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Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
by Matthew Walker

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller and international sensation, this “stimulating and important book” (<i>Financial Times</i>) from the director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science is a fascinating dive into the purpose and power of slumber. As the <i>Guardian</i> said, Walker explains “how a good night's shut-eye can make us cleverer, more attractive, slimmer, happier, healthier, and ward off cancer.”</b><BR><BR>With two appearances on <i>CBS This Morning </i>and <i>Fresh Air</i>'s most popular interview of 2017, Matthew Walker has made abundantly clear that sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remains more elusive.<BR> <BR> Within the brain, sleep enriches a diversity of functions, including our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity.<BR> <BR> In this “compelling and utterly convincing” (<i>The Sunday Times</i>) book, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being. Charting the most cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and marshalling his decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood and energy levels, regulate hormones, prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes, slow the effects of aging, and increase longevity. He also provides actionable steps towards getting a better night’s sleep every night.<BR> <BR> Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, <i>Why We Sleep</i> is a crucial and illuminating book. Written with the precision of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Sherwin Nuland, it is “recommended for night-table reading in the most pragmatic sense” (<i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i>).
Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates...
by Dawson Church

Language

English

Pages

344

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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<b>Best Health Book</b> <b>of 2018 </b>- <i>American Book Fest.</i> <b>Best Science Books of 2018</b> - <i>Bookbub.<br /></i><br />Every creation begins as a thought, from a symphony to a marriage to an ice cream cone to a rocket launch. When we have an intention, a complex chain of events begins in our brains. Thoughts travel as electrical impulses along neural pathways. When neurons fire together they wire together, creating electromagnetic fields. These fields are invisible energy, yet they influence the molecules of matter around us the way a magnet organizes iron filings. <br />In Mind to Matter, award-winning researcher Dawson Church explains the science showing how our minds create matter. Different intentions produce different fields and different material creations. The thoughts and energy fields we cultivate in our minds condition the atoms and molecules around us. We can now trace the science behind each link in chain from thought to thing, showing the surprising ways in which our intentions create the material world. <br />The science in the book is illustrated by many authentic case histories of people who harnessed the extraordinary power of the mind to create. They include: <br /><br />•Adeline, whose Stage 4 cancer disappeared after she imagined "healing stars" <br />•Raymond Aaron and two of his clients, each of whom manifested $1 million in the same week<br /> •Elon Musk, who bounced back from devastating tragedy to found Tesla and SpaceX <br />•Graham Phillips, who grew the emotional regulation part of his brain by 22.8% in two months •Jennifer Graf, whose grandfather’s long-dead radio came to life to play love songs the day of her wedding <br />•Harold, whose 80% hearing loss reversed in an hour <br />•Joe Marana, whose deceased sister comforted him from beyond the grave <br />•Rick Geggie, whose clogged arteries cleared up the night before cardiac surgery <br />•Matthias Rust, a teen whose "airplane flight for peace" changed the fate of superpowers <br />•Wanda Burch, whose dream about cancer told the surgeon exactly where to look for it <br />•An MIT freshman student who can precipitate sodium crystals with his mind <br />•John, who found himself floating out of his body and returned to find his AIDS healed <br />•Dean, whose cortisol levels dropped by 48% in a single hour <br /><br /> In Mind to Matter, Dawson Church shows that these outcomes aren’t a lucky accident only a few people experience. Neuroscientists have measured a specific brain wave formula that is linked to manifestation. This "flow state" can be learned and applied by anyone. New discoveries in epigenetics, neuroscience, electromagnetism, psychology, vibration, and quantum physics connect each step in the process by which mind creates matter. They show that the whole universe is self-organizing, and when our minds are in a state of flow, they coordinate with nature's emergent intelligence to produce synchronous outcomes. The book contained over 150 photos and illustrations that explain the process, while an "Extended Play" section at the end of each chapter provides additional resources. As Mind to Matter drops each piece of the scientific puzzle into place, it leaves us with a profound understanding of the enormous creative potential of our minds. It also gives us a road map to cultivating these remarkable brain states in our daily lives.
Proust Was a Neuroscientist
by Jonah Lehrer

