Brain Shaman

Michael Waite

Brain Shaman is a philosophical and scientific journey towards better brain health. Michael Waite discusses how you can change your brain state and overall nervous system via behavior, nutrition, nature, and technology. Mental illness, addiction, and low brain function are destroying so many people and societies. By becoming increasingly disconnected from our natural mind-body-world and plugged into the artificial ones, we are getting sicker, weaker, and less free. We must become more conscious of how the information that we consume (in the form of action, food, drugs, sensory input, media, etc.) affects our brain. This podcast teaches you how to reconnect with your primordial nature, reprogram your brain, regain your freedom, and redirect your life.

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Niraj Naik: Breathwork Techniques for Health, Happiness, and Getting High | Episode 80
4d ago
Niraj Naik: Breathwork Techniques for Health, Happiness, and Getting High | Episode 80
In this episode, we talk with Niraj Naik, the founder of SOMA Breath. We discuss breathing practices and techniques for altering your cognition, mood, and health. Learn how to quiet down your thinking mind, find focus and calm, and enter mystical, psychedelic, and blissful flow states via the breath. Breath patterns, speed, duration, and intensity are all part of this. We can change our breath to change how we think, feel, perceive, and connect.  Music, visuals, symbols, light and dark, dance, touch, social connection, sex, exercise, and TRE can also be combined with these breathing experiences to enhance the psychophysical effects further.  By using these other sensory and somatic techniques, combined with the breath, you can more deeply and enjoyably tap into the programming of your body and mind. We talk about all that. You will also learn about tantric sex breathing practices, psychedelics (e.g. the different varieties of magic mushrooms), and more. **Connect with Niraj Naik** website: somabreath.com Instagram: @Nirajnaikofficial RESOURCESORGANIZATIONS - HeartMath InsitutePEOPLE- David Berceli- Jan Kounen- Lao Tzu- Robert SapolskyPLACES- Ibiza, Spain- Gili Islands, Indonesia- Ko Pha-ngan, ThailandVOCAB- 5-MeO-DMT- Buteyko method- collective coherence- dark retreats- default mode network- DMT- fractals- Ganesha (psychedelic)- mandelas- Pranayama- psilocybin- Siddhi powers- sigilsConnect & Learn More: website: somabreath.comapp: somabreath.com/soma-appInstagram: @Nirajnaikofficial21-Day Awakening Journey: somabreath.com/the-awakening-breathwork-journeybook: Breathworks (coming soon!)Cambridge study: biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2024.02.19.580985v1FREE Masterclass: somabreath.com/soma-awakening-meditation-ewoor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Al Wadleigh: Neuroplasticity through Feldenkrais β€” Unlock Your Learning, Habit Change, and Potential | Episode 78
May 29 2024
Al Wadleigh: Neuroplasticity through Feldenkrais β€” Unlock Your Learning, Habit Change, and Potential | Episode 78
In this episode, our guest is Al Wadleigh, a Feldenkrais practitioner and the co-host of the Feldenkrais for Life podcast. We talk about how to rewire our nervous system through Feldenkrais, increasing our learning, memory, health, and potential. Returning us to that childlike state of exploration, curiosity, aliveness, and possibility, Feldenkrais is like a playful portal into adult neuroplasticity and change. Waking us up from our habits and removing our rigid societal masks and algorithms, it can likewise unlock self-awareness, self-image, spontaneity, lightness, ease, authenticity, freedom, and growth.We delve into this via various interconnected angles, including: novelty, making mistakes/errors, correcting, contradictory movements, speed of movement, pausing, relaxation, zooming in and out, focus and unfocus, attention, the eyes, neck, lips, mouth, creativity, the imagination, the voice, the skeleton, effort, finding links and connections, technology (e.g. smartphones, the Internet), and other exercise and movement-based practices. The episode wraps up by putting all this into action through a short powerful Feldenkrais lesson using the eyes and imagination.  **CONNECT & LEARN MORE**podcast: feldenkraisforlife.com website: achievingexcellence.com audio lessons & more: achievingexcellence.com/all-productsRESOURCESBOOKS - The Brain that Changes Itself  by Norman Doidge - The Brain's Way of Healing by Norman DoidgeLESSONS - Alexander Yanai lessons - Al Wadleigh lessonsPEOPLE- Donna Ray- MoshΓ© Feldenkrais- Norman DoidgeVOCABULARY - Functional Integration- homunuculus- Weber-Fechner LawListen to Feldenkrais for Life, Al Wadleigh and Donna Ray's podcast, on Spotify, Apple, or your favorite podcast app. Connect with Al on his website: achievingexcellence.com.or send me a text message here πŸ‘
Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk: A New Hope for Neuroplasticity β€” Connecting Your Nervous System to Others, Nature, and a Playful Loving Space | Episode 77
May 22 2024
Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk: A New Hope for Neuroplasticity β€” Connecting Your Nervous System to Others, Nature, and a Playful Loving Space | Episode 77
Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk is a neuropsychologist and functional medicine brain health consultant who helps heal people with trauma and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's. Her education, training, and experience are vast, dancing like a constellation of stars through the nervous system night. We captured glimpses of it today, focusing primarily on the important role that connection and engagement (with others, nature, yourself, your sensory experience, and the beyond) play on your nervous system health and well-being.  You can change, heal, and grow your brain in beneficial ways, what Dr. Rusk calls "positive neuroplasticity."  Today we discuss some of the portals into such plasticity, including: education, social connection, nature, positive thinking, mental reframing, memories, and the imagination. Through such, we can learn to overcome our trauma, get our nervous system and life unstuck, and more easily enter into a state of safety, calm, connectedness, playfulness, presence, love, wellness, and hope.  We also talk about: eye contact, humming, the voice, the face, cameras, photos, screens, functional medicine, and more.This was a very healing and educational conversation for me, and I hope it is for you too.Sadly, the event Dr. Rusk invited us to has now finished. But she always has lots of upcoming online events, which you can find on the events tab of her website.**CONNECT WITH DR. RUSK** website: ilenenaomirusk.com Instagram: @dr_ruskFacebook: /drilenenaomiRESOURCESPEOPLE- Dale Bredesen- Dan Siegel- Esther Perel- Helen Reddy- Stephen PorgesSONGS- I Am Woman by Helen ReddySTUDIES- Emotional valence modulates the topology of the parent-infant inter-brain network (NeuroImage, Feb 2020)Learn more, connect, and find out about upcoming events at:  ilenenaomirusk.comor send me a text message here πŸ‘
How to Enter Your Inner World and Break Free From External Reality | Episode 76
May 15 2024
How to Enter Your Inner World and Break Free From External Reality | Episode 76
This is a solo episode reflecting on the behavioral and sensory locks and keys to our inner world, that beautiful melty sacred space where imagination, possibilities, dreams, creativity, freedom, and the unconscious come alive, where we are no longer controlled by the external puppeteers and can instead awaken to the authenticity, simplicity, and greatness of our true natural being. Today, we discuss how to leverage those sweet gentle tools that bring us inward and avoid those that blast us outward into existential and psychophysiological oblivion. Learn to shift your attention toward the inside, rather than letting it get hijacked by external stimuli, and watch your health, mood, life, and autonomy re-emerge. Bask in your inner oasis, where all those invisible things you’ve always dreamed of and run from become visible, perty, and real. If this sounds like the kind of vibe and life you want, then listen in as together we traverse this wild inner dreamscape where rules do not exist, nature melts with mind, memories dance, and you are colorful like a child. The shamanic keychain provided today contains the following keys (and corresponding locks) into your boundless inner self:eyes closed (vs. open)darkness (vs. light)direct sensory experience (vs. screens and cameras)valuing those things on the inside (vs. those on the outside)imagination (vs. videos, pictures, and porn)silence (vs. noise)odorless (vs. fragrance)flavorless (vs. flavors)nose breathing (vs. mouth breathing)exhales *including humming, chanting, singing (vs. inhales)fasting (vs. eating)breaking rules (vs. obeying cultural and habitual rules, norms, & limits)solitude (vs. socializing)sleep & dreams (vs. waking life)creation (vs. consumption)meditation & hypnosis (vs. brainwashing and memes)difficulty, discomfort, challenge & pain (vs. easiness, comfort, & pleasure)nature (vs. city)death, loss, & change (vs. immortality, possessiveness, & permanence)minimalism (vs. materialism)stillness & slowing down (vs. busyness and going fast)curvy and spontaneous movement (vs. rigid and predictable ones)In addition, there are