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Nutritious Movement & Dynamic Aging with Katy Bowman

Our cells, including brain cells, are influenced by movement mechanics. Our guest today is a leader in movement mechanics and aging. Katy is part biomechanist, part science communicator, and FULL-time mover. Katy Bowman has educated hundreds of thousands of people on the role movement plays in the body and in the world. She is a prolific author of many books and other media outlets. She directs the Nutritious Movement Center in the Pacific Northwest and travels around the world teaching...


This is Your Brain on Stress...Genomics, Stress, Resilience and the Immune System with George Slavich

Accumulation of stress over a lifetime is linked to cognitive impairment in general and Alzheimer's disease in specific. To let the cat out of the bag, the practical piece here is to get your "life stressors test" in the form of a lifetime inventory of stress and adversity here (STRAIN score): lifestresstest.com Read the shownotes below and listen to the second half of the show to get the explanation on this tool. Dr George Slavich's, research integrates tools and methods from...


Growing stronger inside with time

We shift gears on this show to begin to talk about thriving in the second half of life. I introduce you to an incredible friend of mine, Sharon Lowenstein Poisner JD, PhD. At the time of this show's recording, Sharon had just turned 80 years old. Sharon continues to give lectures on various topics on brain health and successful life and aging practices. Parts of this episode are heavy. We talk about the ups and down of Sharon's life and the many challenges of growing through childhood...


Can I Really Reverse my Alzheimer's and Cognition Problems? with Robert Hedaya MD

Robert Hedaya, MD, has been at the cutting edge of medical practice, psychiatry and psychopharmacology since 1979, and has been practicing Functional Medicine since 1996. He is also a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Author of three books (Understanding Biological Psychiatry, The Antidepressant Survival Guide, and Depression: Advancing the Treatment Paradigm), and the founder of the National Center for Whole Psychiatry in the Washington DC area. He...


The Ketogenic Diet & Alzheimer's and the Brain with Dom D'agostino

If you have questions about the Keto diet...go no further. Our guest today is pretty much the Keto science guy. Dr Dominic D'Agostino is a professor in molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine as well as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Dr D'Agostino tells us how he found his way into the filed of ketosis. He combined interests in nutritional and neuro sciences. From there,...


A plant-based approach to Alzheimer's and Brain Health with Neal Barnard, MD

We are honored to have, Dr Neal Barnard a noted physician, advocate for nutritional science, as well as president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on the show. Dr Barnard explains how and why he started the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). PCRM is an advocacy group for information about good medicine, nutrition, and animal rights. Dr Barnard shares his own experience with Alzheimer’s with his father. Dr Barnard and other experts wrote dietary...


Hormone Replacement for Alzheimer's with Anne Hathaway, MD

Today we tackle one of the more controversial topics around brain health and Alzheimer's - hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Our guest is Dr Ann Hathaway (no...not the actress) a hormone expert. We have an extended conversation about the history of hormone replacement, where the fear of using Premarin (estrogen) and Progestin (Progesterone) in the form of medroxyprogesterone has come from. We discuss drops in estrogen and its role in Alzheimer's disease. These changes happen up to 30...


Is Alzheimer's a Myth? with Peter Whitehouse

This week we interview another leading scientist and author who views Alzheimer's as a more complicated process than one simple disease. Our guest, Dr Peter Whitehouse, is an MD, PhD trained at Johns Hopkins and currently is a professor of Neurology at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. He authored the book, The Myth of Alzheimer's. Dr Whitehouse does not deny that Alzheimer's exists he just maintains that it is a condition with tremendous heterogeneity and is more like a...


Scientific Nutrition - the MIND Diet with Dr Martha Clare Morris

We finally have evidence for and Alzheimer's prevention diet and the best foods to eat to prevent alzheimer's. We apologize for the recording sound quality of this episode. Our guest this week, Dr Martha Clare Morris is the architect of the MIND Diet and a leader in the field of nutrition and the brain. Dr Morris' team showed that the MIND Diet, a hybrid diet of the Mediterranean Diet + the DASH Diet. To summarize the basic component of the MIND diet is: Foods to...


BrainHealth Kitchen for Alzheimer’s

The next couple of episodes we are going to do a deeper dive into the role nutrition and best (and worst) foods for Alzheimer's prevention and treatment. Our guest on this show is Dr Annie Fenn, M.D from BrainHealth Kitchen. She is a retired OB/GYN physician, writer and culinary instructor. We discuss the format for Annie's - BrainHealth Kitchen (formerly known as Brainworks Kitchen) a multi-dimensional program designed to prevent and improve brain health and Alzheimer's. The main focus...


