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Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day [Hardcover]

Daniel G. Amen
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February 14, 2012 0307888541 978-0307888549 1
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS BETWEEN YOUR EARS.

A healthy brain is the key to staying vibrant and alive for a long time, and in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, bestselling author and brain expert Dr. Daniel G. Amen shares ten simple steps to boost your brain to help you
live longer, look younger, and dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Over the last twenty years at Amen Clinics, Dr. Amen has performed more than 70,000 brain scans on patients from ninety different countries. His brain imaging work has taught
him that our brains typically become less active with age and we become more vulnerable to
memory problems and depression. Yet, one of the most exciting lessons he has learned is that
with a little forethought and a brain-smart plan, you can slow, or even reverse, the aging process in the brain.

Based on the approach that has helped thousands of people at Amen Clinics along with the most cutting-edge research, Dr. Amen’s breakthrough, easy-to-follow antiaging program shows you how to:

• Boost your memory, mood, attention,
and energy
• Decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s and
other forms of dementia
• Eat to live longer
• Reduce the outward signs of aging and
make your skin more beautiful
• Promote the healing of brain damage due
to injury, strokes, substance abuse, and
toxic exposure
• Dramatically increase your chances of
living longer and looking younger
••And much more.

By adopting the brain healthy strategies detailed in Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, you can outsmart your genes, put the brakes on aging, and even reverse the aging process. If you change your brain, you can change your life—and your age.

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Editorial Reviews

Review

“Dr Amen magically shows us that the aging of our brain need not match the aging of our bodies. The tools he offers to avoid injury to this most precious real estate in our body are priceless and will keep us thinking sharply throughout our progressively longer lives.”
—Mehmet Oz, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia and host of The Dr Oz Show
 
“If you want to think smarter, you need to have a healthier brain.  This is another incredibly helpful book from Dr. Daniel Amen for anyone who wants to increase their brain capacity.  I want to stay sharp, and that's why I read everything Dr. Amen writes, and you should too!”
—Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
 
Use Your Brain to Change Your Age is inspiring and practical.  Its case studies make this book powerfully impactful, both for adults and young adults in schools.  I can't think of a single reader who won't find himself or herself represented in the stories of women and men who have used Dr. Amen's wisdom and research to live healthy lives.  This is a must read for anyone interested
in the human brain and the body that shelters it.”
—Michael Gurian, author of Leadership and the Sexes and Boys and Girls Learn Differently
 
“Thorough, practical, and inspiring, this is an essential guide to reclaiming your brain—and your life!
It's never too late to start... or too early. I recommend it to anyone with a brain.”
—Hyla Cass MD, author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
 
“I couldn’t stop reading Dr. Amen’s new book until I was finished.  As a holistic neurosurgeon, I found it to be the best user’s guide to optimal brain function I have ever read.  His incredible storytelling skill combined with practical information will change your life.”
—Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Team Neurosurgeon, The Pittsburgh Steelers

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 is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and part of the
clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

He has published forty-five professional articles and a number of audio and video programs, and is the bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Change Your Brain, Change Your Body; and The Amen Solution.

He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the host of six popular public television specials. Dr. Amen spearheads the groundbreaking retired NFL player brain imaging study at Amen Clinics and is one of the architects of the Daniel Plan, a project of Pastor Rick Warren and Saddleback Church to
create brain healthy churches.

www.amenc l ini c s . com

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307888541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888549
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense, but Good Reminders Nonetheless March 24, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Increasingly, we are seeing more books and articles about how to prevent our brains from experiencing the natural process of slowing/deterioration that accompanies the aging process. Just yesterday, for example, one of the cover stories on the AARP Bulletin (no, I don't subscribe; they just send it to me) was on how to prevent mental decline. While there is some validity to parts of this, it also fits the pattern we often fall prey to, of wanting answers for whatever ails us at the moment.

Amen's book is fairly straight-forward, but much of the content could have been reduced to fewer pages. In the first two chapters, for example, he repeatedly gives the reader 'teasers' of what they will learn by reading the book, rather than just getting to the point. I found this to be a bit tedious, as it had the feel of sitting through a time-share lecture.

Most of what Amen recommends falls into the category of common sense. For anyone who has read books on how to avoid heart disease, manage diabetes, or deal with any other health issue, the content here isn't that new. Rather, it's the usual drumbeat---much of which we need to be reminded of---to eat right, exercise, keep our minds challenged/engaged, reduce stress, and don't do stupid things as we go through life.

In contrast to what other authors have stated, however, Amen encourages caution with respect to some aspects of diet, opining, for example, that consumption of certain foods (peaches, kale, apples, berries ... ) can have negative effects on brain function. I'm not sure I buy that.

