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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

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307888959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888952
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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196 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Dr D TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
UPDATE: one and a half years later, this is still one of the books I am most glad to have read


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.
* Resolving issues like ADHD, depression, anxiety, and stress
* surrounding yourself with a network of supportive people who will encourage your efforts and help you stay on your healthy program

Amen covers these over and over again in his book Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by organizing the material in the following manner:

Introduction: The Female Brain Unleashed

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129 of 140 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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53 of 59 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Martha Iverson on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Intrigued by the title, I purchased the book thinking that this would "unleash" my power. As I got into the book early on, I suddenly realized I read this before...and before....and before...I was having my own version of the movie Groundhog Day. I realized this is nothing more than the same old content Daniel Amen has written in his previous books, just re-packaged in a pink cover and a new title. Please, if you're going to publish a book, why not come up with something new. Clearly, he had nothing new to write; he had to write something to finance his PBS show. Don't waste your money. If you've ever read his previous books, you've read this book, trust me. Can't wait to see how he spins his next book with the same content.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By N. Hyde on May 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I got the book after seeing a bit of a PBS infomercial by Dr. Amen. I flipped through it until I got to p.86, which suggested that I go to Dr. Amen's website, [...], and take a Brain Type Questionnaire and do activities in the 24/7 Brain Gym. It sounded pretty cool. When I went to the website, there was a button to click to start a two week free trial. I searched on the website and the web in general to find out how much it would cost after the free trial expired. The only thing I found was another Amazon review that said it was $300, but didn't say for what period of time. I am deeply skeptical of any website that won't tell you upfront how much things will cost. His website also sells supplements recommended in his books. My Google searches also found other doctors saying that Dr. Amen's claims are unsubstantiated and that there is no evidence he can actually prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease (for example). I think he is a fraud and just out to make money. I am going to return the book.
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