25 Burst results for "Daniel Amen"
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Thank you very much. I appreciate it. Thank you. Hello, Mr. Kirk. I'm not sure how I can follow that up, but I'm going to do my best. My question really has to do with abortion. And I never really heard you talk about this on YouTube shorts. That's how I really kind of like know you. But what's your stance on a woman that is pregnant and her life is endangered due to the fetus? Because I believe here in the state of Texas, you have yours. You can stand your ground. You have the right to self-defense. What is your stance on that? OK, so first of all, this is debated. I have a really fun, good pro-life leader here. So first of all, I believe I'm 100 percent pro-life across the board. OK. And if, if, if there is actually and I will just go to Lila Rose on this. She's much more of an expert than I am. She she believes so to Seth Gruber and many other people in pro-life that there are not actual ever instances where the woman's life is in danger or jeopardy. I'm not an OBGYN. Here's what I will say is that if truly a cesarean section, if truly a C-section can't save the baby and the life of the mother, then in traditional religious doctrine, it's OK to save the life of the mother. OK. But I would I would dive deeper into what Lila Rose and Seth Gruber say. They believe and they have a whole community of OBGYNs that believe there's no such circumstance that would necessitate killing the baby to save the mom without engaging in a C-section in that regard. I don't know enough about the details of that to die on that hill. So I would I would look after them. But out of principle, I would do everything I possibly could to save both lives out of principle. That's what I think. Hey, Mr. Kirk, I have one question or rather a request. Sure. What could you throw out some solutions that would limit or stop men's suicide? Yes. Now, before you answer or fulfill my request, I would like to put the magnitude on this problem. In 2020, there were forty six thousand suicides in the United States. That is one hundred and twenty five deaths a day or one hundred and twenty five deaths a day. Five deaths every hour. Four of those five deaths were men. We make up forty nine percent of the population, yet 80 percent of the suicides. OK. First of all, I've really come to like a doctor. I've had him on my podcast. Dr. Daniel Amen. I encourage you guys to check him out. He's one of the few guys that talks about brain health and how your brain is the only organ that we don't look at before we treat. You do it with your heart. You do it your kidney. Do it your liver with your appendix. You think about it. Brain damage is a very serious thing. So I encourage you to check it out. I'm not an expert in it. He has been doing this for 30 or 40 years and he's really big on this. Brain health leads to mental health. Right. From diet to all these different things. Let's talk about policy. Number one, why are men killing themselves in record numbers? There is a lack of purpose in young men and there is an outright war on men in this country. And it has to stop. There is a war on men in this country that men are aimless and they are treated as second class citizens. They lack purpose. They lack the ability to be men at a very young age. They have to almost be grown into like like feminized versions of their former self. And all the institutions have become super, super feminized. Now, I'm willing to look at all sorts of different sort of policy prescriptions, including, you know, I don't think that pornography is helping at all. I think that men staring at screens is directly tied to depression, anxiety and the lack of young kids, young boys to be able to actually have healthy dopaminergic responses to pleasure and to seeking reward systems. But even beyond that. Right. There. This is such a major crisis that is being completely unaddressed by our society and our culture. And if any one of you are struggling with that, you need to go find help. It's OK to go find help. You should go find help. And I hope and pray you find hope, find help that does not just try to medicate you, but actually talks to you and reorients your ability to find purpose and meaning, not just puts you on benzodiazepines or Xanax or Prozac. That is my hope. I'm not an expert, but it's a major problem. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you. Hello, Charlie. I just had to thank you really quickly. I know a few years back, you and Candace did a campus tour. I think it was Campus Clash or something like that. You went to Texas State University. I brought my wife along at the time. She at the time, she wasn't really sure where she stood politically. Right. She probably couldn't even tell you the difference between a Republican and Democrat at the moment. But I told her, let's go check these people out. She goes, OK, whatever. And she came and she ended up loving everything she heard. And really, ever since then, she's basically been converted to the conservative movement. I couldn't pass up that chance just to thank you for that. But I do have a question on your general stance on college. It's not really just you. I think it's generally what I hear from conservatives is that it's kind of just a waste of money. Being a college student, maybe I'm slightly biased. I don't know. I wanted to question you on like I feel like I believe there is a there are smart, practical ways to approach college, even though unfortunately, too many take way too much debt for useless degrees. So I definitely understand the concern. But do you think there's a better way that we just can, as a movement, can kind of educate on that? Or do you think college is sort of just a lost cause? I mean, it depends. I mean, I'm not exactly kind to college. I wrote a whole book called The College Scam, right? And by the way, after you see Harvard with 31 student organizations coming out and supporting Hamas, I think that my mission, my hypothesis on college being a scam is being proven right. Look, I bet if I were to ask you, are there classes that you take that you think are completely unnecessary that you have to go into debt for? I'm sure if I went around the room, everyone says yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Right. And so if they were actually developing your character and enriching your soul, I would say all for it. Right. But we're having a massive problem. I mean, I could go through the numbers. They're shocking. Majority of kids that enter, 40 percent of kids that enter college don't graduate. How many of you know people that dropped out of college? Almost every single hand goes up. Right. There's way too many people that go into college. Right. And we need more plumbers, electricians and welders and HVAC and police officers and entrepreneurs and people that work at their hands. We need way more of that. Right. But secondly, is that everyone's path is different. So I don't want to overly generalize. Right. If you want to become a nurse or a doctor, obviously you need to go to college. But if you're going to college to study North African lesbian poetry, like you should probably you should probably press pause on that. Right. And not exactly a great career.
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"And I think it's really good that we have this type of dialogue and discussion, because we're all Americans. We're all Americans here. And you know, the first person I debated from your club is staying right over there. Her name is Morgan McMichael. Morgan, stand up. Stand up. You know, stand up. And, you know, we have a really civil conversation. You know, we disagreed on a whole variety of issues. And I disagree with everything that your mala said. Everything. Come on. I am, man. I'm still progressive. You think racism is bad? Come on, man. But I'm going to ask you a question, because you seem like you can handle it in a second. But I will say just two tests. Tomorrow, when Ibram X. Kendi comes, ask yourself how many conservatives are out there making fools of themselves, saying he shouldn't be allowed to speak. Number two, when Ibram X. Kendi Henry Rogers speaks here tomorrow, does he stand here for an hour and take the hardest possible questions and invites disagreement to the front of the line? That's that's an important question, right? I'll be at the event tomorrow. You should ask him what racism is, because he's not really sure. Anyway, you know what? You've come in great spirit. Do you have anything else to say? I mean, I could ask you a question. Just one question. Who do you think won the GOP debate? Oh, Donald Trump. Even though he wasn't there? That's why he was the winner. I mean, I don't know. I think I think Rogers has had some good moments. Do you prefer Trump over DeSantis? Yes. Really? Come on. The guy won Florida over 20 points in 2022. Come on now, Charlie. Yeah. The fact that you want me to support DeSantis makes me like Trump even more. I got to be there. What? Come on, man. That's not true. That's not true. God bless you, man. Thank you so much. And thank you. Plus your vote. I'm giving you the best chance to be by Mo. Thank you. Hey, Charlie, thank you for coming here tonight. I just have a question regarding health care. So tens of millions of Americans are struggling with health care bills and medical bills. So what do you think is the free market solution to that kind of problem? Yeah, this is this is an unbelievably complicated problem. Everything we're doing is making it worse. The easiest answer I could give without getting too wonky is we have to break up the hospital lobby. That's the best answer that I can give is that the hospital cartel is doing such damage to our country. We need transparency in pricing. You walk in, you have no idea what anything costs. And it is this like shadow darkness of billing. They're like pseudo nonprofits attached with for-profits and different endowment boards. It's an unsustainable model. And you need to ask the question of what is the price of a procedure? It's not a catch-all solution. It's not a perfect solution. Trust me. But you are able, it is proven that in products where the entire society wants something, we've been able to stabilize pricing and increase the quality. Cars, smartphones, right? When you have price transparency, you empower the hundreds of millions of people to say, wait a second, two days in the hospital for this procedure is going to cost $27,000. And my deductible is this. It's like all of a sudden these questions create a market. And