Lighting up the Brain - Photobiomodulation meets Neurofeedback: an unexpected synergy with Dr Marvin Berman

Dr Marvin Berman recieved his PhD in Psychoeducational Processes. He is trained in Bioenergetic Analysis and is trained in numerous other therapeutic interventions including EEG biofeedback and the Feldenkrais methodologies. He consults with senior executives and management teams on the application of cognitive neuroscience in leadership development and performance. Recently, he is exploring the application of EEG biofeedback and related technologies into the treatment of...


Megadosing Oxygen - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with Dr Scott Sherr

Scott Sherr MD lives in the San Francisco Bay area where he works both as a hospital medicine physician as well as operates his own independent hyperbaric oxygen consultation practice. He is also Director of integrative Hyperbaric Medicine and Health Optimization with Hyperbaric Medical Solutions. What is hyperbaric oxygen (HBOT) Bottom line....it's high pressure oxygen. Originally used to treat underwater injuries ("the bends" or "decompression illness"). Nowadays, Hyperbaric oxygen...


When Brains Collide and the Omega Protocol - Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Restoring Neurologic Health with Dr Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis MD is an expert on brain health, prevention, treatment, and management of brain injuries. He is a retired Colonel in US Army and has impacted the military's approach to traumatic brain injury. Since retiring from the Army he founded the Brain Health Education and Research Institute outside of Washington DC. He is the author of the recently published, "When Brains Collide." Shownotes: We discuss the mechanism of concussion and how it creates brain deterioration both in the...


A Hormonal Approach to Alzheimer's & Brain Damage

Interventional neuroendocrinology is a relatively new concept. It is championed by, Dr Mark Gordon. He promotes proactive monitoring and replacement of multiple hormones as needed to optimal levels. Dr Gordon elucidates his approach and clarifies his issues with the current standard of care and the use of standard reference ranges. Dr Gordon introduces the concept of "neurosteroids" which are hormones that are made by glial cells - support cells - in the brain. Hormones like Growth...


Mark Hyman - 7 Steps to a better brain

Dr Mark Hyman - Mark is the world renowned leader of the Functional Medicine movement. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is an approach that tries to discover the root cause of chronic disease and personalize and approach to getting better. Dr Hyman has been using this approach for years and shares a couple of stories of patients with cognitive impairment that improved with this approach. We explore the idea of Alzheimer's as a...


Brain Maps and Childhood Trauma - what they have to do with Alzheimer's. Uncommon tests you can do to assess your risk with David Merril

This week's guest is Dr David Merrill MD, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Dr Merrill is an active proponent of prevention of Alzheimer's and an expert in many areas relating to this. Quantitative Electroecephalography - AKA: qEEG - and structural MRI are two technologies that are widely available. Dr Merrill explains how they can be used to assess if you have brain wave or structure changes that look like impending dementia. qEEG...


Epigenetics and the Dazzling Science of NAD+ with Dr Ross Grant

This week's guest is Dr Ross Grant, a clinical professor of medicine at Sydney Adventist in Sydney, Australia. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on NAD+ science and therapeutics. Fair warnings: this episode is deeply technical and scientific, but during the last 15 minutes of the interview Dr Grant speculates on how NAD+ might be beneficial directly to Alzhiemer's (and Parkinson's patients). ALSO, we apologize for the sound quality of this episode. we are working to...


One woman's story of getting better - a conversation with Julie Gregory

On the cusp of her 50th birthday Julie Gregory started to experience symptoms of cognitive decline. Feeling alone and terrified, and given her family history of Alzheimer's, Julie sought to do something. Julie learned that she was an ApoE-4 homozygote - in other words she has both genetic copies of the ApoE4 gene which increased her chance of developing Alzheimer's by 50% - 90%. This episode discusses Julie's health journey and what she done to improve her cognitive and general...


Is my brain is shrinking? How you can find out using Neuroimaging with Dr. Cyrus Raji

In this episode we explore emerging radiology technologies and the new field of Preventative Radiology The info in this show will help you understand your risk for Alzheimer's and cognitive impairment and possibly even concussion related brain changes - and what to ask your doctor to get it ordered correctly. Our guest, Cyrus Raji MD PhD, is a clinical fellow at the University of California - San Francisco. He completed his combined MD and PhD at the NIH-funded Medical Scientist...


A Roadmap to Reversal - Sharp Again Naturally! with Lisa Feiner

Lisa Feiner is a co-founder of the grassroots, not-for-profit organization - Sharp Again Naturally - focused on preserving memory and restoring minds. SharpAgain's "roadmap" to reversible causes of memory loss is really quite impressive. They advocate working on your own and in partnership with your healthcare practitioner to look for reversible causes of Alzheimer's, dementia, and memory loss. Here is the list and you can find this on www.sharpagain.org - check out the "roadmap." 10...


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