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Smart Drug Smarts Podcast by Jesse Lawler

Smart Drug Smarts Podcast

by Jesse Lawler

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"Intelligence is as fixed as a person's height." Right? But guess what - you're part of the species that invented platform shoes, stilts, elevators, helium balloons and rocket ships. Smart Drug Smarts is for people interested in maximizing their brains -- both in health and utility -- using the latest findings in neuroscience. Join Jesse Lawler as he chats with neuroscientists, biochemists, futurists, and multi-domain researchers into cognitive enhancement. Sleep, optimal nutrition, supplements and nootropics, cognitive enhancement, Artificial Intelligence, ketogenic diets, psychedelics, and tDCS are all on the table. Smart Drug Smarts doesn’t advocate any particular approach -- we’re here to provide an accurate-as-possible body of knowledge in a field where the options available are growing daily.


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Alcohol Use and Abuse

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


Social lubricant. Addictive evil. Between these extremes there’s a sea of alcohol.

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Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Mar 11, 2017


Jesse talks to the authors of the new book "Stealing Fire" about the widespread use of altered states (achieved through many different means) to achieve heightened performance.

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Human vs. Animal Brains

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Mar 04, 2017


What makes human brains special? How do animal brains compare to our own?

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The ?ura Ring

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Mar 01, 2017


The Oura ring has moved from a Kickstarter concept to a major tool for sleep and recovery research.

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The Future of Personalized Medicine

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Feb 25, 2017


Our complex biology requires complex, personalized medicine.

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Marijuana and the Aging Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


Marijuana isn't the first thing you think of to fight off aging. But studies hint that low-dose cannabinoids might be just the thing to protect against brain inflammation.

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GABA: the Forgotten Neurotransmitter?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


GABA is crucial for stability in the brain. Supplementing with passion flower is one of the best methods of promoting GABA.

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Omega-6 Fatty Acids with Dr. Chris Masterjohn

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Feb 04, 2017


Omega-6 fatty acids are both essential and misunderstood -- occasionally even demonized as a too-prevalent part of the Standard American Diet. Dr. Chris Masterjohn explains the role they fill in the human diet, and against-the-grain advice on how to acquire them with a minimum of fuss.

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Much Ado About Kratom

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jan 28, 2017


What's all the fuss about this Southeast Asian plant that is both a stimulant and an opioid?

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Placebo: the Power of the Mind to Heal

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


The mind is a powerful thing -- it can heal the body or harm the body.

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Idebenone with Dr. Dominic D’Agostino

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jan 14, 2017


Idebenone, CoQ10, ubiquinol... what’s the difference?

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The “Gut-Brain Axis” with Scott Anderson

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Han Solo joked that Chewbacca was "always thinking with his stomach."  Science has shown this to be truer than we ever suspected.

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Brain Repair and Regeneration

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Dec 31, 2016


We’re fascinated by the science behind brain tissue regeneration.

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All About Food Addiction

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Dec 24, 2016


We need food to survive. Can we really be "addicted" to something required for survival?

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Music: By the Brain and For the Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Dec 17, 2016


Music is something beloved of people everywhere -- or at least, 98% of them (no joke - details within). Not surprisingly, music can provoke complex brain responses, both in terms of short term emotion and long-term learning and perceptual awareness. Join doctors Robert Zatorre and Assal Habibi to learn more from the cutting edge of neuroscience and musicology.

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You Got It From Your Mama: Intelligence & Genetics

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Dec 10, 2016


When it comes to intelligence, which is more important: nature or nurture?

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Vitex with Matt Legge

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Vitex will boost your mood, give you more energy, and cure your man boobs.

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Lead Toxicity with Dr. David Bellinger

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Nov 25, 2016


Jesse talks with Dr. David Bellinger about the mechanisms by which lead lowers IQ, and the challenges (and opportunities) of finding a lasting solution to environmental lead exposure.

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Microdosing LSD with Dr. James Fadiman

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Nov 19, 2016


Here’s why psychedelics aren’t just a hippy phenomenon.

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Rethinking Addiction With Maia Szalavitz

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Are addicts just greedy, selfish people who want more pleasure than everyone else? It's time to rethink addiction.

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Low-Dose Lithium: a Hidden Panacea?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Nov 05, 2016


Lithium has long been a standard treatment for mania and Bipolar Disorder. But this might be only the tip of an iceberg of usefulness to human brains and bodies. Dr. De-Maw Chuang explains.

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Traumatic Injuries and Your Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Oct 29, 2016


It's a two-for-one: Dr. Martin Monti and Dr. Kathleen Bell talk to us about the nature of traumatic brain injuries, when it’s a "no brainer" to go see a doctor, and how to create a brain resilient to injury.

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Can White Noise Help You Focus?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


Where do you go to get focused work done? Library? Busy coffee shop? Noisy environments are actually better for focus, but only for certain people.

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Plant Toxins and the Neurons Who Love Them

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Oct 15, 2016


You probably ate something toxic today. But don’t panic! It was actually good for you.

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Kava: from Ceremonial Drink to Modern Mood-Booster

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


Kava, a traditional Polynesian drink, has a host of benefits: it's relaxing, a mood booster, and relieves pain.

