Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning
Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator on “Math Hacks Anyone Can Learn To Transform Your Math Mindset”

Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator on “Math Hacks Anyone Can Learn To Transform Your Math Mindset”

July 25, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #150 with Scott Flansburg[i] who Regis Philbin called “The Human Calculator[ii]” because he can mentally count faster than a calculator.

Watch this interview on YouTube here. https://youtu.be/aa8mbxvYqrc

Learn more about Scott Flansburg's online programs here.

https://scottflansburg.com/a/andrea

See past episodes here. https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/

 

On this episode you will learn:

✔︎  How someone with incredible math abilities has started the National Counting Bee to share his talents with students around the country.

✔︎ 2 NEW WAYS to look at numeracy and math that will change your mindset forever.

✔︎ How Scott Flansburg got into the Guinness World Book of Records for his unique mathematical abilities and what his brain scans revealed about his brain.

✔︎ Scott's vision for the future and how he plans to change the way ALL 3rd graders approach math in the future.

I'm Andrea Samadi, author, and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with ideas that we can all use, understand and implement immediately. I do want to thank the listeners who have sent me messages through social media about how you are using these podcast episodes in your personal and professional lives. We are approaching our goal of hitting 200 episodes and 100,000 downloads and couldn’t do this without listeners, or high-quality guests.

Back to this episode.

After being introduced to Howard Berg[iii], who holds the Guinness World record for speed reading, I was introduced to Dave Farrow[iv], a two-time Guinness World Record holder for correctly memorizing and recalling the exact order of 59 decks of shuffled playing cards. I began to see that extraordinary results are possible, when regular people, like you and me, do certain things in a certain way. I look forward to sharing Scott Flansburg’s story, to see what strategies we can learn and implement to help us all improve our numeracy skills. Yes, he does hold the Guinness World Record for the fastest mental calculation after adding the same number to itself more times in 15 seconds, even faster than anyone could do with a calculator.

I’ve heard of the importance of developing strong numeracy skills twice already, from past guests. On episode #138,[v] Professor and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Dr. Daniel Ansari, affirmed that research shows that students with weak numeracy skills are more likely to default on their mortgage payments in the future, and on episode #146[vi] Dr. Howard Rankin, an expert in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience who spoke on the topic of “How Not to Think” agreed that low numeracy skills are a noticeable problem in the US, and that many people have no idea on the concept of “compounding interest.”

Let’s see what we can learn from Scott Flansburg. But first, here’s a bit more about him.

Since about 1990 Scott Flansburg has regularly given lectures and presentations at schools. He has been a presenter at organizations such as NASA, IBM, The Smithsonian Institution, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Mental Calculation World Cup. The latter described Flansburg as “more an auditory than a visual [mental] calculator”.

One of Flansburg’s “personal missions” is to use education to elevate math confidence and self-esteem in adults and children. He says “Why has it become so socially acceptable to be bad at math?,” and reminds us that “If you were illiterate, you wouldn’t say that on TV, but you can say that you are bad at math. We have to change the attitude.” He believes students should become proficient with calculation methods rather than relying on table memorization.

Scott is the creator of The Counting Bee™[vii], an annual STEM competition open for K-12 students at all public, private, charter, and home schools. Its inaugural competition was held on November 8, 2018, in Arizona, where I live. I wish I had known of Scott back then, for I would have been sitting in the front row, hoping to learn something.

What’s really interesting is that Scott discovered his mental calculation ability at the age of 9 when his math teacher asked him to add four numbers. He can mentally add, subtract, divide and multiply numbers with the accuracy of the calculator naturally. In 1990, he started using his abilities in the education and entertainment industry. To date, he has published books like Math Magic and Math Magic For Your Kids.

Scott has been featured in popular shows around the world like The Ellen Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, USA Today, BBC breakfast, ESPN, History Channel, and many more.

Let’s meet Scott Flansburg.

Welcome Scott, thank you very much for coming on the podcast today to share ways that we can improve our numeracy skills. This is such an honor for me to have this chance to speak with you. When I looked at your website, it’s clear that you have caught the attention of some of the greats who have made their mark in history, like Larry King, or Regis Philbin who nicknamed you “The Human Calculator,” Tony Robbins, Oprah or comic book writer Stan Lee.

Welcome!

I’ve got to tell you Scott, when I see talent, it’s impossible to look away! I was blown away with your story (watching you add a 2-digit number to itself 36 times in 15 seconds) but what really got me was seeing you on AZ Family TV with the 1st AZ Counting Bee[viii]and the National Counting Bee[ix] helping students with these skills.

Intro Q: Why did you start the Counting Bee, and what is your vision for young people around the world with numeracy skills?

Q1: Scott, what I love about stories like yours, is that there is such a huge need for numeracy skills (not just here in the US, but Globally) and I’m fully aware of how important mindset is for my own results/future, let alone my two girls who watch and model everything that I do, especially now that the Pandemic has taken away so much of those math skills that are cumulative. When I watched the winner of your Counting Bee, and the anchor asked his Mom “Where did he learn this from, was it you?” And she said strongly, “Definitely not!” Perhaps his Father? I recognized that I have said the exact same thing about my husband who is really good with numbers.  Why do you think people so afraid of numbers? Do you think there is a new sense of urgency around numeracy skills that is different now with the times we have faced?

Q2: When did you notice that you had these numeracy skills that were helpful for your family while grocery shopping (I read that you could add up the tally of a grocery list before the cashier had rung up your orders) or at what age did you notice that your brain worked differently from the other students?

Q3: How did you get into the Guinness World Book of Records? How did you even know about trying for this?

Q4: What have you learned about your brain and how it might be different from other brains? I saw something about the fact that scientists associate your mathematical skills with the fact that an area in your brain is displaced upward and significantly expanded? Did you have your brain scanned? How would anyone know this?

Q5: I have put a link to your website, with your programs listed, but what are the programs you offer?  I see courses for kids, students, and professionals. Can you tell me about each one?

Thank you so much for your time today and for what you are doing to help the world embrace numbers in a different way. If anyone wants to reach you, they can click on the link in the show notes and also find you

https://twitter.com/HumanCalculator 

 

https://scottflansburg.com/a/andrea

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thehumancalculator/

 

https://www.facebook.com/IAmTheHumanCalculator

 

Area 44 of the Brain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brodmann_area_44

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/TheCountingBee The National Counting Bee on Twitter

 

Sign up for the next Counting Bee https://www.thecountingbee.org/

RESOURCES:

Nelson Dellis’ Mind Show with Scott Flansburg Published March 8, 2016  https://memory-sports.com/blog/videos/nelson-dellis-mind-show-with-scott-flansburg-the-human-calculator/

Re-learning Math with Scott Flansburg Part 1 Published on YouTube October 24, 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hesKQ_y1P7k

Human Calculator Shares Math Secrets Feb. 23, 2012 https://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Human-Calculator-shares-math-secrets-3357228.php

Math Magic by Scott Flansburg Published in Amazon June 15, 2015 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016UEKRA2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Math Magic for Your Kids Published Jan. 20, 1998  https://www.amazon.com/Math-Magic-Your-Kids-Calculator/dp/0060977310

Scott Flansburg Shares How He Came Up with the 0-99 Grid May 21, 2015 https://news.wttw.com/2015/05/21/human-calculator

http://wellmichelleblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-power-of-00.html

Stan Lee’s Superhumans Human Calculator| History Channel Published on YouTube  October 1, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtotrboSUqQ

Extraordinary Humans with Scott Flansburg https://watch.insight.tv/extraordinary-humans/videos/scott-flansburg

REFERENCES:

[i] https://scottflansburg.com/a/andrea

[ii] Scott Flansburg, The Human Calculator, Short History, Published on YouTube Dec. 4, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXkt-hQbm_k

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #145 with the World’s Fastest Reader, Howard Berg on “Strategies to Improve Reading, Comprehension and Recall” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/the-worlds-fastest-reader-howard-stephen-berg-on-strategies-to-improve-reading-comprehension-and-recall-for-educators-and-the-workplace/

[iv]https://farrowmemory.com/a/andrea

[v] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #138 with Dr. Daniel Ansari on “The Future of Educational Neuroscience” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/professor-and-canada-research-chair-in-developmental-cognitive-neuroscience-and-learning-on-the-future-of-educational-neuroscience/

[vi] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #146 with Expert in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, Howard Rankin, Ph.D. on “How Not to Think” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/expert-in-psychology-cognitive-neuroscience-and-neurotechnology-howard-rankin-phd-on-how-not-to-think/

[vii] The Counting Bee https://www.facebook.com/TheCountingBee/

[viii] AZ Channel 3 News 1st AZ Counting Bee Winner Published on YouTube Nov. 23, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjZ7cTBMEr4

[ix] The National Counting Bee April 3, 2019 https://www.kusi.com/the-human-calculator-encourages-students-to-sign-up-for-national-counting-bee/

Two-Time Guinness World Record Holder Dave Farrow on “Focus, Fatigue and Memory Hacks” for Students and the Workplace.

