KUSA - According to Dr. David Perlmutter, Americans are literally beating our collective brains out with bread. We talked to the author of the popular, and controversial book "The Grain Brain" on 9NEWS 8 a.m.
Perlmutter, a leader in the emerging field of functional neurology, contends that our grain-heavy diets are a major factor in Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia -diseases that he says mainstream medicine view as an inevitable consequence of genetics and age.
Perlmutter makes the case that most forms of dementia are a consequence of the hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and chronic inflammation set off by excessive consumption of grain-based foods. And in his view, almost any grain-based food is "excessive."
"Basically, I am calling what's arguably our most beloved dietary staple a terrorist group that bullies our most precious organ, the brain," writes Dr. Perlmutter.
Though the book goes into considerable detail, its core message is simple: brain diseases are largely preventable, and people can greatly minimize their risk by eliminating-or at least greatly minimizing-carbohydrate intake.
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