The Brain Warrior's Way Podcast
The Brain Warrior's Way Podcast is hosted by bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen and his wife Tana Amen as they guide you on practices to improve your brain health. Drawing on ideas in their book The Brain Warrior's Way: Ignite Your Energy and Focus, Attack Illness and Aging, Transform Pain into Purpose, Daniel & Tana Amen take you through a series of podcasts that deal with many aspects of brain health including defeating automatic negative thinking, relationships & the brain, what foods are good and bad for the brain, and other interesting topics. This podcast is relatively new and already features over 40 episodes that generally run 10-20 minutes long.
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Instead of Smoking Pot, How Do I Deal With Anxiety, Depression and Pain?
Tue, Apr 25, 2017
Not all marijuana use is recreational. Many people use marijuana purely for its medicinal effects. But are there healthier alternatives? Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana discuss many of the options available for those who believe medicinal marijuana is the only way to cope with their afflictions. Download File - 16.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Smoking Marijuana is NOT Going Green!
Mon, Apr 24, 2017
In this episode of The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana discuss the controversial issue of marijuana. Both sides of the issue have strong proponents who argue passionately to defend their stance, but what do the actual brain scans say? The results may surprise you. Download File - 10.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sports, Mentors, And Social Environments – Part 4 of an Interview with Anthony Davis
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
In the last episode of this sports-centric discussion with former football star Anthony Davis, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana dive into the subject of social influence, and the impact it has on young athletes and impressionable youth. Anthony Davis shares his backstory, and how relied on discipline, focus, and teamwork to make the right decisions necessary to rise from less than ideal circumstances. Download File - 14.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Jobless & Homeless: Suffering in the Shadows – Part 3 of an Interview with Anthony
Wed, Apr 19, 2017
In part 3 of the Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast series with NFL and USC football star Anthony Davis, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana interview Davis, now 30 years removed from his professional playing days, to discuss how a post–football lifestyle can either powerfully influence positive brain health, or, as in the sad stories of many former teammates, can take its tragic toll. Download File - 14.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
f I knew Then What I Know Now, I Never Would’ve Played Football – Part 2 of an Interview with Anthony Davis
Tue, Apr 18, 2017
In Part 2 of an interview with former NFL and USC football star, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana discuss growing up with sports, and how choices made on the field can affect all aspects of life down the road. Learn which sports are the worst for your children's health, as well as which ones could actually help them live longer. Download File - 16.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How The Notre Dame Killer Recovered His Brain - Part 1 of an Interview with Anthony Davis
Mon, Apr 17, 2017
Today on the Brain Warrior’s Way podcast, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana interview guest Anthony Davis, also known as A.D., also known as the legendary 'Notre Dame Killer,' who scored a combined 10 touchdowns in the 1972 and 1974 games against the Irish and was runner-up in the '74 Heisman vote. They discuss his struggles with brain fog, memory issues and overall health. Download File - 16.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sex on the Brain: Sex and ADD - Part 4 of an Interview with Dr. Emily Morse
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
In the last installment of a series on sex and relationships, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana are joined by Dr. Emily Morse to talk about what you can do if ADD is causing problems in the bedroom. Download File - 15.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sex on the Brain: Intimacy and Blood Flow - Part 3 of an Interview with Dr. Emily Morse
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
In part 3 of an interview with Dr. Emily Morse, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana continue their discussion on intimacy. Learn how anxiety, blood flow, and overall health may be sabotaging your sex life, and what you can do about it. Download File - 11.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sex on the Brain: Communication is Lubrication – Part 2 of an Interview with Dr. Emily Morse
Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana talk with Dr. Emily Morse about the common intimacy problems that can occur with long term couples. In this episode of The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, learn ways to avoid these relationship issues and keep the “novelty of the new” in your sex life. Download File - 21.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sex on the Brain – Part 1 of an Interview with Dr. Emily Morse
Mon, Apr 10, 2017
Dr. Emily Morse is the host of “Sex with Emily,” a live radio show and top downloaded podcast on iTunes. Morse has appeared as a guest expert on countless radio and television shows, as well as been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle for her expertise in sex and relationships. Emily’s first book Hot Sex: Over 200 Things You Can Try Tonight was released in October 2011. In this episode, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana talk with Emily about how to prioritize intimacy, and how “communication is lubrication”. Download File - 13.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Brain at Work –Personal Development in Company Culture - Part 4 of an Interview with Dave Asprey
Fri, Apr 07, 2017
If you’re running your own business, your company is an extension of your habits and energy. However, you don’t need to be a CEO to see the effects of brain health on the workplace. In the last episode of this series with Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey, Dr. Amen and Tana discuss ways to increase performance at work. Download File - 12.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Is Mold Destroying Your Health? - Part 3 of an Interview with Dave Asprey
Thu, Apr 06, 2017
Over half of all homes have water damage of some form or another. It’s therefore crucial to test for the presence of mold, the “mitochondrial kryptonite” that may very well be secretly wearing down your health, subjecting you to such dysfunctions as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, and Fibromyalgia. Download File - 10.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How to Amp Your Brain by Taking Care of Your Body's Batteries - Part 2 of an Interview with Dave Asprey
Wed, Apr 05, 2017
In this episode of The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, Dave Asprey discusses the mitochondria with Dr. Amen and Tana. Learn how you can help the “power cells” in your body in order to be less stressed, less inflamed, and even nicer to be around. Download File - 15.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Hack Your Biology to Uncover Your Potential – Part 1 of an Interview with Dave Asprey
Tue, Apr 04, 2017
Dave Asprey is a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur, the creator of Bulletproof Coffee, a New York Times bestselling author, and host of the top rated health podcast, Bulletproof Radio. In this episode of the Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, Dave talks with Daniel and Tana about how fixing a “hardware problem” led to finishing business school and setting out on a new path to success. Download File - 14.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Adult Kids - Tips for Parenting a Young Adult - Part 4 of an Interview with Dr. Jim Fay
Mon, Apr 03, 2017
Sending your child off to college doesn’t necessarily mean your parenting duties are over. Today we learn about ways you can help your child transition into a self-sufficient adult. Download File - 17.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Is it Normal to Have Problematic Teenagers? Part 3 of An Interview with Dr. Jim Fay
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Problematic teens are normal. At least, that's what many parents think. But today, we're going to find out if there's any basis to say if it is indeed a normal, helpless case or if there's anything we can do to resolve this. Download File - 16.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Taking The First Step - When is The Best Time to Get Started with Love and Logic Part 2 of an Interview with Dr. Jim Fay
Wed, Mar 29, 2017
It's always a question of when or how should I get started. So today, we'll have Dr. Jim Fay guide us on how to get things started and moving forward when implementing the principles of Love and Logic Download File - 15.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Practical Principles of Parenting With Love and Logic - An Interview with Dr. Jim Fay Part 1
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
He's become one of America's most sought after presenters in the fields of parenting, positive discipline, and classroom management. Along with Foster Cline, MD, he's the co-founder of The Love and Logic Institute and co-author of the bestseller, Parenting with Love and Logic. Jim Fay has over 30 years of experience in education, serving in public, private and parochial schools in a variety of roles including elementary education, art and music teacher, school principal and administrator. He's been consulting and speaking about parenting and education for more than 30 years founding the school, Consultant Services, which is the sister company to the Cline Fay Institute in 1977. Download File - 18.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Busting The Cholesterol Myth - Why It's Not ALL Bad with Dr Mark Houston
Mon, Mar 27, 2017
Cholesterol it seems has been demonized and most of the times painted like a monster, but the truth is, it's not as bad as you think it is. Today, we're going to find out exactly when it's good and when it's bad for you. Download File - 10.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Amen Solution Rapid Fire Q&A Session - Part 3
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
We hope you're enjoying your weekend. Today's episode is the third installment in our four part The Amen Solution Q&A session. Enjoy your weekend treat. Download File - 9.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Hypertension - 3 Things to Take Care of for Better Blood Pressure To Live Longer with Dr. Mark Houston
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Statistics show that 30% of America has high blood pressure and another 30% are pre-hypertensive. This is a huge number and it's terribly dangerous. However, there's something you can do about it to turn things around to reduce if not eliminate your possibility of getting hypertensive. Be sure to listen to the full episode to learn the top three things you need to take care of for better blood pressure. Download File - 14.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Silent Menace that Melts Your Heart & Batters Your Brain Health with Dr. Mark Houston
Thu, Mar 23, 2017
One interesting statistic, most people, men and women, 68% in fact, have their first heart attack at having had no previous symptoms. Today, we're going to talk about inflammation and how devastating this can be to your heart and brain if left unchecked. Download File - 11.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Vital Role of Your Heart, Blood Vessels, and Fat to Your Brain Health with Dr. Mark Houston
Wed, Mar 22, 2017
Today's podcast is the first of our four-part series with Dr. Mark Houston. Dr. Houston is selected as one of the top physicians in hypertension in the United States; selected as one of the most influential doctors in the U.S. in both hypertension and lipidemia and the author of over 250 medical articles, scientific abstracts, and seven best-selling books, including one of my favorite books. It's What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Heart Disease. He is an internist, a cardiologist, he's an associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. Download File - 14.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How to Survive Your Teens Food Choices Without Starving Them to Death
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
As your kids start to make their own choices, it is important that in the early stage, they are educated and trained to make the RIGHT choices. And the truth is, realistically, that is not what's happening in many homes. So today, we're going to share with you some actionable steps that you can do to give your children a better health by helping them make the right food choices. Download File - 8.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
ADD & Your Brain Type - Can Brain Trauma & Type Be Related & ADD Be Inherited?
