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
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