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Use Your Brain to Change Your Age: Secrets to look, feel and think younger every day [Paperback]

Dr Daniel G. Amen
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17 May 2012

A healthy brain is the key to living longer and looking younger. In Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, clinical neuroscientist and bestselling author Dr Daniel G. Amen shares simple steps to boost your brain, helping you to look, feel and think younger. Based on the approach that has helped thousands of people at the Amen Clinics and the most up-to-date research collected from over 70,000 brain scans, Dr Amen's breakthrough programme leads you through ten simple anti-aging steps that will also also dramatically decrease the risk for Alzheimer's disease. You will learn how to:

- Boost your memory, mood, attention and energy

- Decrease your risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia

- Reduce the outward signs of aging and make your skin more beautiful

- Promote the healing of brain damage due to injury, strokes, substance abuse and toxic exposure

- Dramatically increase your chances of living longer and looking younger

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958244
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book. 18 May 2013
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A book I can dip into when I'm feeling old to assure me I can make improvements before it's too late!
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5.0 out of 5 stars In depth information for a scary situation 16 Mar 2014
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I bought this book because a friend had been diagnosed with early signs of memory impairment. I realised that there was a lot I could learn from it too. Not too sure about the supplements, but most of the advice is challenging but doable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, clear and very accessible. 16 Mar 2014
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Dr Amen writes well in this fascinating area and contributes to the growing understanding of the brain's plasticity and ability to heal and make improvements given the right tools.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 11 July 2013
By Allytta
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Great book, learned a lot and it's very easy read. Used to be my usual reading material while on the tube, my favourite parts were the success stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense, but Good Reminders Nonetheless 24 Mar 2012
By Christopher Alexander - Published on
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Increasingly, we are seeing more books and articles about how to prevent our brains from experiencing the natural process of slowing/deterioration that accompanies the aging process. Just yesterday, for example, one of the cover stories on the AARP Bulletin (no, I don't subscribe; they just send it to me) was on how to prevent mental decline. While there is some validity to parts of this, it also fits the pattern we often fall prey to, of wanting answers for whatever ails us at the moment.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scared me back to the gym 21 Feb 2012
By Connie Hi - Published on
Just started Dr Amen's book yesterday. But have taken it seriously. Went to Pilates yesterday after reading chapter 1. Started at a new gym after chapter 2 (my old one closed two months ago). Will keep this exercise up three days a week like Dr. Amen recommends and add more brain healthy patterns to my life. Going to cut out cheese and sugar, then get new blood tests to see what else I need to do. His book has really scared me into taking much better care of myself. Thank you Dr. Amen. I have read several of your other books but this one has really hit home in the first two chapters. Keep up the good work.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Ripoff 18 Jun 2012
By Shazam - Published on
I purchased "Use your brain to change your age" hoping to find some useful hints how to do just that. There were a number of helpful guidelines and they were repeated ad nauseam throughout the book. The basic suggestions could have easily fit in a small pamphlet and sold for $1. I really resent paying the price of a hard cover book and basically getting a sales pitch for the Amen solution, an expensive brain scan and his supplements. While he is certainly entitled to advertise, I find doing it throughout a book which I have paid for a complete ripoff.

I wish I could get my money back.
73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense Advice 31 Mar 2012
By Dennis2468 - Published on
Dr. Amen's book contains the usual common-sense recommendations for excellent health: mental and physical exercise, healthy eating, limiting one's alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco, and reducing the sources of stress in one's life. Sounds like a wise approach to preventing the decline in brain functions, and it is backed by plenty of true-life stories about people the doctor has treated.

There are claims that Dr. Amen's work is not backed by solid scientific studies and, accordingly, his approach is met skepticism and is not necessarily highly recommended by the existing medical establishment.

Biographical information indicates that Dr. Amen received his biology degree from Southern California College, a Pentecostal school that is now known as Vanguard University. This school's credo is "We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God". Dr. Amen went on to receive his medical degree from the the School of Medicine at Oral Roberts University.

The book's recommendations are highly consistent with the habits required to maintain excellent personal health. Thus, if this book inspires people to alter the course of their live via healthy eating and other good habits then it will will be a God-given blessing for those readers. The book has a hard-cover and a paperback edition. The paperback edition on Amazon is especially recommended for readers seeking the lowest price.
103 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Guy Changed My Life 14 Feb 2012
By Brendon Burchard - Published on
I usually don't give book reviews, as I'm asked by so many authors to do so.

But Dr. Daniel Amen changed my life, and I want you to know about it because I think his new book USE YOUR BRAIN TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE will indeed change YOUR life.

This book is for anyone looking for BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE and effective strategies for improving overall brain health and mental clarity and performance.

Last year I visited The Amen Clinics after having suffered a head injury. The brain scan showed I had postconcussive syndrome, so Daniel put me on a very simple brain health plan, much like the one he features in this new book. It worked wonders, and I can say I feel incredible.

As Amen says, "The fountain of youth is between your ears." If you want to feel younger and think smarter, you've got to start with your brain.

Get this book - your brain will be thankful. :)

-- Brendon
#1 New York Times best-selling author of "The Millionaire Messenger"
and Founder of High Performance Academy
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