Mon, Mar 20, 2017
ADD is predominantly inherited and genetically passed from one to another. Today, we're going to find out if brain trauma related ADD can be inherited as well. Download File - 9.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Amen Solution Q&A Session - Part 2
Sat, Mar 18, 2017
This weekend, we’re bringing you the second part of our Q&A sessions for The Amen Solution. Be sure to head back to Episode 99 if you haven't listened to it. We hope you enjoy. Download File - 8.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
ADD Ring of Fire Anxiety - What Supplements Can Help Calm & Focus The Brain
Fri, Mar 17, 2017
This episode is a continuation of our four part Healing ADD coaching call where we've answered a wide variety of questions on ADD. Download File - 17.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
ADD and Negative Thoughts-The Toxic Cocktail - Why They Shouldn't Go Together
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Today's episode is part of an ADD coaching call that was recorded. My experience with ADD over decades now is many people with ADD use negative thinking, use fear as a way to stimulate their brains. So today, we're going to discuss this issue and answer a couple other questions about ADD. Watch out for part two of this coaching call. Download File - 14.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How to Salvage Your Brain from Slowly Melting Away with Dr Derose
Wed, Mar 15, 2017
We have a very special guest today, Dr David DeRose, who wrote a book called 30 Days to Natural Blood Pressure Control. Dr DeRose is a board certified specialist in internal medicine and preventive medicine, he also holds a master in Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion and health education, that's what you and I do all the time. He currently serves as president of Compass Health Consulting where he helps develop media resources and services that enable individuals and groups to better harness lifestyle and other natural therapies. Download File - 19.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Hallmarks of Good Parenting
Tue, Mar 14, 2017
In this episode, we're going to discuss the characteristics of an "ideal" parent. I know it can be challenging, but it's doable. Be sure to listen and chime in on your thoughts by visiting brainwarriorswaypodcast.com. Download File - 19.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Has Your Teenager Lost Their Mind and Blown Yours?
Mon, Mar 13, 2017
Today's episode is a milestone for us here at Brain Warrior's Way Podcast. We have officially reached our 100th episode and we are just thrilled with this new achievement. So before anything else, we just want to say thank you for all your support.
What we're going to talk about today has something to do with our children, our teenage children to be exact and the reason why we're doing this is simple, we love them and they are the hope of this nation, they are the future generation. Download File - 13.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Discipline and Good Parenting That's Firm But Kind
Fri, Mar 10, 2017
To be a parent of someone who has ADD or ADHD is not easy. It's really important to be educated. So today, we're answering some common questions on how you should manage your kids who have ADD or ADHD but still maintaining your supportive role as a parent and ensuring that you don't lose your temper.
We'll also tackle other questions including pot use, resource recommendations for someone dairy allergic. Download File - 15.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
ADD and ADHD Myth Busters & Questions - Answered
Thu, Mar 09, 2017
Today's episode is from our coaching calls where we've taken questions and here we'll have them answered for you. Download File - 17.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sleep The REAL Enhancement for Better Health
Wed, Mar 08, 2017
If you're having a hard time sleeping, have sleep apnea or snore, then this episode is for you. Today, we're going to talk about how you can enhance your sleep to get you back on track to a better health. Download File - 11.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sleep Stealers - How technology is Robbing You The Sleep You Need
Tue, Mar 07, 2017
Technology and gadgets are good, that's without a question, but one area that's making them a curse is the fact that gadgets and technology can rob much of your time to sleep. Today, we're going to talk about that and a couple more topics about how we are getting rob of the sleep that we need. Download File - 19.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sleep Smarter Series: Why Sleep is not Important.... but VERY IMPORTANT
Mon, Mar 06, 2017
We've heard not once or twice but a gazillion times why sleep is important. But today, we're echoing that again and this time we'll have an expert in this area. Today's guest is Shawn Stevenson. Shawn is the best selling author of Sleep Smarter and the creator of the Model Health show featured as the number one heath podcast on iTunes with millions of listener downloads each year. A graduate of the University of Missouri St Louis, Shawn studied Business, Biology and Kinesiology and went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance. A company that provides wellness services for individuals and organizations world wide. Download File - 16.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Toxin Solution Effective Detoxification Tips - That Work
Thu, Mar 02, 2017
NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first three episodes of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution Parts 1,2,&3.
Now that you know how horrifying these toxins, today we're going to learn some tips on how you detoxify your body effectively. Download File - 12.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Why You Might Be Breathing or Eating Harmful Molds
Wed, Mar 01, 2017
NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first two episodes of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution, Parts 1&2.
There are various ways toxins are introduced into our system and one inevitable factor is the environment that we live in. Listen to this episode as we discuss the toxic role of molds. Download File - 9.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
What Goes ON Your Body Gets IN Your Body
Tue, Feb 28, 2017
NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first episode of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution Part 1.
In this episode, we'll be talking about the importance of being aware of the things/products that we are using or consuming and ensure that we don't expose ourselves to unnecessary toxics. Download File - 12.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Are You Eating Toxic Food? Here is your solution...
Mon, Feb 27, 2017
Today's episode is first in five parts of our interview with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno. Dr Pizzorno is the founder of Bastyr University and best selling author. He wrote the book , The Toxin Solution, which will be the center of this five part series. Download File - 14.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Missing Keys You Need to Get The Best Voice - REVEALED - Set Your Voice Free with Roger Love
Fri, Feb 24, 2017
Whether it's in business or personal communication, your voice matters. But there's really something more you can do to get the best voice you can possibly have and it all starts with being mindful of simple things such as your breathing.
