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Shape Up For Summer!

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter partners with CBN to launch a new 8-week health and wellness challenge. Boost brain performance, lose weight, and achieve optimal health! Read Transcript

Every 18 minutes--

count it, 18 minutes--

four Americans will die because of the food they eat.

You don't have to be one of them.

We want you to be healthy and we're

about to give you the tools to get

in the best shape of your life.

Take a look.

NARRATOR: Neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter,

is known for his bestsellers, "Grain Brain" and "Brain


His insights have changed the way

more than a million people around the world

understand their health.

This spring, Dr. Perlmutter, in partnership with CBN,

is launching a free, eight week summer health

and wellness challenge unlike any other.

The challenge is based on Dr. Perlmutter's "Grain Brain Whole

Life Plan" book.

His scientific approach can help you regain mental clarity,

lose weight, and improve your overall health.

Well joining me now to kick off our "Shape Up for Summer"

challenge is Dr. David Perlmutter.

He's an award winning author.

A tremendous number of people follow his advice.

And, Doctor, it's good to see you.

Thanks for being here.

DR. PERLMUTTER: It's really, really great to be back.

We are so excited about this program, and it's eight weeks.

And, you know, you mentioned earlier

about brain health and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's,

but it's all about weight loss, getting into shape.

And it's the same diet you would use

to prevent heart disease and brain disease,

but also get back into shape.

PAT ROBERTSON: We're starting this 40 days,

and today is the kickoff day.

Today is the day and people are already signing on.


Now look, I read this book.

I must say I read and reread it, because it

is a very interesting book.

You start off with a chronicle of the incredible numbers

of diseases that are caused by improper diet.

Could you give us a litany of some of the horrible things?

Well, basically, any disease that has a vowel in its name

is suspect.

But we do know that there is a strong dietary

relationship between what you eat and things like obesity,

and that doesn't take much thinking.

But yes, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and even Alzheimer's,

these are related to the process of inflammation.

That's the cornerstone.

And we now understand that inflammation has its beginnings

in the gut.

And I thought it was really interesting--

your discussion earlier with Paul Ryan--

because of this intense fever pitch debate

going on about the previous health care

plan versus the proposals and the revision.

And, you know, frankly, these plans have nothing

to do with health.

It's all about what to do when you're sick

or you have an accident.

And I would submit that the right thing

to do from a moral perspective is to help people be healthy,

and from an economic perspective.

PAT ROBERTSON: Well that's the way

the Chinese used to-- they'd pay their doctors when

they were healthy, and they didn't pay them

when they were sick.

Is that--

That's right, and that's well said.

So this is an exciting eight week challenge,

and on the website we have a robust number of assets--

what to eat, why you want to avoid artificial sweeteners

of all things.

I mean, all these years we were told,

well you drink sugarless this and that,

and you're going to lose weight.

Doesn't work that way.

When you drink artificially sweetened beverages,

you change your gut bacteria, and your gut bacteria--

you and I have had this discussion a couple of times--

think that you're starving, and hold on to every calorie

and you gain weight.

It's little microbes in the trillions in your gut,

is that right?

That's right.

100 trillion in your gut.

PAT ROBERTSON: 100 trillion?

That's right.

PAT ROBERTSON: Little things in there.

Give or take a few.

Give or take a few, yeah.

All right.

Talk to us about the stuff they put in bread

called gluten, because most of us just don't know gluten.

I mean, gluten is kind of like bread, but it's not.


Well, gluten is a protein, and it's not--

PAT ROBERTSON: It is a protein?

It's a protein.

And, you know, the real issue with gluten

is that, ultimately, it increases what we've

talked about-- inflammation.

Again, the cornerstone of gaining weight,

of developing some serious and, at times,

illnesses for which we have no treatment.

And this is all about prevention.

It's all about the outreach that we are now doing

over the next eight weeks.

This information is all on the CBN website.

So it's--

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, can you get bread

that doesn't have any gluten?

Sure you can.

You can?

Bread made from rice for example, and other things--

other grains that don't contain gluten.

PAT ROBERTSON: Now, what does gluten do to you?

You get gluten in your gut, what does it do?

Well what the new research from Harvard has indicated

is one component of the gluten is called gliadin,

and gliadin increases the leakiness of the gut.