we don't have a market because the consumer is not currently informed. That is not a perfect answer. There's like 500 other problems. There's health insurance problems. There's Medicaid problems. There's Medicare problems. There are drug company problems, which I could probably agree with old liberals on, which we are living in a pharmaceutical controlled state of Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson that want you perpetually sick. I could find great agreement on that. But yeah, look, this is the Leviathan. It is the hardest problem in America. And the biggest issue with it is that the corporations are the ones that have cozied up with government and the everyday American people. I think there's good arguments, honestly, by some liberals on this stuff and conservatives on this. The answer is not to expand government. It's to empower the everyday American to make better choices and to stop giving favorable contracts to the four companies that have done such damage to our country, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. Thank you so much. All right. I think we have only I'm sorry. Any other disagreements? I don't think we have a ton of time left. So yes. You have a disagreement? Yes. Okay, great. My name is Justin Time. And I just got to say I love being here. It's my first time doing this a long time. But I have to tell you that you're loved, you're valued, and you're worthy. Thank you. And we all appreciate you, right? We all do. We all appreciate him. And I'm sorry, I thought I must have got a golden ticket because I just got bumped to the front of the line. Okay. So I just love being here. I love Pastor Mike. I've known him for a couple of years now. That is the question. We're out of time. All right. So it's about cannabis. All right. So when is it acceptable? Because you've already said that you don't agree with it. Yeah, it should not be legalized. Yeah, it creates a dirtier society. When is it acceptable? That's the real question. I mean, maybe in hospice. Like maybe when your life... But see, what if a young man like myself... You've done weed? I can't tell. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Yeah, I know. I look a little stylish, right? All right. But here's the question. Don't do drugs. All right. When you've got a tumor on your back and it takes the pain away, is it okay for that? I mean, look, if it works for you. But you also have to be honest that it's harming your brain. What about anxiety? No, actually it increases anxiety. By the way, read... Not for me. Hold on a second. Read the literature from Alex Berenson and Dr. Daniel Amen that shows that it increases depression, it decreases dopaminergic responses. So it's like, oh, I have anxiety. Hold on a second. Time out. Understand that half of the people that take marijuana have an adverse event with anxiety. Half. It makes it worse. Half of the people. Number two, it is a gateway drug. But number two, I don't want to get too deep into like, I have a tumor and is it bad for me? The broader question is it's bad for society. It lowers IQ, it lowers motivation, and every state that legalizes weed sees crime go up, vagrancy go up, homelessness go up. And let's just ask a more macro question, right? If you were trying to destroy society, would you be cheering for the legalization of weed and usage of weed or hoping that it doesn't get legalized? Of course you would want more young men on marijuana. The fighting age young men to be sitting at home and smoking dope instead of saying no drugs, no alcohol, I'm going to commit myself to fitness, eat well, wake up earlier, do cold showers, and really be the best version of myself. There is a beautiful future ahead of you that is more than just using the cool drug.
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Anyways, so what's the tiny habit for blood flow? And oh, by the way, I don't know if I can say this in church. No, I can't. If you have blood flow problems anywhere, it means they're everywhere. So if you want your love life to get better, start taking care of your brain. Yeah, you were slow on that one. So that's the tiny habit for blood flow. It's walk like you're late. 45 minutes, four times a week. Walk like you're late. 45 minutes, four times a week. Compared to Zola, in people who had major depression, equally effective. Walk like you're late. 45 minutes, four times a week. The R is retirement and aging. And the older you get, the more serious you need to be about brain health. But did you know Alzheimer's disease actually starts in your brain 20 to 30 years before you have your first symptom? So if you're waiting to start losing your mind before you get serious about getting well, that's a bad strategy. And all of you should know some important numbers. Ferritin is one. It's a measure of iron storage in your body. If it's low, you're anemic and you're anxious and you can't sleep. If it's high, it prematurely ages your body and brain. And so measure your ferritin level. And if it's high, donate blood. So donating blood is good for you. If your iron level is high, and it's good for our society. The I is inflammation. It's a major cause of depression. And the big causes of inflammation, gum disease. You need to be a flossing fool. So I'll take that one as our one thing. Low omega -3 fatty acids. All of you should be taking an omega -3 supplement. 98 % of the population is deficient in omega -3s and processed foods. I know I saw the potato chips upstairs and I haven't said anything yet. And I'm thinking about maybe do I want to go to church and get my soul fed? And these people are trying to kill me. No. I think it's okay to question as an organization where we spend our money. And just a thought for me. The G is genetics. But we don't think about genetics right. Most people go, oh, I'm fat because my family's fat. I'm like, no, you're fat because you make bad decisions and you have a genetic vulnerability. Or I'm an alcoholic because, you know, we have alcoholics in the family. Like, no, you have that predisposition. Genes are not a death sentence. They increase your vulnerability. Like in my family, I have heart disease and obesity. But I don't have heart disease and I'm not overweight. Why? Because every day of my life I'm on an obesity, heart disease prevention program. Know your risk and then get serious about preventing them..
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
"She started. And when she started, she was overweight depressed in pain and unmotivated. And so that's why she's just like, I'm just going to do one thing. And she drank more water because I talk about how your body is 70% water, but your brain is 80%. Water and just being dehydrated by 2%, you have trouble thinking. So she started by drinking more water, and she noticed she had to get off the couch to go. It's a two for one. And she's like, oh, I'm off the couch. And then she started taking supplements, multiple vitamin fish oil, vitamin D brand new study out today. People who take vitamin D, the supplement. 40% less risk of getting dementia. And holy smokes. Worked better in women than in men. And so she started making supplements. And she noticed her mood was better. And then she started exercising first she started walking, then playing tennis, and table tennis, and she's like, wow, I'm feeling really good. And then she went to new learning. And started learning a language and then guitar when I'm better at learning three languages. And then she changed her diet. And she said, I didn't deprive myself of anything. I just say good things first. So there was no room for bad things. And over a year, she lost 5 stones. And I'm like, what's that? Because with 70 pounds, and family to do it, and for her 83rd birthday present, she came to one of my clinics to get a scan and her brain was just stunningly beautiful. And when she saw it, she cried and she said, a year ago, my brain would not have looked like this. And I love that. She said, I had no idea my age, life could be this good. And before you and I got on today, I was telling you about a patient I work with who's concerned about his age. And I'm so stinking successful. And I'm like, well, you know, in a basketball game or a football game, it really doesn't get that interesting until the fourth quarter. That when often the most important things happen. So both you and I can look back in our lives and we can go a lot of cool things. Have happened. But ultimately, it's what's next. Keeping keeping yourself on that edge of purpose, meaning and creativity, it keeps you young. And keeping your brain young, all the things that keep your brain young and active, keep your body young and active. That's the greatest part about this is like if you're looking at what can you do to help your brain, oh, by the way, weight loss is a side effect. What can you do to help your brain? Oh, by the way, you're going to be happier and have more energy. So I love I love the fact that honestly that's true you just told really she was doing the change your brain every day program that you just created. So there you did. You brought it into bite sized doable action steps that people can put into their life every single day start to feel that transformation quickly. I believe that most people have no idea what feeling good really feels like. So they're sitting there medicating with all the coffee, alcohol, pot, sugar, everything else. Because they don't know, if they knew better, they do better. So here you go, you start to do better, you'll start to notice the differences. And you get all the free stuff too, which I'm putting, I'm putting your bonus gifts so you learn more when you buy the book, all the things that you can get, how to get them. I'll put that at JJ virgin dot com slash change brain and link to our other episodes and all of your social because you're doing some wild stuff over there on TikTok. How many followers do you have on TikTok now? 2 million. So crazy. So definitely want to check out all of your social there too, so I'll put all of doctor Daniel aim in social onto and I will look forward to seeing you in a few weeks for dinner. And Tana. Excited. Yay. Yeah, yeah. So thank you so much for being with me and just thank you for continuing to just get out there and get this information out there and make it so user friendly that people can take action on it. Well, Tana says hi and I'm just so grateful for all the support you've given to us through the years. Well, right back at ya. I've got a son who's functioning because of you. So, you know, always.