experiences that sweetly bridge the inner and outer worlds, which can also be embraced to your comfort. Some of these include: books, podcasts, psychedelics, conversations, interviewing, safe connection and embrace, eye gazing, instrumental music, and more.You can also stack these tools on top of one another, mix and mash them, to create your own little customized meditation-like retreat. We also discuss a brief history of sense-hacking technologies and how that evolution intertwines with the collapse of the inner world. Don’t let your beautiful mind go the way of the dinosaurs. Become like a bird and fly freely into the future.RESOURCES - Between Two Worlds (episode #60) - Darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda (the darshan event I went to in Osaka) - Duncan Trussell (podcaster / comedian)- Duncan Trussell Family Hour (podcast) - Merlion (overphotographed statue in Singapore)- scratch and sniffs (fragrance technology)- Say Cheese and Die! by R.L. Stine (Goosebumps book #4)or send me a text message here πŸ‘
Roland Verment: Using Neurofeedback and Nootropics to Change Your Brain Waves | Episode 75
May 8 2024
Roland Verment: Using Neurofeedback and Nootropics to Change Your Brain Waves | Episode 75
Roland Verment is a neuropsychologist, biohacker, and the owner of Neurobics, an at-home neurofeedback service. In this interview, we discuss how to understand and change the brain via neurofeedback and nootropics.We talk about brain waves (delta, theta, alpha, beta, and gamma) and how they correspond to various brain states, regions, neurochemicals, and disorders, including: OCD, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, PTSD, Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome, and visual neglect). Learn how to manipulate these brain waves in order to increase your creativity, organization, productivity, memory, happiness, focus, flexibility, calm, balance, and overall brain health. We also discuss: EEG, fMRI, sleep, resurrecting old childhood memories ("time traveling"), alcohol, meditation, medications, VR, emerging tech, and nootropics (including: caffeine, rhodiola, alpha GPC, Huperzine A, and  cerebrolisin). *CONNECT & LEARN MORE*Instagram: @neurobicsneurofeedback     or               @rolandsnapFacebook: @Neurobicswebsite: neurobics.careRESOURCESNEUROANATOMY- anterior cingulate cortex - frontal lobe- hypothalamus- occipital lobe- parietal lobe- temporal lobe- visual cortexCOMPANIES - AppliedVR- BrainBit- Cleverpoint- Divergence Neuro- GrayMatters Health - Headspace - Kernel- Muse- Tripp PEOPLE- Andrew Huberman - Cody Rall - Jay Gunkelman- Josh Sackman- Kirill Krasnogir - Tim Ferris SUPPLEMENTS & DRUGS - alpha-GPC - CDP-Choline-  Cerebrolysin -  Huperzia serrata (Huperzine A) -  lithium -  Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin and Concerta)-  rhodiola (active compound: salidroside) Learn more at: neurobics.care (or on Instagram @or send me a text message here πŸ‘
Ken Middleton: Goodbye Alcohol, My Old Friend β€” How to Quit Drinking and Build the Best You | Episode 74
May 1 2024
Ken Middleton: Goodbye Alcohol, My Old Friend β€” How to Quit Drinking and Build the Best You | Episode 74
Ken Middleton is the author of Bamboozled: How Alcohol Makes Fools of Us All and the editor of the publication AINYF (Alcohol is NOT Your Friend). In this episode, Ken shares helpful tools and strategies for quitting alcohol. These include: exercise, nutrition, education, sleep, hobbies, social connection, finding a supportive partner, and having a big goal.We also discuss:the neuroscience of alcoholaddiction and strategies for habit changeshort-term and long-term alternatives to alcoholalcohol's effects on sleep, memory, and cognitionhealth risks associated with alcohol (e.g. cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's)the costs and benefits of alcohol consumption across various life stageshow alcohol can block personal growth and impede self-improvementthe deceptive portrayal of alcohol in movies, media, and advertisingmetaphors and analogies to help illustrate the effects and dangers of alcoholthe gifts and benefits of quitting alcohol**CONNECT & LEARN MORE**book website: thebamboozledbook.comDry-90 Challenge: dry90.comInstagram: @kenmmiddletonRESOURCESBOOKS- Alcohol Explained by William Porter- Alcohol Lied to Me by Craig Beck- Atomic Habits by James Clear- Bamboozled by Ken Middleton- This Naked Mind by Annie GraceCOMMUNITIES- Alcohol-Free Lifestyle- Tribe SoberMOVIES & TV- American Pie- House Party (starring Kid 'n Play)- Scandal- SuperBad- Sherlock Holmes PEOPLE- Annie Grace- Craig Beck- James Clear- James Swanwick- Janet Gourand- Robert Downey Jr.- William PorterVOCABULARY- acetaldehyde - anhedonia- dynorphin- nucleus accumbens Connect or learn more at: thebamboozledbook.comor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Osinakachi Akuma Kalu: African Health Secrets β€” The Lost Ancestral Wisdom of Health & Longevity in Africa | Episode 72