In today's podcast, you'll learn some of the techniques to get that voice you probably never thought you could have. Download File - 14.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How Hurting Your Voice Hurts Your Brain - Set Your Voice Free with Roger Love Part 2
Thu, Feb 23, 2017
Can your brain be affected by your voice? Listen to this episode and learn what Roger Love thinks about your voice in relation to your brain. Download File - 17.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Why Your Voice Matters - Set Your Voice Free with Roger Love Part 1
Wed, Feb 22, 2017
Did you ever think about your voice as an asset? Well, you might not be a singing sensation or a diva, but today we'll talk about why your voice matters. In this episode, we'll be joined by renowned voice coach who've handled celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, and many other Grammy winning artist, Roger Love. Roger Love is also the author of the book Set Your Voice Free. Download File - 14.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
What's So Intriguing About Neurofeedback
Sat, Feb 18, 2017
Wondering what the new trends are in dealing with ADHD? Listen to this episode and get to know what Neurofeedback is and why it's gaining popularity. Download File - 4.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
ADD & ADHD - Treat or Not toTreat? Ritalin, that is today’s Question
Fri, Feb 17, 2017
Do you ever find yourself asking if you should take medication for an ailment or just leave it because of your perceived side effects? That's what we're going to discuss today. In particular, ADD and ADHD and we'll weigh the pros and cons of taking Ritalin. Download File - 5.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Snoring, Sleep Apnea & Real Damage To Your Intimacy
Thu, Feb 16, 2017
There are many things that can dilute the intimacy between couples. In this episode we'll talk about how sleep apnea and snoring can be detrimental to your intimate relationships and your brain's role in it. Download File - 4.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Brain in Love & Lust Series - More Sex On Your Brain
Wed, Feb 15, 2017
Today's episode we're going to talk about love and sex and how the brain is affected by these two charged emotional events in our lives. We've talked a lot about sex in this podcast and if you haven't heard our previous episodes, check out episodes 16 and 61. Download File - 8.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Brain in Love & Lust, Does It Damage Your Brain When You Lose Someone You Love?
Tue, Feb 14, 2017
Losing someone is hard, emotionally, but does it have any impact on your brain? That's what we're going to find out in today's episode. Download File - 6.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Brain in Love & Lust, Can You Choose Your Love?
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Since we are on the love month and only a day away from Valentines, we're starting a series called The Brain in Love. So today, we're going to talk about, what if you can choose the one you love? Download File - 10.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Unleash the Power of the Female Brain
Fri, Feb 10, 2017
Today's episode is the episode for every female who just wants to make something different in her life and in her health. We'll be discussing about some interesting topics on genes, diets, and how you can turn things around with your old school health plan to something that's workable, possible, and believable health and wellness strategy. Download File - 29.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Can Diet Help Treat Chronic Illness?
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
There are people who suffer from chronic illnesses who take a handful of medicine every day. It's like a common scenario that we've learned to accept as the norm. However, as people become more aware of using food as a medicine and not just as a way to nourish their body, diet as treatment has gained popularity.
The question now is, can diet help treat chronic illnesses? Listen to this episode and know the answer. Download File - 10.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Hormones & Lifestyle - Why and How it Affects Your Brain
Wed, Feb 08, 2017
Hormones are what makes our body's processes work like a well oiled machine. When one of the many hormones suddenly gets disrupted whether it shoots up or goes down, we'll see and feel the effects of it.
Similarly, the lifestyle that we have can either make things better or it can also make things worst.
In today's episode, we'll talk exactly about how these two factors play an important role in our brain health.
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Head Trauma, Cardiac Arrest and Its Effects on Your Brain
Tue, Feb 07, 2017
There are a number of ailments and injuries that can greatly affect our brain functions, and probably the two most common which we're going to talk about today is head trauma and cardiac arrest.
If you want to know how these two can affect your brain functions, be sure to listen to this short podcast.
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Can a Damaged Brain Be Repaired?
Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Today's episode, we're going to answer another set of questions that I think is essential for our understanding of our brain health. Please be sure that you subscribe so you don't miss out any of the new episodes we release everyday, except Sunday.
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Brain Scans: Who Needs it And When Should You Get One Done - Q&A Part 3
Sat, Feb 04, 2017
We are on our third episode for this series of questions and answers and in each episode, we hope that you're learning new things to help you be more aware and conscious about your brain health.
In today's discussion, we're going to answer a couple of questions on who and when should you get yourself a brain scan and why you need it specially during the advance years starting at 40.
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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Kids Play Contact Sport - Q&A Part 2
Fri, Feb 03, 2017
In this second part of our Q&A, you'll learn why contact sports should be shunned by your kids and what alternative sports you should choose. We've also answered the question on what is the role of inflammation in Alzheimers.
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Three Biggest Life & Health Lessons by Working @ Amen Clinics with Dr. Daniel Emina
Wed, Feb 01, 2017
Dr. Daniel Emina is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who earned his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, and completed his general residency in psychiatry and child/adolescent fellowship at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry. His training was modeled on a bio/psych/social/spiritual/cultural understanding of an individual and featured a diverse patient population.
In this brief interview, we'll get to know Dr. Emina's three most important lessons he has learned while working at the Amen Clinic.
Dr. Amen: Hey everybody. Dr. Daniel Amen. I'm here with Dr. Daniel Emina.
Dr. Emina: Two Daniels.
Dr. Amen: We are here in our Northern California Clinic in Walnut Creek. We are going to talk about the three biggest lessons that Daniel who has worked with us for the last two and a half years has learned working at Amen Clinics. Daniel is double board certified psychiatrist. He trained at UCLA and at the University of Hawaii. You know I did my child psychiatry training at Tripler along with University of Hawaii. In both of our psychiatric training they never taught us to look at the brain. Isn't that nuts? When you think about it, it's nuts. When you think after being here two and half years, what are some of the big lessons you've learned? What comes to mind?
Dr. Emina: First thing is, I think I'm extremely spoiled being here. It's drastically changed the way I understand mental health. I don't even think of it as mental health anymore, I think of it as brain health. I think that almost everyone should come in and start to think of how can I make my brain better? No matter what diagnosis you may have had before, I usually start to think well, don't think of it like that, just think of it as how can I optimize my brain? You could come in and be a CEO of a company doing extremely well technically in life but there's things you can always do to optimize your brain. Lesson one for me is it's not really mental health anymore. I'm not necessarily a mental health doctor now, I'm a brain health doctor now.
Dr. Amen: So whether it's ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and addictions, schizophrenia, or you're fighting with your wife or you're irritable with your kids-
Dr. Emina: Or don't sleep as well or you just want to be even better at the tasks you do everyday, whatever that may be at home, at work, whatever it may be because ultimately it's your brain that controls everything you do.
Dr. Amen: Okay so you see mental health as brain health. I think that's like a huge 'aha' for me. I've learned nobody really wants to see a psychiatrist. Nobody wants to be labeled as defective or abnormal but everybody wants a better brain. Nobody would argue with you, "No I don't want a better brain." They do. It decreases the stigma which is one of the things that hooked me early on with scans is patient stops thinking of it as a moral problem, as a problem of not trying hard enough, but as a medical problem.
Dr. Emina: Yes. I should add that as being my second biggest thing in some ways. I've been so spoiled to have this tool. I'm trying to imagine not having this tool, practicing without this tool. It completely changes the way I see clients as they come in with whatever concern they may have. Even concerns related to people who have been labeled as personality disorders and things like that. Now you get to see what they were trying to deal with all this time. A lot of our coping mechanisms whether good or maladaptive, a bad coping strategy, are based on how we try to manage that brain we have. Lesson number two for me, the biggest was, you have to look at the organ you're treating. I'm trying to imagine if, you definitely talked about this, if I'm a cardiologist I have to kind of imagine, well based on what you're telling me potentially this is what's going on with your heart. This has completely changed the way I understand clients.