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Know Your Neurotransmitters: Oxytocin

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Everyone calls oxytocin the "love hormone," but it’s more accurate to call it the trust, bonding, and sociability hormone. And that’s not all it does.

The post Know Your Neurotransmitters: Oxytocin appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.



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Ketosis and Your Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Remember when carbs were good and fat was evil? Now, not so much. Here's why (and how) you should try ketosis.

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Nicotine: Pure Evil or Brain Fuel?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


Do you think nicotine is evil? Well, think again. Dr. Grunberg is back to tell us more about the cognitive enhancing properties of nicotine.

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Dennis McKenna: A 30-Year Psychedelic Education

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Let’s go on a trip with psychedelics expert (and brother of Terence McKenna ) Dr. Dennis McKenna.

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Getting to Know Alpha-GPC

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Sep 03, 2016


Alpha-GPC is an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, responsible for focus, learning, and memory.

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Methylene Blue: An Unexpected Cognitive Enhancer

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


Improved Memory. Blue Pee. Same Drug.

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What Gratitude Can Do For Your Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Practicing gratitude isn't just for hippies. Science shows real, concrete health and cognitive benefits from being grateful.

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Hypnosis: When Imagination Takes Control

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


If you think hypnosis is all about swinging watches, have we got news for you. It can change the way we use our brains in ways that were previously thought impossible.

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Melatonin, Sleep, and Your Pineal Gland

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


Dr. Richard Wurtman is back to explain the mysteries of the pineal gland, melatonin, and sleep onset.

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Boost Your Brain with Blueberries

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 29, 2016


Blueberries really are a superfood: they improve long-term and short-term memory. Dr. Krikorian explains the whys, hows, and how muchs of blueberries.

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How Reliable is fMRI Data?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


fMRI sounds pretty scientific, right? But it turns out that plenty of scientific results, backed by fMRI data, may be unreliable.

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DMT: Dr. Rick Strassman’s Breakthrough Work With “The Spirit Molecule”

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


Dr. Rick Strassman is something of a legend in the psychedelic research community. His studies in the early 1990s re-opened a door which had been securely bolted for almost three decades: a prohibition against testing psychedelics on human research subjects.

The post DMT: Dr. Rick Strassman’s Breakthrough Work With “The Spirit Molecule” appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.



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The Flynn Effect: Smarter by the Decade

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


Apologies for the ultra-brief post, but we wanted to get this Overdose Edition up quickly… The Flynn Effect is a strange-but-true revelation.  Over the course of the 20th century — and apparently continuing still — “average” people in countries around the world, as measured by standardized IQ tests, are getting smarter and smarter and smarter.  ...

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The Wahls Protocol: Fighting Fatigue With a Fork

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 08, 2016


Dr. Terry Wahls talks functional medicine, ketosis, and implementing the Wahls Protocol in practice.

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Treating Depression with Ketamine

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Ketamine has quite the reputation as a club drug. But research is showing its promising potential as a treatment for severe cases of depression.

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Rapamycin: The Real Deal Anti-Aging Pill?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Rapamycin, derived from bacterium found on Easter Island, could help you live longer. Dr. Kaeberlein explains the science behind rapamycin, and how he's using it to help man's best friend live longer.

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Ginseng with Dr. Andrew Scholey

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jun 17, 2016


Dr. Andrew Scholey talks to us about his research on Ginseng, including the optimal dose and ways in which Ginseng out-performs Modafinil.

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Obesity and Memory with Dr. Lucy Cheke

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Jesse talks to Dr. Lucy Cheke about the memory-imparing consequences of obesity.

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Fighting Alzheimer’s with Dr. Richard Wurtman

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Jesse talks to Dr. Richard Wurtman about Souvenaid, a new medical food that seems to slow the progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Chocolate and Cognition with Dr. Georgina Crichton

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 27, 2016


Good news for chocoholics: People who eat a small amount of chocolate at least once a week perform better cognitively.

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LSD With Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 20, 2016


Jesse talks with Dr. Carhart-Harris about the prototypical psychedelic, LSD, how it changes the brain in long-lasting ways, and why you'll never look at bicycles the same way again.

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Expertise With Dr. Karl Anders Ericsson

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 13, 2016


We’ve all heard of the 10,000 Hour Rule, but what about deliberate practice? Dr. Ericsson talks us through becoming an expert through deliberate practice, including visualization, finding a mentor, and more.

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Building Better Baby Brains

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 06, 2016


More intelligence is "lost" to inadequate fetal nutrition than to anything else, period. In this special Mother's Day episode, Jesse speaks with Dr. Kavitha Menon about the greatest dangers to the development of baby brains, in both the developing and the developed world. Get your maternity checklist ready with items from iodine supplements to skillets to workout videos and give yourself better odds at a little Einstein.

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Bacopa Monnieri With Professor Con Stough

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


In episode 126, Professor Con Stough talks to Jesse about Bacopa, the oldest herbal medicine in the world. A powerful memory enhancer that promotes synaptogenesis, this is one herb you'll want to want to add to your medicine cabinet, regardless of your age.

