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The Brain Health Revolution Podcast

English, Sciences, 1 seasons, 78 episodes, 3 days 6 hours 55 minutes
Join award-winning neurologists and researchers, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, for a fun, innovative and inspirational approach to brain health and all matters concerning the remarkable human mind. This is the century of the brain, a time when our insights into this incredible organ are exploding at an unprecedented pace. Explore ways to take control of your own brain health, avoid chronic diseases that are devastating communities worldwide, and expand your mind's capacity beyond anything you can imagine.
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Navigating online misinformation and improving science communication, with David R. Grimes

In this episode, we’re joined by science writer and author of ‘The Irrational Ape — Why We Fall for Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories, and Propaganda’, David Robert Grimes, for a discussion about science communication and the unrelenting rise of misinformation on social media. We talk about: • The dangers and mechanics of online disinformation • Why, in spite of rampant mistruths, social media remains one of the most powerful tools in history for science communication • How to navigate online information by better understanding and trusting scientific method • The tactics of bad-faith influencers and conspiracy theorists • How online debates and discussions can become more productive • The beauty and importance of being wrong Visit David’s website: David’s books: <a href= "
10/11/202349 minutes 11 seconds
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The neuroscience of hypnosis, with Dr. David Spiegel

In this episode, we’re joined by renowned psychologist Dr. David Spiegel — co-founder and chief scientific officer of science-backed hypnosis app Reveri — for a discussion about the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy in clinical settings. We talk about: • The research-supported neuroscience of hypnosis • How hypnosis can help focus your attention and hone self-control, rather than causing you to lose control, as is often misconstrued by the spectacle of theatrical stage shows • The ways hypnosis is used to manage pain, reduce stress, and address issues like phobias and sleep problems • How hypnosis may be used during medical procedures to alleviate pain and reduce dependence on opioids • How the Reveri app is helping to make hypnotherapy more accessible Find out more about the Reveri app at: CONTENT WARNING: dear listeners, please note
19/10/202354 minutes 3 seconds
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The power of community for better brain health

In this episode, we discuss the often-overlooked importance of addressing behavior change for improving brain health and overall wellbeing, and how we need to involve our communities at every step of change towards such optimizations. We talk about: • The neuroscience and circumstantial influences of behavior change • The importance of meeting people where they are and adjusting behavior change strategies accordingly • How to strategize self-improvement without it feeling cold, rigid, unnatural, and, ultimately, ineffective • Why the past can teach us a lot about modern behavior change at a community level This is part one of a conversation about behavior, the systems that make it possible, and how we can achieve long-term change in the midst of a healthcare landscape that can sometimes feel hopeless. Support for the Brain Health Revolution Podcast comes from NEURO Academy, an online community of individuals working together towards opti
05/10/202323 minutes 36 seconds
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Neuroplasticity: the incredible ways our brains evolve and adapt

In this episode, Ayesha and Dean discuss ‘neuroplasticity’, a term that was once echoed only within the walls of neuroscience labs, but which has now become an increasingly well-known word for describing how our brains evolve and adapt. We talk about: • How modern technology has enabled our understanding of neuroplasticity • What science previously got wrong about neuroplasticity • How neuroplasticity actually works • The Hebbian and homeostatic theories of neuroplasticity • How we can all improve our neuroplasticity through improved lifestlyes • Neuroplasticity through the lens of our NEURO concept: Nutrition, Exercise, Unwind, Restore, and Optimize Support for the Brain Health Revolution Podcast comes from NEURO Academy, an online community of individuals working together towards optimum long-term brain health, through science-backed on-demand courses, live coaching, nutrition guidance, and more. Find out more at: <a h
28/09/202343 minutes 12 seconds
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The Profound Influence of Lifestyle on Brain Health: A NEURO Academy Live Session

This episode was a live presentation for our members in the NEURO Academy online community. We presented a summary of the pivotal role that lifestyle changes play in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and answered questions at the end.  The research presented was on the following: Dietary patterns and risk of Alzheimer's Relationship of serum cholesterol and Alzheimer's  Supplements and brain health DHA/EPA and Alzheimer's risk Exercise Unwind or stress management and the latest data and risk for Alzheimer's Sleep disorders and slee hygiene  Building cognitive reserve  NEURO Academy is a membership based online community with over 500 active members, with resources to achieve optimal brain health, better cognition and prevent cognitive decline. The platform provides the opportunity to connect with us and an empowering community, and participate in weekly live Q&A sessions, education o
15/09/20231 hour 14 minutes 18 seconds
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Brain and Behavior with Nicole Vignola

In this episode, we spoke with Nicole Vignola, who is a cognitive neuroscientist, author and speaker committed to making neuroscience tangible for the masses. With 12 years of coaching experience, Nicole has a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Organisational Psychology with a research focus in cognitive neuroscience. She works with organisations and individuals to teach them how to better understand their unique physiology, providing them with practical tools and science-backed methods to improve their mental health, optimise reflexes and reach peak mental performance, enhancing their daily lives and careers. Through creating healthy habits, Nicole helps people best support their mental health, manage their stressors and make better decisions.  Her first book <a href= "
08/09/20231 hour 14 minutes 31 seconds
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Beyond Heartburn: Probing the Association Between Proton Pump Inhibitor and Dementia

In this episode In this illuminating episode, we dive deep into the world of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), commonly prescribed medications for heartburn and acid reflux. While these drugs have brought relief to millions worldwide, recent studies have begun to uncover potential links between PPI use and an increased risk of dementia. We explore the mechanisms that might underlie this association, the clinical implications for patients, and the broader question of how seemingly unrelated conditions might be connected at a molecular level. Whether you're a healthcare professional, a patient on PPIs, or simply someone curious about the intricate web of human health, this episode promises to offer fresh insights into a hotly debated area of medicine. References: Main papers disucssed in this episode: - Northuis, Carin, et al. "Cumulative Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors and Risk of Dementia: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study." Neurology (2023).
01/09/202342 minutes 47 seconds
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The MIND Diet Debacle: Uncovering the Randomized Controlled Trial's Oversights and Implications

In this episode, we dive deep into the recent, much anticipated randomized controlled trial on the MIND diet. The headlines were ablaze with the dissapointing, less-than-stellar results of the study, but was it truly the diet that didn't work as well as it should have, or was the methodology flawed?  We discussed the background of the findings on the MIND diet in previous studies and its effect on cognitive health, the detailed methodology of the current randomized controlled trial, its outcomes  and how it impacts our understanding of nutrition and brain health.  Citations: Barnes, Lisa L., et al. "Trial of the MIND Diet for Prevention of Cognitive Decline in Older Persons." New England Journal of Medicine (2023). Follow us: Join the NEURO Academy: Follow us on social media: Instagram: The Brain Docs @thebraindocs
10/08/202343 minutes 28 seconds
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Beyond Myths: The Latest Evidence on Fats and Brain Function