Dr. Amen: Not acceptable. It's just not acceptable. I remember working on a new book and writing about chronic fatigue syndrome and back in the early '90s when I started doing scans the idea of chronic fatigue, oh you're a psychiatric patient, you're histrionic or there's secondary gain. There's a gain from being sick and then when you saw their scans, they were just devastated like the infectious scans you see. And all of the sudden it just completely changes everything on how you deal with this person. Of course they're hysterical. Their brain is not working right and they can't think. That'll make you terrible, act that way.
Dr. Emina: In some ways that actually connects into my last big lesson is that because now that I can look at scans you tend to see that the other things that contribute to whatever someone is coming in complaining about. All of the sudden if you see a brain that looks extremely unhealthy, you probably have to think that this person isn't just depressed. Maybe there's something else that's happening in their life and whatever situation, something they've been exposed to that's now leading them to present with whatever illness. Things that I wouldn't have even fathomed or thought contributed to mental illness or whatever before now I have to start thinking about. It's actually even expanded my thinking even greater than that because now I'm doing pharmacogenomics which is looking at how your body reacts to supplements, medicines and such based on your genetics. It's completely changed the way I think of brain health just because I get to see ...
Dr. Amen: So what are some of those things you've seen that have surprised you that can cause anxiety, depression, ADD?
Dr. Emina: One really important one is head trauma. Take a hit to the head, the one that you forgot about. There's no family history of any brain disorders or mental illness or whatever. All the sudden you're the one that has severe anxiety and anger outbursts. We take a look and everyone thinks it's something wrong with you. Also we take a look at your scan and you see significant damage to the temporal lobe. Now everybody in the family can say this is what's going on, this is the medical condition. If you had a broken leg, people wouldn't get angry at you for having a broken leg and not being able to walk as quickly as them. It now gives you an opportunity [inaudible 00:06:33] this is why you actually abuse substances because you were just trying to cope and this became a maladaptive or bad coping strategy. Now let's work on creating better coping strategies.
Dr. Amen: And often in the history they say they didn't have a head injury. You see it in the scan and then we have to ask over and over again and then we find they were in a bad car accident. They were thrown from a car ... whenever.
Dr. Emina: And one of the other biggest errors I'm actually learning about and this is actually in this last year I've been picking up more knowledge related to this are infectious type processes that can lead to presentations again whether it's you were exposed to mold or exposed to lime or even just kind of chronic based infectious or inflammatory responses that lead to the presentation and just continue to have these symptoms. I'm depressed, I'm anxious, I'm tired all the time and it's related to this potential infectious process or the thing that was going on for a long time. I've even started to see a connection with that and how to treat headaches too. You see certain things on the scan and there's a tendency that the genes or the genetics will match up a certain way. And that changes the way you go about treating that client too. It's amazing stuff.
Dr. Amen: Here at Amen Clinics we actually do a formal outcomes study on everybody we see. We have, 'cause people go what's your success rate using this scan? It's really high. If we treat you it's 84% of complicated people. On average, our patients and you know this, at 4.2 diagnoses, nobody's simple. They have failed 3.3 providers and 5 medications. That's our average. Daniel actually has one of the best success rates in the whole company so thank you. I'm very proud of you for that. But if you don't look, you don't know. Learn more about Amen Clinics and about our Northern California Clinic at AmenClinics.com. Have a great day.
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Emotional Eating Triggers, Motivational Tricks & Tips, and more Live Questions with Dr. Amen and The Daniel Plan FB Live Part 2
Tue, Jan 31, 2017
If you love the first part of this FB Live on Daniel's Plan Q&A session, you'll sure love this part two where we answered some great questions on motication, emotional eating and more.
Daniel Amen: This next question is really good. What do you recommend to help me maintain my motivation? I'm good for a week, and then motivation goes out the window. What do you think?
Tana Amen: I would say that this is where knowing your why and having it firmly planted in your head, and not making it about something temporary ...
Daniel Amen: Put it up where you can see it every day.
Tana Amen: Absolutely.
Daniel Amen: The Daniel Plan book actually have an exercise we call the one page miracle. On one piece of paper, write down what you want, and then ask yourself every day, "Does my behavior get me what I want?"
Tana Amen: That's what I was going to say, and it's really what you need to do. When I was training for my black belt test ...
Daniel Amen: Did you say that I was brilliant?
Tana Amen: Brilliant. You're brilliant. I love you.
Daniel Amen: Could we say it one more time?
Tana Amen: You are brilliant, my love.
Daniel Amen: Thank you.
Tana Amen: When I was training for my black belt test, you know that was six years of hard work, and there were times where I'm like, "Okay. I'm just done. I'm tired. It's hard. This is hard. I'm tired of getting bruises and whatever," but what I did was keep ... Stop looking at me like that. He thinks I'm crazy. I kept these signs, and motivational quotes, and things like that around the room where I trained, and that really helped me. I kept pictures of amazing people that inspire me, and the end result, and I kept what my goal was at the end firmly planted, so that I didn't lose sight of it just because I was tired.
Daniel Amen: Motivation and why go hand in hand. You have to know your why, and it has to be so important you just stick with it. I wanted to go to medical school. It was a big endeavor, but I wanted to do that, so everything else became around that goal. You just want to know why you want to be healthy.
I find I'm my own worst enemy. How can I change this about myself? It's true for everybody who is not healthy that you're your own worst enemy, because you're not focused on being well. That's why Tana and I wrote a book called The Brain Warriors Way, because it's a war. If you're not armed, prepared and aware, then our society is not set up for your health. Our society is set up for your illness.
Tana Amen: One thing I would probably say about that, because I think we all have, at some time in our lives, done this sabotage thing. Most of us have done a self-sabotage thing at some point in our lives, and if you look at why you do that and you really figure it out ... What I like to do is have people think about the times, because probably most likely, at some point in your lives, you've, also, really succeeded. You've done something really well. Even if it was when you were in seventh grade and you made the cheerleading team, or the basketball team, or whatever it was, think about that time, what you did, what went into that, and really break it down step by step. Did you go to sleep earlier? Did you practice? Were you just really focused on it and really serious about it?
Break it down step by step. Chances are, there's a formula there, and if you apply that same formula and you look at what you're doing now that is sabotaging you, I bet you you can see that there's a big gap in what you're doing now and what you did then to be very successful.
Daniel Amen: I'm going to bunch these two questions. How do I overcome emotional eating? I find that food is the first place to go when I'm sad, stressed, or bored. I'm going to combine that with what do you recommend to help with cravings and sugar? I want sugar all day long.
Ultimately, sugar and foods that quickly turn to sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, sugar, cause an insulin response in your body. What that means, your body sees sugar. Your pancreas produces a lot of insulin in that way to drive the sugar into your cells. One of the other things it, also, does is it works on an amino acid called tryptophan and drives tryptophan into your brain.
Why do you care about that? Tryptophan is the amino acid building block for serotonin. It makes you happy, so, yes, brownies, cupcakes, rocky road ice cream, they all make you happy short term. They give you inflammation, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer's Disease long term. You want to go short term benefit, long term problem. There are other ways to increase serotonin. Exercise is one. I think you actually use exercise as an anti-depressant.
Tana Amen: Yes.
Daniel Amen: When you're having a craving, go for a walk, and then there's supplements like 5HTP and saffron that can help naturally boost serotonin in the brain.
Tana Amen: I want to touch on something, too. That's absolutely true, and here's the really, really simple thing you can do, stop eating sugar. When you eat sugar and simple carbs, you crave sugar and simple carbs. When you stop, it's hard for a couple days, and then if you eat some fat and healthy protein, like we talked about in the beginning, those cravings will start to go away within a few days. They'll start to subside.
I'm getting dozens of messages now that the holidays are over about people who were warriors, and then got off track because of the holidays, and now they're really struggling to get back on. That's exactly what happens, because as soon as you start eating those foods, they're addictive, and the more you eat sugar and simple carbs, the more you crave them. The only way to get off of them is to get off of them, so use the same solution ...
