Ep. #44 Neuromodulation, Neuroplasticity, & Peak Performance Training w/ Toby Pasman

Toby Pasman is the founder of Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro and host of the Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro Podcast. He is a neurophysiology researcher with a Master’s of Psychology from Lynn University and is board-certified in QEEG Brain Mapping and EEG Neurofeedback. Toby enjoys paddle boarding along the intercoastal, biking through the surrounding islands of Miami, and engaging in deep, intellectual conversations.

In this episode, Toby and I discuss some of the latest neuromodulation technologies and how they can be used for healing and for cognitive optimization – training to reach peak cognitive performance. The field of neuroscience is an amazing blossoming field of study, and out of it have come various technologies, techniques, and strategies that people can use to understand their neurophysiology (and how it affects and interacts with the rest of their physiology) and utilize these technologies to treat disorders and optimize performance. Some of the neuromodulation technologies include QEEG Brain Mapping, EEG Neurofeedback, Transcranial Stimulation, Audio-Visual Entrainment, and Brain Photobiomodulation. 

“The discovery of neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself throughout our entire lifetime, and recent breakthroughs in neurotechnology have enabled us to now measure and modulate the electrical and chemical activity of neurons (brain cells) to improve focus, sharpen attention, improve mood, deepen sleep, and decrease neural inflammation.”  – Toby Pasman 

Toby’s company, Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro, is an applied neuroscience company bringing premium brain health coaching and targeted neuromodulation individualized to each client’s unique neurophysiology. You regularly workout your body at the gym to maintain optimal health, why not start taking your brain to the gym as well? We offer QEEG Brain Mapping, EEG Neurofeedback, Transcranial Stimulation, Audio-Visual Entrainment, and Brain Photobiomodulation services tailored to help you reach peak cognitive performance.

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Toby Pasman

Toby Pasman is a neurophysiology researcher who graduated from the University of Oregon in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and completed his Master’s of Psychology through Lynn University in 2021. He worked on the Emotions and Neuroplasticity Project at the Brain Development Lab at his university, learning how emotions relate to changes in key brain networks.

Toby got curious about whether he could hack his own brain and began experimenting with neurotechnology including neurofeedback and neurostimulation to work on his own social anxiety. He noticed great improvements in his verbal fluency and ability to stay relaxed in social situations.

Toby began working at a peak performance facility outside of Seattle, Washington, training high profile CEOs, professional athletes, and Hollywood actors, who were looking to maximize their brain performance, recording QEEG brain maps and utilizing neurofeedback and neurostimulation technology.

Toby has since worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields, utilizing QEEG brain mapping, neurofeedback, neurostimulation, and PEMF therapy to treat patients clinically. He trained under Dr. Nicholas Dogris, CEO of Neurofield Neurotherapy, learning extensively about applying various forms of neurostimulation to enhance brain performance.

Toby is currently training to become an accredited human potential coach through the Human Potential Institute.

Check out Toby’s Podcast: Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro

The Roscoe’s Wetsuit Neuro Podcast is an applied neuroscience show which features unfiltered, raw conversations with neurotherapists, biohackers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. Roscoe’s Wetsuit gives remarkable individuals a platform to communicate their thoughts and ideas freely, and engage in deep, meaningful discussions with the host.

RWN #158: The Neurophysiology of Peak Performance w/ Dr. Leslie Sherlin Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro Podcast

