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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, 320 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Little, Brown Spark
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Rath
May 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the 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 fo
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya, dewey600s, 2010s
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Researchers have demonstrated a causal link between the gut microbiome and the immune system's ability to fight cancer. "

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"More than a hundred factors were found to be involved in glycemic response, but notably food wasn’t the key determinant. Instead it was the gut bacteria."
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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.
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
Nancy Dardarian
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book about how interconnected our gut and brain are. If you geek out on health sciences, I recommend this one.
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  ·  review of another edition
This should be mandatory reading for everyone.
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I solemnly swear to treat my microbiome better from now on, but I am not yet ready to go gluten free.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Bill Pardi
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gut to Brain connection. Sally Fallon said it first!!!!
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink, health
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.
Jaehyun Yeom
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Chris Jennings
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Lola G.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book gives insight into how to create and maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria and how this balance affects your health. Dr. Perlmutter writes that gut bacteria dictates whether or not we become ill with autoimmune disorders, obesity and other ailments. He is compelled to research how antibiotics affect the gut microbiota, and in turn our health, because his father suffers from Alzheimer's disease, something that he feels was fueled by antibiotic use after a heart infection. I recomme ...more
Romantical Skeptic
Very interesting book.

My takeaways
1) There are many more bacteria in the human body than actual human cells (10 to 1) so it makes sense that the nature of that bacteria will have a profound impact on our health.

2) I learned the term "human microbiome" - the term for microbial communities living in humans

3) The types of bacteria in the gut, especially, could influence diseases like ADHD, obesity and other conditions we wouldn't necessarily connect with our food and digestive systems.

4) Gluten, su
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
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A must read to become aware of the most probable causes and prevention/treatment of various brain related diseases, also called lifestyle diseases herein. It is an eye opener and as I read or hear more about these, I feel lucky to have been gifted this book and its knowledge. Today being World MS day made me realize I should drop in a review for this book and its life altering concepts.
Tobin Elliott
A good book, and an informative read. It sounds like it makes sense, but as per usual in cases like this, the next two avenues to take are

1 - To try the stuff out. There's nothing in the diet that would do harm and, at the very least, you'd get away from processed shit food.
2 - Get a second opinion.

Thought-provoking stuff.
Abilash Amarasekaran
I would say this is a eye opening book but most of the food stuff he is speaking of is explained in the Ayurveda medicine. But it is an eye opening to finally learn that modern medicine is able to make a scientific connection between food and sickness.

Hope his studies brings forth a more probiotic world
Omelia Legg
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book to help heal your gut and brain :-) Have recommended it to lots of people and the reservations at the library are flowing in :-) I'm well and truly obsessed with natural probiotics and prebiotics now :p
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David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and four time New York Times bestselling author. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. Dr. Perlmutter is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia U ...more
“Our best medical journals are now brimming with high-profile, rigorous studies that show a stunning correlation between high blood sugar and risk for dementia.” 3 likes
“New science reveals that exercise positively influences the gut’s balance of bacteria to favor colonies that prevent weight gain.” 2 likes
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