Better Brain Health With Dave Kenney and Living Longer and Healthier With Daniel Kennedy Contreras

TTL 644 | Better Brain Health

Better Brain Health With Dave Kenney and Living Longer and Healthier With Daniel Kennedy Contreras

The way we treat our bodies and how we keep our mind healthy directly affects our decisions and creates our habits. In this episode, Dr. Diane Hamilton is joined by Dave Kenney, the Co-founder and Executive Director at Emergo Recovery, private residential recovery and wellness center focused on the brain-first approach specializing in Actualized Recovery. Dave tackles brain function, neuroplasticity, dopamine and how it impacts human behavior, and how you can achieve better brain health.

Our health can be the result of our daily habits and diet, but it can also come from our family history or genetics. Dr. Diane Hamilton talks with psycho-oncology counselor Daniel Kennedy Contreras of the Oasis of Hope Hospital to discuss the correlation of genetics with our physiology and health. Daniel also shares how having curiosity is important in health care.
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TTL 588 | Colored Brain Model

The Colored Brain Model: Understanding How Our Brain Communicates with Arthur Carmazzi

Every company aims to maximize the productivity of their employees, departments, and the overall organization. That can be achieved when individuals have a greater understanding of what is required of them to perform their jobs better and can work well with others. Based on new research, a Colored Brain is a psychometric tool that incorporates the latest research on neuroplasticity and how neurotransmitter substances and “brain communication” work. Renowned motivational leadership keynote speaker and trainer Arthur Carmazzi, the Founder of Directive Communication International, dives into the Colored Brain model and how our brain processes the world around us. He says that by identifying the patterns in the way our brain genetically processes the environment, we’re more able to understand how to get along with each other, thus minimizing conflict and misunderstanding and maximizing individual and group potential.

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What is Lumosity and How Can It Help Your Mind?

Lumosity is a website designed to help improve your cognitive abilities.  According to their site, “The capacity of the human brain to make new associations and acquire new knowledge has been appreciated for hundreds of years. However, the brain’s ability to fundamentally reorganize itself when confronted with new challenges is a relatively recent discovery. In response to these challenges, the brain will adapt and change. Given the right kind of exercise, it will reshape itself to be more efficient and effective. This power of reshaping is referred to as neuroplasticity. Lumosity has adapted this cutting edge research in neuroscience and cognition to an accessible, enjoyable training program which will stimulate the brain and lead to improved cognitive ability and health.”

In less than 10 minutes a day, they claim you can improve your memory and attention.  Think of it as exercising your mind.  You can even give a membership to lumosity as a gift.  It’s free for 7 days and the exercises are a lot of fun.  They also provide feedback and detailed improvement tracking. 

What are people saying about it?

Los Angeles Times said, “Lumosity presents a wide range of exercises that target different mental processes.”

New York Times said, “We can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told it is impossible.”

It is popular because it makes learning fun.  There is a lumosity scholar section that is specifically targeted to students.  It is shown to improve standardized testing scores.  Other sections are specifically targeted for certain areas such as those with ADHD, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or special math needs.

After a week, if you decide you want to stay with the program, you can join for under $7/month or buy a lifetime membership for $299.95. 

Their users have claimed to have the following benefits:

  • Clearer and quicker thinking
  • Improved memory for names, numbers, directions, etc.
  • Increased alertness and awareness
  • Elevated mood
  • Better concentration at work or while driving