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🎙"Let's Talk Brain Health!" is a podcast that delves into the fascinating world of the brain and how it affects our overall health and well-being. Join us as we explore the latest research, cutting-edge technology, and practical tips for enhancing brain function, preventing cognitive decline, and optimizing the health of your brain.

💡Whether you're a health enthusiast, a medical professional, or simply curious about the inner workings of the brain, "Let's Talk Brain Health!" offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to help you optimize your cognitive potential and live your best life. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/virtualbrainhealthcenter/support

🧠 Let's Talk Brain Health‪!‬ Virtual Brain Health Center

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🎙"Let's Talk Brain Health!" is a podcast that delves into the fascinating world of the brain and how it affects our overall health and well-being. Join us as we explore the latest research, cutting-edge technology, and practical tips for enhancing brain function, preventing cognitive decline, and optimizing the health of your brain.

💡Whether you're a health enthusiast, a medical professional, or simply curious about the inner workings of the brain, "Let's Talk Brain Health!" offers a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to help you optimize your cognitive potential and live your best life. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/virtualbrainhealthcenter/support

    Epilepsy, Brain Surgery, and Beyond: Karin's Brain Health Resilience Journey

    Epilepsy, Brain Surgery, and Beyond: Karin's Brain Health Resilience Journey

    In this episode of 'Let's Talk Brain Health,' award-winning executive Karin Bilich shares her personal journey of growing up with epilepsy and undergoing brain surgery at 19 due to a brain tumor. 

    With over 20 years of experience in health communications and health tech, Karin discusses the importance of brain health, the challenges she faced, and strategies for healthy living. 

    She highlights the significance of sleep, stress management, and emerging trends in health technology to support better brain care. 

    Tune in for an inspiring conversation on the life-changing impact of brain health awareness and practices.

    00:00 Introduction to Karin's Journey and Brain Health Mission

    01:24 Karin's Personal Brain Health Story

    01:34 Living with Epilepsy and Brain Surgery Experience

    04:34 Impact of Brain Health on Daily Life and Routine

    07:09 The Importance of Rest and Managing Seizures

    09:02 Driving Healthy Behavioral Change: Karin's Mission

    11:18 Challenges in Health Communication and Behavioral Change

    19:54 Emerging Trends in Health Communication and Technology

    22:38 Rapid Fire Questions and Final Thoughts


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    • 27 min
    Resilience and Mindset: Navigating Life's Challenges with Olivia (Liv) Morris

    Resilience and Mindset: Navigating Life's Challenges with Olivia (Liv) Morris

    In this episode of Let's Talk Brain Health, we welcome Olivia (Liv) Morris, an entrepreneur, marketing consultant, high-performance coach, and the founder of Doctors Living, to discuss the key concepts of resilience and mindset.

    Liv shares her personal journey and the pivotal moment that shaped her understanding of resilience stemming from a crisis during her husband's career as a physician, leading to a broader discussion on the importance of resilience in the healthcare sector and beyond. 

    She draws on her and her husband's experiences to highlight the systemic issues within the healthcare industry and the need for change. Liv further explains resilience as the capacity to overcome challenges and the significance of having a positive mindset to navigate life's hurdles effectively. 

    Through her story, she brings attention to the pressures faced by healthcare professionals, the corporatization of medicine, and the critical nature of resilience and mindset in today's fast-paced and demanding world. 

    The conversation also dives into the differences between resilience and martyrdom, the recent trends of unionization among physicians, and the personal responsibility in cultivating resilience and a supportive mindset for a fulfilling life.

    00:00 Meet Olivia (Liv) Morris: Entrepreneur, Coach, and Healthcare Advocate

    01:13 The Power of Resilience: Liv's Personal Journey

    04:16 Understanding Resilience in Today's World

    07:46 Resilience vs. Martyrdom: Navigating Challenges for Wellbeing

    09:20 The Healthcare Crisis: A Call for Change and Resilience

    27:13 Proactive Steps Towards Mental Resilience

    31:00 Rapid Fire Insights: Books, Brain Care, and Final Thoughts on Resilience




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    • 34 min
    The Fun Habit: Exploring the Science of Fun for Brain Health with Dr. Mike Rucker, Ph.D.

