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Opening up the conversation to brain health and fitness is empowering. The podcast brings the brain to life to help people empower themselves and their brain using neuroscience. Let's get to know how the brain works using brain science education and simple tools that can assist with calming and strengthening the brain are powerful ways for people to understand their capacity to be strong and resilient. Brain health has become everyone’s business. Professor Bartlett is a neuroscientist and has dedicated the last 25 years to studying the brain. The series of episodes was created to deliver practical tips that drive brain health and fitness. She is a Professor of Neuroscience at Queensland University of Technology and won the Lawrie Austin Award for Neuroscience from the Australian Neuroscience Society. The bottom line after searching for mental health solutions- neuroplasticity, brain imaging and digital technology are going to disrupt the mental health space and everyone will be talking about their brain health in the same way they think about their body with physical trainers and gyms. Please join us in the fun and biggest adventure of our lives. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

THRIVING MINDS Professor Selena Bartlett, Neuroscientist and Group Leader Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity, Translational Research Institute, QUT

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Opening up the conversation to brain health and fitness is empowering. The podcast brings the brain to life to help people empower themselves and their brain using neuroscience. Let's get to know how the brain works using brain science education and simple tools that can assist with calming and strengthening the brain are powerful ways for people to understand their capacity to be strong and resilient. Brain health has become everyone’s business. Professor Bartlett is a neuroscientist and has dedicated the last 25 years to studying the brain. The series of episodes was created to deliver practical tips that drive brain health and fitness. She is a Professor of Neuroscience at Queensland University of Technology and won the Lawrie Austin Award for Neuroscience from the Australian Neuroscience Society. The bottom line after searching for mental health solutions- neuroplasticity, brain imaging and digital technology are going to disrupt the mental health space and everyone will be talking about their brain health in the same way they think about their body with physical trainers and gyms. Please join us in the fun and biggest adventure of our lives. You can teach an old dog new tricks!

    Episode #92. Make your Brain SMARTER with Dr Sandra Chapman. Founder of the Centre for Brain Health, UT Dallas

    Episode #92. Make your Brain SMARTER with Dr Sandra Chapman. Founder of the Centre for Brain Health, UT Dallas

    Making brain health everyone's business with Dr. Sandi Chapman is one of the nation’s preeminent cognitive neuroscientists furthering our understanding of what makes the brain stronger, faster and last longer. She is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan.

    She is committed to democratizing access to brain health strategies and tools to achieve for brain health what has been done for heart health in individuals ages 10 – 100 from all walks of life around the globe. Her work is transforming how we care for our brain before something goes wrong, removing stigma, and elevating brain health with scientifically validated measurements, interventions and practices.

    In her book Make Your Brain Smarter, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman introduces you to the very latest research in brain science and shows you how to tailor a program to strengthen your brain’s capacity to think smarter. In this all-inclusive book,

    Dr. Chapman delivers a comprehensive “fitness” plan that you can use to “exercise” your way to a healthier brain.

    You will find strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, increase productivity, enhance decision-making, and strengthen how your brain works at every age.

    You will discover why memory is not the most important measure of brain capacity, why IQ is a misleading index of brain potential, and why innovative thinking energizes your brain.

    Make Your Brain Smarter is the ultimate guide for keeping your brain fit during each decade of your life.

    She collaborates with researchers and leaders around the world to advance the science of brain health, melding expertise in cognitive neuroscience, brain plasticity, brain imaging, medicine and neuroengineering.

    With more than 50 funded research grants and 200+ peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Chapman directs clinical trials to develop, test and apply novel and multidimensional approaches to build cognitive capacity and well-being, improve life function and enhance supporting brain systems.

    She leads major international efforts to deliver the first-of-its-kind BrainHealth® Index – a composite measure of brain health – to motivate improvement in three broad domains: clarity, resilience, and fortitude.



    https://centerforbrainhealth.org/people/sandra-bond-chapman-phd
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    Episode #100. So excited to celebrate 100 episodes today, a compilation of the best of brain health and fitness minds, the "accidental futurists"

    Episode #100. So excited to celebrate 100 episodes today, a compilation of the best of brain health and fitness minds, the "accidental futurists"

    Today we are celebrating 100 episodes of the Thriving minds podcast.
    It is being listened to in 99 countries, and 2,251 cities.