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Exercise and Cognition

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Brains and Brawn, long positioned as polar opposites, turn out to be anything but. In this episode, Jesse talks with fitness trainer Sal di Stefano -- also the co-host and resident science geek at the MindPump podcast -- about best practices to use physical exercise to enhance your cognition.

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Cannabidiol: THC’s Legal Sibling

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the "endocannabinoids") are named after the plant -- ?not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

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Has Dr. Michael Graziano “Solved” Consciousness?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


In his book "Consciousness and the Social Brain," Princeton neuroscientist Dr. Michael Graziano lays out his compelling Attention-Schema Theory. Has he solved the "Hard Problem" of Consciousness?

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Experimental Chakra Transplants

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


Dr. Andreet Mankala is the creator and leading advocate for one of the most cutting-edge medical procedures being performed today. At least, that's what her proponents say. Others are not so sure, pointing out that her experimental chakra transplantation may not yet ready for human testing.

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Supplement Quality Assurance

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Mar 25, 2016


LabDoor's goal is full-spectrum testing of the majority of consumer supplements -- upwards of 10,000 different products. One piece of their innovative approach is to have users vote on what category of supplements gets added to their next battery of tests.

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Intermittent Fasting and Cognition with Dr. Mark Mattson

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, "feeding windows," and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.

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The Ethics of Amplified Intelligence

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Mar 12, 2016


As the popularity of smart drugs and cognitive enhancement technologies becomes more widespread, questions of ethics and fairness rise to the surface. We remember that along with the scientific question of "can we" is the ethical sibling question "should we"?

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Turmeric: Spice for your Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Mar 05, 2016


The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.

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“Brain, Meet Lymphatic System” – A Biology Surprise

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Feb 29, 2016


"Textbooks are going to need to change." That was the general consensus around the 2015 discovery that previously unknown lymphatic vessels connect the brain directly to the immune system. Hear about the breakthrough discovery from co-discoverer Professor Jonathan Kipnis.

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Kara Platoni’s “We Have the Technology”

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Feb 27, 2016


"Grinders" take their stylistic queues from piercing shops, tattoo parlors and custom auto mechanics -- combining skills in electrical circuitry and biology to leap past "wearable" technology straight into integrated doodads like an LED compass that lives in your hand, or under-the-skin magnets (which some claim allow them to "feel" magnetic fields after a few months of brain plasticity and practice).

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Psilocybin and the Potential for “Psychedelic Therapies”

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


Dr. Frederick Barrett discusses recent and upcoming studies into psilocybin -- the psychoactive ingredient that puts the "magic" in magic mushrooms.  This currently "Schedule 1" drug, in addition to reasonably reliably provoking mystical experiences in users, also shows promise as a therapeutic treatment for depression, PTSD, and hospice care.  Dr. Barrett and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center are at the forefront of the latest research.

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Collaborative Recall

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


There are times when social remembering can make our memories less accurate.  However, by following the right strategies when remembering together -- creating a sort of "extended mind" -- we can improve our recall, particularly if those doing the remembering are part of a long-term partnership.

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Modern AlkaMe + Personalized Neuroscience

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Feb 06, 2016


Is there a scalable way for people to benefit from others' experience without having to comb through Reddit threads and best-guess which writers' stories applied to them? Garrett Ruhland's search for a solution led to the formation of his company, Modern AlkaMe.

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Porn Addiction and the Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jan 30, 2016


The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction -- way beyond. The brain's dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.

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Strange Bedfellows: Orthodontics and Neurology

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jan 23, 2016


Anthony Sims and Gary Demerjian are probably the two leading practicioners of the treatment of neurological conditions with mouth-worn orthodontic appliances -- based on soothing irritated nerves in the jaw to alleviate symptoms throughout the body.

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Artificial Intelligence: Promise and Peril

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jan 16, 2016


Jesse speaks with futurist and author Calum Chase about his book Surviving AI, and the increasing impacts of artificial intelligence on business, society, and humanity itself.

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Plant Medicines

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


Jesse is joined by Dr. Jim Adams from the USC School of Pharmacy for a far-ranging discussion about traditional plant medicines.

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Habit

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 01, 2016


For our first episode of 2016 we talk about habit formation, the use of external modalities along with ideal ways to implement changes in your habits.

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Hormesis

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 25, 2015


Get your smartypants ready for our year-end finale as Jesse and Dr. Edward Calabrese dive into the world of Hormesis and dose response thresholds.

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Brainwave Entrainment

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


Join Jesse and the founders of Brain.fm and explore the science behind audio brainwave training and the potential for its development.

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Synesthesia

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 11, 2015


Dr. Richard Cytowic joins Jesse this week to demystify Synesthesia and shed some light on this incredible quirk of human evolution.

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The Racetam Family

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


Whether you’re complete strangers or bosom buddies with the Racetam family, Jesse and Dr. Andrew Hill will make you feel welcome and get you introduced to everybody.

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Electroceuticals

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Nov 28, 2015


Join Jesse and Prof. Vincent Clark for a spirited discussion about the emerging field of electroceuticals and magnetoceuticals.