Leslie Sherlin, PhD is a licensed associate counselor and sport & performance psychology consultant to dozens of athletes, teams and individuals. Dr. Sherlin has had an extensive career in providing patient services, academic research and instruction, and entrepreneurial endeavors in mental health care. He is one of the world’s leading experts and a leader in the research and use of neuroscience for improving human performance. He has led research partnerships with Red Bull North America’s High-Performance Center, USA Track & Field, US military Special Operations Forces, local and federal level law enforcement agencies, Fortune 500 companies and professional teams in multiple sports in many countries.  He has published this work in the academic literature and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Sports Illustrated, CNN, ESPN, CBS, Popular Science, Outdoor Magazine and more.https://drsherlin.comListen and subscribe to the Roscoe's Wetsuit Neuro Podcast:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/roscoes-wetsuit-neuro-podcast/id1478352736Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0E8Ui8JNpkjA9LDqbfXnb5Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/roscoes-wetsuitYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoDsVTNVrQztFeRMzIU72_wwww.roscoeswetsuitneuro.com"Disclaimer: This podcast is not intended to provide diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice. Content provided on this podcast is for informational purposes only. Please, consult with a healthcare professional regarding any individualized medical or health related diagnosis or treatment options."
  1. RWN #158: The Neurophysiology of Peak Performance w/ Dr. Leslie Sherlin
  2. RWN #157: Cultivating Self-Efficacy w/ Dr. James Maddux
  3. RWN #156: Mindfulness for Parents & Children w/ Shahin Najak
  4. RWN #155: Neuroplasticity & Brain Retraining w/ Ben Ahrens
  5. RWN #154: Integrating Psychotherapy & Neurofeedback w/ Glenn Weiner, Ph.D.

Ep. #43 The Science of Pain w/ Dr Janet McMordie

Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA). In this episode, Dr. Janet and I discuss the science of pain and chronic pain – how it affects people, how people seek to manage their pain, and why the science and study of pain is so interesting – especially since there has been a marked increase in people’s pain levels since the start of the pandemic. We discuss some of the functional theories of pain, how dysfunctional pain can lead to tremendous suffering, and what we can start to do about it.  

Dr. Janet McMordie

Dr. Janet McMordie is a physician (Sport medicine/OR Assist), Adjunct Clinical Professor (University of Toronto), Adjunct Medical Director (Odyssey Medical), and an actor/stunt performer (ACTRA).

Dr. Janet McMordie completed medical school, family medicine residency, and sport medicine fellowship at McMaster University.  She holds a diploma in Sports Medicine from the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM). 

Dr. McMordie is an Associate Medical Director with Odyssey Medical Inc. which is currently providing Production Safety and Pandemic Compliance services to the film industry.  

Some career highlights include:

  • Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the upcoming World University Winter Games 2021 in Lucerne
  • Chief Medical Officer with Team Canada at the World Beach Games 2019 in Qatar
  • Team Physician – McMaster Women’s and Men’s rugby
  • Sport Physician with Team Canada at the World University Summer Games 2017 in Taiwan
  • Invictus Games in Toronto 2017 – cycling venue physician

Ep. #42 Sober Powered: The Science of Addiction and Recovery w/ Gill Tietz

Gill Tietz a sober scientist who specializes in addiction science and psychology, and is the host of the Sober Powered Podcast. In this episode, Gill and I discuss her journey of sobriety, the science of alcoholism and addiction, and how Gill now spends time studying addiction in order to help other people who are going through the same thing. For Gill, “Being Sober Powered is all about being your own champion. We hold on to our drinking with all of our strength, but eventually something happens to propel us into sobriety.  It could be something small even, but we all have our limit.  When I got sober, I was the only sober person I knew.  Each time I got through something sober, I felt stronger, and I called that strength Sober Power. I believe we can all develop our own Sober Power, and use it to change our lives.” Gill Provides people with education, inspiration, and hope in their recovery journey.

Gill Tietz

I’m Gill, and I’m the host and creator of the Sober Powered Podcast. I got sober in 2019 because alcohol caused the complete destruction of my mental health. Now, I teach what I’ve learned about why it’s so hard to stop drinking, why alcohol makes us so miserable, and how to embrace sobriety.

I spent 5 years dedicated to learning how to moderate my drinking. I researched moderation tirelessly and tried every strategy I could think of. No matter how bad things got for me, I always believed I could learn to moderate if I just had enough practice. Things continued to escalate until my drinking scared me enough to stop. I want to help you accept sobriety sooner than I did, so you don’t have to spend any more time being stuck in the drink, hate yourself, drink cycle.

