392: Tana Amen - The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child


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Tana Amen (IG: @tanaamen) is a New York Times bestselling author, vice president of the Amen Clinics, a neurosurgical ICU trauma nurse, and a world-renowned health and fitness expert.

She has won the hearts of millions with her simple yet effective strategies to help anyone optimize their lifestyle and win the fight for a strong body, mind, and spirit.

Tana holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Tana and her husband, Dr. Daniel Amen, have four children and five grandchildren.

Today we’re discussing her new book: The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit, and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How we were all scared children at one time
  • The epiphany Tana had working with addicts
  • Tana’s first 3 memories as a child
  • Growing up in constant chaos
  • Tana's mom always showed she loved her
  • Dealing with unwanted attention and bullying during her teen years
  • Battling an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression
  • Tana was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 23
  • How Prozac hijacked her brain
  • The spiritual walk that lead to Tana’s healing journey
  • Responsibility means the ability to respond
  • Falling in love with her best friend, Dr. Daniel Amen
  • Working with Byron Katie
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help with trauma
  • Lifestyle factors including food, nutrition, and exercise impact your health
  • Be your own best advocate
  • Your doctor is not your boss, they are your partner
  • Tana’s life-changing journey studying Metabolic Medicine and Functional Medicine
  • Implementing the Omni diet at Amen Clinics
  • Consciously raising her daughter Chloe in a healthy environment
  • The vulnerable truth about writing a memoir
  • Processing past trauma through the eyes of an adult
  • Helping her half sister and taking custody of her 2 nieces
  • Forgiving her dad before he passed away
  • The powerful need for forgiveness

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Related links:

Tana Amen - The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child (book)

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Amen Clinics

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Tana Amen - The Omni Diet (book)

Listen to Tana Amen previously on TUHP (episode #063)

Dr. Daniel Amen (books)

Listen to Dr. Daniel Amen previously on TUHP (episodes #333 and #359)

Byron Katie (books)

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The Institute for Functional Medicine

Dr. Mark Hyman (books)

Listen to Dr. Mark Hyman previously on TUHP (episodes #074, #084, and #214)

Dr. David Perlmutter (books)

Listen to Dr. David Perlmutter previously on TUHP (episodes #273, #289, and #332)

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