It’s certainly one thing to report on how making certain lifestyle changes can impact brain function and disease resistance, and even document these changes on various tests of brain performance. But my guest on today’s program has taken it an important step further.

Dr. Daniel Amen not only implements these positive changes into the lives of his patients, but he utilizes the latest technology in brain imaging to document and follow these changes in patients suffering from a vast array of brain issues, including sports-related trauma, depression and other mood disorders, dementia, and even drug abuse.

Dr. Amen’s work was recognized as one of the top 100 science stories for 2015 by Discover Magazine. So please enjoy this interview with one of the most highly regarded thought leaders in brain science of our time. Be sure to also grab a copy of his revised edition of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, released November 2015.

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  • Lynn Dell

    This was great, thanks. Loved the reminder that aerobic exercise, in due time, outperforms SSRI meds. Thank God for Dr. Amen discovering Lyme disease was the cause of the young woman’s schizophrenia. She was set free. It is sad to think of all the needless suffering in the world, though. Prevention and proper treatment of real causes are keys here.

  • Ri

    wow some pivotal information here! cant wait to pick up Dr Amen’s book hes really in line with your message Dr Perlmutter! I look forward to another great read by another great Doc

    • David Perlmutter

      Absolutely suggest it!

  • Kathleen Evans

    So what do you do with someone with Hashimotos and mercury poisoning? I can’t take thyroid. I eat a very healthy diet, take nutrients, but can’t seem to get sustained energy and it reflects in my brain functioning. I exercise, but that is becoming more difficult.

  • Kathleen Goggins Nickles

    Dr. Permutter, I have a friend in the hospital now who is suddenly paralyzed from the chest down. She has Lupus at the age of 24 and has been on medication. She has been diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis. I would like to refer her to your book, Grain Brain. Do you think this will help her? do you have any other ideas for me to pass on to her? She had pasta for dinner and candy and yogurt. I started the discussion with her about sugar and gluten. She is desperate and asking for help. Would love to hear what you have to say.

  • Rochelle

    Great interview! Thank you!

    • David Perlmutter

      Glad to know you enjoyed!

  • Jesse Sewell

    Awesome stuff as usual.

    • David Perlmutter

      Thanks Jesse.

  • Deans Page

    I became aware of Dr. Amens
    research and his brain warrior program about a year ago but decided against
    trying out brain scanning after reading mixed reviews of his clinics online.
    I’m very interested again after this interview. Thanks for
    bringing your credibility to others in the community that you feel are making a

    • David Perlmutter

      I absolutely encourage you to take a second look Dean.

    • ldw

      it’s possible that many of the complaints on Dr. Amens programs are from those that did not follow through with all the components required.

  • Yvonne Forsman

    A lot of valuable info, thank you!

  • Cynthia K.

    Is Dr. Amen’s book just a general guideline to good brain health and meant to help those of us who do not have access to any of his clinics?

    • David Perlmutter

      Yes, and it’s also a fantastic gateway into the rest of his material and work.

  • JohnInTheOC

    Dr. Dale Bredesen of the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research has been using 5HTP along with melatonin, methylcobalamin, vitamin D3, fish oil and coenzyme Q10 to slow and even reverse cognitive loss. Glutamate transport seems to be the focus of most neuro muscular disorders like ALS. Any thoughts on enhancing or repairing?

  • Ray Baker

    I’m very excited after watching this interview. I’m a 68 year old physician (mostly retired after a 40 year medical career, 30 of it specializing in Addiction Medicine) currently with early Parkinson’s Disease, moderate coronary artery disease and a history of addiction involving alcohol and prescription drugs, currently in abstinent remission for 30 years. My current therapeutic regime involves participation in mutual support program, plant-based reduced fat diet, daily meditation, several nutritional supplements, active learning and competing in marathons and triathlons, including Ironman distance. Disillusioned with medicine, which has little to do with health but instead is focused on symptom management of disease, I am writing a book on ‘Recovery Medicine’ based upon what we’ve learned in the field of Addiction Medicine, sports medicine, cardiology, chronic pain and management of mood disorders. Once the book is done, we will be hosting a conference on Recovery Medicine, which I hope to be a multidisciplinary synthesis of what we know about health and happiness.
    Will be in touch.
    RustyIronDoc MD

  • Steve Estrada

    Complaint, not everyone has high speed internet don’t you have your posts written for those less fortunate?

  • Ladonna

    I am reading Brain Maker and am becoming convinced that it may be the key to healing my sons deep depression and anxiety. He was not breast fed and had series of antibiotics early in life. Also, I was born C section not breast fed and a sugar bigger. Two of my children are very glutin sensitive and we all have Thyriod dysfunction. My question is— will treating the gut microbione be effective if he is still drinking alcohol excessively?

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