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
"You know, it's easier to grab the drink or have some pot or whatever, right? So how do we get this habit? How do we put at the forefront? Because, you know, most people now are like, okay, I need to, I need to get my exercise in. And I need to eat healthy. How do we put this one in? And then I'd love some examples of what does this look like that someone's doing every day being putting their brain central focus. I am going to take care of my brain, I'm going to do something every day for it. What would this look like? Drew Carey, the famous comedian who lost a lot of weight said it best. He said, eating crappy food isn't a reward. It's a punishment. And when I heard him say that, I went, oh, he's going to stay healthy. Because he has the right mindset. And in the new book, there's an essay on the one thing. And one thing is when you do the right thing. Celebrate. When you do the wrong thing, that's when you should be irritated. With yourself. And I do not believe in lowering people's anxiety to zero. I think of anxiety from zero to ten. And I want to keep my patients and myself at about a three. I want you to know the train is going to come and hit you. And you need to be vigilant about getting out of the way. 50%, 5, 0% of people, if they live to 85, will be diagnosed with dementia. That is just for you. 5 zero 50%. 50%. And if we fixed diet exercise brain exercises, how much would it be then? It would drop down, probably below 15%. I know you just guessing, but it's guesstimating, but you've got a pretty solid way to guesstimate with all of your experience. Well, and I don't believe at all that Alzheimer's is only genetic. I think there are many roads to it. And in the book, I talk about you want to keep your brain healthy or rescue it, if it's headed for trouble, you have to prevent or treat the 11 major risk factors that steal your mind. And I have a mnemonic called bright minds. So, for example, be as for blood flow, low blood flows, the number one brain imaging predictor of Alzheimer's disease. Well, what do you do that lowers blood flow? Alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, having a sedentary lifestyle. How do you increase blood flow? Ginkgo. Exercise. Oregano, cinnamon, Cayenne pepper, beets, and so if I know my risk factors, I can counteract them. All the time. Like I'm going to be 69 this year. The R is retirement and aging. That means I need to keep being involved. I don't have to work, right? I have enough money I don't have to work, but I work because purpose and connection are absolutely critical, plus I drive my wife crazy. But new learning is essential, but also what promotes aging. High iron levels. And my iron tends to be high. So like twice a year ago, donate blood. And for me, I don't spend a lot of time eating red meat because it's really high. And now that's not true for everybody. I think people who have low iron levels, red meat, healthy red meat, is probably fine. And so there's just so much practical stuff. Ultimately, I start every day, you know, you're asking for, okay, what is this look like? I start every day when my feet hit the floor today is going to be a great day. I manage my mind. I direct my mind. As I go through the day, is this good for my brain or bad for it? Because I love myself. I mean, ultimately, it's the ultimate act of love. And a lot of people go, oh, come on. Everything in moderation, which is the gateway thought. That statement makes me absolutely crazy. Crazy. Well, it's their excuse to cheat. I mean, students, they say that what they mean is I'm going to cheat and you're going to be okay with it. And I'm like, no, cocaine. Moderation. Having an affair in moderation, what do you think will do with that? Will not be good. And then I most days do intermittent fasting. You know, I'll have my first meal around ten or 11 o'clock and I almost always start with a shake and put MCT oil in it and collagen and I make vegan source of protein powder that I love and it's very low. It's no sugar like two carbs. And half an avocado. So healthy fat, moderate protein, and very low carbohydrates, because what's killing people today is diabetes. I've seen my father in law, diabetes, lost his legs, lost his eyesight, had a stroke, had a heart attack, and had dementia. And he said, when he was 55, 5 take insulin, I'm going to kill myself. And he didn't kill himself. But he did kill himself because he couldn't get the right habits together to get rid of his diabetes. And so food, food is so important. I do almost all of my meetings in the morning while on walking or riding a bike. And so I exercise. I think it's absolutely critical in three times a week I lift weights. Why the stronger you are as you age, the less likely you are to get Alzheimer's. It is so like the research on muscle strength, grip strength, balance, cardiovascular fitness, and all cause mortality is just insane. I feel like all of us old exercise physiologists are finally having our day. It is so clear with that, with everything cancer, especially, but let's talk talk exercise because exercise in the brain it was one of the first things I went back and did with grant that and ping Pong. But exercise in the brain. How does it impact the brain?
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
"How I mean, I know, you know, this makes me want to cry actually even talking about it because I live at firsthand, but as I started to dig into the brain injury and recovering from the brain injury and boy, they don't tell you anything. When your son has a traumatic brain injury, they don't give you any information. There's really not much out there on it. And then I start to dig into the research of how many people have traumatic brain injuries are suffering with one at any given time, the things between depression and suicide that you just never even hear about. And I think of my other son who did a backflip into the side of the pool and we took him to the emergency room and they're like, oh, no, he's fine. He'll have a little bump on like, he got knocked out, jumping into the side of the doing a dive into the side of the pool. You know, you just think about how many times who goes through childhood and doesn't hit their head. Or life. A lot of people hit their head, but it doesn't leave a lasting impression for this people I see. If you go, hey, what's the biggest lesson you learned? Is mild traumatic brain injury ruins people's lives. And not everybody who has a brain injury does it have a negative impact. It sort of depends on the brain, they brought into the accident. But there are 3 million new concussions or mild traumatic brain injuries every year in the United States, which means over the last 30 years. There's been 90 million concussions. There's a lot of people walking around with the lasting effects of concussions, but they get misdiagnosed as anxiety disorders or as ADHD or depression. And if you don't get the right diagnosis, you can't properly treat it because so say I published two huge studies showing I could separate traumatic brain injury from PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder. So emotional trauma from physical trauma. And discover magazine listed our research as one of the top 100 stories in science. Yeah, it was pretty cool. But so why is that important? Well, if you have a emotional trauma, you have a busy brain. Your emotional circuits start becoming hyperactive because if you've been emotionally traumatized, your brain goes, oh, you have to watch. Someone's going to hurt you. But if you have physical trauma, you have decreases in those circuits. And so one is low. One is high. What's really important to know because the treatment for one is calm down the brain, the treatment for the other is stimulate the brain. And so you can imagine, and actually Tana writes about this in her book, the relentless courage of a scared child where she got depressed after she had thyroid cancer, doctor put her on prozac, SSRIs like prozac, calm down, brain activity, but her brain was sleepy to start as she had no thyroid and she'd had a traumatic brain injury from a rollover accident. And so if you don't know, you could hurt people. And that's the point of why you should look. You know, I often say a picture is worth a thousand words. But a map is worth a thousand pictures, a map tells you where you are, and that's why we did grant a number of times. It's like, okay, where we are in the map. A map tells you where you are and then gives you direction on how to get to where you want to go. The scans also taught me marijuana is not a health thing. And I get so much grief from this. But you're just not a fun guy, man. You take away the alcohol, you take away pot. Come on, Daniel. I guess having a great brains more fun than that is the takeaway. Yes. And I often say who has more fun. And with a good brain or the kid with the bad brain, I saw one of my celebrities a couple of days ago. And I'm like, so I just stopped using drugs. He's like, it just was too much work. Just wasn't worth. The pain of it. So why is that fun? Especially now we know that smoking marijuana is actually worse than smoking cigarettes. And using marijuana increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, not to mention, if you do it as a teenager, increases your risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. So who's really having more fun? The kid with the good brain or the kid with the bad brain, because you know, as you and I think about it, and I talk about this and change your brain every day, because mindsets so important. It's what do you really want? So if I ask you that question, what do you really want in your soul? And I know I want energy. And memory and happiness and connection. And quite frankly, alcohol doesn't get me any of those. Marijuana doesn't get me any of those. But when I eat right, I have those. And when I think right I have what I