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LongevityNow Conference – Day 3 (speaker: Dr. Daniel Amen)

The last speaker of the day was Dr. Daniel Amen. I had just seen him on tv a few weeks back. It’s funny I rarely watch tv, but a program appeared with this guy and he really fascinated me, as he said a lot of interesting things, that I could relate to and agree with. He is a doctor and a specialist in brain health. He talked about the brain, showed a lot of images, and we learned about how the brain works, looks and how it’s damaged, by specific sports, smoking (incl.  Marijuana), alcohol, dietary habits etc. very interesting and at times shocking.


Here’s his 5 reasons why you want a great brain:

  • 1) Great energy
  • 2) Look great
  • 3) Make great decisions
  • 4) Be a great role model
  • 5) Avoid the dinosaur syndrome


Did you know, that as your weight goes up, your brain size goes down… there is a difference in the brain size between a normal person brain versus a fat person’s brain. The frontal lobes are considered our emotional control center and home to our personality. There is no other part of the brain where lesions can cause such a wide variety of symptoms. The frontal lobes are involved in motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. The frontal lobes are extremely vulnerable to injury due to their location at the front of the cranium, proximity to the sphenoid wing and their large size. Damage or injury to the frontal lobe impacts learning ability, social and sexual behavior, the body’s orientation, depression, and disturbance of motor function…..

So where does the dinosaur syndrome some into the picture? Well, your weight (BMI) decide how much brain tissue you have and how much older our brain is …. so a BMI >25 indicate 4% less brain tissue and your brain is 8 years older than a healthy brain and a BMI >30 indicate you have 8% less brain tissue and the brain is 16 years older, than a normal brain. Interesting facts… the good news are, that this is reversible, when you lose the weight and eat a healthy diet and consume less alcohol.

About the dinosaurs: They had a big body, a tiny brain and what happened to them? They became extinct! So thats basically what happens to us, when we don’t eat and live healthy.

It’s so important to get out of denial… it doesn’t matter if you have an overweight child or you are overweight yourself. Be a warrior of your own health and brain… the reason why kids will not outlive their parents in this generation, is due to really bad dietary habits… the good news are, that when the parent is healthy it’s easier to become a better parent and feed your child better foods.

I found all Dr. Amens studies very interesting, but one thing I know is a big problem in America is all the anti-depressants people are on. The interesting facts are, that those anti-depressant medications are no better than placebos (this incl. anti-psychotics). Using anti-depressants for more than 1 month can make you do irrational things….really crazy things….. there is a simple way to handle depression and it’s far fro medication and it’s so simple, that most people wouldn’t even go there….. taking a pill is so easy and this is what traditional medicine will offer….a pill not a diagnosis.

Brain injures are caused by:

  • Brain injuries (accidents and sports)
  • drugs incl. marijuana (drops the function of the temporal lobes)
  • alcohol
  • obesity
  • insomnia/apnea
  • nicotine
  • caffeine
  • diabetes
  • Low hormones (get rid of the sugar – guar lowers testosterone by 25%)
  • life weights
  • Low vitamin D levels
  • Processed foods/sugar
  • chronic stress
  • unhealthy peer groups
  • untreated depression


So here are a few more brain health facts:

  • Half of the problem is diet – you should only eat superfoods
  • Kids should not play flag football and never tackle football
  • Xanax makes your brain look like you are an alcoholic
  • Sleep apnea doubles the risk of Alzheimers
  • If the brain is broken, you will have personality problems
And one thing for us all to remember… next time you meet an asshole you should maybe wonder if this person has a brain injury, because it’s very likely. 🙂
Last but not least…. half of the people you hang out with determine your longevity! I always say… you peer group determines who you are… if you have bad dietary habits, hang out with healthy people. If you have an alcohol problem, hang out with people who don’t drink….. it’s really that simple!
I also got Dr. Daniel Amens book during the book signing – I was the very last person as he was on his way out, but he kindly signed my book (after seeing my disappointed face)… nice guy! 🙂
So all in all, it was yet another great LongevityNow Conference and I am already looking forward to the next one in 2013….
Take a great day and make it yours! 🙂

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