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Brain Longevity: The Breakthrough Medical Program that Improves Your Mind and Memory Paperback – May 1, 1999

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Now, those seeking to restore faded powers (listen up, baby boomers) have a trio of brand-new advisers on doing just that. Weil's Eight Weeks to Optimum Health tells how to improve general health, Klatz and Kahn's Grow Young with HGH tells how to delay and reverse the effects of aging, and anesthesiologist-gerontologist Khalsa and journalist Stauth tell how to tone a sagging mind and stave off that curse of long life, Alzheimer's disease. Like fellow physicians Weil and Klatz, Khalsa proffers a program--brain-longevity therapy. Like Klatz, he targets a particular cause of the deterioration that his scheme addresses. But while too little human growth hormone gives rise to the problems Klatz addresses, too much of the hormone cortisol, produced by the body in response to stress and linked to brain damage, causes memory loss and lassitude in particular. Unsurprisingly, stress reduction is one of four basics of Khalsa's program, the others being nutritional therapy, mental and physical exercise, and, when clearly necessary, pharmacology (hormone therapy ala Klatz). Before expounding the program, Khalsa and Stauth explain the development of brain-longevity therapy and how the brain works in health and in sickness, especially Alzheimer's. Fascinating and, Warner hopes (it has scheduled a 100,000-copy first printing), magnetically appealing. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Printing edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446673730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446673730
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
While most of us are losing our minds (literally cell by cell), some people are razor sharp well into their nineties. Is this just heredity or good luck, or is there something we can do to keep our mind and memory from going the way of Alzheimer's? Dr. Khalsa thinks so. In fact he presents quite a program for rejuvenation. The question is, does he have the goods in this book to help YOU?

To be honest, I don't know, but I read the entire 454 pages with interest and mostly approval. Not being a brain scientist myself, nor a doctor of medicine, I can only offer a layman's reaction. Generally speaking, Khalsa sees the brain as another organ in the body that can benefit in the same way that the rest of the body can benefit. He offers the exciting prospect (along with some evidence) that even old people can grow new dendrites, in effect increasing their brain power. Especially interesting to me were his memory tests (that you can take yourself) to determine whether it is likely you are on your way to Alzheimer's or dementia, or just having a bad day.

There are four elements of his "brain longevity program": exercise, nutritional therapy, stress management, and pharmacology.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain that in turn increases nourishment to the brain and allows for better removal of waste products. Khalsa believes that exercise also increases the supply of the "nerve growth factor" (NGF) hormone to the brain while enhancing neuronal metabolism. (p. 324) He reports that brain cells may die because they do not receive enough NGF. Certainly if one follows a sedentary lifestyle it would not be surprising to learn that with reduced blood flow, the brain becomes undernourished. So exercise--YES!

Okay, what about "nutritional therapy"?
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on December 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book contains good news based on the latest scientific discoveries, which it uses and applies together with ancient wisdom, to present a practical guide towards retaining and enhancing cognitive ability despite the biological aging process.
The 5 principles of brain longevity are: 1. The brain is flesh and blood; 2.The powers of the brain are virtually limitless; 3. The brain is capable of infinite joy and pleasure; 4. The brain has a plastic quality and can renew itself; 5. Much about the brain remains a mystery.
Part I covers the discovery of brain longevity therapy, Part II explains how the brain works and Part III deals with designing a brain longevity program. This includes the brain longevity diet, nutritional therapy (including the role of vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals like magnesium, selenium and zinc, amino acids like phenylalanine, glutamine, methionine, arginine and tryptophan, substances like co-enzyme Q10 and tonics like gingko biloba, phosphatidyl serine, acetyl-l-carnitine, ginseng, DMAE and green tea.
This section also includes methods of stress management, mind/body exercises and the assessment of the efficacy of various medicines like deprenyl.
Khalsa's book is highly recommended to people who wish to take responsibility for their own health with special emphasis on maintaining the highest levels of cognitive ability. It concludes with a Resources and Referrals section and a thorough index. I also recommend the book Mind Boosters by Ray Sahelian, an examination of natural substances that promote cognitive longevity.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Being in the age range of beginning forgetfulness, it's easy to feel that this is a normal part of life. Dr. Dharma's book really turned my head around (literally speaking!) to the idea that the brain is a physical organ, and can be nurtured as such. Using natural health--exercise, supplements, meditation and many other self-empowering techniques, we can reclaim our mental health. Middle age is often the time when we realize the fruits of our hard work and wisdom gained, and our lives can really take off. At this important time of our lives, brain power is of the utmost importance for learning ability and creativity. I am thankful that this book exists!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Doris on January 12, 2004
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I read this book about a year ago and I thought it was excellent. I couldn't put it down and read it in just a few days despite my extremely busy schedule. I'm just basing it off what I can remember.
He talked about the physiology of what happens to the body with stress, exercise, sleep and boy, these were enlightening. I started a few months prior to reading this book seeing the effects of stress, exercise, sleep on weight loss and I came to similar conclusions that Singh did. It really helped validate what I had already learned, but he was able to talk about it more scientifically.
The book is well-written. It also talks about what happens to our bodies when we don't manage stress, get enough sleep, get adequate exercise, and if our diets are poor. He goes into the pros/cons here.
He gives ways to develop brain longevity by fixing the prior and supplementation through vitamins/minerals/natural supplements. It's a great insightful book and life changing.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Have not even finished this book yet and probably never will. I am hanging on every word. If you come to a place where you can no longer accept brain degeneration without a fight, this is your book.
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