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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

What's in a brain?

My parents would be proud to see how much I know about the human brain after reading my last book. Honestly it feels like I have spent weeks with specialists helping me to understand how my brain functions, or as some have commented, doesn't work. I am referring to the book by Daniel G. Amen, M.D. entitled "Change Your Brain Change Your Life" To see the authors impressive credentials for writing such a book simply click here.
Besides his many credentials and years of experience, Dr. Amen has been instrumental in brain imaging technology. What has been revealed has opened the doors of research and treatment for many studies and has brought healing to those once thought beyond modern science. Dr. Amen shares techniques and facts that can help us to understand our own brains as well as others and offers help and encouragement to us as we face things such as depression, hyper activity, anxiety, fear, and so many other things.
Dr. Amen not only shares actual pictures of healthy brain scans and compares them to troubled brain scans, he also reveals the treatments used in his clinics. Here's a little secret, diet and changing the way we think are vital. Dr. Amen discusses, "4 circles of your life". They are biological, psychological, social, and spiritual. Although I wouldn't go as far as to say this is a Christian book, it is a great resource for those who do counseling, know or have someone with a brain disorder of some sort  and those who are intrigued by the complexities of God's design in the human brain. You will come to understand the chemicals and the concepts of brain development as you move through the pages. But even more importantly are the real life progression and practical ways of dealing with whatever ails you. In chapter 16 Dr. Amen reveals 7 types of ADD, 7 types of ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION, 6 types of ADDICTS and 5 types of OVER EATERS. i think this just about touches all of us in one way or another and as he progresses through the understanding of these different types of illnesses he also provides a chart that tells what diet changes need to be made as well as deficiencies of certain vitamins and chemicals. Although Dr. Amen has forgotten more than I will ever know about the brain this book is truly remarkable. The information is informative, helpful, revealing and encouraging to know we have practical hope and the ability to do something about it in many cases. I recommend this book to everyone who would like to understand the brain and desire to see it functioning in a healthy productive way. I received my copy from my friends at Blogging for Books for review, but you should pick up a copy for your own personal library, you'll be glad you did. till next time.