Two-Time Guinness World Record Holder Dave Farrow on “Focus, Fatigue and Memory Hacks” for Students and the Workplace.

July 22, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #149 with Dave Farrow[i], a two-time Canadian Guinness World Record Holder for Most Decks of Playing Cards Memorized in a single sighting in 1996 and again in 2007 when he correctly memorized and recalled the exact order of 59 decks of shuffled playing cards—which is 3068 cards in total, exceeding his previous record of 52 decks (2704 cards).

Watch the Interview on YouTube here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrxuvnCpI0c

Learn more about Dave Farrow and his Memory Program https://farrowmemory.com/a/andrea

See past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/

On this episode you will learn:

✔︎  How Dave Farrow overcame his diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia to develop talents that would set him miles apart from the rest in his future.

✔︎ The learning strategies that Dave Farrow used to overcome his areas of weakness and work 8x faster than the average person.

✔︎  The secret behind how he memorized 59 decks of shuffled playing cards that got him into the Guinness World Book of Records for memory.

✔︎ His strategy for memorizing 109 balloon colors (in 60 seconds) winning him the episode on FOX TV's SUPERHUMAN SHOW.

✔︎ How Dave Farrow now wants to give back and help others develop SUPERHUMAN MEMORY Powers, Increase Focus and Reduce Brain Fatigue, so they can rise to the top of their career and life.

I'm Andrea Samadi, author, and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with ideas that we can all use, understand and implement immediately.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to speak with fellow Canadian, Dave Farrow[ii] who wasn’t born with the gift of memory, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia as a child. To help him to do better at school, Dave created a memory system called “The Farrow Method” which is now a certifiable scientifically proven system for memory backed by a double-blind neuroscience study at McGill University

In 2008 Dave was hired by Sony Corporation to live in a window on 5th Avenue in Manhattan and speed read on a Sony E-Reader for literacy in America. In 30 days, he read over 100 books and through his efforts, Sony gave 4.4 million E-Books to schools in America. Over 100 million people watched him in the window read for charity. As a memory expert, David has trained over 10,000 business professionals, students, managers and seminar attendees in memory programs offered in both Canada and the United States, with that number growing each day.

Today Dave uses his media savvy and keen understanding of the brain in the public relations sector. He is the founder and CEO of FarrowPR a full-service public relations and marketing firm in Buffalo NY. With his ability to speed read and memorize large amounts of information, Dave is an expert in Nanotechnology and microfluidics and is currently developing a prototype for a robotic moving mannequin with “Start Up New York.” Dave has been a featured guest expert on over 2000 interviews in the media including, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Steve Harvey, Discovery Channel and many others.

I was introduced to Dave Farrow after episode #145 with Howard Berg[iii] who holds the Guinness World record for speed reading, and immediately started to make connections with his work, and past interviews and episodes. I’m always looking at ways to improve memory, especially after my brain scan at Amen Clinics[iv] showed that I was weak in the area of recall memory or recalling a list of random words and Dr. Creado who did my brain scan evaluation reminded me that “we can change our brain and memory with practice, but we must first of all believe it’s possible.” After seeing how easy it was to remember a list of 10 items with my interview with Howard Berg, I’m dying to learn more from Dave Farrow, and share these strategies with you.

Welcome Dave, thank you very much for meeting with me today. I see that you are originally from Kitchener, Ontario? Growing up in Toronto, I spent a lot of time in Kitchener in high school when a high school friend moved off the Homer Watson Blvd exit (I still remember that!). Where have I reached you today?

Q1: From reading your story, I can see how you got behind with your academics with the health challenges you experienced. Your story reminded me a lot of someone I interviewed years ago, named Nik Halik[v] from EPISODE #31 who overcame severe illness as a child, by studying Encyclopedias and went on to live a phenomenal life. What do you remember about your early years that motivated you to learn, study and begin developing the talents that would set you miles apart from others in your future?

Q2: Dave, a lot about your story is fascinating, but for those who work with students with dyslexia, or reading challenges, they might find it difficult to imagine results like yours. I interviewed Lois Letchford on episode #136 where her son, who was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade, went on to get his Ph.D. and graduate from Oxford University, with a bright future. His Mom spoke about the switch she felt with his learning when he began to find an interest in learning through maps. Also, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young from episode #132[vi] who changed her brain and left her learning disability behind. Was there something that you remember that changed for you that took you from struggling with your academics, to mastery?

Q3: Can we talk about what got you into the Guinness World Book of Records for memory?

"There is nothing more empowering or motivational than discovering the ability for SuperHuman Memory has been inside you all along."

- Dave Farrow

I watched you on the FOX TV SUPERHUMAN SHOW[vii] where you were being tested by memorizing 109 balloon colors, (in 60 seconds) (and then I thought “What strategy does he use to do this as you close your eyes?” How on the earth could you memorize 59 decks of shuffled cards when I struggle to remember 10 things on a random list? Is there a secret?

Q4: Looking through your work this weekend, I couldn’t miss seeing Harry Lorayne[viii] somewhere, and I don’t remember where it was, maybe it was a reference on your website. When I worked with Bob Proctor in the seminar industry, he was always talking about Harry Lorayne being the person he knew with a great memory (maybe because he hadn’t met you yet)? Was Harry one of your early influencers? Who else inspired the work you are doing?

Q5: I can also see some of the leaders of motivation and sales on your website who I’ve come across over the years. I saw Greg Reid, the creator of Secret Knock, who’s written so many books on the power of positive thinking and developing your mind, and also the late Frank Shankwitz, the Founder of Make-A-Wish Foundation, who we interviewed on episode #40 and sadly we lost earlier this year.[ix] How are you now using your talents to help others to be more successful?

Q6: What is the Farrow Method™[x] that was proven at McGill University’s neuroscience study and how does it guarantee to improve someone’s memory? How can The Farrow Method  help sales teams, high powered executives, or anyone else looking to improve their productivity and results?

Q7: Is there something important, that you think I have missed?

Thank you for your time today, Dave, and for all you are doing to help lift up those who may think they don’t have a chance for mind-blowing results that you have attained.

For those who want to learn more about you and your programs, I will put the link in the show notes  https://farrowmemory.com/a/andrea as well, they can find you on

Twitter https://twitter.com/FarrowComms

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/davefarrowmemory/

RESOURCES:

The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can’t Read by Ronald D. Davis Published Feb.4th 2010 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0030CVQGW/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Educational Implications of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences First Published Nov. 1st, 1989 by Howard Gardner https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/0013189X018008004

REFERENCES:

[i] https://farrowmemory.com/a/andrea

[ii] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Farrow

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #145 with the World’s Fastest Reader, Howard Berg on “Strategies to Improve Reading, Comprehension and Recall” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/the-worlds-fastest-reader-howard-stephen-berg-on-strategies-to-improve-reading-comprehension-and-recall-for-educators-and-the-workplace/

[iv] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #84 Brain Scan Results “How a SPECT Image Brain Scan Can Change Your Life”

[v] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #31 https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/entrepreneur-civilian-astronaut-and-extreme-adventurer-nik-halik-on-overcoming-adversity-to-create-an-epic-life/

[vi] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #132 with Barbara Arrowsmith Young on “How She Changed Her Brain and Left Her Learning Disability Behind” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/the-story-of-barbara-arrowsmith-young-the-woman-who-changed-her-brain-and-left-her-learning-disability-behind/

[vii] Dave Must Memorize 109 Balloon Colors Published on YouTube June 10, 2017 by FOX NEWS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmacFBSH864&t=1s

[viii] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Lorayne

[ix]Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #40 with Frank Shankowitz https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/co-founder-of-the-make-a-wish-foundation-frank-shankwitz-on-lessons-from-the-wish-man-movie/

[x] https://farrowmemory.com/

Dr. James Hardt of Biocybernaut Alpha Training on “Change Your Brain Waves to Change Your Life”

Dr. James Hardt of Biocybernaut Alpha Training on “Change Your Brain Waves to Change Your Life”

July 18, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #148 that I’m hoping will expand your thinking, like it did mine, with our next guest, who has worked with Tony Robbins, leaders of Microsoft and IBM and other high-powered executives to elevate states of consciousness, results and high levels of productivity in elite athletes, to regular people, just like you and me.

Watch the interview on YouTube here. 