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The Gray Market

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


Join Jesse & attorney Lawrence Walters for an in-depth look at the gray market for pharmaceuticals - the regulations and risks involved to health and privacy.

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Chemical Willpower

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Nov 13, 2015


Can "motivational" chemicals reduce people's inherent laziness about exercise, and make them form better health habits? Tune in and find out.

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Holotropic Breathwork – Real-world Results

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Nov 07, 2015


Jesse and a small cadre of DIY enthusiasts attempt to alter their consciousness through a process known in psychology circles as "Holotropic Breathwork."

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Card-carrying Genius

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 30, 2015


In episode 100 IQ meters spike up to dangerously high levels, as Jesse is joined by Rick Rosner - who ranks second in The World Genius Directory.

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Psychedelics – New Perspective

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 23, 2015


Join Jesse and Brad Burge from MAPS for an engaging discussion about the current state of affairs with psychedelics. Are the winds of change blowing?

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Adderall Perspectives

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 16, 2015


In episode #98 Jesse throws four prescribed Adderall users into the mix who talk about their experiences with the drug and weigh the pros and cons.

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Emotional Intelligence

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 09, 2015


Jesse and Prof. Con Stough discuss the emotional aspects of intelligence - recognizing and managing them along with improving your emotional self-awareness.

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Know Your Neurotransmitters: Noradrenaline

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Oct 02, 2015


In Chapter 3 of the Know Your Neurotransmitter series Jesse and Prof. Clare Stanford examine Noradrenaline - the lesser-known chemical cousin to Adrenaline.

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The Medicalization Of Love

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 25, 2015


Brian D. Earp joins Jesse to discuss the possibilities and ethics of making biochemical tweaks to the most celebrated of human emotions - love.

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Sparking The Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 18, 2015


Jesse and Dr. James Giordano have a spirited conversation about brain stimulation technologies, neuroethics and the importance of experimentation.

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Semen – The World’s Sexiest Antidepressant

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 11, 2015


Jesse brings evolutionary psychologist Dr. Gordon Gallup on board this week for an in-depth look at semen chemistry and its mood altering effect on females.

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Nexus Nitty Gritty

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Sep 04, 2015


Join Jesse and abelard Lindsay in a freewheeling discussion about the framework behind the nootropic stack Nexus - a flagship product of Axonlabs.io

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Fatigue + Creativity

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 28, 2015


What kind of tasks benefit from a mind that’s slightly groggy? Jesse is joined by Mareike Wieth to discuss her research on fatigue and its’ effect on problem-solving skills.

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GHB – The Good, The Bad and The Sleepy

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 21, 2015


Stay tuned as Jesse and Dan Pardi take a deep dive into the world of GHB - the early years, the potential for benefits and misuse and the subsequent ban.

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Holotropic Breathwork – DIY Psychedelia

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 14, 2015


Jesse takes a deep dive into the realm of psychedelic therapy and Holotropic Breathwork with Dr. James Eyerman. Take a deep breath and tune in.

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Jesse’s Ritalin Self-Experiment

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Aug 07, 2015


Jesse takes Ritalin for the first time ever and conducts a single-subject scientific study. What results does the experiment yield? Tune in to find out.

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Virtual Reality Therapy

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 31, 2015


Virtual Reality Therapy is a method for treating phobias and anxiety; Dr. Robert Reiner has been on the forefront for nearly three decades.

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The Pharmacology of Morality

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


In this week’s episode Jesse takes a deep dive with Dr. Molly Crockett in to the world of enhancing morality through pharmacological interventions.

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Abelard Lindsay and the Story of Mitogen

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Jul 16, 2015


Jesse and long-time biohacker and self-professed nootropics geek Abelard Lindsay take a look at how the recently launched Mitogen stack was born.

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Optimal Cognition in Extreme Environments

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 10, 2015


Jesse is joined by cave-diver-cum-research-scientist Dr. Dawn Kernagis from IHMC (the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition) for a chat about maintaining optimal cognition in extreme environments.

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Aniracetam – First of the Ampakines

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jul 03, 2015


Jesse has an insightful discussion about Aniracetam with Prof. Keith Wesnes responsible for almost 200 clinical trials in a career starting from 1970.

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Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jun 27, 2015


Tune in to our first ever fungal episode where Eric Cerecedes joins Jesse for a wildly interesting conversation about Lion's Mane mushrooms.

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Optimizing Your Sleep

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


Ex-Navy SEAL Dr. Kirk Parsley joins Jesse this week for a candid discourse on sleep. From the pros and cons of biphasic sleep, to the importance of naps, to Doc Parsley’s personal experiences with sleep-deprived SEALs... This is an episode worth staying awake for.

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2015 Quantified Self Conference & Expo

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, Jun 16, 2015


Hey there, Performance Hackers! Our friends at Quantified Self are putting on an exposition on the San Francisco waterfront on June 20th — and Jesse will be paying them a visit to check out all the newest developments in the self-tracking world.  The expo is for everyone interested in understanding where technology is going and ...

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Addiction

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jun 12, 2015


Could a smart drug "habit" be a gateway to addiction? What's the difference between addiction and physical dependence? What's going on with the brain's dopaminergic systems during addictive behavior?

