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Our Brain Health episodes are for everyone — anyone who owns a brain will find benefit.

Clear, quick, and focused thinking begins with proper brain health, so here we touch on the basic do's and don'ts of maintaining your brain.

Otherwise, scroll down and enjoy...

Intermittent Fasting, Cognition, Caloric Restriction, Fasting, nootropics

Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, “feeding windows,” and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.

cognitive-ethics-nootropics-ai

As the popularity of smart drugs and cognitive enhancement technologies becomes more widespread, questions of ethics and fairness rise to the surface. We remember that along with the scientific question of “can we” is the ethical sibling question “should we”?

turmeric, schizandra, adaptogens, nootropics, smart drugs

The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.

lymphatic system, neuroscience, brain health

“Textbooks are going to need to change.” That was the general consensus around the 2015 discovery that previously unknown lymphatic vessels connect the brain directly to the immune system. Hear about the breakthrough discovery from co-discoverer Professor Jonathan Kipnis.

smart drugs, nootropics, psilocybin, depression, mushrooms, addiction, PTSD, therapy

Dr. Frederick Barrett discusses recent and upcoming studies into psilocybin — the psychoactive ingredient that puts the “magic” in magic mushrooms.  This currently “Schedule 1” drug, in addition to reasonably reliably provoking mystical experiences in users, also shows promise as a therapeutic treatment for depression, PTSD, and hospice care.  Dr. Barrett and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center are at the forefront of the latest research.

Collaborative Recall, Memory, Couples, Romance, smart drugs, nootropics

There are times when social remembering can make our memories less accurate.  However, by following the right strategies when remembering together — creating a sort of “extended mind” — we can improve our recall, particularly if those doing the remembering are part of a long-term partnership.

porn, dopamine, porn addiction, brain

The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction — way beyond. The brain’s dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.

Anthony Sims and Gary Demerjian are probably the two leading practicioners of the treatment of neurological conditions with mouth-worn orthodontic appliances — based on soothing irritated nerves in the jaw to alleviate symptoms throughout the body.

Get your smartypants ready for our year-end finale as Jesse and Dr. Edward Calabrese dive into the world of Hormesis and dose response thresholds.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Stumped on what to get your favorite smarty pants this holiday season? Fear not!  We’ve put together a short list of “favorite things” that help us stay smart. For Your Parents… Cognitive enhancers for brains that have been around the block. Creatine Monohydrate Brand:  BulkSupplements Creatine’s not just for bodybuilders!  Check out Episode 75, Creatine: …

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