Physician Sahelian begins his coverage of chemicals, vitamins, and psychoactive herbs that can help improve the mind with a brief account of the brain and how it works. He then describes 15 categories of substances in detail and discusses how specific diseases can be helped by using such substances. He outlines supplement programs, rather analogous to car maintenance routines, for different age groups. Although he draws on many experts, he also cites his own experience, which removes the brackish taste of the textbook from the tome. One of his major points is not to dismiss cholesterol and other fats out of hand, because brain lipids need a supply of these to do their vital work. Tied to that caution is Sahelian's vigorous objection to "brain-busters," such as sedatives, sleeping pills, and anticholesterol drugs, whose long-term use can cause the brain to slow down and produce confusion. William BeattyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Ray Sahelian, M.D., is a popular and respected physician and medical writer who is internationally recognized as a moderate voice in the evaluation of nutrients, herbs and hormones. He has appeared on numerous national television programs including the NBC Nightly News, CBS This Morning, NBC Weekend, and on CNN, and has been quoted in many national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Marina Del Ray, California.