Apr 17 2024
Osinakachi Akuma Kalu: African Health Secrets β€” The Lost Ancestral Wisdom of Health & Longevity in Africa | Episode 72
In this episode, we're joined by Osinakachi Akuma Kalu, the founder of TAFFD's, dedicated to enhancing health and biological longevity for Africans through educational initiatives. He's also an author, futurist, musician, and speaker. Our discussion centers on traditional African health practices, mindsets, and tools, covering: social connection, community, movement, nutrition, farming, medicine, music, dance, language, metaphysics, morality & ethics, biodiversity, environmental factors, holistic living, and more. We also discuss how Westernization has negatively impacted the health and longevity of Africans, across these various dimensions. History, politics, education, and big business are a big part of this. Some ways in which Africa is degenerating include: social isolation, fracturing of family and community, poor nutrition (e.g. processed foods and added sugars), environmental toxins, loss of religion and culture, and increasing use of chemicals and pharmaceuticals.  Osinakachi aims to reconnect Africans to their ancestral roots, returning to a time marked by robust health, longevity, strong social bonds, community, safety, trust, empathy, vulnerability, natural exercise, biodiversity, nutritious food, and a mindset that values such.  We must redefine wealth, prioritizing health and social cohesion over money, comfort, and convenience. While traditional practices like farming and open dwellings may be disappearing, education and hard work can help revive some of the positive aspects of Africa's heritage. The principles, practices, and mindsets discussed in this episode can be applied to your individual life, relationship, family, or community, regardless of your location in the world.*Connect with Osinakachi*LinkedIn: /osinakachi-akuma-kalu Facebook: /authorOsinakachi website: taffds.orgRESOURCESMUSIC IN AFRICA- African Traditional Music (ATM)- Afrobeats- Amapiano- Bongo Flava- HighlifePEOPLE- Aristotle- Feta Kuti- Izu Marcel Onyeocha- Ludwig Wittgenstein - Martin Buber- Plato- R.L. StineVOCABULARY - assimilation- association- Berlin Conference- Igbo - Ohafia War Dance- Omenala- palm wine- Scramble for Africa-or send me a text message here πŸ‘
Josh Sackman: VR Pain Relief β€” Using Virtual Reality to Reduce & Manage Chronic Pain | Episode 71
Apr 10 2024
Josh Sackman: VR Pain Relief β€” Using Virtual Reality to Reduce & Manage Chronic Pain | Episode 71
Josh Sackman, cofounder and president of AppliedVR, joins us today to talk about pain management using virtual reality (VR). We discuss the bio-psycho-social dimensions of pain, and how to manage and reduce it accordingly. Some of the evidence-based tools and features discussed include: breath (e.g. box, 4-7-8, Wim Hof, diaphragmatic breathing, etc.), visualization, social connection, mindfulness & meditation, distraction & attention control, movement & interactivity, presence & immersion, sleep, biofeedback, interoception-building practices, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), pain education, grit & resilience, voice, and various other self-regulatory techniques.Although VR has proven benefits for the reduction and management of both acute and chronic pain, the goal of today's episode is to teach you principles, practices, and skills that you can use anywhere and anytime, with or without the headset. We discuss the various benefits of VR, how it compares with opioids and other existing therapies and technologies, common hurdles that VR helps overcome (e.g. accessibility, availability, affordability, complexity, enjoyability), pain's connection and interference with other facets of life (e.g. sleep, social interaction, mood, etc.), and how to find more peace, stability, and calm amidst your pain. **CONNECT & LEARN MORE**Josh's LinkedIn: /joshsackman company (AppliedVR) website: appliedvr.ioproduct (RelieVRx) website: relievrx.comInstagram: @appliedvrLinkedIn: /appliedvrRESOURCESBOOKS - Breath by James NestorCOMPANIES, SCHOOLS, & ORGANIZATIONS - ByteDance- International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)- Stanford University - University of California, Berkeley- University of Washington- USC- Virtual Human Interaction Lab (@Stanford)PEOPLE- Albert "Skip" Rizzo- Andrew Weil- Beth Darnall - Bob Jester- Hunter Hoffman- James Nestor- Jeremy Bailenson- Matt Walker- Sean Mackey- Wim HofPODCASTS - Huberman Lab      -  Dr. Sean Mackey: Tools to Reduce & Manage Pain (1/15/2024)      - 6-part sleep series with Matt Walker (4/3/2024 ~)- The Mator send me a text message here πŸ‘