Learn more about Dr. Hardt and his Biocybernaut Alpha One Training here https://www.biocybernaut.com/

See past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/ 

I'm Andrea Samadi, author, and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with ideas that we can all use, understand and implement immediately.

This week’s guest, Dr. James Hardt, of the Biocybernaut Institute[i], has devoted his life to the study of the electrophysiological basis of advanced spiritual states. He has travelled the globe in pursuit of his research including his visit to India to study advanced Yogis, from Zen Masters to prayer, Dr. Hardt has continued his relentless pursuit of advanced brainwave and meditation connections that allow people to become the best form of themselves that they can be. He believes it’s possible to “Change Your Brainwaves and Change Your Life.”[ii]

Dr. Hardt’s Alpha One Training is you if:

  • You’re a high performing CEO/entrepreneur who wants to connect more effectively with your customers, clients, employers, and employees;
  • You are an athlete who wants to access “the zone” on demand, to live in a Flow State, to improve your results, maximize your training, and turbocharge your practice;
  • You are an artist or writer who wants to deepen and strengthen your visionary capacity and create better than ever before from your highest Flow State;
  • You feel like negativity and traumas have been steering your life for years, ruining your health, relationships and finances;
  • You are a dedicated spiritual seeker, but states of mind like bliss, serenity, gratitude and Oneness are something you only read about in books;
  • You want to radically improve your “emotional intelligence” (EQ) and relationship skills for all good reasons: happier marriage, intimate relationships, better parenting or friendships...

Let’s dive into this new world and uncover what Dr. Hardt believes is the key to improved productivity and results.

Welcome Dr. Hardt, it’s wonderful to meet you, especially since your offices are in Sedona, AZ, which is just a little over a 2-hour drive from me here in Chandler, AZ. Thank you for being here today.

Q1: Dr. Hardt, I am very interested in helping people to use an understanding of their brain for improved results in their personal and professional lives, and just released an episode about the importance of understanding our brain states. Can you give an overview of our brain states, why you think most people are operating in the BETA state, (with high stress) and what happens when we are able to access the ALPHA brain state (where higher levels of productivity are experienced?

Q2: I know that Tony Robbins who you have worked with says “There is no problem that can’t be solved in Alpha” and until I saw your work, I only knew of accessing this brain state through a daily meditation and mindfulness practice, where we can feel a sense of calmness, inner peace, and increase productivity, but to access these levels, it takes years of daily practice. For people who might want the benefits from the Alpha Brain state (like higher IQ or EQ) can you explain what is the patented neurofeedback training you have developed, more about your programs, and the best way for people listening to learn more?

Q3: I know you have worked with some high-level people like we mentioned Tony Robbins, who I was connected to when I worked in the seminar industry with Bob Proctor in the late 1990s. I see you’ve worked with Michael Beckwith who we worked closely with back then as well. I can understand why people in the peak performance industry would come to see you, in addition to elite athletes who must reach those high levels of performance, but what have you seen with the US Army Special Forces, who are like athletes, but have no off season and often suffer with anxiety and depression for years after their service? How are you able to eliminate emotional trauma by impacting brain waves?

Q4: Do you ever have a vision of creating something that people could use without visiting the BioCybernaut Institute in Sedona, or your location in Germany, like a home use device? I ask this because I have been using the Fisher Wallace Brain Stimulator[iii] since I interviewed their CEO earlier this year to improve my sleep, and the other benefits have been helpful as well. Do you ever think you would create something people could use at home?

Q5: What’s involved with the ALPHA ONE Training for something taking their first look?

Q6: Is there anything that’s important that you think I have missed to help people to understand the benefits of your training for improved results?

Thank you very much Dr. Hardt for speaking with me today. For those who want to learn more about you, I will put all the links to learn more in the show notes.

https://www.biocybernaut.com/

EMAIL info@biocybernaut.com

FB: @biocybernautinstitute https://www.facebook.com/biocybernautinstitute

LinkedIn @James-Hardt https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-hardt/

Instagram: @Biocybernaut Institute

Learn more about the Alpha One Training https://www.biocybernaut.com/contact-us/

RESOURCES:

What Are the Akashic Records? Published July 27, 2019 https://medium.com/holisticism/what-are-the-akashic-records-ede3bee05673

https://www.biocybernaut.com/frequently-asked-questions/

Tony Robbins on Biocybernaut Published Dec. 16, 2017 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ9w-WS2ifs

Older than America Film (2008) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0932669/

Alpha brainwave neurofeedback training  reduces psycholopathology in a cohort of male and female Canadian aboriginals by Dr. James Hardt Published Fall 2012 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23341412/

The Quest for Mindfulness Published by Dr. James Hardt September 26, 2019 https://www.ecronicon.com/ecpp/pdf/ECPP-08-00548.pdf

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry Published June 16, 2009 https://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Intelligence-2-0-Travis-Bradberry/dp/0974320625

Parallel Universes of Self by Frederick E. Dodson Published January 31, 2007 https://www.amazon.com/Parallel-Universes-Self-Frederick-Dodson/dp/B00QN5RS24

REFERENCES:

[i] https://www.biocybernaut.com/

[ii] Change Your Brainwaves, Change Your Life Published on YouTube Sept. 10, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_00ttCddWM

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #108 on “My Personal Review of the Fisher Wallace Brain Stimulator” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/personal-review-of-the-fisher-wallace-wearable-medical-device-for-anxiety-depression-and-sleepstress-management/

Brain Fact Friday on “Improving Mental Clarity by Understanding our Brain States, Brain Fog, and How It’s Created”

Brain Fact Friday on “Improving Mental Clarity by Understanding our Brain States, Brain Fog, and How It’s Created”

July 15, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast, for Brain Fact Friday and episode #147 that has taken me back to Dr. Jon Lieff from episode #143[i] and his book The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversation Tells Us About the Brain-Body Connection, the Future of Medicine and Life Itself.[ii]

I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with ideas that we can all use, understand and implement immediately, for improved results.  

In Today’s Brain Fact Friday You Will Learn:

✔︎ How Brain Fog is Created 

✔︎ How the Brain and Immune System Work Together

✔︎ How Cells Communicate with Each other

✔︎ How to Strengthen Our Brain-Mind-Body Connection by Understanding Our Brain State

On our last Brain Fact Friday, episode #141, I talk about how meeting Dr. Lieff opened my eyes to the importance of keeping the cells in our body healthy for our future health, productivity, and results and that I had never thought about my health through this lens. His book explores the cellular conversation as a new way of understanding that our cells have constant, intelligent chatter between them, showing there is no separation of brain-body, mind-body or brain-immune and It got me thinking about neurogenesis, (how we create new cells in the brain) reminding me to take my Omega 3-DHA to increase Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, (which is the best way to produce new brain cells) and the ties to keeping our brain cells healthy for learning, memory and retention. But what else is there? What are some other ways that I can look at health, wellness and productivity at the cellular level?

Which Leads us to This Week’s Brain Fact Friday

Have you ever wondered why we get brain fog, or have a harder time thinking when we are stressed? Dr. Jon Lieff shared with me why this happens, and I think it’s important that everyone understands this function of our brain and body.

Did you know that the brain and immune system work together?

T-cells (an essential part of the immune system, a type of leukocyte or white blood cell) sends a message to the neurons (the cells in the brain and nervous system) to stop making memory cells (when you are stressed) and you get brain fog.

Dr. Lieff reminded us in our interview that stress is “at the interface of brain function and inflammation” and that “T cells are essential for dealing with stress…Both brain and immune cells pick up perceptions of stress. Brief stress related to learning or the unexpected can be helpful in stimulating positive brain activity. However, chronic stress (where the body has no way to break from a stressor) can trigger damaging inflammation.”[iii]

We have all heard that stress causes inflammation in the body, that “leads to a number of chronic health conditions”[iv] like cancer and viral infections and Dr. Lieff comes to the conclusion that “all processes in the human body, in all animals and plants, and in microbe communities as well, are based on conversations and group decision making among cells.”[v]

One of the many fascinating parts of my interview with Dr. Lieff, that I have had many messages about, was where he explained that no one knew there were immune cells near the brain. Cerebral fluid (a colorless fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) he explained “is also for communication and that t-cells get into this fluid and send messages to neurons.”[vi]

When there is an infection in our body, the immune cells send “a sick feeling” to our body signaling us to pay attention to what we are feeling and take a rest or break so that healing can take place. Have you ever felt that feeling? You are working and something feels off in your body? Stefanie Faye mentioned the concept of “interoception” (being able to perceive the sensations from inside the body in episode #39[vii] and Dr. Daniel Stickler mentioned it in on episode #96[viii] with an athlete’s ability to read their body and not overtrain.