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Phosphatidylserine: Extra Oomph, Even For Young Brains

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Jun 08, 2015


Want to get more of a cognitive boost out of your workout? "Generally Recognised As Safe" supplement phosphatidylserine could be the answer.

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Pine Trees and Pycnogenol

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 29, 2015


This week Jesse and Dr. Jeffry Strong wander into a forest of lesser known plant extracts, discussing Pycnogenol, a product derived from the bark of a unique species of pine trees. Its effects range from anti-oxidation and reduction of inflammation to circulatory-system and cognitive improvements. One theory to Pycnogenol’s success is that it has a ...

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Omega-3 Shoot-Out

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 22, 2015


A shoot-out between the various types of Omega-3-fatty-acid-containing foods and supplements - from production methods to bio-absorption percentages to dosage, diet and dangers.

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The Ethics of Moral Enhancement

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 15, 2015


Jesse has a freewheeling discussion with John Danaher about "moral enhancement" technologies - old and new. They talk about emerging technologies, ethics and the notion that the mind extends much beyond our body and brain.

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Creatine: Brains and Brawn?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 08, 2015


Creatine has long been known as a supplement-of-choice for athletes and weightlifters... but what cognitive benefits might Creatine provide?

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Know Your Neurotransmitters: Dopamine

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, May 01, 2015


Round 2 of the “Know Your Neurotransmitters” series, featuring Professor John Salamone of the University of Connecticut, talking about that most popular neurotransmitter: Dopamine.

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Fish Oil: A Cognitive Lubricant?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Apr 25, 2015


Jesse is joined by Dr. Andrew Pipingas and Professor David Crewther for a conversation about fish oil and its effects on neural efficiency, introducing the idea that "smart brains work less hard."

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EEG: Lessons From A Half-Million Brains

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


We're joined by QEEG Diplomat and founder of Brain Science International Jay Gunkelman to talk Electroencephalography.

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Lemon Balm: 2300 Years of “Joy and Mirth”

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Apr 11, 2015


Professor Andrew Scholey takes us through the history and effects of adaptogen, and powerful cognitive and mood enhancer Lemon Balm.

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Know Your Neurotransmitters: GABA

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Apr 04, 2015


For the very first in our "Know Your Neurotransmitters" series, Jesse is joined by Dr. Matthew Broome to talk about the neurotransmitter GABA. Dr. Broome explains how GABA works, where it comes from, and how it affects our brains and bodies.

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Ritalin: On and Off-Label

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Mar 28, 2015


We welcome back Dr Sunderji to speak to us about Ritalin – the benefits, the risks, and the importance of careful diagnosis and responsible dosing.

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Electrified Brains (Experimentation in tDCS)

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


Jesse conducts his first tDCS experiment, and is joined by tDCS veteran Chris Zobrist to discuss best practices, mechanisms of action, and results.

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Going Beyond The Turing Test

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Mar 11, 2015


Dr. Kenneth Ford gives a fresh take on the principles behind the Turing Test, and artificial intelligence, and the hurdles that stand in the way of quicker advancement in the field.

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Starvation And Its Benefits

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Feb 26, 2015


Dr. Longo shares with us his research on the beneficial effects of fasting on everything from our immune responses to our lifespans, and addresses some points of curiosity that arose over the course of our calorie-free week.

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CANTAB: Quantified Cognition

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Feb 19, 2015


Professor Trevor Robbins, co-inventor of the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) – a computer-based cognitive assessment system – explains its use for both neurodegenerative disease detection and cognitive enhancement efficacy and safety.

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Male vs. Female Brains

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Feb 12, 2015


For our Valentine's Day special edition, Dr. Peters explains the basics of what makes male brains male and female brains female.

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IARPA – Tax Dollars, Sci-Fi Goals, And Your Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Feb 05, 2015


IARPA's Dr. Adam Russell introduces us to the SHARP Program, which aims to uncover the most effective methods to optimize adaptive reasoning and problem-solving in high-performing adults working in cognitively-demanding environments.

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Brain Changes From “The Pill”?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


We hear from Dr. Belinda Pletzer about how oral contraception, or "The Pill", may be altering women's brain structures.

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In Defense of Marijuana?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Jan 21, 2015


We hear from Kyle Boyar, researcher at SC Laboratories, a quality assurance and safety testing facility for medical marijuana. Kyle takes us through some lesser-known facts about marijuana, its use as treatment for a variety of ailments, and its effect on memory and mood.

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Blood Work with Dr. Alexis Shields

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Jan 15, 2015


Dr. Alexis Shields, naturopathic doctor and blood chemistry specialist, explains how blood chemistry analysis can be used to monitor and improve overall health, and how the insights we gain can help us maintain optimal neurotransmitter levels and boost cognition.

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Lucid Dreaming with Dr. Deirdre Barrett

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Jan 08, 2015


Dr. Deirdre Barrett shares with us the ins and outs of lucid dreaming – what it is, how to achieve it, and how we can use it as a cognitive tool.