Jan Kounen: Kosmik Journey into Ayahuasca, VR, and Filmmaking | Episode 70
Apr 3 2024
Jan Kounen: Kosmik Journey into Ayahuasca, VR, and Filmmaking | Episode 70
In this episode, our guest is Jan Kounen, French film director and producer, VR creator, author, comic book artist, and Ayahuasca expert explorer.The conversation focuses on various aspects of the Ayahuasca experience, such as: vision, sound (the chants/songs known as "icaros"), embodiment, fear, thinking, cognition, surrender, fragility, reality, perception, self-discovery, pain, beauty, interconnection, and death. This thereby aims to help us gain a deeper understanding and experience of ourselves and our lives.Ayahuasca: Kosmik Journey, Jan's VR simulation of the experience (now available on Quest 2 and 3) serves as a template for our discussion. Other mind-opening tools we talk about, that can be used as alternatives to (or, as preparation for) Ayayhuasca include: meditation (e.g. Dzogchen), yoga, various plants, psychedelics, light technology (e.g.  roXiva lamp), binaural & monaural sounds, float tanks, music, art, eyes, chants, nature walks, and more. We also discuss filmmaking, VR/AR, comics, and Jan's continuing evolution as a human and creator. This is a conversation that traverses various technologies, both natural and man-made. It is a journey beyond your standard human experience, diving into the deeper realities of what you are. As with Ayahuasca and VR, you will never look at life the same. BOOKS- Doctor Ayahuasca by Jan Kounen- Visionary Ayahuasca by Jan Kounen- Why Materialism Is Baloney by Bernardo KastrupFILMS- 8- 99 Francs- Baraka- Blade Runner- Blueberry- Captain X- Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky- Darshan: The Embrace- Dobermann- Koyaanisqatsi- Other Worlds- The Story of Panshin Beka- Vibroboy IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES - Ayahuasca: Kosmik Journey (VR experience *available on Quest 2 and 3)- Shamanic Visions (exhibition at the MusΓ©e du Quai Branly -  in Paris, France) ORGANIZATIONS - Essentia FoundationPEOPLE - Alex Grey- Bernardo Kastrup - Erasure (band)- Godfrey Reggio- Ron Frickeor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Jamie Ananda McConochie: Tantric Sex, Dating, Sounds, and Life | Episode 69
Mar 20 2024
Jamie Ananda McConochie: Tantric Sex, Dating, Sounds, and Life | Episode 69
In this episode, Jamie Ananda McConochie teaches us all about tantric sex, masturbation, health, and relationship practices. Yes, you will learn how to last longer in bed, love, and life. But you'll also learn how to increase your energy, focus, creativity, presence, and pleasure by using chanting, breathing, voice, movement, meditation, eye gazing, and other sensory-based practices. These techniques can be used alone or in combination with each other, both during sexual and non-sexual activities, to help you connect with the divine flowing energy within yourself, others, nature, and God.This is a sexy, giggly, awakening dialogue that both men and women can learn from and enjoy.  Embark on a journey beginning in a Hindu monastery, where Jamie lived as a monk for 11 years. From there, explore a tapestry of Hindu and tantric practices, serving as tools to invigorate not only your bedroom but also your entire world with renewed vitality, depth, and spirit.Topics discussed include: sex, dating, masturbating, relationships, porn, tantra,  Hinduism, Sanskrit, vocalizing, chanting, mantras, meditation, orgasm, speed, movement, eye gazing, semen retention, and more.RESOURCESBOOKS - Bhagavad Gita - Narcissus and Goldmund- Tantrasara  - The VedasDEITIES - Ganesh - Kali - Shakti - Shiva MANTRAS / CHANTS - Hari Om - Shiva Gayatri - Om Gam Ganapataye NamahaPEOPLE - Abhinavagupa- Ekhart Tolle - Hermann HesseMISCELLANEOUS - microcosmic orbit (energy/breathing technique) - puja (Hindu ritual)- Shiva Linga (symbol / object)***CONNECT & LEARN MORE***   website: thetantriclife.com   Facebook: /TheTantricLife   podcast: The Tantric Life   YuTantra (dating site): yutantra.comor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Norah Al-Azzam: RNA and Gene-based Tools for Preventing Neurodegeneration | Episode 68
Mar 13 2024
Norah Al-Azzam: RNA and Gene-based Tools for Preventing Neurodegeneration | Episode 68
