Advocates for Nutrition: Dr. Daniel Amen

Sure, we eat well to stay fit… but do you ever think of the other benefits of eating well? Dr. Daniel Amen does. He teaches patients how to eat well in order to improve the health of their brains and, in turn, their overall health. But who exactly is Dr. Daniel Amen?
Daniel Gregory Amen was born in 1954 in Encino, California. He attended Vanguard University of Southern California, and Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. He also trained at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Tripler Army Medical Center. 

Amen is occupied as a psychiatrist, psychiatric researcher, medical researcher, author, lecturer, and a professor. Amen founded six Amen Clinics that treat patients with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other disorders. Amen serves as CEO and medical director at these clinics. The clinic uses single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), to help with the diagnosis of sub-disorders associated with the disorders treated at the clinic. The classification of these sub-disorders can be attributed to Amen. 

Another title held by Amen is post-concussion consultant for the National Football League (NFL). Amen’s advance studies on brain injuries and their affects on professional athletes help to qualify him for this position. 

Amen’s academic achievements include and undergraduate degree in biology from Southern California College in 1978, and a doctorate from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in 1982. His formal training includes psychiatric training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and child and adolescent psychiatry training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. As well Amen carried out 200 hours of training at the Institute of Nuclear Medicine Education and received his radioactive materials license for it. After that Amen fulfilled his 1,000 hours requirement for clinical supervision in reading scans. Among other accolades Amen is double board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Child Adolescent Psychiatry. 

Amen is an accomplished writer who published his first book “Change Your Brain, Change Your life”, in 1999. The book reached the New York Times best-seller list after selling tens of thousands of copies in the first year; and Amen produced a television show about his theories in the book for PBS. In another book “Making a Good Brain Great”, Amen analysis of the brain is used to provided recommendations to improve the brain and enhance a the overall happiness of patients. He is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post.


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