Reboot Your Brain: A Natural Approach to Fighting Memory Loss, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Brain Aging, and More

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As of 2013, there are 93 million people over the age of forty-seven living in America. They make up the largest group of aging people in our country’s history. Many of those individuals are overweight or obese, eat a poor diet, and experience a high-stress lifestyle, leading to a range of physical and mental health issues. According to health experts, by 2050, two billion Americans will suffer from dementia, costing approximately one trillion dollars in medical expenses ...

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Overview

As of 2013, there are 93 million people over the age of forty-seven living in America. They make up the largest group of aging people in our country’s history. Many of those individuals are overweight or obese, eat a poor diet, and experience a high-stress lifestyle, leading to a range of physical and mental health issues. According to health experts, by 2050, two billion Americans will suffer from dementia, costing approximately one trillion dollars in medical expenses annually.

The culmination of thirty-five years of research in anti-aging sciences, this book shows how Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, memory loss, depression, anxiety, dementia, and other mental conditions can be reversed without drugs. Gary Null describes each condition and prescribes the appropriate mix of diet, exercise, lifestyle modifications, and nutritional supplements to restore maximum mental health. Did you know that caffeine can contribute to depression? Or that zinc, taken in the right dosage, can diminish tremors from Parkinson’s? Null describes homeopathic and herbal remedies, supplements, and recipes that are beneficial for each specific condition, giving advice that is groundbreaking and yet simple enough to be adapted by anyone.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
In his latest book, health and nutrition expert and prolific author Null (Healing with Magnets), who is also host of syndicated radio talk show (The Gary Null Show), says that brain health can be improved through exercise, meditation, diet, diet supplementation, and brain challenges, rather than drugs, in the quest to fight Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, memory loss, depression, anxiety, dementia, and other mental health problems. Null suggests that readers exercise at least 45 minutes per day and at least five days a week. His dietary recommendations will be challenging for some to adopt. To combat the effects of chemicals and junk foods, certified organics are the only edibles permitted here: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and the like. And water—lots and lots of water. For the simplest reboot, Null proposes 19 supplements a day, with various combinations of ingestion times and amounts. If the reader is suffering from anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, depression, or memory loss, for example, four to 11 added supplements may be necessary; the reader must determine which of the associated illnesses is most pressing, as only one additional supplement regimen is allowed. Null doesn’t provide guidance on how to make this determination. (Oct.)
Library Journal
11/01/2013
Alternative health guru Null believes that as a result of poor lifestyle choices, the large segment of the American population over the age of 47 is heading for some form of dementia. According to him, stress, poor diet, and obesity lead to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), among other conditions. Null's solution is a vegan, low-fat diet that also excludes refined sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. Exercise and myriad nutritional supplements will also help. The book reads like an infomercial that's full of testimonials and references to animal studies that prove that following this regimen will reverse the diseases. Null is a popular radio personality with a following, but his credentials are from nontraditional institutions that are accredited but not rigorous. While proper nutrition and exercise are definitely linked to good health, the need for supplements is controversial. VERDICT Only for fans of Null; buy where he is popular.—Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626361232
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 92,807
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Null
Gary Null, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert in the field of health and nutrition, the author of more than seventy bestselling books on healthy living, and the director of more than one hundred critically acclaimed full-feature documentaries. He is the host of The Gary Null Show, the country’s longest-running nationally syndicated health radio talk show. He lives in New York City.
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Reboot Your Brain

A Natural Approach to Fighting Memory Loss, Dementia, Alzheimer's, Brain Aging, and More


By Gary Null

Skyhorse Publishing

Copyright © 2013 Gary Null
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62636-123-2



CHAPTER 1

Your Aging Brain

"The brain is not, like the liver, heart, and other internal organs, capable from the moment of birth of all the functions which it ever discharges; for while in common with them, it has certain duties for the exercise of which it is especially intended, its high character in man, as the organ of conscious life, the supreme instrument of his relations with the rest of nature, is developed only by a long and patient training."

—R. V. Pierce (The People's Common Sense Medical Advisor in Plain English, 1917)


From the moment of conception, our brains are developing, growing, and changing, and scientists and researchers are constantly discovering new information about how our brains develop throughout our lives.

For instance, it had long been thought that the human brain created crucial neural pathways in the early years of life and then, over the course of a lifetime, worked to reinforce and strengthen the most important of these connections, while pruning away those that were underutilized. In other words, the brain was formed and influenced in early years, remained largely unchanged in middle years, and declined in old age.

Throughout the last few decades, as scientific research techniques have become more sophisticated, our ability to learn about the complexities of the brain has accelerated. Now scientists are discovering that the growth of the brain is far more complicated and ongoing than previously supposed. Studies have shown that crucial development in the prefrontal cortex occurs after the teen years, and other researchers have discovered that brain cells can continue to develop well into old age.

