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How to Become Smarter by [Spender, Charles]
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*** Updated in March 2016 ***

A shorter, less technical version of this book, "Become Smarter," is available:

The book describes methods for improvement of mental abilities. Some of the things it can help you to achieve include the following:
  • Depending on circumstances, use different lifestyles that improve one or another mental function.
  • Experience euphoria without drugs and come up with new ideas, when needed.
  • Slow down and prevent yourself from making rash, impulsive decisions, when necessary.
  • Sharpen your wit, become more talkative, and entertain people.
  • When necessary, lower your mood and increase emotional tension, which can reduce procrastination.
  • Increase your score on intelligence or general aptitude tests.
  • Concentrate on reading and writing for many hours daily.
  • Increase your grade point average if you are a student or improve your job productivity if you are a knowledge worker.
The proposed methods are brief cooling or heating of the body (water therapy) and three "smart diets," each suitable for a different type of task. The text also describes a "depressant diet," which is not a smart diet but can improve self-control and sleep. Readers don't need to use the strict diets on a permanent basis and the book recommends the conventional food pyramid most of the time. The text also discusses several useful social skills and studying/writing techniques as well as the role of luck in personal achievement.

Most authors in this field will tell you that you should read more books, solve mental puzzles, buy their nutritional supplements, sleep well, and exercise in order to get smarter. In contrast, this book is proposing moderately cold hydrotherapy and a smart diet (which involves avoiding all dietary supplements). To give another example, most books on anger management say that you should try to change your thinking in order to overcome anger, while this book suggests hot hydrotherapy and the exclusion of certain foods from your diet. The main focus of discussion in this text is on changing the biological workings of the brain, not on pop psychology. In particular, the book describes various combinations of diets and hydrotherapy that have the following effects: sedative/sleep-promoting, stimulant/wakefulness-promoting, attention-enhancing, antianxiety, antidepressant, mood-stabilizing (mood-lowering), and euphoriant. In addition, the book presents existing scientific evidence of pain-reducing, fever-reducing, antifatigue, immunostimulatory, antinausea, antihypertensive, and anti-inflammatory effects of hydrotherapy. The text also discusses the possible side effects of the diets and hydrotherapy.

Despite its technical content, the book is written in an accessible language and has an informative summary for each chapter and a list of key points at the end of each section. Most of the claims in the bulleted list above are supported with a theory and the author's personal experience (a healthy subject). About a half of these claims is directly supported by previously published scientific studies, including the claim about intelligence tests.

About the Author

Charles Spender graduated with honors from Novosibirsk State University, Russia in 1999 with an equivalent of a Master's degree (a 5-year program) in biology/molecular biology. He got a Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular oncology in 2006 from the George Washington University, Washington, DC, where he was a recipient of the Presidential Merit Fellowship. Charles Spender is an author or coauthor of 15 scientific publications in the field of biomedicine and he served recently as a Guest Editor of "Infectious Disorders - Drug Targets."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2004 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: KDP; 4th edition (March 25, 2016); original edition (Jan. 2 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032JT11K
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25c278c) out of 5 stars You Think how you Eat! Jan. 20 2011
By K. A. - Published on
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This author brings a very interesting and unique view of the brain, and the correlation between what improves thinking and the foods we eat.
He has a Master's in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. I enjoyed how he has personally tried several types of diets in an effort to find those that assist mental acuity as well as those foods that suppress our moods and thinking ability. What would you eat to improve your SAT or GRE scores? Want ways to improve your fluid intelligence--raw foods!
What foods suppress, or antagonize your mood and behavior? Want to learn a language? What is the fastest way?
He outlines critical elements for your success. The book has great appendices which outline various types of diets. For example, the anti depressant diet, and the anger management diet. He explains how they alter your body's chemistry. There are interesting sections on ADHD, autism and ADD.

This book outlined what an IQ test consists of and how to improve scores. It explains crystallized social intelligence (measures vocabulary, general knowledge) vs. fluid socialized intelligence (the ability to understand and solve novel problems) which I found very interesting. The author explains "mental clarity", "social intelligence," and how they are measured. He explains ways to improve the brain and how to think better. I learned a lot and will use many of his ideas.
The book reviews control vs. placebo studies, standard deviation, significance and insignificance in a statistical study and how to interpret evidence from a study.
Breast fed vs. formula? Animal products significantly affect our thinking and our health. Eskimos for example eat raw foods without artificial ingredients. However, in industrial societies, today's animal products have changed and have pathogens which our immune systems can't handle.
Our brain can't adapt to processed foods, chemicals, refined sugars, and artificial ingredients. Food additives, sweeteners, thickeners vegetable gums, table salt, MSG, and nitrates impair learning and affect alertness. This book covers an enormous amount of facts and allows you to look at being smarter in a new light. Be prepared- you will want to take notes. I learned a lot and will go through it again to digest all of this information.

