Did anybody catch Dr. Daniel Amen’s brain fitness lecture on public television?
He seems an intelligent, likable guy, with a solid grounding in his field. He is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and got his medical degree at Oral Roberts University. During his lecture, he mentions church-going a couple of times in the beginning as a brain-healthy activity, I think in regards to the two activities of socializing and gratitude being good for brain function. At the end, he tells the audience “may god bless you.” The religious aspect of his life was otherwise not mentioned (unless I missed something when I showered during one of the fundraising segments when he was talking with the host), and most of his lecture focused on purely scientific discourse in the service of a healthy brain. He helped pioneer research in SPECT imaging (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography).
Amen’s proscription for and descriptions of a healthy brain makes sense, and I’m considering some of his dietary and exercise advice, including consuming heart/brain-healthy fish oil, almonds, avocado, broccoli, and blueberries.
I wonder how someone who espouses “lifelong learning” as one activity for a healthier brain – someone who hopefully understands the evolution of the brain – remains religious.
I’m curious to know if any of the more medically astute members of the forum are familiar with Amen’s methods and can vouch for him.