Secrets to Look, Feel, and Think Younger Every Day
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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IS BETWEEN YOUR EARS
SEVEN PRINCIPLES THAT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE
You are only young once, but you can stay immature inde?nitely.
I was recently on a plane from San Francisco to Honolulu, where I was going to participate in a very important debate at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. In the seat next to me was an elderly woman, Mary, who recognized me from my public television shows. As I was opening my computer to start obsessing over the debate, Mary leaned toward me and asked, “Is it ever too late?”
“Too late for what?” I said, trying to get my mind focused on the task tomorrow.
“I am seventy- six years old,” she whispered. “Is it ever too late forme to have a better brain?”
“Only if you just plan on living until you are seventy- seven,” I said with a smile, now looking into her pretty green eyes. “If you want to liveuntil you’re ninety, now would be a good time to start!”
She chuckled. I relaxed. People like Mary have always fueled the passion I have for my work.
“The fountain of youth is between your ears,” I continued. “It is your brain that makes the decisions that keep you healthy, happy, and on track to live a long time, and it is your brain that makes the bad decisions that ruin your health and send you off to the undertaker early. If you want to live a long, happy life, the ? rst place to start is by having a better brain.”
Mary told me she loved my television shows because they were so practical and she had already made many changes in her life. She also told me about her son who was a problem drinker but who stopped imbibing after watching my programs. He saw he wanted no part of the damage he saw on the SPECT scans that alcohol can do to the brain.
At the Amen Clinics we use a sophisticated brain imaging study called SPECT to help us understand and treat our patients. SPECT stands for single photon emission computed tomography, a nuclear medicine study that looks at blood ?ow and activity patterns. It looks at how the brain works. It is different from computerized axial tomography (CAT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, which are anatomical scans that show what the brain physically looks like. SPECT shows how the brain functions. Over the last twenty- one years, Amen Clinics has built the world’s largest database of brain SPECT, now totaling over seventy thousand scans on patients from ninety different countries.
SPECT basically shows three things:
1. Areas of the brain that work well
2. Areas of the brain that are low in activity
3. Areas of the brain that are high in activity
A healthy scan shows full, even, symmetrical activity in the brain.
From USE YOUR BRAIN TO CHANGE YOUR AGE by Daniel G. Amen, MD. Copyright © 2012 by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. Published by Crown, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.
For over 20 years, clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist and brain-imaging expert Dr. Daniel Amen has been helping people look and feel young, healthy and vibrant with his groundbreaking brain-healthy strategies. His PBS specials on the brain are among the most popular to be featured.
Now, in his life-changing Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Dr. Amen shares his complete anti-aging program to improve your memory, focus and energy. When you make the program part of your life, you’ll dramatically increase your chances of living longer, looking younger, and keeping your heart and immune system strong, while boosting your memory.
With Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, you’ll discover how your brain is involved in everything you do, including how you think, feel, act and get along with others, and that there are many things you can do to enhance each area—including getting 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, putting lean protein, healthy fats and high-fiber carbohydrates in your diet, exercise, continual lifelong learning and much more.
With this detailed, step-by-step guide—including 20 tips to improve your life right now—you’ll be on your way to using your brain to change your age.
Hardcover Book : 384 pages
Publisher: Crown Publishers Inc./Random House ( February 14, 2012 )
Item #: 13-542312
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.96inches
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