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The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental Energy Hardcover – September 4, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533587
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The Brain Trust Program provides everything you need to know to ensure optimal brain functioning for a lifetime!"
-Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Mother-Daughter Wisdom

"It isn't difficult to find people who are suffering from a wide range of debilitating neurological conditions such as migraine headaches, Alzheimer's disease, brain cancer, and worse these days. But leave it to a brain surgeon to figure out many of these can actually be treated and even reversed metabolically through some rather simple changes in the diet. Dr. Larry McCleary has figured out that controlling the amount of insulin production by consuming a healthy low-carb diet is indeed the most 'brain-friendly' way you could possibly eat. The Brain Trust Program he has developed from his many years of experience challenges people to think about the long-term impact of the high-carb foods they are eating not just on their waistline, but also on that gray matter between their ears! This book is guaranteed to shake up the status quo and quite literally turn traditional brain treatment on its head!"
-Jimmy Moore, author of Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

"One of the best books I've seen on the care and feeding of your brain! Dr. McCleary knows what he's talking about and even better, has a gift for communicating this important information!"
-Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, Board Certified Nutritionist, author, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth and The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Larry McCleary, M.D., former acting chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and director of the Neuroscience Research Program at the Children's Hospital in Denver, is co-founder and director of research at Advanced Metabolic Research Group (AMRG), a company dedicated to the use of diet and nutraceutical supplements to solve neurological, metabolic, and medical disorders.

More About the Author

Larry McCleary, M.D. is the retired Acting Chief of Neurosurgery at Denver Children's Hospital. He performed postgraduate work in theoretical physics prior to attending medical school. Dr. McCleary holds several patents for nutritional supplements and is the Co-Founder of Natural Health Pathways. He is also the volunteer medical director for the Shining Stars Foundation, a nonprofit organization located in Colorado that provides programs for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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This book is easy to read and packed full of suggestions!
If you still feel you need to read two or three other books, put down whatever else you're reading.
B. A. Davis
Dr. McCleary's easy-to-understand articles on his Website are an additional bonus.
J. Baker

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Davis on September 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you read only one book this year about improving your brain, as well as your body, make it The Brain Trust Program. If you still feel you need to read two or three other books, put down whatever else you're reading. Instead, pick this up and start reading it until you finish, which won't take very long because it's such a compelling and easily readable book.

I'm not sure exactly what I expected when I picked it up, other than maybe I had a fear that it would fly right over my head because a brain surgeon's writing just might be jammed with complicated medical jargon. I was wrong, and found it readily readable. I was also surprised to find it's not filled with the same mumbo-jumbo I've read in other self-improvement books, which can not only be difficult to comprehend but often fail to offer any reasonable life-changing suggestions. From the opening chapter about life experiences of people who've suffered from brain-drain and overcome it, to succeeding chapters about how the brain actually functions; determining whether you're at risk; how to care and feed your brain and body through nutrition and exercise; which nutrional supplements work and which don't really help your body or brain in the least; and how exercise makes a dramatic difference in your brain functions and your overall outlook on life, The Brain Trust Program unfolds in easy-to-read fashion. There's even a chapter specifically devoted to menopause, migraine headaches, how to prevent your senses from dimming over time and how to potentially offset the dreaded effects of Alzeheimer's Disease, which so many of us either now face or will face in the coming years.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Mora on October 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested about the numerous "diet" books and health programs out there, this books helps to put it all in perspective. When you finish reading it, you'll probably want make your brain a priority. Why? Because the way we "feed" our brain by what we eat and what we do not eat, is going to affect our brain's health for the rest of our lives and no one wants to end with a "bad" brain.
In this book you'll find awfully interesting, practical, explanations and a simple how-to help yourself guide. Dr McCleary's book is easy and enjoyable to read, so much so that I gave it to my 12 year old with the warning: "This is the most important book about your health you can ever read." A few hours later she was saying, "You know, mom? If I load myself with candy bars this is what happens to my brain..." To say I was thrilled to hear my daughter talking about the effect of sugar overload is an understatement. Dr McCleary's book might well become the key to good health to today's youth and the starting point to healing and prevention for us, the middle aged.
Dr McCleary also has a web site with very good articles ([...]
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By D.J. Young on January 9, 2010
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The actual subject about nutrition for your mind is a fascinating one and something that people should be made aware of. The way how this was put in Larry McCleary book was fairly average. I found his real mission was to sell his own range of very overpriced vitamin products. When you have someone selling you their products and talking about medical research then you have a major conflict of interest. About a third of the book is taken up by mind exercise games which are nothing more than very basic adding and subtracting formulas which there are mistakes in.
I found Your Miracle Brain by Jean Carper a much better read. Like all this research you need to keep an open mind on it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Common Sense Colorado on June 20, 2014
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I was already 8 months into my new ketogenic lifestyle when I came across a mention of this book while researching. I was especially interested in the menopause section, since I had been experiencing severe perimenopause symptoms for about 8 years. Interesting timing... I entered full-blown menopause a few days before receiving this book. Dr. McCleary states that a keto diet can eliminate hot flashes, since you're adapted to using ketones instead of glucose for energy. Unfortunately for me, that didn't see to be the case, although my hot flashes may have been much worse without it. As it was, they weren't unbearable or really all that frequent (several times a day), however, I did start having significant sleep issues that may have been related.

Given the brain fog and other issues, I decided to try both the Keto Cocktail and the Anti-Excitatory Cocktail. It's a fairly expensive pile of pills, so I started off with once a day. Not seeing much affect, I decided to start the second dose at dinner time. About a week and a half later, I suddenly noticed that I hadn't had a hot flash in days! It has remained that way ever since, for about 3 weeks now.

Between my new keto lifestyle (56 lb weight loss so far with about 15 - 20 lbs to go), increased activity (resistance work, walking, hiking, dancing, etc), the supplements and the freedom of symptom-less menopause, I feel the best I ever have.

Keto, or a low carb lifestyle means health without sacrifice. I get to eat lots of great, health food, and thanks to some terrific food bloggers, still enjoy many desserts made with things like almond and coconut flour, oils, fats, butters, and chocolate. I never feel deprived and don't crave all those carbs from my former life.
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