Daniel Amen: And to see them as a weapon of mass destruction.
Tana Amen: Go back to step one, the thing you did in the beginning and start over.
Daniel Amen: Eating well and buying all these organic foods you recommend is expensive. I go to grocery stores and compare the price of organic fruit and vegetables to the regular ones, and I just can't do it. Is there a way to make eating well more affordable?
Again, EnvironmentalWorkingGroup.com, it will tell you which foods ...
Tana Amen: Dot org.
Daniel Amen: ... that are okay not organic, and which foods you should buy them organic or you just shouldn't eat them. For example, blueberries. I've been talking about blueberries forever. We call them brain berries around here, but they hold more pesticides than almost any other fruit, and you just want to ask yourself when it comes to expense, "Do I want to pay now or do I want to pay later," because all the pesticides in your body promote illness, and, yes, some things are more expensive, but not nearly as expensive as you could attest to as getting cancer.
Tana Amen: I want to, also, add to that when the studies were done at the Harvard Public School of Health, they actually found that eating healthy turned out to be $1.50 per day per person. Now, if you have six kids, yes, you have to learn how to budget that and be a little more thoughtful, but one of the things people weren't taking into account is that when you truly are doing it, if you're actually being honest and doing this in a really healthy way, you're cutting out things like expensive coffee drinks, and treats and snacks at the movies, which are just treating you to illness, by the way. You're cutting out a lot of the things that you were doing, so people weren't taking into account the fact that they're saving money on fast food and things like that, because they are now doing things in a more wholesome way. It's about $1.50 per day per person.
Daniel Amen: We eat out a lot and go to many social functions. What are some of the things I can do to stay on my healthy eating plan?
In your purse, put a little bottle of Sweetly.
Tana Amen: I've got Stevia and a bar always with me.
Daniel Amen: We carry food with us that's healthy, but, anyway, Sweetly makes ten different flavors. I like chocolate, and you'll always have it in your purse, because you love me. I'll get sparkling water and a lime. Nobody will harass me about that. I'll put a little bit in, because I like something a little bit sweet, and I'm perfectly happy. If it's an event where I will eat ahead of time.
Tana Amen: That's what I was going to say.
Daniel Amen: That way, I will not be tempted to make a mistake.
Tana Amen: What we will often do is eat ahead of time, and then pick at the salad and just eat a little bit of this or that. If they have chicken, order it without the sauce. They're usually willing to accommodate you a little bit.
Daniel Amen: I like this one. Which brand of permanent hair color do you recommend? Is the media right to say we should stay away from parabens and PPDs? I'm not ready to go gray yet.
Tana Amen: Me either. This is a hard one.
Daniel Amen: There is a couple of apps. My favorite one is called Think Dirty. Download it. It's free, or the Environmental Working Group as an app called Healthy Living, another one called Skin Deep, and they actually let you scan the products. When I first did this in my bathroom, I literally threw out 70% of the products in my bathroom. Parabens, phthalates and PEGs are endocrine disrupters. I'm putting all this stuff on my body to be sexy for my beautiful wife, and they're completely dropping my testosterone, so I'm not going to feel like being sexy. You don't want to do that. You don't want to put anything in your body that has pesticides in it, and you don't want to put anything on your body with poison, unless, of course, you don't like yourself. If you don't like yourself, that's a psychiatric issue we should talk about.
Tana Amen: As far as the hair color goes, that's a hard one. What I have done ... Yes, I'm not going gray yet. Not going to do it.
Daniel Amen: I would love you.
Tana Amen: I know. He keeps telling me, "Go gray." It's not going to happen.
Daniel Amen: I would love you.
Tana Amen: I know you would, and I love you for that, but it's not going to happen. You won't have to worry about it. That is the one thing I'm not ready to do, and I'm hoping that someone comes up with a really healthy hair color. They do make hair color, and I can't remember. I want to say it's Schwarzkopf. I'm not 100% sure. There is a brand that makes it without ammonia and lead, but I do know it just has other chemicals in it. Probably a little better than most, but to make up for that, what I do now is I try to be more careful with all the stuff I use on a day to day basis. Does that make sense? I just try to not daily assault my body with all of the chemicals around the house.
Daniel Amen: I think we only have time for one more question. I like this last question. How would you recommend some of the Brain MD health products with the Daniel Plan to help maximize potential?
I create supplements and have for a long time. They're under our Brand MD health line, and I think everybody should be taking a great multiple vitamin. We make one called Neurovite Plus, an awesome Omega 3 fatty acid supplement. We make Omega 3 Power, and these are different than what you can buy in the store, because they're concentrated, highly purified. Each batch is filtered for 256 toxins, and then I think you should check your vitamin D level and optimize it. We have products, if you tend to be a worrier and over focused, if your mood is not good, if you feel too anxious, you can't focus, or you have memory issues.
I think supplements help you mind the gap between that perfect diet and what most people do.
Tana Amen: I would add to that one last thing, and that is that we make an awesome protein powder, because a lot of the recipes you will see, are things like smoothies and stuff like that, so we make a plant based protein powder that includes all the amino acids, branch chain amino acids, if you're a vegan. It's got fiber in it. It's got no sugar, so it's really clean. Tastes really good, chocolate and vanilla. I think that that's another product that goes really nicely with The Daniel Plan. I'm biased, because I helped create it.
Daniel Amen: Yes, you did.
Tana Amen: I really like it, and because we use it in so many recipes. That's one thing.
I just want to touch really quickly before we end on that question, because it's just been stuck in my head, about the person who does the self-sabotage. Chances are you have learned to ... You've learned a series of habits that are sabotaging you, and you can learn tiny habits that will help you get back on track. It's about those daily habits. That's why we call it training, the daily training of a warrior. You just have to start that training and start with small habits, and build on them, but it's about daily training. You can't show up for the fight, you can't show up on fight day and expect to win if you're not training every day, so just every day, start those small things that are going to help build you up and get back on track.
Daniel Amen: One habit that I just really love, actually it's on the top of my to do list, it's every morning, I start with today is going to be a great day, because then my brain will find why today is going to be a great day. I, also, start with what I'm going to do today. Is it good for my brain or bad for my brain?
In the Daniel Plan, there are literally hundreds of daily habits that you can begin to put in your life. Just do one thing at a time.
Tana Amen: One thing at a time.
Daniel Amen: When you make a mistake, learn from it.
Tana Amen: Just get back. Up fell down. Get back up. You only fail if you stay down.
Daniel Amen: We are praying for your success. We are thrilled to be on this journey with you. You can tune in. The Daniel Plan has so many different resources. Tana and I have two new books called The Brain Warrior's Way, The Brain Warrior's Way Cookbook. It's all Daniel Plan friendly. We're just grateful you're part of our communities.
Tana Amen: Thank you so much.
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The Daniel Plan: The 5 Pillars of Weight Loss Success
Mon, Jan 30, 2017
The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking program that will equip you with practical tools and resources to help you get into the best shape of your health.
In this episode, we've answered some questions from our audience which we hope can also help you understand better what is in store for you if you get yourself into this program.
If you haven't seen this, check out the Daniel Plan website.
Tana: Hi everyone. We are so excited to be here today answering questions about the detox, the talk we did last weekend, right?
Dr. Amen: For the Daniel Plan.
Dr. Amen: Which is a book, program that Mark Hyman, Rick Warren, and I wrote. Tanner was one of the coaches on that. It goes perfectly with the philosophy of what we have been teaching for a long time.
Tana: We're not schitzophrenic, we're looking at three different cameras. Just so you know, okay? We are trying to include.
Dr. Amen: Is that definition of not being schitzophrenic?
Tana: Right. We are trying include all of you. We're being inclusive.
