Mercola interviews Dr Daniel Amen about brain SPECT imagery and offers all kinds of new approaches to depression, anxiety, ADD, compulsive and impulsive disorders (including overeating) which came out of his research into NFL players who have suffered brain injury. Its fascinating!


Here are the titles of Dr Amen’s books:

  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Body
  • Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
  • Unleash the Power of the Female Brain is his latest book, which will be released in February 2013


Story at-a-glance

Research has negated the outdated view that once you lose brain function, you cannot retrieve it. Studies into brain plasticity shows that this is not true, and that your brain can indeed recover, repair, and regain functionality that was previously lost Brain SPECT imaging looks at how your brain works, and can be a tremendously important tool to help diagnose psychiatric problems and help determine the most appropriate treatment plan

Most cases of depression and anxiety are really symptoms of underlying brain dysfunction. For example, depression can arise if brain activity is too low or too high in your frontal lobes. A traumatic brain injury or toxic exposure can also result in symptoms of depression

Compulsive disorders are typically associated with over-firing in your brain due to a deficit in the neurotransmitter serotonin. You can boost your serotonin levels naturally, using 5-HTP, L-tryptophan, St. John’s Wort, saffron, and exercise

Impulsive disorders are typically associated with low activity in the prefrontal cortex, indicating you have trouble inhibiting your behavior. Boosting serotonin levels will worsen this lack of impulse control. Instead, impulsive disorders are best treated with dopamine-boosting strategies. Natural alternatives include green tea, L-tyrosine, and Rhodiola

here is the video interview, transcript and article on Mercola’s website:

SPECT Imaging – An Invaluable New Tool for Psychiatry.