Review of How My Brain Works

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Kim Jek
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Review of How My Brain Works

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[Following is a volunteer review of "How My Brain Works" by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Knowledge is power. Having knowledge about how our brain works can empower us to make positive changes in our lives. How My Brain Works by Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin provides such knowledge. The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book discusses what a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation entails. It also discusses what is expected of a patient during some medical procedures and what is expected of the physician.

The author further explains the steps parents can take if they have a child or adolescent with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, how family members can deal with relatives who have problems related to the brain, and how neuropsychological evaluation can help college students who are having difficulties in passing classes. The second part of the book explains the power of proper nutrition. It also discusses the link between exercise, sleep, mindfulness, meditation, gratitude, and brain-related diseases.

I appreciate the quality and value of the information contained in the book. The author left no stone unturned in providing valuable information. The book is well researched with appropriate references to her sources of information. I love the fact that most of the author's recommendations on diet are derived from her personal experiences. Her recommendations were detailed and clear. For instance, when she was discussing exercise, she analyzed how to practice safety and how to find the motivation to exercise regularly. Also, when discussing how herbs can help brain functioning, she offered a piece of key advice in proper selection of herbs.

I particularly love how the author used real-life experiences to highlight some of her points. The experiences made the suggestions easier to understand and apply. The author also has a way of whetting the reader's appetite for subsequent chapters.

My most favorite part of the book is the author's biblical quotations. She pointed to the verses from a neutral, non-religious point of view. It was as if she was quoting from a secular source. It was interesting and impressive.

On few occasions, I observed that the main points were lost in a maze of highly detailed information. This is my only dislike about the book. Religiously sensitive readers should note that spirituality is one of the themes in this book. However, the author was not religiously biased. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book is exceptionally well edited. I recommend this book for those who desire to achieve improved brain functions.

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