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Great new book out! GRAIN BRAIN by Dr. David Perlmutter

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  • #16
    Started reading the book now. Interesting so far. Lines up with some of the research I've done and that kinda filters trhough on site and book

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    • #17
      I find it to be pretty much low carb Primal, pretty much the strict version of what I already do.
      Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
      Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
      Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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      • #18
        Looks like Chris Kresser doesn't buy the "Carbs cause alzheimer's"
        hypothesis Do Carbs Kill Your Brain?
        Although he agrees very low carb is therapeutic for it.

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        • #19
          Hi,

          I read the book and found it to be very interesting. I absolutely love the push to eradicate gluten from the diet, and increase saturated fat and cholesterol. Not just that, he provides some great evidence, in a simple to understand way, that shows why we, in fact, require saturated fat and cholesterol to maintain homeostasis.

          However, he does advocate for a VLC diet (<60g / day), which may not be best for everyone. Just because it is therapeutic for metabolically broken individuals, does it mean it is best for the general healthy primal/paleo community? Probably not. That being said the 300g /day SAD diet is clearly way too much, but then again we need to take into account carb type and individual exercise level and ability to digest starch. A great post by Chris Kresser came out today discussing this same thing.

          Do Carbs Kill Your Brain?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by yodiewan View Post

            I liked the point that Robb made: It seems that it's not necessarily the case that a high carb diet alone causes brain dysfunction/disease (see Kitavans and other groups that eat high carb and are free of "diseases of civilization") but a low carb diet seems to have benefit after these diseases have manifested.
            From what I see around here, this observation seems to hold somewhat for weight loss as well. Low carb primal seems great for overweight people who feel good and lose weight that way. Once people become normal weight again, then some issues develop (for some people). Healthy weight, active people don't talk about liking low carb nearly as much.
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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