Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cocaine,Marijuana,Crack, Meth,Heroin Changes Brain Chemistry

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Daniel G. Amen, MD
Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Helped pioneer the use of brain SPECT imaging in psychiatry

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
UC, Irvine, School of Medicine

Trained at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC

Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association

Award Winning Researcher, Writer and Teacher

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, M.D., has seen with his own eyes how people can literally change their brains and change their lives.

"This is one of the most exciting breakthroughs in medicine, because with a better brain, always comes a better life. When you do the right things, you make your brain better and improve your life. When you do the wrong things, you hurt your brain and make your life harder. Day-in-and-day-out, everyday, you are either HELPING or HURTING your brain. For example: Did you know that blueberries are one of the best brain foods on the planet, along with avocados, walnuts, salmon and green tea? But not getting enough sleep decreases brain function and hurts your memory and your ability to concentrate. Did you know that boosting blood flow to your brain is literally the fountain of youth? But doing things that decrease blood flow, like nicotine, too much caffeine, alcohol or being exposed to toxic fumes prematurely ages your brain."

Written by a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has also authored a book on attention deficit disorder, Change Your Brain contains dozens of brain scans of patients with various neurological problems, from caffeine, nicotine, and heroin addiction to manic-depression to epilepsy. These scans, often showing large gaps in neurological activity or areas of extreme over-activity, are downright frightening to look at, and Dr. Amen should know better than to resort to such scare tactics. But he should also be commended for advocating natural remedies, including deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback for treating disorders that are so frequently dealt with by prescription only.

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