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The Grain Brain Discussion

Posted 3/9/2015 by UHBlog

Learn about memory loss evaluation and therapies at UH Geauga Medical Center.

Memory loss can be scary. So it's understandable that you want to find the reason behind this frustrating condition.

One theory blames carbohydrates for memory loss. In the book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain's Silent Killers, author David Perlmutter, a neurologist, claims whole grains cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression and other neurological conditions. Carbs, along with gluten, contribute to inflammation which causes dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases, Dr. Perlmutter says.

Understandably, Perlmutter's ideas are revolutionary, particularly the notion that through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.

Despite the book's popularity, it hasn't been a topic of discussion among the patients and their families seen by UH Geauga Medical Center neurologist Mark Rorick, MD.

"Dr. Perlmutter recommends eliminating all grains from your diet and only eating a high-fat diet," says Dr. Rorick. "That's not palatable to most people. He's definitely taken a controversial position."

Dr. Rorick, whose patients include people with dementia, said the studies cited in Grain Brain haven't been replicated elsewhere as far as he knows.

"Any neurologist is going to tell you that dementia is not easy to treat," he says, "Once it's there, it's a progressive condition."

To determine a patient's extent and type of memory loss, UH Geauga Medical Center performs a comprehensive evaluation. This assessment is used to develop an individual treatment plan for the best chance of success.

Mark Rorick, MD is a neurologist at UH Geauga Medical Center.You can request an appointment with Dr. Rorick or any other doctor online.

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