It’s been years since I started losing bits and pieces of my memory. Everyone has a different reasoning for my memory lapses, and the doctors never seemed to have any answers at all. Per most of my “health” issue, I simply got a “you’re too young to have that problem.” Too young or not, I am not making these ailments up. Is memory loss an ailment? I am not sure, though I know it’s a common side effect of one of the medications I was on for multiple years that were meant to help with an anxiety disorder (maybe that’s why it worked, it erased the memories that were tied to my anxiety). Whatever the reason, I have picked up a few books over the past year that said they would help me with my memory issues and then I forgot about them on the bookshelf. Is this irony?
Thankfully, Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, Memory Rescue by Daniel G. Amen, MD. It’s more difficult to forget to read a book that you’ve promised to review within a certain time frame!
Memory Rescue is laid out in a way that makes it easy for the reader to find what they’re looking for. That means that once you’ve read the entire book, you can easily leaf your way back through it to find specifics that you want to reread or go back to for a little more research. I like this about it and I like that it introduces you to all of the things that can cause memory issues. It’s a comprehensive guide. While not a replacement for a visit to the doctor, I found this book more helpful than my own physician.
Do you need this book? Well, if you take a quick flip through the introduction at the beginning, you’ll find a list of reasons you might need it, from “Your memory has never been good and now it’s getting worse” to if you’re suffering dementia-related issues due to Alzheimer’s or something else. Once you get past the intro, you will find information on how your brain works, information about how different things affect how your brain works (including aging, drugs, and illnesses), and you’ll even find a diet plan that can help your recovery and improve your memory. It’s true that the food you put into your body has a lot to do with how healthy you are, from head to toe.
The ‘Bright Minds Tip’ additions throughout the book are handy. It’s like margin notes that you don’t have to make yourself, pointing out some important things you can do to help yourself when it comes to rescuing your memory, like loading up on Omega-3s, because they help improve blood flow to the brain, which helps you think smarter.
While I can’t say this book has turned my memory issues around, since I’ve only read it once and haven’t completely implemented all of the tips from within into my life, I can say that it offers a lot of great information on brain health, which is the key to boosting your memory and making it last. It’s a lengthy read and it has a lot of technical info in it, but it is spelled out so you can understand it, even if you’re not a doctor or a scientist.
I would recommend checking this text out if you feel like your memory just isn’t what it used to be. If you’re always misplacing your car keys or your eyeglasses, why not give Memory Rescue a shot at helping you remember those important things?