Your Brain on Food

Your Brain on Food

How Chemicals Control your Thoughts and Feelings

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Draws on new research to answer questions about the effects of specific drugs and foods on the brain, in an updated edition that discusses the role of biorhythms and how drugs interact with the body's biochemistry.

Blackwell Publishing
"An absolutely fascinating read peppered with gems of surprising information on how certain foods, plants, nicotine and drugs (legal and illegal) alter the very essence of your brain cells' functioning and thus your behavior and mood. Don't deprive yourself of the pleasure of reading it."---Jean Carper, author of Your Miracle Brain and 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss

"Your Brain on Food provides ample and important food for thought in a delightfully written reader-friendly style. Kernels of history sprinkled throughout the book provide both interest and insight into how our appetites influence our brains, and thus, our thoughts and actions. Gary Wenk has provided a compelling and much-needed antidote to commonly available misinformation about nutrients and brain function. Readers will be richly informed---as well as entertained."---James L. McGaugh, Research Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior,---University of California, Irvine

"All of us are impacted by a bewildering array of psychoactive drugs and foods, some being agents of abuse and others being of importance in treating disease. Gary Wenk, a nationally eminent neuroscientist, provides a gripping account of the neurotransmitters that enable neurons in the brain to talk to each other and shows how drugs as well as substances derived from foods exert their psychoactive influences. Wenk has a gift for making complex concepts crystal clear and relating seemingly arcane science in a fascinating, lucid fashion---as gripping as a detective story. This is an invaluable book for anyone who is curious about the brain and its functions."

Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University

Why is eating chocolate so pleasurable? Can the function of just one small group of chemicals really determine whether you are happy or sad? Does marijuana help to improve your memory in old age? Is it really best to drink coffee if you want to wake up and be alert? Why is a drug like PCP potentially lethal? Why does drinking alcohol make you drowsy? Do cigarettes help to relieve anxiety? What should you consume if you are having trouble staying in your chair and focusing enough to get your work done? Why do treatments for the common cold make us drowsy? Can eating less food preserve your brain? What are the possible side effects of pills that claim to make your smarter? Why is it so hard to stop smoking? Why did witches once believe that they could fly?

In this book, Gary Wenk demonstrates how, as a result of their effects on certain neurotransmitters concerned with behavior, everything we put into our bodies has very direct consequences for how we think, feel, and act. The chapters introduce each of the main neurotransmitters involved with behavior, discuss its role in the brain, present some background on how it is generally turned on and off, and explain ways to influence it through what we consume.

Oxford University Press
Why is eating chocolate so pleasurable? Can the function of just one small group of chemicals really determine whether you are happy or sad? Does marijuana help to improve your memory in old age? Is it really best to drink coffee if you want to wake up and be alert? Why is a drug like PCP potentially lethal? Why does drinking alcohol make you drowsy? Do cigarettes help to relieve anxiety? What should you consume if you are having trouble staying in your chair and focusing enough to get your work done? Why do treatments for the common cold make us drowsy? Can eating less food preserve your brain? What are the possible side effects of pills that claim to make your smarter? Why is it so hard to stop smoking? Why did witches once believe that they could fly?

In this book, Gary Wenk demonstrates how, as a result of their effects on certain neurotransmitters concerned with behavior, everything we put into our bodies has very direct consequences for how we think, feel, and act. The chapters introduce each of the main neurotransmitters involved with behavior, discuss its role in the brain, present some background on how it is generally turned on and off, and explain ways to influence it through what we consume.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780195388541
0195388542
Branch Call Number: 615.78 W486y
Characteristics: xiii, 179 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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FCostaguta
Nov 21, 2016

Do you consider tobacco, opium, or cocaine to be food? If so, you will find no grievance with the title of this book. If, however, you rightly identify them as drugs, you will be disappointed by this hugely misleading title. As a book on DRUGS, this is an OK quick read. As a book on FOOD, this book offers next to nothing.

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Feb 02, 2011

If you don't want to learn that coffee and many other foods are drugs that alter your brain chemistry, don't bother reading this book.

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DavidGriffiths
Jan 20, 2011

I think the title reflects the desired marketing strategy for the book, as opposed to the content. This was more about how chemicals affected your brain, and possibly how those chemicals were affected by things like coffee, cocaine, etc.

Very little on actual food. By the third chapter, I gave up and just started flipping through, sampling subject material, trying to find any significant reference too food.

The broccoli on the cover is as equally misleading as the title.

The sub-title should have been the title: "How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings".

If you are dying to know more about pharmacology, this is a great read. If you are looking for insight into how your diet can affect your mental state (or if it even does), this isn't it.

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