Dr. Lieff shared that when everything is well within the body, “T cells signal to the brain that conditions are safe for normal activity” (page 35) but the minute there is an infection, or trauma, “the T cells change their messages to the brain to signal that the body is sick and the brain must slow down” until the t cells recognize that it is ok to return back to normal. We should be able to feel this shift in the body.

This is a recent discovery that can serve us well to keep us operating at our highest levels possible. We must understand that our cells are smart, and that they communicate with each other, but this is just the beginning.

What are some simple steps we can take to strengthen our brain? We will dive deeper into this next week with our interview with Dr. James Hardt[ix], who has worked with Tony Robbins, Michael Jackson, leaders of Microsoft, IBM and other high-powered executives to elevate states of intelligence and consciousness, but until then, here are my tips for keeping a healthy brain-body-immune system.

HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR BRAIN-BODY-IMMUNE SYSTEM? UNDERSTAND YOUR PATTERNS AND BRAIN STATE:

If our brain and immune system are closely tied, it makes sense to me that we should understand something about how our brains work. Do you know the brain state you are in, how you operate, and how to switch between different brain states to improve your productivity?

We have talked about the importance of switching between different networks in the brain to improve levels of creativity, with episode #48[x] on Brain Network Theory (bringing us to heightened perception with GAMMA brain waves,  and Stefanie Faye just released an article that affirms “the more we start to notice the rhythms we have in our brain states, moods, relationships, and day to day functioning, the better we get at cultivating the right conditions ahead of time, in a preventative, systems-thinking and growth-oriented way.”[xi] Through the brain mapping she does, Faye believes that people who experience brain fog are operating with THETA BRAIN WAVES (4-8 HZ) which is slower than needed for higher levels of productivity experienced at the ALPHA (9-13 level).

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Dr. James Hardt, who will take us deeper into the power of changing our brain states to change our life, next week, reminds us that “the average person’s brain state shows low ALPHA (where creativity exists) and high BETA (stress)” whether it’s time urgency, financial stress, or health related, this type of stress we know leads to dis-ease in the body. I do look forward to sharing more on this topic next week, and diving deeper, as I think we have only just started to scratch the surface of how to reach these higher levels of thinking with our last interview with expert in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Dr. Howard Rankin on “How Not to Think[xii]” and if we were to brain map ourselves, it would be very clear, that most of us do not think—or we think far less than we think we think.

That’s it for this week’s Brain Fact Friday on understanding how the brain-body, mind-body and brain-immune system work together and I hope that you have taken away something useful to help you to understand how we get brain fog, vs mental clarity, with some thoughts on moving to new brain wave levels for improved results. The key to this week’s brain fact is that switching brain states takes focused effort. We must first of all be aware of where we are, (Dr. Hardt thinks most of us are at the BETA STATE) before we can move to a new state.   The only way I know of to move to the ALPHA STATE is through a state of wakeful relaxation that can be cultivated with a mindfulness/meditation practice, or from deep thinking that takes us into our non-conscious mind that World Renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Carolyn Leaf explains in our bonus interview on “Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess.[xiii] From the research I am doing on Dr. Hardt, I can see there are quicker and easier ways to reach these higher levels and I look forward to sharing them with you.

If you would like to see Stefanie Faye’s recent article on “3 Ways to Get Rid of Brain Fog and Increase Mental Clarity” I will link her article in the show notes.

Will see you next week with Dr. James Hardt, and I do look forward to sharing with you the new workshops we are creating for schools and workplace, as we begin to implement these ideas into our classrooms and workplaces. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, you can see what we have been doing on our website at www.achieveit360.com .

 

REFERENCES:

[i] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff on “The Secret Language of Cells” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/jon-lieff-md-on-the-secret-language-of-cells-what-biological-conversations-tell-us-about-the-brain-body-connection/

[ii] The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversation Tells Us About the Brain-Body Connection by Jon Lieff, MD. September 22, 2020 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084HKZ4HK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

[iii] IBID page 91

[iv] Here’s How Chronic Stress and Inflammation Are Linked by Denise Shipani October 16, 2018 https://www.everydayhealth.com/wellness/united-states-of-stress/link-between-stress-inflammation/

[v] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff on “The Secret Language of Cells” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/jon-lieff-md-on-the-secret-language-of-cells-what-biological-conversations-tell-us-about-the-brain-body-connection/ Page 2

[vi] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff on “The Secret Language of Cells” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/jon-lieff-md-on-the-secret-language-of-cells-what-biological-conversations-tell-us-about-the-brain-body-connection/

[vii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #39 with Stefanie Faye on “Using Neuroscience to Improve our Mindset, Self-Regulation and Self-Awareness” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/neuroscience-researcher-stefanie-faye-on-using-neuroscience-to-improve-our-mindset-self-regulation-and-self-awareness/

[viii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #96 with Dr. Daniel Stickler on “Expanding Awareness for Limitless Peak Performance, Health, Longevity and Intelligence” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/dr-daniel-stickler-on-expanding-awareness-for-limitless-peak-performance-health-longevity-and-intelligence/

[ix] Change Your Brain Waves, Change Your Life with Dr. James Hardt Published on YouTube September 10, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_00ttCddWM

[x] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #48 on “Brain Network Theory: Using Neuroscience to Stay Productive During Times of Change and Chaos” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/brain-network-theory-using-neuroscience-to-stay-productive-during-times-of-change-and-chaos/

[xi] Stefanie Faye “3 Ways to Get Rid of Brain Fog: And Increase Mental Clarity”  Published July 14, 2021 https://stefaniefaye.com/articles/3-ways-to-get-rid-of-brain-fog-and-increase-mental-clarity/

[xii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #96 on “How Not to Think” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/expert-in-psychology-cognitive-neuroscience-and-neurotechnology-howard-rankin-phd-on-how-not-to-think/

[xiii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast BONUS EPISODE with World Renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf on “Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess: 5 Simple, Scientifically Proven Steps to Reduce Anxiety and Toxic Thinking” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/worldrenownedneuroscientistdr-caroline-leaf-oncleaningup-your-mentalmess5-simplescientifically-proven-stepsto-reduceanxiety-and-toxic-thinking/

Expert in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, Howard Rankin Ph.D. on “How Not to Think”

Expert in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, Howard Rankin Ph.D. on “How Not to Think”

July 11, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #146 with Dr. Howard Rankin, the host of the “How Not to Think Podcast” that runs on the premise that "People aren't logical, they're psychological with the emphasis on the psycho," which made me laugh at the same time as it made me think “How are we NOT supposed to think?” and the research on this topic began.

Watch the interview on YouTube here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DlnOXE39aQ

Learn more about Dr. Howard Rankin here https://hownottothink.com/

See past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/

On this episode, you will learn:

✔︎ What is the problem with our thinking, and why is it illogical?

✔︎ How awareness is important when making any decision.

✔︎ The importance of looking at things from a different perspective.

✔︎ Why "the more we know, the more we realize we know nothing at all."

✔︎ Why new knowledge opens up our world to new possibilities.

✔︎ How to motivate anyone to learn something new.

✔︎ Why reality is an illusion.

✔︎ Common problems that occur with our human thinking process and how to be aware of them.

✔︎ How self-limiting beliefs influence our results.

I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, now in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with ideas that we can all use, understand and implement immediately, for improved results.

This week’s guest, Dr. Rankin, an expert in cognitive neuroscience, recently published his book I Think Therefore I Am Wrong[i] which looks at the many ways we can sabotage our thinking through cognitive biases, binary thinking, false assumptions and numerous other strategies. The How Not To think Podcast[ii] based on his book, examines how this false reasoning manifests itself in many areas of society through myths, and 'conventional wisdom.' On his podcast that I will be a guest on, Howard speaks with leaders in their fields to examine the impact of faulty thinking that occurs in every sphere of life.

Dr.  Rankin has extensive expertise and knowledge in the areas of psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neurotechnology. He is also an experienced speaker and best-selling and award-winning author. Dr. Rankin has written 12 books in his own name, co-written another 9, and ghostwritten 30 others, all non-fiction. He has also published more than 30 scientific articles and been a consultant to the NIH and WHO (World Health Organization). His work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines and he has appeared on national networks including CNN, ABC, CBS, BBC, and on “The View” and “20/20”. He hosts the podcast How Not To Think and is the author of I Think Therefore I Am Wrong: A Guide to Bias, Political Correctness, Fake News and The Future of Mankind.

Let’s meet Dr. Rankin and see what we can learn about improving how we think.

Welcome Dr. Rankin, thank you for being here today to share your knowledge and insights on your recent book, I Think, Therefore I am Wrong that you say is about Epistemology, what our past speaker, Tom Beakbane, on episode #144 said was the origin of his book How to Understand Everything[iii]. Can we start right away with the most obvious question?

