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Every week, Kate and her guests offer valuable, practical information and inspiration to help you make the best choices to create a better brain for a better life.

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Episode 22: Surviving and Thriving After a Traumatic Brain Injury

Marita Rahlenbeck is a survivor of a traumatic brain injury and helps others struggling to regain what was lost after an injury of this magnitude. She is a dedicated advocate for living a holistic lifestyle and loves to teach about clean eating/living and how to use essential oils holistically for optimal mind, body, soul health.

Like so many other survivors of a TBI, Marita found it necessary to go outside the allopathic medical world to find healing.

In this episode of Brain Health Matters she shares the various processes and products that have enabled her to regain a new level of health and wholeness.

A few highlights of this interview:

04:24 Some of the symptoms of TBI

05:43 A diagnosis from an unlikely source

06:37 Testing does not equal healing and how the allopathic system failed her

07:52 How fermented turmeric offered support

13:46 stimulating the vagus nerve for better brain health

17:29 How a beloved cat’s illness led to another level of healing

19:00 How essential oils can help with brain health

21:37 Healing does not happen overnight. Do not be discouraged.

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Episode 21: Your Eyes are Windows to the Health of your Brain

Dr. Thomas Lewis is a medical scientist with advanced degrees from MIT and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has developed novel algorithms to predict and measure chronic diseases with an emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. He uses a combination of risk assessments, biomarkers and pathology testing, using mainly the eye as a canary in the coal mine to determine where you lie on the health disease continuum.

He joins Kate Kunkel on Brain Health Matters to share powerful insights into the relationship between the health of the eyes and the potential for developing Alzheimer’s. But it goes far beyond that. As you’ll learn in the interview, “lab results” aren’t as helpful as physicians would have us believe, and the push to lower cholesterol is NOT good for our brains.

Some important points:

2:50 Alzheimer’s is glaucoma of the brain, and glaucoma is Alzheimer’s of the eyes

4:22 How eye and brain diseases are essential vascular diseases

5:34 The tests and measures we can use to determine what’s going on in the eye and the brain

7:00 Which types of cataracts portend Alzheimer’s Disease

9:00 How pharmacological treatment of tau proteins makes Alzheimer’s Disease worse

11:00 Cholesterol is NOT the enemy

12:01 How allowing pharmaceutical companies into medical schools perverted standard of care

14:33 Why we need healthy fats.

15:00 Can doctors really tell if you’re sick or well?

15:40 What is health, and what do “labs” really mean?

21:40 How chronic infections and dormant viruses can contribute to Alzheimer’s.

24:00 The importance of aggressively treating chronic diseases.

27:00 Ivermectin as an antiviral

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Episode 20: Why are women three times as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to men?

Episode 19: Alzheimer’s Disease CAN be reversed and it happens every day

Despite popular wisdom saying it is impossible to turn it around and the failure of allopathic medicine to do anything but throw drugs at the problem, dementia, including the Alzheimer’s form, is reversible.

This week’s guest, Dr. Heather Sandison, is a Naturopathic doctor who specializes in neurocognitive medicine and neurohacking. She has been trained by Dr. Dale Bredesen, and works every day to not only treat those afflicted with dementia, but actually help them reverse it and return to their homes even after being institutionalized due to cognitive decline.

Dr. Sandison’s message is… There IS hope! It’s not easy, and you must start as early as possible, but Alzheimer’s can be reversed.

What you’ll learn in this episode

2:53 There is hope even once dementia has been diagnosed.

4:49 Witnessing miracles of dementia reversal and creating a place and space to help make them happen

7:53 The importance of working with a health coach to prevent dementia, because that is the ideal

9:14 If there is a diagnosis, start the reversal process as early as possible because the changes in the brain happen decades before symptoms arise

11:25 The comprehensive plan to reverse Alzheimer’s

17:17 The role of genetics

19:30 Why AZ drugs are a dismal failure

21:28 Caretakers – care for yourselves first!

27:34 Infections that can contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s include herpes simplex

34:21 Can COVID brain also be treated?

36:20 Success is possible – Don’t be overwhelmed

Register for the 2022 Reverse Alzheimer’s Summit HERE:

Dr. Sandison’s Clinic is Solcere

Explore the amazing Marama care facility

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Next week, we will be learning from Dr. Felice Gersh, an OB-Gyn who specializes in integrative medicine. If you’re concerned about the fact that women are three times more likely to develop dementia as men, you will learn why in our interview that focuses on the role of hormones. More importantly, you’ll learn what you can do to mitigate the risk.

