Title: Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
Author: Daniel G Amen
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition: audiobook/ Library
Reader: Marc Cashman
Date Completed: Aug/2012Rating: 3.5/5
According to what I read in this book if you want to look younger, feel more vibrant, avoid memory problems and decrease your risk for Alzheimers, you better work at keeping your brain healthy. According to Dr. Amen, is a clinical neuroscientist who has performed over 70,000 brain scans on individuals from 90 countries over the last 20 years at his Amen Clinics, helping individuals to slow and even reverse the aging process. Sounds a little too good to be true doesn't it?
Through interesting case studies the author reports how our brain and decision making is affected when we neglect our diet and become sedentary. He goes on to say that images of patient's brains have shown that memory problems and depression are more of an issue as we age, especially for individuals who do not eat well, do not sleep enough and don't engage in regular physical activity.
He discusses his anti-aging plan as it relates to: eating better for a longer life. He tells of ways to boost energy and improve memory, talks of supplements that we all should take, how positive relationships help to slow the aging process, the pitfalls of drugs and alcohol and their effects on the brain, how to promote healing even if a brain has had a head injury or was damaged by a stroke, and how to out smart your genes (not so sure about this one) and halt aging in the process.
I found a lot of what the author says about diet and exercise to have been things that I've read previously in other articles from various health publications I read, but I did find many of the case studies pretty fascinating. The narrator, Marc Cashman made the studies interesting so the audio book was enjoyable.
What I didn't care for was what I would describe as a lot of self promotion of the "Amen Clinics" along with the products he promotes there.