Monday, January 20, 2014

Dr. Daniel Amen’s Key Insight from 83,000 Brain Scans

What if someone could scan your brain and show you exactly what areas were damaged…and what you could do to restore them to a healthy condition?

That’s Daniel Amen’s specialty.

Years ago, after completing his training as a psychiatrist, Dr. Amen became concerned that “psychiatrists are virtually the only medical specialists who don’t look at the organ they treat.”

He set out to change that practice.

For the past 22 years, the physicians at Amen Clinics have used a sophisticated brain imaging technology called SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) to understand and treat their patients. This type of study looks at blood flow and activity patterns to shows how the brain works.

What he and his colleagues have discovered as they analyzed patients’ brains is truly revolutionary.

These patients are quite diverse. They include children with ADHD, imprisoned criminals, hundreds of active and retired NFL players with brain injuries.

In each case, SPECT has enabled Dr. Amen and his staff to diagnose the true nature of the problems.

After 83,000 scans, Dr. Amen has gained this critical insight:
“You can literally change people’s brains, and when you do, you can change their lives.” 

In his latest book, Use Your Brain to Change Your Age, Dr. Amen’s goal is to convince you that:
“You are not stuck with the brain you have. You can make it better.”

And you don’t have to go to his clinic and get a SPECT to make that happen.

There are simple changes you can make. Feed your brain with nourishing foods and avoid those that harm the brain. Engage in the types of physical activity that create a healthy brain. Become a lifelong learner. And more.

Watch this TEDx talk, and I’m betting you’ll want to get the book and learn more about Dr. Amen’s plan.

“A sign of intelligent life is changing your behavior after receiving new information.” 
– Dr. Daniel Amen

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