Q1: What is the problem with our thinking, how is it illogical, and why are people psychological, with an emphasis on the psycho?

Q2: What inspired you to write your book, and launch your podcast on this topic?

Q3: I love making connections with past speakers and what I see with your work, I connected with Tom Beakbane’s book on How to Understand Everything where he talks a lot about looking at things from a different angle. With all the books you’ve written, you’ve got the knack for uncovering ways to tell something from a different angle, in a way that someone might not have heard it in that way. Why is it important to be able to see things from a different perspective? What does this do to our thinking?

Q4: I was talking with my good friend Greg Link from Stephen Covey’s organization the other day, after one of my last podcasts, and after some discussion I came to the realization that the more I am learning through these interviews, the more I realize I don’t know anything at all! Greg told me that quote originated from the American author Warner Ehrhard who was quoting the Greek Stoic Philosopher Epictetus What do you think about this? The more we are learning, why does it take us into a rabbit hole where we realize we have no idea about anything at all?

Q5: Chapter 1 of your book is titled “Is Reality an Illusion” and Einstein said this. What does that mean?

Q6: What is logic and why do you think it’s involved with some of the problems you see with our thinking?

Q7: What about our beliefs or more specifically, our self-limiting beliefs? What are they and how do they influence our results?

Q8: How does neuroscience or an understanding of how our brain works tie into our thinking and behavior?

Q9: What should we all know and understand about “How Not to Think” for educators, or those in the corporate workspace?

Thank you very much Dr. Rankin for your time today to share your thoughts, ideas, books and podcast as tools and resources for those who would like to learn more about How Not to Think.

To learn more about Dr. Howard Rankin

Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/HowardRankinBooks/

A website where he posts blogs: https://ithinkthereforeiamwrong.com/

LinkedIn and Instagram

Email: DrHRankin@gmail.com

WEBSITE FOR THIS TOPIC www.hownottothink.com

RESOURCES:

Daniel Kahneman’s Grip with Behavioral Economics April 26, 2013 https://www.thedailybeast.com/daniel-kahnemans-gripe-with-behavioral-economics

Power Talk, the Art of Effective Communication by Howard Rankin, Ph.D. Published Feb. 24, 2021 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XJLJ6SN/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

REFERENCES:

[i] https://ithinkthereforeiamwrong.com/the-book/

[ii] https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-not-to-think/id1488982079

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #144 with Tom Beakbane on “How to Understand Everything” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/author-and-marketer-tom-beakbane-on-how-to-understand-everything-consilience-a-new-way-to-look-at-the-world/

The World’s Fastest Reader, Howard Stephen Berg on “Strategies to Improve Reading, Comprehension and Recall” for Educators and the Workplace.

The World’s Fastest Reader, Howard Stephen Berg on “Strategies to Improve Reading, Comprehension and Recall” for Educators and the Workplace.

July 8, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #145 with Howard Stephen Berg[i], who is recognized as the world’s fastest reader according to the Guinness Book of World Records with over a 90% comprehension rate, thanks to the cutting edge accelerated learning techniques he has developed over his lifetime while working on ways to speed up reading for himself and for others.

Watch the interview on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al0B6HzxtEk 

Access FREE RESOURCES from Howard Berg and visit his website here https://berglearning.com/a/andrea 

See past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/

On this episode you will learn:

✔︎ 5 Steps to Improve Reading Comprehension That We Should All Know (Teachers and the Workplace)

✔︎ Improve Your Reading Speed by 20-40% with a Simple Activity.

✔︎ A Quick Strategy to Improve Your Memory and Recall.

✔︎ Using Humor to Make Learning Memorable.

✔︎ How to Write an EBOOK in 3-5 hours.

 

I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now living in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with strategies that we can all use, understand and implement, for improved results.

On this week’s episode, we have Howard “Speedy” Berg, who has been recognized for setting the world record for speed reading. He is listed in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records for reading more than 25,000 words a minute and writing more than 100 words a minute.

Howard is a graduate of S.U.N.Y, Binghamton where he majored in Biology and then completed a four-year psychology program in one year. His graduate studies at several New York City colleges, focused on the Psychology of Reading.

Howard is the Spokesperson for the Sony E-Reader along with Justin Timberlake, Peyton Manning, and Amy Sedaris.

He has appeared on over 1,100 radio and television programs including Neil Cavuto, Jon Stewart, and Live With Regis. His brain-based learning strategies have been hailed as a major breakthrough in publications like Forbes, Men’s Health, Red Book, and Bottom Line Magazine, and have been featured in dozens of newspaper interviews throughout North America.

I first met Howard Berg in 2013 when I was at a conference in Chicago, and first developing my programs for students in the classroom. I saw the importance of Howard’s work and immediately went to speak with him at the end of the event. When you meet Howard, you will see that his humble nature shines through. He told me to look at his website, and see if there is anything that I see where he could help me. He wasn’t just saying this. He really meant It, and I knew it. I never did follow up with Howard, as my programs went into the school market, and it wasn’t until a few years later that he was showcasing his speed-reading work, that I tuned in to watch him, hoping to learn something new that I could use with my girls.

I did learn a speed-reading technique where he teaches anyone to read 20-40% faster, which is a skill we could all use these days. If you want to learn more about Howard’s courses, go to his website berglearning.com and you can access his courses on speed reading (professional level, for kids or student edition), his memory training course, creative writing course, and mind math course.

In the meantime, let’s meet Howard Berg and see what he will teach us today!

Welcome Howard, it’s wonderful to see you again. I’m not sure if you remember every person you meet, especially not over 7 years ago, but we met at Bill Walsh’s event in Chicago, and I was blown away with what you were showcasing for students at a time I was just creating programs for the school market. I’ve followed you ever since, and am grateful for all of the strategies you have put out into the world. Thanks for being here today.

Q1: I know you cover this question on every interview you do, but I love your story. Can you give a quick overview on your background and how you came to be known as the world’s fastest reader?

Q2: Instilling lifelong learning is a skill I’m passionate about (for students and for those who want to get ahead in the workplace). What were some of the results of the young kids (ages 11-15) you saw and how do you think they reached such high levels?

Q3: These days we live in a knowledge-based economy. Everything you do is based on what you know. Reading and writing are important skills not just for our students, but for those who want to get ahead with their career, reading is essential but it’s one of those things we don’t get paid to do. What are the TOP 5 strategies you would suggest to help people to read faster?

Q3B: I saw you do something in an interview[ii], where you read 21 pages of a book in 35 seconds. I am reading a couple books a week depending on how many interviews are set up, and how many books each speaker has written. I really need to improve this skill because the research puts me ahead of the game, when I can dig deeper and not just ask the surface-based questions. I heard you speaking about this strategy to improve reading speed by 20-40% and I actually used this with my daughter when she was struggling with reading to help her with not just speed, but comprehension and it  helped her to improve her focus. What are some ways to improve reading speed and comprehension since I know that the faster we read, we can get to the point where we have lost the ability to recall and retain what we have read? 

Q3C: What about writing? I have on my list to complete my third book, and with everything going on, I know I just need to block off the time, and maybe cut out some things to create the time needed. But you say I can write an EBOOK in 3-5 hours? Tell me what I am doing wrong?!

Q4: Listening to some of your podcasts and past work, I learned a lot about you, but loved hearing about how much time you spent studying at the library. How did you become interested in the brain and its impact on learning years before neuroscience is being integrated into our schools and curriculum and most of all, where can we find the time for all the reading, we know we should be doing?

Q4B: What about memory. When I was preparing for this interview (last Saturday), I watched some of your prior interviews and you have a strategy for improving memory. This is something I have been working on ever since my brain scan test at Amen Clinics came back and I scored low on memory recall, or recalling a list of random items. So you did this activity, and it’s 5 days after Saturday the 3rd when I listened to your strategy. You’ll have to take my word for it that I haven’t listened again after this first time, but you have a way to match up the list you need to remember with something you already know. Can you share how we can use this strategy in the real world? Maybe for remembering hotel rooms or parking spaces?

Q5: Giving back is important to you, and I saw it when I met you.  You will do anything to help others. What special offer do you have going on today?

I want to thank you very much Howard for spending the time with me today, and for the impression you made on me all those years ago. I’ve loved seeing your work emerge all of the news and media and know that what you have created is needed, important and timely.