In this episode, we delve deep into the role fats play in brain health. We bust some common myths about dietary fats and talked about the latest scientific evidence to paint a clearer picture of how these essential nutrients contribute to our cognitive function. Episode Highlights: Understanding Fats: We start by breaking down what fats are, discussing their diverse types and functions. We’ll explain saturated, unsaturated, trans, and essential fatty acids and why they matter. Brain Composition and Fats: Our brains are nearly 60% fat. We explore how these fats maintain the structure of the brain and facilitate its various functions. Fats and Hormone Production: Hormones regulate many bodily functions, including those of the brain. We’ll detail how fats are integral to the production of vital hormones. Importance of Fats for Cell Membrane Health and
28/07/20231 hour 3 minutes 38 seconds
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Shifting Perspectives: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause, and the Dementia Dialogue

In this episode, we explore the connection between hormone replacement therapy and dementia risk, the impact of hormones on brain development and resilience throughout life, and the critical considerations for individuals undergoing pre- and post-menopause in terms of brain health. Specifically, we delve into a recent scientific article suggesting that menopausal hormone replacement therapy heightens the risk of dementia in a Danish population. We illuminate the intricate relationship between hormones, lifestyle risk factors, and brain health. Reference: Pourhadi, N., Mørch, L. S., Holm, E. A., Torp-Pedersen, C., & Meaidi, A. (2023). Menopausal hormone therapy and dementia: nationwide, nested case-control study. bmj, 381. Follow us: Join the NEURO Academy: Follow us on social media: Instagram: The Brain Docs @t
21/07/202352 minutes 57 seconds
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Unraveling the APOE 4 Gene and the Alzheimer's Puzzle

This episode is part of a live recording for our NEURO Academy community, and the topic of the discussion is the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease, in particular a deep dive into Apolipoprotein E4 or APOE4 gene, which is the most influential genetic risk factor associated with Late Onset Alzheimers Disease.  We describe the evolutionary aspects of Apolipoproteins, how they are produced, how the different isoforms of apoe influence the different factors leading to AD, how it effects lipid metabolism and immune functions in the brain, and what is the latest evidence on the epigenetic of APOE4. Typically, the community members post their questions ahead of time and we structure the conversation in a way to address their questions, and also answer their questions during the recording.    NEURO Academy is a membership based online community with over 700 active members, with resources to ac
29/06/202358 minutes 53 seconds
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Social Media, Mental Health & Reliable Nutrition Information with Kimberley Wilson, PhD

We’re thrilled to share our conversation with our guest on today’s episode, Kimberley Wilson, PhD. She is a highly respected psychologist, author, and expert in the field of mental health and nutrition, and in this episode, she shares her insights on how to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of social media and stay away from false information related to nutrition and mental health. Kimberey is the author of  How to Build a Healthy Brain published in 2020 and Unprocessed: How the Food We Eat is Fuelling our Mental Health Crisis published this year.  If you’re interested to learn more about evidence based neurology and brain health in an online community, check out
01/06/20231 hour 11 minutes 5 seconds
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Donanemab: A New Ray of Hope in the Fight Against Alzheimer's

Welcome to the latest episode of our podcast, where we discuss the latest breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. In today's episode, we discussed the new monoclonal antibidy, Donanemab, that is offering hope to Alzheimer's patients and their families, and how Donanemab is different from other treatments. Donanemab is a monoclonal antibody that has shown promising results in clinical trials. It works by targeting a protein called amyloid-beta, which is believed to play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The drug binds to the amyloid-beta protein and clears it from the brain, reducing the amount of plaque buildup that causes damage to brain cells. While the results of the clinical trials are promising, there are still many challenges to overcome. Donanemab is expensive and requires regular infusions, which may limit its accessibility. There is also a need for further research to determine the long-term effects of the drug and its effic
11/05/202348 minutes 18 seconds
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The Power of Storytelling to Educate and Empower with Lisa Genova

This episode is a conversation with the New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist, Lisa Genova. Her debut novel Still Alice about a Harvard University professor who suffers early onset Alzheimer's disease sold millions of copies and has been translated into 37 languages. The book was adapted into a film in 2014 and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Julianne Moore's highly acclaimed performance as Alice Howland. Her first work of nonfiction, REMEMBER: The Science of Memory and the A
04/05/202356 minutes 55 seconds
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Migraine Mindset: Exploring the Science, Symptoms, and Solutions of Headaches and Migraines with Dr. Chelsea Stone, DO

This episode is a deep dive into the topic of headache with our colleague, an expert in the field of headache medicine, Dr. Chelsea Stone. We explored the definition, classification, general presentation, diagnosis and some of the latest treatments available for headaches.  Dr. Stone is a board-certified neurologist with specialty in Headache Medicine. She holds a master’s degree in psychology, completed her neurology residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center and fellowship in headache medicine at University of Soutern California, where she now serves as full time faculty. Dr. Stone understands the unique challenges of chronic pain and takes a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to patient care, with special interest in treating pregnant and lactating women. In addition to patient care, Dr. Stone is very passionate about physician wel
27/04/20231 hour 12 minutes 36 seconds
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Mind on Fire: Exploring Seizures and The Story of Fyodor Dostoevsky

In this episode, we discuss epilepsy and describe the life of the 19th century philosopher and writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and how the seizures that tormented him throughout his life would become both a source of creative inspiration and an obstacle that he struggled to overcome. You can read the blog by visiting our website here. Follow us: Join the NEURO Academy: Follow us on social media: Instagram: The Brain Docs @thebraindocs Facebook: The Brain Docs TikTok: @thebraindocs Website:
20/04/20231 hour 13 minutes 37 seconds
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The Scourge of Parkinson's Disease

In this episode, we explore Parkinson's disease (PD), which is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder of aging after Alzheimer's disease, and the most common movement disorder. It affects approximately 1 million people in the United States, and it is estimated that 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Worldwide more than 10 million people suffer from PD.  We described the disease in a patient story, discussed its epidemiology, causal pathways including genetics, signs and symptoms, medical and invasive treatments, prevention and future trends in research.  For more reading, here are some references:  Bloem, Bastiaan R., Michael S. Okun, and Christine Klein. "Parkinson's disease." The Lancet 397.10291 (2021): 2284-2303. Ascherio, Alberto, and Michael
13/04/202354 minutes 43 seconds
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The Most Common Neurological Disorder Among Young Adults - Multiple Sclerosis

This episode is an in depth review of Multiple Sclerosis, The most common neurological disorder among young adults. Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system and is one of the most common conditions that is addressed in the field of neurology. Despite the advances in medicine and the emergence of tools to help with diagnosis, it is one of the most common conditions that is misdiagnosed because of its highly variable expression and findings. This can create a unique set of issues for patients, and the goal of this podcast episode is to shed light on the advances in our knowledge of MS, busts some myths regarding the management of MS, which unfortunately is quite common in the wellness space, and to recognize that there are medications, therapies, coping strategies, and support groups to help address these problems. If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms, it is important that they speak with a physician,
06/04/20231 hour 5 minutes 43 seconds
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The Often Invisible Syndrome: Traumatic Brain Injury

This episode was part of a live discussion for members in NEURO Academy. We discussed brain injuries and concussion, and expanded on their definitions, classification, presentation, signs and symptoms, management and treatment. NEURO Academy is a membership based online environment where you’ll have access to resources to achieve optimal health, a better, sharper memory, and prevent cognitive decline. The platform provides the opportunity to connect with us and an empowering community and participate in weekly live Q&A sessions, live cooking sessions, live podcasts and Q&A with remarkable health leaders, have access to on demand courses on prevention of neurological diseases, expanding the course to evidence based nutrition and cooking,  anxiety, and many others on various topics related to brain health. We just released a comprehensive course of evidence based nutrition in  brain health,
01/04/20231 hour 13 minutes 24 seconds
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Laxatives "Cause" Dementia? A Discussion and Review of The Latest Research

