Episode 58

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Jesse speaks with Dr. David Bellinger, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Research Associate in Neurology and Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Bellinger explains how neurotoxins in our environment affect our development and tells us how we can best protect our brains and the brains of our children.

We’ll also hear about neural net computers that are slowly-but-surely catching up to primates in their ability to process visual information, and how our brains’ processing speeds could affect our eating habits.

Episode Highlights

1:27This Week in Neuroscience: Computers' Visual Neural Networks Catch Up to Primate Brains
4:54iTunes Review thank-yous
5:41Listener email regarding Episode 56: Ketosis Vs Cancer, and plans for a group 7-day water fast
8:30Introduction to Dr. David Bellinger and the toxins that threaten our brains
12:37What are the greatest neurotxic dangers in our current environment and what can we do to avoid them?
14:58Potecting the brains of teenage and adult brains as opposed to those of children and pregnant women
16:00Only One Chance by Philippe Grandjean
16:53Where is the optimum environment for healthy brain development?
18:28Leaded gasoline: a decades-long experiment in mazimizing population exposure to brain poison
20:04Are we "dumber" now than 150 years ago?
21:03Methylmercury levels in seafood and comments on Episode 51: The Aquatic Origins Of Your Brain
26:39Is Fluoride dangerous?
28:24Ethanol and brain development
30:06How we've collectively lost an estimated 41 million IQ points
35:13Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: How Your Brain's Speed of Processing Affects Dietary Self-Control
Written by Rhiannan Roe
Rhiannan Roe is a writer, editor and unapologetic champion of self-improvement. Combining her passions has led to her helping several start-ups across three continents. In her spare time she travels, collects stories from inspiring people, and fruitlessly endeavors to read every book ever written.
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