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Healthy Aging Brain, by Judith Horstman 

Book of Love Sex and the Brain, by Judith Horstman 

Brave New Brain, by Judith Horstman

Day in the Life of Your Brain, by Judith Horstman

Overcoming Arthritis, by Judith Horstman 

Alternative Therapies, by Judith Horstman

Open Air- The American West, text by Judith Horstman 

The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain:

The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind

by Judith Horstman and Scientific American
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint
Hardcover: 280 pages

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Welcome to the new old age! There has never been a better time, in all of history, to grow old. But will your brain age as well as the rest of you?

In her fourth engaging book about the brain, Judith Horstman presents a realistic and encouraging overview of the well-aged brain, a sobering look at what can go wrong, and the latest in what neuroscience is finding might help you––and your brain––stay healthy longer.

A new and positive message about growing older, The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain is an indispensible user’s manual on how preserve what you’ve got, minimize what you’ve lost, and optimize the vigor and health of your brain as you grow older.

Culled from articles in Scientific American and Scientific American Mind as well as current research, the book explains how your brain grows and the changes to expect in a healthy aging brain.

There’s plenty of good news. While your brain does slow down with passing years, far from disintegrating, the healthy mature brain fades quite slowly and the elder brain remains able to change and learn well into old age.  And myths of a miserable old age are just that. In fact, studies show that for many, happiness increases after the age of 70.

Moreover, dementia, depression, and delusion are not normal parts of aging but diseases that may be treated. While it’s still difficult to predict what brains will fall prey to Alzheimer’s disease, brain scientists are finding an association between lower risks of dementia and five healthy lifestyle practices that Horstman shows how to put into place right now.


Praise for The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain

“Judith Horstman elegantly describes the well-aged brain, and what the latest research suggests to preserve its power and its function.”––Mehmet Oz, MD, of the Dr. Oz Show and Professor of Surgery, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

"The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain is a trusty guide to vibrant
later years. Any baby boomer would be smart to read this book -- and so be
likelier to stay smart longer."–– Daniel Goleman, Author The Brain and Emotional Intelligence.

“This brilliant book on the aging brain provides vital knowledge about how our brains change with age and what we can do to enhance the incredible potential contained within each of us. A must read for all aging brains!”––Marc Agronin, MD, geriatric psychiatrist and author of How We Age.

“Packed with practical advice and the latest information about the brain as it ages, the Healthy Aging Brain is an indispensible user’s manual, essential for keeping your brain young and healthy as the cerebral odometer ticks away.” ––R. Douglas Fields, author of The Other Brain.



The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: 

The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love

by Judith Horstman and Scientific American
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint
Hardcover: 256 pages

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Who do we love? Who loves us? And why? Is love really a mystery, or can neuroscience offer some answers to these age-old questio

In her third enthralling book about the brain, Judith Horstman takes us on a lively tour of our most important sex and love organ and the whole smorgasbord of our many kinds of love—from the bonding of parent and child to the passion of erotic love, the affectionate love of companionship, the role of animals in our lives, and the love of God.

Drawing on the latest neuroscience, she explores why and how we are born to love—how we’re hardwired to crave the companionship of others, and how very badly things can go without love. Among the findings: parental love makes our brain bigger, sex and orgasm make it healthier, social isolation makes it miserable—and although the craving for romantic love can be described as an addiction, friendship may actually be the most important loving relationship of your life.

Based on recent studies and articles culled from the prestigious Scientific American andScientific American Mind magazines, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain offers a fascinating look at how the brain controls our loving relationships, most intimate moments, and our deep and basic need for connection.

Praise for The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain

“A superb exploration of that painful, intoxicating, and mysterious mess of emotions that we call love. Judith Horstman’s lively prose tells all you ever wanted to know about love, and more.”—Paul Ekman, professor emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; author,Emotions Revealed

“A wonderful book, filled with unexpected insights and practical tips. Judith Horstman’s writing is fun and compelling. I highly recommend it.”—Daniel G. Amen, MD, author, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body and The Brain in Love

“This wonderful and accessible book will definitely make you rethink what you thought you knew about love. It does an outstanding job making a tremendous amount of data about such an important topic easy and fun to understand.”—Andrew Newberg, MD, director of research, Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; coauthor, How God Changes Your Brain

