Ep. 345: The BMX Brain: An Interview with Leigh Ramsdell

Leigh Ramsdell

Welcome to the Train Your Brain Podcast with Dr. Michael Trayford. Today Dr. Trayford talks with Leigh Ramsdell about the importance of safety during extreme sports. Thanks for tuning in!

Let’s dive in! Dr. Trayford interviews Pro BMX rider, Leigh Ramsdell, about his personal experience with repetitive concussions and how they gradually impacted his life over the years. They discuss recognition of his long-term concussion symptoms, alternative care he and his wife sought for them, return to normal function, and why members of the extreme sports community should not wait on addressing ANY head injury.

They’ve both noticed positive changes in the past decade in the way sports communities are handling head injuries. It wouldn’t have been uncommon, in the past, to see a player jump back in the game, or to see a rider jump back on their bike mere minutes after a knock out. Ramsdell encourages athletes to speak up about their injuries and get proper care as extreme sports is still suffering from a culture of non-reporting of head injuries.

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Ep. 344: The Man Behind Rezzimax: An Interview With Sharik Peck

In this episode we are discussing Sharik Peck’s natural treatment for migraines, TMJ, sinus congestion, TBI, pain, anxiety, and more. The Rezzimax Pain Tuner uses specific and gentle vibration frequencies to stimulate the body to right its neurological and muscular imbalances. As we often see, nature gives us precious answers for our human health struggles.

A cat’s purr or even our own humming or gargling activate the vagus nerve. Sharik has harnessed that power to ease pain in the body and in the mind. Dr. Trayford and Sharik also discuss the benefits of Rezzimax training on cortisol levels and so much more.



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Ep. 343: Caregiver Self-Care: A Conversation With Laura Grant

We’re following up with Laura and Jon Grant to discuss Jon’s incredible progress recovering from his traumatic brain injury and to hear from Laura how caregivers can manage their own self care.

She has so much wisdom to share with any caregiver. The emotional burden on the brain of the caregiver is not-surprisingly, quite similar to the signs of actual trauma we see in the individual with the TBI. Overall, Laura and Jon have been able to persevere and grow stronger and happier together as they prioritize love and quality of life.


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Ep. 342: Navigating Brain Injury: A conversation with Laura Grant

There is no “How To” book on caring for someone with brain injury once the hospital and rehab facilities are behind you. Laura Grant, wife of Navy Seal and TBI survivor Jon Grant, talks candidly with Dr. Trayford on how she found Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine. Two modalities that have been the focal point of Jon’s long-term recovery. As Jon’s primary caregiver, she has been the driving force in his miraculous recovery this far. Hear valuable advice and tips from both Caregiver and Doctor on what to expect during the recovery process; and, what valuable resources are available to you when most would have you believe recovery is no longer possible.


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Ep. 341: How Exercise Can Transform Your Brain. An Interview With Dr. John Ratey, Author of Spark

Today the Train Your Brain Podcast welcomes very special guest Dr. John Ratey, MD onto the show.

Dr. Ratey is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He’s the author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

Dr. Ratey has been promoting exercise as a cognitive tool for over 30 years. He explains that physical activity is a positive stressor to the brain and body. It’s only when we challenge and stretch ourselves that we can grow. The neuroscience around exercise is overwhelmingly supportive. Main examples include increased production in the Hippocampus and increased production of Gaba.

Dr. Trayford and Dr. Ratey discuss the Naperville Experience to illustrate the effects of exercise on academics where physically active students in Illinois are outscoring there peers all over the world.

Additionally, this podcast covers in depth the connections between exercise and Anxiety, Depression, Addiction Recovery, Longevity, and Heart Health. Thank you for joining us for this fascinating and important topic. Continue reading

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!

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