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Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life (Hardcover)
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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 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 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.
About the Author
David Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders. With his books now published in twenty-seven languages, Dr. Perlmutter is setting new standards for what healthy lifestyle means around the world.
He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker, as well as The Better Brain Book and Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten. He lives in Naples, Florida.
"Dr. Perlmutter's book is among those rare and exciting exceptions: information so empowering, so enlightening, and presented so clearly and concisely that the reader emerges far better off for the reading experience. Put this book on your short list of must-reads for health and nutrition."—William Davis, MD, author of Wheat Belly
"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
"The single most important medical innovation in the 21st century is making the link between the gut and the little bugs that live there and nearly every chronic disease - from autism to depression, from asthma to autoimmune disease, from diabetes to dementia. Brain Maker is a game changer. For the first time, this brilliant scientist doctor connects the dots and teaches us why we need to tend our inner garden (our microbiome) and provides a radical but simple plan to reset, reboot, and renew your microbiome. This book shouldn't be called Brain Maker, it should be called Health Maker."—Mark Hyman, MD, author of The Blood Sugar Solution
"Thanks in large part to dramatic and ongoing increases in understanding the brain-gut-microbiome connection, there is new hope for the treatment of many neurological conditions, from autism to Alzheimer's to multiple sclerosis. David Perlmutter is a leader in this burgeoning field, and his new book, Brain Maker, is a landmark contribution."—Dale E. Bredesen, MD, professor and director of Alzheimer's Disease Research, UCLA
"In this revolutionary new book, the nation's leading integrative neurologist, David Perlmutter, gives you a powerful program to heal your gut and optimize your brain. I will recommend it to all of my patients and friends."—Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Healing ADD
"Bravo! Dr. Permutter's latest paradigm-shifting book shows us how to manage our health, and especially our brains, through the new frontier of science, the microbiome. By connecting the dots from our gut to our brain, he explains how we can avoid disease, age well, handle stress, and manage our moods. With revolutionary ideas and practical advice, he gives us a fighting chance against brain decline. I love this book!"—John Ratey, MD, author of Spark and coauthor of Go Wild, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"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