Dr. Amen: So, we're gonna answer questions. We got a lot of 'em and actually one of my favorite ones is "I hate cooking, any tips for the non-cooker?"
Tana: You're gonna give me away aren't you? He's gonna throw me under bus right now.
Dr. Amen: When I met her, she couldn't cook if fact I prayed.
Dr. Amen: Fervently, that she wouldn't cook.
Tana: It's true.
Dr. Amen: Because it was like a bomb would go off in the kitchen.
Tana: I did not learn how to cook until actually, probably when we got together, and Daniel says I went from disaster to master. There's a reason for that. It was because I actually, here's the secret even though I've written eight cook books, I don't love to cook, okay? I love to serve my family so I think part of the secret is that you focus on what's important to you. If it's, cooking, you know some people love to cook but if you don't love cooking, focus on the reason you're doing it. I did it because I wanted to be healthy and I couldn't go out at the time, to just all these great, healthy restaurants. There are still not that many of them but also because I wanted to serve my family. I didn't want my daughter growing up in the same sort of food chaos that I grew up in and so I learned how to do it. One of my biggest tips, the thing I would give to you is find ten things that you love that are super easy. Like the chicken wings that I make for my family, super easy recipe, I know I can do it in fifteen minutes and the preparation's just incredibly simple. I have 10 or 15 recipes that my family loves that I know are easy and from there, you'll start to branch out.
Dr. Amen: "I am new to the Daniel Plan. I read the book and watched the videos. Where is the best place to start?" What would you say?
Tana: I think that this might be different for everybody because I think that, like you talk about a lot, is tiny habits. I think that probably the thing that's easiest for you to master might be the thing to do. If drinking water sounds easy to you, start with drinking water. If cleaning out your pantry, we'd probably recommend that for all of you but master one thing. Clean out your pantry. Fill your pantry with good things. Drink water. Take small habits though and start to them expand them and whatever one feels the easiest to master, that's where I would start. What would you say?
Dr. Amen: The Daniel Plan is based on five pillars, faith, why do you care? Ask yourself and answer that question. Now, I never want to be a burden to my family. I want to live with great energy. I'm completely vain and I want to be in the same size pants I was in when I was 18. What's your motivation? Why do you care? Food, is this good for me or bad for me? It's really about a relationship with food but just start asking yourself this question. Will this serve my health or with this hurt my health? Fitness, brand new study I told you about this, if you're 80 years old and you walk at a three mile an hour pace, you have a 90% chance to live until you're ninety. If you can only walk at a one mile an hour pace, you have a 90% chance you will not live until you're 90 so start walking faster. I always tell everybody walk like you're late. Faith, food, fitness, focus, stop believing every stupid thought you have. Whenever you're sad, mad, nervous or out of control. Start journaling just start writing down what you're thinking and friends. People get better together or they get sick together. The thing I say over and over again that I just believe, the fastest way to get healthy is to find the healthiest people you can stand and then spend as much time around him or her as possible. Get the Daniel Plan. Do it with a friend.
Tana: Couldn't agree more.
Dr. Amen: If you could buy a copy for yourself and buy one for someone else and you do it as a group, you just get better faster. Just pick something really simple from each of those five pillars and go I'm doing that today.
Tana: Yeah, so I like the idea of picking something really simple you know you can do, master it and then move on. I like that. Let's see "I see the Daniel Plan talks a lot about detox. Can you please share some tips? Refer to watching" ... Okay, let's see, the first thing I want to do with the detox is explain what detox means cause a lot of people think we're going to drink some solution. Detox means this magical thing that happens and we're going to eliminate all of the bad things out of your body and by some you know, some magical thing we do. Really, what detox means at least for us, is you're going to get rid of the things that have been hurting you and start adding the things that have been helping you. We do not want you on a starvation program. We don't want you doing an all juice fast. We don't want you feeling miserable or deprived so you can all breathe a sigh of relief now. Really, what it means is that we just want you eating super clean and getting rid of the things that have been hurting you. That's really what we want you to focus on. An example would be sugar. We want you start with getting and we want you to start with two weeks of, because anyone can do that, or ten days. Ten days, anyone can do ten days, get rid of sugar, caffeine, anything that contains gluten, so especially wheat, dairy and what am I missing? Processed foods.
Dr. Amen: Corn. Soy.
Tana: And processed foods.
Dr. Amen: People are going but there's nothing left to eat.
Tana: Oh, there's so much.
Dr. Amen: We promise you, thousands of things and you want to think about food, you know what's your relationship? Are you going to eat something that serves you or something that hurts you?
Tana: Be thinking about adding lots of fat and healthy protein so not trans-fats or processed fats but nuts, avocado, seeds. A little healthy protein throughout the day will keep you very satisfied. Go to the Daniel Plan's website, the Daniel Plan cookbook, it's loaded with recipes. Their chefs are amazing. They're really going to help you get this down and not feel deprived. It's about abundance. It's not about deprivation.
Dr. Amen: The next question is "Life is so busy with my family, I really struggle prepping meals for the week and because of this, we typically go to fast food restaurants or I whip up something quick that probably isn't the healthiest. What do you suggest?" I suggest making this a priority and if you're gonna go pick up stuff, cause we pick up stuff.
Dr. Amen: It's find the restaurants that you like that like you back. Focus on organic vegetables and fruit, meats and you go oh, but that's expensive. No being sick is expensive. You really want to get your mindset right. A great website to go to is the environmental working group because they'll tell you which are the vegetables you really need organic and which are the ones that are okay to do non-organic.
Tana: I really like that and one thing I tell myself in order to reframe this cause it really is all about mindset. If you really want to do something, you will find a way and if you don't, you will find an excuse. That's just been our experience. What I really want you to focus on here is when I, cause we are really busy and I know how hard it can be when you're that busy. We traveled all the month of December, part of January and it was exhausting. When I am that tired, that's especially when I tell myself I am too busy not to make good decisions about my heath. I am too busy not to eat healthy, not to exercise, not to get my sleep. I have to be especially protective of myself and my family. I'm even more vigilant during those times and so come up with some simple solutions. I pay my daughter. Yes, bribery is a good thing, at times, so it becomes part of her chores to help chop up veggies or have an assistant, my assistant who normally helps at work, guess what, I have to have a cross over and she'll help me with things around the house and chopping up veggies and going to the grocery store and making sure I have healthy snacks. If you want to find a way.
Dr. Amen: Now people are saying I don't have an assistant.
Dr. Amen: I'm not like Tana Amen. I can't do that so before you were Tana Amen, what would you do?
Tana: That's a great question because now, my life is different now so that's my challenge is time now. There's been a time, believe me, lot's of times when it was financial and so one thing you can do that I have actually know of people doing very successfully, share the chores with another mom or another wife or someone, another person in your neighborhood. One person goes to the grocery store. One person is prepping. It is not harder to make a double batch of say, turkey chili or soup or something like that as it is to make one and it's not.
Dr. Amen: So and even before you had help, if you really wanted to do something.
Dr. Amen: You found the time.
Tana: I find a way. Yes, it's just, you just have to make it priority.
Dr. Amen: So what we're just asking you to do is make your health a priority because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit that was given to you by God, that was bought for you at a price. If you're not taking care of this, it means you're being disrespectful to the most important gift God gave you or one of the most important gifts God gave you.
Tana: One last little tip, here's an example of what that looks like. We do a lot of meetings, a lot of interviews. I do my interviews walking around, okay? I am moving. I don't like sitting all day and for me when I'm really busy, that's one of the things that really gets to us and gets me down. I move while I am interviewing while I am on meetings. Download File - 9.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Q & A Session: Can ADD Be Cured? Is It True?