" This book wonderfully and engagingly summarizes how and why our brain plays the major role in us getting swept away by the magic of love and human connection.”—Marco Iacoboni, professor of psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles; author, Mirroring People: The Science of Empathy and How We Connect with Others


The Scientific American Brave New Brain 

How Neuroscience, Brain-Machine Interfaces, Neuroimaging, Psychopharmacology, Epigenetics, the Internet, and Our Own Minds Are Stimulating and Enhancing the Future of Mental Power 

Judith Horstman and Scientific American
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint
Hardcover: 256 pages
April 2010

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"In The Scientific American Brave New Brain Judith Horstman takes us on a delightful—and hopeful—tour of the near-future of neuroscience and how we can all benefit."

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
The Scientific American Brave New Brain offers a fast-forward look at what’s in store for our brains in the very near futurea world where science fiction becomes science fact.

Based on articles from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind and the latest in cutting edge research, this remarkable book reveals what’s in store over the next few decades and what exists now for your brain in biochemistry, drugs, computers, electrical treatments, stem cells, brain chips, and gene manipulation
and the potential legal, ethical, and moral fallout of all this change and progress.

The Scientific American Brave New Brain explains how our brains make new neurons and what we have to do to keep them, tells how our very thoughts and feelings can change our brains and our genes, and how advances in biochemistry and bioengineering could make Alzheimer’s, brain damage, and perhaps even mental retardation preventable, curable, and reversible. Microchips in the brain could enhance memory, restore mental functions, store data, and even control our cell phones. Bionic or biological spare brain parts that now restore hearing and give sight to the blind could restore movement to the paralyzed—and give the healthy super powers.

"Judith Horstman’s newest book is a gift of fascinating, useful information on how to understand and optimize the most important organ in your body... The book is beautifully written, accessible, and important. I highly recommend it."

Daniel G. Amen, MD, best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
"This excellent book is about wonder. Judith Horstman gathers all the latest research on the brain and gazes into the future to see the fascinating ways our lives will be changed by the neuroscience of tomorrow."

R. Douglas Fields, author of
The Other Brain
"All curious brains will enjoy this book very much: it’s a clear, useful, and entertaining guide to the latest research concerning the brain and how we may be protecting and boosting it in the near future."

Kim Stanley Robinson, best-selling author of Galileo’s Dream


The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain by Judith HorstmanThe Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain

A 24-Hour Journal of What's Happening in Your Brain as you Sleep, Dream, Wake Up, Eat, Work, Play, Fight, Love, Worry, Compete, Hope, Make Important Decisions, Age and Change

Judith Horstman and Scientific American
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Imprint
Hardcover: 256 pages
August 2009

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"It is practical, fun,
easy to read and filled with interesting, useful information. I highly recommend this book."

Daniel G. Amen, MD, best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
Have you ever wondered what’s happening in your brain as you go through a typical day and night?

This fascinating book presents an hour-by-hour round-the-clock journal of your brain’s activities. Drawing on the treasure trove of information from Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines as well as original material written specifically for this book, Judith Horstman weaves together a compelling description of your brain at work and at play.

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain reveals what’s going on in there while you sleep and dream, how your brain makes memories and forms addictions and why we sometimes make bad decisions. The book also offers intriguing information about your emotional brain, and what’s happening when you’re feeling love, lust, fear and anxiety—and how sex, drugs and rock and roll tickle the same spots.
"A terrific read—
fun and chock-a-block full of fascinating facts and ideas. Judith Horstman takes us on a romp through the day and the night, telling us what our brains are doing on an hourly basis. It also provides some wonderful and solid advice. I learned from it, and you will too!"

John E. Dowling, PhD,
Gund Professor of Neurosciences, Harvard University, author of Creating Mind: How the Brain Works

Based on the latest scientific information, the book explores your brain's remarkable ability to change, how your brain can make new neurons even into old age and why multitasking may be bad for you. 

Your brian is uniquely yours—but research is showing many of its day-to-day cycles are universal. This book gives you a look inside your brain and some insights into why you may feel and act as you do.

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain is written in the entertaining, informative and easy-to-understand style that fans of Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazine have come to expect.
Excerpts of Editorial Review: Inside Bay Area

...It's everything you ever wanted to know about the brain in language you can understand...

"I wanted to write a book my 13-year-old granddaughter could understand but that a neuroscientist would enjoy," Sacramento-based Horstman said in an interview.

