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Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  915 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Dr. David Perlmutter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain, and Dr. Austin Perlmutter, his son, explore how modern culture threatens to rewire our brains and damage our health, offering a practical plan for healing.

Contemporary life provides us with infinite opportunities, along with endless temptations. We can eat whatever we want, whenever we want. We can
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Little, Brown Spark
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Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
While the book puts forward an interesting hypothesis, and is well laid out (and hypnotically read in the audiobook version), it should be taken with a big ol' handful of salt.

David Perlmutter is an author whose work has been heavily criticised by those in the medical field. A good summary of his credentials (or lack thereof) can be found here:
(As someone who has studied Archaeology/Ancient History, I take particular umbradge with claim that agriculture
Chris Dietzel
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
There was nothing really new here but it did offer a nice assortment of tips that, when combined, would certainly allow you to lead a healthier, happier life.

Cliff notes:
1. Spend less time online. Spend WAY less time on social media.
2. Eat healthier. Eat natural foods.
3. Get more sleep and better quality sleep.
4. Exercise.
5. Meditate.
Benny Sperling
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Less “new” information than I expected. Feels like they forced a book out just to stay notable
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book kind of felt that it was written as a guide for an alien coming to earth and figuring out how to blend in. The chapters devoted to neurology were interesting, however the tips were so incredibly generic it was almost comical. Go outside, eat a healthy meal with a friend, be mindful, get enough sleep, limit screen time... it was almost insulting. Anyone picking this book up to read would certainly already know these tips, they're intuitive. Overall, would only recommend the first half o ...more
Jonathan Jacobs
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly informative look at how modern living has impacted our brain, relationships, happiness, and so much more. Few books on this subject matter have tackled this subject from this position of expertise before, and this book has been a long time coming. An important read.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, science
My wife and I laid eyes on this book while walking through a bookstore and I knew we had to read it. We had been discussing changing mindsets and cleaner living and Brain Wash lays out a plan for accomplishing that and reasons why it is important. It is a pretty fast read as a good deal of the book are recipes for accomplishing the health eating aspect of this book. The book itself is pretty good and lays out many of the mistakes we as humans are making in our daily habits and ways we can fix it ...more
Vanessa Princessa
Nothing groundbreaking here.

I read this book thanks to Blinkist.

As you follow the program, keep practicing what works until you’ve rebuilt your routines from the ground up.

Day one:

Start with a digital detox. Cut unessential technology from your life, and block any apps that are mostly used to waste time.

Day two:

Practice empathy and gratitude. Reflect on the positive aspects of your life and write down five things you are thankful for.

Day three:

Reconnect with nature. Take the time for a short
Dec 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book unfortunately is not scientifically sound. This is the same author who has shunned gluten despite there being no evidence to support that gluten is in some way 'evil' to those who aren't suffering from celiac disease. I wont blame the common person for reading through this and thinking wow there is some well laid out information and reference to literature that I can apply to my life. I can get behind the eat more nutrient dense food, sleep better, move your bodies, distance from mindl ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doctors David and Austin Perlmutter claim to have “found a powerful way to reframe and reclaim our potential for exceptional physical and mental health.” The introduction opens with some very inspirational descriptions of the optimal state of wellness that they believe is possible for each of us.

The first part of the book provides some simple explanation of how the brain works and describes the problems that are keeping us from this optimal state of health, what the authors refer to as “disconn
Muene Ngo
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s a great book, but I found as a weak upgrade of his previous book - The Brain Maker. Hence, I recommend readers to read The Brain Maker instead.
Jenny GB
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you!

