The Actual Grain Brain Connection

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

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Dr. Perlmutter, well-known neurologist, has released a new book, Grain Brain. It’s on track to be the newest fad in healthcare.

One advertising headline screamed, “The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar and carbs on the brain with a 30 day plan to achieve optimum health.”

Oh my, the truth, who knew???  (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

This is how Barnes & Noble has touted its release: Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD,  blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.”

Man, it’s always something isn’t it?  Actually those who should avoid gluten (found in wheat, barley, rye and perhaps oats), are those with Celiac disease, a debilitating autoimmune condition in which the body perceives gluton as a threat and damages the lining of the small intestine.

But my goodness, this doctor is leading people in a wrong direction. Did God lie? Make a mistake? If so, it would be God’s first mistake in man’s 6,000 . . .  oh wait, make that 69.9 million years if you’re an evolutionist.  Guess you know I’m not.

“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”   Numbers 23:19

Here’s why I’ll stick to Gods’ plan:

  1. Man has been consuming complex carbohydrates since the Garden of Eden, which God endorsed as he  instructed Adam.
  2. Jesus stated that he was the Bread of Life. He’s God! He cannot lie!  I doubt He misspoke or knowingly stated that whoever came unto me would be susceptible to dementia! Do you?
  3. The brain feeds primarily on glucose derived from carbohydrates. Consume complex types: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds NOT donuts and candy!
  4. The Far East and other cultures consume far more carbohydrates than we do and yet have much lower rates of dementia and other illnesses than the US which consumes a more fatty diet.
  5. In his interview, Dr. Perlmutter encourages modern society to go back to an early man diet; 75% fat and 5% carbs.  Excuse me, not true. Early man’s diet consisted of one given by God when He placed Adam  in the Garden of Eden.

“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29.  

Man didn’t eat meat until after the flood!  Genesis 9:3.

I could write pages on the benefits of whole grains and how complex carbohydrate’s benefit bodily functions but here are just a few:

  1. Whole grains contain fiber, a necessity for good digestion. Fiber escorts toxins out of our system so the liver is cleaner,  allowing for dispersing of nutrients more effectively.
  2. Whole grains contain beneficial B vitamins which improve mood and convert carbs, protein and fats into energy.
  3. Whole grains are a good source of magnesium, iron, manganese, selenium, Vitamin E, and valuable antioxidants which prevent aging among other benefits.
  4. One can develop allergies in anything if one consumes the same food all the time. Consume a variety of whole grains to prevent this: amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, wild rice, couscous.
  5. Whole grain (complex carbs) regulates blood sugar by allowing insulin to be released more slowly into our systems, thus benefiting diabetics.
  6. Whole grains escort the sludge through our veins, thus preventing heart disease and colon cancers.
  7. Since whole grain contains valuable fiber which expands when drinking water, it helps with weight management too!
So you make the call  . . . do you believe in Grain Brain’s theory or God’s Truth?
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14 thoughts on “The Actual Grain Brain Connection

  1. Thanks for posting this. Maybe all these fad diets and restriction of foods is what is actually contributing to some of these issues? Perhaps these professional should be promoting a well balanced diet with moderation as key. I agree with you, my friend! Great post! Thanks for sharing. ~Blessings~

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  2. Thank you Ellie for highlighting some of the deception out there with dieting, it is good that you have done so, to be warned is to be protected against this deception.

    I hate the word diet, it starts with die and yes that is what almost happened to me with being Bulimic and I still suffer today because of the lack of good Nutrition over many years because of this and many diets.

    Everything God made He said was very good, to say it’s not is calling God a lair, He has given us much variety and man has added to this by using the bounty God gave us in natural resources. yes as you shared, everything in moderation of course not meaning sin too, because even though God created Honey, He tells us too much will make us sick, we need His balance with food like everything else.

    God provided meat for us too , it has wonderful needed benefits ( see below) we give thanks for all His blessings.

    1 Timothy 4:4 -6 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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  3. Great post Ellie. I agree with you on the benefits and importance of grains for our brain. I do not believe in researches that deviate us from our traditional diets and foods. Of course I believe strongly in God’s Truth. Thank you so much for highlighting the importance of grains and their enormous health benefits. I always learn so much from your posts my friend. Take care and God bless.

