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In this special pre-season episode, Yoga Instructor and coach Megan Nolan joined host Kate Kunkel to share the many ways good breathwork, cardiovascular exercise and, of course, yoga, can help improve your brain, your work, and your life.Megan has a special gift for viewers. Claim the Mini Morning Routine to Align and Energize your Body and Mind at: more about Megan HERE  In her book, "Don't Let the Memories Fade", Kate recommends yoga along with many other mindful practices to improve your brain. For less than the cost of a fast-food meal, you will have information, inspiration and a full program to help improve your brain and your life. Buy it in eBook or Kindle version HERE
Keylee Miracle takes a neurointuitive approach to addressing trauma, which makes it possible to heal and improve the brain. She says that, though it might not be your "fault", healing IS your responsibility that requires addressing and resolving inner conflict.Keylee's approach uses hypnotherapy and mind mapping in concert with intuitive practice,. She joins Kate Kunkel on this 2021 edition of Brain Health Matters for a candid discussion about the ways psychological, physical, and ancestral trauma can increase your risk for developing mental health issues AND dementia. Some highlights of this week's program:09:24  How ancestral and unaddressed suppression of women can impact our brains12:33  Are our reactions to trauma among the epigenetic factors that impact the likelihood of developing dementia?14:05 A gift from Keylee: Option C webinar How to deal with hypervigilanceKeylee Miracle's Website:  www.keyleemiracle.comLearn many more powerful ways to improve your brain at
In this episode from 2021,  art therapist Youhjung Son shares the power of art therapy to enhance brain function and health. Youhjung also had some great and easy suggestions of ways to improve your mental health through art. Some highlights of the show:4:41 Coloring as one tool in art therapy6:14 Can coloring books create more stress?8:08 How mandalas are used in therapy10:19 What happens in the brain when you are doing art of any kind?17:13 A simple exercise you can do at home.Learn more about Youhjung's art therapy group HERE Learn many more ways to use creative practices like art and music in Kate's book, Don't Let the Memories Fade HERE.Connect with Kate and watch these shows on Video at Brain Health MattersJoin our Facebook group for ongoing information, support, recipes, and more.
If you find yourself suffering from swollen joints, digestive issues, brain fog, or memory lapses, you may be suffering from gluten intolerance. Jennifer Marcks, knows all about it. She suffered from gluten intolerance, but has overcome the pain to create a gluten-free lifestyle for herself and her family, which includes three children who have Celiac Disease. Jennifer has made it her mission in life to help other individuals and families embrace and enjoy the gluten-free life for better health.In this episode you’ll learn how to recognize if you are gluten-intolerant. You’ll also learn some fabulous hacks to make the switch to this brain-healthy lifestyle both easy and delicious.Claim Jennifer’s Gluten Free Moms’ Starter Guide here: learn more about how a gluten-free lifestyle fits into a brain-healthy lifestyle, read Don’t Let the Memories Fade. You’ll also find many gluten free, vegan recipes at can also watch this pre-season episode on YouTube HERE
In this week’s show, vegan bodybuilder Geoff Palmer shares his years of experience so we can understand how to be stronger and healthier with a whole foods, vegan diet.In a special bonus segment, Geoff and Kate chatted about Alzheimer’s disease specifically. What he shares is somewhat shocking information about the formation of the plaques and tangles that cause Alzheimer’s disease, and how a common nutrient disrupts the negative cognitive effects.  (at 32:17)For more information, check out these links: Study: “Nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables and cognitive decline:Prospective study Link: Link between Alzheimer’s disease and gut microbiota is confirmed” Link: with Geoff Palmer:Website: the discount Geoff offered, insert coupon code PlantFitnessLearn more about brain health with a whole foods, vegan diet in The Vegan Brain by Kate Kunkel, available on Amazon everywhere The Plant Lovers’ Fast-Start Guide, also available on Amazon everywhere Connect with Kate Kunkel:
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Decluttering your space is a powerful tool to decluttering your mind and making your brain healthier.The Intentional Organizer, Jessica Hritz Morrick, joined Kate Kunkel on Brain Health Matters to share specific steps to clean up your space.Jessica described how important it is to choose just one spot or one small space at a time to declutter and shared her navigational system to get a more organized space and life.Claim Jessica's gift PDF, 'The Top Three Tips To Jumpstart Your Decluttering' by writing to Jessica@Jessicahritzmorrick.comBook a consultation at Kate’s website at to get more tips and tools to improve body, mind, and spirit for a healthier brain.You’ll find The Musical Brain at 
In this touching story of overcoming pain and reading disability, Trent McEntire shares how he used his own pain to help others regain their mobility and quality of life.Trent joined Kate Kunkel on this episode of Brain Health Matters to share the connections between our brains and what and how we see.Some highlights of the show:4:04 At 19, Trent learned that he had cerebral palsy and how he overcame the pain and limitations to help others9:00 How a chance encounter with a vision therapist changed Trent’s ability to read12:33 How sensory and eye training can improve life and movement for Parkinson’s patients15:16 How playing enjoyable games with a special ball can improve our brains21:57 Staving off dementia with games23:49 A touching story of a miraculous interlude with a child on the autism spectrum27:00 Contact Trent at Fire Up Your Brain.   Work with Kate to improve brain function and reduce your risk of developing dementia, visit Brain Health Matters. Claim your copy of Five Key Steps to Improve Your Brain HERE.
