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Broken Brains, Neuroplasticity & the Science of God

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: The approach to brain health oftentimes is very scientific, but Jay Lombard, MD, believes it needs to go deeper.
Air Date: 6/20/17
Duration: 24:26
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Jay Lombard, MD
Jay-LombardDr. Jay Lombard received his medical degree from Nova University and his postdoctoral medical training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was the chief resident of neurology and completed two additional years of training in psychiatry. He served as chief of Neurology at Westchester Square Medical Center, Brain Behavior Center in Rockland County, NY, and then at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. He is currently in charge of the Brain Performance program at LifeSpan Medicine.

Dr. Lombard is also a widely-acclaimed author of popular nonfiction works related to the effects of nutrition and the brain, including the Brain Wellness Plan; Balance Your Brain, Balance Your Life; and Freedom from Disease. He is also a sought after speaker in the topics of neurology, psychiatry and genomics and has appeared as a guest on numerous TV and radio programs, including Larry King Live, TedMed, CBS News, the Food Network, and with Dr. Mehmet Oz.
  • Book Title: The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Jay-Lombard-385420125187552/
  • Guest Twitter Account: @MindfulNeuro
Broken Brains, Neuroplasticity & the Science of God
Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to regenerate.

This is particularly important for individuals who have experienced a brain injury. While those injuries can be devastating, the brain can create new synapses and wiring to compensate and recover.

The approach to brain health oftentimes is very scientific, but Jay Lombard, MD, believes it needs to go deeper.

The first thing he tells patients of brain injury is to hold hope. Many sufferers feel hopeless and that the effects of injury are irreversible. It's important to overcome skepticism and doubt and allow for a future of promise and healing. 

Can this positivity truly have an impact?

Thoughts are incredibly powerful. Think of your brain pathways being affected by a traffic jam. You're familiar with the area enough to find alternative routes in order to avoid the jam. This concept is being implemented clinically in the practice of neurorplasticity, where doctors and scientists are seeing both behavioral and chemical changes. 

It's also essential for victims of brain injury have the full support of loved ones. There is almost always a structural basis for psychiatric symptoms. Based on an individual's unique injury, treatment options are available; from pharmaceutical methods to diet and lifestyle modifications. 

Dr. Lombard also discusses the concept of connecting with a higher power as included in his new book, The Mind of God: Neuroscience, Faith, and a Search for the Soul.

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