From Publishers Weekly
With her measured seven-step plan, Harvard neurologist Pasinski connects brain health and beauty for women seeking to age well without plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments. The program--which involves setting new goals and trying new activities; taking control of physical health; making exercise a priority; eating brain-enhancing foods--can be implemented as steps or simultaneously, allowing readers of various ages and physical conditions to proceed at their own pace. An advocate of simple lifestyle changes meant to stimulate a trickle-down effect from the brain, Pasinski counsels against such notorious agers as smoking, drinking alcohol and soda, crash dieting, allowing stress levels to spike, and losing sleep, as well as eating meat, watching TV, using Botox, and remaining in bad relationships. Addressing recent research promoting the health benefits of consuming alcohol, caffeine, herbs, and supplements, Pasinski points to their dangers, contending that her diet will provide most readers with optimal nutrition in the right proportions. While Pasinski's recommendations are conservative, readers will find plenty of creative ideas (e.g., mind-reading exercises, hip-hop dancing, mentoring, investing) to clear their minds, strengthen their bodies, and look and feel younger. (Dec.)
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About the Author
Marie Pasinski, M.D., is a staff neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and one of the leading experts in the field of Neurology. Dr. Pasinski graduated Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Since 1991, she has been the consulting neurologist for the Massachusetts General Health Care Centers, where she cares for patients with a broad range of neurological symptoms and disorders. Jodie Gould is an award-winning journalist and author of six books including Date Like a Man: To Get the Man You Want. As a former book publicist, Jodie has worked with numerous bestselling authors, including Barry Sears, Alan Dershowitz, Erica Jong and Gloria Steinem. Jodie's articles have appeared in Family Circle, Woman's Day, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Redbook, First for Women, American Health, The New York Times Syndicate, The New York Observer, Newsday, and many other publications and Web sites. Jodie has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship and an Alfred I. du Pont Fellowship for Broadcast Journalism. She won the 2003 MADD Media Award given by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for her Family Circle article on spring break. Jodie's Web site is www.jodiegould.com.