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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
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Published October 11th 2005 by Harmony (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 11, 2007 Suman rated it did not like it  ·  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
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
Feb 04, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2008 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2011 Amanda Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 05, 2014 Collette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative read on good brain health and what individuals can to do improve. Dr. Amen specifically recommends exercise (no contact sports, good sleep habits, good nutrition, supplements and neurofeedback. He offers a simplified description of several brain systems and informs the reader as to how the over or under activation of these systems lead to dysfunction. Excellent!
Jun 14, 2009 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Apr 23, 2008 Sean Fletcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert Chamberlin
Oct 31, 2015 Robert Chamberlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book illuminates the many ways diet, exercise, meditation, music and learning can heal and/or keep a brain healthy. Medication and various therapies are also sometimes called for but they aren't the only route to a healthy brain.
Nov 04, 2011 Alice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jan 08, 2016 Jared rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The useful information in this book was sporadically interspersed in a mediocre anecdote. In an attempt to be a more approachable text, a lot of information was grossly oversimplified. The author repeated himself, almost absentmindedly. The useful parts could be condensed into 1/5 the space. That being said, there were useful takeaways, and I'm glad to have read the book, I'm just severely disappointed with the presentation.
Alexander Briggs
Feb 19, 2014 Alexander Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
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
Aug 05, 2015 Travis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On the bright side, Dr. Amen seems to acknowledge that his advice can have the efficacy of a placebo (i.e. > 0). That must make it ok, right? His diagnostic approach (SPECT) seems to be I have a hammer so all mental anguish must be a nail, but then says SPECT can only help in the middle of everything else available, just to have it both ways.
Jan 11, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent information for anyone to understand themselves & people around them.

DrAmen's books have gotten better over the years as his research & scan techniques have improved. Very positive in showing how you can avoid dementia & have the best life possible.

Everything we experience is affected by our brain & its health.
Jan 08, 2014 Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2014 Cathy Hartle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Feb 28, 2016 A Book & A Toke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting my 15 days tomorrow! This is a great book. Very informative and easy to understand. It really makes you realize how important it is to take care of your brain. I would give anything to have my brain scanned at one of the Amen clinics but they're all too far.
Nov 16, 2008 tomlinton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Daniel Amen has been working with the brain for many years and he knows what he is talking about. He uses a lot of stories that keep it interesting and help get his point across. Very insightful facts about the brain.
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
Jan 23, 2016 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the topic of brain health. The book gets down in the weeds of biology, nutrition, and anatomy of our brains. But it also provides everyone a wonderful collection of things we can all do to improve how our brain functions.
Deb Ramage
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Jon Fischer
Mar 28, 2016 Jon Fischer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first half of this book learning about different systems in the brain. The second half felt repetitive and a bit like a sales pitch, but still worth the read
Doug Ferguson
Jan 21, 2014 Doug Ferguson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Holly Vipond
Jan 03, 2016 Holly Vipond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few of Amen's books and this was the best I've read so far. Helpful, educational, and even inspiring.
Jul 06, 2015 Emmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Lots of interesting information... we abuse the brain to no end! Our poor brains! Seriously though, yikes. No wonder we all have so many issues.
Joy Baer
May 15, 2016 Joy Baer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I can't stop thinking about this great book. I've become a big brain fan of this author.
Ninos Youkhana
Jul 22, 2015 Ninos Youkhana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

I enjoy reading this book. It helped relearn new things that in will implement in my life to save by Brian. I like the supplements part.
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
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Daniel G. Amen, MD is a physician, child and adult psychiatrist, brain imaging specialist, bestselling author, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the CEO and medical director of Amen Clinics, Inc. (ACI) in Newport Beach and Fairfield, California, Tacoma, Washington and Reston, Virginia .

ACI is the world leader in applying brain imaging science to clinical practice. AC
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