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In this off-beat self-help, Lawlis (The Add Answer) explores every inch of the wide field of techniques for boosting the power of the human mind, with an exciting and empowering premise: "Your body has physical limitations. But your mind can soar above and beyond what you think is possible." Readers who would like to increase creativity and problem-solving abilities-as well as the more dubious goal of acing IQ tests-will find in this text a cornucopia of ideas to pursue, though a portion seem of dubious utility, backed more by anecdote than scientific evidence. Numerous studies are quoted, but contentious ideas-such as the use of "chelation" to detoxify the brain and the "strategic nutritional plan for mood energy"-have just been cleverly sandwiched between well-referenced facts. Frequent allusions to Dr. Phil aside, this quirky guide proves slightly out there, which will make it a refreshing change for some readers, while others will wish for more links to scientific research behind the controversial claims. The title is misleading, as the book is aimed directly at the reader rather than at the reader-as-parent.
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"Every one of us has the potential to achieve great things. In The IQ Answer, Dr. Lawlis applies his groundbreaking research to help every one of us face life’s challenges with more strength and creativity than we ever thought possible. As a trusted friend and mentor for thirty years, he has certainly helped me and I believe The IQ Answer can help you as well."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452288681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452288683
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,601,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The author cites various means to increase brain throughput/operation.

These include sauna, exercise, massage, a high fiber diet, toxin elimination

and antioxidants (Vitamins A,C,E and Selenium ). Personal immersion provides

us with the wherewithall to decide which questions to ask or what issues

are most critical. Classic brain cleansers are flaxseed, licorice,

aloe vera, peppermint and others. Important breathing exercises are cited;

such as:

- raise the shoulder while breathing

- breath to a count

- triangle breathing ( count 1-4 then hold breath 16 seconds and

exhale counting 1-8)

- box breath by intake 1-4 count, exhale 1-4 count and hold 1-4 count

Classic cleansing enzymes are milk thistle for the liver, Ca. Dglucarate

to reduce toxins and MSM for a general detoxification. COQ 10 assists us

with neurologic disorders. Omega 3 is a classic neuron transmitter

enhancement tonic by the author. The presentation contains some very

challenging notions. The author should provide more precise research

citations from journals i.e. The Lancet, New England Medical Journal etc. The book is a good value for the price charged.
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An interesting look at ways to enhance cognitive potential and performance. Written in an informal, conversational style, the author proposes that our brains are truly malleable, and offers suggestions on how we might alter and enhance our thought patterns, creativity, and learning potential. The book appears to be geared more toward the adult reader rather than toward increasing the potential (IQ) of kids.

Yet, overall an interesting read. Another great book on this topic which is geared more toward the early cognitive development of infants and children is Magic Trees of the Mind by Marian Diamond and Janet Hopson.
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Great tools for helping your kids (or in my case, grandkids, who spend quite a bit of time at my house) excel. Easy to read, understand AND put into practice. This book will be an oft used book in our household.
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First I must say that I am not a fan of Dr. Phil so I know very little of this author's reputation. (I not an 'anti-fan' of Dr. Phil either, just not big on TV)

As a parent I am always on the lookout for ways to give my children an edge over the competition, for as the global economy 'shrinks' the world, our children will need every advantage they can get. With that in mind I came to this book.

Now I may be old fashioned but I like my non-fiction to be written in more of a precise style than this book. It is written in an easy to read, off-hand voice. Which for me is great for fiction, but here it leaves me searching for facts, mildly annoyed.

With a book that casts to a wide audience it runs the danger of missing some. That just puts me in the middle of the road on this. If you're going to by only one book on the subject, search elsewhere. If your building a self-help library to give you kids an edge, then there are more than a few plausible ideas here. You'll just have to sift them from the seemingly silly.
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I had the chance to thoroughly examine the WAIS test right before they changed it a couple of years ago. The WAIS test is the most common IQ test in the US. The problem is that half the test doesn't even measure cognitive abilities. I understand that IQ tests may not be perfect, but this one has salient problems. IQ tests are supposed to determine your mental quickness and complexity, ability to draw analogies, pattern recognition, etc. Most of the WAIS test rewards you for having stereotypical/ inside-the-box thinking.

Imagine you are trying to measure how well the hardware works (IQ) and you have many different PC's with a variety of programs installed on them (or no programs at all), you just find the least common denominator, like the Windows operating system, and you use that to check what the hardware can do or cannot do. You do not look for answers from Encyclopedia Britannica if some computers never had it installed on them, and you do not conclude that the ones that give you answers from Encyclopedia Britannica must have superior hardware than the rest.

The older WAIS test had questions like, "who'd the 3rd president of the US?", "who's Martin Luther King?", "why is it important to study History?" and "why is it important to pay taxes?" Whether you agree that History or paying taxes are important is a matter of opinion. IQ is not about how broad your general knowledge is or whether you've gone to an American high school and have loyally absorbed the culturally dominant opinion on social issues like paying taxes.

For the verbal section it had questions like, "what is "breakfast"?
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I am a professional who is excited to share this book with my clients. Dr. Lawlis has really done a superb job of explaining brain function in a way that is understandable for the lay person. His interventions are practical and easy to do. As a psychotherapist I am continuously telling parents that they need to light up their child's brain. This book covers it all. Thank you Dr. Lawlis
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