want. So so many people are run by the four year old inside their bodies that I want what I want when I want it. Reminds me of the eagles song. Do you ever remember the eagle song get over it? I love it. They get for me. Victim of this victim of that and there's a line in there that gets me into trouble whenever I said, but it's like I want to find your inner child and kick its little ass. It's just terrible. I have an Olympic pole vaulter. I treat. She uses this as her song because it's like, come on, let's get over it. Let's act like adults. Let's do the things that we know. That bring us happiness and joy. Us women need to prioritize protein as we age, and the truth is, most of us aren't getting what we need to support our muscles and bones, our immune system, our energy levels, our metabolism, and our waistlines. I recommend you get at least 30 grams of protein at every meal to stay satisfied and to support your weight and fat loss goals too. But don't worry, this isn't about settling for another boring chicken breast or some bland tofu, to make it simple, I've put together over 60 delicious recipes in my loaded smoothie cookbook. All designed to help you feel fuller, more energized and ready to power through whatever comes your way. Once you discover how good they make you feel, you'll want to have one every morning, just like I do. Download the loaded smoothie cookbook for free at JJ virgin dot com slash loaded smoothie. Well, one of the challenges, of course, is you know that when you're eating well and doing the things that help you with mindfulness and you've got great connection exercise, you know how great it feels. But in the interim, when you're feeling like crap,
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
"Top interviewee. I love that. Thank you so much for helping me spread the word. Thank you so much for having such a great word to spread. How's that? And for being such an important part of my family's health healing journey. And this is, is this number 13, how many books is this? I know of New York Times bestsellers, but they'll probably a lot more, right? Yeah, it's my 40th book. Already yet. Okay. Consistent. Machine. You know, it's amazing that you just keep coming out with new information around the brain. So this one, what made you decide to write this book in particular like the change your brain every day? And when I think of this, I think of you starting with that change your brain change your life that was like such the massive door opener for all of us and to brain health. But why this book? You know what I came to believe is that like spiritual health, like physical health, brain and mental health or daily practices. And given that I've written 40 books and I thought a lot about what I do over the last 40 years, I wanted to write sort of my greatest hits. And so what it is is 366 short essays. On the most important things I've ever said. And at the end of each essay is just a simple thing to do to plant brain health in your life. And why 366 rather than 365 leap year next year. And so I wanted to cover the whole year. And if you just spend three to 5 minutes a day, reading an essay and doing what I ask you to do, it will dramatically change your life over the next year. Because my ultimate goal is to be the little voice in your head that helps you do the right thing, not because you should, but because you love yourself. And three to 5 minutes. So it's just more a matter of someone getting into the habit of doing that, making sure that it happens every single day, right? Well, and if they skip a day, I mean, you know, you just pick it up when you can. But the more you get into it, you realize brand health is not hard. You and I both work with BJ fogg. I worked with him for 6 months on how people change. He's in charge of the persuasive tech lab at Stanford. And we came up with a series of tiny hobbits for the brain. What's the smallest thing I can do today that will make the biggest difference. And it's ultimately this one question. I mean, it all comes down to the mother tiny habit, which is this good for my brain or bad for it. And you know, I'm going to turn 69 this year. And I've seen thousands of 69 year old brains, and it's bad news. Right? I mean, it's just like your skin as you age, your skin falls off your face. That same process happens in the brain. But it doesn't have to. And if you can live with this question, every day. It's just good for my brain or bad for it. And choose good, it's going to change. Everything in your life because your brain, you know, controls everything. I think, you know, for me, I've had the opportunity firsthand to see what happens when your brain's not working well with my son with a traumatic brain injury, and that gives you. I mean, that is as dramatic as you will see things. But it really feels like, you know, maybe it was the last couple of years people are starting to pay more attention because most of us just don't think about it. You don't think about your brain. You don't ask that question, is this good for my brain? You might go, hey, is this good for my body? Am I going to lose weight? Will I have more energy? But, you know, it seems like that is not a question that gets asked very often. How do we get this? You've done so much out there to get people to start becoming more aware of it, but how do we pile on now for people to understand the importance of this? We just need after it. We have a new preschool through grade one course. It's like, you really want to prevent Alzheimer's disease. It's got to start early. Because a lot of the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease actually start in childhood things like traumatic brain injury. Adverse childhood experiences, all of those things we can start to have an impact on, but it begins with education with love and completely upending this dumb, mental health paradigm that we currently have, you have 6 out of these 9 depression symptoms. You end up on an antidepressant. It's like, no, it's like if you're depressed, we want to know what your brain looks like and get your brain healthy. You'll be less depressed. Has this started to change some I mean, I still think of when I the first time, you know, I stalked you, as you know. Because I was looking for help with my son and I started looking around and I was like, you were the man. I was going to go find you. So, and I'm so glad that I did. But I remember you early on saying, you know, we're the only profession where we just don't look. And it was so obvious. It's like, well, how can we sit there and diagnose and treat when we haven't even looked at this? Has it started to change? I mean, you've been working on this for so long and taken so much heat, right? Yeah, it's been a war. And. You came to our gala and I talked about the structure of scientific revolution. How they happen. And if I'm right, and I am. I mean, I just know that with every cell in my body. It means 40,000 psychiatrists are wrong. And all of the primary care doctors o-b-gyns internist, nurse practitioners that are prescribing psychiatric drugs based on symptom clusters, it means the paradigm is not, and you can't say that and people say thank you.
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
"Book, which I'll tell you about in a bit. Let me tell you a little bit about doctor Daniel amen. His mission is to end mental illness by creating a revolution in brain health. I'm going to link to the episode that we did on how mental illness is really brain illness, which is just fascinating and how you hurt your brain. He has done so much in the world to get this message out to the world. He's a physician and adult and child psychiatrist. He's the founder of amen clinics. There's 11 locations around the country for amen clinics now. I think when I met him, he had two. And he has done now more than 200,000 spec scans on patients. And one of the first things he said to me is like, you know, why are we diagnosing something we were not even looking at it? And so it was kind of a revolutionary idea that he has been out there pushing ever since. He founded brain MD, which is a science backed nutraceutical company, and he's got Amon university where he's trained thousands of medical and mental health professionals on his methods. He is also doing some amazing fun stuff on social media and out in the world. He's been on public television. So many different times. He's got 12 New York Times bestselling books starting with change of brain. And you definitely don't want to check out his TikTok channel. He's got over 2 million people following him now, and he also has his digital series scanned my brain where he features high profile actors, musical artists, athletes, entrepreneurs and influencers. It's on YouTube and Instagram. I could go on and on and on with what he's done, but I don't want to cut into this interview, which is fabulous as always. Every time I talk to doctor Daniel Ayman, I learned something new. Now he does have his book coming out, is change your brain every day, depending on when you're listening to this episode, you either will be able to take advantage of some of those pre order gifts or just some of the long-term gifts that you'll get by ordering the book. I'm putting all of that information there at JJ virgin dot com slash change brain, so you'll definitely want to go check that out because he is going to be gifting his 28 day challenge program with the book. And the book is super cool because it's really about taking the change your brain change your life book and putting it into actionable daily steps that you can easily incorporate in and I'm all about what can you do easily every day and one thing I'll tell you about brain health is if you do the things to fix your brain, fixes everything else. You'll lose weight, you'll have more energy. You'll feel great. So it's a win win win win. All right, I'll be right back with doctor Daniel amen, stay with me.