This episode was part of a live discussion in the Science Club of the NEURO Academy. We discussed the recent article that showed an association between laxative intake and dementia, and critically analzed the methodology and the results for the audience. We then answered their questions.  Reference: Feng, J., Zheng, N., Fan, X., Li, S., Jiang, Y., Yi, X., & Yang, H. (2023). Association of laxatives use with incident dementia and modifying effect of genetic susceptibility: a population-based cohort study with propensity score matching. BMC geriatrics, 23(1), 1-12. NEURO Academy is a membership based online environment where you’ll have access to resources to achieve optimal health, a better, sharper memory, and prevent cognitive decline. The platform provides the opportunity to connect with us and an empowering community and participate in weekly live Q&A se
16/03/202344 minutes 15 seconds
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Ethics in The Era of Artificial Intelligence with Erin Sharoni

Our guest for this episode is Erin Sharoni, who is a Master of Bioethics degree candidate (‘23) at Harvard Medical School and a seasoned biotechnology executive with expertise in longevity, epigenetics, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). We discussed the incredibly important value of ethics in the field of AI, and explored the reasons why at this most pivotal of times in human history, there hasn't been enough conversations around this subject.  Erin has over 15 years of experience building products and brands in molecular health, media, and finance. She has held roles at top financial institutions like Bridgewater Associates, biotech startups like InsideTracker, and worked as an anchor and commentator on national television. Erin sits on the Advisory Board of Animal Save Movement, a global animal rights organization that aims to end animal exploitation through the act of bearing witness and through her work, is passionate about developing animal-free research technologies. Er
09/03/202355 minutes 46 seconds
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Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia - A Review

In this episode, we discuss Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia (FTD). FTD is a type of dementia that usually occurs in younger individuals and is progressive. We discuss: Signs and symptoms The different types of FTD The case of Phineas Gage Diagnosis Treatment and management Current research on FTD and implications This episode was conducted live for our NEURO Academy audience.  Join us at NEURO Academy,  a membership based online environment where you’ll have access to resources to achieve optimal health, a better, sharper memory, and prevent cognitive decline. The platform provides the opportunity to connect with us and an empowering community and participate in weekly live Q&A sessions, live cooking sessions, live podcasts and Q&A with remarkable health leaders, have access to on demand courses on prevention of neurological diseases, expanding the course to evidence based nutrition and cooking,  anxiety, an
02/03/202351 minutes 51 seconds
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The Addictions of Our Lives with Dr. Howard J. Rankin, PhD

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Howard Rankin, who has has extensive expertise and knowledge in the areas of psychology, neuroscience, behavior change and neurotechnology. He has worked extensively in the addictions space, running both inpatient and outpatient programs. Along with a career in academics and research, he is also an experienced speaker, coach and best-selling and award-winning author. Dr. Rankin has written 12 books in his own name, co-written another 12, and ghostwritten 30 others, all nonfiction. Howard has also published more than 30 scientific articles on addiction and behavior change, and been a consultant to the NIH and WHO. His latest books include I Think Therefore I Am Wrong: A Guide to Bias, Political Correctness, Fake News and the Future of Mankind which explores the default setting of the mind and how that can lead us astray, Falling to Grace: The Art and Science of Redemption was released on April 15, 2
16/02/20231 hour 10 minutes 41 seconds
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The ONLY Way to Change The Dire Trajectory of Brain Health

In this episode, we will be speaking about what we believe to be one of the most important aspects and the biggest contributor to brain health - our communities - and each individuals relationship within their community. Based on our experience and the data supporting this theory, brain diseases such has stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementia are most  consequentially affected at the level of the community. We will discuss the nuances and how community ownership and mobilization is the most important aspect of addressing and preventing devastating neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and other dementia.    Our Better Brain Nutition and Cooking Course is Live!  Check it out on If you join the NEURO Academy annual plan by February 28th at 11:59 PM Eastern, you’ll get three months free!
09/02/202345 minutes 53 seconds
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A Review of the Current Evidence-based Nutrition with Dr. Matthew Nagra, ND

This episode’s guest is Dr. Matthew Nagra, ND. Dr. Nagra is a Naturopathic Doctor devoted to bringing the most up-to-date evidence-based nutrition information to his patients at his clinic in Vancouver and to the public through his social media channels. He has been a contributing author on multiple textbooks from Professional Health Systems, including their Nutrition textbook. He is also a public speaker, and is well-known for his content across multiple social media platforms, where he often tackles misinformation around diet and dives deep into the latest nutrition research.  We reviewed the latest evidence on some of the most debated and controversial topics in nutrition. Our conversation revolved around topics such as the data on dietary protein source and quality, fats, low carbohydrate diets, lectins and other anti-nutrients, artificial sweeteners, and many other topics.   <span
02/02/20231 hour 23 minutes 41 seconds
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Gluten, Grain and Brain - Separating The Wheat from The Chaff

This episode is dedicated to the science behind the consumption of  gluten and brain health. There is a notion that gluten is bad for our health and especially for our brain, but does that stem from valid scientific sources, or is it just a food fashion statement? Dean and Ayesha go through a case report of celiac disease, describe what gluten is, the science behind it, and explore the evidence for and against gluten for different populations.  Ayesha is leading a FREE 5-day, Better Brain Nutrition Challenge beginning Saturday, Feb 4th that will teach the basics of brain-healthy eating and give you specific meals you can make for yourself and your family. She will go live each day of the challenge to cook, alongside you, a brain-healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks so that you can see how delicious and simple healthy nutrition can be. LINK: <a href= "
26/01/20231 hour 5 minutes 30 seconds
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Year 2022 Review: Exciting Findings in the Field of Neurology and Neuroscience

In this episode, we covered some of the interesting research findings from the year 2022, and neuroscientifically let our hair down a bit and had fun. We discussed the following:  - Napping and dementia - Canabis use and cognitive impairment - Some people who are in coma may be concious  - Falsification of data around amyloid hypothesis - The new Alzheimer's medication: Lecanemab - The discovery of the Mutliple Sclerosis Gene - Brain "reading" devices help paralyzed people move, talk, and touch - People may pick friends that smell like them!   NEURO Academy is a membership based online environment where you’ll have access to resources to achieve optimal health, a better, sharper memory, and prevent cognitive decline. The platform provides the opportunity to connect with us and an empowering community and participate in weekly live Q&A sessions, live cooking sessions, live podcasts and Q&A with remarkable health le
19/01/20231 hour 46 seconds
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Unrecognizably Change Our World with Gianluca Mauro