Brain Wash details the author's theory of disconnection syndrome and their plan to combat it. First, the authors detail all the ways in which we're distracted, overtired, and generally unhealthy. This is followed by some general ways to combat these problems by enjoying nature, eating better, sleeping better, exercising, and meditating. Finally, there is a ten-day plan where each day you implement one of the ways listed a
Aug 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Brain Wash, written by David and Austin Perlmutter, explains how our evolving brain in the past has kept us out of trouble is now being hack by corporations and really our lifestyle. This leads to being unhappy, feel lonely, chronically stressed, and more in a world where everything can get to us at the touch of our fingers. It’s kinda strange. The authors explain how this ‘hack’, which can range from junk foods to social media likes and more, can become like a drug and drags us into a constant ...more
Mohamed Sheikh
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well written with scientific research on subjects that are critical to everyone's lives. This book made me pay attention to disconnection syndrome and value impacts of healthier social relationships, sleeping, exercise and food and their relation to our brain. It ends by giving many practical advices on how we can all improve ...more
Gavin Griffith
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really fantastic book. Mostly basic information if you already started to look for a different lifestyle, but backed up by numerous medical journals and trials and comes with an easy 10 day " brain wash" program and lots and lots of awesome recipes. ...more
Patricia Murphy
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Well, there is a lot of information that overlaps the Grain Brain book, but the notion of Disconnection Syndrome rings true, and the tips for beating it are (intuitive) but a handy reminder. It is much like the advice your grandmother might give you.
Katherine Hardee
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enlightening and Informative book with loads of current and relevant research about the effects of technology and other vices on our brain. Best of all, the MD authors provide a practical 10 day brain detox with recommendations for exercise, being in nature, social interaction and limited exposure to screens for brain health and longevity. It won't be easy to do everything on the detox plan all the time but it makes me more aware of this global crisis and how to make small changes for big and po ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
There is no new information to be found in this book that hasn't already been stated elsewhere. ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of really good information laid out in a logical step-by-step plan.
Todd Taylor
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Having really liked "Grain Brain" and "Brain Maker", I was excited to be able to read this book. While the book is full of good advice for someone just starting the journey towards improving their health, I personally would skip this book if you've been on a wellness journey for any length of time. I personally preferred David Asprey's book, "Head Strong", which largely covers the same topics.

If I could give this book a new title, I'd call it, "The Atheists Guide to Healthy Living". The author c
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I like Perlmutter books. Usually it seems to be slightly beyond what I agree with, but very well stocked with studies and references. This one I had moderate hopes to learn more from. I knew general ideas, especially from Grain Brain. Such as the more you google for every question and do 10 tasks in parallel, the more you build pathways for short term unfocused thinking and your brain actually changes. I hoped for more in depth for this and didn’t truly get it. There was more mention of differen ...more
Adrian Filardo
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think overall this is a great high level overview book. The problem that arises is that those who may be more inclined to read it are likely those interested in the field already, and therefore have a lot of this knowledge anyway. The tricky thing is getting in the hands of people who haven’t already delved into this world. I think for those people there would be amazing information to help begin their change and growth, from there you have the freedom to explore certain topics in more depth i ...more
Savannah Hendricks
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I previously read Brain Maker by this same author and found many things helpful and informative. This book was the same as far as what I took away from it. Just because a doctor writes a book doesn’t mean everything should be followed or seen as the “right way.” I skipped the sections on relationships, eating, and sleep because those didn’t pertain to me. I was most interested in the effects of nature and social media/technology. I find these types of “self help” books work best if I take what’s ...more
Pradyuman Singh Rajput
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Strengthen Up
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight

Nice blend of the science behind how your brain works and doesn’t work, the impact of marketing and ads, and actionable steps for improvement. Little scattered, but interesting.
Narayan Singh
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the only book I would like to read multiple times. Firstly to remember all the tips secondly, whenever I need to reinforce discipline. Loved it.
timothy sprague
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Book

I think it's a 5 star because it is relevant and up-to-date with the reality of our modern-day issues and concerns. Great insight.
Cristie Underwood
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
The author explored how our current society of instant gratification has caused us to have more mental health issues, such as anxiety and also caused physical health issues, such as being overweight. Clicking a button and having whatever you want to eat delivered to your door seems to be perfection, but the author delves into how harmful this is in the long run. This was a very interesting book.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thinking
The father and son duo authors have made a great contribution to the addition of self-help industry with writing this book on Thinking. It is a great book covered from scientific studies of the brain to its releases of harmones in different situations of its functioning and from healthy sleep and food to embracing exercise, meditation and tech detox. Each argument is supported with research studies.

The collaborative authors argue that brain is malleable and susceptible to change, for both good
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another COVID-19 mental health help type read, but this one is backed by science and written by doctors. It’s things I inherently knew but was helpful to see in one place. As a positive note, this was more reassuring that I was on the right track as many of the elements of the 10 day Brain Wash program they recommend were things I was already proactively doing on my own. If you’re looking for a plan to help you towards a happier you, this would be a place to start. Also, a big chunk of the book ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I can appreciate the motivation and theories behind the book, there comes a point when speaking about food and produce where I was completely turned off. Most of the book regurgitates studies after studies with citation to claims, this all ends at the food section. They make a claim that conventional produce is inferior to organic with nothing to back that up. They use words like “big AG” meaning the agricultural industry and blame the development of this industry on the decline of our hea ...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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