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Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance Kindle Edition
You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; but chances are you simply ignore your brain and trust it to do its job. People unknowingly endanger or injure their brains, stress them by working at a frenzied pace and not getting enough sleep, pollute them with caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, and deprive them of proper nutrients. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. The brain is the organ of learning, working, and loving—the supercomputer that runs our lives. It’s very simple: when our brains work right, we work right—and when our brains have trouble, we have trouble in our lives.
Luckily, it’s never too late: the brain is capable of change, and when you care for it, the results are amazing. Making a Good Brain Great gives you the tools you need to optimize your brain power and enrich your health and your life in the process. The principles and exercises in this book, based on years of cutting-edge neuroscience research and the experiences of thousands of people, provide a wealth of practical information to teach you how to achieve the best brain possible. You will learn:
•how to eat right to think right
•how to protect your brain from injuries and toxic substances
•how to nourish your brain with vitamins and do mental workouts to keep it strong
•the critical component of physical exercise, and which kinds work best
•how to rid your brain of negative thoughts, counteract stress, and much more
Full of encouraging anecdotes from Dr. Amen’s many years of experience, Making a Good Brain Great is a positive and practical road map for enriching and improving your own greatest asset—your brain.
“Each of Daniel Amen’s books contains special nuggets that can be found nowhere else, as well as a wealth of useful, general information that he brings together under one roof. This book offers excellent advice as well as a great deal of new information. An extremely useful and easy-to-read book.” —Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction and The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness
“Making a Good Brain Great is the long-awaited synthesis of a true visionary’s work. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in self-improvement, and especially parents and other caregivers of children—this book is a gem for those of us who want to raise healthy kids.” —Michael Gurian, author of The Minds of Boys and The Wonder of Girls
“The most important gift we have to share is wisdom. In this timely book, Dr. Amen shows us how to create a great brain so we can make the world a better place.” —Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., president/medical director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation, and author of The Better Memory Kit and The End of Karma
“A must-read for those who live by their wits.” —Dennis B. Alters, M.D., child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and author of Wizard’s Way
From the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B000FCKGIY
- Publisher : Harmony (October 11, 2005)
- Publication date : October 11, 2005
- Language : English
- File size : 20918 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1400082080
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #451,216 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Physical MRI technology has made great strides since I read this and many clinics have them. It would be interesting to see how his concepts have permeated the medical establishment (known for entrenched academic pride). Really a step towards full body understanding and humanity moving towards the 'Star Trek' society.
Great read, very practical understanding and suggestions which apply to our lives.
Dr. Amen also explains how the brain can be damaged and how to protect it, the type of physical and mental exercises, diet, vitamins and supplements and thinking patterns necessary to develop and utilize the full potential of the brain.
He also talks about various psychiatric disorders their diagnoses and treatments, when someone should seek professional psychological / psychiatric help etc. He talks about the importance of looking at the brain images like and orthopedist looks at X rays or MRI's of the skeleton before diagnosing. This is not to replace other methods in psychiatry or clinical psychology but to assist those techniques in diagnosis and treatment. Many psychiatrists neglect looking at brain images claiming that it is unnecessary. I am no psychiatry expert but I believe many psychiatrists belittle brain imaging technology because they are not trained in it. Obviously, to be helpful the brain images must be carefully interpreted by professionals trained to do so. I have personally witnessed once in another clinic that brain imaging was not carefully interpreted to daignose but was used only to charge the patients. This is a bad intentioned application that can not be generalized. I believe that with proper use this technology is even more promising in the future.
Dr. Amen is a very good talker in the CD. The questions raised and their explanations follow a clearly understandable and enjoyable sequence. Anybody interested in developing his / her knowledge of the brain,in maximizing his / her brain's potential and / or in solving certain emotional / psychological problems will benefit from listening this audio CD or reading the book several times regularly.
Under praise for the book, the very first person the author list is Bill Cosby.
I can not trust or believe recommendations from any author who espouses such fringe ideas or use Bill Cosby as a reference.