Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance
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Making a Good Brain Great: The Amen Clinic Program for Achieving and Sustaining Optimal Mental Performance

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Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: your brain is involved in everything you do—learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days!

You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; but c...more
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Published October 11th 2005 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2005)
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Suman
Jul 11, 2007 Suman rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Idiots
I think this book needs to be renamed "Making Idiots Poor". It basically consists of a "doctor", Daniel Amen, pretending to know something about the brain and telling people how to keep it healthy. What results is a 336-page mess with advice so banal that it makes me wonder if the author knows anything about the brain. The brain is a remarkably complex and mysterious organ, and to say that centuries-old adages about living morally is somehow exactly what the brain needs to function optimally see...more
Kimberly
Here is this author's advice in a nutshell: "Kids, do like me and play your ping-pong! Eat your blueberries! And don't be running around hittin' soccer balls with your head!!" This book could possibly be useful for late middle-aged people who want to stave off dementia (and that's important), but for anyone else, if you already know the basic steps to a healthy life (eat your vegetables, don't smoke, etc.) you're not going to get much more from this book. In fact, I'd say the title is misleading...more
Amanda Marshall
A must read for anyone with a brain. While it may seem obvious, many people (Dr's included) fail to address the health of the brain when trying to treat emotional/mental problems. Its easy to forget that the brain controls EVERYTHING. So instead of just medicating the effects (ie: depression, ADD) a person is experiencing, Dr Amen advises that we must look at the actual cause these disorders, which is brain function! After reading this book I've started some supplements and even asked my Dr to l...more
Heather
Any informative information is something you could get from your regular family doctor...Dr. Amen uses anecdotal evidence and bad science. It's all about the money. I'm sure people are helped through the placebo effect but they could save a lot of money and use another cheaper form of placebo.

His studies have never lasted scientific-scrutiny. If they had then it wouldn't just be the Amen clinic using SPECT scans; the medical community would be using them.

For shame, he's preying on people and tak...more
Wendy
Jun 14, 2009 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to be a smarty pants
This books shows SPECT brain imaging and is all about how to keep our brains functioning optimally. I am a total brain whore, so this was like porn for me. It's intelligent, but dumbed down enough that you don't have to be a brain surgeon to get it. It has tips on eating and physical and mental exercise for your 3lb head muscle and includes a 15 day workout plan for your noodle. It made me love my brain so much I would totally make out with it if I could.
Sean Fletcher
This is a fascinating book and a must read, especially if you are concerned for your health in later years. The book gives insights into the inner workings of the brain and how our brain influences our emotions and vise versa. I gained greater understanding of my own emotional state and how I could improve. The book does fall into some tedium as the author describes different conditions and remedies, but overall the book is worth reading.
Alice
I am listening to this book in the car and I am loving all the info. I was especially happy when he addressed why caffeine is so bad for the brain--since I am the queen of anti-caffeine, but I can never get anyone to listen. At least I got Mr Amen on my side!!

This is probably not the best book about the brain ever written, but even putting aside the author's monotonous reading voice, I loved it. I loved thinking about what I need to do for brain health and also feeling pretty good about most of...more
Stacie
Dr. Amen is a neuroscientist who has been practicing for a long time. I trust in his ability to read SPECT scans with incredible accuracy and that he has no doubt helped many, many people.

He's also making a lot of money off of this book and his clinic. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to take into account when someone is offering you a diagnosis and a remedy. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the book and have learned a great deal more about my brain and possible causes for s...more
Jason Gregg
I picked this book up because recently a friend of mine was struck by a car and has spent the last month in the ICU with brain swelling. I wanted to know more about brain injuries. The book didn't give much information on what to do with brain injuries, this was more a preventive guide.

There are two parts. The first is more of a text book explanation of what the brain is and how it works. It was pretty dry.

The second part is about what you can be doing to help improve your brain. Most readers t...more
Alexander Briggs
I am going with 4 stars. This is due to the book having a lot of resources. All the basic you will need to rebuild mind. I enjoyed the organization of the book. The openness of Dr Amem to consider diet as part of the solution.

Yes, he talks a lot about the scans. I agree Dr Amen need to do these scans. I want to hear about the detail within SPECT & how they can be providing info. The generalized data lead you think they see the light on . That must mean brains working.

