Saving Your Brain

The Revolutionary Plan to Boost Brain Power, Improve Memory, and Protect Yourself against Aging and Alzheimer

By Jeff Victoroff
(Bantam, Hardcover, 9780553109443, 464pp.)

Publication Date: June 25, 2002

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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In this groundbreaking new book, a Harvard-trained neurologist shows how you can attain lifelong mental fitness. Utilizing the latest breakthroughs in research, Dr. Jeff Victoroff has developed a definitive, life-changing plan that provides you with the powerful, scientifically based methods you need to protect your brain from aging and memory loss. Starting today, you too can save your brain.

If you are over forty years old, you already know the bad news: names may be harder to remember; a word may sometimes elude you as you speak; you may sometimes misplace your glasses, your car keys (or even your car!). But medical research is lifting the veil of mystery off the process of brain aging and offering up strong evidence that you do not necessarily have to accept deteriorating brain function as you get older. From the benefits of exercise to the effects of stress relief, from what you eat and drink to the kind of work you do, from the natural substances that are most likely to help to the new medications your doctor can prescribe, this book outlines literally hundreds of preventive measures you can take to keep your mind sharper, stronger, and healthier your whole life. Among the many topics covered in this book are:

• Amazing new studies revealing who is most likely to get Alzheimer’s disease--and how we can all reduce our risk
• Powerful evidence showing how the Brain-Saving Diet can boost your defenses against memory loss
• How stress, depression, anger, and low self-esteem can literally threaten the structure of our brains, and what we should all be doing about it
• The surprising discovery that inflammation is slowly cooking our brain cells, and how we can stop it
• The two ways you can literally add new brain cells!

A book that will change the way you live, eat, and work, Saving Your Brain is a wake-up call to those people who have long since learned the wonders of taking care of their body--and now have the very real chance to provide the same lifesaving care for their brain.




About the Author

Dr. Jeff Victoroff is a neurologist and neuropsychiatrist who trained at Harvard in both neurology and psychiatry and is currently Associate Professor of Clinical neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He has published numerous scientific articles on brain aging and behavior in such journals as Neurology, Archives of Neurology, and the American Journal of Psychiatry and has received the distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from the Alzheimer’s Association.




Praise For Saving Your Brain

"Written in an easy to understand style, Saving Your Brain contains a good deal of "meat" and summarizes what we know and do not know about healthy living. An excellent contribution for the lay person who wants to know more."
--Michael Ronthal MBBCh, FRCP Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

"In his usual spirited and entertaining way, Dr. Victoroff challenges us all to be more proactive in attempting to maintain our most critical personal assets,our minds. His clear, logical and balanced perspectives in preventative psychological neurology are as refreshing as they are informative. Saving Your Brain is an intelligent anchor that is welcome in the rising tide of simplistic, overhyped brain nostrums. This is indeed news that we can use."

--Steve G. Massaquoi, M.D., PH.D., Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General


"Neurology has traditionally been a pretty strange branch of medicine, where incredibly highly-trained practitioners, using cutting-edge science, could mostly just tell you what was wrong and why they couldn't do much about it.  In recent years, a remarkable amount of information has emerged about what you can do to decrease the chances of falling victim to some of the features of brain aging that haunt us.  Neurologist Jeff Victoroff presents a wonderfully helpful overview of this good news -- accurate, up to date, accessible, and elegantly written."

--Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D. Professor of Human Biology, Department of Human Biology, Stanford University

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