In this episode, we sat down with Gianluca Mauro, and had a conversation about the biggest revolution in the history of mankind, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Gianluca is an expert in the field - he is the founder of AI Academy, author of “Zero to AI” and producer of Tech.Pizza, a weekly tech newsletter. His mission is to empower people to build the future with Artificial Intelligence and have more impactful, inspiring, and fulfilling careers. He has taught AI to thousands of people, from Harvard classes to corporate boardrooms and high schools. Our conversation revolved around the exciting and potentially frightening future of this unbound technology, how we all need to learn more and get involved, as it will affect every aspect of our lives.  Link to Gianluca's website: <span styl
12/01/20231 hour 9 minutes 2 seconds
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The Good Life with Marc Shulz, PhD

In this episode, we had a conversation with Dr. Marc Schulz, PhD, Associate Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. The Harvard Study of Adult Development is the longest scientific study of happiness ever conducted. Radical for its time in 1938, the first-of-its-kind Study is now in its 84th year, going strong with an 84% retention rate.  In his new book,  THE GOOD LIFE co authored by Dr. Robert Waldinger, Dr. Schulz explores the findings of the study so far, and shares how we  can proactivel
05/01/202357 minutes 46 seconds
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Autism, Behavior and Science Miscommunication with Ben Rein, PhD

In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Ben Rein, a neuroscientist and postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and a science communicator on social media. Ben’s thesis research focused on autism spectrum disorder and identified key systems in the brain that regulate social behavior. His current research is focused on the neural basis of empathy and mechanisms by which empathic behaviors can be enhanced.  Outside of the lab, Ben creates educational science videos on social media, which is so impressive. In his videos, he summarizes recent research papers, teaches fundamental science principles, and debunks "viral" videos containing misinformation. Ben's science communication has been recognized with awards from Stanford University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Mind Science Foundation and many more. We spoke about our current
22/12/202254 minutes 34 seconds
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Diet For a New America with John Robbins

In this episode, we had the great pelasure of interviewing the legendary John Robbins.  The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “…pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.” Considered by many to be one of the most eloquent and powerful spokespersons in the world for a sane, ethical and sustainable future, John has been a featured and keynote speaker at major conferences sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond War, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the United Nations Environmental Prog
15/12/20221 hour 22 minutes 36 seconds
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Demystifying the Relationship Between Diet and Mental Health with Dr. Nicole Lipman-Barile, PhD

Our guest is Dr. Nicole Lipman Barile, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner with over 10 years of experience working with patients. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and uses her incredible social media platform ‘Feed Your Mental’ to disperse evidence-based information on mental health. What we most love about her is her stance against the exhausting amount of pseudoscience in our shared field of neuroscience and psychology. Not only does she break down the latest evidence into palatable information, but she also points out why some influencers are inclined to share misinformation on social media, and what we can do to identify and avoid them. In this episode, we speak about the role of diet in depression, her work with OCD patients and how to navigate through social media while avoiding pseudoscience.  Follow Dr. Lipman-Barile: IG: @feedyourmental TikTok: @feedyourmental</
08/12/20221 hour 1 minute 6 seconds
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How To Create Amazing Experiences, with Paul Zak, PhD

 In this episode, we virtually sat down with our friend and one of the most insightful scientists, thinkers, writers in the field of human behavior, Dr. Paul J. Zak, PhD, who is a professor of economics, psychology, and management at Claremont Graduate University. He is ranked in the top 0.3 percent of most-cited scientists with over 170 published papers. He helped start several interdisciplinary fields, including neuroeconomics, neuromanagement, and neuromarketing, and is a regular TED speaker, four-time tech entrepreneur, and corporate consultant. His work has been ground breaking in the academic, public, and now in business and healthcare settings. In his new book, <a href= "
28/10/202248 minutes 51 seconds
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Dispelling Brain Health Misunderstandings: A Response to Joe Rogan and Max Lugavere

This episode is dedicated to clarification of a podcast between Joe Rogan and Max Lugavere, two popular influencers that have a large audience. They discussed Alzheimer’s disease and brain health in general and some of the information that was shared was not accurate, which can be really harmful. This is by no means an attack on Rogan or Lugavere. After listening to the conversation, we think Lugavere may not be quite familiar with the data regarding brain health, and it would be important to set the record straight and share the evidence with people and let them decide what’s best for them. Having seen thousands of patients with dementia, whether it’s Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal lobe dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and others, we feel it’s our responsibility to share evidence based data as opposed to feel-good, self confirming anecdotes. Relevant references: <str
17/10/20222 hours 50 minutes 1 second
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Brain Inflammation: Definition, Causes and Management

In this episode, we discuss brain inflammation. We start with a case presentation, discuss the different cells and chemicals that are involved in the process, different neurological conditions that demonstrate a neuroinflammatory response, such as traumatic brain injuries, encephalopathies, MS, neurodegernative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and others, potential treatments in the horizon and what we can do to prevent it.  NEURO Academy is a membership based online environment where You’ll have access to resources to achieve optimal health, a better, sharper memory, and prevent cognitive decline. you will have access to monthly live Q&A sessions, Live cooking sessions, Live podcasts such as this one and Q&A with remarkable health leaders, ongoing on demand courses on prevention of neurological diseases, expanding the course to evidence based nutrition and cooking, NEURO coaching, anxiety, and many courses on various to
15/09/20221 hour 8 minutes 14 seconds
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Catastrophic Brain Bleeds - Part 3

In part 3 of the neurovascular series, we take a deep dive on the topic of brain bleeds or hemmorhagic strokes. We discussed its epidemiology, subtypes, pathology, clinical presentation, some treatments and what can be done to avoid these devastating outcomes. To learn more about brain health, please check out NEURO Academy, a membership based online environment outside of social media where you will have access to multiple evidence-based on-demand courses and engage with a thriving and supportive community of people on a journey towards better brain health. We offer CE/CME credits and certification after taking the course. Follow us on social media: Instagram: The Brain Docs @thebraindocs Facebook: The Brain Docs Website:
01/09/202249 minutes 14 seconds
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The Silent Epidemic of Vascular Dementia - Part 2

In this episode, we discuss vascular cognitive impairment and vascular dementia, how it presents, its pathophysiology, subtypes, eidemiology, risk factors, treatment and prevention. For more reading, please refer to the following references: Iadecola, et al, (2019). Vascular cognitive impairment and dementia: JACC scientific expert panel. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 73(25), 3326-3344. Zotin, et al, (2021). Cerebral small vessel disease and vascular cognitive impairment: from diagnosis to management. Current Opinion in Neurology, 34(2), 246. This episode was broadcasted Live to our NEURO Academy audience, and we had a Live Q&A session at the end. NEURO Academy is a membership based online environment outside of social
25/08/202256 minutes 15 seconds
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The Silent Epidemic of Stroke - Part 1

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of mortality in the US. Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a stroke. Every 3.5 minutes, someone dies of stroke. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the US have a stroke. In the part 1 of this episode, Dean and Ayesha explore the epidemic of stroke and their risk factors.  This episode was broadcasted Live to our NEURO Academy audience, and we had a Live Q&A session at the end. NEURO Academy is a membership based online environment outside of social media where you will have access to multiple evidence-based on-demand courses and engage with a thriving and supportive community of people on a journey towards better brain health. You will have access to Live cooking sessions, Live podcasts, Q&As with remarkable health leaders, ongoing on demand courses on lifestyle, nutrition and cooking, coaching, anxiety, and many courses on various topics related to brain health. We offer CE/
18/08/20221 hour 25 minutes 35 seconds
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The Truth About Food with Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH

In this episode, our esteemed guest is Dr. David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP, FACLM. We are thrilled to present a second podcast interview with Dr. Katz, and we had the pleasure of speaking with him about his tremendous work in the field of nutrition, preventive medicine and epidemiology. This episode was broadcasted Live to our NEURO Academy community members, and had a Live Q&A session at the end. Dr. David L. Katz is physician scientist, award winning author of numerous books including multiple editions of leading textbooks and over 200 peer-reviewed publications in nutrition, preventive medicine, and epidemiology. Dr. Katz is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center; Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative; and Founder and CEO of <a href="
11/08/20221 hour 19 minutes 1 second
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Alzheimer’s genetics, Omega-3s and Brain Health - Dr. Hussein Yassine, MD

In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Hussein Yassine, Associate Professor of Medicine at Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is the director of the Yassine lab ( and specializes in how changes in lipid metabolism and nutrition affect cognition and the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The lab has an interest in studying how carrying the APOE4 allele, strongest genetic risk factors for developing AD, affects lipid metabolism, the response to the diet; combining basic science, clinical trials and brain imaging studies.  We discussed brain physiology and development, lipid metabolism in the brain, genetics, especially ApoE4 genotype and risk of AD, and his research on omega-3 fatty acids and prevention of cognitive decline. We hope you find the information helpful. We invite you to check out the NEURO Academy online community, a membership based environment outside of social media where you will
05/08/202255 minutes 58 seconds
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Fraud and Fabrication in Alzheimer's Research

In this episode, we discuss the recent allegation of fabrication in a highly influential research article on Alzheimer's that was published in Nature in 2006, which paved the way for more than a decade of research and more than 2000 papers citing that research. Does this mean years of wasted NIH funding and wasted thinking in the field?  Link to the original Science article: The original 2006 research article:   We invite you to check out The NEURO Academy, an incredible community of individuals on a journey together towards better brain health and ultimately, prevention of brain diseases. We offer a thriving platform for evidence-based articles, blogs, weakly live sessions of Q&A and brain-healthy cooking sessions, and on-demand courses that a
28/07/202235 minutes 37 seconds
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Ketogenic Diet and Alzheimer's - A Review of the Latest Science

Ketogenic diet has become a center of attention for strategies to improve symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia, with some individuals claiming reversal of the disease. But what does the science really show? Is it time for us to implement a ketogenic diet as a potential "treatment"?  Join our NEURO Academy online community, a membership based environment outside of social media where you will have access to multiple on demand courses and engage with a thriving and supportive community of people on a journey towards better brain health. You will be connected with us as well as a team of  moderators who will guide you. You will have access to monthly live Q&A session, Live cooking sessions, ongoing on demand courses on lifestyle, nutrition and cooking, NEURO coaching, anxiety, and many courses on various topics related to brain health. Fo
21/07/202250 minutes 28 seconds
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Eat For Life with Dr. Joel Fuhrman

In this episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician, seven-time New York Times bestselling author who specializes in preventing and reversing illness and disease through nutrition. His latest book, Eat For Life contains the latest research on disease-prevention and enhancement of health through a plant-rich, nutrient-dense diet. Also recognized for his incredibly motivating PBS programs, Dr. Fuhrman continues to spread his empowering message of health and wellness on several platforms. Learn more about Dr. Fuhrman’s work and books on his website:  Dr. Fuhrman on social media: Facebook: Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Instagram:
01/07/20221 hour 2 minutes 25 seconds
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A Revolutionary and Empowering Approach to Preventive Medicine

This conversation between Dean and Ayesha is about the essence of changing habits. How do we empower communities to succeed in preventing diseases and living a healthy and empowered life?  Often, blunt ideas and useless terms, such "motivation" and "moderation" are thrown at individuals. But real, lifelong change is a lifestyle, which requires planning, and an understanding of one's strengths and limitation.  We invite you to check out The NEURO Academy, an incredible community of individuals on a journey together towards better brain health and ultimately, prevention of brain diseases. We offer a thriving platform for evidence-based articles, blogs, weakly live sessions of Q&A and cooking sessions with Ayesha, and on-demand courses that are included within the community. These courses are on brain-health related topics such as: - Comprehensive NEURO Plan with CME and CE certificates
23/06/202252 minutes 50 seconds
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Hormones and Brain Health with Dr. Nitu Bajekal

This episode is a wonderful conversation with our friend, Dr Nitu Bajekal MD, a Senior NHS Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Women’s Health expert based in London, with over 35 years’ clinical experience. She is also one of the first board-certified Lifestyle Medicine Physicians in the UK. We discuss hormonal health and its relationship to brain health, specifically how menopause and the changes in a women’s hormonal system during this stage affects brain health, and what are some of the preventive measures that need to be taken to prevent cognitive decline. Her newly released book coauthored with nutritionist, Rohini Bajekal, is titled Living PCOS Free: How to Regain Your Hormonal Health with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The book features a 21-day plan for hormonal health along with delicious plant-based recipes and illuminating case histories. Link to purchasing the book: <a href= "
13/06/20221 hour 2 minutes 29 seconds
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The Amazing Plant Power Doctor - Dr. Gemma Newman

In this episode, we had an amazing conversation with Dr. Gemma Newman, also known as The Plant Power Doctor, and dicussed her incredibly courageous journey to break through a stagnant health care system, and how she empowers her patients and community towards prevention and true healing.  She is the author of her newly released book, The Plant Power Doctor, now avialbel in the US. In the book, Dr Gemma Newman offers an accessible, actionable plan, to help you feel empowered to make positive changes to your diet and lifestyle so you can heal from the inside out and be at your optimum health. Gemma shares the tools and knowledge she has learned from over 18 years’ experience, combining trusted medical evidence with simple eating advice to prevent and aid recovery from a host of common chronic illnesses.  Get a copy of The Plant Power Doctor here:   <a href= "
01/06/20221 hour 29 seconds
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Statins and Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

This episode was broadcasted as a Live video to our Brain Health Revolution online community, where we engage on a daily basis to discuss the latest on brain health, have Live Q&As, Live cooking sessions, polls and more.  We discussed the latest data on statins, a common class of cholesterol lowering medication and focused on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis on the subject. Here is the link to the article: Statin use and risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies (2022) For more reading, here are other published scientific articles on the subject: Statins in Alzheimer’s disease (2022). Unraveling the Paradox of Statins with Human Neurons: New Leads in Alzheimer’s Disease (2019). <a
26/05/202244 minutes 45 seconds
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The Fiber Fueled Revolution with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Will Bulsiewicz (or "Dr. B"), an award winning gastroenterologist, internationally recognized gut health expert and the New York Times-bestselling author of Fiber Fueled and the newly released, The Fiber Fueled Cookbook. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board and is the US Medical Director of ZOE, has authored more than twenty articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has given more than forty presentations at national meetings, presented to Congress and the USDA, and has taught over 10,000 students how to heal and optimize their gut health. In this conversation, we explored everything gut health: how food impacts our microbiome, and ultimately every system in the body, and how with simple changes in our life, we can build a healthy gut and a healthy life.   The Fiber Fueled cookbook is out now, and available for purchase at bookstores nationwide and on Dr. B's
20/05/20221 hour 11 minutes 56 seconds
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Bruce Willis and His Battle With Aphasia

