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The Girlfriend Doctor w/ Dr. Anna Cabeca

Jan 26, 2020

Adopting an anti-inflammatory diet and reducing our screen time are some of the best ways to combat long-term degenerative health and brain diseases. I’m joined by Dr. David Perlmutter, my dear friend, neurologist, and co-author of Brain Wash, to talk about disconnection syndrome and our brain’s health.

The first thing David talks about is how important sleep is. It’s the most important thing we can do to improve our overall health and our brain function, but so many people don’t prioritize it. Poor sleep has been linked to bad decisions, impaired memory function, and so much more as it leads to a decline in our amygdala.

David explains what we can do to reconnect with our amygdala. Doing so will help us stave off degenerative brain diseases and improve our overall brain health. He tells us that there are a number of different lifestyle changes you can make to help improve your brain’s recovery, and even help prevent degenerative diseases. 

One of these changes is to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet. The current Western diet is full of inflammatory foods that have been linked to long-term health and brain diseases, and unfortunately, as these foods spread across the globe, other cultures will start having a prevalence for them as well. 

Our society’s increased use of electronic screens is also contributing to degenerative brain diseases. David shares the acronym he’s created in his new book, Brain Wash: T.I.M.E. and how we can all keep it in mind to help limit our unnecessary screen time. We’ve all been there when we go on to check one thing and two hours later are mindlessly scrolling through social media!

How do you control your screen time? Do you prioritize getting a good night’s sleep? What lifestyle changes can you make today to help prevent degenerative brain diseases?


In This Episode:

  • Why we make bad decisions when we’ve had a bad night’s sleep
  • How we can reconnect with our amygdala 
  • How many lifestyle changes you should make to help improve recovery in Alzheimer’s patients
  • How inflammatory diets are leading to long-term health and brain problems
  • How you can employ T.I.M.E. when you’re browsing online



“Our lifestyle choices are playing a huge role in the destiny of the brain and in the current functionality of the brain, and even in the recovery of the brain from serious issues.” (11:22)

“For years, we’ve talked about the fundamental role that inflammation as a mechanism plays in the genesis of things like coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, the whole array of chronic degenerative conditions, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis that are related to the brain as well.” (13:37)

“We live in a world where we want to be productive, and there’s this crazy idea that to be productive you have to stay up late and study, get up early and cram, but that’s really bad in the long run. It leads to poor decision making, it actually threatens memory. So why would you want to do that?” (21:17) 



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