I've read a two other books about brain injuries, and I've worked for a doctor who uses biofeedback to repair brain damamge. When I saw this book I was expecting a list, something like a to-do, for healthy brains.
After listening to the book I researched Dr. Amen online, and most of the same material can be found on his website for the Amen Clinics. I also found some more reviews of his work, making it seem pretty controversial.
Good or bad, I don't think you're going to get a whole lot out of the book. The to-dos are less than I would imagine. A lot of time is spent talking about medications, and I think I've heard about 15 times now that I shouldn't hit soccer balls with my head.
Whatever you do, get the abridged version. There is value in his education about parts of the brain, and he lists some good references.
I expected a different book. I thought it would be about a woman in a situation that leads to her death, about how she dealt with this since she seemed to expect it. BUT it's about the author. For over 10 hours I've listen about this woman's unsettling marriage while the sister, who later turns up missing, participates in phone calls to support her. The book started at age 3 and carries you into her 40's!!! It feels like a 18 chapter introduction. Get the abridged.
I read this book in shock really. I had no idea this type of distrust existed among women. I kept listening looking to identify with the authors research, but I really do not. I think I can see some of the examples she sights but hers seem so extreme to what I have witnessed in my life. After reading this book I conducted a small review with my friends, and together we thought the whole thing was blown out of shape in this book. Maybe I am just lucky to be surrounded by women who only experience occasional jealousy? I'm not saying we don't, but I am yet to find someone who has altered their life as a result of this as the book suggests. I think these women *are* out there, and I would bet that this author has interviewed all 100 of them for this book. The book put me in something of a panic about my ability to see people around me as they are. It's silly. I wish I hadn't read it.
This was my first book from Dr. Weil. I am impressed at how "well read" he is on his subject, and his manner of presenting topics certainly serves to convey confidence in his work. The audio has a perfect balance of straight forward information and scientific background. Dr. Weil is wonderful at guessing what question you might have, and answering them or referring you to another source. The only tough part is the section on vitamins where he gives pretty detailed directions on good supplements. You will either need to grab a pencil or head to the store with your iPOD in tow.
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