|This is your brain... on grain.|
Dr. Perlmutter promises that his simple, straightforward program has "many benefits beyond the obvious physical ones. Optimal brain health," he continues, "(and a smaller waistline) might be first and foremost on your mind, but the rewards don't end there. You will see change in every area of your life. You will feel more confident and have more self-esteem. You'll feel younger and more in control of your life and future. You'll be able to navigate through stressful times with ease, have the motivation to stay active and engage with others, and feel more accomplished at work and home. In short, you will be happier and more productive. And your success will breed more success. When your life becomes richer, fuller, and more energized as a result of your efforts, you won't want to revert to your old, unhealthy lifestyle. I know you can do this. You must, for yourself and your loved ones. The payoffs- and the potentially calamitous consequences if you don't heed this advice- are huge."
The notion that excessive carbohydrates cause inflammation and insufficient amounts of good fats and cholesterol in our diets could be some of the underlying causes of many modern ailments does not sound too far fetched. Furthermore, since Perlmutter's critics allege that he is some sort of a conspiracy theorist because he opposes pharmaceutical quick-fixes and government regulated diets, his ideas begin to sound more credible.
wildly preposterous." Other detractors group Perlmutter together with other celebrity pseudo-scientists such as Atkins, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jonah Lehrer. While it's true that Perlmutter may have exaggerated some of his claims in order to prove a point, it could easily be just as true that his detractors exaggerate their own claims. Hence, the controversy over grain continues.
nitty-gritty of the grain problem, perhaps we first need to ask a few questions and establish a few criteria. What is wheat? What is gluten? Is the wheat we consume today the same as it was, say, 50 years ago, or has it been genetically modified? Why or why not? Is gluten bad for you? Why? Does it cause inflammation? How? If healthy humans have been eating wheat for 10,000 years, why is it suddenly a problem? What is a healthy human? Were hunter-gatherers healthier than agricultural laborers? How so? Are gluten free products better for your health? What are the political implications of theories about wheat? Last but not least, the code of health for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Lord's law of health known as the Word of Wisdom, explicitly states that, "All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life," "All grain is good for the food of man," and "Nevertheless, wheat for man." (D&C 89:14,16,17) Did the revelation get it wrong? Talk amongst yourselves.