In this episode, join Norah Al-Azzam, an expert in neuroscience and RNA, as we delve into the intricate cellular biology of rare neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Explore the complexities of conditions like ALS, Huntington's disease, Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III), and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), gaining insights into the pivotal roles played by RNA, proteins, and sugars. Our conversation spans a spectrum of diagnostic, preventative, and therapeutic tools, encompassing genetics, AI, and lessons borrowed from oncology. We navigate through topics such as aging, autophagy, fasting, biofeedback, gene sequencing, environmental risk factors, pharmaceuticals, supplements, nutrition, and even touch on the impact of Ramadan on health and aging.Strap on your lab goggles and grab a pen. It's time to dive deep into the cell, so that we can better dissect, detect, and defend against neurodegeneration.**CONNECT WITH NORAH AL-AZZAM**   LinkedIn: /norahalazzamRESOURCESCOMPANIES- Abbott- Eli Lilly - Illumina- Inhibrix- Nanomood- Neurocrine BiosciencesPEOPLE- Gene Yeo - Joseph Wang- Kelly Doran  - Michael Perry- Philip Gordts- Rob KnightSCIENCE VOCAB- antisense oligonucleotide (ASO)- Apo-E- beta-amyloid- endocytosis- glycans- lysosome- Lyscosomal storage disorders- phosphorylation - RNA-binding protein- sulfamidase- survival motor neuron (SMN)- Tau protein- TDP43- Trinucleotide repeat-disorderSTUDIES & NEWS- Cure SMA- 'Impaired mitophagy in Sanfilippo a mice causes hypertriglyceridemia and brown adipose tissue activation' (Aug 2022)- 'The world's first CRISPR therapy is approved: who will receive it?' (Nov 2023)- 'Unprecedented blood biomarker enables ALS drug approval' (June 2023)- 'Wearable device and smartphone data quantify ALS progression and may provide novel outcome measures' (Mar 2023)*Check out or send me a text message here πŸ‘
International Caregivers Association (ICA): The Crisis and Future of Dementia Care | Episode 67
Mar 6 2024
International Caregivers Association (ICA): The Crisis and Future of Dementia Care | Episode 67
In this episode, we talk with the International Caregivers Association (ICA) about dementia. It is a seven-way conversation with basically the entire team: Dr. Ethelle Lord, Dr. Jennifer Stelter, Dr. Andrew Harrison, Ryan Stoffko, Bill Pemberton, and Pad.You will learn about what it is, potential risks and causes, the various types (e.g. Alzheimer's, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, etc.), detection, symptoms, prevention, and the good, bad, and future of dementia care, along with the ICA's revolutionary new systems-based approach.We discuss the use of various tools such as: sleep, exercise / movement, nutrition, supplements, drugs, aromatherapy, music & sound, color, VR/AR, AI, psychedelics, communication, coaching, teamwork, and more.Dementia affects 55+ million people worldwide, over 6.7 million people in the U.S alone, and these numbers are rapidly rising. The odds of you or a loved one developing some form of dementia is frighteningly high. Listen in to help save yourself and the ones you love. Step inside the shoes of those with dementia, as well as the family, caregivers, and the experts being interviewed today. This is an uncensored glimpse into the world of dementia and how to navigate it. RESOURCESBOOKS- Alzheimer's Coaching by Ethelle Lord- Awakening From Alzheimer's by Peggy Sarlin- HOW IN THE WORLD...AND NOW WHAT DO I DO by Ethelle Lord- The Broken Brain by Nancy Andreasen- The Busy Caregiver's Guide to Advanced Alzheimer's Disease by Jennifer StelterCOMPANIES - Hanson Robotics (robotics)- Leafguard (gutters)- Neurotracker (cognitive training technology)- OPP Neuro SPA (peak performance info)- Pragma System USA (physical therapy)- Rezilient (supplement)- Team Me (coaching & communication training)- Yuka (app)PEOPLE - Bill Gates- Duncan Trussell- Hazel SzetoPROJECTS - Hallmarks of Aging- Norman- Shelley- SophiaTV & DOCUMENTARIES - Inside Bill's Brain- The Midnight Gospelor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Loretta Breuning: The Biology vs. Politics of Unhappiness | Episode 66
Feb 28 2024
Loretta Breuning: The Biology vs. Politics of Unhappiness | Episode 66
