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.        

 

Full Access to inTime Video Series

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During the launch of inTime earlier this year we were very honored to have The Rockefeller University host us in their Science and Lecture Series for inTime: Intercultural Rhythms, Music, Sound and Science.

The event was a panel discussion with fellow inTime producers Sheila Allen, Nacho Arimany and me, moderated by neuroscientist Dr. Kamran Fallahpour. Following the panel inTime music composer and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany treated us to an incredible concert of his original world-music compositions.

Why am I sharing this with you now? Well, our friends at Ferro Productions and Attitude Post filmed and edited the event into a 15 part video series for us at Advanced Brain Technologies. And I’m thrilled to share it is now available with full access for your online viewing!

You can watch the Introductions (Part 1) here, then go on to view the other 14 parts at your leisure!

I certainly hope you enjoy the series and learning more about inTime , a rhythm-based music listening method developed to influence brain performance and to stimulate changes in focus, rhythm & time, and stress response.

Mystery of Sleep Discovered?

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For eons, scientists and philosophers have mused on the subject of why people sleep. We know that sleep is vital to our physical, emotional, and cognitive health, yet the neural mechanisms responsible for the restorative qualities of sleep have not been well understood.

New research from the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York suggest one answer to the mystery why we sleep? 

It turns out the brain performs its house cleaning while we catch our nightly zzz’s, clearing out metabolic waste products of neural activity.  Another great reason for sleep!

Watch the cleaning in action. 

Read more on BBC News.

journal Science Abstract- Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain

REBOOT YOUR BRAIN- Neuroscience for Better Sleep

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My friend Erin Matlock, and the team at Brain Pages, have created a unique, life-changing online event called REBOOT YOUR BRAIN. Over 20 premier researchers, physicians, psychologists, authors and experts will show you cutting edge ways to UPGRADE YOUR BRAIN.

The event starts October 14th.  I’m honored to be included among the esteemed panel of presenters discussing Neuroscience for Better Sleep on Day 3. Are you or a loved one among the over 40 million American adults suffering from a chronic sleep disorder? If so, please join me as I explain why it may be you can’t sleep at night. I’ll also be providing neuroscience based recommendations for catching some healthy zzz’s.

And the best part is — the event is completely FREE to everyone who registers.
Check out this list of speakers and reserve your spot right now!

Do Drum Rhythms Affect Brain Rhythms?

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Today is Mickey Hart’s birthday, and now at 70 years young he shows no signs of slowing!

In July I shared a bit about “Drum Ki” his fine art collection that utilizes sophisticated technology to create a new medium translating rhythm to visual art. The image you see above “The Sermon” is part of this collection and hangs on my office wall as a daily reminder about the meaning of rhythm in our lives.

Now not only can you see Mickey Hart’s rhythmic art, but the brain that creates it. Watch the Grateful Dead Drummer’s brain scanned with an EEG while he plays drums!  UCSF neuroscientist Adam Gassaley is working with Hart to investigate if enhancing someone’s sense of timing might improve their cognition. VIDEO– Learn more in this ABC News report.

Research has shown that music training improves the brain’s ability to recognize, perceive, and make time sensitive movements such as speech production.  Do drum rhythms affect brain rhythms? The answer is yes. This is a core sonic principle called entrainment which I wrote about in Healing at the Speed of Sound with my co-author Don Campbell. What we don’t yet understand is to what extent, and all the mechanisms involved. There is much left to learn.

We have our own brain rhythm project happening at Advanced Brain Technologies, now five years in the making. Currently we are conducting research via a preliminary clinical trial in which children and adults listen to specially created rhythmic music twice daily through headphones to explore what kind of neurological changes may come using qualitative and psychometric measures. We are eager to see the outcomes. Given our efforts in applied music cognition research we are also excited to learn what will come from the Hart/Gassaley collaboration.

Music, medicine for a new age?

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Music is an ancient healing modality, with rhythm and melody often being where we instinctively turn to relieve our pain and suffering. In my twenty years in the field of applied music effects research there has been a groundswell of interest on the impact of music as a method to improve our health and well being. I have written extensively about this in Healing at the Speed of Sound®.

Mona Lisa Chanda and Daniel Levitin of McGill University just published an article (pdf) in Trends in Neuroscience exploring the neurochemistry of music. I’ve just started to read their review so can’t comment on their conclusions at this point. But, I thought I’d share the article with you so you too have the opportunity to explore their findings.  You might also enjoy an article from io9   summarizing their research; including the four areas they identified where music can help, as well as the four primary neuro-chemical systems involved with music. Can Music Be More Effective Than Drugs?

As a producer of therapeutic music programs, I’m an advocate for the power of the right music to facilitate immense life change. It can function as a “wonder drug” affecting mechanisms involved with cognition, emotion, stress and sleep regulation, learning, auditory perception, and on.

What do you think— is music medicine for a new age?