She has succeeded, beautifully. 

Editorial Review: Publishers Weekly

Fascinatingly, Horstman shows how, as hormone and neurotransmitter levels change throughout the day, there may be an optimal time for everything.

Moving through the workday, Horstman discusses stress, decision-making, hunger and fatigue, ADHD and more, before returning home to cover music, humor, sex, fear and sleep.

Horstman's lively prose is packed with useful information: meditation increases attention while delaying aging; brain exercise and a strong social network decrease the odds of developing dementia; diet can quell morning crabbiness, increase afternoon focus, and promote sleep... 

Overcoming Arthritis by Paul Lam, Judith HorstmanOvercoming Arthritis

How to Relieve Pain and Restore Mobility

by Paul Lam and Judith Horstman
Publisher: DK Publishing
Paperback: 144 pages
May 2002

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A Clear & Effective Guide
After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis and bringing his symptoms under control through tai chi, Dr. Paul Lam created a complete program to help others lead a more active, pain-free life.

This book also covers food, dietary supplements, exercise, modern drugs, touch therapies, and more.

Clear, full-color photographs walk you through each tai chi movement. Exercises can be adapted for people in wheelchairs or for those with limited mobility.
Regain control of your life with this inspirational program, which offers a tried-and-tested way to relieve pain, improve strength, and promote mobility.

A practical guide for a more active, pain-free life, Overcoming Arthritis includes an innovative tai chi program to relieve symptoms and promote better joint health.

Overcoming Arthritis describes the various types of arthritis and outlines conventional and complementary treatments from modern drugs to dietary supplements and meditation. It also shows how to relieve pain and stiffness through simple measures such as exercise, better nutrition, and a positive attitude.

Therapy for body and mind

At the heart of the book is a step-by-step tai chi program devised by tai chi master Dr. Paul Lam. In China, tai chi has been used for centuries as an excellent arthritis therapy. Its flowing movements gently lubricate joints and improve muscle strength without strain. Tai chi also lifts depression, calms the mind, and promotes general well-being. Dr. Lam's safe exercise program is designed so that everyone can follow it at their own pace, adapting the movements as necessary if they are stiff or in pain.

With listings of arthritis websites and organizations, this book is essential for everyone who wants to take control of their arthritis and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Colleague Dr. Paul Lam

Dr. Paul Lam began suffering from arthritis in his twenties and, faced with having to take arthritis drugs for the rest of his life, decided to explore alternative approaches, including tai chi.

After studying with several masters, he became an expert tai chi master, winning the gold medal at the Third International Competition in 1993.

In 1986, Dr. Lam founded the Better Health Tai Chi Academy in Sydney. He has taught worldwide and is internationally known for his tai chi books and videos. His Tai Chi for Arthritis courses for physical therapists and tai chi instructors are in strong demand at arthritis foundations.

Judith practices Dr. Lam's tai chi program and has found that it both relieves her osteoarthritis symptoms and contributes to her serenity. 

Excerpts of Readers' Reviews: Amazon.com

If you are only going to buy one book on arthritis, make this the one. I had to review it for an arthritis magazine, and was so impressed, I went out and bought my own!

J.P. Cantle, London, England

This book will be welcomed world wide for its sensitivity and hope. It raises teaching techniques to a new level of clarity with easy to follow directions for people of all nationalities and ages. Beautifully co-authored by the award winning medical journalist, Judith Horstman, the book is brought to life as if Dr Lam is the reader's own doctor, instructing in personal consultation. 

—Anonymous Customer

The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain by Judith HorstmanThe Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Alternative Therapies

by Judith Horstman
Publisher: Arthritis Foundation
Paperback: 285 pages
November 1999

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"Recommended for
all consumer health collections."

Lisa McCormick, Library Journal and Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnat
This is a thorough, complete guide of the most-used unconventional therapies and the scientific research that supports or dispels any claims, myths or hype associated with them.

You can learn about herbs, acupuncture, diet, exercise, tai chi, magnets, movement therapies, spiritual healing, mind/body therapies, and more.

You'll also learn what to expect from these treatments, how much they cost and how to find a qualified practitioner in this glossy, four-color, photography-filled guide to all alternative therapies for rheumatic diseases.
"Extremely useful....
This book aims to be a 'common-sense guide through the maze of the most-used complementary therapies for arthritis, to help you choose wisely among the many options available,' and it
succeeds beautifully."