For people who want to learn more about your courses, visit www.berglearning.com 

To book a FREE one-hour session with Howard Berg call 1-214-952-9150 

RESOURCES:

Howard Berg, World’s Fastest Speed Reader: Speed Learn Music Techniques  Published on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MekruTgPgUg

White Bead Public Schools uses Howard’s Programs https://www.whitebead.net/

The Evolution and Modification of Behavior by Konrad Lorenz Published Oct.1, 1986 https://www.amazon.com/Evolution-Modification-Behavior-Konrad-Lorenz/dp/0226493342

REFERENCES:

[i] https://berglearning.com/

[ii] Can You Read 21 Pages in 31 seconds? Howard Berg, the World’s Fastest Reader Does Here Published on YouTube September 1st, 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDbNYF2A_GQ

Author and Marketer Tom Beakbane on “How to Understand Everything, Consilience: A New Way to Look at the World”

Author and Marketer Tom Beakbane on “How to Understand Everything, Consilience: A New Way to Look at the World”

July 5, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #144 with Tom Beakbane[i], author and president of Beakbane: Brand Strategies & Communications Inc., who has helped generate over $5 billion in brand value for his clients, and discover a new way to see the world.

Watch the interview on YouTube here.

Visit past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/

On this episode, we will take a mind-altering journey into his book How to Understand Everything: Consilience: A New Way to See the World[ii]

There is a new way to understand human beings — and everything else.

It’s known as consilience.

Consilience is a new paradigm that reveals how things self-organize from the bottom up – in contrast to how we think and communicate, which is from the top down. 

This new paradigm exposes the realities of human nature on both personal and collective levels revealing the overlap between different domains of life: family, health, business, technology, politics, and spirituality.

Consilience will help you see things differently – and make people less puzzling.

I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now living in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with strategies that we can all use, understand and implement, for improved results.

When I first came across Tom Beakbane, his work caught my attention, as it was right in line with episode #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff on The Secret Language of Cells. Tom wrote some feedback on my Linkedin post about this interview, and let me know that his work was right in line with Dr. Lieff’s. When I started reading his book, How to Understand Everything, I saw the many connections:

  • Between Understanding the Mind vs the Brain
  • How We Think and Communicate (from the top down)
  • The term consilience which means the “jumping together of different insights and realms of knowledge.
  • What consilience means in the different domains of life, health, business, technology.

I started to think about the questions I would ask Tom during our interview, and knew that even after diving into his book, that some discussion was required to be sure that I had a solid grasp of his years of research.

I can’t wait to hear what Tom Beakbane has to say in our interview, bringing light to this new way of thinking, and looking at the world.

Welcome Tom Beakbane, , thank you very much for speaking with me today. How to Understand Everything: Consilience: A New Way to See the World

Q1: From my communication with you this past week, I am sure you could see that I was finding it difficult to come up with questions for you because I want to be sure that I have a solid understanding of your book BEFORE we speak. Why do you think I found the topic difficult (when your book is all about how to understand everything) and it’s right in line with what my prior interviews? What is this new way of thinking or looking at the world, why might I have a hard time seeing it, and how did you discover it?

Q2: Searching for the meaning of “mind vs brain” is something I have also been interested in, and I recorded an episode on “Understanding the Difference Between the Mind and the Brain[iii]” on EPISODE #23 when we first began our podcast. I actually asked Dr. Jon Lieff this question in our last episode. Can you give your perspective of what is our mind vs our brain?

Q3:Listening to your prior podcasts, I was relieved when other interviewers had not heard of, or used the word consilience that’s in the title of your book (jumping together of ideas of different realms)?  Every email you sent me signs off with “wishing you consilience” and I could guess it means something like an integration of something…or a coming together of something…What does consilience mean and can you explain why you think it’s important for looking at life, health, business, technology and even sports?

Q4: In my last interview with Dr. Jon Lieff on the Secret Language of Cells, he talked about the fact that cells communicate with each other (or that a liver cell carries out specific things in that cell) and so there must be some sort of intelligence in our cells to know this. I know that you cover consciousness from a biological standpoint. You cover in Chapter 6 of your book Complex Critical Systems in Us. What have you discovered about our cells and how they organize themselves and what do you think consciousness is?

Q5: What can you tell us about our behavior and give us some understanding on ways to change behaviors that don’t serve us?

Q6: What is something important that you want listeners to know about your book? How can we make these ideas actionable for our listeners?

If anyone wants to learn more about you, what are the best places to find you?

https://howtounderstandeverything.beakbane.com/

Thank you very much Tom, for the time you took with me prior to our interview, and for sharing your extremely brilliant way of looking at the world.

RESOURCES:

Consilience: Facing the Realm of Being Human Published on YouTube June 1, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga9G2GReoY0

Consciousness Explained Published on YouTube May 2, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=kkSq0LCCQ8c&feature=youtu.be

Beakbane Marketing Kokanee Beer Label History https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokanee_beer

REFERENCES:

[i] https://www.beakbane.com/author/tom-beakbane/

[ii] How to Understand Everything: Consilience: A New Way to See the World  by Tom Beakbane Published January 12, 2021 https://www.amazon.com/How-Understand-Everything-Consilience-World-ebook/dp/B08N8CSRG6/?geniuslink=true

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #23 on “Understanding the Difference Between Your Brain and Your Mind” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/understanding-your-brain-and-mind-for-increased-results/

Jon Lieff, MD on “The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversations Tell Us About the Brain-Body Connection”

Jon Lieff, MD on “The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversations Tell Us About the Brain-Body Connection”

July 2, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff, a nationally recognized neuropsychiatrist and expert on cellular communication science that’s all about how it's our cells communicating with each other that causes feelings, sickness, thoughts, and disease in our bodies. 

Watch this interview on YouTube here https://youtu.be/IKR6SAS4wSw

See past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/ 

In today's episode, you will learn:

✔︎ Dr. Lief's thoughts on what is the mind vs the brain, and a closer look at perception and memory from the cell level.
✔︎ Why we get brain fog with depression and chronic stress.
✔︎ How acupuncture works and builds our immune system.
✔︎ How meditation increases immunity and fights against viruses.
✔︎ What we should ALL know about our cells for improved health and wellness.
✔︎  Dr. Lief's thoughts on whether the mind can influence your health.
✔︎  The fascinating intelligence within each cell and how a liver cell knows what it's supposed to do in the body.

This is going to be a fascinating conversation, and the excitement for this episode began the week BEFORE the interview, when I posted Dr. Lieff’s book and information about the interview on social media, with a link to his website, and the buzz began. I know this is a topic of interest for listeners, and I think it’s very important to feature speakers who provide scientific research to answer the questions we might have about ways to improve our health, productivity and results. What you will learn today will open up your mind to new ways of looking at your health and performance, going beyond our brain, and into the cells of our body, that Dr. Lieff says are “the way our health works.”[i]

If you are new here, I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now living in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace with strategies that we can all use, understand and implement, for improved results. If you have been listening to our podcast for some time, you will know that we’ve uncovered that if we want to improve our social and emotional skills, and experience success in our work and personal lives, it all begins with an understanding of our brain. And since most of us have not had a crash course in the basics of neuroscience, and how an understanding of our brain can impact learning, I launched this podcast in June 2019 with the goal of interviewing leaders and experts who have risen to the top of their field, using these success principles.

Which brings me to our next guest, Dr. Jon Lieff.[ii] What captivated me with Dr. Lieff’s work even before I had read his book, was when I heard him talking about where his interest in the topic of cellular communication began, and he noticed that the books written on this topic were impossible for the average person to understand. This is the whole reason why we started this podcast, with a focus on neuroscience, so we could take the research and break it down so that it is simple and easy for anyone without a background in science to understand. When you meet Dr. Lieff, you will find he is someone who can take high level, complex, scientific concepts, and break them down to be applicable in our daily life. This is what makes his work unique, and I know that it will be what propels him to reach the masses with these sought-after connections between the mind, brain, body and health.

Here’s Dr. Lieff’s background so you can see the work he has been involved in for most of his career, leading him to the fascinating work on The Secret Language of Cells.

Dr. Lieff is a graduate of Yale and holds a Doctorate in Medicine from Harvard Medical School; he is a known innovator in several medical fields and the leading neuropsychiatrist investigating cellular conversations.  His book explores the cellular conversation as a new way of understanding how our cells have constant intelligent chatter between them, showing no separation of brain-body, mind-body, or brain-immune.

As a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Lieff is an expert in the field of neuropsychiatry. He has delivered innumerable lectures on neuroscience, psychopharmacology, brain injury, dementia, and depression for audiences of physicians, other health care providers, and the general public. 

Dr. Lieff wrote some of the first books on computing and high technology in psychiatry for the American Psychiatric Press, leading to the development of one of the earliest treatment facilities for brain injury in the US. 

Dr. Lieff has been quoted in Newsweek, People magazine, and other major national media outlets and has recently spoken on the podcast Stay Young America!

