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Your Miracle Brain
Myth: You are born with a genetically determined
brain of fixed size and potential, and there is nothing you can do to change
Reality: Your brain is a growing, changing organ and you can greatly improve
the very structure, wiring, and functioning of your brain cells by what you
eat and the supplements you take.
In Your Miracle Brain, Jean Carper, the bestselling author of Miracle Cures,
Stop Aging Now!, and Food-Your Miracle Medicine, reveals the astonishing new
discoveries that have caused brain researchers to completely revise their
ideas about the brain's marvelous capabilities for change through
In this book you will learn how you can mold your brain to optimize memory,
intelligence, mental achievement, and mood by eating the right foods and
taking specific brain boosting supplements; from common vitamin E to alpha
lipoic acid, ginkgo biloba, and Co-Enzyme Q10.
Your Miracle Brain reports breakthrough research from leading scientific
centers the National Institutes of Health, Harvard, Tufts, the University of
California and others from around the world proving how diet and supplements
can create peak brain power throughout life from boosting the capabilities
of young brains to preventing and reversing brain breakdown as we get older.
You will discover astounding information and inspiring advice on every page:
How to raise your child's IQ before he or she is even born; which fat stunts
brain cells, and which make you smarter and happier; which vitamins can
boost intelligence and memory; how high blood pressure can shrink your brain
and what foods to eat to sharpen memory and rejuvenate brain cells.
Nothing is more central to a successful and fulfilling life than an
optimally functioning brain. In Your Miracle Brain Jean Carper reveals the
nutritional secrets that can unlock your brain's full intellectual and
Saving Your Brain
In this groundbreaking new book, a
Harvard-trained neurologist shows how you can attain lifelong mental
fitness. Utilizing the latest breakthroughs in research, Dr. Jeff Victoroff
has developed a definitive, life-changing plan that provides you with the
powerful, scientifically based methods you need to protect your brain from
aging and memory loss. Starting today, you too can save your brain.
If you are over forty years old, you already know the bad news: names may be
harder to remember; a word may sometimes elude you as you speak; you may
sometimes misplace your glasses, your car keys (or even your car!). But
medical research is lifting the veil of mystery off the process of brain
aging and offering up strong evidence that you do not necessarily have to
accept deteriorating brain function as you get older. From the benefits of
exercise to the effects of stress relief, from what you eat and drink to the
kind of work you do, from the natural substances that are most likely to
help to the new medications your doctor can prescribe, this book outlines
literally hundreds of preventive measures you can take to keep your mind
sharper, stronger, and healthier your whole life. Among the many topics
covered in this book are:
• Amazing new studies revealing who is most likely to get Alzheimer’s
disease--and how we can all reduce our risk
• Powerful evidence showing how the Brain-Saving Diet can boost your
defenses against memory loss
• How stress, depression, anger, and low self-esteem can literally threaten
the structure of our brains, and what we should all be doing about it
• The surprising discovery that inflammation is slowly cooking our brain
cells, and how we can stop it
• The two ways you can literally add new brain cells!
A book that will change the way you live, eat, and work, Saving Your
Brain is a wake-up call to those people who have long since learned the
wonders of taking care of their body--and now have the very real chance to
provide the same lifesaving care for their brain.
Awakening The Mind
Each moment of our lives, from birth to death,
our brains are engaged in an endless symphony of patterns. In Awakening the
Mind, Anna Wise reveals how a careful understanding of the four types of
brain waves, and the practice of carefully designed meditation exercises
that lead to a mastery of each type, can vastly improve everyday focus,
memory, concentration, and overall mental awareness.
Over the past three decades, Wise has measured the brain-wave patterns of
spiritual teachers, artists, high-performing businessmen, athletes, and
other highly creative and productive individuals. She discovered that,
during periods of peak mental awareness and clarity, they all exhibited a
specific brain-wave pattern in which the four categories of brain
waves-alpha, beta, theta, and delta-combined in a distinct configuration. In
this book, Wise provides meditation exercises specially developed to lead
readers to achieve that heightened mental state referred to as the Awakened
The Mind and the Brain
A landmark work that offers new answers to
one of the oldest mysteries in human thought: the connection between mind
Conventional science has long held the position that "the mind" is merely an
illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain.
Now comes a major work, grounded in two decades of research, that argues
exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own.
In The Mind and the Brain, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, a leading researcher in
brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley
demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and
control the functioning of the physical brain. Their work has its basis in
our emerging understanding of adult plasticity -- the brain's ability to be
rewired not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently
established by scientists. But in this paradigm-shifting work, Schwartz and
Begley take neuroplasticity one critical step further. Through decades of
work treating patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz
made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his
patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural
pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention
away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's
patients were using their minds to reshape their brains.
The Mind and the Brain follows Schwartz as he investigates this newly
discovered power, which he calls self-directed neuroplosticity or, more
simply, mental force. It describes his work with noted physicist Henry Stapp
to establish the basic mechanics of self-directed neuroplasticity in quantum
physics, and reveals its connections with the ancient practice of
mindfulness in Buddhist tradition. And it points to potential new
applications that could transform the treatment of almost every variety of
neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke -- and could lead to new
strategies to help us harness our mental powers.
