By Cat Saunders
My doctoral research focused on the relationship between functional neurology eating disorders, so I’ve been deep into brain research since I began studying the topic in the late 1980s.
At some point in the mid-2000s, I got turned onto Daniel Amen’s work with the brain, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since. I’ve devoured many of his books, delighted in his wonderful PBS specials, and referred clients to his clinic.
Amen’s extensive work with brain scans is becoming increasingly famous around the world. Although the use of brain scans as a diagnostic tool is still hotly debated in certain circles, I deeply appreciate Amen’s pioneering work.
The controversy surrounding new research is inevitable with any cutting-edge research, and ultimately, controversy is a good thing because it keeps researchers on their toes and provides additional stimulus to make their work pass muster at every level.
Amen and his associates are definitely up to the task, and Amen—as the public spokesperson for his work—does a magnificent job of making his research accessible to laypeople in helpful and enjoyable ways. Amen’s wide array of books, his many PBS specials, and his website provide multiple avenues of approach to suit any taste. This guy rocks!
Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).