I’m so excited to dive deep into his most recent book, The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversation Tells Us About the Brain-Body Connection[iii] and see what we will uncover.

 

Welcome Dr. Lieff, it’s wonderful to finally meet you after speaking via email the past week.

Q1: Dr. Lieff, I could begin our conversation with the question that everyone asks you about your book, “why did you write this book?” but I do like to dive a bit deeper and let the listeners visit the show notes where I will list some of your recent podcasts like your Stay Young America Podcast[iv] that was excellent or To Your Good Health Radio Podcast[v] and start with a topic that I know is important enough for you to name your website after “Searching for the Mind” which will bring your website up if anyone types that phrase into Google.

Searching for the meaning of “mind vs brain” is something I have also been interested in, and I recorded an episode on “Understanding the Difference Between the Mind and the Brain[vi]” on EPISODE #23 when we first began our podcast. Can you give your perspective of what is our mind vs our brain?

Q1B: Can you explain perception and memory?

Q2: When I read some of your testimonials of  your book, like the brilliant mind of Ray Kurzweil, who many educators know as an innovator, and he says your book is a “must read for anyone seeking to understand modern biology and advanced medical science” or Andrew Weil, MD, who says your book is “a new paradigm for understanding health and disease” I looked at the title of your book for a minute and thought about the fact that I have spent 2 years focused on podcasts about the brain, maybe some that go into the nervous system, but not one thought about how our cells control our health and well-being. Can you explain this discovery and what it means for the average person who wants to learn what they can do to improve their health, results and productivity with this understanding of what’s going on with our cells?

 

Q3: Now I have to ask some questions that I know the initial answer will be that “science hasn’t proven that yet” but I wonder what you think of this topic with your background as a medical doctor and research in this field. My Mom was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in the late 1990s, with less than 15% chance of survival, and I have a good friend whose daughter was recently diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and was pretty much told there’s no hope for you. For people like my friend’s daughter, I wonder what you would think of my Mom’s story of how she beat Cancer.  She was very much into the study of the mind, and told me that she did this mental exercise where she would twice a day, go from head to toe, and picture a person with an axe chopping or breaking up the cancer cells in her body. She was the only person in her group who beat Cancer and remains Cancer free today. What do you think? Can the mind influence health to this extent?

 

Q4: What about my friend’s daughter with a brain tumor? What’s the difference between brain cells (the wired brain) and the wireless brain (immune cells, blood vessel cells, organ lining cells)?

4B: What would  you do if you were told that you had Cancer?

 

I did learn something from the quiz you have on the homepage of your website called “Do You Know Your Cells”[vii] but wonder, how did you discover that cells communicate with each other?

 

Q5: Where do you think this intelligence within each cell comes from? How does a liver cell know exactly what it’s supposed to do?

 

Q6: Dr. Lieff, I could keep asking you questions, but know that you will answer more when you come out with your second and third book on this topic, and I would love to have you back on the podcast to keep this discussion going, but what are the main topics with these next books?

 

 

I want to thank you very much Dr. Lieff for sharing your fascinating work with us. For those who want to learn more about you, I will put the link to your website and social media links in the show notes.

 

Dr. Lieff’s website https://jonlieffmd.com/ or put Searching for the Mind into Google and you come up right away.

 

Dr. Lieff on TWITTER https://twitter.com/jonlieffmd

Dr. Lieff on LINKEDIN https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonlieffmd/

 

https://jonlieffmd.com/resources

 

 

 

Q9: What would be your final thought, or something that I have missed, that you think is important?

 

Thank you Dr. Lieff.

 

RESOURCES:

Animal Scientist Dr. Mark Bekoff https://marcbekoff.com/

 

Helpful Microbes https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/helpful-microbes/

 

CAR T Cells: Engineering a cancer-fighting immune super soldier January 19, 2016 https://news.cancerresearchuk.org/2016/01/19/engineering-a-cancer-fighting-immune-super-soldier/

 

Carl Zimmer The Meaning of Life https://carlzimmer.com/the-meaning-of-life-437/

 

Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience Published January 22, 2018 by Joseph E LeDoux, Richard Brown, Daniel S Pine, Stefan G Hoffmann https://dana.org/article/know-thyself-well-being-and-subjective-experience/

 

What is This thing Called Subjective Experience? https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1994-00672-001

 

Neuroimmune circuits in inter-organ communications Published by Jun R. Huh December 19, 2019 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41577-019-0247-z

 

REFERENCES:

 

 

[i] Stay Young America Podcast with Dr. Jon Lieff https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/to-your-good/the-secret-language-of-cells-lTE5Nis0fk-/

[ii] https://jonlieffmd.com/

[iii] The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversation Tells Us About the Brain-Body Connection by Jon Lieff, MD. September 22, 2020 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084HKZ4HK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

[iv] Stay Young America Podcast with Dr. Jon Lieff https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/to-your-good/the-secret-language-of-cells-lTE5Nis0fk-/

[v] To Your Good Health Radio Podcast with Dr. Jon Lieff https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/to-your-good/the-secret-language-of-cells-lTE5Nis0fk-/

[vi] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #23 on “Understanding the Difference Between Your Brain and Your Mind” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/understanding-your-brain-and-mind-for-increased-results/

[vii] https://jonlieffmd.com/ Do You Know Your Cells Quiz (halfway down the page)

Case Study: Michal Ricca on “ReaDefying the Odds of Dyslexia”

Case Study: Michal Ricca on “ReaDefying the Odds of Dyslexia”

June 27, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast for episode #142, with Michal Ricca[i], the Founder of Now I Can Read who created an online literacy program called ReaDefy Learning[ii] for children aged 10-17 who struggle with literacy.  

Watch the interview on YouTube here. https://youtu.be/B-V003TGVu8 

See past episodes here https://www.achieveit360.com/episodes/

We know from our past episode #136[iii] with Lois Letchford, with her dyslexic son who went on to graduate with his Ph.D from Oxford University, that some children need different learning strategies than how they are taught traditionally in the classroom. Michal’s program focuses on the critical life skills of verbal and written language and communication with the backbone of social and emotional skills to help propel these students to excel both inside and outside of the classroom.  Michal has a powerful story that I wanted to share, to open up some ideas and strategies if you are a teacher in the classroom, or if you are a parent with a struggling reader at home.  For those looking for ideas for the workplace, Michal has a compelling story that she will share on how she took all of her programs online, maximizing her time and efforts with her students, and giving her more balance back in her life.

I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now living in the United States, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and the workplace. If you have been listening to our podcast, you will know that we’ve uncovered that if we want to improve our social and emotional skills, and experience success in our work and personal lives, it all begins with an understanding of our brain.

When I first met Michael, through LinkedIn, I knew right away that she had created something unique, when I heard that she has been focused on helping struggling students to learn how to read for the past 20 years, and has helped over 1,000 students to read. If you have ever worked with one struggling reader, you will know that it takes someone extremely special to uncover exactly what each student needs, and Michal has this gift.

You can learn more about Michal and her programs through her website, but here’s a bit about her background.

Michal Ricca, M.Ed. Founded the Academic Associates Center in Williston, VT in 2008. She holds an Advanced Teaching Masters of Education from Northwestern University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, and has over twenty years experience working with students with all types of learning styles and differences.

Michal has been trained in Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, Academic Associates, Framing Your Thoughts, MindPlay, and many other techniques, while also having studied at Columbia University with Lucy Calkins herself.  Michal is a literacy addict and sees herself as a lifelong learner, staying current with best practice through journals, collegiate discussions, and professional development.

Michal pulls from many sources to individualize instruction, but her foundation is the Orton-Gillingham technique.  Her program is a multi-sensory and enables students, by using direct instruction, to review, learn new concepts, practice, and to apply what they are learning.  Orton-Gillingham has been utilized for over 50 years and is multi-sensory, systematic, structured, sequential, cumulative, and success-oriented.

Research states that the effectiveness of quality literacy instruction has less to do with the program used, and more to do with the efficacy of the teacher and the intensiveness of the student’s engagement. 

Let’s meet Michal Ricca and see what strategies she can bring to light after 20 years of focused work in the field of literacy and social and emotional learning.

Welcome Michal. It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to speak with you here. Thank you very much for sharing your story that I know will spark some new ideas for those listening who might be working with students who are struggling readers.

Q1: When we first met through LinkedIn, something caught my attention about your work with students. It was the fact that you’ve been focused on one thing for over 20 years and that’s to help struggling students learn how to read. 

Over the past two decades, You’ve taught “over 1,000 students how to read without the need for repeat instruction.”

What or who was it that inspired you to pick reading for your life’s work and what’s kept you on this subject area for the past 20 years?

