Articles tagged with "DIsconnection syndrome"


  • “Actually, he may have a point.”

    David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny. It’s probably been a while since you’ve heard someone say, “You know, he may have a point,” or “I see where she’s coming from, I never thought of it that way.” We are becoming an increasingly polarized society, digging in our heels with respect to our own beliefs, and closing ourselves off to any interaction with others whose beliefs may differ from our own. Whether it’s left-wing versus right-wing, Democrats versus Republicans, or vegans versus carnivores, the ability to engage in interactive dialogue seems to be on the wane, and this is not a good thing. The ability to visit with the ideology of another person, especially when that ideology is contrary to our own, clearly offers a benefit in terms of expanding both our knowledge base. Just experiencing or attempting to understand Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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