And that's step one for increasing inflammation, which

then opens the door to not good things, and--

PAT ROBERTSON: Well now you mentioned Alzheimer's,

Parkinson's, heart disease.

What are the others?

Well, primarily, obesity, but even cancer itself

is now looked upon as being an inflammatory disorder.

So the other thing I wanted to mention about the program

is this is a real community event,

because people are going to be recording their weight

loss every week.

PAT ROBERTSON: Now you've got this across the country.

Well this is globally, actually.


Globally, and people are going to be recording.

As they sign on each week, they'll

record their weight loss.

So it's a group effort.

And we're going to see over the next couple of months

how many tons--

PAT ROBERTSON: Why do you lose weight with your diet?

Why will we lose weight?

Well basically because we're getting rid of the carbs,

and we're getting rid of the sugar.

And we're welcoming fat back to the table.

PAT ROBERTSON: So much of this, you know--

low fat, low fat, low fat, low fat yogurt loaded with sugar.

They're wrong, huh?

You get this.

You've always gotten this.

And that's the mission here, is to really spread the word that

we were sold a bill of goods over about 30 years ago that we

realize now-- as per a recent publication in "Journal

of the American Medical Association",

front page of "The New York Times"--

that the reason doctors were parroting this low fat,

low fat, was because of the sugar industry

influencing the data that was reported in the late 1960s.

And that stuck like glue.

The sugar-- they were influencing?

Oh, that was on the front page of "The New York Times".

It was a big, big story.

PAT ROBERTSON: Well I remember they threw out cyclamates,

which was a type of sweetener.

But you see that, for example, Sweet'N Low and these other


Will they mess your gut up?

They will, and we've seen the data that

shows a dramatic increased risk for weight gain,

and even doubling of the risk of type 2 diabetes

in people that are consuming these artificial sweeteners.

We never understood why that was.


Great question.

And the reason is now we see, from research that has come out

of Israel, that it's because of what it does, again,

to the gut bacteria.

So it changes the gut bacteria and they

begin to think that we're starving,

and they make us retain calories and build fat.

PAT ROBERTSON: Well so many people--

I know one particular person, who I will not name,

who used to drink two or three diet drinks,

start off the day drinking a diet soda

and thinking they were doing--

and continue to get to be obese.

That's right.

We all know people who drink liters of these diet

sodas and continue to gain weight.

And it's so unfortunate because, in their minds,

they believe they're doing the right thing.

Because face it, they're drinking no calories, no sugar,

what could be wrong with that?

Well, look at the data.

The data shows a dramatic increased risk for both weight

gain and diabetes.

My fixation on diabetes-- if it is a fixation--

is because when you become a type 2 diabetic,

you have quadrupled your risk for Alzheimer's disease,

a disease for which there is no treatment.

PAT ROBERTSON: Quadrupled the risk

if you have type 2 diabetes?

That's right, and it's been estimated that as many as 100

million Americans are prediabetic, and going

to ultimately develop diabetes.


In your book you also talked about the social aspects

of health, that somehow people who

have a healthy marriage or a healthy family

or have a social support group were much less

likely to get sick.

Tell us about that.

That's right.

And you know, that's what the data has told us,

that connection and enjoyment of life and--

you know, I really talked about that

as being one important pillar, but the other important pillar

was gratitude.

I'm very open about an experience I had in my life

not too long ago.

PAT ROBERTSON: What was that?

Well, I had lost a very close friend,

and the next day I had a--

I went into atrial fibrillation.

And I was in the hospital in the intensive care unit,

and I woke up in the middle of the night

and there was, on the monitor, no heartbeat.

I was flatlined.

And it was a moment, as you can only imagine.

Fortunately, I realized--

I thought, well either this is it, or I'm dreaming.

I realized I wasn't dreaming.

I said there's only one other explanation.

Maybe one of the heart leads came off.

And I traced them out, and put it back on my chest,

and the heartbeat was there and I was OK, obviously.

PAT ROBERTSON: You're alive.

And then the good news was a full evaluation

of my heart showed that my heart is strong and I'm fine,

but it was really a broken heart that loss

of my closest friend that really had that effect upon me.

So I was very grateful for the care I received.

PAT ROBERTSON: Also, you know, the Bible

says there's more blessings to give than to receive,

and you found that giving sets up something in the body that

makes you healthy.

That's what that whole chapter is about.

It's expressing-- expressing gratitude on a daily basis.