Loretta Breuning returns, with her new book - Why You're Unhappy: Biology vs Politics. In this episode, we discuss that book - debunking various myths about happiness and teaching you how to surf the continuous waves of unhappiness. Take back control over your brain by taking small repeated steps toward goals that fulfill your biological and existential needs. Stop waiting for, chasing, or expecting a constant high. That is the recipe for a life of cortisol, disappointment, and disaster. Your mind is not broken. Society is not broken. It's time to see through the lies of "Science" and politics and embrace the dark yet navigable realities of human biology. Yes, you are unhappy. And that's okay. We are biologically wired to be unhappy. That's simply part of the package of being a big-brained mammal. But with Loretta's new book and this conversation, you can begin to change your expectations, beliefs, and actions, thereby smoothing out your ride down the rocky roads of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and cortisol.   We also discuss: Loretta's trip to Japan (our fun hangout together!), her childhood circuits, mindfulness & meditation, Stoicism, eating behavior, habit change, dating & relationships, connection vs. independence, academia, "happy" countries, naked Tahitian girls, cocky poodles, and your inner fish and reptile.**CONNECT WITH LORETTA BREUNING**       website: innermammalinstitute.orgRESOURCESBOOKS- I, Mammal by Loretta Breuning- Status Games by Loretta Breuning - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn  - Why You're Unhappy by Loretta Breuning - Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin DOCUMENTARIES - Chimp Empire- My Octopus TeacherPEOPLE  - Flint the Chimp (*personhood status questionable) -  James Altucher  - Jane Goodall- Jean-Jacques Rousseau- Joe Rogan- Max Planck (he's the one who said, "Science proceeds one funeral at a time.")- Thomas Kuhn**Learn more or connect**  website: innermammalinstitute.org    (scroll to the bottom of the page for your FREE '5-Day Happy Chemical Jumpstart') course: innermammalinstitute.org/course       (use discount code HAPPY20 for 20% off) podcast: The Happy Brain   (her interview with me: 'Learning a Foreign Language' (Oct 2023))or send me a text message here πŸ‘
Glenn S. Cohen: Multisensory Meditations β€” Heal and Rewire Your Nervous System with Visualization Exercises | Episode 65
Feb 21 2024
Glenn S. Cohen: Multisensory Meditations β€” Heal and Rewire Your Nervous System with Visualization Exercises | Episode 65
This is an interview with Glenn S. Cohen, the author of Neurological Intelligence: Volumes 1 and 2. Join us on a wild ride through Glenn's neurological life, as he shares various tools and techniques that have helped him and can help you too. We all have wounds from our past, inner children trapped in time, and destructive habits and thought patterns that we'd like to replace.  The tools we focus on in this episode fall primarily under the category of: visualizations & meditations that engage our various senses.  By deliberately and strategically tapping into our memories of sensory data (e.g. sight, sound, and touch), using metaphors and movie-like sequences, spicing it up with humor and goofiness, and repeating and repeating, we can find and fix various patterns in our body and brain. This can revolutionize our relationships both in our inner and outer worlds. We can learn to be less reactive, more calm, and more neurologically free. We also talk about body-based tools such as breath and movement (e.g. shaking), as well as combining them with visualization exercises (e.g. the 4-7-8 "John Coffey exercise") and with our love partner (e.g. the "mindful discussion technique"). We also discuss psychedelics (such as Ayahuasca), alcohol, IFS, NLP, attachment theory, brain waves, journaling, and comedy.Still, we will never be perfect. And this hero's journey deep into the nervous system can be dark, scary, and uncomfortable. It also requires you to temporarily let go of logic, rationality, predictability and let the wild unconscious mind roam free. That's how you will find your paths toward truth, freedom, and health. *CONNECT W/ GLENN S. COHEN*website: www.centerforni.comRESOURCESBOOKS - Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins- Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - Neurological Intelligence: Volume 1 by Glenn S. Cohen- Neurological Intelligence: Volume 2 by Glenn S. CohenEXPERIENCES - ManKind Project: New Warrior Training Adventure - Rythmia - Sedona Soul AdventuresMOVIES & TV - The Green Mile- Tom and JerryPEOPLE - Andrew Huberman - Carl Jung- Dale Carnegie- Daniel Goleman - James Pennebaker - Joseph Campbell - Oliver Wendel Holmes - Richard Schwartz- Steven Pressfield- or send me a text message here πŸ‘
Tony Coward: Harnessing ADHD for Success, Creativity, and Greatness | Episode 64
Feb 14 2024
Tony Coward: Harnessing ADHD for Success, Creativity, and Greatness | Episode 64
