Episode #216 - with Dr. Daniel G. Amen


In Episode #216 Ari interviews Dr Daniel Amen: the man who’s scanned more brains than anyone else in the world. Daniel’s a psychiatrist with a background in medical imaging who believes that the health of your brain is physical, social, and spiritual as well as mental. He’s the author of The 7 Types of ADD, and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. Tune in to learn more about Daniel’s work, and find out how to make your brain function better.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 15:22 – Welcoming Daniel to the show
  • 15:43 – Daniel was an infantry medic in Vietnam and retrained as an x-ray technician
  • 16:16 – Was inspired by the potential of psychiatry to change people’s lives
  • 17:20 – Has developed a database of 120,000 brain scans
  • 17:27 – “You’re not stuck with the brain you have...you can make it better”
  • 19:00 – How large a part of Daniel’s process is the Spec Scan?
  • 20:20 – Health is physical, mental, social and spiritual
  • 21:20 – Psychiatry needs to look at damage to the brain as a physical organ
  • 22:20 – “I originally trained as a marital therapist”
  • 23:30 – Daniel scanned the brains of his most troubled couple: “It helped so much”
  • 24:30 – Many problems have physical causes - for instance, toxoplasmosis
  • 25:30 – “We should be analysing and rehabilitating criminals...let’s invest in making people effective”
  • 26:26 – Daniel started looking at ADD when he was a child psychiatrist
  • 27:30 – “All psychiatric illnesses are not single or simple disorders” - like physical symptoms, they have multiple causes and need different treatments
  • 30:20 – “Everybody’s ADD is different”
  • 30:45 – “I don’t like fighting with people...my colleagues hate what I’m doing and it used to really trouble me.”
  • 32:00 – What’s Daniel’s treatment methodology?
  • 33:20 – Treatments range from nutrition supplements, to education, to medication
  • 35:58 – How much of Daniel’s work is corrective and how much is optimisation?
  • 37:05 – Daniel and his wife are starting a new course: “The Brain Warrior’s Way”
  • 39:09 – “We’d love to see entrepreneurs get really serious about the health of their brains”
  • 30:20– Top 3 Tips to be More Effective:
    • Improve the quality of your decisions
    • Never let yourself get hungry
    • Make sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Visit the Amen Clinics website for more information

Key Points:

  • When your brain is healthy, you are healthy
  • Health is simultaneously physical, social, mental, and spiritual: ‘mental illness’ can have physical or social causes
  • You can make your brain function better by making the right decisions: fight to keep it healthy with good nutrition, sleep, and stimulation
  • Psychiatric illness, like physical illness, is complicated: different treatments work for different people

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