Articles tagged with "Brain Wash"


  • Sleep and Food Connected: How You Eat Affects How You Sleep

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. One of the central themes in Brain Wash is regaining the ability to make good choices. Not a day goes by that we don’t see or hear about another new book telling us how a specific diet, or other lifestyle change, will likely bring about health.  As you might expect, I know many of these authors (and I’ve been honored to host many on The Empowering Neurologist) and, these days, almost all of these books are absolutely providing terrific information. Where the disconnect happens is between information and action, meaning it’s all well and good to read these books, but thereafter, choices have to be made to implement the material that has been learned. Our choices, especially those that involve planning for the future, are by and large mediated by an area of Read More

  • Unhack Your Brain – Eating Mindfully

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Today, we’re releasing the third and final video in our Unhack Your Brain miniseries. Did you know the food you eat can affect your decision-making? It’s true! It’s one of the central themes of Brain Wash, the idea that what we eat affects our choices, and not the other way around. And this extends beyond food. Unhealthy food choices can affect our sleeping habits, how we choose to interact with others, our ability to feel empathy…the list (and the science) goes on. We’ll explore this further in today’s third, and final, episode of Unhack Your Brain. Catch the whole series here. The post Unhack Your Brain – Eating Mindfully appeared first on David Perlmutter M.D.. Source

  • Defining Disconnection Syndrome

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. By: Austin Perlmutter, M.D. As we enter the 2020s, we’re faced with a strange paradox. Despite widespread access to all the things that are supposed to make us happy, we’re lonely, anxious and depressed. We are separated from sustainable joy. We call this state disconnection syndrome. In Brain Wash, we outline 8 central characteristics of disconnection syndrome. They include impulsivity, instant gratification, chronic inflammation, chronic stress, loneliness, mindless activity, narcissism, and poor relationships. Importantly, we can intervene on each of these components, and when we choose to do so, we transition from a life characterized by disconnection and reconnect to health, joy, and meaning. Unfortunately, many aspects of the modern world can keep us locked into a state of disconnection syndrome.  For example, constant consumption of negative and fear-inducing news can induce chronic Read More

  • Unhack Your Brain: Digital Detox

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. In the second episode of our Unhack Your Brain miniseries, Austin and I explore our modern relationship with technology and social media. Certainly, the technological advancements of the past two decades have impacted all our lives for the better, from giving us access to information to better connecting us with loved ones near and far. But at what cost? In today’s episode, we’ll explore how these technologies have adversely affected our brains and our interactions with others. But, more importantly, we’ll share with you the ways in which we’ve begun to try to take back control of our relationships with these tools. Catch up with the first episode of Unhack Your Brain now! Learn more tactics for controlling your relationship with your devices and discover Brain Wash today. The post Unhack Your Brain: Read More

  • Unhack Your Brain: Getting Back to Nature

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Today, we’re releasing the first video in a three part series about unhacking your brain. As you’ll discover in Brain Wash, getting back to nature is one of eight key ways we can work to break free of Disconnection Syndrome. It just makes sense that nature exposure would be good for the brain and the body, right? Well, not only does it sound logical but the science says it is so. Austin and I were impressed to discover the volume of scientific literature supporting this benefits of nature exposure, and that’s why we’ve made it a critical part of our Brain Wash program. In the first episode of Unhack Your Brain, we review some of this latest science on this, explore how time outside impacts the brain and decision making, and suggest ways Read More

  • Body Fat Threatens Ability to Make Good Choices

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. How does excess body fat affect the brain? Over the past several years we have been describing the various mechanisms whereby body fat increases the production of the chemical mediators of inflammation, and how inflammation is the underpinning mechanism of brain degeneration like we see in Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. But beyond considering risk of these conditions, it’s worthwhile to gain some understanding as to how excess body fat might, moment to moment, affect how the brain is functioning. In a study published in Obesity, researchers aimed to determine if there is any relationship between excess body fat and cognitive function, specifically executive function, attention, and memory. In 21 individuals, with BMIs from 19 (normal) to 37 (obese), they used sophisticated brain scans that are able to determine metabolism in various regions of Read More

  • 4 Ways to Build Connection Into Your Day

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. There’s a painful paradox in the modern world: superficially, we seem to be more connected than ever, and yet, in some of the most important ways, the exact opposite is true. In fact, we are increasingly lonely, separated from nature, and struggling to connect with ourselves. Here’s the thing: we know we need more healthy connection in our lives. Our bonds with those we care about, the natural environment and our own sense of self must be reclaimed for good mental and physical health. Brain Wash describes a variety of ways to start bringing these types of connection back into our lives. In addition to those techniques, here are 4 powerful methods for reclaiming meaningful connection in your life. Make The Time You Spend Connecting Count In the modern day, we spend far Read More

  • Internet Exposure and Your Brain

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. There seems to be and ever-rising level of concern these days regarding the potentially damaging effects of our increasing internet usage. While it is compelling to let anecdotes enter into the conversation, it’s always more meaningful to look at what the scientific literature is telling us. In a new study published in the European Journal of Radiology, researchers decided to explore if there was any relationship between aggressive use of the internet and actual changes in the structure of the brain. They began their report by justifying the need for the research, revealing how internet addiction is now a public health issue. Although there are various nuances of internet addiction, they defined the four components as: Excessive use Withdrawal (people have difficulty when they suddenly stop) Tolerance (meaning you need more and more) Read More

  • What Makes Brain Wash Different

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. As I write you this post, we sit less than two months away from the release of my newest book, Brain Wash: Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness, which I co-wrote with my son, Austin Perlmutter, MD. As we’ve been having more conversations about this book with friends, family, and this community, both Austin and I have come to appreciate that Brain Wash is a little bit different.  Take, for instance, Grain Brain Whole Life Plan. This book provided extremely important information and lifestyle recommendations intended to help you live a longer and healthier life. These recommendations covered a wide array of categories, including exercise, diet, and stress reduction. But like so many books that are available these days, as well as online programs and health-related television shows, it’s Read More

  • Health Benefits of Urban Nature Exposure

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Most people have a sense that there is something intrinsically healthy about getting out into nature. Truthfully, there is certainly a lot of science that backs up that contention. Well-conducted scientific research demonstrates that there are significant immune-boosting benefits of nature exposure, alongside a lowering of blood pressure, improvement in mood, more rapid recovery from surgery, better sleep, and reduction of stress. It is the stress consideration that seems to be getting a lot of attention as of late, perhaps as our world and day-to-day lives become more and more stressful. Related to this, researchers have been trying to develop ways of measuring stress, and in particular, its reduction as a result of nature exposure. In addition, there’s been quite a bit of new research trying to determine if there is any benefit Read More

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