Yet as wondrous as these implications are, perhaps even more important is
the philosophical dimension of Schwartz's work. For the existence of mental
force offers convincing scientific evidence of human free will, and thus of
man's inherent capacity for moral choice. Challenging the scientific
mainstream, Schwartz and Begley suggest boldly that we human beings are more
than mere automatons -- that with the ability to shape our brains comes the
power to shape our destiny. The conclusions they draw, and the questions
they raise, should provoke debate among not only scientists but
philosophers, legal scholars, and anyone who cares about the role of man in
Where Are My Keys?
Keep forgetting where you put your keys? Wish you could get through the
crossword faster? Experiencing too many "intellectual pauses"? Then this is
the book for you.
Brain Candy is an authoritative, comprehensive, and above all, cutting-edge
look at what you can take to rev up your brain -- enhance memory, think
faster, sharpen creativity, focus better. The only authors yet to tackle
this subject who are experts in both brain function and drug action,
Theodore Lidsky and Jay Schneider explain in plain English what the effects
of these substances are on the body. Do they really work? Are they safe? Are
they readily available? Topics include:
How to tell if a drug is worth taking
The neuropsychology of forgetting
Why drugs can help you think better
What you can take: smart drugs, amino acids, hormones, vitamins
And much more
For aging baby boomers -- and for anyone else who wants a quicker wit --
Brain Candy has all the answers.
Until recently, it was believed that as the years
pass, the brain inevitably deteriorates in all of its many functions. Now,
according to Dr. Arthur Winter, a neurosurgeon and the director of the New
Jersey Neurological Institute, studies show that the brain can continue to
develop and repair itself, even in old age, and that with simple daily
exercises, the proper diet, and the right kind of mental stimulation, you
can learn to strengthen and maintain your brain's power to near maximum
capacity throughout your lifetime.
Brain Workout is a complete regimen with dozens of easy-to-follow exercise
in each chapter and tips that include:
- Aiding memory
- Stimulating and improving sight, hearing, and the sense of smell, touch,
- How certain foods affect us mentally and emotionally
- Medicines that improve brain capacity and chemicals that dull brain
- The importance of oxygen to the brain, and what exercise will increase its
BRAIN POWER: LEARN TO IMPROVE YOUR THINKING SKILLS
masterpiece is a challenge. The breadth of coverage, the depth of content
and the time-tested durability of the ideas never cease to amaze me (I am
still not able to find fault with or criticize any of the ideas presented in
One reason why this book has not got the popularity it deserves might be the
rather mundane and unimaginative title "Brain Power". When I first saw the
unattractive cover and commonplace title, I almost ignored this as another
pot-boiler promising impossible feats with the mind. It is my good fortune I
bought it (and read it !).
Quoting from page 14, the six fictional thinking skill categories covered by
1. Fact finding 2. Crap detecting 3. Thinking on your feet 4. Idea
production 5. Problem solving and decision making 6. Happying.
This list encompasses almost everything you would wish to do well in the
mental plane (at least in the everyday life of a well informed person, let
us exclude scientists etc.). Facts form your knowledge, crap detecting helps
you filter out the pseudo-facts, thinking on your feet helps you use your
knowledge in day to day living, idea production equals creativity, problem
solving and decision making is the utility that works on your knowledge in
the most efficient manner to make choices with respect to objectives and
finally happying spans the cerebral with the emotional. For a few dollars,
that is quite a lot!
Other books cover similar ground (But I don't think they cover ALL of this).
Albrecht's achievement is to bring together in one place the results of
research and strong common sense thinking on each topic. Although the ideas
may not be entirely original (thinking skills is an area where everyone
might have said something correct), I found many of them for the first time
here and didn't find them in so many other similar books I have read.
Instead of just being a collector of ideas, Albrecht polishes the ideas and
adds fertilizer with quotations, anecdotes, cross-references, puzzles and
exercises, that eventually the dry core of the result of an academic study
or a familiar common-sense approach becomes a powerful, high-horsepower
thought vehicle which you can marshal the next time you have a problem.
Also, you learn to recognize situations in terms of the categories
discussed. This is invaluable in helping you apply the ideas on a regular
Albrecht also takes the distinguishing approach that intelligence and
emotions are NOT meant to be two water-tight compartments. All along he
emphasizes how good thinking skills can lead to a better quality life,
better relationships with others, higher self-esteem and more happiness. In
fact, he only discusses ideas that will be of use in the real world of a
The book has a brief but very relevant bibliography and Recommended Reading
List. I love the quotations before the start of each sub-topic (for example,
"Wisdom is knowing what to do next", "Get your facts first, and then you can
distort them as you please"). You will want to read many of the recommended
So, if you want to get a grip on this thing called thinking, if you want to
figure out what your mind is doing most of the time, and then do those
things better, then this book is a great starting point.
In Brain-Building Nutrition, Michael Schmidt reports on the links
between fatty acid intake and memory, mood, and behavior.
“A thought-provoking book that will revolutionize the way we look at the
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