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Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


“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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780307888549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888549
  • ASIN: 0307888541
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.

The Washington Post called Dr. Amen the most popular psychiatrist in America and Sharecare named him the web's #1 most influential expert and advocate on mental health.

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, television producer and ten-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia and New York, New York. Amen Clinics have the world's largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling more than 115,000 scans on patients from 111 countries.

Dr. Amen is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award given to members, 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 Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects on Saddleback Church's "Daniel Plan," a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations.

Dr. Amen has written, produced and hosted 10 popular shows about the brain for public television, which have been aired more than 100,000 times across North America.

Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of 70 professional articles, seven book chapters, and over 30 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Daniel Plan and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Magnificent Mind At Any Age, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Unleash the Power of the Female Brain and Healing ADD.

Dr. Amen's published scientific articles have appeared in the prestigious journals of Molecular Psychiatry, PLOS One, Nature's Translational Psychiatry, Nature's Obesity, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Minerva Psichiatrica, Journal of Neurotrauma, American Journal of Psychiatry, Nuclear Medicine Communication, Neurological Research, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Primary Psychiatry, Military Medicine and General Hospital Psychiatry.

Dr. Amen has appeared in movies, including After the Last Round and The Crash Reel and has appeared in Emmy winning shows, such as The Truth About Drinking and the Dr. Oz Show. He has also spoken for the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Harvard's Learning and the Brain Conference, the Department of the Interior, 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, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men's Health, Bottom Line, and Cosmopolitan.

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

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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Alexander VINE VOICE on March 24, 2012
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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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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Connie Hi on February 20, 2012
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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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129 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Shazam on June 18, 2012
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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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81 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2012
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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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108 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Brendon Burchard on February 14, 2012
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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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