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Power Up Your Brain

Praise for
Power Up Your Brain

 

“Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Villoldo bring together the long-separated
disciplines of science and spirituality to help us gain access to the parts of
the brain that define us as human beings. This book applies leading-edge
science to our quest for enlightenment and gives us practical tools, including
specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations, to improve our well-being.”

— Andrew Weil, M.D.,
author of
8 Weeks to Optimum Health
and
Healthy Aging

 

“The shaman and physician for millennia were the same person
until the 19th century when they were split apart in the name
of science. Now through the lens of 21st-century science, Villoldo
and Perlmutter bring them back together, illuminating the web that links
together our physical and metaphysical energy. For anyone feeling a loss
of energy of body or soul,
Power Up Your Brain
is your guide
to restoration and rejuvenation of your deepest energies.”

— Mark Hyman, M.D.,
New York Times
best-selling author of
The UltraMind Solution

 

“This is the book we’ve been waiting for! With leading-edge
information that’s easy to understand, Alberto Villoldo and David
Perlmutter have masterfully woven 21st-century science with the
indigenous wisdom of the past to reveal the ‘missing link’ in the
modern story of life—the role of our brain’s health in the quality of
our spiritual experience. In doing so they offer us a practical wisdom
that we can use to empower our lives immediately! This book is a
must for anyone seriously interested in moving beyond the conventional
ideas of what enlightenment is and how to achieve it.”

— Gregg Braden,
New York Times
best-selling author of
The Divine Matrix
and
Fractal Time

 

“This book is a treasure. It is a guidebook to enlightenment
filled with the wisdom and experience of the authors. It relates the
practical aspects of science to the spiritual and mystical realities
of the nature of life. It clarifies what our potential is as human
beings and directs us in the steps we need to take to achieve our
potential and utilize the healing energy available to us all.”

— Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.,
author of
Love, Medicine & Miracles
and
365 Prescriptions for the Soul

 

“I seldom use the word ‘brilliant,’ but this book is. It
expands our awareness of the untapped potential of our brain,
offers cutting-edge neuroscience, and is written by two experts
with decades of hands-on clinical practice. See for yourself why
Dr. Perlmutter is my personal neurologist and mentor.”

— Naomi Judd,
singer, songwriter, and author of
Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully

 

“This is one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Combining
modern scientific knowledge and shamanic practices, it lucidly explains
how to restore the health of the brain at the cellular level.”

— David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.,
author of
How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body

 

POWER

UP YOUR
BRAIN

Also by David Perlmutter

 

RAISE A SMARTER CHILD BY KINDERGARTEN:
Build a Better Brain and Increase IQ by up to 30 Points
(with Carol Colman)

THE BETTER BRAIN BOOK:
The Best Tools for Improving Memory, Sharpness, and Preventing
Aging of the Brain
(with Carol Colman)

BRAINRECOVERY.COM
:
Powerful Therapy for Challenging Brain Disorders

LIFEGUIDE: Your Guide to a Longer and Healthier Life

Also by Alberto Villoldo

 

ILLUMINATION: The Shaman’s Way of Healing
*

COURAGEOUS DREAMING:
How Shamans Dream the World into Being
*

YOGA, POWER, AND SPIRIT: Patanjali the Shaman
*

THE FOUR INSIGHTS:
Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers
*

MENDING THE PAST AND HEALING THE FUTURE WITH
SOUL RETRIEVAL
*

SHAMAN, HEALER, SAGE: How to Heal Yourself
and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas

DANCE OF THE FOUR WINDS:
Secrets of the Inca Medicine Wheel
(with Erik Jendresen)

ISLAND OF THE SUN: Mastering the Inca Medicine Wheel
(with Erik Jendresen)

*Available from Hay House

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Copyright © 2011 by David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo

 

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Design:
Riann Bender

 

Image
reprinted from
The Lancet,
Vol. 358, Annachiara Cagnin, et al, “In-vivo measurement of activated microglia in dementia,” 2001 ©, with permission from Elsevier.

 

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         The information contained in this book is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease, or to provide specific medical advice. Questions about the relationship between nutrition, supplements, meditative practices and your health should be directed to a qualified health practitioner. The reader and associated health professionals are responsible for evaluating the risks of any therapy reviewed in this book. Those responsible made every effort possible to thoroughly research the accuracy of the information and assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, or omissions.

 

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

 

Perlmutter, David, M.D.
   Power up your brain : the neuroscience of enlightenment / David
Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo. -- 1st ed.
         p. ; cm.
  Includes bibliographical references.
  ISBN 978-1-4019-2817-9 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Mental healing. 2. Neurosciences. 3. Shamanism. 4. Enlightenment.
I. Villoldo, Alberto. II. Title.
  [DNLM: 1. Spiritual Therapies. 2. Neurosciences. 3. Shamanism. WB 885]
  RZ400.P46 2011
  615.8’51--dc22

 

2010029233

 

Hardcover ISBN:
978-1-4019-2817-9
Digital ISBN:
978-1-4019-3084-4

 

14 13 12 11   4 3 2 1
1st edition, February 2011

 

Printed in the United States of America

 

POWER

UP YOUR
BRAIN

The Neuroscience
of Enlightenment

 

DAVID PERLMUTTER,
M.D., F.A.C.N.

ALBERTO VILLOLDO, P
H
.D.

HAY HOUSE, INC.

Carlsbad, California • New York City
London • Sydney • Johannesburg
Vancouver • Hong Kong • New Delhi

To our wives, Marcela Lobos and Leize Perlmutter—
ever supportive, loving, and understanding partners.

CONTENTS

 

Publisher’s Foreword

Preface

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment

Chapter 2: The Powerful Mind

Chapter 3: The Evolution of the Brain and the Mind

Chapter 4: Mitochondria and the Feminine Life Force

Chapter 5: Neural Networks and Habits of the Mind

Chapter 6: How Stress Harms the Brain

Chapter 7: The Gift of Neuroplasticity

Chapter 8: Neurogenesis: Growing New Brain Cells

Chapter 9: Three Conditions You Don’t Want to Have

Chapter 10: Cutting-Edge Therapies for Enhanced Energy Production

Chapter 11: The Shaman’s Gift

Chapter 12: Priming Your Brain for Enlightenment

Chapter 13: Shamanic Exercises

Chapter 14: The Power Up Your Brain Program

Chapter 15: Searching for Your Soul

 

Epilogue

Endnotes

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

PUBLISHER’S
FOREWORD

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