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Your Best Brain Ever: A Complete Guide and Workout [Kindle Edition]

Michael S. Sweeney , Cynthia R. Green
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National Geographic presents a comprehensive guide to fighting mental decline. With cutting-edge neuroscience, information about Alzheimer's, fascinating case studies, and tips to fight brain aging symptoms such as slower mental acuity and "senior moments," this smart, engaging guide will help keep your memory sharp and your mind active. Fun, age-defying exercises--from body stretches to word games to foods that help you think--help the brain perform at its best, just like exercising does for other parts of the body. Leading memory loss expert Cynthia R. Green, PhD, and eminent science writer Michael Sweeney have created a book both informational and practical that gives readers everything they need to know about the care and feeding of one of the body's most important organs: the brain.

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"A research-filled yet highly approachable guide to the scientific why and the practical how of keeping your brain in top shape whatever your age." "-The Wall Street Journal""This book helps you understand how your brain works and provides dozens of ideas that will help you stay sharp."" --San Francisco Chronicle "

About the Author

Memory fitness and brain health expert CYNTHIA R. GREEN is president of Memory Arts, LLC, which provides memory fitness and brain health training to organizations and individuals. She has appeared on"Good Morning America, 20/20, " Fox News, and NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and is a regular contributor to the "Huffington Post.
MICHAEL SWEENEY, a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received his Ph.D. in Journalism from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and his Master's in Journalism at the University of North Texas. He reported for on Dr. Robert Ballard's Titanic expedition. Sweeney's numerous books include "Brainworks, The Ultimate Survival Book," "Peace: The Biography of a Symbol," "God Grew Tired of Us," and "Mind: The Complete Brain."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 24333 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; 1 edition (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF MONEY 22 Mar. 2014
By Taffy
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Nothing new in this book. It is neither for laymen or professionals, I can get more information off the internet. It was a complete waste of money
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it ten stars if I could 13 Jan. 2014
By K. Varraso - Published on
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This book tells how one's brain works, ages and can be exercised into possibly working like a younger, better brain. As the US baby boomers approach or are in their retirement years, I suspect that wanting a younger brain and staving off Alzheimer's Disease is important to many of them, including me. I don't know if brain games will keep Alzheimer's from getting its terrible grip on me, but I have gained some real benefit from this book.

This is two separate books in one. One is a book on the brain by Michael Sweeney and the second is a series of simple brain exercises called "Brain Health Boosters," and was written by Cynthia Green, Ph.D Both work together nicely. Most start very simply and then get harder. The simple exercises were confusing at first, because the text of the book gets right into it, using terms and describing concepts that are much more difficult than the exercises. Eventually, it all evens out.

But back to the major league benefit I've gotten from the book: I have a brain injury, caused by a speeding 18-wheel truck squashing my car (with me behind the wheel) about 30 years ago. Since then, I've had intermittent problems trying to "get that word off the tip of my tongue and out already." It has improved from when I was first hurt, and I no longer stutter when I "lose the word," but standing there silently while you try your damndest to get a word out isn't a whole lot better. I've been doing the exercises in the book for only a week, and the number of episodes has decreased enough that my family has noticed. It's not like the exercises in the book are horrible, either. It's mostly thinking of a new way of doing the same old thing, like brushing your teeth with the toothbrush in the other hand, or wearing your watch upside down.

Can I be sure that this book is what is helping my aphasia? Nope. But the exercises and the improvement coincide so perfectly that I believe it's what has helped. Even if it hasn't done anything, it doesn't hurt to play a few games in your head.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AT 73 YEARS OLD AND COUNTING, I NEED A BOOK TO WRAP MY MIND AROUND . . . 29 Jan. 2014
By Roy Clark - Published on
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...Especially because I've been diagnosed with 'Early Advent Alzheimer's" I feel both my cognitive and recall abilities are not so sharp any more. I have been reading up on ways to slow my fall into oblivion. The most prevalent preventative advice is to exercise my mind. The trick is that I can't keep working the same kinds of puzzles and games and books and suchlike.

So I look for fresh mind challenges. So I grabbed YOUR BEST BRAIN EVER BY Michael S. Sweeney, with 58 Brain Health Boosters by CYNTHIA R. GREEN, Ph.D. Of course I looked up Dr. Green, she's a star at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She's for real.

By chance, when I lived in L.A, 'my' hospital was Cedars Sinai. I trust any institution with Sinai in its name.

I checked the other (primary, actually) author, Michael S. Sweeny; he's also a Ph.D, but in Journalism; he's done a number of very-well received books with other brain/neurological stars. So, five stars for credentials and prior successes. I'm mostly through the book and I believe on my way to significant progress. Hope it keeps on keeping on.

