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Six Weeks to a Healthier Brain

January 06, 2009 | 24,751 views

Ultra Mind by Mark Hyman

The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First focuses on the hidden epidemic of “broken brains” and how the solutions do not involve the use of toxic drugs or chemicals.

Dr. Mark Hyman has three previous NY Times best sellers, and it is likely that this book will also be a NY Times best seller. He also serves as editor in chief of probably the best alternative medical journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.  Prior to that, he was the co-medical director of one of the most prestigious high-end spas in the country, Canyon Ranch.

In his latest book, The UltraMind Solution, he exposes the leading cause of disability, which affects over one billion people  worldwide.  Dr. Hyman provides a careful examination of the reasons why the majority of us in the western world in the 21st century are suffering from broken brains.  We have an epidemic of neurological diseases in our culture.  Depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, autism and attention deficit disorder are sky rocketing.

Dr. Hyman has an interesting perspective in that he frequently visited China and was exposed to more ancient healing traditions than are typically taught in Western medical schools.  He actually started a medical center in Beijing in the mid 1990s.  Beijing, as you probably know, was and is highly polluted with many toxins floating around. 

When he returned home he developed chronic fatigue syndrome, and this catalyzed his health journey and desire to learn as much as he could to reverse his own illness with natural approaches.

As readers of my newsletter are well aware, conventional treatments for this epidemic of brain impairments are not only expensive, but they rarely work and are invariably associated with troubling if not fatal side effects.

He bases his program on the seven keys to wellness, which he believes is not only the solution to restoring brain function, but optimizing overall health. The book then outlines a six-week brain boosting program on how to apply these principles to optimize brain function and health.

1.       Optimize nutrition

2.       Balance your hormones

3.       Cool off inflammation

4.       Fix your digestion

5.       Enhance detoxification

6.       Boost your energy metabolism

7.       Calm your mind

There are many roads to seeking health. Dr. Hyman and I share very similar philosophies, so you will find many similarities in his program, which is highly compatible with my philosophies and strategies to achieve health.

One of the most intriguing points I learned in this book are some details of soy that I was unaware of. Dr. Hyman explains that the consumption of soy oil has increased 1,000-fold over the last century, and now consists of 20 percent of all calories consumed in the American diet. This is particularly troubling as nearly all of the soy oil is genetically modified.

Overall, The UltraMind Solution would make a fine addition to your health library and complements the material that I post on my site, and in my previous books.

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