Being Sober Powered is all about being your own champion

We hold on to our drinking with all of our strength, but eventually something happens to propel us into sobriety. It could be something small even, but we all have our limit. When I got sober, I was the only sober person I knew. Each time I got through something sober, I felt stronger, and I called that strength Sober Power.

I believe we can all develop our own Sober Power, and use it to change our lives.

https://www.soberpowered.com/

E76: Learning the Truth About Your Drinking with Dr. Anna Lembke, Author of Dopamine Nation Sober Powered

Gill welcomes Dr. Anna Lembke to the podcast. Dr. Lembke is a professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world. In this episode, you'll learn:How whatever perceived positives alcohol is bringing to your life (like less anxiety) with repeated use, alcohol causes or worsens the very thing you are trying to improveWhy alcohol isn't actually your best friend or the only thing that is helping you Why a 7-14 day break isn't long enough to see the truth about your drinkingHow taking 30 days off can significantly improve your mental health for the majority of peopleWhy doctors are hesitant to ask about alcohol and drug useWays to evaluate the amount of alcohol you're consumingHow long does it take to restore balance in the brain How to set expectations in sobriety Sobriety obsession: can we get addicted to sobriety?In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. Get your copy of Dopamine Nation hereWhat to listen to next:E62: Dopamine and AddictionAs a listener of Sober Powered you get special discounts from my sponsors! Thank you for supporting the show by supporting my sponsors!Exact Nature is giving you 20% off all of your future orders with the code SP20.  Click here to learn more or visit http://www.exactnature.com Sign up to get emails from me. I send out a preview of the next podcast episode every Thursday.Check out new YouTube channel, new videos every Tuesday.  Please subscribe! Sources are posted here.Follow Sober Powered on Instagram for more education and inspirationJoin the Sober Powered Facebook Group for extra supportAnd if you're enjoying this podcast, please use this link to leave a review on iTunes. This podcast takes so much effort and work to create, and each review increases the possibility that this podcast can be seen by people who may need it.  Disclaimer: all of the information described in this podcast is my interpretation of the research combined with my opinion.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/soberpowered)
  1. E76: Learning the Truth About Your Drinking with Dr. Anna Lembke, Author of Dopamine Nation
  2. E75: How Sleep Improves from Actively Drinking to Long Term Sobriety
  3. E74: Resilience Impacts How Much You Drink
  4. E73: The Obsession May Eventually Even Out (I’m 2 Years Sober)
  5. E72: Trauma Makes it Even More Difficult to Handle Our Emotions
  6. E71: Trauma May Make Drugs and Alcohol Feel More Pleasurable
  7. E70: How the Brain Balances Reward and Consequences
  8. E69: Alcohol Shrinks the Brain… But What Does That Mean?
  9. E68: How Alcohol Abuse Changes the Way We Make Decisions
  10. E67: How Alcohol Impacts Cortisol and Causes Cravings

Ep. #39 The Power of The Mind and Body w/ Stuart Wade

Stuart Wade is a clinical hypnotherapist, personal trainer, and sports performance mind coach. I am a 4x world champion in taekwondo and kickboxing and was inducted into the UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2014. Stuart helps high level amateur and professional athletes to perform better in their sport, win more medals, and progress their careers. He also helps them overcome any issues with anxiety and lose weight if they need to, using hypnosis (and related methodologies) and fitness training.

In this episode, Stuart and I discuss the science behind hypnotherapy, how to overcome stress, mental strength, and the power of visualization and affirmations. We go into how Stuart came to use, understand, and utilize hypnotherapy, visualization, and psychology to support his clients on their personal and professional journeys. 

The mind is a tremendously powerful tool that needs to be incorporated into any training program in order to get optimal results. Stuart has learned to engage with his clients on both a physical (body) and mental (mind) level in order to maximize their results. 

Stuart Wade

My name is Stuart Wade and I am a qualified Personal Trainer, Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach, Licensed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Clinical Hypnotherapist.

