The brain is capable of some incredible and life-altering changes. The hippocampus actually creates 700 new stem cells every single day, meaning the brain can regenerate, improve, and heal from traumatic injuries and other significant insults to function better than ever.
We’re more successful at this when we know what the underlying causes of dysfunction are. The brain is one organ that is often treated without ever being seen. Imaging provides us with an amazing look at what areas of the brain are suffering. We can also look at our habits, genetic predispositions, emotional and physical health history, environment, and many other factors to understand the root of brain imbalances.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to our good friend and colleague, Dr. Daniel Amen, about all this and more.
Dr. Amen is a physician, double board-certified psychiatrist, twelve-time New York Times bestselling author, and founder of Amen Clinics, with 10 clinics across the United States. Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of brain SPECT scans related to behavior, totaling nearly 200,000 scans on patients from 150 countries.
Dr. Amen’s research team has published more than 80 scientific articles on his work, and Discover Magazine named his research using SPECT to distinguish posttraumatic stress disorder from traumatic brain injury as one of the top 100 stories in science for 2015.
Dr. Amen is the author of many books including the mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, as well as The End of Mental Illness, Memory Rescue, Healing ADD, and The Daniel Plan, written with Dr. Mark Hyman and Pastor Rick Warren. In March 2021, he released Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tame the Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits and Hang Ups.
In this episode, we dive into:
- How improving your brain health improves every aspect of your life (7:35)
- Why Dr. Amen hates the term mental illness (12:50)
- What you do to your brain you do to your body (14:24)
- The hidden forces that are having a dramatic impact on our brain and bodies (17:32)
- What Dr. Amen did to take control of his brain health (24:04)
- How to have mastery over the health of your brain and body (28:52)
- How influences from your past steal your happiness (33:52)
- How mold can wreak havoc on the brain (48:34)
- How to get control over the inflammation in your body and brain (55:21)
- Common reasons why people get derailed from following through on a plan (1:01:33)
Also mentioned in this episode:
- The UltraMind Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman
- Amen Clinics
- Know Your Dragon’s Quiz
- The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast
- Brain Thrive by 25 Course
- Change Your Brain, Change Your Life Foundation
- I Told You So! Why The American Cancer Society Says to Stop Drinking
For more on Dr. Amen you can follow him on Instagram @doc_amen, on Facebook @drdanielamen, on Twitter @docamen, on TikTok @docamen, and through his website https://danielamenmd.com/. Get his book Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tame The Hidden Dragons That Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-ups, at https://yourbrainisalwayslistening.com/.
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