Autism: Identifying the Biochemical Fingerprint

 

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A few years back I was introduced to a physician by a mutual friend, Kristin Selby Gonzales. Kristin is mom to Jaxson who is diagnosed with autism, and Chairman of Autism Hope Alliance , a non-profit doing great work in the field, and whose advisory board I proudly serve on. The three of us shared a panel discussion on autism treatment and recovery at the Natural Product Expo West. That doctor was Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP, FMAP. After hearing his personal story as a father with two children with autism, who switched from a family medical practice to biomedical research and treatment to help other families whose lives are touched by autism and other pediatric special needs, I gained an instant respect and appreciation for this man. I’ve tracked his work closely since and want to share what he has been up to with parents and health professionals, so I’ve invited him as my guest on TLP Radio tomorrow.

Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that autism is often characterized by complex abnormalities such as oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, certain genetic abnormalities, exposure(s) to environmental toxicants, immunological abnormalities, infections, and in some cases, developmental regression and seizures. These abnormalities may contribute to the symptoms of autism, such as sleep problems, obsessive behavior, speech delay, impaired social interaction, self-stimulatory behavior, hyperactivity, inattention, and abnormal gastrointestinal findings.  Many children with autism have a unique combination of these abnormalities and may possess some or all of these problems simultaneously. The early identification of these abnormalities helps clinicians and parents to choose the most effective treatment options.  Dr. Rossignol’s aim is to identify the unique biochemical abnormalities that each individual possesses (e.g., the biochemical fingerprint) and works to create the most effective treatments for these abnormalities using evidence-based medicine principles.

Join me and Dr. Dan Rossignol on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast tomorrow, April 1st at 8PM Eastern as we discuss the latest biomedical research on autism, his approach toward individualized treatment, and efforts to prepare other medical professionals to deliver the best possible care to children with autism through the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). Register for an email reminder and submit a question for my esteemed guest.

 

BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease?

Max Lugavere

Filmmaker and media personality Max Lugavere recently crushed his $75,000 goal on kickstarter, raising over $130,000 to produce a first of it’s kind documentary that explores the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health. Based on the results of his fundraising efforts with 1,748 backers including myself, I’d say people want to see BREAD HEAD: How do we prevent America’s most feared disease come to fruition.

Because changes in the brain begin decades before Alzheimer’s symptoms, the absolute best way we can move the needle on this disease is through minimizing risk when it matters most. Max Lugavere is directing this project which includes interviews with David Perlmutter, MD, and many other thought leaders working to help prevent and treat this and other devastating neurodegenerative diseases.

Join me and Max Lugavere on TLP Radio and Podcast tomorrow, March 4th at 8PM EST as we discuss Alzheimers, the BREAD HEAD documentary, and how you can take control of your brain health. Register for an email reminder.

 

Neuroscience, Personalized Medicine and Faith

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Did you catch my discussion with neurologist Jay Lombard on The Listening Program® Radio a couple weeks ago?

It was a fascinating conversation. And, you can enjoy the podcast here.

About the program

Neuroscience provides amazing insights into the complex biology of the human brain, but can it do more? Is neuroscience also a gateway to inner being? And, can there be common ground between neuroscience and faith that are not mutually exclusive?  Both science and religion seek truth and meaning, and Dr. Jay Lombard postulates that science plus faith equals consciousness. In this episode of TLP Radio Alex Doman and his guest neurologist and author Jay Lombard explore Dr. Lombard’s fascinating career, how the personalized medicine research he is doing at Genomind is improving lives, and the intersection of neuroscience and faith.

This program will help you to understand

  • What is personalized medicine?
  • How genetic and biological markers can inform psychiatric treatments.
  • What is consciousness?
  • And much more…

Coming Attractions

Happy to share my guest for TLP Radio on March 4th. Max Lugavere is a TV personality and the filmmaker behind the coming documentary BREAD HEAD: Can we prevent America’s most feared disease. The Kickstarter campaign for BREAD HEAD has been a massive success and happens to end today.        