    The program being produced in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and is across cities in Australia, cities in Canada, France, Norway, Ireland, USA, Serbia, Israel, Balearic Islands, Majorca, Spain to name a few. 
    There are 4 main themes that have arisen from examining the data on what people like to listen to.
    Theme 1.   Episode 100. The accidental futurists bringing the brain health revolution to the people.

    Learn how to tap into the secrets of thriving, health, resilience and grit based in neuroscience from the accidental futurists and how we stumbled into brain health and fitness.
    Theme 2.  Episode 102.  Food and mood and its effects on brain health. 

    There was an overwhelming interest in how sugar and processed food and stress wire the brain and what we can do about it.


    Hope you enjoy a compilation from the Accidental Futurists who are putting the brain health and fitness revolution in motion.

    To keep the Thriving Minds podcast free of ads and sponsors. Please support the podcast using Patreon. It is greatly appreciated.

    https://www.patreon.com/profselenabartlett



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    Episode #81. The Slow Silent Killers hidden in foods and drinks and what we can do about it. Dr James Mueke AM, Lieutenant Governor South Australia, Australian of the Year 2020

    Episode #81. The Slow Silent Killers hidden in foods and drinks and what we can do about it. Dr James Mueke AM, Lieutenant Governor South Australia, Australian of the Year 2020

    Imagine knowing that there are ingredients in food and drinks that  when consumed over time are slowly and silently leading toward type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and in the worst case  blindness.  In this powerful episode with Dr James Muecke AM who is the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia  and an Adelaide-based eye surgeon we discuss how a poor diet is the leading cause of death. The startling understanding that type 2 diabetes may be preventable through changing our diet.  A pivotal moment happened for James when his patient Neil, woke up and was blind in both eyes, as a result of his type 2 diabetes.  Further still, even if you have type 2 diabetes, imagine knowing that it may be possible, in some cases, to change your diet and have remission? 

    James is Australian of the Year for 2020 for his 32 years of humanitarian work. He is using this powerful platform to raise awareness of our poor diet, laden with sugary drinks and ultra-processed foods, which is devastating the health of Australians.  Not only is he improving awareness in Australia through his influence with government and other organisations. He and I discuss how we were both addicted to sugar and what we did to reduce it and improve our health.

    You can learn about what to do about reducing and removing sugar  and other carbohydrates from your diet at www.profselenabartlett.com

    More about Dr James Muecke here.
    He graduated with Honors from Adelaide University Medical School in 1988. Following his internship at Royal Adelaide Hospital, James lived and worked as a volunteer doctor in Kenya in 1989. After completing ophthalmology training in Adelaide in 1995, James worked as an eye surgeon in Jerusalem for 12 months. James furthered his expertise with a Fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He returned to Adelaide in 1998 where he has been a Visiting Consultant and Senior Lecturer at Royal Adelaide Hospital (retired 2020) and Women’s & Children’s Hospital (retired 2016). James established the Ocular Oncology Units at these two centres upon his return. 
    James has taught the diagnosis and management of eye cancer in ten countries in Asia. He founded not-for-profit organization Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in the Aboriginal and mainstream communities of Australia and many of the poorest countries of the world. Sight For All’s comprehensive and sustainable projects are now impacting on the lives of over one million people each year.
    His commitment to social impact and humanitarian endeavors has earnt him a number of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. 
    ·      Degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa), University of Adelaide, 2021
    ·      Australian of the Year, 2020.
    ·      South Australian of the Year, 2019.
    ·      University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019
    ·      Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Australia, Social Category), 2015
    ·      Finalist, Pride of Australia Medal, 2014
    ·      President’s Leadership Award for blindness prevention in developing countries - Australian Medical Association, 2013.
    ·      Rural Health and Wellbeing Award for service to Aboriginal eye health in South Australia, 2012.
    ·      Member of the Order of Australia for the provision of eye health services to Asian and Australian Aboriginal communities, 2012.
    Learn more about Dr James Muecke AM here.
    https://sightforall.org/about/


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    Episode #82. Escape with us to relieve some stress with Sarrah Le Marquand, Chief Editor Stellar and Body and Soul Magazine.