I have a Degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science and have been practicing martial arts for over 26 years and have won 20 British/British Open/UK titles, three European Championships and four World Championships in Taekwondo and Kickboxing. I am currently 5th Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo, 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Kickboxing and in 2014 I was inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Magazine UK Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

My passion for martial arts and the discipline that comes with training for high level competition has led me into the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Clinical Hypnotherapist. I combine the two disciplines with many of my personal training clients to help them achieve their goals. I firmly believe fitness is as much about your state of mind as it is about the body and now is the time to achieve the body and health you’ve always imagined.

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Ep. #35 Making Science Fun For Kids w/ Dr. Stephanie Ryan

Dr. Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D. is a chemist, a boy mom, and a social media influencer who enjoys using her background to create superior educational products and content. Although an academic at heart, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about learning through play. Stephanie and I discuss why teaching kids about science is so important, and how parents and teachers can make it fun and exciting. Science and mathematics are two of the most important subjects for kids to learn as it equips them with a curiosity for understanding and exploring the world, and teaches a methodology for critical thinking – an essential life skill. Unlike the traditional textbook-based rote-learning studies, Stephanie suggests using a more interactive and practical way of teaching. Doing science experiments with your children, and allowing them to ask questions and explore how and why things work the way they do can encourage a passion for discovery and a willingness to learn. So much of our everyday activities involve some aspect of science and can be used to demonstrate the fun-side of science. Whether it’s cooking, building, gaming, or cleaning, there is always a place to include and teach children. 

Dr. Stephanie Ryan

Dr. Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D. is a chemist, a boy mom, and a social media influencer who enjoys using her background to create superior educational products and content. Although an academic at heart, Dr. Stephanie is passionate about learning through play. She can be found helping young kids explore the fascinating world around them. Over the years, Dr. Stephanie has taught science to all age groups, both in and out of the classroom, helping toddlers learn about their world and college students define theirs. She is an active member of the chemistry education community and is currently a committee member of the International Activities Committee for the Division of Chemical Education. 

To learn more about Stephanie’s educational products, visit  www.ryaneducationconsulting.com/

Ryan Education Consulting delivers research-based educational products for both the K-16 and corporate settings. Ryan Education Consulting utilizes learning theory and content expertise to develop content that will stick with people (students or employees) and/or truly assess what they understand.

Ep. #23 The Amazing World of Neurosurgery w/ Dr. Kumar Vasudevan

Dr. Kumar Vasudevan, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-eligible neurosurgeon based in Atlanta, Georgia who treats a wide variety of brain and spinal conditions. In this episode, Dr. Kumar and I discuss some of the latest innovations in neurosurgery. Some of the topics we discuss include deep brain stimulation, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), radiosurgery, neuroplasticity, and the relationship between the brain and consciousness. We also discuss how a person can develop personality changes due to various brain conditions, cancers, or traumatic brain injuries. Furthermore, we dive into how and why some brain surgery is done while people are still semi-conscious (rather than fully under general anesthetic), and how stress is related to various conditions and affects recovery. Finally, we discuss the complex relationship between physicians and patients, and how doctors aim to support patients in the best way possible to maximise chances of successful treatment and recovery (whether surgical or otherwise). There is a lot of time and effort put into providing patients with a realistic understanding of the problems they face, while simultaneously providing them with a sense of hope for a better future after treatment (where possible). A truly inspiring episode! 

Dr. Kumar Vasudevan

Dr. Kumar Vasudevan, MD is a fellowship-trained, board-eligible neurosurgeon who treats a wide variety of brain and spinal conditions. His interest in neurosurgery began when he was a child after his grandmother had to have a brain tumor removed. The compassion his grandmother’s neurosurgeon showed his family stuck with him as the surgeon shepherded his family through the entire process of diagnosis to surgery to recovery. Dr. Vasudevan strives to treat his own patients and their families in the same manner, and to be the “home base” for his patients, their families, and their doctors when it comes to brain and spine care.

