The Memory Prescription: Dr. Gary Small's 14-Day Plan to Keep Your Brain and Body Young

The Memory Prescription: Dr. Gary Small's 14-Day Plan to Keep Your Brain and Body Young

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by Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan
     
 

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Now in paperback, the fastest proven memory improvement program from the doctor who pioneered the science hat did you forget this week Your car keys Cell phone A friend's birthday Now help is here! New research, pioneered by Dr. Gary Small, shows that you can improve your memory in just two weeks-with a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, combined with exercise, stress

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Now in paperback, the fastest proven memory improvement program from the doctor who pioneered the science hat did you forget this week Your car keys Cell phone A friend's birthday Now help is here! New research, pioneered by Dr. Gary Small, shows that you can improve your memory in just two weeks-with a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, combined with exercise, stress reduction, and a 15-minute-a-day program of memory aerobics. This simple yet effective program is based on years of medical research at one of the country's leading memory loss institutions, and now Dr. Small enables readers to put the results to work for them through his easy to implement, step-by-step regimen than can be customized for each person's specific needs.

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Publishers Weekly
Director of the UCLA Center on Aging, Small (The Memory Bible) presents his "boot camp for the brain" program, which pulls together the four most well-proven strategies for brain and body health: mental activity, physical conditioning, stress reduction and a "healthy brain diet." Small admits no one has found "the fountain of youth," but claims to be "among the billions awaiting a first sighting." In the meantime, he suggests using this book's memory assessment tests, basic low-fat meal plans and brain-teasing exercises to achieve "quality longevity." He peppers his chapters with a "subjective memory questionnaire," "right brain" and "left brain" exercises and advanced memory drills that suggest assigning visual images to words and names (e.g., "Weinberger: a bottle of wine falling on a burger"). Employing a chatty writing style that occasionally lapses into infomercial-speak ("But wait, there's more!"), Small manages to intersperse authoritative scientific evidence from leading research universities throughout the text. But much of the information here can be found in a variety of other fitness and lifestyle books, such as relaxation and stress reduction techniques, healthy diet and exercise plans, and examples of the power of positive thinking and keeping mentally active. Small pays scant attention to popular (if unproven) memory-boosting rejuvenators like hormone replacement therapy and ginkgo biloba. Small's reporting on memory research may be up to the minute, but overall his book feels padded and unoriginal. Agent, Sandra Dijkstra. (June 9) Forecast: The Memory Bible was a 2002 bestseller, and Small is now a recognizable name. He'll promote his book on the Today show, and will do a radio interview campaign. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786888771
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
269,303
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Rachel Doody
A straight-forward, easily-understood, entertaining book that explains how the brain ages and what we can do to slow it down.
M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Mark Goulston
Before your memory slips, use The Memory Prescription to improve your memory and keep it stronger than you thought possible.
M.D., author of Get Out of Your Own Way
Alan Gelenberg
Dr. Small's 14-Day "Boot Camp for the Brain" is an easy way to safeguard your brain and body against aging.
M.D., University of Arizona College of Medicine
Nicholas Perricone
Dr. Small's eminently readable book is an indispensable guide to improved memory, clear, rational thinking and increased mental agility.
M.D., author of The Perricone Prescription and The Wrinkle Cure
Murali P. Doraiswamy
Small has put together a tight, neatly wrapped package that will jump-start nearly everyone's memory . . . perfect, timely, practical, and brilliant.
M.D., Duke University Medical Center
Andrew Weil
Practical steps you can take in all aspects of lifestyle to keep your brain and mind in good working order.
M.D., author of Natural Health, Natural Medicine
Stephen Salloway
I guarantee readers of The Memory Prescription will have more confidence in their memory and an increased sense of well-being.
M.D., Brown University Medical School
Pierre Tariot
Worried about your brain? Don't be. The answers are finally all in one place -- this practical, light-hearted, and reassuring manual.
M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine
Judith Reichman
Engaging and stimulating, Memory Prescription provides us with the insights we need to stay healthy and maintain memory fitness.
M.D., author of Slow Down Your Clock

Meet the Author

Dr. Gary Small is the chief of the UCLA Memory and Aging Research Center. He lectures extensively all over the world, and often appears on national television shows including 20/20, Good Morning America, Today, CNN, NBC Nightly News, and CBS News. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, and USA Today. He is the author of The Memory Bible and The Memory Prescription. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Memory Prescription: Dr. Gary Small'S 14-Day Plan To Keep Your Brain And Body Young 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jfinn More than 1 year ago
It is never just one thing you have to do to improve anything and this goes the same with memory. It is a process that takes time and you notice results immediately. His way of enhancing your memory is simple and the thing is that it really just requires a lot of brain activity along with other actions that we should be involved in regardless if we are trying develop good memory skills or not. It is more of a natural way instead of a lot of supplements (although he does have those options available) and it is quite fun how he approaches the issue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently picked up a copy of Dr. Gary Small's THE MEMORY PRESCRIPTION--a 14-day plan that offers a healthy diet for your brain and body along with exercises aimed at increasing your physical and mental fitness and reducing your stress. You only have to read the inside flap of the book to learn that, like most authors of self-improvement books, Dr. Small promises a lot. Unlike most authors, though, he makes good on his promise. Not to sound like an infomercial, but after reading the book and committing to his plan I'm feeling more focused and have alot more energy. And my memory has improved. This is not just my subjective assessment; the book contains tests you can take which gage objectively your memory improvement from day to day. I also have lost four pounds. Either that or my wife is playing a cruel joke with my scale. Not bad results for two weeks. I found the book to be a light and enjoyable read. I also found the exercises within it to be both fun and challenging. Most importantly, I was able to commit to Dr. Small's plan with relative ease, which was a pleasant surprise and rarely my experience with these kinds of books. I recommend this book to anybody looking to increase their vitality and improve their memory and overall health--which, I assume, is just about everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It combines the information of several books, ie. diet, stress reduction, et al, into one focused discussion about improving memory. Informative, less reading, and saves money. Add to that, research conducted by other universities to support his claims suggests that this could be more than a 'fad diet' style of book. Sounds like this book could really be useful. After all this work, I hope that Dr. Small can enjoy his book promotion tour.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's a saying that applies to muscles and minds: 'If you don't use it, you lose it.' Anyone who has watched their own mind or the the mind of someone they love begin to slip knows how painful it can be. Prior to this book, it seemed that all one could do was to helplessly watch this process. Dr. Small's book shows that there are many things all of us can do at any age to keep our minds vital and sharp. Recent research has shown that the brain can in some cases regenerate brain cells. It wouldn't surprise me if in the future some of the practical approaches that Dr. Small offers may actually assist in that process.