I received a complimentary review copy.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25c29d8) out of 5 stars Eat right and you can be smarter than a fifth grader April 12 2010
By Cindy Vine - Published on
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When I picked up How to become Smarter by Nikolai Shevchuk, I wondered if I was smart enough to read this book. I was pleasantly surprised. Either I am very smart, or Nikolai's book is easy to read. I tend to go for the latter in this case, I was never a high academic achiever at school. Earlier this year I had my son tested by an educational psychologist. He appears to be quite smart with many things, but when it comes to exam situations, something happens and he might end up writing the same sentences over and over again. The educational psychologist found that he was above average intelligence and there was no reason why he could not perform academically when under pressure. That is, he had no apparent learning difficulties. Nikolai Shevchuk's book seems to be the answer to my problems with my son and academic performance. He explains how he too was a classic under-achiever at school, until he started trying some of the strategies in the book. I read the twelve things How to become Smarter can do for you and I was hooked. It was almost as if this book was written especially for my son and me.
This book mostly discusses ways of improving functioning of the brain. Preservatives affect your intelligence in a negative way. Feed your kids natural foods, but avoid giving them raw food because raw food often comes with diseases. Although, raw foods are the best at increasing your mental abilities. Something interesting I read in this book, is that cooked grains can act as a mild sedative. I guess that explains why I feel tired after a bowl of hot porridge and lazy after a sandwich. Shevchuk gives diets to try to increase intelligence. He reckons, that we need to go back to our ancestral diets. He propagates mixing meat and milk which is against the Jewish religion. However, he does say that diets are not the only way we can improve our mental faculties.
Although he confesses to not being a chef, Shevchuk does give recipes that one can use to create a diet that increases your mental ability. After reading this book I know what I have to do. I have to drastically change my diet.
There is quite a bit of technical jargon and evidence of a lot of research in the book. I definitely felt smarter after I finished it, as I ate my dinner of boiled meat, vegetable and grains.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25c2c18) out of 5 stars Full of Anecdotal Materal June 7 2011
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One of the few books that at about the halfway point, I started scanning. I found the writing rambling and inconsistent from place to place with a lot of "digression" and anecdotal material. If I start a book and find it less than compelling, I still usually force myself to plow through it to the end, but I just couldn't do it with this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa25c2dbc) out of 5 stars Fascinating read on human intelligence and how to become smarter Jan. 27 2010
By J. Giordano - Published on
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Although the material can be dense, each chapter includes a summary as well as key points at the end of each section helping the reader to easily digest the important points.

The topics discussed in the book are quite interesting and are ones that most people can relate to such as: tips on learning a foreign language and how to overcome the fear of solitude. If you are seeking a greater understanding of the factors influencing human intelligence and how to become smarter, you won't be disappointed!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa26241a4) out of 5 stars A Book To Be Consumed Jan. 26 2010
By Diogenes Vindex - Published on
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Initially, I had thought this book would fall into that particular category of How-to books, which are difficult to get through unless one is desperate to be/do whatever the title may promise. I was mistaken. In fact, I could say the primary critique I have to offer in this case is the choice of title; it is misleading, perhaps, to the point of deprecating this work.
With this said, I will now remark upon the meat of this volume:
It is commonly known that from it's conception, the human body must have the correct balance of nourishment to form properly. It is also known that a person's diet and dietary habits are essential to good physical health. On the other hand, it is not so rampantly understood just how crucial one's diet may be in regard to the synchronous influence it offers to their mind and body's overall health and performance. These days, if you search the bookshops you may discover a plethora of books that focus on the correlation of adult human diet and individual mental capacity. However, within How to Become Smarter, the author takes this line of study one step further. He not only draws a distinct relation of the human body's consumption and consuming habits with the direct effect such has on the brain and it's reactionary capabilities; he then categorically separates and defines the types of intelligence, as well as the brain's utilization of each. Although I am of the opinion that certain intelligence or mentally stimulated reactionary occurrences are integral to humankind, and not developed or effected by human diet, the author does indeed earn the scientific/theoretical license he utilizes on more than one occasion within this opus. As an objective historian, I have ascended to the Socratic opinion that such an exercise in controversialism is the best method of ferreting out the truth. Hence, I consider the author's suggestions on Fluid Intelligence and Crystallized Intelligence-Quotient/Academic, Emotional, and Social Intelligence to be quite intriguing and thought provoking. Furthermore, the author's representation of natural foods - their values, consumption, and ultimate effects on one's mind and mood are admirable. An important addition to the library of anyone pursuing a wholesome and complete lifelong eating regime; rather I should say, a science of daily hygiene--the general maintenance of the body, with specific emphasis on the choosing and consuming of mind and body rejuvenating foods, based on scientific/historical findings, to be utilized throughout one's life, in an effort to maximize one's mental, and in turn, physical capabilities. This work is an excellent effort, and a serious reference volume! Not to be purchased, read, and then shelved, it should actually be referenced until the concepts within may be adroitly applied to one's daily approach to eating/thinking/living. By the way, once you have properly consumed the substance of this work, you will probably be a bit smarter for your effort.