- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (July 29, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553379801
- ISBN-13: 978-0553379808
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saving Your Brain: The Revolutionary Plan to Boost Brain Power, Improve Memory, and Protect Yourself against Aging and Alzheimer's Paperback – July 29, 2003
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"Written in an easy to understand style, Saving Your Brain contains a good deal of "meat" and summarizes what we know and do not know about healthy living. An excellent contribution for the lay person who wants to know more."
--Michael Ronthal MBBCh, FRCP Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
"In his usual spirited and entertaining way, Dr. Victoroff challenges us all to be more proactive in attempting to maintain our most critical personal assets,our minds. His clear, logical and balanced perspectives in preventative psychological neurology are as refreshing as they are informative. Saving Your Brain is an intelligent anchor that is welcome in the rising tide of simplistic, overhyped brain nostrums. This is indeed news that we can use."
--Steve G. Massaquoi, M.D., PH.D., Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General
"Neurology has traditionally been a pretty strange branch of medicine, where incredibly highly-trained practitioners, using cutting-edge science, could mostly just tell you what was wrong and why they couldn't do much about it. In recent years, a remarkable amount of information has emerged about what you can do to decrease the chances of falling victim to some of the features of brain aging that haunt us. Neurologist Jeff Victoroff presents a wonderfully helpful overview of this good news -- accurate, up to date, accessible, and elegantly written."
--Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D. Professor of Human Biology, Department of Human Biology, Stanford University
From the Hardcover edition.
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In this groundbreaking new book, a Harvard-trained neurologist shows how you can attain lifelong mental fitness. Utilizing the latest breakthroughs in research, Dr. Jeff Victoroff has developed a definitive, life-changing plan that provides you with the powerful, scientifically based methods you need to protect your brain from aging and memory loss. Starting today, you too can save your brain.
If you are over forty years old, you already know the bad news: names may be harder to remember; a word may sometimes elude you as you speak; you may sometimes misplace your glasses, your car keys (or even your car!). But medical research is lifting the veil of mystery off the process of brain aging and offering up strong evidence that you do not necessarily have to accept deteriorating brain function as you get older. From the benefits of exercise to the effects of stress relief, from what you eat and drink to the kind of work you do, from the natural substances that are most likely to help to the new medications your doctor can prescribe, this book outlines literally hundreds of preventive measures you can take to keep your mind sharper, stronger, and healthier your whole life. Among the many topics covered in this book are:
- Amazing new studies revealing who is most likely to get Alzheimer's disease--and how we can all reduce our risk
- Powerful evidence showing how the Brain-Saving Diet can boost your defenses against memory loss
- How stress, depression, anger, and low self-esteem can literally threaten the structure of our brains, and what we should all be doing about it
- The surprising discovery that inflammation is slowly cooking our brain cells, and how we can stopit
- The two ways you can literally add new brain cells!
A book that will change the way you live, eat, and work, Saving Your Brain is a wake-up call to those people who have long since learned the wonders of taking care of their body--and now have the very real chance to provide the same lifesaving care for their brain.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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though much of the information is about the physiology of the nervous system, something that is of no practical interest to the "consumers".
Still, amidst the physiology there are very valuable items, and they are worth searching for. For instance, the chapter on the different levels of intellectual stimulation (from the most brain-protecting to least) is exceptionally valuable, and i will try to live accordingly.
Dr. Victoroff gives you current information on a vital subject. This book was published in July of 2002 and it draws upon over 14,000 studies in the last five years - some from early 2002. He even refers to the impact of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
I especially liked his technique of presenting both point and counterpoint studies for the impact of most of the herbs, hormones, diseases, exercises and general lifestyle factors he describes. He makes it clear when a statement is based on solid facts, when it seems likely based on some but not all studies, and when he is speculating - giving his personal opinion. This type of honesty is sometimes lacking from the medical profession. One of my favorite sections contains a quote from the head of a medical school who tells the incoming students that half of what they are about to learn is false; but that unfortunately, we don't know which half.
I came away from this book with a much clearer understanding of how my brain works, what can happen to keep it from working optimally, and what I can do to help protect it.
Since the research on herbs and drugs is changing so rapidly, much of this book will be out-of-date within a couple of years. It's my hope that Dr. Victoroff will write frequent revisions to keep us informed about these changes.
In 2002, this book is a must-read for anybody with a brain, who wishes to keep it functioning.
Victoroff illuminates the aging of the brain, in both normal and abnormal development. Certain brain fuctions improve with age, while others naturally deteriorate. Certain substances have detrimental, and others have beneficial, effects. Victoroff follows the up-to-date science, even when it takes him into politically incorrect territory, such as the possible benefits of certain known intoxicants and herbal supplements. He discusses the influence of diet, stress, activity, and thinking on the actual structure of the brain, and comes to conclusions about what we can do to keep our brains fit, useful, happy, and healthy longer. Best of all, Victoroff follows the stylistic traditions of premier popular science writers. He is chatty, personable, self-revealing, friendly, and boundlessly enthusiastic about his topic. Reading this book is like having a friend, a brother even, come visit you and tell what he's been up to. In this case he has a great adventure to narrate - the exciting and important discoveries he's made while exploring what is known about our brains.
Dr. Victoroff is obviously highly educated in biology and neurology, and I believe that his book contains invaluable information about caring for our brains and bodies. He points out that our genes do place constraints on what can be accomplished by each of us, but we can surely improve our chances to have a vibrant and vitally functioning brain and mind into advanced years by living healthfully.
I would highly recommend this book as a very good source of information for proper care of the body and brain.
Part I discusses the brain, memory and diseases like Alzheimer's. Part II provides the various remedies. These include stress management and the use of substances like Growth Hormone, Melatonin and DHEA. The avoidance of Aluminium is discussed here.
The section titled Food For Thought includes the Brain Saving Diet and discusses vitamin B12, Folate, Iron, Calcium, Phytochemicals, Essential Fatty Acids, Anti-Oxidants, Smart Drugs (Nootropics) and the benefits of chocolate and tea, which are very real.
There are selected references arranged by chapter, an index and black and white illustrations of neurons and synapses. This valuable book complements other informative titles on this subject, like Khalsa's Brain Longevity and Ray Sahelian's Mind Boosters.