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Neurotoxins: Villains of the Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Dec 29, 2014


Dr. David Bellinger explains how neurotoxins in our environment affect our development and tells us how we can best protect our, and our children's, brains.

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Rhodiola rosea: “Santa’s Stimulant”

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


Dr. Patricia Gerbarg introduces us to Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement used to increase stamina, decrease mental fatigue, and combat stress.

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Ketosis vs Cancer?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Dec 14, 2014


In Episode #56, Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried of Boston College stops by to introduce us to his research on cancer as a metabolic disease – not a genetic one. He explains how regular therapeutic fasting can increase mitochondrial respiration, and how caloric restriction can help us effectively "starve out" cancer cells.

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Plant-Based Cognitive Enhancers

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Dec 06, 2014


Professor Stough shares with us his research methods and decades of insight into plant-based cognitive enhancers with chronic (ongoing) effects, like Gingko biloba and Bacopa monnieri.

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L-tryptophan and Your Holiday Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Nov 26, 2014


We're joined by Professor Gilles Guillemin, world leader in research on L-tryptophan and neuroinflammation.

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Snakes On A Brain!

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Nov 22, 2014


Jesse speaks to Drew Birnie, Research Scientist and Content Manager at MarkManson.net, about "Snake Oil" – the term used to classify fraudulent medicine, or products that claim unverified results.

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Mimicking Caloric Restriction with Oxaloacetate

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Nov 17, 2014


Alan Cash, physicist and entrepeneur behind benaGene Advanced Anti-Aging supplement introduces us to oxaloacetate and talks us through its positive CRON (Calorie Restriction with Optimal Nutrition)-mimicking effects.

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The Aquatic Origins Of Your Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Nov 09, 2014


In Episode #51, Jesse speaks with Dr. Michael A. Crawford of Imperial College London about the role of seafood — and the essential fats they contain — in the evolution, development, and maintenance of our brains. Dr. Crawford shares with us a “coastal evolution theory,” the importance of proper nutrition for brain-health, and how it is our mothers who are most responsible for our cognitive abilities.

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The Pain Episode

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Professor Lorimer Moseley from the University of South Australia shares with us his extensive knowledge on the way our brains process pain.

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Sensory Deprivation Tanks

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


Jesse speaks to Crash, owner of Float Lab Technologies, a sensory deprivation tank center in Venice Beach, California. Crash explains the ins and outs of the Float Lab experience, and what can happen to our minds when they're freed from all external distractions.

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25 Years of Holosync Meditation

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Oct 08, 2014


Jesse interviews Bill Harris, meditation guru, founder of The Centerpointe Research Institute, and creator of Holosync Audio Technology. Bill tells us how we can gain more self-awareness in order to exercise choice in our lives, and how Holosync Technology can get us on the fast track to deep-level meditation.

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Do You Need a "Living Autopsy"?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Sep 29, 2014


Jesse interviews Dr. Eric Braverman, best-selling author of books The Edge Effect and Younger You, and founder of the PATH Medical Center in New York.

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Improving on Piracetam with Noopept

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Sep 21, 2014


Dr. Rita Ostrovskaya, world-leading expert and co-creator of Noopept, joins us to shed some light on this new-to-the-scene nootropic.

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Axon: an App for the Nootropics Community

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Aug 31, 2014


Jesse discusses the soon-to-be-released mobile app Axon, aimed at the nootropics-loving community in general, and Smart Drug Smarts fans in particular.

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Do-It-Yourself Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, Aug 12, 2014


Jesse interviews Nathan Whitmore, creator of the open-source project "OpenBrainStim", an affordable alternative to commercial transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices.

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Is Cognitive Enhancement Ethical?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Aug 03, 2014


We speak to Dr. Nicole A. Vincent and Dr. Emma A. Jane, co-authors of the article "Put Down the Smart Drugs," on the ethics of cognitive enhancement. Jesse weighs in with his own views on the speculative rights and wrongs of nootropics use.

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Nootropics on Wall Street

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, Jul 22, 2014


Dr. Andrew Hill joins us to talk about his recent study conducted at the Alternatives Brain Institute, measuring the effects of truBrain on some of the quickest minds on Wall Street.

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Daniel Kim-Shapiro on Beetroot Juice and Cognition

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, Jul 08, 2014


Jesse speaks to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University and expert on this week’s topic: beetroot juice.

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A Nootropics Roundtable

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Jun 29, 2014


Jesse and two guests discuss some popular misconceptions about smart drugs, their personal favorite stacks, and other topics surrounding the growing popularity of neurological performance enhancers

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Dr. Emily Deans Explains Ketosis

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Jun 16, 2014


Dr. Emily Deans Explains Ketones and the State of Ketosis

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Dr. Kimberly Urban and the Impact of Nootropics on Neuroplasticity

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Jun 02, 2014


Dr. Urban brings to light facts about how some brain stimulants work (specifically Ritalin), how they were originally tested, and why imperfections in the testing methodologies could spell danger to mis-diagnosed or off-label users.

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Dr. David Nutt and the Obstacles to Rational Drug Research

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, May 11, 2014


Jesse interviews the UK's Dr. David Nutt on the legal and social obstacles surrounding progressive drug research.