Amen is a huge proponent of supplements (fish oil, CoQ10, ginkgo, alpha-lipoic acid, etc.) something I agree with, but also remain ambivalent about.
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared me back to the gym February 20, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Just started Dr Amen's book yesterday. But have taken it seriously. Went to Pilates yesterday after reading chapter 1. Started at a new gym after chapter 2 (my old one closed two months ago). Will keep this exercise up three days a week like Dr. Amen recommends and add more brain healthy patterns to my life. Going to cut out cheese and sugar, then get new blood tests to see what else I need to do. His book has really scared me into taking much better care of myself. Thank you Dr. Amen. I have read several of your other books but this one has really hit home in the first two chapters. Keep up the good work.
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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Ripoff June 18, 2012
By Shazam
Format:Hardcover
I purchased "Use your brain to change your age" hoping to find some useful hints how to do just that. There were a number of helpful guidelines and they were repeated ad nauseam throughout the book. The basic suggestions could have easily fit in a small pamphlet and sold for $1. I really resent paying the price of a hard cover book and basically getting a sales pitch for the Amen solution, an expensive brain scan and his supplements. While he is certainly entitled to advertise, I find doing it throughout a book which I have paid for a complete ripoff.

I wish I could get my money back.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense Advice March 31, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Dr. Amen's book contains the usual common-sense recommendations for excellent health: mental and physical exercise, healthy eating, limiting one's alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco, and reducing the sources of stress in one's life. Sounds like a wise approach to preventing the decline in brain functions, and it is backed by plenty of true-life stories about people the doctor has treated.

There are claims that Dr. Amen's work is not backed by solid scientific studies and, accordingly, his approach is met skepticism and is not necessarily highly recommended by the existing medical establishment.

Biographical information indicates that Dr. Amen received his biology degree from Southern California College, a Pentecostal school that is now known as Vanguard University. This school's credo is "We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God". Dr. Amen went on to receive his medical degree from the the School of Medicine at Oral Roberts University.

The book's recommendations are highly consistent with the habits required to maintain excellent personal health. Thus, if this book inspires people to alter the course of their live via healthy eating and other good habits then it will will be a God-given blessing for those readers. The book has a hard-cover and a paperback edition. The paperback edition on Amazon is especially recommended for readers seeking the lowest price.
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103 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Guy Changed My Life February 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I usually don't give book reviews, as I'm asked by so many authors to do so.

But Dr. Daniel Amen changed my life, and I want you to know about it because I think his new book USE YOUR BRAIN TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE will indeed change YOUR life.

This book is for anyone looking for BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE and effective strategies for improving overall brain health and mental clarity and performance.

Last year I visited The Amen Clinics after having suffered a head injury. The brain scan showed I had postconcussive syndrome, so Daniel put me on a very simple brain health plan, much like the one he features in this new book. It worked wonders, and I can say I feel incredible.

As Amen says, "The fountain of youth is between your ears." If you want to feel younger and think smarter, you've got to start with your brain.

Get this book - your brain will be thankful. :)

-- Brendon
#1 New York Times best-selling author of "The Millionaire Messenger"
and Founder of High Performance Academy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good. I am glad that I purchased this.
Published 7 days ago by Charles E. Burden
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and fascinating!
Published 13 days ago by Rosie Munoz-Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Very informative. Many things you can start doing now to help your brain. I have Alzheimer's in my immediate family so I want to do all I can to help to myself as I age.
Published 17 days ago by D. Keyes
3.0 out of 5 stars choices..What it's all about
Nothing new...It Is still about making good choices or bad ones...sugar or protein, good carbs or bad carbs. It is good to be reminded once in awhile.
Published 1 month ago by Kristin Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Reading to be taken Seriously and Implemented
Dr Amen's book 'How to Use Your Brain to Change Your Age' is the best book I have ever read in the Personal Health/Development field! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Nicholas Lambert
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book with highly sound advice.
I was skeptical the book was going to be anecdotal only, but Dr. Amen backed up his assertions with published data. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DK4844
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
So interesting... Very easy changes can be made to improve your life! Required reading for anyone over 40 years old!
Published 1 month ago by Ms. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I was disappointed that Dr. Amen did not read this himself. He is a dynamic speaker. The narrator for this CD is relatively monotone and speaks at a constant speed which doesn't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by human
4.0 out of 5 stars Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel and Think...
I really appreciate Dr. Amen's way of offering new ideas and information to back it up. He gives his readers many information charts and questions to help one see things a little... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Celiao
5.0 out of 5 stars You can change anything
Reading this book made me realize I can use my thinking to change all things I want to change. It can be about family, finances, social attitudes or anything you want to make... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron Gregory
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