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Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to Look, Feel and Think Younger Every Day Paperback – International Edition, May 1, 2012
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Dr Amen magically shows us that the aging of our brains 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 Dr Mehmet Oz, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia, and host of The Dr. Oz Show Sign me up for a better brain. We are all getting older. But if you want to do it feeling younger and able to remember where you put your glasses, read Dr. Amen's new book. It is filled with great stories and inspiration to take care of the most important part of you Bill Cosby Obesity, depression, and Alzheimer's disease are current epidemics that are predicted to get worse. If you want to avoid them and improve your physical and mental health, read Dr Amen's books Stephen R Covey, author of THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE and THE LEADER IN ME I have been a longtime advocate of the pioneering research of Daniel Amen. I believe this book may be his best ever as it distills much of his previous work coupled with some of the newest research into a comprehensive, but clearly stated lifestyle program. The science behind the program is complex, but its execution is easy to follow if you truly want to separate biological age from chronological age Barry Sears, PhD, author of THE ZONE This excellent book from clinical neuroscientist and bestselling author contains a simple 10-step anti-ageing programme that will help you reverse the signs of ageing and dramatically decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia. The book is based on the latest cutting edge research and includes the top brain foods to boost your memory, skin and energy and replace old habits to live a long and healthy life. Yoga Magazine
About the Author
Dr Daniel G. Amen is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and CEO of Amen Clinics, Inc in the US. 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. Dr Amen is the author of twenty-eight books, including the New York Times bestsellers Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Magnificent Mind at Any Age; Change Your Brain, Change Your Body; and The Amen Solution.
Top customer reviews
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. While I support the use of supplements--and take several each day--the research on their impact and effectiveness on the human body is inconsistent and sometimes vague. Still, it appears the bigger issue is whether they actually work, rather than if they will harm you, so what the heck. As someone with diabetes, the only (!!!) thing that has helped me control my numbers is 1) diet (high protein, low carb) and 2) exercise.
This book doesn't necessarily fall into the category of pop-medicine, but at times, it does come close. Amen, for example, minimizes the role of genetics on brain function and behavior. If my work with adopted children has taught me anything, it is that genetics plays a much bigger part in our lives that we appreciate. I can see where some readers might also mistakenly believe that the approaches Amen recommends will neutralize or reverse true neurological conditions, such as ADHD and Alzheimers.
For those who have a decent command of why it's important to eat right, exercise, and maintain balance in life, this book won't provide much information that's new or novel, though the brain imaging pictures and results are intriguing. The book is an easy read, however, and if you or someone you know could be prodded toward better health by reading it, then click the 'buy' button.
Interesting, but not sure it's all that helpful.