It is amazing to consider how our brains—these three-pound organs that constantly grow and change throughout our lives—are charged with the oversight of our entire being. This mass of tissue and nerves drives our intelligence, interprets input from our senses, initiates the movement of our limbs, and regulates the social aspects of our behavior.

In this chapter, I will talk about the structure of the brain and how choices you make about your environment, lifestyle, nutrition, and other factors can impact the health of your brain as you age.


Understanding the Brain

To get the most out of the Reboot Your Brain program, you need to have some knowledge of the most basic structures and workings of the brain and to understand how external factors influence both the growth and decline of this amazing organ.


The Architecture of the Brain

Our brains sit under our scalps, within the bony safety of our skulls, floating in cerebrospinal fluid and covered by the meninges. The meninges consists of three layers: the dura mater, a thick membrane that can restrict the movement of the brain within the skull, preventing movements that may burst the blood vessels of the brain; the middle layer, or arachnoid; and the layer closest to the brain, the pia mater. Our brains are nourished by our circulatory systems, which convert the nutrients in our blood into fuel for the ongoing computations of the brain's billions of nerve cells. The brain is covered with a thin layer of tissue called the cerebral cortex. This coating is also called gray matter because the nerves in this area lack the insulation that makes other parts of the brain appear white. Most information processing takes place in the cortex.


The Forebrain

When you look at a picture of the brain, it is likely that the first part you notice is the cerebrum. This intricate, wrinkled area, along with its covering (the cortex) is the source of higher-level functions. It holds memories and allows you to plan, imagine, and create. This is the part of your brain you use in problem solving, abstract thinking, and making judgments. The cerebrum is split down the center by a deep fissure, creating two halves, each with very different functions. At the base of the split is a thick construct of nerve fibers called the corpus callosum, which keeps communication flowing between the halves of the brain. Signals from the brain cross over on their way to the body.

The right cerebral hemisphere controls primarily the left side of the body, and the left hemisphere controls primarily the right side of the body. In most people, the left hemisphere is dominant in controlling responses, as well as language production and understanding and cognitive functions. The right side of your brain controls temporal and spatial relations, pattern recognition, recognition of complex auditory tones, and communication of emotion.

Each of the cerebral hemispheres in the forebrain can be further divided into sections called lobes, which govern specific functions.

• The frontal lobes lie directly behind your forehead and control your ability to plan, reason, and imagine. They are also important in memory construction. The rear part of the frontal lobes has a motor area that controls voluntary movement. On the left frontal lobe, a section called Broca's area works to transform thoughts into words.

• The parietal lobes govern sensory combinations and comprehension of stimuli, such as touch, taste, temperature, and movement. The parietal lobes also function in reading and arithmetic.

• The temporal lobes are associated with music, memory, and sensation. These lobes also process emotion, including strong emotions such as fear. They are important in forming and retrieving memories.

• The occipital lobes process images from the eyes and link that information with images stored in memory.


The Midbrain

This area of the brain controls some reflex actions and is responsible for some voluntary movements.


The Hindbrain

The lowermost area of the brain is composed of the upper part of the spinal cord, the brain stem, and a wrinkled ball of tissue called the cerebellum. The hindbrain governs cardiac, respiratory, and vasomotor centers.


The Limbic System

Deep within the brain, hidden from view, lie the structures that make up the limbic system, the area of the brain that is responsible for our emotional states. These gatekeepers of the brain include:

• The hypothalamus, a structure the size of a pearl, which works as a regulator, returning your body's systems to a "set point." The hypothalamus controls hunger, thirst, response to pain, and sexual satisfaction, as well as our emotions, such as anger, unhappiness, joy, and excitement.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Reboot Your Brain by Gary Null. Copyright © 2013 Gary Null. Excerpted by permission of Skyhorse Publishing.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

An Important Note About Supplements and Multiple Conditions, ix,
PART I: WHAT IT MEANS TO REBOOT YOUR BRAIN,
Introduction, 5,
Chapter 1: Your Aging Brain, 15,
Chapter 2: Promoting and Protecting Brain Health, 35,
PART II: SPECIFIC BRAIN CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS,
Chapter 3: Depression, 65,
Chapter 4: Anxiety, 89,
Chapter 5: Memory Loss, 111,
Chapter 6: Mental Fatigue, 135,
Chapter 7: Parkinson's Disease, 153,
Chapter 8: Alzheimer's Disease, 177,
Chapter 9: Headaches, 205,
Chapter 10: Brain Trauma, 225,
Chapter 11: Brain Allergies, 241,
Chapter 12: Insomnia, 257,
Chapter 13: Senile Dementia, 273,
Chapter 14: Menopause Study, 295,
Chapter 15: Psychoneuroimmunology, 321,
PART III: APPENDICES,
Appendix I: Purchasing Vitamins, Supplements, and Herbal Remedies, 331,
Appendix II: Reboot Your Brain Meals: Recipes for the Mind, 335,
Appendix III: Testimonials, 401,
Appendix IV: Endnotes, 415,
Index, 429,

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