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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; F First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140192817X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401928179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Villoldo bring together the long-separated disciplines of science and spirituality to help us gain access to the parts of the brain that define us as human beings. This book applies leading-edge science to our quest for enlightenment and gives us practical tools, including specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations, to improve our well-being.”
Andrew Weil, M.D., author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Healthy Aging

“The shaman and physician for millennia were the same person until the 19th century when they were split apart in the name of science. Now through the lens of 21st-century science, Villoldo and Perlmutter bring them back together, illuminating the web that links together our physical and metaphysical energy. For anyone feeling a loss of energy of body or soul, Power Up Your Brain is your guide to restoration and rejuvenation of your deepest energies.”
Mark Hyman, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of  The UltraMind Solution

“This is the book we’ve been waiting for! With leading-edge information that’s easy to understand, Alberto Villoldo and David Perlmutter have masterfully woven 21st-century science with the indigenous wisdom of the past to reveal the ‘missing link’ in the modern story of life—the role of our brain’s health in the quality of our spiritual experience. In doing so they offer us a practical wisdom that we can use to empower our lives immediately! This book is a must for anyone seriously interested in moving beyond the con­ven-tional ideas of what enlightenment is and how to achieve it.”
Gregg Braden, New York Times best-selling author of The Divine Matrix and Fractal Time

“This book is a treasure. It is a guidebook to enlightenment filled with the wisdom and experience of the authors. It relates the practical aspects of science to the spiritual and mystical realities of the nature of life. It clarifies what our potential is as human beings and directs us in the steps we need to take to achieve our potential and utilize the healing energy available to us all.”
Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul

“I seldom use the word ‘brilliant,’ but this book is. It expands our awareness of the untapped potential of our brain,
offers cutting-edge neuroscience, and is written by two experts with decades of hands-on clinical practice. See for yourself why Dr. Perlmutter is my personal neurologist and mentor.”
Naomi Judd, singer, songwriter, and author of Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully

“This is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Combining modern scientific knowledge and shamanic practices, it lucidly explains how to restore the health of the brain at the cellular level.”
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., author of How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

David Perlmutter, M.D., FACN, is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He serves as medical director of the Perlmutter Health Center and the Perlmutter Hyperbaric Center in Naples, Florida and is also an adjunct instructor at the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles. Dr. Perlmutter has appeared on 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, the Today show, The Oprah Show, and The Early Show on CBS.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., has trained as a psychologist and medical anthropologist, and has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and the Andean shamans for more than 25 years. While at San Francisco State University, he founded the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease. Dr. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the U.S. and Europe in the practice of shamanic healing. He directs the Center for Energy Medicine at Los Lobos, Chile, where he investigates and practices the neuroscience of enlightenment.

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So far it is a very good and informative book.
Dr. Perlmutter (a neuroscientist) and Dr. Villoldo (a medical anthropologist) do a remarkable job of combining science and spirituality.
Elizabeth Santos
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107 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Miss T Fied on April 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this an easy, captivating, and believable read. It entrances the reader with the arguments - until you consciously appraise the book when you will release that there is no information at all on counter arguments. And therein lies the problem. This is a book which puts forward a solution which, if you literally read everything in it - will (note there is no consideration in the book that these remedies might - or might not work) make the lame walk again; solve the low energy which so many of us have today; and prevent Parkinson's and many other age related mitochondrial problems. Yet there is no critical peer review of the solutions proposed. Do they work for everyone? How many people have followed the regime and not benefited from it? To be honest - even though that rings loud warning bells in itself - I'd still be tempted to try the programme of lifestyle / diet / supplement changes proposed. I've had serious life long problems exercising aerobically; had mitochondrial analysis by muscle biopsy as its been screaming out to me that the mitochondria are the problem; have very low energy; had complex PTSD; have a parent who suffered from Parkinsons.... This book therefore seemed to resonate so strongly and offered The Solution...

And then I looked at the cost of the supplements. Very cheap working out at pence per day if you buy some of them individually, green tea extract; curcumin; sulforaphane etc - and this I may do. But buy these combined from the official source XYMOGEN as suggested in the book and its over $100 a month.... which energetically feels so very very wrong to me. Why such an excessive mark up?
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Santos on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Perlmutter (a neuroscientist) and Dr. Villoldo (a medical anthropologist) do a remarkable job of combining science and spirituality. When I first picked up the book I thought it might read like a textbook but the authors explain medical and historical facts in a very interesting and readable way. Power Up Your Brain is informative and inspiring, an important read especially for people who know deep inside that they're capable of producing and creating so much more.
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74 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Meredith L. Geller on February 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I LOVE `Power Up Your Brain'...and could not put it down.
The brilliant doctors who joined forces to write this book truly bring together the link between mind, body and spirit with scientific evidence to back it all up.
It is a myth that we only use about 20-30% of our brain but in fact do use 100%. However, Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Alberto Villoldo teach us that our brain's true capacity is infinite and provide practical steps to unleash these new pathways and access more brain power and consciousness.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an uplifting book for many reasons. It added to my belief that we are on the edge of an evolutionary leap in consciousness, and backed this up with scientific evidence. It also reinforced my belief that anything is possible and bolstered my hope that the Western medical community will wake up and realize we are integrated beings with a body, mind and soul. It encouraged my commitment to take care of my body by eating well, taking supplements, exercising and meditating.

The one area where the authors seemed slightly unenlightened was that they seemed unsure of who their audience was. For example, although it is interesting to know that hyperbaric oxygen therapy "empowers mitochondrion to energize the brain," this is not useful information to the average Amazon or Barnes & Noble reader since we cannot go to the nearest spa for a treatment.

Also, some of the recommended supplements are not readily available and exorbitantly expensive. Dr. Perlmutter specifically recommends Xymogen.com, for whom he is Chairman of the Board of Medical advisors. This was not disclosed in the book, but is listed on the Xymogen website. The lay person cannot order from Xymogen. One must be a medical professional. So again, this is not helpful information for the average reader.

Lastly, the authors recommend cutting out caffeine, sugar, alcohol, wheat and dairy during the initial weeks of the program. On page 177, it states, "If you have been aggressively consuming sugar, caffeine, or alcohol, you may experience significant withdrawal symptoms. The range of withdrawal symptoms is quite wide and can include everything from headaches, depression, fatigue, and mood swings to nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and fever depending on which substance you've given up...
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By R. Robinson on March 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you are at all interested in the connection between the mind, body and the spirit, then this is a must read! There are no new herbs or techniques here (at least not for the experienced professional), but this is the first synthesis of how the various parts come together I have read. This is a book that truly speaks to our time, needs, and has answers. Not just hypothetical answers, but answers from a physician putting these concepts into daily practice.

To be honest, I might not have read this book had it not been given to me by Dr. Perlmutter after attending his lecture at an integrative health conference in NYC. While MDs typically get press, book deals and TV shows when they start talking about herbs and vitamins, this is the bedrock of naturopathic medicine (ND/NMD) and I had some of the greatest instructors during my years at Southwest College in Arizona. Also, if I had a dime for every Shaman I have met, as they say...I'd be rich! However, I was taken by Dr. Perlmutter's powerful presentation, sincerity and humbleness. While traveling home from the conference, I had plenty of time on my hands. I started reading the book anticipating skimming it and giving it to someone who might be interested. It wasn't long before I had my pencil out making notes in the margins-- something I only do with books I really treasure--and turning page after page!

After years of experience, I can tell you what really works in medicine--natural or pharmaceutical! The basics: Diet, exercise, and prayer/meditation/ relaxation. This book tells you why and how to maximize results!
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