A Summary and Critique of David Perlmutter's Brain Maker

A Summary and Critique of David Perlmutter's Brain Maker : What Scientists Say about the Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain

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This is not the actual David Perlmutter's "Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain-for Life." The primary objective of this book is to bring insightful discussion and critique of Perlmutter's "Brain Maker" to readers everywhere. Microbes, the oldest form of life on the Earth, are single-celled organisms. They are so small that millions of them could easily fit into the eye of a needle. We can see them only when we look through high-powered microscopes. Microbes include bacteria, archaea, protists and fungi. With their ability to endure harsh conditions, it is no wonder that microbes are among the most ancient life forms that ever populated the Earth. Microbe fossils date back more than 3.5 billion years. When animal life emerged on the Earth, microbes had already existed on our planet for approximately 3 billion years. In many ways, microbes have played a significant role in making our planet and life on our planet what they are today. Without microbes, plants would not be able to grow, there would be significantly less oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere, garbage would not decay and humans would be very different from what we are today. As plants and animals came into existence, they became dependent on their interaction with microbes. Plants were able to colonize the surface of our planet thanks to the microbes, which still help plants extract important nutrients from soil. Microbes also populated animals' guts, helping them to absorb nutrients from food that animals would be unable to digest otherwise. In return, microbes gained mobility by travelling in animals' guts. Bacteria were discovered in the late 17th century by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the Dutch tradesman and scientist who observed these tiny life forms through a microscope. In the 19th century, Ilya Mechnikov, the Russian-born biologist, discovered a connection between human life expectancy and a healthy balance of bacteria in the human body. He also proposed that the number of good bacteria living inside a healthy human body must be greater than the number of bad bacteria. The latest scientific studies conducted around the world now agree with the idea that bacteria that live in the human gut greatly affect human health and that problems with gut bacteria can even result in brain diseases. The findings of these studies, which have been available for years, are reviewed and discussed in Perlmutter's book, "Brain Maker." He advocates in his book the idea that the currrent "epidemic" of brain disorders can be directly related to the notion that many people's guts are lacking a healthy and diverse microbial population. Perlmutter proposes in "Brain Maker" that a dietary prescription can heal the gut bacteria, preventing chronic inflammation and the action of free radicals. He also advocates such treatments for restoring and supporting gut health as probiotic enemas and fecal transplantation. In this book, you will find a concise and clear summary of the key ideas and facts of Perlmutter's book, "Brain Maker, "as well as a review of credible ideas, facts and findings that supplement or contrast with those in Perlmutter's book-these "beyond-Perlmutter's-book" ideas, facts and findings will provide you with a bigger picture of the quetions discussed in Perlmutter's book and help you better understand and critically think about Perlmutter's book. In the the third section of this book, "A Critique of the Principal Messages in "Brain Maker,""you will find a reiew of the findings of serious medical studies, which indicate that good diet, exercise, probiotic enemas and fecal transplantation, as well as avoidance of unnecessary stress and antibiotics may not be sufficient to heal the sick gut.show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 4.32mm | 149.68g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514673371
  • 9781514673379
  • 1,832,015