In this episode, we explore the term aphasia, which has become a popular term in the media after Bruce Willis announced his diagnosis. We discuss the definition, presentation, the different conditions that present with aphasia, management and treatment. Thank you for joining us. We recently changed our Instagram handle, and now can be found as The Brain Docs (@thebraindocs)  Our website: Facebook: Sherzai MD
20/04/202219 minutes 8 seconds
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Nourish Your Body and Brain with the Legendary Brenda Davis, RD

Friends, in this episode of the Brain Health Revolution Podcast, we sat down with our dear friend, Brenda Davis, and spoke about her journey in the field of nutrition and shared her insight. She is a legend in the field of nutrition - one of the most revered nutrition experts in the world, experience working with patients and communities for the last 3 decades, an internationally acclaimed speaker and has authored multiple books. Her 12th and latest book is titled Nourish, which she co-wrote with Dr. Reshma Shah.  Brenda Davis, RD Website: Instagram: @brendadavisrd Facebook: Brenda Davis Want to support the show? If you are e
29/12/20211 hour 16 minutes 10 seconds
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Thriving Plant-Based Athletes | Robert Cheeke

Dear friends, we're thrilled to be back after a long pause, and bring you another episode of the Brain Health Revolution Podcast. In this episode, we discuss the revolution we have been experiencing in the world of athletics as many of the top athletes are moving towards a plant predominant or a healthy vegan lifestyle, and in the process, changing the world of sports and athletics. Our guest is Robert Cheeke, who is an athlete, best selling author and all around amazing human. Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15, weighing just 120 pounds. Today he is the author of the books, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Shred It!, Plant-Based Muscle, and the New York Times Bestseller, The Plant-Based Athlete. He is often referred to as the “Godfather of Vegan Bodybuilding,” growing the industry from infancy in 2002, to where it is today. As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is con
03/11/20211 hour 19 minutes 39 seconds
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Fundamentals of True Habit Change with Dr. Howard Jacobson

In this episode, we speak with our dear friend Dr. Howard Jacobson, who is an author, Head Coach at Sick to Fit University; co-founder and Lead Instructor at the WellStart Health Coaching Academy; and host of the increasingly popular Plant Yourself Podcast. Howard believes that we all to some extent know how to live a healthy life, but knowing is not enough. Understanding the mechanism of our behavior is key to fundamental, long-term change. Please listen to this amazing conversation, which we believe is one of the most important conversations we've had on the subject. We're very excited to announce the Brain Health Revolution (BHR), a continuous online program that lets us connect with thousands of people on a daily basis and em
07/07/20211 hour 18 minutes 27 seconds
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The New Alzheimer's Drug: Hope or a Massive Failure?

Welcome to the Brain Health Revolution Podcast! In this episode, we took a deep dive into the history and steps of FDA approval of the latest Alzheimer's drug, Aducanumab. Developed by the biotechnology company, Biogen, it is the first approved drug that attempts to treat a possible cause of the neurodegenerative disease rather than just the symptoms. But the approval has sparked a contentious debate over whether the drug is effective. Many experts, including an independent panel of neurologists and biostatisticians, advised the FDA that clinical-trial data did not conclusively demonstrate that Aducanumab could slow cognitive decline. Yet patient advocacy groups tout this as a miracle drug and one that provides hope and opens the doors for future therapeutics for this devastating disease.  In this episode, we discuss: - The history of drug development for Alzheimer's - Amyloid and Tau protein targeting - How this drug was presented in 2019, rejected, reap
16/06/202137 minutes 55 seconds
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Lessons From The Pandemic With Dr. David Katz

In this episode, we sat down, once again, with our dear friend Dr. David Katz, and explored the personal and public impact of COVID-19, what we learned about the failings of our society in the face of such a formidable opponent, the failings of our system to adapt to such a novel threat, how it changed us as a society, and how do we move forward given the deep divisions and the tremendous losses felt by millions. Dr. David Katz, who is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, the Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative and Founder and CEO of Diet ID, Inc. Dr. Katz's website: Twitter
02/06/202155 minutes 6 seconds
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Food and Your Mood - with Dr. Uma Naidoo

We had the pleasure of sitting down (virtually) with our friend, Dr. Uma Naidoo to speak about her book, This Is Your Brain On Food, and explore ways to improve our patients' brain health outcomes by guiding them using evidence-based medicine and as importantly, through tasty and healthy foods for their minds. Dr. Uma Naidoo is a nutritional psychiatrist and serves as the director of nutritional & lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. But more importantly, she is truly a compassionate physician and a public health advocate. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.  Follow Dr. Naidoo on the web and social media:  Website: Instagram: Facebook: Link: <a href="https://a
28/04/202147 minutes 46 seconds
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The Definitive Guide to Preventing Cognitive Decline

Friends, as many of you know, Alzheimer's prevention is personal to us. In our very first meeting, we connected over the shared loss of our grandparents to dementia and since then we have dedicated our lives to combating neurodegenerative diseases. This put us on-the-ground in communities around the nation. We saw family after family suffering from the tragedies of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline. This is when our life's purpose took shape, and it was to share this simple, but powerful, piece of information: cognitive decline is preventable and you already have most of the tools you need to do so. That's why we are so excited that today we finally get to share our new book, <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-saferedirecturl= "
26/03/202139 minutes 48 seconds
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The Perfect Storm: The Hidden Death Toll of COVID-19 on the Most Vulnerable

Friends, in this episode, we are shedding light on a community devastated by the consequences of this pandemic, as if it was not bad enough, close to 500,000 people have lost their lives in the United States, and more than millions around the world, on e community has been especially devastated by it. We’ve been asked to talk about this topic by several media channels, and Ayesha starts the conversation by narrating a part of an article that was recently published on USA Today.  This episode is brought to you by the Healthy Minds Initiative, a nonprofit organizations, whose mission is to innovate brain health by bringing care to the communities through research, education and mobilization. For more information to support or volunteer, please visit healthmindsi
10/02/202129 minutes 42 seconds
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New Season and a New Beginning To An Unforgettable Life

Welcome back to the Brain Health and Beyond Podcast with your neurologist friends, Ayesha and Dean Sherzai! Happy New Year everyone! We are thrilled to be back with exciting conversations and stories to share with you all. We are starting the new season by reflecting on 2020 - losing our mother, the pandemic, the war on science, our experiences with patients in the hospital and clinic, our research, and so much more.  We are Sherzai M.D. on social media where you can follow us for the latest, evidence-based information on brain health. Instagram: @SherzaiMD Facebook: Sherzai M.D. Twitter: @SherzaiMD Our website:  
27/01/202141 minutes 57 seconds
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Differentiating Science from Pseudoscience in Nutrition with Dr. Frank Cusimano

