DANIEL G. AMEN, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and brain imaging expert who heads the world-renowned Amen Clinics. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has won several writing and research awards. He is a regular contributor to Men's Health and has published nineteen books, numerous professional and popular articles, and a number of audio and video programs. His books include Preventing Alzheimer's, Healing Anxiety and Depression, Healing the Hardware of the Soul, Healing ADD, Making a Good Brain Great, The Brain in Love, and the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. He is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and the star of the very popular public television special Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.
"A magnificent mind starts with a healthy brain," claims psychiatrist Amen (Change Your Brain, Change Your Mind). His program begins with a nuclear medicine diagnostic-S(ingle) P(hoton) E(mission) C(omputed) T(omography)-of the brain for anyone presenting symptoms of emotional distress or lack of success in personal or professional life. After observing patients' SPECT images for two decades, Amen is certain that problems such as ADD, dementia, alcohol/drug abuse, lack of impulse control, PMS, anxiety/depression, insomnia, memory problems, OCD, stroke, seizures and other disorders are due to damage in one (or more) of the brain's six functional sections from past undiagnosed trauma or short circuits. Amen outlines protocols that include a different combination of dietary change, exercise, natural supplements, prescription medication, talk therapy and positive reinforcement to rebalance and repair each affected part of the brain and its symptoms. His superficial but decent explanation of basic neurological physiology helps readers understand why they act as they do and how they can recover, and develop motivation, creativity, and good social skills to boot. Full of bulleted lists, rules, point-by-point lists of factual information, reproduced SPECT images, worksheets, self-tests, FAQs and individual patients' stories to resonate with readers, this is a useful volume, despite its simplistic writing. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
These books make the provocative suggestion that modern medicine can assist readers in improving their minds with strategies and advice to "treat anxiety, depression, memory problems, ADD, and insomnia." Amen (Change Your Brain, Change Your Life) administers the Amen Clinics, where mental health diagnoses are largely based on a comprehensive database of single-photon emission computerized tomograhy (SPECT) and treatment plans are based on targeted, follow-up psychotherapies under psychiatric supervision. In addition to those methods, Amen emphasizes many all-natural ways-diet, exercise, supplements-to treat mental health problems. Like Amen, best-selling author Hyman (UltraPrevention; UltraMetabolism) promotes a holistic approach to mental health and wellness based on "functional medicine" (FM). FM purports to be the medicine of the future, "a science-based health-care approach that assesses and treats underlying causes of illness through individually tailored therapies to restore health and improve function." Hyman has built his medical philosophy on the seven keys of "UltraWellness," which, in turn, are the keys to the "UltraMind," both of which emphasize the concept that the name of the disease (i.e., the diagnosis) bears little relationship to the cause of the disease. Hyman believes that traditional medical education is too rooted in finding symptoms, making a diagnosis, and then identifying a drug to match that diagnosis. Hyman seeks a "balanced" brain by seeking the proper relationships among detoxification, oxidative stress, and inflammation. Both books are nontraditional and appear to serve mainly as promotion for a proprietary approach to mental disorders, namely, Amen Clinics, Functional Medicine, and trademark UltraSolutions. Discretionary purchases for larger consumer health collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/08 for Hyman.]-James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Learn the secrets of a balanced brain from a physician who has
experience examining 50,000 scans of patients. Compare a failing
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-Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., bestselling coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual
"A must-read . . . Magnificent Mind at Any Age blends scientific innovation with a clear and powerful writing style. Dr. Amen's SPECT scans are fascinating, his conclusions are life-changing, and he provides practical health strategies you can utilize immediately."
-Michael Gurian, author of What Could He Be Thinking? and Leadership and the Sexes
"I consider Daniel Amen to be the most innovative psychiatrist in America. His premise is simple: you can't have a healthy life without a healthy brain. His dietary and lifestyle strategies for maintaining brain health are based on the world's most comprehensive library of brain imaging technology. If you want a better and more fulfilled life, this book is a must-read."
-Barry Sears, Ph.D., bestelling author of The Zone
"Dr. Amen is without a doubt our nation's leader as a top clinician/researcher who has the gift of making the complexities of reaching brain health and potential understandable by everyone. . . . Magnificent Mind at Any Age is a gift for the baby boomer who is now facing how to live the rest of his or her life and for young parents who want to make sure that they are providing the best they can for their children and teens. Everyone will find Magnificent Mind at Any Age a great resource."
-Earl R. Henslin, Psy.D., author of This Is Your Brain on Joy
"Providing brain basics from cradle to grave, Dr. Amen has written an indispensable handbook for handling emotions, cognition, relationships, and even our spiritual lives. It is comprehensive, inspiring, and user-friendly, explaining the most complex material in a way that's easy to understand and, better yet, to put into practice."
-Hyla Cass, M.D., coauthor of Natural Highs
"A user's manual to care for our precious brain. If you have a brain, buy this book!"
-Mark Hyman, M.D., bestselling author of UltraMetabolism