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The Importance Of Getting Good Sleep

It is estimated that as many as 70 million Americans have trouble sleeping and it is progressively getting worse with the proliferation of gadgets and bad habits. If you think you may be struggling too, ask yourself these questions: Do you have trouble falling asleep? Do you go to sleep easily but wake up repeatedly […]

Jul 10, 2017   |   7 Comments »

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Substance in Green Tea Calms and Increases Focus

One of the challenges for people who experience both anxiety and focus issues, such as a combination of PTSD and ADD, is to calm the anxiety without decreasing focus.  Many anti-anxiety drugs have side effects of sleepiness and relaxation, calming the brain, but as one woman reported, “they also make me dingier.” On the other hand, […]

Jun 30, 2017   |   6 Comments »


Theresa’s Story – Imaging Really Does Make A Difference

Ten years prior to coming to Amen Clinics, Theresa would have described her life as “amazing.” However, a series of very stressful life events had sent her into a tailspin. This began in 2006 when her infant daughter was diagnosed with cancer she developed stress, struggles with mood, and anxiety. “Dear God, if I am […]

Jun 22, 2017   |   3 Comments »


Fun Ways to Stimulate Your Brain

Studies show that preschoolers who play with good old building blocks are more likely to achieve high math scores in middle school and high school and to improve their language development. Even some traditional board games have been shown to enhance a variety of math skills in preschoolers. Whenever people think of brain healthy games […]

Jun 20, 2017   |   No Comments »


Alcohol is NOT a Health Food

Drinking red wine in moderation, and more recently alcohol, in general, has been thought of as something that can improve one’s health. The constant messaging from the alcohol industry has people feeling they must drink two glasses of wine a day to feel healthy. SPECT shows brain toxicity from alcohol In fact, the evidence from […]

Jun 15, 2017   |   48 Comments »


Is it Mental Illness or Mold Toxicity?

By Mark Filidei, D.O. One of my chief tasks as the Director of Integrative Medicine at Amen Clinics is to work up what we call a “toxic brain” as seen on SPECT imaging. Amen Clinics currently has the largest database of brain SPECT scans in the world, and it affords us a unique view into […]

Jun 13, 2017   |   8 Comments »


Lyme Disease: The Great Masquerader

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick. Lyme and its numerous co-infections can mimic or cause virtually any medical, neurological, or psychiatric condition. Known as the “great imitator,” Lyme has been vastly under-diagnosed in the United States due to inadequate testing […]

May 16, 2017   |   25 Comments »

traumatic brain injury

Do You Remember If You’ve Had A Traumatic Brain Injury?

Through our imaging work, I’ve discovered that many people forget they sustained a traumatic brain injury and I have to ask them “Did you ever have a brain injury?” five to ten times to uncover if they had one or not. Head Trauma is Often Overlooked in Psychiatry I have to specifically ask people if they […]

May 15, 2017   |   8 Comments »

ADD at school

9 Ways ADD Impacts School Performance & What To Do About It

ADD often has a powerful negative impact on a person’s ability to do well in school. Except for classes that are small or highly interesting, many people with ADD have significant problems. Here is a list of common school problems. 1. Restlessness The hyperactivity that often accompanies ADD in childhood causes obvious problems in the […]

May 11, 2017   |   6 Comments »

what if brain health was mental health

What If Mental Health Was Brain Health?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), almost 44 million adults and 14 million children in the United States have a diagnosable mental disorder each year. Regrettably, the issue of mental health remains shrouded by misunderstanding and stigma. The stigma associated with mental illness prevents many people from getting help; fewer than half […]

May 09, 2017   |   27 Comments »

Preventing Memory Loss

4 Simple Steps to a Better Memory

When I was growing up, outer space was the new frontier. Now, it is the space between your ears. And make no mistake…you are in a war for the health of that frontier. Consider this: Everywhere you go, someone is trying to shove bad food down your throat that will kill you early. The real […]

Sep 21, 2016   |   No Comments »

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