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David Perlmutter, M.D.
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David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida.

He is the author of upcoming book, Grain Brain September, 2013. Connect with Dr. Perlmutter on Google+.

Entries by David Perlmutter, M.D.

Toward Prevention of Parkinson's Disease

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Parkinson's disease now afflicts close to 1 million Americans, with 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. And while the symptoms, including tremor and rigidity, are often improved with pharmaceutical and at times surgical interventions, no treatment exists for the underlying disease.

Parkinson's is described as a progressive...

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You Can Prevent Alzheimer's

(32) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 3:10 PM

Earlier this week, the U.S. government announced that it was going to provide $33.2 million, the largest grant of its kind in history, to support the development of a pharmaceutical approach to prevent Alzheimer's disease in healthy people. No doubt if such a drug finds scientific validation it would be...

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Let's Rethink Alzheimer's

(15) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Alzheimer's now affects more than 5.4 million Americans and may be costing as much as $200 billion annually, twice what is spent on cardiovascular disease and close to triple what is spent on treating cancer, according to a recent RAND study.

The central thesis in terms of...

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Becoming a Memory Champion?

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2013 | 11:15 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

This past weekend I had the unique opportunity to participate in the annual USA Memory Championship. But before it sounds like I'm portraying myself as some...

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Breast Cancer Treatment for ALS?

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 11:36 AM

ALS (Amyotrohic Lateral Sclerosis) -- also know as Lou Gehrig's disease -- represents one of the most challenging disorders for neurologists. Despite the efforts of the best minds in medical research, there is still no cure for ALS. In many cases, the disease is rapidly progressive. In fact, once the...

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Olive Oil Cuts Stroke Risk?

(5) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 8:15 AM

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. More common in women, strokes affect close to 800,000 Americans each year killing nearly 150,000. While strokes typically occur in people over the age of 65, they can occur...

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Finally, Healthful Fast Food

(8) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 10:25 PM

In what has been described as a move to build a more nutritious Happy Meal, McDonald's has announced that the popular menu selection will soon not only contain fruit but will also provide less than half the number of French fries. This makeover will result in a reduction of 110...

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When it Comes to Brain Cancer, Let's Look Beyond Chemo

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 4:28 PM

The most common -- and unfortunately the most aggressive -- malignant tumor arising in the brain is the glioblastoma (GBM). And despite the advances made over the past decade in cancer therapy, the median survival from the time of diagnosis of this tumor remains at about 12 months.


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Alzheimer's Prevention: Reducing Your Risk

(59) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 6:41 AM

Alzheimer's disease might well be considered an epidemic in our country. With more than 5.3 million Americans diagnosed with the disease and that number expected to double by 2030, it makes sense to ask ourselves what can be done to prevent this devastating disease. According to a recent Medscape

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Vitamin D: The Multiple Sclerosis Connection

(93) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 7:08 AM

Current estimates report that about 300,000 Americans have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) with an incredible 10,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. While there is a small hereditary component, by and large, most cases seem to just happen without an identifiable cause. Over the past few decades, the...

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Alzheimer's And Herpes Simplex Virus: A Link?

(84) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 7:18 AM

Last week an advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration unanimously recommended the approval of a diagnostic brain scan for Alzheimer's disease. The new technology is based upon imaging and quantifying the amount of a specific protein, beta amyloid, in the brains of patients suspected of having the disease....

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Free Radicals: How They Speed the Aging Process

(60) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 7:38 AM

Turn on the television, open a magazine or listen to the radio and in short order you will no doubt be exposed to an advertisement extolling the virtues of some newly discovered exotic fruit juice that has the highest antioxidant content on the face of the earth. You may wonder...

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Human Memory: Why Bad Memories Stick

(27) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 8:12 AM

"I'm incredibly stressed out, and this Arizona thing has really put me over the top," complained my patient, just this week, a woman in her mid fifties. "I just can't seem to let it go. It's like I'm always on edge," she lamented. Looking at her intake paperwork, I noted...

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Brain Development: How Much TV Should Children Watch?

(37) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 10:02 AM

The brains of the infant, toddler and preschooler are genetically programmed to develop most effectively when exposed to an environment which has remained essentially unchanged over the past tens of thousands of years. During this period of our evolution, early childhood was characterized by specific types of social interaction, including...

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Gluten Sensitivity and the Impact on the Brain

(166) Comments | Posted November 21, 2010 | 10:40 AM

Several years ago, parents of a lovely nine-year-old girl, Karen, brought her to see me because she had poor memory. They indicated that she had difficulty in thinking and focusing, and because of these issues she was falling further and further behind in her school work. Interestingly, they stated that...

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Neurogenesis: How to Change Your Brain

(169) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 7:26 AM

"In adult centers the nerve paths are something fixed, ended, immutable. Everything may die, nothing may be regenerated."
-- Santiago Ramon Y Cajal, "Degeneration and Regeneration in the Nervous System," 1928

This long-held tenet, first proposed by Professor Cajal, held that brain neurons were unique because they lacked...

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