 

Music, the Brain and Therapeutic Results

 

Concetta Tomaino

It’s a New Year and time for the first episode of The Listening Program® Radio for 2015! And, I’m elated to share that Dr. Concetta M. Tomaino will be my guest tomorrow, Wednesday, January 7th from 8:00-9:00 PM Eastern to discuss Music, the Brain and Therapeutic Results.

Dr. Tomaino is executive director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation including decades of clinical work with the acclaimed neurologist and best-selling author Dr. Oliver Sacks. The recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association, Concetta is one of the pioneers in the field of music therapy.

If you share my fascination with the profound ways music can improve the human condition I invite you to join us for this free call. You can register here and receive a program reminder before the show. 

More about the program

What does contemporary neuroscience tell us about music and the brain? How do these findings support clinical applications of music therapy in child development as well as recovery or maintenance of function in adults with brain injuries?  Drawing from research and her extensive clinical work, many chronicled by Dr. Oliver Sacks, Dr. Tomaino provides an overview of music and the brain and shares evidence for the efficacy of clinical applications of music in stroke rehabilitation, enhanced function in Parkinson’s disease and improved memory and quality of life in those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Join Alex Doman and his guest Concetta Tomaino for insights into music and the brain. This program will help you understand:

  • How is music used in therapy?
  • What is music therapy?
  • What are some of the clinical applications of music to help those with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke? Children with developmental delays?
  • How is the field of neuroscience helping inform the field of music therapy?

 

Psychoacoustic Music

Alex Doman:

I found this to be an interesting and in-depth review of our Sleep Genius mobile apps which emphasizes the strength of the collaboration between the creators of our novel sleep technology.

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by: Wan

It’s not hard to miss the days when we get to wake up whenever we want, refreshed and relaxed in bed while a warm and soft blanket covers you. Nowadays, the first thing that greets us when we wake is our own blaring alarm, reminding us to get ready to go to school or work, and we would get up, stumbling and staggering about, groggy from the lack of sleep. Such is the life of high school and college students everywhere. However, what if grogginess never appeared? How would you like to wake up everyday feeling refreshed and awake even if you didn’t get enough hours of sleep? An app called Sleep Genius can provide you with that opportunity. Using a combination of binaural beats and soft acoustic music, Sleep Genius provides users a smooth transition from sleep to a state of awakening. Though the concept of binaural…

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Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

As a parent to 3 boys, two of whom are adolescents, I’m equally fascinated and perplexed by the inner workings of their minds. To help unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain I’ve invited New York Times Bestselling Author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, M.D. for an interview on The Listening Program® Radio to explore the teenage brain. According to Dr. Siegel if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another. Sounds good to me. If you agree, please join us for this free call Wednesday, December 3rd, at 8:00pm Eastern. Register here to receive a program reminder.

More about the program

In The New York Times Bestseller Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel illuminates how brain development impacts adolescent behavior and relationships from ages 12-24. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he explores exciting ways in which understanding how the teenage brain functions can help parents make what is in fact an incredibly positive period of growth, change, and experimentation in their children’s lives less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide. Join host Alex Doman and his guest Daniel Siegel for an enlightening conversation about the teenage brain. This program will help you;

  • Identify changes in the teenage brain responsible for increased risk taking
  • Outline how integration in the brain during adolescence promotes gist thinking
  • Name 4 essential aspects of adolescence
  • Describe an integrated relationship

Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory

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Perhaps you saw the viral video that was going around in the summer of 2012. It featured an elderly gentleman in a nursing home, coming alive through listening to music from his era as if it was manna from heaven. I posted about Henry’s Music back then not knowing that two years later a social worker named Dan Cohen, the man responsible for giving the gift of music to Henry would be my guest on The Listening Program® Radio.

That video was a clip from the production of Alive Inside, the 2014 Sundance Audience Award winning documentary, which brings attention to the work of nonprofit Music & Memory, which promotes the use of music to transform the lives of elders in nursing homes and at their own home regardless of cognitive or physical limitations. This captivating and touching film profiles Henry and other aging elders who are caught in the shattering grip of dementia, but who find light and hope through the beautiful sounds of personal music.

Join me and my guest Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory for what is sure to be an inspiring conversation on The Listening Program Radio Monday, October 6th at 8 pm Eastern.

Register here to receive an email reminder before the free call.



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