The Brain's Way of Healing

  • by Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times–bestselling author of The Brain That Changes Itself presents astounding advances in the treatment of brain injury and illness. Now a new afterword.
Winner of the 2015 Gold Nautilus Award in Science & Cosmology
In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in 400 years: the discovery that the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience - what we call neuroplasticity.
His revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, noninvasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us - light, sound, vibration, movement - which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain's own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes that had plateaued; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved; and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use.
For centuries it was believed that the brain's complexity prevented recovery from damage or illness. The Brain's Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing. As he did so lucidly in The Brain That Changes Itself, Doidge uses stories to present exciting, cutting-edge science with practical real-world applications and principles that everyone can apply to improve their brains' performance and health.

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Exceptional Summary of Neuro-Plasticity

Like his previous book, "The Brain that Changes Itself", Norman Doidge MD, provides a state of the art up-date on his reporting of the more prominent practices and techniques for the application of Neuro-Plastic changes in the brain that are currently known. His direct, hands-on approach of meeting the scientists, engineers, doctors, and practitioners that are developing and using the tools and techniques, combined with the first person stories of those treated / trained is remarkable. In some ways he is a journalist or scientific report, who also as a certified MD, offers credible analysis of the diagnosis, treatment, and improvements seen it those in need. He offers great hope for recovery for conditions often considered intractable. TBI, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, ADHD, PSTD, Autism like symptoms, premature birth related issues and conditions, plus many more are presented in light of the latest research in cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology. He has personally met and worked with most of the world leaders in these fields. Treatments with light, sound, music, body movement and body work, and many more techniques are presented.

High recommend the two texts as well as the auditory presentations.
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- Benjamin Davidson

Extremely helpful understanding my TBI.

I was hit head on by drunk driver. I was going 30 and he admitted to going 60, there were no skid marks, a 90 MPH hit. Along with multiple fractures, I was left with an awful traumatic brain injury. I had no idea what it was before the accident. This book has been extremely informative and encouraging. Like many of those in this book , I was basically told to live with it. I now know TBI can be treated.
Thank you..
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- Robert Deramo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-27-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio