I love PBS, and found myself watching their special on the “Superbrain and Alzheimer’s” by spiritul leader Dr. Deepak Chopra and Harvard professor and Alzheimer’s researcher, Dr. Rudolph Tanzi. The research underlying the “Superbrain and Alzheimer’s” program is very interesting and challenges me.
It looks like the “Superbrain” program has some very important, researched and validated ways to improve one’s brain functioning to improve mental acuity, memory, mindfulness and overall health – and reduce one’s likelihood of facing Alzheimer’s disease.
Over the next week or two, I will research the program further, and provide my analysis on this post. I have no connection with PBS or the “Superbrain” program, and am not receiving any compensation for the review. It will be an objective analysis.
Some of Tanzi’s comments tonight on the PBS program include the following:
- We can shape the way we use our brains, reprogramming them for greater mental acuity, focus and better health;
- We continue to add brain cells throughout our lives;
- Exercise is the one most important thing one can do to improve one’s brain, reduce accumulation of plaque and potentially stave off Alzheimer’s;
- For the vast majority of people, Alzheimer’s is caused by a combination of heredity and lifestyle, which means that one can build a program of activity that can make a positive difference;
- Diet can improve your resiliency. Limit or avoid sugar, fat and salt. Eat more blueberries and fewer heavy red meats;
- Make sure that you get enough sleep, including significant amounts of deep, or slow wave sleep that allows short-term memories to be processed;
- Reduce stress. Meditate and relax. Be mindful. Live in the now. Stay engaged, and learn new things. Give to others. Volunteer.
Tanzi calls “Superbrain” a technology for reshaping and rewiring your brain.
I’ll provide an analysis later. If you get the chance, watch the show, review the topic of the “superbrain” on the web, or read the book. Please let me know what you think. I do monitor feedback prior to posting to reduce the negative impact of autobloggers.
Last updated on March 23, 2013 – Superbrain & Alzheimer’s
Anne Hays Egan
New Ventures Consulting – organizational development, health planning and evaluation, community networks and initiatives
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