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Hey, I'm Louisa Nicola - a clinical neuroscientist from Sydney Australia, living in New York City.

I go in search for the greatest minds in the world to deconstruct one thing: THE HUMAN BRAIN. On this podcast we speak to medical doctors, highly acclaimed professors and experts in the field of neuroscience, neurology and neurosurgery. The entire show is dedicated to promoting strategies to increase cognitive performance, lifespan and physical performance through interviews and content rich episodes.

The Neuro Experience Louisa Nicola

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 49 Ratings

Hey, I'm Louisa Nicola - a clinical neuroscientist from Sydney Australia, living in New York City.

I go in search for the greatest minds in the world to deconstruct one thing: THE HUMAN BRAIN. On this podcast we speak to medical doctors, highly acclaimed professors and experts in the field of neuroscience, neurology and neurosurgery. The entire show is dedicated to promoting strategies to increase cognitive performance, lifespan and physical performance through interviews and content rich episodes.

    122: 6 x Grand Slam Champion on Mindset, Becoming #1 and Overcoming Fear | RENNAE STUBBS

    122: 6 x Grand Slam Champion on Mindset, Becoming #1 and Overcoming Fear | RENNAE STUBBS

    It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.

    This pandemic is robbing people of their positivity and their dreams. This podcast is dedicated to building you brain and your mind to become a Neuro Athlete!

    Today I am interviewing a 6 x Grand Slam Champion- Rennae Stubbs. Rennae Stubbs OLY is an Australian retired tennis player, coach and commentator. She worked at the Seven Network between 2011 and 2018 as an analyst for women's matches and is now a full time commentator for ESPN tennis.

    She has won four Grand Slam doubles titles and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She was ranked world No.1 in doubles in 2000. She represented Australia at four successive Summer Olympic Games.

    We talk about:

    1. The mindset of an Olympic athlete
    2. Overcoming fear
    3. What you do each morning and night to prepare your mind and brain for success
    4. How to deal with negativity
    5. How to navigate your life as an up and coming elite athlete in a social media world.
    6. Why you need to surround yourself with mentors and positive people.

    • 33 min
    121: Lenox Hill Hospital Neurosurgery Chair | Dr. DAVID LANGER, MD

    121: Lenox Hill Hospital Neurosurgery Chair | Dr. DAVID LANGER, MD

    Hospitals have always been filled with heroes, even before the COVID-19 pandemic set in.

    A new docu-series on Netflix, “Lenox Hill,” serves as a timely reminder with its compelling look at the pre-coronavirus work done behind the walls of that New York hospital system. David Langer, MD, chair of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, and vice president of neurosurgery for Northwell Health Western Region, spoke about answering the call to help provide care for patients with COVID-19 regardless of sub-specialty.

    Dr. Langer's work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed publications and he has spoken nationally and internationally on vascular disorders such as aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain. He is one of the few cerebral bypass surgeons in the country.

    In this episode we discuss:

    1. Life on set of Lenox Hill
    2. Aneurysms - what they are, how to prevent them and how to treat them
    3. Why David got into medicine and how what sparked his interest in neurosurgery
    4. Understanding and demystifying pseudo-science and commonly held misconceptions that we hear on social media
    5. The life of a neurosurgeon during COVID-19 and much more.


    Find David here: https://www.instagram.com/drdlanger/

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    If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Neuro Experience podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners. And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Neuro Experience episodes please share the link – together we can make brain health something that everyone can thrive on!

    • 35 min
    120: Is There a Cure for Epilepsy, Seizures, Migraines and Headaches? | Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD

    120: Is There a Cure for Epilepsy, Seizures, Migraines and Headaches? | Dr. Tracey Milligan, MD

    You may know someone with epilepsy and not even realize it.

    Dr. Tracey Milligan, who is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chair for Education in the BWH Department of Neurology. Dr. Milligan obtained her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, she did her residency in neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and completed fellowship in epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Milligan’s clinical and research interests are in the advanced treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders. She has published dozens of papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals and was invited to give many talks at international conferences on neurology and seizure disorder treatment.

    In this episode we discuss:

    1. Difference between epilepsy and seizures

    2. Neurology of epilepsy

    3. Causes, diagnosis and treatment.

    4. The role that CBD plays in the treatment of childhood epilepsy

    5. How and why epilepsy is misunderstood and how to understand it

    6. Best diets for epilepsy and seizures and certain types of medications that work best

    7. Migraines and how to differentiate between a migraine and a headache

    8. Common misconceptions about migraines and the treatment of headaches

    9. We finish the episode discussing what Dr. Tracey Milligan would love to discover in the future of medicine and epilepsy.

    Tracey’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tracey1milligan

    Keto diet and epilepsy discussed in the episode: https://www.ketonutrition.org/

    REVIEW/SHARE:

    If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Neuro Experience podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Neuro Experience episodes please share the link – together we can make brain health something that everyone can thrive on!

    • 49 min
    119: Brain Health, Heavy Metals, Cortisol and Holistic Medicine | Dr. Christian Gonzalez N.D

    119: Brain Health, Heavy Metals, Cortisol and Holistic Medicine | Dr. Christian Gonzalez N.D

    There is no "magic pill" for your brain. It is part of a whole ecosystem that includes your body and all your surroundings—that means the artificial flavors, dyes and additives in your favorite junk food and the chemicals in the hair spray you just inhaled. Your brain is only 2 percent of your bodyweight, yet consumes 20 percent of the body's glucose. 

