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Unleash the Power of the Female Brain: Supercharging Yours for Better Health, Energy, Mood, Focus, and Sex Hardcover – February 12, 2013

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307888940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888945
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Daniel Amen is, by almost any measure, the most popular psychiatrist in America."   – Washington Post

"If you want to be stronger, smarter and sexier, this is your book!" - Leeza Gibbons, TV Host, Author, Health Advocate 

“Unleash the Power of the Female Brain is a thought-provoking, breakthrough, insightful book which will assist millions of women and their partners to find answers for their personal and intimate lives. Carefully researched Dr. Amen's approach to deep-seated problems will not only effect healing, but will also help to prevent furthering existing pain.” - Christa Dowling, former Editor-in-chief of Vogue and author of The Unkept Promise
“Dr. Amen has spent his career exploring and explaining the vast dimensions of the brain. This book is a must read for all women who want to reduce their stress and create a life of health and happiness.” – Dr. Kathleen Hall, CEO, The Stress Institute & The Mindful Living Network
 “I like the idea of giving women the information to improve brain function. And that worrying about our health actually results in a longer, healthier life!” - Cynthia Good; Editor & CEO, Little PINK Book  

“An intriguing exploration of the biologic, psychological, social and spiritual interrelationships that can enhance female brain health.” - Nanette K. Wenger, MD, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) Emeritus Emory University School of Medicine
“We've always thought we were more intuitive and empathetic but to see it in a picture makes it absolute and thrilling.” - Carole Hyatt, founder and CEO of the Leadership Forum

"At last, a user-friendly guidebook to the female brain, for women-- and surprisingly, written by a man. Who else but Dr. Daniel Amen could mix it up as he does? You'll find the latest science, fascinating case histories, and effective action steps to lead us on the road to a healthier brain. Clearly, Dr. Amen appreciates women, loves brains and making them shine-- and can tell us how to be our absolute 'brain-best.'  -Hyla Cass MD, author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free

About the Author

DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He has published 26 books including the New York Times bestsellers Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; and Change Your Brain, Change Your Body. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of several very popular public-television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking Amen Clinics' retired NFL player brain imaging study and is intimately involved with The Daniel Challenge, a project of Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church to create brain healthy churches.

More About the Author

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, teacher and eight time New York Times bestselling author. He is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on applying brain imaging science to everyday clinical practice. Dr. Amen is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta and New York City.

Amen Clinics have the world's largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling more than 77,000 scans on patients from 90 countries.

Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is the lead researcher on the world's largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, he also showed the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work.

Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Drs. Mark Hyman and Mehmet Oz, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects on Saddleback Church's "Daniel Plan," a 52 week program to get the world healthy through religious organizations. After the first year the church lost 260,000 pounds, but weight loss was only one of the stunning side effects of getting truly healthy. Other common effects of The Daniel Plan were increased energy, better focus and mood, and a reduction of many medications for the participants. The Daniel Plan is now being exported around the world to help churches, synagogues and all religious people get healthy.

Dr. Amen is also the host of 7 popular shows about the brain, which have raised more than 44 million dollars for public television.

Dr. Amen is the author of 52 professional articles, five book chapters, and over 30 books, including eight New York Times bestsellers, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. In February 2013, Crown will publish Dr. Amen's upcoming book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain.

A small sample of the organizations Dr. Amen has spoken for include: the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard's Learning and the Brain Conference, Franklin Covey, The Million Dollar Roundtable, Retired NFL Players Summit, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Supreme Courts of Delaware, Ohio and Wyoming. Dr. Amen's work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Parade Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men's Health, and Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Amen is married to Tana, the father of four children, grandfather to Elias, Julian, Angelina, Emmy and Liam. He is an avid table tennis player.

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186 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. A. Dixon TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First, I would like to thank Amazon Vine for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to the release date! I do not mind an ARC copy at all. It is definitely a nice benefit of Vine to receive books before the release date - for which I am grateful. I do not know why the green Vine program line is missing on my review other than that I had pre-ordered this book as a purchase, but cancelled when I was offered it through Vine.

