Power Up Your Brain

by David Perlmutter, MD and Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. | Hay House © 2012 · 264 pages

Q: What do you get when you combine a neuroscientist and a shaman? A: This book! Specifically, as the sub-title suggests we get: “The Neuroscience of Enlightenment." This is a great book. In the Note, we take a quick look at the power of mitochondria, how to move from our amygala to our prefrontal cortex, how to use stress to our advantage, and create new nueral superhighways.

In the language of neuroscience, enlightenment is the condition of optimal mitochondrial and brain functioning that allows us to experience both well-being and inner peace *and* the urge to create and innovate.
David Perlmutter & Alberto Villoldo

“Enlightenment. This elusive state has been the focus of some of the greatest minds throughout history…

We believe… that enlightenment is available to all those who are willing to dedicate the time and effort necessary to attain it. Finding this state does not require a lifestyle that is incompatible with surviving in the modern Western world. And the rewards of enlightenment are not limited to the attainment of spiritual knowledge enjoyed by the contemplative mystic. They can also be reaped in the discovery of DNA sequencing by the innovative scientist, the preparation of a mouth-watering meal by the inventive chef, or the creation of an inspiring masterpiece by the insightful artist. We believe that enlightenment promises everyone the possibility for innovation, extraordinary creativity, and inner peace…

Power Up Your Brain helps you understand why, instead of operating at its optimal level of functioning, your brain instead relies on the neural networks created by the prehistoric, survival-at-all-costs brain regions—the reptilian brain and the limbic brain. It also shows you how to overcome the toxic emotions of your old wiring, the conditioning based on negative experiences from the past. By healing that prehistoric brain, you engage newer, higher, more evolved brain structures—the neocortex and, specifically, the prefrontal cortex—which will help you eliminate fear, poverty mentality, and anger from your life. This is done through the creation of new neural networks in your brain.”

~ David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo from Power Up Your Brain

Q: What do you get when you combine a neuroscientist and a shaman?

A: This book!

Specifically, as the sub-title suggests we get: “The Neuroscience of Enlightenment.”

Now THAT is a fascinating subject and has to be one of the coolest sub-titles ever, eh? :)

And who better to combine science and spirit than David Perlmutter, M.D. (a neuroscientist) and Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. (a medical anthropologist and shaman)?

In this great book, Perlmutter and Villoldo walk us through the research and Big Ideas from their respective domains to help us optimize our brains so we can actualize our potential. It’s a fun, inspiring book *packed* with cutting edge (+ ancient!) wisdom. I really enjoyed it. If you’re into this kind of thing, I think you will, too. (Get the book here.)

For now, let’s jump in and explore some of my favorite Big Ideas on how we can Power Up Your Brain!

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About the authors


David Perlmutter, MD

Neurologist specializing in gluten issues and preventing degenerative disorders.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

Author, shaman, teacher