Ep. 340: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction: An Interview with Maia Szalavitz; Author of Unbroken Brain

Today the Train Your Brain Podcast welcomes special guest Maia Szalavitz onto the show. Maia has spent decades researching addiction recovery and is the author of Unbroken Brain.

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Dr. Trayford and Maia Szavalitz discuss these revolutionary shifts in understanding addiction. The first step is seeing addiction as a learning or neuro-developmental disorder. Continue reading

Ep. 339: The Transformative Power of Mindfulness: An interview with Cory Muscara

Train Your Brain Podcast welcomes special guest Cory Muscara onto the show today to discuss mindfulness and mediation. Cory spent 6 months practicing meditation 14 hours a day as a Buddhist monk in South East Asia. Cory is the founder of The Long Island Center for Mindfulness. He is a teacher, speaker and coach, and he’s here with us today to spread the word about the power of mindfulness

Dr. Trayford and Cory Muscara begin discussing why we find it so difficult to sit quietly. For some of us, busy individuals and multi-taskers, it may be quite a shock to the system to sit still and do nothing, attempt to think nothing. As we do engage in mediation we will essentially experience the startling stillness of stepping off of an airport walking conveyor belt. The nervous system is not used to stopping.

Mediation practice should be accompanied by therapy in many cases, as tapping into mindfulness may revisit any form of trauma that may have been stored at the cellular level in the body. Continue reading

Ep. 338: Childhood Developmental Disorders and Their Influence on Learning and Behavior in Adulthood: An Interview with Dr. Robert Melillo

Train Your Brain Podcast is proud to bring you a fascinating interview today with Dr. Robert Melillo: clinician, educator, researcher, author and trail-blazer. He is the hardest working man in childhood neuro-developmental disorders and a friend and mentor to Dr. Trayford for better part of 20 years.

Dr. Trayford and Dr. Melillo begin their discussion on neuro-
developmental disorders by addressing the largest influencers. These can be pre-natal, genetic, nutritional, environmental, etc. At birth the brain is still not yet fully developed and so these factors, we’re learning, play a major role in disorders than may present much later in life.

For example, certain regions of the brain involved addictive tendencies correspond to some of these factors like sugar, technology and lack of impulse control. As we compare these effects in children and adults we are able to learn more and more about causes. Perhaps most relevenatly, Neuro-scientists are studying links in childhood medications and later adulthood additions. Continue reading

Ep. 337: Addiction Recovery – The Power of Behavioral Change: An Interview With Todd Weatherly, Treatment Consultant

After a long hiatus, the Train Your Brain Podcast has finally returned and will now be releasing on a bi-weekly schedule. In Episode 337, Dr. Michael Trayford and Jason Pyles the producer welcome special guest Treatment Consultant Todd Weatherly (pictured at right) to discuss Addiction Recovery, the Power of Behavioral Change. You can learn more at Weatherly & Associates and Widening Circles. And at the end of the show, we bring you tip No. 337 is “Get Back on the Horse.”

Don’t forget our seminar on October 14-15, 2017. And be sure to check out our addiction recovery alternatives ebook.

If you have any concerns regarding the information and applications discussed in this podcast, please consult your physician and a doctor who is experienced in functional neurology. Michael Trayford DC, DACNB is available for consultation by calling (828) 708-5274. Continue reading

Ep. 336 – Program Your Mind to Trigger Your Memory

Today is Episode 336 of the Train Your Brain Podcast! Welcome to our show! Today Dr. Trayford lets Jason Pyles the producer share a brain training tip. Jason’s tip is to program your mind to trigger your memory. This can help you to better remember those things you need to do. If you think you might forget something tell yourself something like this for example: “once I touch or see this specific thing, it will remind me to do this other certain thing.” Repeat it in your head and visualize it 10 times. This can be a real life saver! Thanks for listening!

To discover some simple techniques for memory improvement use this URL: memory.apexbraincenters.com/6weeks-registration

For your own free copy of Dr. Trayford’s E-book visit Apex Brain Centers.com. Continue reading

Ep. 335 – Pay a Visit to an Old Friend

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Today is Episode 335 of the Train Your Brain Podcast! Welcome to our show! Today Dr. Trayford shares a brain training tip that will also warm your heart. The tip is to visit an old friend. This can really give you a dopamine rush. It’s good for your ‘soul” and it brings a sense of connection and identification. Just try it and you’ll feel a lift. Your memories will be ignited and that stimulates the brain for sure. Thanks for listening!

To discover some simple techniques for memory improvement use this URL: memory.apexbraincenters.com/6weeks-registration

For your own free copy of Dr. Trayford’s E-book visit Apex Brain Centers.com. Continue reading

Ep. 334 – Know Your Numbers: Neurotransmitters

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Welcome to Episode 334 of the Train Your Brain Podcast! Today Dr. Trayford teaches us about Neurotransmitters. This brain training tip can help you know what is produced after chemical reactions occur within your body. This is good to see signs of things your body might be telling you. Thanks for listening!

To discover some simple techniques for memory improvement use this URL: memory.apexbraincenters.com/6weeks-registration

For your own free copy of Dr. Trayford’s E-book visit Apex Brain Centers.com. Continue reading

Ep. 333 – Get in the Pool: Brain Benefits of Swimming

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Today is Episode 333 of the Train Your Brain Podcast! Welcome to our show! Today Dr. Trayford gives us the braining training tip to get in the pool! The benefits of swimming are universally accepted. Swimming is more beneficial than most other types of exercise. It is easy on the joints and is great for cardio and muscle tone, but did you know that swimming can help make you smarter, too? Being in water changes your brain’s blood flow. Isn’t that fascinating? It makes sense that weightlessness would ease the brain! Thanks for listening and go get in a pool today.

To discover some simple techniques for memory improvement use this URL: memory.apexbraincenters.com/6weeks-registration

For your own free copy of Dr. Trayford’s E-book visit Apex Brain Centers.com. Continue reading

Ep. 332 – Curcumin: Solid Gold

Welcome to Episode 332 of the Train Your Brain Podcast! Today Dr. Trayford has a great brain training tip in the form of a supplement you can take. Curcumin is an antioxidant anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-cancer nutrient that will really help your brain and body function more smoothly and be balanced. Thanks for listening!

To discover some simple techniques for memory improvement use this URL: memory.apexbraincenters.com/6weeks-registration

For your own free copy of Dr. Trayford’s E-book visit Apex Brain Centers.com. Continue reading

Ep. 331 – Block Blue Light

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Today is Episode 331 of the Train Your Brain Podcast! Welcome to our show! Today Dr. Trayford teaches us about how certain kinds of light affect our brain. Blue light mimics daylight and tricks out bodies into thinking it’s daytime and this can cause issues for your sleep patterns. Blue light suppresses Melatonin which helps us get to sleep, so that is definitely something you don’t want to be exposing yourself to! Thanks for listening!

To discover some simple techniques for memory improvement use this URL: memory.apexbraincenters.com/6weeks-registration

For your own free copy of Dr. Trayford’s E-book visit Apex Brain Centers.com. Continue reading