Here is my review:

While Daniel G Amen's plan for supercharging the female brain for better health, energy, mood, focus, and sex in his new book, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain is basically the same as most self-help books, he provides invaluable tips and expert perspectives on how to actually achieve those goals more successfully making Unleash the Power of the Female Brain an important read not so much for WHAT to do but HOW to do it and sustain it and to a higher standard.

If you have read a couple of nutrition books and have common sense, you already know the plan which requires:
* keeping your brain safe by avoiding toxic foods, chemicals and drugs, and staying away from dangerous activities that could traumatize your brain
* stabilizing your weight at a healthy level
* getting exercise that keeps your blood flowing - especially to your brain
* getting sufficient sleep every night, and resolving issues like sleep apnea
* avoiding bad fats and eating good, healthy fats like olive oil, and omega-3s (through supplements or eating toxin-free fish)
* keeping your brain flexible and active by exercising it and learning new skills.
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111 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2013
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First, I have to say I got a great deal from a few of Amen's previous books. His ideas on nutrition, ANTs, and human brain were quite informative and accesible. I have to say this is my least favorite book by Amen. It repackages the same information that is in previous books and presents it in gimmicky phrases like "brain envy". This book is also a bit repetitive in its writing style, especially the first section. The most unappealing piece of the book was the continual use of product placements for things for sale on his web site - supplements, "brain type assessment" etc. Some items required a monthly subscription. It made me rather skeptical of the intent of this book. It just seemed rather dishonest.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jane Rosenthal VINE VOICE on January 29, 2013
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I was a little bit skeptical at first about this book - no doubt my inner feminist was alarmed to think that the female brain is different than a male's...but of course it is! This book is a very thorough and thoughtfully written book that lays out the differences and plans to optimize health and brain function. I especially appreciated Amen's discussion on hormones since the literature is so confusing. I also appreciated his discussions of the importance of diet, nutrition, exercise, and other factors for which women apparently have very different needs. Although his program does seem rather complicated and challenging to follow, I have already made a few minor variations that seem to be working, such as the dietary changes of including using his 9 rules of 1) using high quality calories but not too many of them 2) drinking water (yeah, I knew this one, but it's good to be reminded) 3) lean high-quality protein throughout the day 4) eat low-glycemic high-fiber carbs 5) focus on healthy fats 6) eat food of many colors 7) use healthy herbs and spices (e.g. cinnamon to help with blood pressure, garlic & oregano to increase blood flow to the brain, and sage, rosemary & thyme to boost memory) 8) make sure your food is clean and 9) get rid of food that gives you trouble. Although many of these things seem intuitive or not new, I learned several new things and thought it was written in a very clear and well-illustrated manner.

Overall, this book was better than I expected it to be and I hightly recommend it!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pippa Lee VINE VOICE on February 3, 2013
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Women tend to spend a lot of time (and money) on our bodies. We are willing to try the latest anti-aging solution for our skin, the next workout to firm our muscles, and the best outfits to flatter our figures. But when it comes to our brains, it is mostly "out sight, out of mind." With his new book, "Unleash the Power of the Female Brain," Dr. Daniel G. Amen hopes to reverse this trend by fostering, for starters, brain envy in women.

Dr. Amen asserts that if we could all see our brains, we would not only appreciate them more (brain envy), but also we would be more concerned and work harder at keeping them healthy. After all, we are what we are because of our brains. And if we want to have better health, careers, and/or relationships, we have to start by taking care of our brains.

In order to achieve a healthier brain, Dr. Amen encourages women to adopt the Amen Clinics Method. This method is a holistic approach that takes into consideration each individual 's unique biological, psychological, social and spiritual characteristics and circumstances. In his book, Dr. Amen devotes most of the first five chapters on the biological aspects of the approach such as the importance of getting a brain SPECT scan, knowing one's numbers (blood pressure, BMI, waist-to-height ratio, etc.), balancing one's hormones, and selecting the right food to boost the brain.

In the next four chapters, Dr. Amen covers negative thoughts, body image, and self-defeating attitudes. He calls them "Automatic Negative Thoughts" or ANTS. The Work Technique, self-hypnosis and meditation are some of the strategies Dr. Amen describes and recommends for killing the ANTS.
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