What Dr. Scott Is Reading

Breakthrough Book: Grain Brain by Dr. Daniel Perlmutter, M.D.

When I read books, studies, and articles, I usually ask some searching questions?
My wellness instructor Dr. James Chestnut taught us to ask, “Where’s that printed, can I get a copy?” When we get a copy, we go past the summary and look at the study.
We also try to find the undelying “mechanism” or process. For instance, the Zone books by Dr. Barry Sears suggested that if you eat carbohydrates (sugar) you should consume good fats and oils with them. We know from human physiology that the small intestine sends a signal to the stomach to slow down when is senses fat in the food (cholecystokinin.) Makes sense.

The various ideas spelled out in Grain Brain are backed by a lot of published research. When we go to the reference material, the studies appear to be well chosen and well designed.

In a 2013 article from FoodNavigator-USA that is critical of The Grain Brain, a Dr. Julie Miller-Jones, Ph.D. criticized the book for being unscientific, but offers no specific studies that counter her assertions. She appears to say that our current dietary recommendations are just fine but doesn’t explain why obesity is exploding, mental disorders including early dementia are on the rise. Taking a look at Dr. Miller-Jones resume, one might conclude that she is writing with a careful eye toward who butters her bread. She is involved with The Healthy Grains Institute. Hey pass me that basket of dinner rolls, Dr. Miller-Jones.

Click here for link to Dr. Perlmutter’s blog.