I do plan to look at add...more
Morgan
This book certainly contains some interesting information in regard to brain health, but there are many points which detract from the overall message. Dr. Amen uses far too many anecdotes for a "scientific" book, even one which is admittedly geared towards a mainstream audience. I was particularly unimpressed with his anti-vaccination attitude, and pretty much put the book down there (the study he is referencing was repealed because the scientist was caught falsifying his data!) He also referenc...more
Cathy Hartle
We listened to this in CD; many things to think about regarding brain health. We may buy the book if we can find a used copy. I really haven't thought much about brain health before in this context. "What's good for your heart is good for your brain" was frequently stated. More encouragement for us to be healthy overall!
tomlinton
I've seen Dr Amen
on PBS
and having read the book
and followed some of his suggestions

I'm definitely happier reading
and social networking
than I am with television
just like the post-book research shows

I take some of the supplements
he's recommended
and found a particular effect
with Acetyl-L-Carnitine

The doctor says you'll know
within 20 minutes which I did
A friend took a couple of days OBTW

Next is learning to write left-handed
Play a musical instrument
possibly with my feet
Finally crack the frontera barr...more
Jostalady
I think there are some books that should be read by everyone as a standard. Dr. Amen has several books, and has made very impressive appearances-such as OPB specials, that have raised our awareness and knowledge in caring and improving our brains. The principles are positive, we can change our brains, our brains are involved in everything we do, and when our brains work right, we work right. I particularly recommend this one as an updated introduction and overview to his work. If you will only l...more
Doug Ferguson
Lucid and engaging. Encouraging in that it debunks the notion that brain development stops in young adulthood. Analyses of the potential for change in brain health backed up by image scans of brains. Also, some practical suggestions of what to do to improve brain health.
Josalyn
Don't be fooled by it's self-help book facade; this book was fascinating. I read it because my mom recommended it as a good read about ADD and depression, both of with I have several members in my extended family dealing with. I learned a lot and I think I will read his book on depression next. It's just amazing that he has scanned tens of thousands of brains! It's Really cool and not so technical that you can't follow it. I'd recommend it to anyone who has family members dealing with those prob...more
Liss
Mar 31, 2009 Liss rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Liss by: Father
Dr. Amen has a number of books about making your brain better. Some of them are geared towards a specific malady (depression, ADD) though most of them are for the general populace. I looked through five of his books and read two. This one is great and if you read it you don't need to read the others. Or if you read one of the others you don't need to read this. The advice is worth 4 stars though I had read virtually all of it somewhere else before - learning about the science of the brain was co...more
Damaris
I learned a lot about how our brains work and what we can do to protect and nurture them. Dr. Amen talks about nutrition, excercizes (both mental and physical), what we can do to change how our brains work, overcome depression, ADD, memory problems and much more. It took me a long time to read because it is quite academic and I had to read a little fiction in between, but I am glad I read the book and think othrs of you would get valuable information from it for yourselves and your families.
Mary
Interesting book on how to keep your brain healthy and the science behind it. A chapter on the type of foods to eat was also helpful.
Dar
It is necessary things to protect you brain. Some people said it's too much, but I think about this seriously.

My mother, 54 years old with in Menopause, has High Blood Pressure which is a risk factor of Heart Failure and Alzheimers. I let her take Co-enzyme Q10 50 mg. per day everyday and 5HPT. It helps with heart burn systom and decrease aggressive and depress significantly.

Protect your health now or later; it's up to you. For me, I'd better begin.
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Budd
So don't bang your head, eat right, continue learning, don't do drugs, don't drink, and take your vitamins. That is really all this book had to give. It was okay and some of the studies where interesting, but some of the studies have since been disproven. He recommends fish oil supplements, which are now linked to cancer. It also spreads the right brain/left brain myth. Not really what I was expecting.
Marina
Couldn't finish it. Started out fairly interesting, quickly devolved into a resume/really long, repetitive introduction. How many brain scans did you say you've done again? I didn't quite catch it the first 20 times. The last straw was his diet recommendations. If you know anything about brains, this will probably be boring/frustrating at best.
David
Very well written and informative. However some of his conclusions, like why women cry out "Oh God!" when they're having sex seemed a little hokey to me. But these are in the minority. And althoug some of his findings seem a bit contested on the internet it was a very easy read and a decent introduction into the world of nutrition and good brain behavior.
Eric Head
The content was much more technical(medical) than I expected, but I found most of it intriguing. This doctors primary focus is on using brain scans to see how and what parts of the brain work (or not work) under certain circumstances. His conclusions on a variety of behavioral disorders and how trauma effects the brain is illuminating.
matthew
he approaches the brain as a physical system instead of a dark mystery.

maybe having a bad day is a byproduct of a chemical deficiency, or maybe a bad day is a byproduct of consistently interpreting events as negative, which in turn produces said chemicals.

if you care about your body (of which your brain is a part), read it.
Vivian
actually listened to the CD book. Very interesting. Author narrates well--easy to listen to and not too long. Physical Book has the detailed lists of supplements, diets, references, etc that you might want to see. Learned that if I only redo my whole lifestyle there may still be hope of improving my brain.
Sandie
I love Dr. Amen' s work. This is the second book of his I've listened to. It's such basic,vital information. Should be required study for kids so they can pass it on to their kids until everyone 'gets it.' What the brain needs and the consequences of not getting it - fascinating!
Simon Cleveland
An excellent book on the benefits of keeping ones brain sound and healthy. Enjoyed learning about the different parts of the brain, the supplements that can help enhance performance and the pointers on how to make my brain better. Great read and very educational.
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