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Dr. Christopher Winter: Sleep and its Impact on Cognitive Function

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, May 04, 2014


In episode #36, Jesse interviews Dr. Christopher Winter on the importance of sleep to cognitive function.

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Rani Lill Anjum Discusses Causation and Correlation

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Apr 04, 2014


Jesse talks with Rani Lill Anjum, of the Norwegian University of Life Science (NMBU) on the difference between causation and correlation.

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Dr. Jehangeer Sunderji and the Growing Popularity of Adderall

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, Mar 25, 2014


Jesse talks with Los Angeles-based physician Dr. Jehangeer Sunderji on the growing popularity and uses of the psycho-stimulant drug Adderall.

The post Dr. Jehangeer Sunderji and the Growing Popularity of Adderall appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.



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Dr. James Wilson on Adrenal Fatigue

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Mar 14, 2014


Jesse interviews Dr. James Wilson on the topic of topic of adrenal fatigue.

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Dr. Michael Lewis and the Power of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Mar 03, 2014


Dr. Michael Lewis discusses the positive impacts Omega-3 fatty acids can have on the health and maintenance of the human brain.

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Jason Sada of Axon Sports Discusses the Athletic Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Feb 20, 2014


Jason Sada discusses the analysis and training methods employed by Axon Sports to condition the "athletic brain" of elite athletes from around the world.

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Dr. Costa-Mattioli and Augmenting Memory Formation

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Feb 09, 2014


These findings will lead to the development of treatments for conditions associated with memory loss...and could have big implications for the next generation of smart drugs.

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Dan Hurley and the New Science of Building Brain Power

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Feb 01, 2014


Dan Hurley's new book Smarter follows his personal investigation into brain-training and the growing number of means now available to people to literally improve their intelligence.

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Mark Divine on Mental Toughness and the Navy SEALs

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 24, 2014


Mark is the author of several books: 8 Weeks to SEALFIT, Way of the SEAL, and Unbeatable Mind. SEALFIT – a personal-improvement regimen developed by Mark – is uniquely effective at developing elite level physical and mental fitness, helping trainees to operate at an entirely new level in mental toughness, creative problem solving, leadership, team effectiveness and awareness.

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Dr. Terry Wahls’ Functional-Medicine Diet: The Wahls Protocol

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 17, 2014


Dr. Wahls discusses her personal story of recovery from multiple sclerosis, her new book The Wahls Protocol, and the day-to-day choices that can extend your life, maximize your health and fend off the most common degenerative neurological diseases.

The post Dr. Terry Wahls’ Functional-Medicine Diet: The Wahls Protocol appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.



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Dr. Laura Juliano Discusses Caffeine

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Jan 10, 2014


In episode #26, Dr. Juliano speaks with Jesse about the nuances, dangers and benefits of caffeine – the world's most popular and readily-available cognition-enhancing drug.

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Dr. J. Lucas Koberda and LORETA Neurofeedback

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 27, 2013


Dr. Dr. J. Lucas Koberda discusses the applications and benefits of LORETA Neurofeedback in brain disorders, sports and cognitive optimization.

The post Dr. J. Lucas Koberda and LORETA Neurofeedback appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.



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Dr. Gomez-Pinilla and the Impact of Diet and Exercise on Cognition

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Dec 18, 2013


Dr. Gomez-Pinilla's research is to investigate neuronal adaptation to environmental factors like diet -- and how this scales up to the whole-organism level.

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Dr. Felipe Fregni and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 06, 2013


Dr. Felipe Fregni, the director of the Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Center of Clinical Research Training, talks about his research into the use and benefits of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS).

The post Dr. Felipe Fregni and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.



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Nicotine: The "Most Interesting Drug in the World"?

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Nov 06, 2013


Dr. Neil Grunberg is one of the leading minds in the study of nicotine. He's spent almost thirty years studying the effects of nicotine on the body and brain. In this episode, he shares his wealth of knowledge regarding nicotine, and why he considers it "the most interesting drug in the world."

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Abelard Lindsay and Roy Krebs on Long-Term Potentiation

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Oct 03, 2013


This combination of ingredients, says Abelard, provided him with an immediate boost in desire-to-learn, as well as what felt like an ability to learn... And for the past two-plus years, he has been testing and refining what he came to call the "CILTEP" stack.

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Fabrizio Benedetti and the Placebo Effect

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Sep 22, 2013


As the Placebo Effect relates to nootropics, it's important to recognize that the brain learns the resulting "feel" of nootropics, just like any other drug. You are almost certainly experiencing placebo effects bolstering even your most effective nootropics.

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Jesse’s Aniracetam Self-Experiment

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jul 20, 2013


Aniracetam has been reported to yield significant increases in cognitive functioning and abilities. This is further enhanced by its effects on memory recall and, probably more importantly, its high-level effects on learning. To add to that, the drug has been proven as an anxiolytic, a drug which helps reduce anxiety.

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Testing a Piracetam Hyper-Dose on Experimental Test Subject #2

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Jun 26, 2013


"We are on the cutting edge here at Smart Drug Smarts, but I don't think the cutting edge is very sharp because I really don't feel much at all."

