I am deeply impressed with the insights behind the work of Ruth Buczynski,
Ph.D., founder of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of
Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). Below are two screen pictures from their
website describing their recent series of talks on Brain Science, and the
upcoming one on Treating Trauma. Clicking on the pictures will take you to
those pages and the excellent videos about insights into behavior and
treatment. [Note: Below those is a video about Dr. Porges' presentation,
and also a link to a recent
disclosure of the value of laboratory testing to guide targeted
nutritional supplementation to protect from a devastating "obvious"
Access to interview series:
Extra: See picture below of The Road to
Recovery--Inside the Warrior Mindset.
Click there [or
here] to register to watch the video introduction about how the
Warrior Mindset is a wakeup call to all of us about how we can see life
1. New Brain Science interviews, 2011. Introducing New Brain Science. [link
to video]. See more below. I feature that one because the picture
includes my comment posted on their online foerum.
2. New Brain Science interviews, 2012. "How Brain Science is Changing the
3. Treating Trauma's Wounds interviews [link
to video]. See more below.
Added January 2014: Here is an interview in January 2014
of Dr. Daniel Siegel by Dianne Rehm; "Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of
the Teenage Brain" --
click here for WAMU interview. Extra: Dr. Siegel's index page for that
and other excellent interviews:
The video below is a detailed presentation by NICABM lecturer Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., to the School of Personal Growth at Google University.
His work is a superb explanation of what the Mind is. [his site]
about the brain and the mind and regulating health. We are hard-wired for
Relationships. Our mind can be used to change the brain's way of
functioning. [Also see: Dr. Siegel's
"Wheel of Awareness" audio sessions.)
1. New Brain Science: You are
invited to visit the pages on Dr. Buczynski's site and watch Dr. Buczynski describe the very
important findings that were discussed in the interviews.
Purchasing access to the archived sets of spectacular interviews:
The different series of excellent interviews are available for instant
access, including downloadable transcripts of the presentations;
instructions are on those pages.
From 2011 Interviews with New Brain Science Leaders:
Norman Doidge, M.D.: The Neuroplasticity Revolution and
Its Implications for Health Practitioners--The Brain that Changes Itself
Dan Siegel, M.D.: Why Relationships Are so Critical to
the Developing Mind
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.: Guiding Self-Directed
Neuroplasticity: A Mindfulness Investigation
John Ratey, M.D.: Exercise and the Neuroplasticity
John Arden, Ph.D.: Rewire the Brain: Think Your Way to
A Better Life
Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.: Epigenetics: The New Frontier of
When you sign up for access to the archived
interviews, bonus interviews are currently available
(as of May 5, 2011):
Daniel Amen, M.D.: The Magnificent Mind - The Brain
Healthy Way To Improve Our Lives
Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP-CN: How to Jump Start the
Larry McCleary, MD: Why the Brain-Belly Connection is
the Secret to Achieving an Optimal Weight
Screen Pictures from NICABM Brain
Science Series, 2011
[Click image to view the 2011 video and learn
about signup -- for clinicians as well as interested general
B) Dr. Porges'
new book: The role of intention and mental function in the
function of the body is receiving increasing attention.
Dr. Porges' important research points out that the "Social
Engagement System" is crucial in advancing beyond the
outdated model of the ANS being only a battleground
between the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic branches
of the Autonomic Nervous System.
C) Link to interview with Dr. Porges about the PolyVagal
Below is the graphic about the three levels of the ANS which
includes Dr. Porges. It is also
on my teaching website.
Below is from the interview: How Your Nervous System Sabotages
Your Ability to Relate
"Most of what you do, think and believe is
generated by parts of your brain to which you
have no access. Here's the expose' about
the non-conscious brain and all the machinery
under the hood that keeps the show going." [From
the dust jacket:] "If the conscious
mind—the part you consider you—is just the tip
of the iceberg in the brain, what is all the
rest doing? Neuroscientist David Eagleman
plumbs the depths of the subconscious brain to
illuminate surprising questions: Why can your
foot jump halfway to the brake pedal before you
become consciously aware of danger ahead?
Why do strippers make more money at certain
times of month, even while no one is consciously
aware of their fertility level? Is there a
true Mel Gibson? What do Odysseus and the
subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? How
is your brain like a conflicted democracy
engaged in civil war?... The subsurface
exploration includes waystops in brain damage,
drugs, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law,
the future of artificial intelligence, and
visual illusions—all highlighting how our
perception of the world is a hidden and
awe-inspiring construction of the brain."
Dr. Eagleman is in the Dept. of Neurobiology
and Anatomy, U. of Texas Houston Medical School.
He directs the Laboratory of Perception and
Action, Baylor College of Medicine.
Interviews of Dr. Eagleman 1.
Interview by psychologist, David Van Nuys, of
2. NPR Interview [link]
Addendum: I was very impressed when I heard Dr. Eagleman
state clearly that in his opinion a truly scientific
approach could not definitively rule out the possibility of
Creation. I hope that his open minded stance will help many more
people choose to look at the new brain science that is helping to unravel what were
formerly mysteries about human behavior. [See:
My writing on Science and Spirituality.]
I am deeply impressed with the insights behind FlexAware®. Steven Shafarman is
the founder of this powerful educational and coaching program. FlexAware® is a technique
that can be practiced during other activities, as well as being a major
rehabilitation-support activity on its own.
FlexAware builds fine coordination and confidence, and helps remold nerve
pathways and structural health due to altered muscle use patterns.
Please visit the FlexAware website for more
in-depth information and to watch
descriptive videos. I am recommending it for general fitness, but it also can
be very beneficial as a supplement to treatment for
TBI trauma cases and
neurological reintegration and skeletal rehabilitation programs.
Consistent with New Brain Science.
here or on the picture to the right go to YouTube and start viewing
my presentation about my practice fast-forwarded to the
important section where I show the clip of Steve Shafarman.
Stephen M. Levin,
M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon who has developed a powerful
library of visual and written information about the dynamic
nature of living tissue. He has taught at FlexAware class. [His