Sat, Jan 28, 2017
Join us in another lively discussion as Dr Daniel Amen and Tana Amen, answer some of the most interesting questions surrounding ADD, ADHD, brain health, nutrition, sex, and more. Download File - 20.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
What Makes a Great Leader?
Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Whether it's in the family, in governments, or businesses, all these instutitions are in dire need of great leaders.
In this episode of Brain Warrior's Podcast, we'll talk to Dr. John Townsend about the secret sauce of raising great leaders.
Dr. Townsend works with leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by giving conference presentations. He coaches families and family businesses. John conducts the Townsend Leadership Program, developing leaders at sites nationwide. He also formed the Townsend Leadership Coach Group, which trains leaders to run their own training teams. Download File - 11.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Dr Amen Q&A Session 3 Part 1
Sat, Jan 14, 2017
Welcome back to another episode of our Q&A session. Today's episode we're going to talk about a couple of issues, but one thing that stood in this episode is a question about sugar and sweeteners. I know it's a hot topic and it's something you probably are asking yourself as well. So be sure to listen to the whole episode and learn some useful insights in today's questions, answered. Download File - 16.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Teenage Brain - How to Train Teens in Building the Right Boundaries
Fri, Jan 13, 2017
This is our first milestone for this podcast, and believe it or not, we've just reached our 50th episode.
So from all of us here at the Amen Clinic, thank you for your continued support and the wonderful feedback and reviews that you've left on iTunes.
Now to celebrate this milestone, we're joined by Dr. John Townsend, a prolific, New York Times bestselling author of almost 30 books.
Today's topic is all about the teenage brain. It's a topic that's near and dear to us because we too have a teenager who is so special in our life.
The problem is, in many families, these teens don't get the attention they need to prepare themselves for the future, to be the next leaders. They are left vulnerable to negative influences.
If you're in that same boat, be sure to listen, as Dr John Townsend shares with us his expertise in helping parents raise up teens with the right boundaries. Download File - 11.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How to Create Boundaries That Build Relationship with Dr John Townsend
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Successful relationships are built on mutual respect of another person's boundaries and limitations. When someone encroaches another person's boundaries, it means no less than trouble.
One of the most simple way of creating boundaries for yourself is by practicing a graceful way of saying no when you feel that it's against your principle, your health, or your well being. Unfortunately, many fall into becoming men pleasers which simply means giving up on someone's boundaries.
Today's episode, we'll dig deeper into this topic and we'll have Dr. John Townsend, New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach, psychologist, and author of Boundaries: When to Say Yes, When to Say No-To Take Control of Your Life.
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Entitlement Cure - How to Break the Grip of Entitlement by Instilling Accountability and Responsibility with Dr. John Townsend
Wed, Jan 11, 2017
If there's one thing that keeps people from succeeding, it's their sense of entitlement. And that's what we're going to discuss today. Why is this entitlement so detrimental to developing responsible and accountable children or employees and how are we going to tackle this societal disease.
Today's guest is an expert on this topic and he's written the book, The Entitlement Cure along with many other books.
Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 8 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and Handling Difficult People.
I'm sure you'll enjoy the insights in this episode so be sure to stick around. And if you haven't subscribe, be sure to subscribe to this podcast so you won't miss out on three other interviews we have with Dr. Townsend. Download File - 10.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Empowering Women By Building Positive Body Image
Tue, Jan 10, 2017
What would you do when someone tells you that you're fat? There's practically only two things you can do about this type of comment, you can either take it and respond gracefully or it can tear your confidence down and you go into a defensive mode, depression, and stress.
According to studies, 93% of women doesn't like their body. Well, that's a sad number and I think it's really worth talking about this issue and we can build a positive body image for everyone, no matter what their age is.
Join us in this episode as we listen more from Kathy Smith and how she helps empower women and build a positive body image.
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How to Do What You Ought to Do and Deal with Your Excuses with Kathy Smith
Mon, Jan 09, 2017
Alibis, excuses, whatever you call it, at some point in our lives, we all had our own reasons for not doing the healthy things or the good things eventhough we already knew its consequences. Why we do what we shouldn't do and not do those that we ought to do, that's the million dollar question.
In today's episode, we'll discuss about this with Kathy Smith and she'll share with us her insights and personal experience and hopefully we'll all learn something to takeaway to help us stick to what we should do for our health. Download File - 14.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Dr Amen Q&A Session 2 Part 2
Sat, Jan 07, 2017
Today's Q&A session is great mix of different topics but one thing that really stood out was a case where a lady lost her memory that takes care of the simple mathematical skills like addition and subtraction. You might think it's a weird case, but if you'd like to learn of the full story on this, be sure to listen to this episode. Download File - 12.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Strength Training & How to Boost Brain Health w Kathy Smith Fitness Expert
Fri, Jan 06, 2017
In today’s episode, we are joined by New York Times bestselling author and forefront figure in the fitness and health industry, Kathy Smith. Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs, and she has been featured on countless media outlets, including The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View and Good Morning America. She will share with us her insights on the undeniable benefits of strength training to keep a healthy body and healthy brain. Download File - 15.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How to Grow New Brain Cells TODAY ! Interview with Dr. David Perlmutter
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
There have been many studies that show us how the brain cells degenerate or slowly die in a variety of scenarios. It's probably a quest that modern medicine has long sought to resolve.
So in today's episode, we're joined by Dr. David Perlmutter in our continuing discussion about brain health, and in particular, we'll talk about our quests and questions on how we can regenerate or grow new brain cells. Download File - 16.9 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Flush Toxins For Brighter Brain Health
Wed, Jan 04, 2017
It's no surprise to know that many of the food circulating today contains toxins that are harmful not only for our gut, but ultimately for our brain and our overall health.
So today, we're dedicating this episode to this specific topic and with the help of Dr. David Perlmutter, we hope to shed light on how great an impact this toxins have in our brain health. Download File - 14.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Brain Maker: It's All About The Gut
Tue, Jan 03, 2017
In this episode, we're continuing our discussion with Dr. David Perlmutter on how the gut health impacts your brain health. It's a really interesting discussion and you'll sure learn a lot about the importance of your food choices in how your brain functions.
Now, if you have not listened to the first part, Grain Brain: How Gluten is Terrorizing Your Brain, be sure to check it out. Download File - 14.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Grain Brain: How Gluten is Terrorizing You & Your Brain
Mon, Jan 02, 2017
Happy New Year! We are so excited to start this year with a bang by first of all bringing to the podcast some notable and renowned authorities in the field of brain health.
So to start the new year, we have with us today, Dr. David Perlmutter. Dr. Perlmutter is a board certified neurologist, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a four time New York Times bestselling author. He received his MD degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Leonard G. Roundtree Research Award.
He has published extensively in peer reviewed scientific journals, including the Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and the Journal of Applied Nutrition. He's been interviewed all over the place, Dr. Oz, Oprah, the Today Show. One of my favorite books is Brain Maker. He's, also, the author of Grain Brain, the Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar. He has a brand new book called The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan.
Listen to this series with Dr. Perlmutter as we discuss about grain and it's impact in our gut and brain health. Download File - 13.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Dr Amen Q&A Session 2 Part 1
Sat, Dec 31, 2016
Enjoy today's two-part Question and Answer session where Dr Amen was asked a variety of questions, from the relation of PMS to brain health, which is better hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia, and more.
Be sure to subscribe to this podcast so you can get notified of part 2 and the future episodes of Brain Warrior's Way Podcast.
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Get Your Black Belt in Brain Health
Fri, Dec 30, 2016
Tana's milestones in her martial arts, earning for herself two black belts resound a lot about her passion for her health. Once told by her doctor not to engage in martial arts because of many health issues and ultimately battling cancer too, Tana's fighting spirit still tells us what we can do even when the odds are against us. So today, we'll get to know Tana's story how she earned her black belt and how she continues to that training to achieve a black belt in brain health.