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Dr. Raza Naqvi’s Review of 32 Published Pharmacological Studies

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Jun 12, 2013


Dr. Naqvi advises his patients to get off of as many medications as possible, unless there is a proven upside – and especially if they are already on other medications with which their may be unknown interactions.

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Lawrence G. Walters and the Law Surrounding Online Pharmacies

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, May 29, 2013


Lawrence G. Walters shares insights into the legal aspects of buying prescription drugs from online pharmacies. The Walters Law Group specialises in Internet advertising law and has experience in cases involving online pharmaceutical retailers.

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Dr. Terry Wahls Discusses Cognitive Rehabilitation from Neurological Disease

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, May 21, 2013


Dr. Terry Wahls has managed to significantly reduce Multiple Sclerosis' impact on her life by self-experimentation, after a deep study of basic science research and animal-model neurological studies in mammals like mice.

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Judith Horstman Explores the Aging Brain and Scientific Advancements

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, May 13, 2013


Much of Judith Horstman's interest and writing concerns research and scientific advancements in protecting the brain against aging and repairing neurological wear-and-tear.

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Sebastian Marshall and the Quantified Self

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, May 02, 2013


Sebastian has methodically tested an impressive number of variables to determine their effects on his personal productivity and quality of life. From dairy products to smart drugs to the lighting in his sleep environment, he's tested (and continues to re-test) contributing elements to his life and business, and the information in this episode may just make you want to crack open an Excel file and do the same.

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Dr. Andrew Hill Explores the Potential of Neurofeedback

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Apr 17, 2013


Jesse gets into details on neurofeedback and attention disorders with cognitive scientist and UCLA Ph.D. Dr. Andrew Hill. They discuss using neurofeedback to improve mental performance, mindfulness and executive function as well as its implications for those with attention disorders and others who are looking to get a mental edge.

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Dr. Neal Barnard Advises a Plant-Based Diet

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Apr 03, 2013


Dr. Barnard is a world-renowned nutrition expert and outspoken vegan, and the author of 15 books and host of three PBS television specials. He specializes in the effect people's diets have on their bodies and brains, and their propensity for Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.

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Biochemist Phil Micans On The Racetam Family of Pharmaceuticals

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Wed, Mar 20, 2013


Jesse interviews biochemist and pharmacist Phil Micans, advisor to both the London Anti-Aging Conference and British Longevity Society. With his Master's Degree in Biochemistry and as the editor-in-chief of Aging Matters Magazine, Mr. Micans is a highly-qualified individual with some profound insights into the Racetam class of chemicals -- which includes some of the best-known "smart drugs."

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Philosopher David Pearce Talks Transhumanism

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Mar 11, 2013


Philosopher David Pearce's ultimate goal is to recalibrate the Hedonic Treadmill of both humans and nonhumans so the average level of enjoyment is much higher in the future than in today's world.

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Dr. Stephen Born talks Sulbutiamine

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Mon, Mar 04, 2013


Dr. Born discusses the particular effects of Sulbutiamine and the motivation for its development, the Human Genome Project's impact on drug R&D, and the human blood-brain barrier.

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Dr. Cory Reddish on Protecting Your Hard-Partying Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Feb 17, 2013


Marketed as "Virtuous Nutrients for Your Vices," these nutritional supplements were designed to re-balance the brain's neurochemistry following drinking or recreational drug use.

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Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman on Making Your Brain Smarter

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sat, Jan 19, 2013


"You don't have to read brain science or learn calculus to get smarter... You can move away from rote thinking and engage your frontal lobes...by transform[ing] information in ways that are meaningful."

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Gabe Lee’s DIY Nootropic Supplement "BrainStack"

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Jan 03, 2013


Lee describes his Adderall experiences and why - despite its short-term upsides - he felt the need to combat ADD in a way that avoided Adderall's side effects... Eventually leading to the creation of his own self-designed nootropics "stack."

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Neurofeedback for Brain-Driven Self-Optimization

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Tue, Dec 25, 2012


NeurOptimal is a non-invasive, non-drug-based brain optimization system which allows a subject to hear an audio representation of his or her brain's electrical output in real time.

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Testing Modafinil on a Virgin Brain

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Sun, Dec 16, 2012


Our anonymous Test Subject is given a 200mg dose of Modafinil shortly before 11am, and Jesse checks in with him throughout the day to learn the subjective experience of a first-time user of a smart drug.

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Dr. Carol Greenwood on Brain Nutrition

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Fri, Dec 07, 2012


Carol explains how she took her understanding of diet's interaction with the brain and worked with professional recipe developers to create meals that your neurons will love as much as your taste buds.

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Dr. Ward Dean on Life Extension and Brain Maximization

Author: Jesse Lawler: Brain Enthusiast, Biohacker, Nootropics Nerd, Multichannel Eccentric
Thu, Nov 29, 2012


Dr. Dean explains how his groundbreaking book evolved from a technical manual for his patients into a widely-known book to improve brain activity through smart drugs. “We were really focusing more on improving cognitive abilities of normal people who realized they weren’t quite as sharp as they used to be - or could be.”

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