Dr. Vasudevan holds to three pillars when treating his patients: honesty, collaboration and diligence. He believes he is a doctor first and a surgeon second, meaning that he considers all diagnoses and treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical, and decides what is appropriate for each patient. He also knows that each patient has unique family and social circumstances that must be navigated and considered when developing a treatment plan. He strives to be open to input from his patients, whose beliefs, ambitions, and priorities about their care help to achieve the best possible outcome.

Dr. Vasudevan is a Neurosurgeon in Atlanta with advanced training and a special interest in the treatment of brain and spine tumors. He offers comprehensive treatment of brain tumors including gliomas/glioblastoma; metastatic tumors; and skull base tumors such as meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, and pituitary tumors. This includes endoscopy, minimally invasive surgical methods, and radiosurgery (“no-incision surgery”) for the treatment of brain tumors, facial pain, and other conditions. 

Ep. #19 Holistic Health and Dealing with Chronic Pain w/ Dr. Tracy Debi

Dr. Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer. In this episode, Dr. Tracy and I discuss what it means to treat patients holistically – as a whole human being. The current model for patient treatment tends to primarily focus on treating conditions, diseases, or symptoms as isolated issues rather than treating the whole person. Through her own experience of dealing with, and overcoming, chronic back pain and in her work treating patients, Tracy has discovered that ‘physical’ pain is often connected to a person’s psychological and emotional state. This is to say that as human beings, we exist as biopsychosocial creatures and we ought to receive treatment that incorporates all the facets of a person’s life. Our minds and bodies are intimately connected and so challenges in one area of life usually also affect all other areas. Moreover, psychological difficulties relating to trauma, identity, and subconscious belief systems often manifest as physical pain in recognizable and definitive patterns. By exploring and integrating a variety of treatment modalities, Tracy has helped countless patients find relief from their pain, gain new insights into themselves, and ultimately find greater peace and success in life. 

Dr Tracy Debi

Dr Tracy Debi is a former holistic chiropractor turned intuitive guide & mentor for purposeful living. She is an entrepreneur, podcaster, coach, and healer.

Tracy’s company, Atelier I’X ,is on the cutting edge of modern spiritual alignment housed in a global advisory firm for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to get reacquainted with their whole body and purpose that lies within their heart in order to live a life of alignment with clarity and confidence. 

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78: Reflecting on Contrast, Transformation, and Being Unapologetic Spirit of Success