Q2: I read on your website something that any teacher can pick up in a heartbeat and it was that “that the art of teaching can’t be taught. Instead, it’s often the result of a natural gift that has been fostered by continuous study”

Can we talk about that? We’ve all had those teachers that had that quality. They instilled the love of learning in us—

I saw it in Lois Letchford whose son failed 1st grade and went on to graduate from Oxford university with his PhD and it was because she found what motivated her son to read when he began to learn about maps and world explorers like Captain Cook. That ignited his learning. 

I saw it immediately with you-20 years helping students learning to read. 

I know what inspired your love for the subject, but what else is there? Why do you think you’ve got something that most people don’t have?

Q3: I remember when I had to move my program for the school market to an online model, and this was in 2014 when I had to learn how to code a website. There was a huge learning curve back then, not like today you can just buy a pre-made template. Can you share how the pandemic and your health caused you to change your entire business model from one-on-one instruction to online, and how exactly did you do that? 

Q4: How does your program work? Are you working with students outside of VT? How about internationally? Could someone join your program if they lived in Canada or the UK? Is your training recorded or is it live? 

Q5: Since our podcast has a huge component for implementing social and emotional learning, I loved when you mentioned it’s also your focus. How do you incorporate social and emotional learning into your programs? 

Q6: What’s your vision for your online programs? Where would you like to see yourself in the next 3-5 years? 

Thank you very much for taking the time to share the incredible work you are doing to empower students through reading. If anyone wants to reach you and learn more about your programs, is the best way through your website https://www.readefylearning.com/

Michal Ricca LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michalricca/

Book a Consultation https://www.readefylearning.com/contact

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Readefy-Learning-101096415410740

I’m Worried My Child Has Dyslexia, What Now FREE Ebook https://www.readefylearning.com/ 

RESOURCES:

https://www.ortonacademy.org/training-certification/

REFERENCES:

[i] Now I Can Read with Michal Ricca https://www.readefylearning.com/

[ii] ReaDefy Learning https://www.readefylearning.com/readefy-learning

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #136 with Lois Letchford on “From Dyslexia to Ph.D” https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/case-study-the-story-of-lois-letchford-from-dyslexia-to-phd-at-oxford-using-neuroscience-to-inspire-learning/

Brain Fact Friday on “Neurogenesis: What Hurts or Helps Your Brain Cells?”

Brain Fact Friday on “Neurogenesis: What Hurts or Helps Your Brain Cells?”

June 25, 2021

Welcome back to the Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast, for Brain Fact Friday and episode #141.

In today's episode, you will learn:

✔︎ Tips for regrowing your brain cells (neurogenesis)

✔︎ A reminder of what prevents neurogenesis and hurts your brain

I'm Andrea Samadi, author and educator from Toronto, Canada, now living in Arizona, and like many of our listeners, have been fascinated with learning and understanding the science behind high performance strategies in our schools, sports, and modern workplaces of the future. If you have been listening to our podcast, you will know that we’ve uncovered that if we want to improve our social and emotional skills, and experience success in our work and personal lives, it all begins with an understanding of our brain. And since most of us have not had a crash course in the basics of neuroscience, and how an understanding of our brain can impact learning, I launched this podcast in June 2019 with the goal of interviewing leaders and experts who have risen to the top of their field, using these success principles.

I’m writing this before recording episode #143 with Dr. Jon Lieff, whose book The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversation Tells Us About the Brain-Body Connection, the Future of Medicine and Life Itself[i], and his book has really got me thinking.

We know that brain health is important, but could the cells in our body be important for our health, translating into our productivity, results and future well-being? Just like I had never thought about my brain as it related to my results prior to understanding how important our brain was for our future, I definitely have never thought about my health down to the level of my cells. Or even thought about how brain cells (neurons) are different from the other cells in my body (like organ lining cells, immune cells, or blood vessel cells).  Have you?

This Leads us to This Week’s Brain Fact Friday:

Did you know that “we can regrow brain cells (a process called neurogenesis) that we retain throughout our entire lifetime”[ii] and that the best way to increase neurogenesis (regrow your brain cells) is “when your body produces more BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor.” (Dr. David Perlmutter).

We covered an introduction to BDNF on episode #114 “Building a Faster, Stronger, Resilient Brain, by Understanding Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor”[iii] and how important BDNF is for learning and memory, with some tips for increasing your BDNF levels.

What Helps Your Brain Cells?

  1. Exercise releases BDNF:

Dr. Ratey, in his book Go Wild explained that researchers were looking at ways to prevent the aging brain and found that “seniors who exercised developed significantly larger hippocampal volumes (the part of the brain responsible for memory processing) improving their memory.”[iv] They found that exercise also “prevented a loss of grey matter overall (which is common in aging) and improved brain function.” (Page 107). Since we are all aging, it makes sense to me that this research is relevant to all of us, not just the aging brain, proving again, of the importance of exercise as one of the health staples we should all be aware of.

Nutrition also releases BDNF:

  1. Taking Omega-3 DHA also increases your BDNF and helps to increase neurogenesis. “Omega-3 fatty acids have the potential to influence neurogenesis through at least two distinct mechanisms. First, omega-3 fatty acids are incorporated into neuronal membranes…A second potential pathway …(where) these diets may influence neurogenesis is via omega-3 fatty acid modulation of cytokine levels, which in turn regulates immune function.”[v]

What Hurts Your Brain Cells?

We know that diet and exercise help our brain to build new neurons, but what hurts your brain and kills your brain cells?

Chronic stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and chemical and pesticide exposure all prevent neurogenesis and our podcast episode with Dr. Lieff on The Secret Language of Cells (Coming next week) we touch on this, but contrary to popular belief, “moderate alcohol use doesn’t kill brain cells.”[vi]  Not to say that alcohol does not damage the brain it just doesn’t kill brain cells. “It can damage the dendrites which are the branch-like ends of the brain cells. Dendrites are key for passing messages from one neuron to another, so dendrite degradation can cause cognitive problems.”[vii]

Conclusion:

Can we control neurogenesis by increasing BDNF?

Sandrine Thuret thinks we can, and offers her ideas in her TED TALK[viii]

She shows the clear case for exercise with an image I have put in the show notes showing new brain cells (black dots) growing in rats who were runners, versus less brain cell growth in the no-running rats.

 

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(Image showing new brain cells (black dots) growing in rats who were runners

Source-You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how. Published on YouTube October 30, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_tjKYvEziI&t=5s

 

Sandrine Thuret’s TED TALK lists many ways you can grow new brain cells (the highlighted words) with intermittent fasting, flavonoids (found in dark chocolate) and caffeine being a few evidence-based strategies. Conversely, she mentions a diet high in saturated fat, sugar or ethanol, will have a negative impact on neurogenesis.

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Image Source: Here’s how. Published on YouTube October 30, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_tjKYvEziI&t=5s  (7:26)

This Brain Fact Friday was a reminder for me to take my OMEGA-3 fatty acids. I hope it’s opened up your mind for some new ideas.

Stay tuned next week for Dr. Jon Leiff’s fascinating interview on his book, The Secret Language of Cells, as well as a case study from Michal Ricca, the founder of the Now I Can Read Program, who has taught over 1,000 children to read with her program.

See you next week.

REFERENCES:

[i] The Secret Language of Cells: What Biological Conversation Tells Us About the Brain-Body Connection by Jon Lieff, MD. September 22, 2020 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084HKZ4HK/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

[ii] Grow New Brain Cells with Exercise with Dr. David Perlmutter YouTube Published Dec.4, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4NfYd4wq7o&t=3s

[iii] Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning Podcast EPISODE #114 “Building a Faster, Stronger, Resilient Brain, by Understanding Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor”  https://andreasamadi.podbean.com/e/brain-fact-friday-on-building-a-faster-stronger-resilient-brain-by-understanding-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf/

[iv] Go Wild: Eat Fat, Run Free, Be Social, and Follow Evolution’s Other Rules for Total Health and Well-Being by John J Ratey, MD and Richard Manning (June 3, 2014) https://www.amazon.com/Go-Wild-Free-Afflictions-Civilization-ebook/dp/B00FPQA66C

[v] Omega-3 fatty acids upregulate adult neurogenesis by Barbara S. Beltz, Michael F Tlusty, Jeannie L Benton, and David C Sandeman Published Jan. 7, 2007 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892224/#:~:text=Omega%2D3%20fatty%20acids%20have,transporters%20and%20receptors%20%5B4%5D.

[vi] Brain Myth: Drinking Alcohol Kills Brain Cells https://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/cool-brain-facts-myths/brain-mythology/brain-myth-alcohol-kills-brain-cells/

[vii] IBID

[viii] You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how. Published on YouTube October 30, 2015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_tjKYvEziI&t=5s

 

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