Are Alzheimer's and dementia simply linked to gluten?

So thinks David Perlmutter who practices in Naples, Florida. He holds a medical doctorate from the University of Miami School of Medicine and is both a board-certified neurologist and a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the medical director of the Perlmutter Health Center and the Perlmutter Hyperbaric Center.

His practice is even backed by Dr Oz – Mehmet Oz, of  Oprah Winfrey fame.

Perlmutter describes himself as an Empowering Neurologist. And his argument (as Chris Woollams’ is in his book ‘the Rainbow Diet’ ) is that high blood glucose is damaging our health. And particularly gluten – “diet is fundamentally important in reducing the degeneration of the body, and particularly the brain.” Perlmutter calls gluten “a modern poison” and likens eating it to drinking gasoline.

Perlmutter believes more than 50 percent of Alzheimer’s cases were totally preventable, a finding published, by Dr.Deborah Barnes at UCSF.

Inflammation caused by glucose and gluten leads to Alzheimer’s, depression, chronic headaches, ADHD, etc.

“What we know is that even mild elevations in blood sugar are strongly related to developing Alzheimer’s disease. That was published August 8, 2013, in the New England Journal of Medicine. Even mild elevations in blood sugar compromise brain structure and lead to shrinkage of the brain. That’s what our most well-respected, peer-reviewed journals are telling us,” he stated in one interview. “The work of Dr. Alessio Fasano at Harvard indicates that perhaps all humans have some negative reaction to gluten. Gluten induces this cornerstone of brain degeneration: inflammation. It causes leakiness of the blood-brain barrier.”

Fat is not so bad after all. Many grain foods – even the whole unrefined, lower glycemic grains – can increase plasma glucose levels which are linked to cognitive decline, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Blood glucose causes insulin release and chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation is the pre-cursor to all manner of chronic illness.

“Go on. Just try a month without any grains. And see how well you feel after it”, says Chris.

Conversely Chris argues that you need fat, and that a ketogenic diet has major health benefits. Find out more by clicking the links below:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The Ketogenic Diet

The Rainbow Diet