brain health

The Truthful Scoop on Sugar

It was two-thirty in the afternoon and Dana’s positive attitude was wearing thin. She needed at least another three hours of mental focus for her workday, so she poured a cup of coffee into her favorite mug and stirred a generous scoop of sugar into the steaming liquid. The caffeine would hopefully kick in soon,… read more

Microbiota Transfer Therapy for Autism Improvements

Scientific research reports a correlation between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and abnormal gut microbiota. In a clinical trial of Microbiota Transfer Therapy (MTT), 18 participants diagnosed with ASD underwent a comprehensive program including bowel cleanse, antibiotics, antacids, and fecal microbiota transplant. After the 18-week research trial scientists reported improvements in ASD symptoms and reduced gastrointestinal… read more

Time for a Life-giving Summertime Stroll

It has been estimated that half of all adults in the United States will develop a serious chronic disease in their lifetime, but what can be done to lower these prevalence rates? Recent research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine suggests that the amount of time spent sitting or lying down may negatively impact… read more

Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline

Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline When I was a child I was told, “you are what you eat.” But somehow despite my constant consumption of baby dill pickles I didn’t grow up green, sour and bumpy. However, new scientific research is telling me that all those salty pickles probably impacted my brain development…and… read more

The Importance of Exercise for Young Adults

We all know and understand the overall health benefits of exercise at any age. Current research has revealed the unique importance of exercise for young adults, and how it can impact lifestyle, brain function, and future quality of life. Many young adults (age 18-35) are encountering life changes such as career development, marriage, and parenthood… read more

A Little Marijuana; Alotta Damage to Teen Brain

The subject of cannabis (marijuana) has become highly controversial not only in politics and public media but also in the field of scientific research. There are arguably as many studies confirming the efficacy of cannabis for a variety of health benefits as there are studies touting its harmful effects. Regardless of the controversy, many states… read more

But I’m Hungry! Does Fasting Really Make a Difference?

The winds of Springtime are upon us, and those fitness resolutions from January haunt our days. Celebrity magazines are awash with miraculous weight-loss stories from the apparently effortless process of intermittent fasting. In the last decade this tactic has gained enormous popularity as an easy pathway for weight reduction, improved energy, and mental clarity. Yet… read more

A New Year; A New Brain

It was the evening of January 1st, 2019 when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair, “and I’ve got something important to tell you all.” While his tone was serious, I detected a twinkle in his eye that alerted me to… read more

Can Excited Brain Waves Make for a Better Memory?

Imagine this: college students lined up along rows of small computer screens, with audiovisual stimuli streaming at the precise oscillations to increase theta brain waves and enhance memory of the upcoming lecture. This futuristic image might not be as far-fetched as you think! Researchers from the University of California’s Center for Neuroscience are experimenting with… read more

Physical Fitness For Obese Teens Leads to Improved Cognition

New Pediatric Research published by Nature.com investigated the cognitive impact of weight loss in obese adolescents. The link between obesity and many other medical problems is well documents, yet there has been little research on the correlation between weight loss and cognition. Thus, scientists evaluated 62 medically-obese teens before and after a 30-week program for… read more

Brain Training for Drug Use Recovery

Preteens and Marijuana: Long-term Cognitive Damage The October issue of American Journal of Psychiatry includes a powerful research study on 11-13 year old (7th grade) students and the lasting impact of marijuana use. Scientists recruited over 3,800 young teens across 31 middle school in the Montreal, Canada area for an assessment study over four years.… read more

Football Star’s Incredible Story of Recovery with Brain Training

As high school football season ramps up, parents and professionals are increasingly pressing for research on treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries. Over the past several years science has revealed the devastating dangers of repeated blows to the head and/or multiple concussions in children and young adults. Media coverage of past NFL players has brought… read more