himself as a pioneer. But mostly he's a quack. He quotes real scholarly research and then wildly extrapolates way beyond the current knowledge and acts like he's totally sure of his understanding. Given all that, it did open up for me a new understanding about the ecosystem in my body of beneficial bacteria. Its amazing. And it did lead me in the direction of finding out about the human biome project, and great writing on the subject by Michael Pollan, who I respect as ...more
Nancy Dardarian
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very valuable information. I knew a lot of it already but wish I could get all my friends who are troubled by chronic medical issues to read it and experiment for themselves.
Sarah Weber
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating book about how interconnected our gut and brain are. If you geek out on health sciences, I recommend this one.
Bill Pardi
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent. Been following a lot of the science found in this book for several years, and my take from living a lot of it is that a)it really works, and b)the American food supply, dietary recommendations, and obsession with antibiotics is slowly killing us.

My one gripe with this book is that his recommended way of changing your eating habits is to buy expensive, often difficult to find ingredients, and make ALL your own food. While that would certainly do it, my reaction when I read the sections
Annie Kate
If you or your loved ones suffer from any autoimmune disease, mental health issue, or degenerative disease--any one of the many health issues that is poorly understood--you will want to consider the concepts in this book.

I plan to post a review of this book on my blog late February, 2016.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This should be mandatory reading for everyone.
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I solemnly swear to treat my microbiome better from now on, but I am not yet ready to go gluten free.
Written with too much of a self-help/carny huckster vibe. For an excellent book about microbiomes, try Ed Yong's I Contain Multitudes. ...more
Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)

There are plenty of 'revolutionary' ideas around food and lifestyle at the moment. Pete Evans, with his controversial Paleo books, and the unfortunate business of blogger Belle Gibson, who lied about having cancer to all her followers and seemed to be beating the disease, simply by switching to a wholefood, healthy lifestyle. You only need to visit a food court in the CBD at lunchtime, or the cafes of Bondi, to see everyone enjoying an overpriced, yet delicious, cold pressed juice. So what are w
John Behle
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are breakthroughs in this book that work. Doctor Perlmutter continually stresses the microbiome-brain connection, but adds that every cell in our bodies is connected to every other one. The SAD-Standard American Diet-is causal in inflammation that leads to our modern, now so common, diseases of excess: diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and now, Alzheimer's. These are the equal to any medieval plague.

Our culture, our society, our prosperity, have force fed us (willingly) with so much ju
Joseph Young
Great ad for probiotics. Overall informative about gastro-intestinal health and the link to the rest of your body's function. The book is dishonest in how it attempts to claim possible solutions for other conditions outside of its realm, as opposed to acknowledging that people with other conditions also have medical problems which can be alleviated with these possible solutions. The lack of talk about possible drawbacks to these procedures also makes the book less credible from a scientific pers ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: health, food-drink
Important information here about cultivating and nurturing a healthy and vibrant microbiome in your intestines. Great for newcomers to mindful health and eating. The last third of the book does gets a little preachy / infomercially, but there is solid research in the rest of the book.

Eat a variety of fermented foods and make healthy choices with your food. Chill out on sugar, and gluten. There, you have it.
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gut to Brain connection. Sally Fallon said it first!!!!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've written a review, but I found this one worthy of the time to take to write one. I'm back on my food kick at the moment, so this book came at a perfect time. David Perlmutter, the author, is a neurologist who discusses in detail the connection between our gut microbes, our brain and really the rest of the body. Our gut is basically a 'second brain', having major impact on what signals are sent to our brain. Our gut is also our defense and when weak, can be penetrated ...more
Chris Jennings
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone seems to be talking about gut bacteria and probiotics these days. But this book takes the conversation a step further and goes so much deeper. Who knew that the brain was so closely tied to the stomach? Feeling butterflies in your stomach when your brain is nervous? It all makes sense now. At times this book is depressing because a lot of our gut bacteria is setup before we're able to do anything about it (natural birth? breastfed as a child? lots of antibiotics as a baby?). But where t ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
They should really start to make statistics and research methods a part of the medical board exam so that we don't see more books like this hitting the shelf.
Ginger Bensman
I'm fascinated by the ecology of the body and our interdependence with microbes (called the microbiome - "that vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your cells ten to one"). Last year I read I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong (a book with a more scientific message that whetted my interest and has me reading widely on the topic). Brain Maker has a tighter focus - the latest developments and promising research about microbiome's interactions with the central nervous system ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book explains the benefits of understanding gut health and the affect this has on various aspects of our life. Biggest takeaways:

1) gut health is a second brain
2) inflammation (mainly from sugar and gluten) causes various health problems
3) many modern-day medicines only treat symptoms without getting to the root

This was an informative and thorough read. This is a great starting point that I'd recommend to anyone hoping to better understand holistic health.

Jaehyun Yeom
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! The book fixed my everlasting depression for a long time. I liked that it also provided some recipes. I didn't fully follow what he suggested but combined with some other practices following my gut feeling.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
You know, Dr. Perlmutter, if you structured your book correctly, you wouldn't have to spend the first quarter of it telling us, "I'll explain this later, but for now just trust me."

This guy takes a bunch of promising preliminary research into the importance of gut bacteria and then extrapolates it so that a bad gut microbiome is the cause for every disease.
As an excellent example, he argues that cesarean section birth is a cause for autism because children born by c-section are more likely to ge
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
This is a well written book about the importance of gut health, specifically the health of the bacteria colony in the gut, or microbiome, and how it affects many aspects of our health. This book reminds me of how much our life style is affecting our wellbeing, our current health and more importantly, our health later in life. While this field of science is still new as many new research findings are unfolding, it is evident that we need to make sure we cultivate our good bacteria in our gut. Dr. ...more
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Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and four-time New York Times bestselling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Perlmutter received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of A

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