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7 Steps to Healthy Brain with Dr. Daniel Amen Part 2

Dr. Daniel Amen is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. He’s the founder of Amen Clinics and BrainMD. Dr. Amen is a double board-certified psychiatrist and Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a neuroscientist, and has helped millions of people change their lives through clinics, best-selling books, products, and public television programs. Dr. Amen is the author or coauthor of 70 professional articles as well as a ten-time New York Times bestselling author, including of the mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life.

His breakthrough public television programs on the brain and mental health have made him well loved by millions of viewers seeking guidance on memory, attention, other cognitive functions, emotional issues, behavior, and more.

Dr. Amen’s work has been featured in Newsweek, Time, Huffington Post, ABC World News, 20/20, BBC, London Telegraph, Parade Magazine, New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, LA Times, Men’s Health, Bottom Line and Cosmopolitan, among many other outlets.

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What is the secret to a healthy brain?

This is Part 2 of Dr. Daniel Amen’s trilogy, so if you have not listened to Part 1 yet, I highly recommend you go back and listen, here.

Dr. Daniel Amen has written 10 NYT bestselling books including, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, and he’s done over 100,000 brain scans in the United States, and he’s a real expert in optimizing your brain health.

In this episode, he will continue with his 7 Steps to a Healthy Brain, and share with you the importance of brain imaging and having brain envy.

For more information, visit amensolution.com

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"People who are concerned about their health live longer than everyone else."

Dr. Daniel Amen

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  • Friend Andy McGill completed turned his brain health around after a brain scan, an assessment of his bad habits, and brain envy.
  • Happy-go-lucky people die earlier through accidents and preventable illnesses.
  • People who are concerned about their health live longer than everyone else.
  • Now is the time to start! Remembering that Alzheimer’s symptoms start 30 years before it manifests.
  • Bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment.
  • Bio: diet, exercise.
  • Psychological: important developmental events, ANTS (automatic negative thoughts).
  • Social: how are you connected? How are your important relationships? The more connected you are, the healthier you are, provided you’re connected to healthy people.
  • Spiritual: what does your life mean? What is your relationship with the planet, with god?


  • As part of Amen Clinic practice, brain imaging is included.
  • Medications are prescribed without the brain being looked at, meaning people are being treated in the same way Lincoln was treated.
  • Psychiatry outcomes haven’t improved in 50 years.
  • Dr. Amen was treating NFL players with brain injuries and concussions, and brain scans showed blue areas with significantly decreased activity.
  • Added a second arm to the study: took these athletes with 20k-30k hits to the head, who were depressed—and simply taught them to avoid bad things and do good things, and take a vitamin, fish oil and brain booster.
  • Study results showed their memory, attention, mood, motivation, sleep got better.
  • This study isn’t just about football players: it’s applicable to the wider community and can help soldiers coming back from war with brain injuries.
  • Simple education can vastly improve brain health, as can scans! If you never look you never know and it’s easy to call someone a bad person.


  • Our brain continues to develop throughout your life but develops most radically until the age of 25 for girls, and 28 for boys—letting a child slam their skulls in high-contact sports during this period, not a good idea.
  • Things to take seriously: the risk of Alzheimer’s, your weight, sleep apnoea.
  • Time to stop thinking of depression as one thing: a large NIMH study in which depressed people were given antidepressants showed that only 31% got better after 12 weeks—the placebo effect is 30%.
  • Antidepressants don’t work because we think of depression as a single illness, and not acknowledging other contributing factors.
  • Remember that memory trouble at any age is not normal, it’s a sign your brain is suffering.
  • Before accepting a diagnosis given without much thought, ensure you get a brain scan to check whether there are other factors at play.

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