Articles tagged with "connection"


  • 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

  • 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

  • Announcing Brain Wash

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. Look around and ask yourself, could things be better? We believe the answer is a resounding yes. And this is our ultimate goal in bringing out our new book, Brain Wash. Brain Wash is a functional roadmap for understanding how so much of what characterizes our modern world influences our brains and, most importantly, our decision-making. From our modern diets to our lack of restorative sleep to our virtual addiction to our digital experiences, the trappings of modern times actually conspire to keep us unfulfilled, impulsive, and self-centered. Brain Wash begins by bringing these powerful influences into stark reality. We present a framework for appreciating the negative impact of these exposures, and then provide a set of practical interventions for reclaiming our brains and improving our physical and mental health.  We’re all taking part in Read More

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