As we’re approaching the end of 2021, it’s time for the last monthly reflection episode for this season! These reflections are inspired by my teaching Thursday episodes, as well as my interviews from this season. In taking the time to reflect on my own movement from knowledge to wisdom, I’m able to explore how to best share my experiences so that you can also benefit in your own movement forward. Here are the three themes that this episode explores (and listen out for how the themes explore each other – these ones especially are very interconnected!) as well as some questions around them that you can ask yourself: CONTRAST – What am I resisting being, doing, or having? What I now think about as contrast learning is something I used to refer to as the pendulum swing, because most healing comes from experiencing both sides of something. You experience pain, but you also experience joy, and having those things so close together helps you undertake a lot of growing and learning in a short amount of time – that is, if you’re open to it. When you’re just feeling stuck – which can look like something different for all of us – asking yourself where the resistance is coming from can help you move through to the next step with more ease.  TRANSFORMATION – How do you view yourself? Do you trust in yourself? Does your self image reflect the amazing power of who you really are? Transformation is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. As Goura told us last episode, “You are what you think you are.” Transformation makes people think of change, which can be scary – at least, it was for me at the start of my journey. But I knew that I needed to embrace positive change to become the person I wanted to be. If you’re not happy with something, the answer is to transform whatever it is that you don’t like into something that you DO want. Transformation is simple and elemental, and comes from the inside out. You can trust yourself to transform into what you need to be by finding your true self. BE UNAPOLOGETIC – Do you know why you’re here, and what you’re meant to do on planet Earth? Do you get caught up in thinking about living purposefully, or do you just do it, unapologetically, the way your kid self used to do? When you’re a kid, you don’t worry about what other people think of you – because when you enter this human life, you know that you are divine and unique. You’re unconsciously, effortless, and unapologetically yourself. There’s only one of you, and you are so, so powerful; collectively as humans, we seem to forget that it is enough to just be yourself. Transformation happens the most quickly when you are unapologetically yourself, and you can rediscover the habit of being who you truly and divinely are. If you know someone that could benefit from hearing this episode, please share it with them. And if you are seeking guidance or help, please reach out to me. You change the world by changing yourself first – I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned so that you can help yourself, too. You can also give us a 5-star rating on iTunes, and we love and appreciate all of your support. Tune in next week for the first episode of the 2021 reflection series, where I look back at some of the best episodes from this year!  Connect with Tracy Instagram/Facebook: @dr.tracydebi http://www.atelierix.co To work with Tracy, you can book a call here: https://calendly.com/drtracydebi/fit-ability-call Spirit of Success is a podcast creating a platform for honest conversations sharing the real life stories behind personal transformations. If you’re a fan of the podcast, don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review Spirit of Success! If you resonated with something you heard, don’t forget to share with a friend! Edited by: Jess Schmidt Logo: The Cultivated Group Music: ‘Breathe out, Breathe in’ (Instrumental) by Roof
  1. 78: Reflecting on Contrast, Transformation, and Being Unapologetic
  2. 77: The Lifelong Journey of Integrating Human Alchemy with Goura Loto
  3. 76: Shining My Own Light to Find the Freedom of the Good- Part 2
  4. 75: Shining My Own Light to Find the Freedom of the Good – Part 1
  5. 74: Reflecting Self Expression, The Place of No Effort & Everything Being a Choice

Ep. #18 The Neuroscience of Meditation and Cannabis w/ Dr Hilary Marusak

Dr. Hilary Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine and directs the THINK lab (www.wsuthinklab.com) . She is also an Adjunct Assistant. In this episode, Dr. Hilary Marusak and I discuss some of the latest neuroscientific research on how meditation affects various brain systems. Meditation has been used by humans for thousands of years as a tool for self-regulation, healing, strengthening, and resilience development. And recently, the modern scientific community has begun to investigate how meditation works, which brain systems are involved, and how it can be used therapeutically. The practice of meditation comes in many different forms, and can be applied to many different areas of a person’s life. Hilary’s research focuses primarily on how meditation affects kids, and how it can be used as a therapeutic tool for kids who are dealing with pain, illness, and emotional dysregulation. 

We also discuss some of the latest science of cannabis and how the scientific community are working towards gaining a better understanding of the relationship and interaction between cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. Just as meditation has been used by humans for thousands of years, so too has cannabis played a role in many healing traditions in human history. The exact nature of how cannabis affects the body and brain is still largely unstudied and is an exciting field of research. While using cannabis for medicinal purposes has started to rise in society (with the recent legalization), there are also some risks. As the body of scientific literature develops over time, our ability to make educated and informed decisions regarding cannabis use will also increase. Hilary and I also explore some of her research into how cannabis affects the developing brain (i.e. in fetuses, children, and teenagers). While these areas of study are still relatively new, it’s an exciting time to be in this field and studying the potential benefits and risks of cannabis. 

Dr Hilary Marusak

Dr. Hilary Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine and directs the THINK lab (www.wsuthinklab.com) . She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, a Scientific Member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute and the CURES Center, and a Science Advisor for the nonprofit organization Kids Kicking Cancer. She hosts her own podcast about the brain and brain disorders, called BrainSTEM (www.brainstempodcast.com).

Dr Hilary’s Podcast: BrainSTEM

A podcast for anyone interested in the brain or brain disorders, hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Hilary Marusak and produced by Amanpreet and Manmeet Bhogal. Each episode interviews someone affected by a brain disorder and an expert. We cover a range of neurological & psychiatric disorders, like depression, PTSD, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. We also discuss questions like what does COVID-19 do the brain, why do we sleep, and how does the brain develop? Follow us and email us!