And we sure need more of that.

I mean, I don't know how that relates

to the theme of our discussion today,

but the reality is I think it has a very powerful role.

It's in your book.

There you go.

All right.

This challenge, I want to repeat again,

what do you want people to do?

You want them to sign up today?

Where do they sign?


DR. PERLMUTTER: They just go to the CBN website.

CBN website.

And this is an exciting challenge.

They will sign up.

And we're asking all people need to do is--

it's on the screen now-- is just record their weight

loss every week.

We're giving away books.

We're giving away a Fitbit every week.

We're giving away my previous programs and lots

of great assets.

It's all about reestablishing a connection

with knowing what to eat.

Not counting calories anymore, not some points

of foods that you eat or don't eat.

But it's about learning what you should be eating

and really reestablishing a sense

of eating when you're hungry.

Who knew?

I mean, I ask people, when was the last time you were hungry?

PAT ROBERTSON: You're talking about fruit, vegetables.

You're talking about avoiding sweets, high carb, white flour.

It's true.

And, you know, really, I think one

of the other points of discussion that's so oftentimes

omitted is the critical importance of eating high fiber


We've all known that fiber is good for your gut.

People have been talking about that for years.

But now we know that the fiber we eat

is nurturing the gut bacteria.

That's what they eat to make all the wonderful chemicals,

the B vitamins, the brain chemistry

that is made in our gut.

So it is-- it's a little bit compelling,

but we've done our very best to make this simple, and--

the broad strokes.


One last thing.

There's so many things in this book.

[INAUDIBLE] But, you know, when you go to the dentist,

the dentist wants to take a tooth out.

Immediately, they hit you with a dose of antibiotics.

I mean, it's just common, like giving you aspirin.

And you take those things, and according to your research,

that kills your gut bacteria.

It imparts a change in the gut bacteria that is lifelong.

I want to be very clear.

There is a time and a place for antibiotics.

They are lifesaving.

But, for example, people who've had a hip replacement are told

that every time they go to the dentist and have their teeth

cleaned, they have to take a course of antibiotics.

The science-- the peer reviewed medical literature--

does not support that at all.

So again, there's a time to take an antibiotic

but we really need to take a step back.

PAT ROBERTSON: You say if you take them,

it'll kill those gut bacteria permanently?

DR. PERLMUTTER: The changes in the array of bacteria is--

the changes are permanent.

So again, you know, our own CDC here in America

has told us that 30% of the antibiotic prescriptions

written in America are unnecessary.

That's a lot of antibiotics.

Doctor, there's so much in here,

and this challenge is available, ladies and gentlemen.

I haven't got time to talk about all of it,

but this is a book you ought to read.

And if you want to scare the daylights out of yourself,

read it.

If you want to get healthy, read it.

How much weight-- somebody is fat,

they lose 20 pounds in a month?

30 pounds?

40 pounds?

10 pounds?

Well the heavier you are, the more you're

going to lose on the front end.

But the big number that I'm hoping

you'll talk about over the next two months

is going to be the aggregate weight loss amongst our tens

of thousands of participants.

PAT ROBERTSON: So it'll be millions of pounds?

I think we're looking at tons of weight,

literally tons of weight.

You're going to be able to talk about that.


Well, Doctor, the book is called "The Grain Brain Whole Life


It's fascinating.

And this whole thing about gluten, and all this--

I mean think of what you eat.

You eat donuts, you eat crullers, you eat sticky buns,

you eat--

you know, on and on and on, and it's killing you.

And now diet drinks.

How about stevia?

I like stevia.

Stevia is OK, isn't it?

There hasn't been a lot of data that's

talked about the dangers of stevia,

but my mission here is to try to get people away

from their sense of catering to their sweet tooth.

Because there is hidden sugar-- a glass

of orange juice, a 12 ounce glass of orange juice,

has nine teaspoons of sugar.

And here we think that that's a great drink for breakfast.

So our mission is to really let people

know where it's coming from.

You'll get "Shape Up".

Eight week "Shape Up for Summer" challenge begins today.

It ends on May the 31st, and it's absolutely free.

And you can sign up and join hundreds of thousands

of others--

the doctor, promoters, clients, customers, whatever they are--

around the world.

So Doctor, thank you for being here.

DR. PERLMUTTER: It's always great to see you.

It's fun.


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