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  4. I don’t get these “experts” who make these claims. Although we do seem to cope with some diseases due to modern dietary habits, these seem primarily related to excess, either too much processed foods or a fatty diet. I also wonder about the claims regarding diet in ancient times: didn’t people eat differently depending upon where they lived and what was available? Think the Arctic versus the Carribean for example. Foods available in these two regions were and are quite different. Should Carribeans adopt the fatty Eskimo diet? Nonsense! These extreme claims lead to more and more confusion for the layperson. I really wish these folks would give it a rest.

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    • Wow, excellent points and one I hadn’t thought of before about the Eskimo and Caribbean culture. (I know, I know it’s hard to believe since college I’ve called me a “know it all.” 🙂 Ha!

      As for modern diseases, so true – these are the people who abuse their body and then shake their fist at God and ask, “Why’d you do this to me???”

      I always think in terms of before and after the flood, so I bet the Eskimo/Caribbean thing had something to do with adjusting to the changing climates after the canopy collapsed and the seasons began. Fascinating, might make a great blog someday, thanks! I sure appreciate your comments and blessings to you,You have a wonderful blog,

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  5. Hey Ellie! A really great post chica! I don’t have any plans to give up my carbs, that’s for sure.

    I also find it interesting that you note that “Man did not eat meat until after the flood.” I’m curious about your perspective on if God wants man to eat meat today. I wrote a post awhile back about my thoughts on what Jesus would eat if he were on earth today. Here’s the link if you’re interested in checking it out: http://honkifyourevegan.com/2013/09/10/what-would-jesus-eat/

    I’d love to hear your thoughts about this matter when you’ve got the time. Happy holidays! Celeste 🙂

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    • You presented a wonderful opportunity Celeste, so look forward to a post within the next few weeks. Here’s a big hint though: we live under grace today and of course, 1 Corinthians 10:23. I’d love to lay out sensible reasons for each belief and then let others choose because there’s no definitive right answer. Thanks for asking! Blessings,

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  6. Hi Ellie, I so hear what you’re saying and it’s such a tricky topic this one! I’ve been soaking grains for years and have a really great diet, but I can’t deny that grains cause me problems, even the organic, whole versions I’ve been eating small to moderate quantities of for years. It’s been a source of conflict in my heart, as I’ve wondered how something that God created could be harmful.
    I recently read a book called ‘Weeding Out Wheat – a simple scientific faith-based guide’ which grapples with the very issues you have laid out here. I’ve written here http://homemakingwithheart.com/2013/11/10/weeding-out-wheat/ if you’re interested in how this is working for me, and will be posting again on this tomorrow on how my health has improved so far. The book is on special this week and you can pick it up for 1.99 on Kindle.
    Even if you still find that you see differently from Luke and Trisha on this one after reading their book, I know you will still appreciate and respect how they have arrived at their conclusions.
    Bless you friend!
    from Victoria

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  7. No worries Victoria. 🙂 I believe the answer is actually easy to define.The beauty of God’s Creation is that we are all created uniquely, each with a different DNA. God created all things good in the beginning but the second law of thermodynamics and the deterioration of God’s creation and mankind itself changes as the years go by.

    That being said, some are allergic to shellfish, honey strawberries or something else and I highly recommend that IF one is, they certainly shouldn’t eat that food simply because it was originally created good. Therefore God also gave us free will and common sense which gets us through this tough life until we receive our perfect bodies in heaven, I see no controversy in your opinion and advise anyone to listen to their body first and use their God-given brains. In that we are in complete agreement my friend. Blessings as always,

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    • You’re so right Ellie, as always.
      Wheat is one of those things that sadly is not the same as it was 50 years ago, and many other things are the same in our food chain. My daughter can’t eat non-organic strawberries as she breaks out in hives, but organic ones are fine. I suspect it’s more to do with the pesticides sprayed on non-organic ones. 😦 Gladly no-one in our family has issues with raw honey! We have a variety in NZ called manuka that you can probably get in the US. It has amazing healing properties.
      Bless you, from Vic

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