"daniel amen" Discussed on Ask The Health Expert
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"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"And we have more experience than anyone in the world. Just can you just kind of pepper off a couple other things? How else can people improve their brain? Obviously, by the book, but omega three supplementation understanding inflammation, healthy diet, exercise, not doing marijuana, not doing alcohol. But I love this also embracing the attitude of a brain warrior. What am I doing today to improve my brain health? Well, you're in a war for the health of your brain. Everywhere you go, someone's trying to shove bad food down your throat that will kill you early. Everywhere you go. People are trying to put an addictive gadget in your hand that steals the dopamine, the pleasure centers. Your brain negative news, that you and I both know the news is no longer the news. Meant to scare you. So they can have your attention to sell you copper underwear. We live in a society that perpetuates mental health problems and we're seeing it. It's just horrifying, especially in teenage girls. The level of anxiety depression, suicide, is it epidemic levels. So being a brain warrior, your armed, your prepared, your aware, to when this most important fight for your life. In closing your doctor as much as you're comfortable with, we have an audience that is very faithful and dedicated Christians. You helped write a forward to a book with Rick Warren. Can you talk about just some of your faith and how you incorporate it in the work that you do? You know, I always think of my self and my patients and four big circles. It's what's the biology. So the physical function of your brain that we've been talking about, what's the psychology or how you think, what's the social circle, the situation you find yourself in. And this spiritual circle, which is ultimately why do you care what is your deepest sense of meaning and purpose to your relationship with God with the planet with the past? And with the future. And I was raised Roman Catholic, believe in God has always been part of my life. And when I was a young soldier in West Germany, many years ago, I got involved with a group called teen challenge of Christian group that deals with drug addicts that deepened my own faith. I went to medical school at oral Roberts university. So I learned medicine in the context of my faith and people go, oh, how can you be a neuroscientist and believe in God? It's like, well, how can you be a neuroscientist and not believe it? Exactly. I think all of this happens by random chance. That's stupidity, right? If you just know the second law of physics, where things go from order to disorder, you know, random evolution just virtually makes no sense to me. Creative design, that makes a lot more sense to me, plus, you know, I know through the things I've done and my personal relationship with Jesus, it's the only way I've been able to accomplish the cool things I've been able to do to help people. Do you find in your patients younger ones in particular if they get that spiritual bucket filled? Do you find that they start to heal in other areas of their life? Yes, in fact, there's really good research that demonstrates if you have a close relationship with God, that if you get depressed, you heal faster. That you'll also tend to live longer. And your baseline level of happiness is higher. And yet it seems as if our culture, that's the one thing they don't always want to talk about. The book is change your brain every day, one minute remaining, any closing thoughts, doctor that we didn't cover or points that you wanted to make. Brain and mental health are daily practices. So just like spiritual health, just like physical health, you want a sharp mind. You want to be happy. You want to have energy and memory. We got to take care of your brain every day. And it's basically three things. Brain envy got to care about it. Avoid things that hurt it, do things that help it. It all comes down to this one simple question. This really a theme throughout the book. Whatever you go to make a decision, just ask yourself, is this good for your brain or bad for it? And if you can answer that with information and love, all of this is about love, love of yourself, love of family, love of the reason God puts you on the planet. You just start making better decisions..
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"I fully acknowledge marijuana drinking, not even close to, you know, that's not the caffeine thing is where I have to be most improved player. So doctor however, you say something also fascinating in the book, you say the goal should not be to get rid of anxiety, the don't worry be happy people. That some anxiety is actually good. What do you mean by that? Well, if you think of anxiety on a scale of zero to a hundred, hundred is totally freaked out. And zero is you just have no anxiety at all. Well, the know anxiety people, it has been discovered. They die early from accidents and preventable illnesses. I want your anxiety to be about 30. I want you to be, oh, I don't text while I drive. I'm not driving fast in The Rain. I see a cute girl, but I have enough anxiety to know my wife will tell me. So just helps you make good decisions. And so we don't want. There's actually this great study out of Stanford started in 1921. They looked at 1541, ten year old children. And then they followed them, brought to 90 years, looking at what goes with health success and longevity. And the don't worry be happy people, the low anxiety people died the earliest. The number one hallmark of success, health and longevity, was conscientiousness. That if you said you were going to show up and you show up consistently predictably, you do what you say, you're going to do, you live longer than everyone else. And the don't worry be happy who cares if the rent is late, the landlord can litigate. That doesn't work out really well, actually. Actually, probably makes you more likely to, you know, make a pretty, pretty terrible error. Another one I have marked your doctor, and I don't want to focus too much on the kind of things you're not supposed to talk about, but I can't help but ask you about this because we get questions about this from young ladies. You talk about how the pill could actually be making young women depressed. I was fascinating to me. What did you find here? Increase risk of depression 40%, it's the pill often depletes serotonin. One of the chemicals that's just essential to have stable mood. It depletes magnesium. So you're more anxious. It can deplete zinc. So your immunity and your mood is not as good. Now, it's just, it's important to know these things, and if there's an alternative, that's probably better, but just know the risk and, you know, I hate prescribing an antidepressant to deal with the side effects of another. Yeah, the reason I asked though doctor because sometimes the way that these things are communicated, the young people, no side effects perfectly safe, perfectly fine. And that is not true. In fact, that does a fair amount of damage. People need to know what you're signing up for, what you're getting into. The book is called change your brain every day. Doctor, we have 45 seconds in this segment. Can you also just talk about your clinics? You have them across the country. I guarantee you people will also be interested like, wow, this sounds I'm a believer. Where can they find information on that? Amen, clinics dot com. So amen like the last word and a prayer. Clinics dot com. We have 11 of them all around the United States. And if you've struggled and not gotten the help you need, somebody should look at your brain..
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"What does that do to developing brain in particular though, doctor? I mean, you talk about the alcohol effects. I mean, you have THC laced very heavy THC laced marijuana for 15 year old. I mean, no wonder why they're 21 in their depressed. It's damaging their brains. I published two big studies on a thousand people where I compared healthy brains versus marijuana brains. Every area of the brain was lower in blood flow and activity. And then I published the world's largest imaging study on 62,454 scans on how the brain ages. And it's fascinating. Little kids have really busy brains, older people, not so much. And then we looked at, well, what are the factors that accelerate aging? And schizophrenia was the worst, so very severe psychiatric disorder. The second worse was marijuana. And then it was alcohol and that was, but marijuana ages. Your brain. It also ages your lungs and it's worse. The nicotine. So the lung damage they looked at smokers who just smoked cigarettes versus smokers who smoked marijuana and the marijuana was significantly worse than lungs, aged, faster. So this is not a innocuous. And I worry so much about it. And I've seen it. You know, I'm old enough. You know, I saw, oh, benzos are mommy's little helper in the 80s, and they're innocuous. They're totally not mommy's little helper. They're addictive and once you start them, it's held to get off of them. Or opiates, my wife is a nurse. And pain was the 5th vital sign. And you were almost shamed. If you didn't give your patients opiates, and we know how that turned out. Well, the same thing. The exact same thing is happening alcohols, health food, no, that was a lie. Marijuana is innocuous. That's a lie. It's the God bless you for speaking out on this because too many people dance around this when it's so obvious. It's not good. One that was very hard for me though, doctor, and I have reduced my intake and I have seen positives is some caffeine is okay, but caffeine does limit blood flow to the brain. Do I have that right? You do. And it's like, you know, I have no dog in the fight. And when I first started doing imaging, spec is a blood flow study. And I read one study that showed caffeine constricts blood flow. 30% to the brain. And I'm like, well, then it's going to prematurely age the brain. Plus, if you start the day with caffeine, caffeine also increases cortisol, which is a stress hormone. And cortisol puts fat on your belly, impairs your immune. It's not your friend. It kills cells in the hippocampus, the major memory center in the brain. So if you have a hundred milligrams a day, it's not a big deal. But one venti Starbucks is 330 milligrams of caffeine, which is an addiction dose..