    The Fun Habit: Exploring the Science of Fun for Brain Health with Dr. Mike Rucker, Ph.D.

    In this episode of the Let's Talk Brain Health podcast, Dr. Michael Rucker, Ph.D. discusses the science of fun and its impact on health and wellness. 

    Mike shares his journey from overemphasizing happiness to exploring fun as a means to live a joyful life despite adversities, emphasizing the concept of 'positive valence' or finding pleasure in the moment. 

    Delving into how fun can redefine one's approach to life and work, Dr. Rucker highlights research on the hedonic flexibility principle and emotional flexibility, suggesting that engaging in enjoyable activities can lead to resilience and better mental health outcomes. 

    He offers practical advice on integrating fun into daily routines and addresses common misconceptions, such as the guilt associated with prioritizing personal enjoyment. 

    Final Takeaway- Aim to incorporate fun into your daily life for better brain health. 



    00:00 Introducing Michael Rucker: A Deep Dive into Fun and Brain Health

    00:55 The Science of Fun: Unpacking Positive Psychology

    04:25 Defining Fun and Its Impact on Well-being

    07:45 Fun and the Brain: Exploring Neural Mechanisms

    11:56 Practical Strategies for Integrating Fun into Daily Life

    18:54 Overcoming Misconceptions and Barriers to Fun

    25:12 Personal Insights and the Future of Fun in Society

    31:38 Wrapping Up: Key Takeaways on Fun and Brain Health



    Resources: 


    Learn more in Dr. Rucker’s "The Science of Fun" blog for Psychology Today 


    Explore Dr. Rucker’s website



    Connect with Mike on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram   


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    • 35 min
    Understanding the Neuroscience of Bullying & Its Impact on the Brain: A Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Fraser, Ph.D.

    Understanding the Neuroscience of Bullying & Its Impact on the Brain: A Conversation with Dr. Jennifer Fraser, Ph.D.

    In this episode of the 'Let's Talk Brain Health' podcast, Dr. Jennifer Fraser discusses her book 'The Bullied Brain', exploring the neurological effects of bullying and how it physically alters the brain. 

    She details her interdisciplinary approach, blending neuroscience with social and psychological perspectives to address bullying. She shares case studies and research findings on the brain areas affected by abusive behaviors, emphasizing the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, corpus callosum, and amygdala. 

    Jennifer explains that bullying, even verbal or online, causes visible damage to brain architecture, challenging the misconception that it toughens individuals. She discusses her work on creating safe environments in schools and sports, the disturbing trend of gaslighting, and the crucial role of empathy in societal well-being. 

    This episode aims to shift the narrative around bullying from a dismissive attitude to one informed by neuroscience, advocating for a culture of brain safety.

    00:00 Welcome to Let's Talk Brain Health with Dr. Jennifer Fraser

    00:15 Unveiling the Bullied Brain: Insights from Dr. Fraser's Journey

    01:57 A Deep Dive into the Neuroscience of Bullying

    04:59 Exploring the Brain's Vulnerability and Resilience to Bullying

    12:46 The Power of Brain Health in Overcoming Bullying

    21:24 Case Studies and Future Directions in Bullying Research

    33:36 Rapid Fire Questions: Empowering Insights for Brain Health

    Resources


    Learn more in Dr. Frazer’s “The Bullied Brain” blog featured in Psychology Today 

    Explore Dr. Frazer’s website
     Connect with Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram   



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    • 38 min
    Advocating for Mental Wellness: Johnny Crowder’s Journey of Building a Healthier Brain

    Advocating for Mental Wellness: Johnny Crowder’s Journey of Building a Healthier Brain

    This episode of 'Let's Talk Brain Health' features an inspiring conversation with Johnny Crowder, a certified recovery peer specialist, mental health advocate, and the founder of Cope Notes.

