David Perlmutter

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David Perlmutter
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Perlmutter in 2013
Born (1954-12-31) December 31, 1954 (age 63)
Residence United States
Alma mater Lafayette College, University of Miami School of Medicine
Scientific career
Fields Medicine, Neurology, Neurogastroenterology
Website www.drperlmutter.com

David Perlmutter is a Naples, Florida based American celebrity doctor[1] and commercial author "Yet despite this heightened concern about the accuracy of health information, best-selling celebrity neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter seems to have escaped much scrutiny, even though he has a decades-long history of offering — and profiting from — suspect medical advice."[2][3]


Perlmutter is a commercial author of health books and is known for advocating a functional and holistic approach toward treating brain disorders.[2][4][5] Perlmutter serves as a medical advisor for The Dr. Oz Show.[6] Perlmutter has also contributed to the Huffington Post,[7] The Daily Beast,[8] and Mind Body Green.[9]

Perlmutter wrote the book Grain Brain, released September, 2013, promoting the concept that gluten causes neurological condition.[10]

Although not primarily a medical researcher, he has published in the medical literature.[11][12][13][14] He was the president of the Perlmutter Health Center[5] until its sale in 2015.[15]


Perlmutter has received the 2002 Linus Pauling Award (of the Institute for Functional Medicine),[16] and 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association[17] In 2015, Perlmutter was awarded the "Communications and Media Award" from the American College of Nutrition [18]


Perlmutter and his books have faced criticism from other physicians and commentators, including Epidemiologist David Katz, founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT, who has criticized Grain Brain, calling it a "silly book" and saying "Perlmutter is way ahead of any justifiable conclusion."[19]

Microbiome expert Jonathan Eisen criticized Brain Maker in blunt terms. “To think we can magically heal diseases by changing to a gluten-free diet and taking some probiotics is idiotic...It resembles more the presentation of a snake-oil salesman than that of a person interested in actually figuring out how to help people.”[1]

Perlmutter's advice to parents that they should ask their pediatricians about scheduling childhood vaccinations separately[1] is contrary to advice from the CDC[20] and the American Academy of Pediatrics.[21]

David Perlmutter is listed by Quackwatch as a promoter of questionable health products.[22]


  • Perlmutter, David (November 15, 2016). The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan: Boost Brain Performance, Lose Weight, and Achieve Optimal Health. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316319198.
  • Perlmutter, David (April 28, 2015). Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316380105.
  • Perlmutter, David (September 9, 2014). The Grain Brain Cookbook: More Than 150 Life-Changing Gluten-Free Recipes to Transform Your Health. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316334251.
  • with Loberg, Kristin (September 17, 2013). Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 031623480X.
  • with Villoldo, Alberto (February 1, 2012). Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment. Hay House. ISBN 1401928188.
  • with Colman, Carol (August 2, 2005) [2004]. The Better Brain Book: The Best Tool for Improving Memory and Sharpness and Preventing Aging of the Brain. Riverhead Trade. ISBN 1594480931.
  • with Colman, Carol (March 11, 2008) [2006]. Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten: Raise IQ by up to 30 points and turn on your child's smart genes. Harmony. ISBN 0767923022.


  1. ^ a b c Levinovitz, Alan (June 24, 2015). "The Problem With David Perlmutter, the Grain Brain Doctor". New York Magazine. Yet despite this heightened concern about the accuracy of health information, best-selling celebrity neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter seems to have escaped much scrutiny, even though he has a decades-long history of offering — and profiting from — suspect medical advice.
  2. ^ a b David Perlmutter, M.D. "Entry at". Hayhouse.com. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. ^ Committee, Physicians. "Article at". Tcolincampbell.org. Archived from the original on October 4, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  4. ^ "Doctor Details". ABIHM. Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  5. ^ a b "David Perlmutter, MD". LinkedIn. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  6. ^ "David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM | The Dr. Oz Show". Doctoroz.com. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  7. ^ "David Perlmutter, M.D". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  8. ^ "David Perlmutter, MD". The Daily Beast. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  9. ^ website. "Dr. David Perlmutter on MindBodyGreen". Mindbodygreen.com. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  10. ^ Taylor, Ihsan. "NY Times best sellers list". New York Times. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  11. ^ Perlmutter, David; Rhoton, Jr, Albert L (1976). "Microsurgical anatomy of the anterior cerebral-anterior communicating-recurrent artery complex". Journal of Neurosurgery. 45 (3): 259–272. doi:10.3171/jns.1976.45.3.0259.
  12. ^ Perlmutter, D; Smith, RE; Perlmutter, I. ""Hidden" Disks and Computerized Tomography". Southern Medical Journal. Journals.lww.com. 78: 1343–6. doi:10.1097/00007611-198511000-00020. PMID 4071142.
  13. ^ Perlmutter, D (1999). "Functional Therapeutics in Neurodegenerative Disease". Journal of Applied Nutrition. 51 (1): 3–13.
  14. ^ Joseph R. Berger, MD; Andrea Bender, MD; Lionel Resnick, MD; et al. (November 1986). "Spinal Myoclonus Associated With HTLV III/LAV Infection". Arch. Neurol. 43 (11): 1203–1204. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520110089026. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  15. ^ "Get Well and Live Well Naturally at Hughes Center for Functional Medicine". Hughes Center for Functional Medicine. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  16. ^ "About the Linus Pauling Award". The Institute for Functional Medicine. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Annual Awards Past Winners". Natural Products Association. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  18. ^ http://www.americancollegeofnutrition.org/content/communications-and-media-award-recpient-david-perlmutter-md-facn-abihm-author-new-york-times
  19. ^ Hamblin, James (20 December 2013). "This Is Your Brain on Gluten". The Atlantic. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  20. ^ "Multiple Vaccines and the Immune System". CDC. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Multiple Vaccinations at One Time". healthychildren.org. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Promoters of Questionable Methods and/or Advice". Quackwatch. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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