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 01, 2008

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<DIV><B>The <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling author provides an “entertaining” look at how artists enlighten us about the workings of the brain (<I>New York </I>magazine).</B><BR />  <BR /> In this book, the author of <I>How We Decide</I> and <I>Imagine: How Creativity Works</I> “writes skillfully and coherently about both art and science”—and about the connections between the two (<I>Entertainment Weekly</I>).<BR />  <BR /> In this technology-driven age, it’s tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, it’s cured countless diseases and sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer explains, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.<BR />  <BR /> Taking a group of artists—a painter, a poet, a chef, a composer, and a handful of novelists—Lehrer shows how each one discovered an essential truth about the mind that science is only now rediscovering. We learn, for example, how Proust first revealed the fallibility of memory; how George Eliot discovered the brain’s malleability; how the French chef Escoffier discovered umami (the fifth taste); how Cézanne worked out the subtleties of vision; and how Gertrude Stein exposed the deep structure of language—a full half-century before the work of Noam Chomsky and other linguists.<BR />  <BR /> More broadly, Lehrer shows that there’s a cost to reducing everything to atoms and acronyms and genes. Measurement is not the same as understanding, and art knows this better than science does. An ingenious blend of biography, criticism, and first-rate science writing, <I>Proust Was a Neuroscientist </I>urges science and art to listen more closely to each other, for willing minds can combine the best of both to brilliant effect.<BR />  <BR /> “His book marks the arrival of an important new thinker . . . Wise and fresh.” —<I>Los Angeles Times</I></DIV>
In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind
by Eric R. Kandel

Language

English

Pages

527

Publication Date

March 17, 2007

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<p><strong>“A stunning book.”—Oliver Sacks</strong></p><br />Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel intertwines the intellectual history of the powerful new science of the mind—a combination of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology—with his own personal quest to understand memory. A deft mixture of memoir and history, modern biology and behavior, <em>In Search of Memory</em> brings readers from Kandel's childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna to the forefront of one of the great scientific endeavors of the twentieth century: the search for the biological basis of memory.
Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maxim...
by , Deepak Chopra

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

November 06, 2012

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A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, <i>Super Brain </i>shows you how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: bestselling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential.<br /><br />In contrast to the “baseline brain” that fulfills the tasks of everyday life, Chopra and Tanzi propose that, through a person’s increased self-awareness and conscious intention, the brain can be taught to reach far beyond its present limitations. “We are living in a golden age for brain research, but is this a golden age for <i>your</i> brain?” they ask.<br /> <br /><i>Super Brain</i> explains how it can be, by combining cutting-edge research and spiritual insights, demolishing the five most widespread myths about the brain that limit your potential, and then showing you methods to:<br /><br />-Use your brain instead of letting it use you<br />-Create the ideal lifestyle for a healthy brain<br />-Reduce the risks of aging<br />-Promote happiness and well-being through the mind-body connection<br />-Access the enlightened brain, the gateway to freedom and bliss<br />-Overcome the most common challenges, such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, and obesity<br /> <br />Your brain is capable of incredible healing and constant reshaping. Through a new relationship with your brain you can transform your life. In <i>Super Brain</i>, Chopra and Tanzi guide you on a fascinating journey that envisions a leap in human evolution. The brain is not just the greatest gift that Nature has given us. It’s the gateway to an unlimited future that you can begin to live today.
Everything in Its Place: First Loves and Last Tales
by Oliver Sacks

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

April 23, 2019

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<b>From the best-selling author of <i>Gratitude</i> and <i>On the Move,</i> a final volume of essays that showcase Sacks's broad range of interests--from his passion for ferns, swimming, and horsetails, to his final case histories exploring schizophrenia, dementia, and Alzheimer's.</b><br /><br />Oliver Sacks, scientist and storyteller, is beloved by readers for his neurological case histories and his fascination and familiarity with human behavior at its most unexpected and unfamiliar. <i>Everything in Its Place </i>is a celebration of Sacks's myriad interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.
The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives ...
by , Michael E. Long

Language

English

Pages

257

Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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<p><em>Why are we obsessed with the things we want only to be bored when we get them? </em></p> <p><em>Why is addiction perfectly logical to an addict? </em></p> <p><em>Why does love change so quickly from passion to indifference? </em></p> <p><em>Why are some people die-hard liberals and others hardcore conservatives? </em></p> <p><em>Why are we always hopeful for solutions even in the darkest times—and so good at figuring them out? </em></p> <p>The answer is found in a single chemical in your brain: <em>dopamine</em>. Dopamine ensured the survival of early man. Thousands of years later, it is the source of our most basic behaviors and cultural ideas—and progress itself. </p> <p>Dopamine is the chemical of desire that always asks for more—more stuff, more stimulation, and more surprises. In pursuit of these things, it is undeterred by emotion, fear, or morality. Dopamine is the source of our every urge, that little bit of biology that makes an ambitious business professional sacrifice everything in pursuit of success, or that drives a satisfied spouse to risk it all for the thrill of someone new. Simply put, it is why we seek and succeed; it is why we discover and prosper. Yet, at the same time, it’s why we gamble and squander. </p> <p>From dopamine’s point of view, it’s not the <em>having </em>that matters. It’s getting something—anything—that’s new. From this understanding—the difference between possessing something versus anticipating it—we can understand <em>in a revolutionary new way</em> why we behave as we do in love, business, addiction, politics, religion—and we can even predict those behaviors in ourselves and others. </p> <p>In <em>The Molecule of More: </em><em>How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity—and will Determine the Fate of the Human Race</em>, George Washington University professor and psychiatrist Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, and Georgetown University lecturer Michael E. Long present a potentially life-changing proposal: Much of human life has an unconsidered component that explains an array of behaviors previously thought to be unrelated, including why winners cheat, why geniuses often suffer with mental illness, why nearly all diets fail, and why the brains of liberals and conservatives really <em>are </em>different.</p>
An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune S...
by Matt Richtel