Joan Price, Amazon.com

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Editorial Review: Amazon.com

More than 43 million people of all ages in the U.S. suffer from arthritis, an often disabling disease for which conventional medicine offers only limited relief from pain
and no cure. Arthritis patients are increasingly seeking alternative therapies, yet these have their drawbacks, too: though some have proven benefits, many others are expensive and work for only some, others are useless, and some are dangerous.

This book aims to be a "common-sense guide through the maze of the most-used complementary therapies for arthritis, to help you choose wisely among the many options available," and it succeeds beautifully. The book lists 22 complementary therapies, from familiar ones like acupuncture, meditation, tai chi, and yoga, to less accepted treatments like copper bracelets, magnets, and bee stings (don't worry, the book isn't recommending this, only providing information). The "Nature's Medicines" section discusses more than 40 herbs and supplements.

The book describes each therapy and how it is used, presents scientific evidence and expert opinion, and gives tips on how to find a practitioner and information on costs, advice, cautions, and resources in a helpful and reader-friendly style. There are also guidelines for working with your doctor, choosing a therapist, and avoiding rip-offs.

Author Judith Horstman, a two-time Fulbright Scholar and award-winning editor of Arthritis Today magazine, makes the point that complementary therapies cannot "cure" arthritis or replace proven medical treatments. They can, however, ease symptoms and improve your outlook, and may even enhance the effects of your conventional treatment. This is an extremely useful and beautifully illustrated book for arthritis sufferers seeking to expand their treatment as informed consumers.

Joan Price, Amazon.com

Open Air - The American West - Text by Judith Horstman, Photographs by Tamás RévészOpen Air: The American West
/ Vegtelen Ter: Az Amerikai Nyugat

Photographs by Pulitzer-winner Tamás Révész
Written by Judith Horstman
Publisher: Herald Agency (Hungary)
Language: Hungarian, English
Hardcover: 99 pages

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The American West is more than geography. It is a metaphor and myth as well as place: a landscape so vast and varied that it has been called one of nature's most spectacular stage settings. Its many names are shorthand symbols for independence and adventure. Hungarian Photographer Tamas Révész followed the sun through the American West from the dry canyons of Colorado to the fog-shrouded California coast, looking for the living landscape behind the icons he had glimpsed in films and travel books.

He shows the West through the eyes and lens of a contemporary European explorer seeing the land for the first time: The Grand Canyon illuminated in the evening light like a gigantic paper lantern; the snag-toothed mesas of Sky City, New Mexico; the single bold statement of Oregon's Crater Lake, set like a sapphire in the bowl of an extinct volcano.

The West that
Révész discovers is a landscape of the spirit as well as rock and water. Open Air: The American West explores the history and legends of a journey through the open air of the American West, including the deserted Indian dwellings of Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the wind-carved rocks of Monument Valley, Utah.

Eventually, most travelers are overwhelmed by the sheer scale of the West and the irony of signs announcing "View Point." The view is everywhere. The vista is too big to see in one glance, the mountains too high, the canyons too deep. The sky opens overhead to the horizon in a seemingly endless sweep. And occasionally, there's an urge to try to contain the vastness, to frame it with a doorway or a window, to give it some boundaries, to tame it
to gain a brief open air.

Judith Horstman

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Photographer: Tamás Révész

Mr. Tamas Révész was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1946. He is a photographer and graphic designer based in New Jersey. A Pulitzer Memorial Prize winner, Révész has had one-man shows around the world.

Renown American photographer Peter Turnley wrote, "He embodies the spirit of several of his Hungarian predecessors, including Brassai, Capa, Kertesz and Moholy-Nagy, and this sensibility, creativity, cosmopolitanism, drive and warmth have blessed the world of art and photography. The culture and people of his adopted country are extremely fortunate to have this brilliant, important talent among them."

Hungarian photographers come from a lineage of artistic virtuosity, which helps to explain their universal appeal and recognition. The power, clarity and truth of their visual perception distinguish their work. The Hungarian sensibility combines that which is visible to the human eye with that which is perceptible only to the human soul. Révész inherited that legacy, which is reflected in his work.

Révész has published ten books and is comfortable living and working in both the United States and Hungary. "I feel myself fortunate today that I feel at home both in Hungary and in America and that I can contribute some way with my work to both countries."