So today, we'll get to know Tana's story, how she earned her black belt and how she continues with her training to achieve a black belt in brain health. Download File - 7.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Steps to Prevent Alzheimers Disease
Thu, Dec 29, 2016
50% of people who are 85 years and older will actually be diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer's, other forms of dementia. That's normal. What we want to do today is actually help you prevent it. We want you to be 60 or 70 or 80 and to be as cognitively sharp as you were when you were 20.
Listen to the full episode for tips and insights on how you can prevent Alzheimer's and maintain a sharp brain. Download File - 9.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
7 Critical Reasons Not to Ignore PTSD Anxiety and Depression
Wed, Dec 28, 2016
Believe it or not, but growing up in a violent environment causes the same brain changes in children as soldiers in war.
When you grow up troubled, in a chaotic or an aggressive environment, it can actually change your brain, perhaps for the rest of your life.
Join us in this episode as we discuss this topic on why you shouldn't ignore PTSD anxiety, and depression. Download File - 7.1 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
ADD & The Powerful Female Brain
Tue, Dec 27, 2016
Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD is a highly genetic issue. While some of the symptoms may go unnoticed it's always a good thing to pay close attention if you suspect them to have it, especially if your child has short attention span and has difficulty getting organized or focused.
Listen to this episode and get to know some tips and insights based on a first hand experience. Download File - 7.7 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Discover- Is it PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury?
Mon, Dec 26, 2016
In this episode of Brain Warrior's way podcast, we're going to discuss this landmark research paper on brain imaging and behavior where we can distinguish between people who've had been physically traumatized versus those who've had emotional trauma. Download File - 12.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Dr Amen's Q&A Session - Part 3
Sat, Dec 24, 2016
Check out the third and final part of Dr Amen's question and answer segment. To listen to the previous Q&A sessions go to:
Part 1: http://www.brainwarriorswaypodcast.com/index.php/dr-amen-qa-session-1/
Part 2: http://www.brainwarriorswaypodcast.com/index.php/dr-amens-qa-session-part-2/ Download File - 26.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Is Stress Dominating your life?
Fri, Dec 23, 2016
We all face stress at some point in our lives. The sad thing is, not all of us are equipped to really deal with stress head on. So today, we're taking the time to share with you our personal and proven strategies that we've used all these years to effectively manage stress in our life. Download File - 8.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Three Quick Steps to Block Negative Thinking
Thu, Dec 22, 2016
In today's episode, we're going to talk about the three steps on how you can block and eliminate those negative thoughts. Some simple tips to make sure you don't dwell on those negative thoughts but replace it with something positive and useful for your brain. Download File - 9.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Natural Ways to Ease Holiday Anxiety, Stress, and Panic Attacks
Wed, Dec 21, 2016
You can't avoid stress. That's a fact. Fortunately, there are many ways you can do to ensure that you're able to manage those stresses instead of just absorbing them day by day. Stick around and listen to today's episode where we discuss the four quick ways to ease those stresses and anxieties this holiday season. Download File - 7.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
What Do You Feed a Million Dollar Brain - Parenting Series Part 2
Tue, Dec 20, 2016
We often hear parent's say that their kids only eat their favorite hotdog or burger and would not even dare glance at vegetables and you're probably wondering how on earth can you raise brain healthy kids who feed on this kind of diet.
If you one of the parent's with this challenge, then this episode is for you. Be sure to listen to the whole episode as we discuss how you can resolve the daily table battle and win the game. Download File - 6.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
End The Brain Scratching Homework Battles - Parenting Series Part 1
Mon, Dec 19, 2016
Parenting can be very challenging if you don't have the right direction as a parent and if you don't have a vision of what you'd like your child to be.
In this episode, we will talk about how you can turn things around if you are struggling with instilling discipline and accountability to your children. Download File - 8.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Dr Amen's Q&A Session - Part 2
Sat, Dec 17, 2016
Check out the second part of Dr Amen's question and answer segment. If you haven't listened to part 1, be sure to check it out by going to Episode 21: http://www.brainwarriorswaypodcast.com/21 Download File - 20.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How Does Brain Health Affect Your Love Life?
Fri, Dec 16, 2016
Have you ever wondered if love just about the heart or is it more about your brain? Well, it's a common question and a lot get confused on what role these two organs really play in the emotional state of a person. So today, we'll demystify the role of your brain in our relationships.
Be sure to listen to the whole episode. And if you haven't left us a review on iTunes, you can drop them by clicking here: Download File - 11.6 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
How to Manage Your Relationship When Someone You Love Has ADD
Thu, Dec 15, 2016
How are you going to respond when you find out that your partner or someone close to you has ADD?
In today's episode, we'll focus on this topic and we'll share with you our personal experience and our insights on how you can gracefully overcome ADD in your relationships. Download File - 11.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
NFL Football Concussions: Winners or Losers?
Wed, Dec 14, 2016
Football is so popular in the U.S. but the truth is football is one of the most dangerous games for your brain. We've scanned hundreds of football players and the results we're far from pleasing.
In this episode, we'll share with you our studies and findings. Be sure to listen to the full episode and if you have any brain changing experience, we'd be happy to hear it. Drop us an email or a video message. Download File - 15.3 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
The Steps to Becoming a Brain Health Warrior
Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Your brain's wellness is probably one of the most neglected health concern. In today's episode the podcast, we're going to discuss how you can turn this mentality around, what steps you should take and where you can expect to be if you do the right way of taking care of your brain health. Download File - 26.5 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Who is Tana Amen?
Mon, Dec 12, 2016
While many of you probably know Tana as the beautiful face beside me all the time, Tana is a person with a life so rich in experience and a story worth listening. So in today's episode, let me do the honor of introducing her to you and how she became the person that you know her today. Download File - 22.4 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Dr Amen Q&A Session 1
Sat, Dec 10, 2016
Welcome to the first Q&A session with Dr Amen. Every Saturday, you will be hearing one of Dr Amen's Q&A sessions, Facebook Live broadcasts, webinars as well as event recordings. Download File - 21.2 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Fear and Worry
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
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Fear, Doubt and Worry, How to harness the worry monster lurking in your Brain. Master your thoughts to live free again and love your life.
Sleep and the Brain
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
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How you can help your Brain take you off to sleep more deeply. 20 Ways to enhance your sleep and rest better. Awake relaxed and renewed the Brain Warrior Way.
Fight or Flight
Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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How to deal with the trauma of being attacked. How to release the pain of trauma and begin to heal your brain and your body.
The Male vs Female Brain
Tue, Dec 06, 2016
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What can the brain teach us about dealing with the opposite sex or “why you really do have to ask your man more than once.
Sex on the Brain
Mon, Dec 05, 2016
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Use your brain to enhance your sex life. Enjoy more intimacy and better sex using the untapped power in your Brain. Light up your Brain lite up your sex life.
The Power of Forgiveness
Wed, Nov 23, 2016
This is a very special podcast where we talk about the power of forgiveness and the impact it has on your brain’s health. They also discuss the health costs of holding on to hurts. Download File - 10.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Sheep, Sheepdogs and Warrior’s
Wed, Nov 23, 2016
In this powerful episode Daniel and Tana share one of the signature stories from their book The Brain Warrior’s Way. It is a story about how to develop the right mindset to never be a victim again of the forces trying to make you sick. Download File - 14.0 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
Overcoming Negativity: Kill the ANTs
Tue, Nov 22, 2016
You will listen to this podcast over and over. In this episode Daniel and Tana will teach you the importance of not believing every thought you have, how to discipline your mind, kill the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) and overcome negativity. Download File - 12.8 MB (Click to Play on Mobile Device) Listen To This Podcast (Streaming Audio)
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