Brain Maker: the power of gut microbes to heal and protect your brain… for life by David Perlmutter. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Available in Large Print and Regular Print
During a time of a health crisis, when well-being is a priority for many, if not all, Dr. David Perlmutter’s book Brain Maker is a treasure waiting to be discovered by readers who are inspired by actual science and medical knowledge.
One might be enticed by the title and led to believe that this publication offers consequential wisdom exclusively regarding ailments to the brain. Although Brain Maker presents extensive data on infirmities such as Dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s, Perlmutter’s work also delivers significant science pertaining to an array of medical issues which cause millions of Americans suffering, ranging from depression to cancer, ADHD, and even obesity. Readers will find eye-opening counsel on subjects such as multiple sclerosis, autism, bipolar disorder, anxiety, migraines, heart disease, allergies, and a seemingly never-ending list of afflictions that are connected to the health of the human gut biome.
Brain maker is an illuminating and inspiring work that speaks to a variety of readers, from those who enjoy complex scientific material to concerned individuals who want wisdom in regards to their personal health. After addressing an extensive list of illnesses, Perlmutter presents advice on encouraging a healthy gut flora through diet (recipes included), supplementation, and healthy habits that readers can immediately begin to put into practice.
Dr. Perlmutter shares his experiences and personal success in treating patients with perplexing ailments as well as his clinical observations during his practice in medicine. He offers true to life examples that will ultimately resonate with readers.
Readers may choose to delve into the detailed and substantial research offered, however, readers who are less enthusiastic about technical and scientific data may choose to simply peruse topics throughout the pages and find the information that pertains to them and their interest. Either way, Brain Maker will pique the interest of patrons from all walks of life.
Susie Flores is the Mobile Library driver for Alamance Public Libraries. She may be reached at SFlores@alamancelibraries.org.