Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This book has the wrong title but it is so correct about all of us and worth the read. The book is called Unleashing The Power of the Female Brain by Dr. Daniel Amen. He says that by using brain power women can control things like addiction, weight loss and happiness basically anything you feel you need work on in your life even sex. The author is a psychiatrist and a brain expert. 

Ironically our President recently said in a speech that his new initiative will be to study the brain. Maybe he feels the nation should concentrate on this because there are a lot of crazy young men doing very bad things successfully and it is all tied into metal illness. For example Newtown, Boston, the movie theater all crazy people massacres. The new unexplored frontier is not in outer space but the space between our ears that no one knows that much about.

Your brain controls everything and when it works right, you work right. He has been studying the brain for 22 years and has the world’s largest data base of brain scans related to behavior, over 80,000. He took 46,000 and compiled this book based on his research and comparisons of the brain. He noticed just the difference in brains from men to women, well to put it simply, women need to be worshiped.

By looking at a brain scan they can’t tell if the person
is or will be a criminal but they can tell if someone is vulnerable to committing a crime or making a bad decision. Women go to jail 14 times less than men because they have activity in the front part of their brain called the executive part of the brain. Yet, why aren’t there more women being at the head of their companies?
The increased activity that women have in their brain gives them strengths like the ability to express empathy, intuition, collaboration, self control and worry. The increased brain activity also gives women more depression of which they have twice as much as men, insomnia, eating disorders body image disorders and they can’t turn they’re thoughts off. So, women doubt themselves more.
There is a neurotransmitter chemical in the brain called serotonin that is 52% less in men than women that gives women these issues with anxiety and depression. In the book he talks about the ways to raise serotonin and suggests laughing, exercise or any simple thing that works for you to settle down your busy brain. Women worry more than men at just about anything. The worrying does make women safer people versus the men that tend to be more reckless and unsafe with no worries and do put their lives in more danger as a result.

There are also many studies out there that prove that as your weight increases the actual size and function of your brain goes down. So don’t say that you are just discriminating against fat people. We all get dumber as we get fatter. There I said it, and he proved it. That fact should just scare the fat off of you. In general, if you don’t maintain your healthy weight, it hurts your brain function. 

Obesity triples your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Hypertension, diabetes both increase the chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Well, maybe I want to get fat and just forget it all. No not funny. You never see overweight old people. The fat ones die first. The best thing is that if you get trim and fit your brain mass could increase to healthy levels too.

Doctor Amen also says that exercising too much can also be harmful to your brain. Marathons and triathlons are not good and can be too stressful on your body. Walking 45 minutes 4 times a week is equally effective as taking the anti-depression drug Zoloft after 12 weeks. You want to take your brain with you as you approach your 60’s and 70’s.
Bottom line, have your brain scanned and just see how you are functioning. Maybe every gun owner should have their brains scanned. Have every Presidential candidate get a brain scan. We owe it to our children and to each other to have the people with non functioning brains be at least identified if not put in charge of our most dangerous weapons.

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