    Crowder shares his personal journey from struggling with severe mental health conditions and surviving abuse to becoming a mental health advocate.

    He explains how art, music, and peer support played significant roles in his recovery, and how studying psychology and neuroscience helped him realize the potential for change in brain health.

    Crowder discusses the inception of Cope Notes, a text-based platform offering daily mental health support, and delves into the science behind its effectiveness in improving mental wellness.

    He emphasizes the importance of seeking help and maintaining patience throughout the recovery process, sharing powerful personal stories and the impact of Cope Notes on its users.

    The episode concludes with Crowder's advice for anyone struggling with their mental health and where to find more information about his work and Cope Notes.

    00:00 Meet Johnny Crowder: A Journey from Survivor to Mental Health Advocate

    01:10 The Power of Art and Music in Coping with Mental Illness

    02:13 Sharing the Brain Story: From Enemy to Best Friend

    04:34 The Long Road to Mental Wellness: Challenges and Triumphs

    07:19 Innovative Therapies and Turning Points in Recovery

    10:50 From Hiding Struggles to Embracing Advocacy

    14:27 Introducing Cope Notes: A Digital Lifeline for Mental Health

    16:49 The Science and Success Behind Cope Notes

    23:57 Advice for Navigating Mental Health Challenges

    29:22 Final Thoughts and Resources for Brain Wellness




    Explore the offer from Cope Notes   
    Learn more about Johnny and his offerings on his website.       
    Connect with Jonny on LinkedIn and Instagram.


    Explore our Season 1: Episode 10 conversation “Navigating Brain Health & Healing: Debbie Hampton’s Story of Brain Recovery and Resilience”


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    • 33 min
    Navigating Integrated Memory Care with Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, DNP

    Navigating Integrated Memory Care with Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, DNP

    In this episode of the Let's Talk Brain Health podcast, we welcome Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, a distinguished gerontology nurse practitioner and professor at Emory University, to discuss the groundbreaking Integrated Memory Care (IMC) program. 

    Carolyn outlines the IMC's unique, nurse-led approach to dementia care, offering comprehensive services for both people living with dementia and their caregivers under one roof. 

    She details the challenges traditional care models present, the formation of the Integrated Memory Care Clinic based on caregiver feedback, and the multidisciplinary team involved in patient care. 

    Carolyn also highlights the importance of caregiver support, provides advice on resources for caregivers, and shares the positive outcomes of the Integrated Memory Care Clinicmodel, such as reduced hospitalizations and improved care. 

    Moreover, she discusses future initiatives, including the adaption of the Integrated Memory Care Clinic model for wider application and studies aimed at further supporting caregivers and patients. 

    The episode concludes with insights for listeners on finding quality dementia care and the potential for expanding this model of care nationally.

    00:00 Welcome Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, DNP

    05:51 The Unique Team Composition of the Integrated Memory Care Clinic

    09:27 Supporting Families and Caregivers in Dementia Care

    15:09 Resources and Recommendations for Caregivers

    18:33 Challenges and Successes in Dementia Care

    21:24 Research, Outcomes, and Future Directions

    30:41 Final Thoughts and Advice for Listeners










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    • 32 min

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PurposeEquation ,

Finally, a way to understand brain health!

Working in senior living for so many years has given me a deep appreciation for cognitive health. But until now, there wasn’t a resource that made this understanding so accessible and digestible to the general public. You take out the fear and complication and help us learn how to live a brain healthy lifestyle with more ease and confidence. Love your show! Thank you!

Sarah2815 ,

Very informative!

I’m glad to hear someone FINALLY talking about brain health, let alone in a matter-of-fact, relatable, and fun way. 12/10 recommend! Thank you, Dr. Culler.

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