How to Clear Your Mind and Optimize Your Brain

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  • July 2, 2012

Episode 76: Interview with Dr. Daniel Amen

About Dr. Daniel Amen

Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.

Dr. Amen is a physician, double board certified psychiatrist, television producer and nine-time New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founder and Medical Director of Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and San Francisco, California, Bellevue, Washington, Reston, Virginia, Atlanta and New York City.

Show Notes:

  • Taking care and optimizing of your brain
  • Learning how to correct negative thoughts
  • How to clear your mind
  • Simple rules for eating
  • The role the brain plays to being happy

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Let us know in the comments what you thought about this episode

  • Kev

    Excellent .Thanks Joe

  • Stuart Bell

    Interesting breadth of advice, especially the physical (sleep/diet), psychological link.

  • Jeremy

    Love the tip about clearing your so you can get to sleep. Thanks!

  • Jeremy

    *clearing your mind. lol

  • Chung

    We’d love a part two from Dr. Amen.
    Great questions and superb content
    Thank YOU

  • Don DeLong

    Chung, I believe they know you are thankful for the content, but just be cautious in demanding too much :) … I don’t think you are, but just throwing that out there.


    Nice audiocast. Very informative and helpful. Thanks guys.

  • Jesse A

    Great Advice and nice podcast. I would like to see more of your videos. You should post at I believe that “how” we use our brain is as important as what we use it on. Having a purpose in everything you do not only makes the moment more fulfilling. It will change your life.

  • Nathan Adamson

    I am a practiced martial artist and have been since the age of 19. I am now 28. I have seen the terrible affects of youth being exposed to the wrong mentors in their martial arts careers! It is just as important to find the right people to mentor you in all aspects of life. I agree that kids should not fight or be exposed to MMA til they are through their brain growth and developmental stages! Great Podcast Joe and Dr. Daniel, thanks so much!

  • Joe Polish

    Thanks for the comments everyone! I’ll do a future episode with Daniel Amen as he’s just a really smart dude!

  • Richard

    Wow, This one was really great! It helps to round out health/business/life for the entrepreneur. I wasn’t sure this one was going to make ‘my cut’ from the first 5 minutes of listening. I just wasn’t ready to listen to it. I went back to it the next day and what a treat this one was. I would have been a complete ‘fat head’ to not listen and heed the words from this one. Kudo’s to Joe and Dean(if he had anything to with it ;0)

  • Gar Roper, Ph.D

    This is a wonderful “positive thinking piece” that runs dramatically contrary to the science. It is an approach constructed on a propaganda or illusionary trick using brain imagery as persuasion without any actual medical intervention. Its not wrong, its just not medical. I have been in the field at a doctoral level for 45 years and I know a superficial pop science BS. when I hear it. Its benign but not truly paradigm shifting as Dr. Amen claims.

    It boils down to healthy living is better than unhealthy living … especially for the brain. Its true value is that it is functional rather than hocus pocus like freudian psychodynamics.