This is an interview with ADHD coach Tony Coward. We talk about how to navigate life with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) - from the fear, frustration, perfectionism, distraction, hyperarousal, and feeling of "not enoughness," to the boundless imagination, creativity, excitement, and out-of-the-box thinking that, if properly harnessed, can lead to immense levels of success and happiness. We discuss various tools and techniques for finding and focusing on your passion, managing your time and tasks and environment, collaborating with others, visualizing and breaking your goals down into tiny steps, getting feedback, receiving validation, celebrating your wins, and keep diving into your zone of brilliance. Learn to take all those new possibilities trapped in your inner world and passionately unleash them out into reality. ADHD can be a frustrating journey, but Tony Coward is here to help you manage your ADHD so that you can finally become the great person that deep inside you know you are.  With ADHD comes great creative and entrepreneurial potential. Let's learn how to tap into it. It is too sad and beautiful to waste. After listening to this episode, you might find that ADHD can become your new best ally in art, business, and life. Listen in to find out how.**CONNECT WITH TONY COWARD**LinkedIn: /tonycowardcoachwebsite: www.nomadd.coachADDITIONAL RESOURCES ABOUT ADHD:- ADDITUDE Magazine: www.additudemag.com- How to ADHD (YouTube channel): @HowtoADHDor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Michael Allison: The Neurophysiology of Play | Episode 63
Feb 7 2024
Michael Allison: The Neurophysiology of Play | Episode 63
Michael Allison is an educator and coach who uses polyvagal theory to help athletes optimize their resilience, performance, and overall nervous system. In this episode, we talk about the neurophysiology of safety, danger, connection, competition, and play. Learn to "meet your body where it is" and use play as a way to regulate your nervous system, connect with others, and improve almost every area of your life.  We also talk about how play improves creativity, learning, relationships, health, performance, and so much more.We discuss tools for both calming down and for leveraging that mobilized energy in a safe, social, and connected way by entering the "play zone." The basic tools include: breath, sound, posture, voice, eyes, facial expression, etc. The real powerful ones are things like: singing, dancing, acting, improv, and sports.The ultimate goal is to develop safe, playful, and trusting relationships with our own body and each other. Find your trusted teammate(s) by playing together.**CONNECT WITH MICHAEL ALLISON**    website: theplayzone.comRESOURCESPolyvagal Institute's website: https://www.polyvagalinstitute.org/What is Polyvagal Theory? https://www.polyvagalinstitute.org/whatispolyvagaltheory Michael Allison's courses with Polyvagal Institute:Play Zone Pro: A Polyvagal-Informed Certificate for Wellness & Performance CoachesThe Play Zone: A Neurophysiological Approach to Our Highest Performanceor send me a text message here πŸ‘
Nathalie Giraud Desforges: Tantra and IFS for Deeper Self-Compassion, Awareness, Connection, and Sex | Episode 62
Jan 31 2024
Nathalie Giraud Desforges: Tantra and IFS for Deeper Self-Compassion, Awareness, Connection, and Sex | Episode 62
Nathalie Giraud Desforges is a sex, couples, and IFS therapist. We talk about how to use tantra to connect with our body, mind, multiple selves, nature, and each other. Concepts from Internal Family Systems (IFS) weave through the conversation. Learn to be kind and compassionate to both the "good" and "bad" parts and people in both your inner and outer world. Get jiggy with yourself and each other, in a never-ending orgasm that permeates your entire life and being. Blast love through your heart, into everything that you are. You will learn how to have longer-lasting, more pleasurable, connected, satisfying sex. You will learn how to flap your perineum's beautiful butterfly wings and how to feel as powerful, light, and free as that butterfly.  The past will become less of a burden as your inner children reunite and inner villains find a friend. You will feel more alive and aware, as your hidden sensations, selves, thoughts, feelings, and memories slowly reawaken. Energy will flow, opening you up and reconnecting you to yourself, the world, and other people.**CONNECT WITH NATHALIE**website: www.nathalie-giraud.frInstagram: @nathalie_giraudTed Talk (in French): www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQn0A4rGY1YWe also talk a little about hypnosis. If you want to try to the Reveri app by David Spiegel that I mentioned, you can learn more about it here: www.reveri.com.I've also found The Hypnotist podcast by Adam Cox to be quite useful (though this wasn't specifically mentioned in this episode).If you would like to join one of Nathalie's tantric seminars or receive a private consulting (online) *offered in both English and French*, you can find more information about that on her website. or send me a text message here πŸ‘