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Point. You'll learn so much. So doctor ramen, while we're on the theme of talking about things that people don't want to hear, there's two topics that sometimes my target demographic college kids don't like it when I talk about the negatives of drinking and marijuana. Let's start with drinking, is it true that if you drink too much or drink to excess or even drink at all that it can damage your brain? Any drinking, any alcohol has been shown to disrupt the white matter in your brain. So gray matter is brain cell bodies. White matter is brain cell tracks, or it's the highways in your brain. And alcohol is poison. I mean, everybody should know that. Drink too much can't walk a straight line, walk in a straight line as brain function. Drink too much, you say stupid things, you act like an idiot. Well, inhibiting is a brain function. But there's so many reasons that alcohol is bad for a developing brain because it disrupts a process called myelination, your brain constantly is putting down this white fatty substance called myelin that causes your brain to mature. And so if you're drinking at 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, you're delaying and sometimes permanently damaging the maturity of the brain. Not to mention last year, and I didn't talk about alcohol for 30 years ever since I started looking at the brain. Last year, I wrote a blog called I told you so. The American Cancer Society came out against any alcohol because any alcohol increases your risk of 7 different types of cancer. And I predict, you know, if you see somebody smoking now, you sort of look at them like really. At least where I live, it's like, seriously. Smoking. Yes, that's right. I think we're going to get that same societal look at alcohol. From now. And marijuana is just a disaster. I am so unhappy about what we're seeing in our country. Last year, babies born with marijuana in their system has gone up 1700%. Well, it is just a nightmare as the perception of the dangerousness of a drug goes down, its use goes up. And even during the last presidential debate, that President Biden said, you know, somebody asked him, should we legalize marijuana? And he said, I think we need more study, which I thought was a reasonable answer. And Cory Booker shamed him. He said, on national television, man are you high? Like, it's been decided that marijuana is safe. Except teenagers who use in their 20s have a higher incidence of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Teenagers who use have a 450% increase risk. Of having a psychotic illness. And Tana and I, my wife and I adopted our two nieces. And because their parents had problems with substance abuse. And when we adopted them, I'm always showing them scans, I'm teaching them. And you were. And there's a new word called. And I'm like, let's squamate. It's a combination of screaming and vomiting and emergency rooms are seeing more and more with teenagers and young adults who are being poisoned by marijuana because when I was growing up, the THC and marijuana was 10% what it is now. And still not good for you. And it's unfortunately one of the tragedies of this and I spoke out, I speak out against this and people don't like it when I say that I don't think it's a good thing that we're commercializing the widespread use of marijuana is that we're almost making it just normal and mainstream for a 13 or 14 year old..
Dr. Daniel Amen Describes How Alcohol Damages Your Brain
"There's two topics that sometimes my target demographic college kids don't like it when I talk about the negatives of drinking and marijuana. Let's start with drinking, is it true that if you drink too much or drink to excess or even drink at all that it can damage your brain? Any drinking, any alcohol has been shown to disrupt the white matter in your brain. So gray matter is brain cell bodies. White matter is brain cell tracks, or it's the highways in your brain. And alcohol is poison. I mean, everybody should know that. Drink too much can't walk a straight line, walk in a straight line as brain function. Drink too much, you say stupid things, you act like an idiot. Well, inhibiting is a brain function. But there's so many reasons that alcohol is bad for a developing brain because it disrupts a process called myelination, your brain constantly is putting down this white fatty substance called myelin that causes your brain to mature. And so if you're drinking at 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, you're delaying and sometimes permanently damaging the maturity of the brain. Not to mention last year, and I didn't talk about alcohol for 30 years ever since I started looking at the brain. Last year, I wrote a blog called I told you so. The American Cancer Society came out against any alcohol because any alcohol increases your risk of 7 different types of cancer.
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Yes. Day 93. So you could read the book as I did entirety, or you could do it throughout the course of a year and just say, hey, I got one page a day. It's called change your brain every day. Day 93. And I just love how blunt you are with this because you're not allowed to say this. You say, look, a half dozen ways, donuts can ruin your life. And you talk about here, you say, look, chronically high blood sugar can lead to type two diabetes. And then you have an action step. List foods that are a struggle for you to give up, how many of them are sugary? And you talk, this is a theme. I mean, I've got to say probably on 20 or 30 of the days of pages, you're basically saying, look, if you care about your brain, you have to care about your diet and care about your waistline. And you do it in a really loving, but also factual way. Doctor, tell us about one of the friends you talk about in this book where you met with a friend who was overweight and you loved them enough to say, hey, you probably need to lose some weight if you want to get your life right. And he did, and he lived a better life. Oh, it's just such an emotional story for me. Mark and I had been friends. He's a psychologist, and we go to the same conference every other year. And we're having dinner at the restaurant, and I see him injecting himself with insulin. At the table. And I'm like, Mark, how much, how tall are you? He said, I'm 6 feet. I said, how much do you weigh? He said, 244 pounds. And I calculated on my phone as BMI, which was 31. And I'm like, dude, you're obese. And I also saw him order chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and a brownie for dessert. And after I saw that, I couldn't just stay quiet. And I said, I'm like, Mark, you're obese. And he's like, Daniel, you're so cold. I'm not as cold as you're going to be when you're 6 feet under. What's the matter with you? Why aren't you paying attention to your health? And any of the dessert. And I help. As I love him, but when we were at that conference, two years later, he'd lost 52 pounds. And I was having lunch with his wife. And with Mark, and he was telling me how much better his sex life was. And I'm like turning red, but it's absolutely true when you get physically healthy. Blood flow, you have better blood flow to your brain and it's just so simple. You have to wonder how many people that go in and they get these very aggressive pharmaceuticals how supplementation will tell us supplements in a second after the break and just losing some weight could at least improve some of their symptoms. By his book, change your brain every day. If you have a child, if you have a grandchild, that says I'm dealing with depression or anxiety and all this, this book is a great starting.
Dr. Daniel Amen Shares an Amazing Story About an Overweight Friend
"Tell us about one of the friends you talk about in this book where you met with a friend who was overweight and you loved them enough to say, hey, you probably need to lose some weight if you want to get your life right. And he did, and he lived a better life. Oh, it's just such an emotional story for me. Mark and I had been friends. He's a psychologist, and we go to the same conference every other year. And we're having dinner at the restaurant, and I see him injecting himself with insulin. At the table. And I'm like, Mark, how much, how tall are you? He said, I'm 6 feet. I said, how much do you weigh? He said, 244 pounds. And I calculated on my phone as BMI, which was 31. And I'm like, dude, you're obese. And I also saw him order chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, and a brownie for dessert. And after I saw that, I couldn't just stay quiet. And I said, I'm like, Mark, you're obese. And he's like, Daniel, you're so cold. I'm not as cold as you're going to be when you're 6 feet under. What's the matter with you? Why aren't you paying attention to your health? And any of the dessert. And I help. As I love him, but when we were at that conference, two years later, he'd lost 52 pounds. And I was having lunch with his wife. And with Mark, and he was telling me how much better his sex life was. And I'm like turning red, but it's absolutely true when you get physically healthy. Blood flow, you have better blood flow to your brain and it's just so simple. You have to wonder how many people that go in and they get these very aggressive pharmaceuticals how supplementation will tell us supplements in a second after the break and just losing some weight could at least improve some of their symptoms.