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Episode 18: The Seeds of Alzheimer’s are Planted in Childhood

We know that poor dental health including gingivitis has a direct effect on inflammation and the health of the body and brain. But what most people don’t realize is how the actual form and function of the jaw can also contribute to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Since jaws develop during childhood, this episode of Brain Health Matters with Dr. Scott Saunders of Healthy Mouth Media will be of special importance to parents and grandparents because we can help prevent a lifetime of misery by attending to this issue early in life.

Some of the points Dr. Saunders shared with Kate:

1:40 – How the seeds of Alzheimer’s are planted in childhood

3:03 – How underdeveloped or misshapen jaws can be formed

4:53 – A special resource Dr. Saunders has made available for parents to understand and get ahead of the risk for their kids: A special resource Dr. Saunders has made available for parents to understand and get ahead of the risk for their kids:

5:40 – How sleep issues are related to jaw development and how that impacts brain health

8:26 – The myth that 5 hours sleep can be enough for anyone

10:27 – How gingivitis and other oral health issues can lead to brain-damaging inflammation

13:00 – How bad is it to breathe through the mouth?

16:12 – Snoring is a red flag

17:31 – An Action Plan for parents – claim Dr. Saunders’ special report here:

Dr. Saunders has also offered a free download of an adult or child sleep and breathing risk “quick assessment”. You can access that here:

Learn more about Dr. Saunders’ work at Healthy Mouth Media

Learn more about Dr. Bredesen’s ReCODE Here:

To continue learning from brain health experts, be sure to Subscribe to the Brain Heath Matters podcast to be the first to have access to new episodes.

Next week – Dr. Heather Sandison, the creator of the Reverse Alzheimer’s summit, will be joining us to talk about her work helping people REVERSE Alzheimer’s, and about the miracle of Marama, her long-term care facility from which people “graduate” after improving their brain health!

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Learn more about Don’t Let the Memories Fade, which Dr. Saunders mentioned, for learning more about the mostly failed pharmaceutical approach to Alzheimer’s and the many ways you can reduce your risk of developing dementia.

Episode 17: The Neuroscience of Chronic Pain

Dr. Alissa Wolfe is a doctor of physical therapy and chronic pain specialist who got out of the clinical setting to better help people with chronic pain.

She helps people beat it by retraining the nervous system with strategies based on neuroscience .

In this week’s episode of Brain Health Matters, Dr. Alissa Wolfe, a chronic pain specialist, shared some important insights into the ways our brain and central nervous system are impacted by chronic pain. She also shared practical tips on ways you can utilize neuroscience to alleviate your suffering.

Some highlights of the show:

2:47: What is actually going on in the brain when you suffer chronic pain.

6:30 The changes that occur in the spinal cord with long-standing pain

8:41 Impacts on digestion and reproduction

11:34 How chronic stress feeds chronic pain

1719 The changes that can happen in the brain

18:21 Smudging

19:35 Pain signatures in the brain are different for everyone

21:35 Why pushing through the pain is not necessarily a good idea.

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To continue learning from brain health experts, be sure to Subscribe to the Brain Heath Matters podcast to be the first to have access to new episodes. Next week – how your dental health can have a huge impact on your brain.

 Get your free pain self-assessment from Alissa HERE.  

Connect with Alissa on social media at Pain Crusader

 Learn about Alissa’s Chronic Pain Breakup Method 

Toxins and the Brain


In “Don’t Let the Memories Fade”, you’ll learn what lifestyle factors could be putting you at risk and what actions you should take right now to mitigate them. You’ll discover what foods are best for your brain and the included scrumptious recipes will help you easily incorporate them into your meals. Gentle exercise routines, soothing stress-reduction techniques and mindful meditations are also a big part of your new lifestyle because after all, you’re not just a body with a brain stuck on top. By following the holistic program that is the basis of this book, you’ll be fully equipped to make wise choices and institute the changes that will help you improve your brain function and your memory and create a healthier, more vibrant future

It’s essential to feed the brain whole, live foods prepared with compassion and love. In return, it will be healthier and will reward you with clearer thinking, better memories, and a more meaningful life.
In this book you’ll learn the basics of the whole-foods vegan lifestyle and how to ensure you have the essential nutrients important for good all-around health.
Perhaps even more importantly, you will see how your choices can reduce suffering for countless animals and help to create a kinder, more compassionate world.

With this down-and-dirty dive into the best foods to eat for a healthy plant-based diet, you’ll understand why they’re so good for your brain. Also included is the infamous Meal Plan Jumble and dozens of delicious recipes that make it fun and easy to stick with this compassionate, healthy lifestyle.

You’ll also learn the foods to avoid, and why they can be so dangerous to your brain health.

Music is much more than a diversion or a pleasant accompaniment to our lives. By listening mindfully, singing, dancing, and especially playing a musical instrument, you will enhance your ability to learn, remember, and improve your health now, while protecting your brain for the future.