Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain- For Life

Brain Maker

Debilitating brain disorders are on the rise-from children diagnosed with autism and ADHD to adults developing dementia at younger ages than ever before. But a medical revolution is underway that can solve this problem: Astonishing new research is revealing that the health of your brain is, to an extraordinary degree, dictated by the state of your microbiome – the vast population of organisms that live in your body and outnumber your own cells ten to one. What’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of brain-related conditions.

In his latest book Brain Maker, the New York Times # 1 bestselling author of Grain Brain uncovers the powerful role of gut bacteria in determining your brain’s destiny. Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become “sick,” and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain’s destiny for the better. With simple dietary recommendations and a highly practical program of six steps to improving gut ecology, BRAIN MAKER opens the door to unprecedented brain health potential.

Join me and David Perlmutter Wednesday, May 6, at 8PM EST as we discuss Brain Maker, brain disorders, and how to open the door to brain health. Register now for this free program and receive an email reminder 3 hours before the show. http://adbn.co/1BKY8dw

Reboot Your Brain Event: Neuroscience of Sleep is Today

Reboot Your Brain

The Reboot Your Brain Free Online Summit started on Monday and is capturing the interest of people worldwide learning cutting edge ways to upgrade their brains!

My session Neuroscience of Sleep starts TODAY, Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 Pacific. Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. If you are one of them please join me. I’ll explain why you may not be sleeping at night and will give you neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

There’s still time to register and listen for free! The broadcast will be available for 24 hours. 

NEUROSCIENCE OF SLEEP

Alex Doman

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 starting at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Having trouble with your sleep? Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, explains exactly why you can’t sleep at night and gives us neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

– See more at: http://rebootyourbrainevent.com/event-page/#sthash.bdk0ram4.dpuf

If you hurry you may still be able to still catch Dr. Rory Stern’s session on ADHD. Also, watch for Dr. Siegfried Othmer discussing Neurofeedback this Friday the 18th! All the other presenters are amazing, but these two are friends for whom I have immense respect, so I wanted to make sure you knew about them.

Thank you to Brain Pages and Erin Matlock for organizing this event and inviting me to contribute. What a gift!

Please comment here or on Facebook after listening to my session if you have any thoughts or questions!

Q&A Working Memory and BrainBuilder

There was such a great response to yesterday’s program on the use of BrainBuilder® for working memory training at the 2010 ADHD Awareness Expo we are following it up with a Q&A this afternoon!

This is a great opportunity to find out answers to any questions about working memory training and BrainBuilder® as a complementary approach to helping people with ADHD.

Questions are now being accepted and I will begin answering them today at 4:00 pm Eastern.

Please submit your questions now and listen live at 4:00 Eastern.

You also have the option to listen live over the telephone.

Phone # to Dial: 617-449-7724      |            Use Conf ID: 637060#

Please note: Long Distance telephone charges may apply.

2010 ADHD Awareness Expo-Working Memory Training

The first Virtual ADHD Expo launched yesterday and is running through the end of this week.

This event is organized by ADHD expert  Dr. Rory Stern and ADHD Coach Tara McGillicudy.

Tomorrow Rory and Tara will host a discussion with Dr. Paul Cates and myself titled:

ADHD Treatment Success: Using BrainBuilder® Software for Working Memory Training

This discussion will center on issues with diagnosis differentiation, medication, “attention windows”, IQ, and treatment focusing on early research results using Advanced Brain Technologies BrainBuilder® software to help people diagnosed with ADHD.  I hope you will be able to join us tomorrow, September 15th for this dynamic conversation!

About the 2010 ADHD Awareness Expo

ADHD is greatly misunderstood. People are held back because they are asked to march to a drum that doesn’t beat for them.  In recognition of ADHD awareness week here in the US, I’d like you to join us for the first ever Virtual ADHD Awareness Expo. You’ll get access to the experts from the comfort of your own home, all week long, when it is convenient for you.

Register today for free and get access to presentations, demonstrations, and the latest information from leading experts, authors, and companies serving the ADHD community.

ADHD or Auditory Processing Disorder in Disguise?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) if six or more symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity-impulsivity have persisted for at least six months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level, a child or adult may be diagnosed with ADHD. Depending on the symptom combination, this could be further classified as inattentive, hyperactive, combined type, or not otherwise specified (NOS).     

This diagnosis often leads to a treatment regime including medication such as Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Strattera, among others.  If medication doesn’t work parents may turn to behavioral management techniques, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, neurofeedback, and school accommodations. An integrated treatment approach is generally best. ADHD symptom management can be an exasperating experience for both parent and child.   

What many parents and professionals may not recognize is that something else may be going on. Many of the symptoms of ADHD are shared with an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).  There is parallel situation with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  If it looks like, talks like, and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. Right? Not necessarily…

Staying with the ADHD/APD link children with APD may struggle to block out background noise, follow conversations, are often fidgety and distractible. They may have difficulty following directions, keeping themselves organized, experience auditory working memory deficits, and have challenges understanding instructions or conversations. Problems with language, reading, academic performance, peer relationships, and self-confidence are also part of the APD profile. Sound familiar? Simply put, auditory processing is what the brain does with what it hears. This is something I understand quite well having spent a good deal of my childhood and teen years with some of these challenges.  

Children with APD are frequently lost in the cracks, in large part because auditory processing disorders are not yet well known and are not included in the DSM.  How many children have an auditory processing disorder? Estimates range from as low as 3% to as high as 20%. An accurate number is difficult to determine due to lack of professional understanding, co-morbidity, and the plain fact that it looks a lot like ADHD and can co-exist with it. 

The APD brain has difficulty taking in, storing, processing, and understanding sounds and words. Imagine listening to a radio station that is not quite tuned to the channel frequency. You can hear part of a song through the noise, but miss a lot of it, perhaps without even realizing. The brain has a tough time filling in the missing pieces, so the song may not make sense.  We have all experienced this at one time or another.

Ever listen to and even sing a song thinking the lyrics are one thing, later to find they are different? I love Johnny Cash, Ring Of  Fire is one of my favorite songs. Here is a great example of a misheard lyric, “I fell in like a child on fire”. Real lyric,”I fell into a burning ring of fire”. See, it’s easy to do! Trouble is, with APD this happens in conversations, when listening to instructions in the classroom, or trying to follow directions at home. This is just one illustration.

What looks a lot like ADHD can be APD. Diagnosis is made by an audiologist using a specific assessment battery, rather than relying on symptoms alone. An accurate diagnosis can be made starting at age 7.  Parents often ask if APD is a hearing problem, in most cases hearing is fine, the brain just doesn’t understand what it hears. Often the difficulty includes filtering out background sounds and even experiencing pain or discomfort with exposure to certain sounds, which can lead to distractibility. Auditory distractions have a major impact on attention, taking a student’s attention away from what they are trying to or should be focusing on in the classroom.     

Is it ADHD or auditory processing disorder in disguise? If APD, what are the causes, and most effective strategies and treatments?

This is what will be explored in my teleconference with psychologist and ADHD expert Dr. Rory Stern, this Monday, June 1st at 9:00 PM EDT.

Please sign up for your FREE VIP Seat for The Ear-Brain Connection: The Role of Auditory Processing in Attention, one of 12 interviews in the online ADHD Family Summit by clicking here http://www.adhdfamilyonline.com/public/244.cfm?affID=ABT2009 .