    Naturopathic medicine is defined as a drugless, noninvasive, rational and evidence-based system of medicine imparting treatments with natural elements based on the theories of vitality, toxemia and the self-healing capacity of the body, as well as the principles of healthy living (Nair and Nanda, 2014).

    Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.

    Dr. Gonzalez became proficient in integrative oncology at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America through exposure to a range of disciplines and modalities. During his residency at the center, he was able to treat more than 700 patients and he had a long lasting impact on his patients, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. He was able to obtain his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014. During his training, Dr. Gonzalez underwent clinical rotations in general medicine, botanical, oncology, homeopathy, pediatrics and mind-body medicine, including a preceptorship at the NYU Langone Integrative Urology Center. 

    In this episode we discuss:

    1. Brain health from a holistic perspective

    2. What does cortisol do to our body

    3. Nootropics- what they are, how to take them and which ones are the best on the market

    4. The role that herbs and vitamins play in healing the body

    5. Anti-aging secrets and how to age backwards.

    6. How sugar is detrimental to your brain and body

    7. Blood tests to take to check your blood to start your holistic health journey.

    8. 23andMe - Learn how your DNA influences your facial features, taste, smell and other traits

    Dr. G’s Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/doctor.g_/
    23andme: https://www.23andme.com/en-int/

    REVIEW/SHARE: https://bit.ly/2YhMqw4

    If you enjoyed the episode and have a spare 1-2 minutes please leave a review on iTunes so the Neuro Experience podcast ranks higher and becomes more discoverable for other listeners.  And if you have any friends that you think will benefit from listening to this episode or any of the other Neuro Experience episodes please share the link – together we can make brain health something that everyone can thrive on!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    118: Dirty Medicine and How Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us | Katherine Eban

    118: Dirty Medicine and How Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us | Katherine Eban

    The Generic Drugs You're Taking May Not Be As Safe Or Effective As You Think

    As the cost of prescription medication soars, consumers are increasingly taking generic drugs: low-cost alternatives to brand-name medicines. Often health insurance plans require patients to switch to generics as a way of controlling costs. But journalist Katherine Eban warns that some of these medications might not be as safe, or effective, as we think.

    Eban has covered the pharmaceutical industry for more than 10 years. She notes that most of the generic medicines being sold in the U.S. are manufactured overseas, mostly in India and China.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that it holds foreign plants to the same standards as U.S. drugmakers, but Eban's new book, Bottle of Lies, challenges that notion. She writes that the FDA often announces its overseas inspections weeks in advance, which allows plants where generic drugs are made the chance to fabricate data and results.

    In this episode we discuss:

    1. FDA approval process of drugs
    2. The lies behind the pharmaceutical industry
    3. What are generic drugs and what are brand label drugs?
    4. Where are our generic drugs made?
    5.The story of Ranbaxy: An Indian drug company whose business model was fraud and deceit
    6.How the FDA approves drugs, the impact of “first to file”, and Peter’s tangent on moral corruption
    7.A booming generic drug market and the FDA struggling to keep up
    Dinesh’s internal investigation finds widespread fraud and falsified data inside Ranbaxy
    8.How concerned should you be when buying a generic drug from your local pharmacy?
    9. How to investigate your own drugs for quality to ensure you are getting what you need
    10. An innovative pharmacy that tests all its drugs for quality
    11. Reforming the FDA and generic drug industry: Why we need reform and ideas on how to do it
    12. The importance of taking individual ownership and not waiting for Congress to bail us out

    Find Katherine and her book here:
    https://www.katherineeban.com/

    Katherine on Twitter:
    @KatherineEban

    • 34 min
    117: What you should know about the NFL, concussions, and brain damage | Morgan Ingemanson PhD.

    117: What you should know about the NFL, concussions, and brain damage | Morgan Ingemanson PhD.

    Football isn’t just a contact sport — it’s a dangerous game of massive bodies colliding into one another. And while it may seem obvious that this sport can do extraordinary damage to brains and bodies, it’s taken far too long for the NFL, the medical community, and football fans to fully reckon with this.

    At Neuro Athletics, we work with two types of markets: CTE and Alzheimers dementia and we have learned so much in terms of research. We have learned, as a society also, a tremendous amount about concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain condition believed to be caused by repeated hits to the head. A lot of information has been released since the first former NFL player was diagnosed with CTE in the early 2000s. Concern around the issue has only grown now that more than 100 former NFL players have received a postmortem diagnosis of CTE, and new research is finding that youth football may be a risk factor for CTE down the line.

    On the episode today we are speaking with Morgan Ingmanson who is the Director of Medical Affairs, at Evoke Neuroscience- she’s the leading scientist in computational EEG neuroimaging, providing expert consultations to assist physicians in using electrophysiology biomarkers to diagnose cognitive disorders such as MCI, dementia, and pseudo-dementia.

    In this episode we discuss:

    1. What is a concussion and what is a CTE
    2. How can you diagnose a concussion?
    3. What happens to someone after they take regular blows to the head
    4. The truth about the NFL protocol
    5. Evoke Neuroscience , EEG and qEEG
    6. Biomarkers for diagnosing concussions
    7. When can a player return to play after subconcussive impact
    8. Where to go to get a brain scan
    9. How to deal with post traumatic concussion

    You can find more about the scans mentioned here:
    https://evokeneuroscience.com/
    https://evoxbrainmap.com/

    • 39 min

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