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English

Pages

324

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p><strong>A magnificently reported and soulfully crafted exploration of the human immune system–<em>the</em> key to health and wellness, life and death. An epic, first-of-its-kind book, entwining leading-edge scientific discovery with the intimate stories of four individual lives, by the Pulitzer Prize–winning <em>New York Times</em> journalist.</strong></p><p>“<em>An Elegant Defense </em>by Matt Richtel is one of those rare nonfiction books that transcends the genre. On one level it is a fascinating and engrossing account of the latest, and quite astonishing, discoveries involving the human immune system and how it works. But it is also a story about people facing mortality, about the passion of scientists searching for truth, and a meditation on death and how all of us struggle with the ultimate mystery. Heartfelt and moving, full of compassion, love, and the human drama, this is the work of a writer of high ethical character who is grappling with big issues and deep humanistic problems. What an inspiring and wonderful read. I highly recommend this extraordinary book.” —DOUGLAS PRESTON, #1 bestselling author of <em>The Lost City of the Monkey God</em></p><p><strong><em> </p></strong></em>
Pathophysiology - E-Book: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adult...
by , Sue E. Huether

Language

English

Pages

4233

Publication Date

January 10, 2018

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<p>Learn the what, how, and why of pathophysiology! With easy-to-read<b>, </b>in-depth<b> </b>descriptions of disease, disease etiology, and disease processes, <b>Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children, 8th Edition </b>helps you understand the most important and most complex pathophysiology concepts. This updated text includes more than 1,300 full-color illustrations and photographs to make it easier to identify normal anatomy and physiology, as well as alterations of function. This edition includes a NEW chapter on <i>obesity and nutritional disorders</i>, along with<b> </b>expanded coverage of <i>rare diseases and epigenetics</i>. It’s the most comprehensive and authoritative pathophysiology text available!</p><ul><b><li>The most comprehensive and authoritative pathophysiology text on the market</b> provides unparalleled coverage of Pathophysiology content<b>.</b></li><li><b>Over 1,300 full-color illustrations and photographs</b> depict the clinical manifestations of disease and disease processes — more than in any other pathophysiology text.</li><li><b>Consistent presentation of diseases</b> includes pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and evaluation and treatment. </li><li><b>Lifespan content</b> includes ten separate pediatric chapters and special sections with aging and pediatrics content. </li><li><b>Outstanding authors </b>Kathryn McCance and Sue Huether have extensive backgrounds as researchers and instructors, and utilize expert contributors, consultants, and reviewers in developing this edition.</li><li><b>Algorithms</b> <b>and flowcharts of diseases and disorders</b> make it easy for you to follow the sequential progression of disease processes.</li><li><b>Additional <i>What’s New</i> boxes </b>highlight the most current research and clinical development.</li><li><b><i>Nutrition and Disease</i> boxes</b> explain the link between concepts of health promotion and disease.</li><li><b>Chapter summary reviews</b> provide concise synopses of the main points of each chapter.</li> </ul><ul><b><li>NEW! Chapter on <i>obesity and nutritional disorders</b></i> thoroughly covers these growing global concerns. </li><li><b>NEW! Added coverage of rare diseases and epigenetics </b>further explore genetic disease traits<b>. </b></li><li><b>NEW! Over 50 new or heavily revised illustrations </b>visually highlight pathophysiology concepts.</li><li><b>NEW! More than 30 new 3D animations on Evolve </b>bring difficult concepts to life for a new perspective on disease processes.</li> </ul>
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander III M.D.

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English

Pages

209

Publication Date

October 23, 2012

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A SCIENTIST’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE<P> <P>Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. <P><P>A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the “soul” is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. <P><P>Then came the day when Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human— shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back. <P><P>Alexander’s recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. <P><P>This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. <P><P>This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

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