"daniel amen" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"And that's so clear. You say here on day 36, this is the most rational question that I've heard in this whole topic, which is not an insignificant issue. We have the most depressed generation in American history right now. How do you know unless you look? And then you link at the bottom of here, page 40, the most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans. What is that lesson, doctor? What is the most important lesson that you derived from now? I think it's what, 247,000 brain scans, right? I mean, it's much more than that now. Is you are not stuck with the brain you have. You can make it better. And I can prove it. And we've done thousands of before and after scans. I do a series on Instagram called scan my brain. And about 16 months ago, I scanned Major League Baseball player, Troy gloss, who's the 2002 World Series MVP. And despite a lot of terrible and for concussions, he was drinking too much. He had lots of dark thoughts, he was suicidal. And I did his third scan last week, and it looked dramatically better. And he's dramatically better, which not only impacts him at impact. So he saw a correlation, you see the healthier brain, you also see symptoms improve and it's proof that this is 99% of the profession is missing it. And it's a long-term play. So it's not just, oh, let me give you this medicine and you're less depressed. Let me get your brain healthy. So long term, you have a dramatically decreased risk. For Alzheimer's disease. And I turned 69 this year. And one statistic that just horrifies me is 80 is 50% of people 85 and older will be diagnosed with dementia, or Alzheimer's disease. And I'm not okay with that, right? It's more normal to be demented that not to be demented. So as I take someone in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s. The idea is not to just get them symptom free to get them to fall in love with their and keep that healthy for the rest of their lives. Most psychiatrists never even entertain these things. And become a brain warrior. So doctor Alma let's go through some of the specifics you talk about here. One that I thought was so interesting and you go there because in the culture we live in, you're not supposed to say that, but you say, look, you got to lose some weight. That if you're overweight it actually might be impacting your brain health. And I read that. I was like, boy, I got to try to trim down a little bit. It compelled me, explained that because that, you don't hear that every day. Well, and I had no clue about this connection until I think it was 2009. There was an article from the university of Pittsburgh that showed as your weight goes up. The actual physical size and function of your brain goes down, which you just care the fat off anyone. Normal population. I have a group of normal scans. And we didn't use weight as an exclusion criteria. So we looked at overweight versus healthy way significantly lower blood flow in people who are overweight. And then I published a study on 33,000 scans. One of the world's largest imaging studies. And we demonstrated as your weight goes up, the function of your brain goes down almost in a linear pattern in virtually every area of the brain. And people go, well, why? And in the book, I talk about bright minds. So if you want to write healthy or rescue it, you have to prevent or treat the 11 major risk factors that steal your mind. And the acronym is bright minds, blood flow, retirement and aging, inflammation, and so on. Well, if you have the D, which stands for diabetes, high blood sugar, and or overweight, you now have 7 of the 11 risk because the fat on your belly produces inflammatory cytokines. It decreases blood flow. It increases aging markers. It stores toxins and disrupts so many different functions in your body and you know the whole purpose of the body is to carry around the brain..
What Dr. Daniel Amen Learned From Analyzing Thousands of Brain Scans
"Important lesson from 83,000 brain scans. What is that lesson, doctor? What is the most important lesson that you derived from now? I think it's what, 247,000 brain scans, right? I mean, it's much more than that now. Is you are not stuck with the brain you have. You can make it better. And I can prove it. And we've done thousands of before and after scans. I do a series on Instagram called scan my brain. And about 16 months ago, I scanned Major League Baseball player, Troy gloss, who's the 2002 World Series MVP. And despite a lot of terrible and for concussions, he was drinking too much. He had lots of dark thoughts, he was suicidal. And I did his third scan last week, and it looked dramatically better. And he's dramatically better, which not only impacts him at impact. So he saw a correlation, you see the healthier brain, you also see symptoms improve and it's proof that this is 99% of the profession is missing it. And it's a long-term play. So it's not just, oh, let me give you this medicine and you're less depressed. Let me get your brain healthy. So long term, you have a dramatically decreased risk. For Alzheimer's disease. And I turned 69 this year. And one statistic that just horrifies me is 80 is 50% of people 85 and older will be diagnosed with dementia, or Alzheimer's disease. And I'm not okay with that, right? It's more normal to be demented that not to be demented. So as I take someone in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s. The idea is not to just get them symptom free to get them to fall in love with their and keep that healthy for the rest of their lives.
Dr. Daniel Amen Shares His Philosophy on Brain Health
"Introduce your general philosophy, what is brain health and how does that contrast with people labeling it as mental health? So about 32 years ago, I started looking at the brain with brain imaging study called SPECT and spec looks at blood flow and activity it looks at how the brain works. And very early on, I learned that most psychiatric problems are not mental health issues at all. But rather, they are brain health issues that steal people's minds and this one idea changes everything. Get your brain right and your mind will follow. Nobody wants a mental illness. I have to tell you when I told my dad in 1979, I wanted to be a psychiatrist. He asked me why I didn't want to be a real doctor. Why I wanted to be a nut doctor and hang out with nuts all day long. Now, my dad would not get father of the year award. But he reflected what society thinks about people who struggle with their mind. Nobody wants a mental health issue. But everybody wants a better brain. And I have argued for decades. Well, what if mental health was really brain health, then everybody would want it, plus it's your brain, the physical functioning of your brain, that creates your mind. So if your brain's not healthy, you have post COVID. You have a head trauma. You have Lyme disease. You have mold in your home to your brain's not healthy. It's really hard for you to think right.
Balancing the Prefrontal Cortex With Dr. Daniel Amen
"How do you help people reconcile that. Like when i when i read the book. I'm hearing about these dragon. Stay mostly sound negative but you in terms of if they go unchecked. Your prefrontal cortex is offline it really does become pathological and it becomes a problem. But i'm obsessed with this idea that there's pathology both sides so if you have too much drive it's going to spill into pathology if you're feeling too broken to inadequate whatever but if you don't have enough there's also pathology on that side. How do you help people walk. That balance is that the prefrontal cortex. Let's always this balance between your prefrontal cortex so think of that as the break in your brand. But you don't want it to strong when it works too hard people have ocd. It's sort of like the break is always on and so if you think of a car like going to big bear and think about coming down the hill you need a good prefrontal cortex. You need a good break because if the brakes not on you die because you're off a cliff which is apropos. People don't break their behavior and they make bad decisions and so they die early but if the break is always on you can't get down the hill either. Because it's like stop stop. Stop stop think of people have ocd. So it's about balance between the front third of your brain prefrontal cortex and your emotional brain because we need passion. We need purpose. We need a reason to do something but if it works too hard we get sad or we too anxious or we come. Traumatized The wounded dragons just so and way more common now since the pandemic wounded dragon is i am broken in some way or some. I've had trauma.
"daniel amen" Discussed on KOMO
"Stories continue from the couple 24 7 News Center down Gunman opened fire Saturday inside South Center Mall in Tukwila. Police are still looking for him. Two men were wounded, and police think they knew their attacker. This woman was in the mall with her mother in law and young son when the shots rang out. How does anyone wrap their head around something like that? Maybe he was aiming for someone specifically, but any time a gun is fired, there is a risk. The ball is open for business today. An 85 year old Puyallup, man's accused of shooting his son's girlfriend in the stomach, The Sun told police has happened yesterday when he and his father got into an argument about an upcoming doctor appointment. The son says he went outside to do yard work and a short time later, his girlfriend crawled out of the home critically wounded. The father was arrested and is believed to be suffering from dementia. 14 people arrested in Seattle during Mayday demonstrations that turned destructive over the weekend. It's almost Michelle Esteban. Police say Those arrests include a wide range of crimes such as assault, property destruction, even reckless driving the group march from Capitol Hill through downtown and then back again, Officers say the protesters threw rocks, water bottles and paint filled eggs at officers. We're also lit flares thrown into the busy roadway. Meanwhile, in Portland police declared a riot downtown Saturday night. They say Mayday protest through ain't peaceful throughout the day, but turned a dangerous after dark. Recent violence at Lake City's Albert Albert Davis Park is prompting neighbors to demand action. They want the city of Seattle to remove the homeless encampment That's been me in the park since the pandemic hit almost carried confidence has more powerful explosion that turned Lake City's Albert Davis Park into an inferno. Ah, fire that burned just steps away from neighborhood homes. I don't think I've slept more than a couple hours. Any night this week, just 24 hours before the fiery explosion, a double shooting at the encampment in broad daylight with drugs, crime and more. It's love neighbors terrified and saying no more cannon should be removed. And that's never what I Really wanted because I don't think that it's often a sustainable solution. Neighbor Jimmy Hightower's fought for compassionate solutions and worked in the park with the city for more than a year. Now, she believes it's not working. This is not safe. This is clear and present danger. We can't. We can't keep living like this parks across the city filled with homeless encampments after the pandemic hit, But in recent months, the city is removed. Encampments Aquel