Lifestyle Book ReviewsThe Internet Writing Journal, December 2005
Making A Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen, MDHarmony Books, October, 2005
Hardcover, 313 pages
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Until recently, medical science didn't really know much about the day to day functioning of the human brain. For example, until recently, scientists believed that adults could not regenerate brain tissue: we now know that brains can regenerate after strokes as new neural pathways are formed. With new scanning technology, the living human brain is slowly revealing its secrets. Brains that have attention deficit disorder look different on active brain scans, which has revolutionized treatment and saved many children from being labeled as lazy or disruptive, when they really had ADD.
Dr. Amen is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist and brain-imaging expert who heads up the Amen Clinic in Newport Beach, California. His new book, Making a Good Brain Great provides a fascinating overview of the latest brain discoveries and how you can use those discoveries to improve your own brain functioning through diet, physical exercise, mental exercises and supplements. Using photos of SPECT brain imaging results, Dr. Amen shows how head injuries, alcohol, prescription drugs and even paint fumes can damage a healthy brain and impair functioning. With dementia and Alzheimer's on the rise, the brain is becoming the focus of many scientific studies. Dr. Amen's book and his 15 days to a better brain is a must-read for those who wants to maintain a healthy functioning brain for the rest of their lives.
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