In this episode, we sat down with Dr. Frank Cusimano, who is a scientist, with a masters and a PhD in nutrition and metabolic biology from Columbia University. Frank is an expert in the field of nutrition and the microbiome, and there are very few people who have had his extensive research background and accolades. He also holds a Masters degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins, and is currently a medical student at the Arizona college of osteopathic medicine. We discussed a plethora of topics in this episode, from the history of nutrition to the relationship between gut health and brain health, pseudoscience in the field of nutrition, protein, supplements, grains and the future of nutrition research. He is passionate about all things science, art, medicine, nutrition, and fitness, and having been a sponsored athlete, blends his understanding of biochemistry with human physiology and human potential. He
22/07/20201 hour 23 minutes 30 seconds
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From the Cardiac Cath Lab to the Community with Dr. Columbus Batiste

In this episode, we have the honor of having a talented physician and a community leader as our guest, Dr. Columbus Batiste, whose passion for translating his years of work in cardiology to meaningful outcomes in communities is remarkable. Dr. Batiste is a board-certified Interventional Cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine. Since 2008, Dr. Batiste has served as Chief of Cardiology and is the founder of Integrative Cardiovascular Disease Program (based at Kaiser Permanente), where he advocates a lifestyle plan to prevent cardiac event for his patients, by helping them modify their lifstyle.  Over the years, Dr. Batiste has been recognized for his work in the community by multiple organizations. His ability to bring attention to healthcare disparities in the African American communities and beyond has been cited in many national forums. He is a bright light that will bring change to healthcare, one p
08/07/202057 minutes 4 seconds
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Sexual Health An Early Predictor of Brain Health in Men with Dr. Aaron Spitz

In this episode, join us as we speak with Dr. Aaron Spitz, a renowned urologist, author, and one of the featured stars of the remarkable documentary The Game Changers. Dr. Spitz is a national leader in health policy for urologists across the nation and has done some of the most groundbreaking work in the field of urology. He earned his medical degree from Cornell Medical College, completed his Urology residency at the University of Southern California, and then obtained fellowship training in infertility at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Aaron Spitz served as an assistant clinical professor in the U.C. Irvine department of Urology, specializing in male reproductive medicine and surgery. He directs the Center for Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Orange County Urology in Laguna Hills and Mission Viejo, California. He is the author of The Penis Book: A Doctor’s Complete Guide to the Penis, from size to function and everything in between.<span class="Apple-co
24/06/202052 minutes 10 seconds
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The Epidemic of Sleep Disorders and Their Effect on Brain Health with Dr. Noah Siegel

This episode is dedicated to sleep and sleep disorders and how they affect brain health. We now know that a good night’s restorative sleep is crucial for proper functioning of the brain – whether it’s cognition, concentration, productivity or peak performance. Unfortunately, until recently, it was not deemed important and brushed aside. But thanks to recent advances in the field, we have realized the tremendous importance of sleep for brain health and health in general. To discuss this, our guest in this episode is an incredibly experienced sleep specialist, Dr. Noah Siegel. He is the Director of Sleep Medicine and Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston. He’s Board Certified in both Sleep Medicine and Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and is a clinical faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Medical Director of Otolaryngology for Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Longwood facility in Boston and is clinical faculty
10/06/20201 hour 6 minutes
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Courageous Mythbusting about Nutrition and Science with Dr. Garth Davis

In this episode, we discuss the raging myths around nutrition and health with a brilliant bariatric surgeon, clinician, scientist, and a fierce warrior for the truth, Dr. Garth Davis. He’s the author of Proteinaholic -  a brilliant, fascinating and paradigm-shifting book that explores our false notions about diet, and best of all, presents decades worth of research showing the evidence and broad consensus on nutrition and health. Please join us as we discuss nutrition, public health, the prevailing myths, and the importance of scientific thinking. This is one conversation you don’t want to miss. Here is the link to Dr. Davis' book,  'Prote
27/05/202055 minutes 37 seconds
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Axis of Health: Gut, Microbiome and Brain with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

We’re thrilled that you’re joining us for this exciting conversation with a talented physician, scientist, gastroenterologist, and the author of his newly published fabulous book, Fiber Fueled, our friend Dr. Will Bulsiewicz.  "Dr. B" has all the degrees, awards and honors that you could hope for, but more importantly his courageous and comprehensive approach to Gastroenterology is going to open up your eyes to a beautiful interconnected world of the micro biome, the gut, and even the brain. He went to med school at Georgetown University, trained in medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and in gastroenterology at University of North Carolina Hospitals. He has a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. He’s board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and an expert in digestive diseases and the gut. <d
14/05/20201 hour 25 minutes 6 seconds
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Plant-based Life As a Family: The Life, The Love and The Science

In this episode, we are excited to share our conversation with our kids, Alex and Sophia Sherzai, also known as The Science Kids, about living a plant based life, its challenges, its benefits, the science behind it, and how they think this is more than just healthy living - it’s something that could determine the fate of this beautiful planet. We bring our kids into this conversation because it felt right to have them speak for themselves and share their voice.  We don’t believe in keeping it in an article or a book and would like to make the lifestyle and the science behind it easily accessible for every family and community.  You will hear us talk about why went plant-based and then transitioned from being a lacto-ovo vegetarian towards a whole-food, plant based diet, how the kids manage their social life being plant-based, what are some of the challenges we face as a family for being vegans, what are some of our kids' favorite sna
22/04/20201 hour 3 minutes 9 seconds
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On the Front Line of The Battle with COVID19 - with Dr. Shinkai Hakimi

The date is March 23, 2020. At the time of recording this episode, and in the last week, our world and the way we have known it has turned upside down. Today, we‘re talking about corona virus, or COVID-19 with with our dear fried and colleague,  Dr. Shinkai Hakimi who is a pulmonary critical care doctor in Monterey Bay, CA. She has special interest in public health, has worked extensively towards healthcare for refugees, and is one of the most knowledgeable physicians we know. She is on the front lines and knows first hand the trajectory of the disease here and in other countries and how it is evolving. Currently, in the US,  we have about 42,700 identified cases with 541 deaths. Compare this number to last week when there were 4,400 cases and 75 deaths, and a week before that, it was 566 cases with 22 deaths. <spa
25/03/202056 minutes 42 seconds
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The Devastating Effect of Gender Bias in Healthcare - Challenges and Solutions

In episode # 12, we discuss one of the most important issues in the field of medicine - gender bias in healthcare - which has become an epidemic. Women’s diseases are often missed, misdiagnosed or remains a total mystery. There are tremendous knowledge gaps that are filled with hysteria narratives. Women are more likely to be labeled as “difficult”, “hysterical”, and “hypochondriacs” compared to men presenting with the same diseases. This has major negative consequences for both medical practice and the health of women. Join us as we reveal the profound effect of this bias across multiple diseases and their terrifying consequences, and shed light on ways we can help women get the appropriate attention and treatments for various diseases. We hope you enjoy this episode. In the next episode, we take a deep dive on why women are affected by Alzheimer's disea
11/03/202052 minutes 10 seconds
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A Transformative Leader Revolutionizing Healthcare - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

