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Think Smart: A Neuroscientist's Prescription for Improving Your Brain's Performance Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 30, 2009
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[Audio Review] The latest scientific research on the brain offers surprising advice on proactive brain-tuning. The acclaimed author of MOZART'S BRAIN, Restak is a clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University Medical Center. Restak outlines fascinating information culled from cutting-edge research, then offers advice on how anyone can achieve optimal brain function. New discoveries prove that certain exercises, the honing of sensory memory, sleep, even certain foods, can help the human brain operate more effectively. Arthur Morey crisply and clearly delivers Restak's accessible prose. Morey smoothly verbalizes complex medical terms while projecting an apparent fascination with the topic. He imparts the author s recommendations and practical knowledge for keeping the brain healthy with zeal. Your mind can't afford to miss this. A.W. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Richard Restak, M.D., is an award-winning neuroscientist, neuropsychiatrist, and clinical professor of neurology at the George Washington University Medical Center. The bestselling author of eighteen acclaimed books about the brain, including Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot and Poe's Heart and the Mountain Climber, he has also penned dozens of articles for a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Neurology, and the American Neuropsychiatric Association.
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For one, he recommends drinking wine. Alcohol is toxic, period. Alcohol is also addictive, and consumption in moderation can easily lead to excess. I do not like the fact that Restak recommends alcohol, regardless of the form, one bit.
Another problem I have with his book is that he recommends almost unlimited eating of tuna and other fish which may have heavy metal contamination! I was a regular tuna eater, I ate it at least 4 meals a week. After about 4 months I started to have symptoms of heavy metal poisoning. Some of these symptoms effect cognitive function, so I am VERY surprised that he would recommend this kind of diet. I stopped eating tuna and the symptoms went away. I have replaced it with salmon which does not have the mercury content of tuna, and you still get cognitive benefits. :D
Aside from the utterly miserable dietary advice, there are a few other small problems with the book that I wont go into, because in the end it does not matter. Why does it not matter? Because whether I like the book or not, I will keep it because there are very few works such as this that cover such a wide amount of information about improving the brain.
So in short I like it, but I don't love it. If I lost it, I'd probably buy another copy but it wouldn't be high on my priority list as long as I owned a copy of Brain Rules.
After my first reading I searched the Internet in hopes of finding "Think Smart" as an AudioBook. My search was rewarded with the discovery of an unabridged, beautifully narrated version of the whole book, which I have listened to while re-reading the complete text of the book.
The Audio Version is now on my MP3 player, and I review a chapter or two every day. My local public library has several of Dr. Richard Restak's books in its catalog.
I am a 73-year-old retiree and I have no problem understanding the neuroscience as presented by this gifted writer and scientist.
I agree with Scientific American Magazine, Dr Restak is "one of the world's most important scientific thinkers. I am convinced that the exercises in his prescription can help anyone ward-off the threat of dementia and Alzheimers.
It was good to hear that even getting started late or making changes late in life is not TOO late. Some suprising findings that I wasn't aware of with regards to electronic game playing and older adults.
But, all in all, just an okay book.
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Dr. Richard Restak is the real deal. I've already done a background check on this guy, and he is legit.Read more