One thing though. I get (very) mild headaches when I do the exercises. My long-time neurologist say that's good, as it signifies brain sections and synapses are growing. And I haven't even gotten to
those MVP (Most Valuable Prescriptions I guess) meds.

Anyway I dove into the book, was impressed. It's clear, concise and per my experience in brain-care, right on. And then some. As it's the most recent book of its kind, just out last year,
YBBE is probably clinically ahead too.

Like its cover says, it's a complete guide & workout. The guide covers nature elements to battle fading minds like mine, from causes to coping and delaying mind melts. I particularly liked The 'MVPs' of Your Mind, a list of finally acknowledged natural elements to keep or recover brain function. All are on my buy list. Seven elements which can immediately help your mind.

The 'MVPs with an general explanation of what they do were new to me. My current doctor mentioned
none of them. Although I've been fighting this brain problem since the 1970's. Amazing.

On to Dr. Green: She has four prior books which led to this tome. She's the fixer, neuro-designer, the creative game developer. This book is very recent - 2013 - with the newest exercises to exercise your brain. No, not just puzzlers, one suggestion: writing, memorizing and reciting poetry? There are many more specifically targeted brain tasks which build (my metaphor) mind muscle.

Like all my reviews I will re-review in three or four months saying how I'm doing.If there's
a problem, I'll report it. If improve (or just hold my ground) I'll quantify that
too and no-doubt give YBBE 5-Stars. I've very hopeful. Stay tuned. rc
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here! 17 Feb. 2014
By B. J. Lewis - Published on
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I came close to throwing this book in the trash after reading the second paragraph -- yes, the second paragraph -- in which the comparison is made between the importance of maintaining one's physical and mental health to using high quality gasoline, regular oil changes and instituting necessary repairs on one's automobile in order to insure its long life. Is the intended audience a child in grade school?

The second irritation -- and this is a MAJOR flaw -- was the abrupt change from reasonably readable type to faint, dim, difficult to read print. My first thought was it was merely a printing error, but soon realized that EVERY entry entitled "Brain Insight" followed this same pattern of faint, barely discernible type. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? The only answer, perhaps, was the editor's intention to wake up the reader every few pages with this ridiculous ruse.

This is not to say that there was no redeemable information contained in this book -- hence the two stars -- but if any of it is news, where have you been all your life?

I find it difficult to believe that the National Geographic would authorize this pathetic rehash.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected 11 Feb. 2014
By Scott FS - Published on
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Let's face it; book and articles about the brain are all over the internet and your corner bookstore. What makes this a cut above? Lots of practical information, easy to read, and based on what seems to be solid science ( at least what I have deduced over a lifetime of reading about this subject).

The book isn't a long, drawn out tome, but is divided into small, interesting bits of information that can be digested all at once, or in bits and pieces, which is how I read it.

Highly recommended, if you want to improve your brain and help stave off decline as long as possible. I really liked to book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Information, but no 'workout' 3 Mar. 2014
By M. Donnelly - Published on
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When a book states that it's a 'comprehensive guide to fighting mental decline,' I assume that it combines science, fact and strategies to combat brain aging and decline. Wrong assumption.

This book is about the science of the brain. While it includes a few 'tips and tricks' and mental exercises to help you retain memory and brain fitness, there is no workout. Each chapter talks about an issue or problem and what is causing that issue.

For instance, the chapter "Name That Tune" is not what you think; it's about the language center of the brain, and how words get stuck at the tip of your tongue, about how the brain's neural pathways enable the connections between an idea or image and the name of that item/word describing it. As asides to the general explanations, there are Brain Insights (like how some people, Polygots, can speak four or more languages and what could be different about the brains in those people versus the norm) and Brain Booster exercises that relate to this area of concern and decline. But the book doesn't suggest a regimen for the exercises, and the Insights are interesting as illustrations...but somewhat of a distraction.

Each of the chapters is organized in this manner. As you read through the book, it seems as though the authors picked out some issues that people commonly experience, explain the issues, throw out a few exercises...and then move on. This is nowhere near the 'comprehensive guide' promised, nor a 'workout' that people hope for when trying to prevent mental decline.

I also noted that, at the beginning of the book, the authors went into painstaking detail describing the way the brain works, what areas of the brain control what functions, etc. But nowhere in this chapter (or throughout the book) did they provide an illustration of this information! There was a great deal of detail...yet no picture. I think that pointed to the main failure of this book; information without practical guidance and illustration.

I do have to say that I read about half the book and skimmed the rest. It just didn't present enough information to make it worth a careful read. I think you'd be better off spending your dollars on a 'brain games' type of app or that focuses on exercises and strategies that address mental decline. I had hoped this would be that book. I was wrong.
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