In this episode, we sat down with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams, a dynamic leader and a luminary who is changing healthcare as we know it. He previously served three terms in the New York State Senate and 22 years in the New York City Police Department. In 2016, after a series of painful symptoms and visual problems, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He soon learned about the profound effect of food on his health and adopted a whole food, plant-based diet and successfully reversed his diabetes. Since then, he has been a vocal proponent of a plant-based diet and has encouraged all Brooklynites to eat healthier. He has launched multiple initiatives to provide resources to the community regarding healthy nutrition, and also hosts various events at the Brooklyn Borough Hall to educate citizens on different health topics. He has also prompted the City Council to pass a resolution called "Ban the Baloney," which aims for schools across the city to stop serving processed meat
26/02/202043 minutes 52 seconds
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Mastering Diabetes and Reversing Insulin Resistance - with Dr. Cyrus Khambatta PhD and Robby Barbaro MPH

In this episode, we discuss insulin resistance and energy metabolism in the brain and the rest of the body with brilliant lifestyle experts, Dr. Cyrus Khambatta PhD and Robby Barbaro MPH. Cyrus and Robby are living with Type 1 diabetes, and have been on all kinds of diets and program you can think of to manage their diabetes, and after years of trial and error and studying the evidence, they created the Mastering Diabetes Method to show how you can eat large quantities of carbohydrate-rich whole foods like bananas, potatoes, and quinoa while decreasing blood glucose, oral medication, and insulin requirements. Through their amazing work, they have helped thousands of individuals reverse their insulin resistance, lose weight and master their health.  Over the last decade, cumulative data have established that the brain is an insulin-sensitive organ. Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity are among the most expensive and dis
12/02/20201 hour 15 minutes 33 seconds
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Great Health Starts by Focusing on Good Stress

For too long we have been looking at stress in a completely wrong way. In fact a tremendous wealth of research is pointing to a completely revolutionary way to manage stress. And if you wan to change your life, you can’t do anything with nutrition, exercise, or sleep without addressing stress in its true form. Join us as we speak about the anatomy of stress, how it affects every system in the body, and how you can structure your life around good stress<span style= "font-family: -apple-system,BlinkMacSystemFont,'Segoe UI',Roboto,Oxygen,Ubuntu,Cantarell,'Open Sans','Helvetica Neue',sans-serif;
27/12/201941 minutes 51 seconds
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Changing the Face of Public Health with Dan Buettner

In this episode, we sat down with our dear friend, Dan Buettner to speak about wellness, fearlessness, his new book and his revolutionary projects around the world. We discussed promotion of health, prevention of disease and his experience with regards to longevity in the Blue Zones and what he envisions for the world. His new book, the Blue Zones Kitchen is a fantastic collection of recipes straight from the longest living communities. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.  You can follow us on social media: Instagram: @teamsherzai Facebook: Team Sherzai Twitter: @teamsherzai YouTube: Team She
04/12/201950 minutes 53 seconds
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Building Strong Hearts and Minds with Dr. Joel Kahn, MD, FACC

In this episode, we sat down with our friend and partner in science and clinical translation, Dr. Joel Kahn, a public health leader, a world renowned cardiologist and a true champion of preventive cardiology. He has authored many books and articles and is actively dispersing the message of hope for devastating diseases like heart disease, the number one cause of mortality in the US. He passionately lectures throughout the country about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, inspiring a new generation of thought leaders to think scientifically and critically about the body’s ability to heal itself through proper nutrition. In this conversation, we talk about new advances in heart health, longevity, and some controversial issues of the day.  Web: Twitter and Instagram: @drjkahn You can follow us on social media: Instagram: <a href= "
20/11/20191 hour 7 minutes 25 seconds
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How to Differentiate Truth From The Lies That Maintain The Current Model of Sick Care - with Dr. David Katz

Friends, We are so excited to present this episode! We had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. David Katz, a remarkable physician-scientist who has changed the paradigm of our understanding of chronic diseases. His biography is quite extensive and his list of accomplishments are long, and this section would look like a book if we listed them here. He is one of the most prominent science communicators of our times, a thought leader in preventive medicine and health promotion, and has authored multiple books, research articles and textbooks. His latest book, The Truth About Food, is an exceptional resource for those who want to get a deeper understanding of the role of nutrition and true health, and how good science that be differentiated from pseudoscience.  You can order his book on Amazon by clicking HERE.
23/10/20191 hour 10 minutes 30 seconds
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Stress Proof Your Life with Dr. Mithu Storoni

In this episode, we a had an amazing conversation with Dr. Mithu Storoni, the author of Stress-Proof. Mithu received her medical degree from the University Cambridge and has published papers across the fields of neuroscience, neurology and neuro-ophthalmology. She is a brilliant scientist trained in eye surgery, has a PhD in Neuro-ophthalmology, and was previously a Clinical Research Fellow at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, London where she studies pupillometry looking at the relationship between the pupillary response and stress! Mithu spent a few years trawling through all the scientific research she could find on stress before writing Stress-Proof, a science-based guide based on data from over 500 published studies. We hope you enjoy this conversation and will share it with loved ones who will benefit from her knowledge and experience. Link to Stress Proof: Dr. Storo
09/10/20191 hour 21 minutes 15 seconds
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Science under attack - the battle between past-protectors and future seekers

In this episode we took on, what we consider, one of the most important challenges of our time - an attack on science, in this case specifically nutrition science, at a time when what we choose to eat can have profound effect on our health, environment and the health of the next generation. We hope you enjoy this episode and continue the conversation.  Follow us on social media: Facebook: Team Sherzai Instagram: @teamsherzai Twitter: @teamsherzai
12/09/201953 minutes 53 seconds
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Averting the Tsunami of Alzheimer's

In this episode, we discuss Alzheimer’s disease, genetics, the myths around them, and our evidence-based plan for preserving brain health and preventing disease. We call it the NEURO plan. It’s a personalized, comprehensive plan that will give you the power to not only avoid catastrophic diseases like Dementia and stroke, but to continue to manifest the full capacity of your amazing brain at any age. You will quickly learn that our plan is not based on some gimmick or a vitamin regimen, but relies on behavioral models that have been shown to provide habit pathways that build brain capacity at any age. We hope you enjoy this episode! Follow us on social media: Facebook: Team Sherzai Instagram: @teamsherzai Twitter: @teamsherzai
28/08/20191 hour 18 minutes 26 seconds
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A courageous conversation with Adam Sud on overcoming addiction and finding comfort in discomfort

Welcome to the second episode of the Brain Health and Beyond Podcast! Our guest for this episode is our dear friend, Adam Sud, who is an international speaker for awareness of mental health and addiction. In 2012, Adam’s life was completely out of control. He was struggling with multiple addictions, serious chronic diseases, and mental health disorders. His life nearly ended when he attempted suicide by drug overdose. He checked into rehab and with the help of his parents and by adopting a plant-based diet, he began a journey that led to a remarkable recovery. He is now a diabetes and food addiction coach for Mastering Diabetes (, which is a program that focuses on reversing insulin resistance using low fat, whole food, plant-based nutrition. He also works with Engine2 and Whole Foods Market’s Total Health Immersion Team. He is an amazing force behind the plant-based movement and has worked in recovery centers using plant-based nutrition as an adjunct tool for
13/08/20191 hour 27 minutes 34 seconds
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The Why

Welcome to the first episode of the Brain Health and <span class="m_-1266766018267556563gmail-m_-1947594701492748332m_1893026774956485175gmail-m_4468759029829482172m_980329472571658670m_1357287202140608294m_-8065515988152094095gmail-m_
23/07/201952 minutes 29 seconds