    Episode #82. Escape with us to relieve some stress with Sarrah Le Marquand, Chief Editor Stellar and Body and Soul Magazine.

    There is no doubt, to be human right now is not easy. It is almost impossible not to feel the shift underneath in the world order and the feeling is palpable. For us in Queensland and NSW, this is on top of catastrophic floods, and the pandemic. It is Ok to be human and feel the suffering. It is also OK, to escape for a few minutes into worlds that seem far removed from danger, clean-up, masks, and strife. This is the beauty of creating worlds for others to escape to. 
    Join us today with Sarrah Le Marquand is the founding editor-in-chief of Stellar, the country’s most read Sunday magazine, and also editor-in-chief of Body+Soul, Australia’s leading health media brand. Sarrah is also a weekly panellist on the Today show and is a regular co-host of The Project. She has appeared on Sky News, Q&A, The Drum, Studio 10, The Morning Show, Sunrise and is a frequent guest on ABC Radio. In 2021 she was announced as the first ever ambassador for Women’s Community Shelters, an Australian charity providing crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence. 
    Thank you Sarrah for everything you are doing to help others have some relief.

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    Episode #83 Sharing the cheat codes of life with Kurt Fearnley. He asks of us "Who are we?"

    Episode #83 Sharing the cheat codes of life with Kurt Fearnley. He asks of us "Who are we?"

    In this extraordinary episode with Kurt Fearnley. He asks us to think about who we are?
     Are you the type of person that gives blood once a month.?
    Are you the person that runs next door to help someone in need?
    Are you a paraolympian representing your country?

    At this extraordinary time in history, with the world order changing. What a great time to reflect on this question. 

    Would you stay in Australia to fight if you had to? What does it mean to be Australian?

    All this and more in the episode that left me thinking. Who am I?

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    https://www.kurtfearnley.com/


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    Episode #84. "Mind the Hype". Sharing the open secret about the side effects of mindfulness and meditation with Assoc Professor Nicholas Van Dam.

    Episode #84. "Mind the Hype". Sharing the open secret about the side effects of mindfulness and meditation with Assoc Professor Nicholas Van Dam.

    “Mind the Hype”
    An open secret about the side effects of mindfulness and meditation
    Did you know that mindfulness and meditation can cause sickness and side effects for some people? You may be shocked to read and learn about this. As all the information tends to portray that nothing can go wrong with mindfulness and meditation and every gets better. There have been about many articles published about its benefits, so much so, that sometimes people feel that they are bad for not practicing and now we are discussing how to put these programs into schools. We need to exercise caution because everyone is different. We certainly at the minimum wish to do no harm to anyone. 
     I was quite shocked to learn after reading a paper called “Mind the Hype” about the serious issues from too much mindfulness or that some mental health conditions, are contra-indicated. There are significant negative effects from over-achieving with meditation, in some cases, for example, at worst, psychosis, and can create worse outcomes than before the meditation practice. Today, we are joined on the Thriving Minds podcast by Associate Professor Nicholas Van Dam. Nicholas is the inaugural Director of the Contemplative Studies Centre and Associate Professor in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne who is the author of the paper called “Mind the Hype”. 

    His vision for the Contemplative Studies Centre reflects a desire for inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, and excellence, embedded within a rigorous ethical framework to ensure retention of the ethos of contemplative practices while simultaneously promoting their empirical study.
    Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA), followed by an MA and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY (USA). Upon completing his PhD, Nicholas undertook post-doctoral fellowships in Psychiatry, Clinical Neuroscience and Psychiatric Neuroimaging.
    Nicholas's research program includes exploration of the ways that meditation and mindfulness practices can support wellbeing, as well as improved understanding and treatment of high-prevalence psychiatric disorders (i.e., anxiety, depression, substance use), and is ultimately aimed at better understanding the human condition. He focuses on finding ways to mitigate maladaptive functioning and increase adaptive functioning.
     He has expertise in decision-making processes in psychiatric disorders, introspection and insight of self-concept via meditation research, and combines his extensive academic expertise in contemplative practice with an interest and understanding of the complex ethical, social and systemic issues associated with the 'hype, hope and reality' of meditation and mindfulness research and practice.
    https://www.nicholastvandam.com/
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