Anderson Park, Denny Park, Miller Playfield University Playground and, most recently, Gilman playground. Cara Continents, the city says there are no plans to remove the encampment at Albert Davis Park. May is mental health awareness month trying to assess how we deal with thoughts and feelings that could be dragging us down yet depression under control. But you have to know how to manage your mind. I talked with Dr Daniel Amen about his little tricks to stay positive. He starts every day, telling himself really saying out loud. Today is going to be a great day, and before he falls asleep at night, he lists off the things that went right as simple as an email he got or holding hands with his wife. If you can go to bad looking for what? When, well, Your dreams will be better. Your sleep will be better Doctor, Ayman Associates negative thoughts with dragons and tells me you can learn to tame those dragons finding happiness. He thinks of people in four categories. Biology. Are you getting good exercise and nutrition? Psychology, telling your brain things air, good social keeping behavior in check with relationship goals and then spiritually what I'm doing today. Does it have eternal value? Does it have meaning and purpose And if you can live, optimizing those four circles, you will be happier doctor, Ayman combined more than 40 years of research and work with patients into a new book. Titled Your Brain is Always listening. And again couples to these Whitaker couple whose time 10 40 into the Beacon Plumbing sports desk. The Mariners Open a three game series against Baltimore tonight after taking two of three from the Angels, including a two Nothing When yesterday. Just a shell field started for Seattle and we went six innings despite some control problems in the bullpen, close it out with three shutout innings. The Mariners are 16 and 13 of the game behind Oakland for the top spot in the American League West. The Sounders strong start to the season. Continue with the three nil win over the L. A. Galaxy last night at Blumenfield Raoul Ruidiaz two goals, Brad Smith one And he talked about the club's early season success. You could see the progress we've made in the three games from the first game first half start off a bit shaky, and then you can see us slowly progressing to where we want to be. And the good thing is we're getting these results and we can only get better. We're still we're still learning the formation and That's a positive and we can't wait for to keep to keep this run going and keep keep improving on these performances. 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Omega-3 Fish Oil For Brain Health
"Nicotine use among teenagers. Went up thirty six percent horrify and it's the the whole vaping craze is completely out of control and both nicotine and caffeine constrict blood blood flow to the brain and shrink your seahorse so you have to do three things. Basically brain health is three things brain envy. The you got to care about it. Avoid anything that hurts at no the lest I mean. We've talked about a couple of things like caffeine and nicotine and then do things that help it. Exercise grows. Your seahorses. Volunteering has been shown to grow your seahorses making sure your mega. Three fatty acid sit intake. Grows your seahorses. I published a big study on that in so starts with love. I do the right thing not because I should but because 'cause I love myself and then know what to avoid and what to do when it comes to Omega threes what are your thoughts on the ideal supplement because there's just so many different things things out there. These days such as Krill oil fish oil different kinds of fish oil cod liver oil and now. There's a whole branch of plant based Omega Three. So how are those sufficient enough for. What are your thoughts on all of this? So most of the studies have been done on fish oil and fish oil. That has a high content of two. Do a mega three components. EPA and Dha because they have been shown to help with mood and memory anxiety and overall cognitive performance I developed a supplement company called Brennan. MD and we make something called Omega three power. Where two of those capsules capsules has fourteen hundred and forty milligrams of EPA and Dha in the right ratio? If you went to one of the big box stores you you probably have to take six or eight of their to get the same level for Vegetarians and Vegans algae-based Omega threes are a good alternative addictive. Although you have to take so much of them and mostly they have. Dha Omega Threes Very few of them have EPA and DPA's been found actually to be the most important for mood and add to help people with focus. I think Krill is a lot of marketing mm-hmm but most of the research has actually been done on high quality fish oil. It's the most readily available. And if you get the right dosage it dramatically changes virtually all of your medical risk
Dr. Daniel Amen on Optimizing Your Brain
"So we're GONNA move out of talking about your pet raccoon and shift into the new book. Challenge your brain change your grades. Who is this book for? Is it just people people that are going to school right now or how is it applicable across the board fairly. I wrote it because we spend so much time in school and very few people actually really teach you how to do school how to study and ultimately it's new learning is a brain health strategy energy. That people should be engaged in their whole lives. But if you don't know how to learn you're not gonNA get excited about it and then you'll stop in your brain will turn to Mush. It's it's for kids in middle school or high school or college. I actually wrote the original version the year I graduated from medical school. So they're really high level. Study the skills but at the same time the brain health stuff. That's in the bark applies to you no matter what your age in total. You're in school for an impressive impressive twenty one year. So you're definitely somebody that's been through the learning process for a long period of time and has laud experience in this and what I loved to is the fact that you brought your daughter along board and your niece so you could get a twenty first century kind of update on some of the learning strategies that you would have went through back in the day right because you know I wrote the first version in one thousand nine hundred eighty two and we had someone from Mexico by the rights to the book and they translated slated sold a hundred thousand copies in Mexico two years ago. And I'm like you should update this book and Chloe my daughter and Alezais my my niece I convinced them to help me with it and they really added sort of a modern perspective of what. It's like to be in school now now as really honored to do it with them. He always nice having their tips disperse rate through the whole block. And Yeah. I think that was definitely a huge addition to the read. Going back to your story story. Dr Ayman in school in Middle School and high school. You're actually what you'd consider an average student. You weren't overly excelling at that time but then when you went to college in medical school you graduated near the top of your class. So what was the shift there. What really changed things? Yeah now in college. People didn't want me in their classes. Classes 'cause I would change the curve. That was clearly not true in middle school and high school and its enlarge part. I'm one of seven children and I'm third which meant meant as pretty invisible and you know unless I was failing nobody was really paying attention to what was going on with me and no one ever taught me how to memorize is no one taught me. How do you approach classes? How do you approach teachers? How do you approach homework? How do you approach tasks how do you right a paper just really basic things that they should really be working on teaching you and second grade no one ever ever taught me? I don't have to believe every stupid thing. I think which would have really decreased suffering in there so much suffering now among high school and college students students that these skills are just critically important for success in school and so I sort of carried this idea that I was not very smart and when I got out of high school Vietnam Wha still going on and I had a low draft number so I ended up joining and becoming an infantry medic and you know it's where my love of medicine was born. I was stationed in Germany and I just started taking one college courses first time and I realized Oh sort of smarter than I thought I was. And there's a method to this and as I got the method down that my grades were all as and unlike. Oh I'm smarter than I think in. This isn't that hard. I always love sharing sharing what I learned with other people and you know one of the secrets and I talk about this in the book was if I am doing well in a class I want to help other people people do well. And that gives me a sense of purpose and so I learned how to study with other people and then where I went to medical the school I was in the charter class and so we had no upperclassmen to help us. So when I became a second year medical student actually ran a group for the first dramatical students on how to do medical school and basically the book comes out of luck. This is how you do medical school so if you can do medical school with the principals schools in this book you can do. High School can do college. And it's that idea of once you learn something. Give it away teach other people what you're learning because it's good for them but it's also good for you because it's solidifies the knowledge in you know doctors and nurses you here all the time. See One do one teach one and that is about when you teach it. You know it so sharing airing your knowledge with other people. His always been a part of who I am and you know I think this is like our forty second book or or something crazy. I just love sharing the knowledge that I'm
There Are Actually 7 Types of ADD
"No this there is more than one type of add so as you'll hear from Dr Ayman they're seven different types and of those oh seven types only to benefit from medication the other five types of add that person is likely to become more addictive give more irritable obsessive unbalanced and it really can change their personality now a lot of people are using ADHD. Ahd Medications recreationally and they don't have the type of brain chemistry where it actually benefits them. I'll cut to the chase and tell you that yes yes. I was diagnosed. We don't talk about on this interview but after going in I found out that I had an extreme case of add inattentive A. D. H. D. in addition into that. I found out that I had a lot of brain trauma. You could see significant areas of my brain. Were I wasn't getting blood flow due to concussions now. I'm going going to put an image of my brain scan both before having done the skin in two thousand fifteen and then two years later after having done a healing alling protocol to help heal the brain trauma as well as my adhd now. I'm never going to get rid of my adhd from what I understand but it's definitely improved now. I personally and again the way that I treat is specific to my brain and not just the type of ADHD that I have but also the Traumas Rama that I have to my brain and my brain type like you have a type of brain. You can literally see on a specked scan.