About Me

Josh Turknett, M.D.

This is the page where I do my least favorite thing on earth… talk about myself.

I graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior in 1997 and received my M.D. from Emory University Medical School in 2001. After medical school, I was fortunate enough to spend four incredible years in residency training with my Neurology heroes (Ken Heilman, Ed Valenstein, Steve Nadeau, Bob Watson) at Shands hospital at the University of Florida. Nowadays, I practice Neurology in Atlanta, GA where I am also a clinical researcher in the areas of acute stroke, dementia, parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, epilepsy, and migraine.

For more on why I started this blog, see my first post.

Outside of my professional life, I love to play music, and am particularly fond of… er… obsessed with, the 5-string banjo. I occasionally play around town in an old-time stringband called The Sedentary Ramblers and have released an album of banjo tunes for kids. For those who are also into Appalachian old-time music, I run the www.oldtimejam.com website. As a means of merging my two primary interests, I write a column for the Banjo Newsletter entitled “Your Brain on Banjo,” where I discuss how banjoists can make the most of the brain’s adaptive potential, and why we drool so much.

In fairness, I also enjoy playing fiddle, guitar, piano, and spoons.  I’d love to learn the hambone, but can’t seem to find one on ebay.

If all goes according to plan with this blog, soon the world will be rid of chronic disease, leaving me with no patients and nothing to do all day but play the banjo. Worse things have happened.

Changing to an ancestral way of eating also led to the disappearance of my migraines, as it has with many others who’ve changed their diets similarly. I’ve since used this strategy to great effect with patients, and have written a book on the subject.

8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Great post Josh, would you mind if I shared this with the Sweet Poison (David Gillespie) Facebook page? I think lots of people would be very interested.

  2. Hi Josh,
    I don’t know if you remember me ;o) I’m a friend of Rob’s, anyway, he sent me your blog information because my mother has dementia (she’s 87 years old). There is so much information out there-I don’t know what to try to help her. Your ‘stuff’ is great and from a trusted source!!! Say “hello and happy new year” to your parents for me. I live in Vienna, Austria-you, your family and parents are always welcome to come visit. Best wishes, Mary

  3. i read your “migraine miracle” with great happiness, as if someone had opened a closed door for me. I suffer from migraine and have been trying your gluten free sugar free saturated oil diet for about a month. the attack continues unabated but i still hope .
    I live in India

    • Thanks for your kind words on the book. Definitely don’t lose hope, and take things day by day. Also, as I mention in the book, I advise ketogenic range carbohydrate restriction (20 to 50 grams of carbohydrate daily) for those having more than 10 headache days per month. This has worked wonders for many folks in a similar situation. Best of luck to you. And check out my blog for the book over at http://www.mymigrainemiracle.com if you haven’t already for additional info, recipes, etc.

  4. thank you so much Josh .. I would love to share my experience with the diet and also the variation in recipes as per Indian food habits . I would also like to discuss certain grains and oils which we use differently here in India , to check whether they fit in into the gluten free , saturated oil ancestral diet .
    may be I am doing something wrong somewhere in ignorance. But at the same time i do not want to clutter your blog with my comments .Pl advice

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