E08 – PTSD brainSTEM

Dr. Marusak first interviews Dan Zia Joseph, an Army Officer in California serving as a Combat Engineering Platoon Leader while he completes a Masters in Psychology. Then, she talks with Dr. Tanja Jovanovic, a neuroscientist who specializes in the study of PTSD Neurobiology at Wayne State University. To learn more about Dan and “combat psychology”, visit: http://www.combatpsych.com. Jiu Jitsu for veterans with military connected disabilities: https://www.wedefyfoundation.org/. Follow Dan on instagram @CombatPsychology. To learn more about Dr. Jovanovic's research and a list of resources, visit https://www.detroittraumaproject.com/ or follow on twitter @DTP_Wayne. BrainSTEM is hosted by neuroscientist Dr. Hilary Marusak. Audio by Amanpreet & Manmeet Bhogal. Subscribe, share, and follow us! Email us with topic or guest suggestions. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
  1. E08 – PTSD
  2. E07 – Schizophrenia
  3. E06 – Human-Animal Interactions and Mental Health
  4. E05 – Prosopagnosia
  5. E04 – COVID-19 and the brain

Ep. #13: Paramedicine, ER stories, Critical Care, and Humanity w/ Katherine Hambleton

Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care. In this episode, Katherine and I have a great conversation on a variety of topics regarding, and relating to, the medical and paramedical field. We also hear about some of Katherine’s most interesting stories from the Emergency Room (ER), things getting stuck in places they shouldn’t be, surgery, the amazing structures and functionality of the human body. We go on to discuss dealing with critical care situations, medical advancements, death and dying, and the current situation with Covid and vaccination rollouts. Hope you enjoy listening! 

Katherine Hambleton (RN, AEMCA)

Katherine has a professional background in the fields of nursing and paramedicine and has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years. In addition to holding her AEMCA, she holds a specialty in emergency nursing (ENCC) and a certificate in critical care.  Katherine has a diverse portfolio in healthcare having worked as an RN in the emergency department setting, as a clinical research nurse and as an ACLS/BLS Instructor. She also worked within the provincial air ambulance system as an ambulance communications officer, with the base hospital as lead QA and as an Education and Practice Facilitator, managing the education portfolio of the flight paramedics. Katherine currently works in a cardiac surgery intensive care unit.  

Katherine is a published author and she has been a dedicated advocate for first responder mental health for several years; coordinating the 2014 national ‘Heroes Are Human – PTSD Awareness Tour’, lobbying for ‘Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act’ and she was the National Coordinator for Wings of Change – Peer Support, managing the program for 3 years. Katherine continues to work toward breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with mental health challenges within the first responder communities.

Katherine successfully competed for the position of Provincial Chair for the newly established OPA Wellness Committee in March of 2020, and moved into an Interim position as Director of Membership Services in June 2020.

Katherine is dedicated to the advancement of the paramedic profession and continues to be a strong advocate for patient safety.

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Ep. #6: Extraterrestrials w/ Chris DiCecco

In this episode, Chris and Shane discuss Gopi Krishna’s experience with Kundalini energy work and thoughts about universal evolution. We also discuss alien encounters, Travis Walton’s abduction experience, and the possibilities of alien music. Hope you enjoy! 

Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet.

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Ep. #4: Meet Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet. We start this episode with a conversation about Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. We then dive into some of our experiences with mysticism and spirituality, the power and influence of music,  finding a path of passion to follow, psychedelics, and a few stories of personal growth. Hope you enjoy it! 

Chris DiCecco

Chris DiCecco is a pianist, composer, producer, & poet.

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Ep. #3: The Magic of Water

In this episode we discuss The Hidden Messages In Water, ancient Egypt, civilization and more!

In this New York Times bestseller, internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto shows how the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth and our personal health.

Simon & Schuster

This book has the potential to profoundly transform your world view. Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colorful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colors. The implications of this research create a new awareness of how we can positively impact the earth and our personal health.

Simon & Schuster

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