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Your thoughts on Dr Perlmutter please.

Answered on November 20, 2013
Created November 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I recently listened to a podcast on Robb wolfs paleo solution with Dr Perlmutter as the guest speaker.

heres the link. http://robbwolf.com/2013/09/17/episode-200-guest-dr-perlmutter/

The guy seems to know his stuff & Robb wolf was certainly impressed with him. Dr Perlmutter seemed to have a very heavy stance on gluten, saying it is the cause of degenerative brain diseases among issues. It was a very good podcast indeed, my only concerns were, he said that gluten is basically bad for everyone & eating carbs above 60-80 grams per day wasn't desirable for us. This last one pricked my ears a bit as i've shifted from low carb <40 to eating white potatoes & white rice for the past year & not counting carbs. I would be interested on any views on this guy & his statement. I would be especially interested in what @foreveryoung has to say on this matter as i know this guy definitely isn't carbophobic. Thanks in advance for any input.

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This is veering off-topic, but yes, I understand the arguments for not eating soy -- I just don't take them very seriously. I eat traditionally prepared, non-GMO soy, and I believe it's likely healthful. Have you spent much time in Asian countries? Paleo is quite western-centric, and I think it tends to shape beliefs to fit that perspective.

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Yes, I was referring to the same China :) Perhaps you've misunderstood my comment. I am talking about traditional rice based diets. I don't believe there's evidence to show that such diets produce higher rates of neurological disease.

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at 12:35 PM

We really need to stop buying into the media's mythical portrayal of Asian food items another example: they also didn't traditionally eat tons of soy like the media said - they ate tiny amounts, and what little they ate was actually fermented for long periods of time - a far cry from tofu and soy sauce you see on the shelves in supermarkets - even so, they're not beneficial foods, they were used by monks to shut down sexual cravings.

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Oh, you mean, the same China whose rates of diabetes are higher than the USA's?

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/09/04/diabetes-cases-are-on-rise-in-china/

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on November 20, 2013
at 04:08 PM

I've found that most of the time, if advice comes with a "zero tolerance...or else" guidance, it's usually hyperbolic. I've listened to several interviews with Dr. Perlmutter, and while he is an intelligent person, I can't get behind his guidance.

For those who are struggling with metabolic disorder, his prescription is likely very helpful, but I don't agree that it is a panacea appropriate for all people.

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on November 20, 2013
at 12:15 PM

His dietary advice is to get into ketosis and avoid starches, fruits and other sources of sugar -- it's your only hope of preventing dementia!

I'd love to hear what he has to say about the neurological health of North Asians. You know, that giant population that eats rice with every meal and is generally a lot healthier than their western counterparts.

I read his book, and compared to most of the good Paleo works published in the last 2-3 years, the diet sounded horribly out of date.

When it comes to treating neurological disease, his advice is probably spot on. The issue -- and we've seen this so many times with VLC diets -- is that it's not automatically optimal for everyone, including people who don't have these diseases and maybe never will.

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on November 20, 2013
at 12:35 PM

Oh, you mean, the same China whose rates of diabetes are higher than the USA's?

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/09/04/diabetes-cases-are-on-rise-in-china/

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on November 20, 2013
at 12:35 PM

We really need to stop buying into the media's mythical portrayal of Asian food items another example: they also didn't traditionally eat tons of soy like the media said - they ate tiny amounts, and what little they ate was actually fermented for long periods of time - a far cry from tofu and soy sauce you see on the shelves in supermarkets - even so, they're not beneficial foods, they were used by monks to shut down sexual cravings.

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