For season two we will be releasing a new episode every two weeks so that your host, Kate Kunkel, can focus on treating the many clients who are seeking help to improve their brains, and to complete her latest book, The Mindful Brain.So be sure to subscribe to Brain Health Matters right here on YouTube or on your favorite podcast service at to ensure that you get all of the latest episodes as they are released, because in every episode, we share important information that could change your life, or the life of a loved one.This week – the mental and brain health effect of alcohol. Is it true we lose thousands of brain cells every time we imbibe? Our guest this week is Stephanie Pratico, an Independently Licensed Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor, Clinical Supervisor & Educator who has been in the field 12 years. Some highlights of the show:3:00 Do we really kill thousands of brain cells by overindulging in alcohol, even once?4:50 The short and long term effects of alcohol use on the brain8:14 What comes first – depression or alcohol use10:55 Do traumatic brain injuries increase likelihood of developing alcohol dependency?16:02 As a family member or friend – how to approach a difficult subject22:00 The Whole Person wellness model to overcome addiction and the importance of setting goals25:56 How does mindfulness fit into alcoholism or any other addiction?28:35 HopeGet help: Peer-supported programs: Contact Stephanie directly:
Welcome to Brain Health Matters with Kate Kunkel, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.Be sure to subscribe on YouTube or your favorite Podcast service to have access as soon as each episode is released.In this week’s episode, Amy Galper joins us to share the amazing power of aromatherapy for healing body, mind, and spirit.You'll come away with so much information that you’ll probably want to take notes. Tune in to get Amy's recommendations for specific oils to use for particular outcomes.Amy Galper is the founder of the first Aromatherapy School in NYC, the New York Institute of Aromatherapy and has been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001. Through consulting, books, and online classes, Amy seeks to inspire and empower others in their pursuit of holistic and mindful beauty and wellness.Some Highlights of the show:1:49  Are essential oils safe?4:17 The importance of using any essential oils correctly and the most powerful technique6:03 Diffusing best practices and warnings10:18 Special Brain Health Matters announcement – Season 211:19 The mechanism of aromatherapy: How does it work?16:08 Which essential oils help with leaky gut and stress?18:18 Oils for inflammation and relaxation response22:39 Oils for energizing, concentration and reducing brain fog24:46 Oils to help you sleep29:00 Become a certified aromatherapistCheck out our announcement at 10:18 in the show: This is the last episode of Season 1. Be sure to join us for Season 2, when will have a new episode every TWO weeks. Our first guest will be talking about the effects of alcohol on mental health and the brain.Here are some links to Amy’s resources:Here is Amy’s WebsiteConnect with Amy on Instagram:  Free Guide:  How to diffuse essential oilsFree Guide: How to blend essential oils
Brain Health Matters is a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia. From time to time, we invite guests on the show who have an uncommon or controversial topic. Please note that the opinions of guests on the show do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the host or Brain Health Matters.Disclaimer: The information shared in this program is not meant to be, nor should it be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition, and before you embark on this or any other program, consult your physician or other trusted health advisor. If medical, psychological, or any other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.This week, we delve for the first time into plant medicine, and learn how we can use the power of CBD for a healthier brain.Darlene Mea is a long-standing media personality in the world of alternative everything, representing all things natural, sustainable and life-promoting. Darlene has personally been involved with plant medicine for wellness her entire life and now counsels those wanting to discover the powers of cannabis and other plant medicines for long-term natural healing and evolutionary benefits. Some highlights of the show: 1:41 Hemp vs. Cannabis3:24  Hemp seeds or CBD7:50  The power of juicing cannabis leaves8:30 50 years of study in Israel show the myriad of benefits to health  11:29 Read the results of the study on the effects of cannabis oil on blood flow in the brain HERE.  12:30 Effects on meningitis, Parkinson’s Disease, and strokes15:25 Do the benefits outweigh any potential risks?17:00 Can everyone take it?19:00 What if you take pharmaceuticals?23:00 New science for old medicine: Mushrooms Learn more from Darlene at Hemptingon Post  or  Zenful LivingMore studies on the value of cannabis for health include this one on Depression and this one on Inflammation. The movie Darlene referred to regarding mushrooms is Fantastic Fungi. Excellent! More information on the benefits of magic mushrooms can be found HERE. Claim your gift of Five Key Steps to Improving Your Brain Health by Kate Kunkel HERE.   And to learn more ways to protect your brain against toxic foods, chemicals, and much more, check out Kate's book, 'Don't Let the Memories Fade' HERE. 
Welcome to Brain Health Matters, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.This week, we tackle mold, parasites, and toxins and learn many ways to turn off their threats to the health of our brains. If you’ve ever struggled with mysterious symptoms that have been dismissed, or all recommended treatments have failed, you need to listen to this show!Evan Brand is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who has transformed the lives of thousands of clients with his online practice by finding and fixing the root causes of fatigue, depression, anxiety, digestive, and other issues.Here is just a sampling of the many important points made in this episode:01:49  The gut/brain connection and how gut problems are the root of many diseases05:00 How to test for gut issues and microbiome health09:00 What tests reveal mold exposure, a problem that causes a myriad of symptoms10:19 How damage to the mitochondria (energy cells) affects our brains, fertility, and much, much more12:00 Mold is one of the biggest threats as toxins, and how treating for it can also help treating other chemical toxicity15:50 A valuable protocol for anyone suffering with COPD16:45 Parasites don’t happen just to travelers to developing countries!21:39 Creating a healthier home without mold24:56 Symptoms of mold exposure – you won’t believe how it can manifest!28:06 The exact steps to take to improve your health after suffering mold-related illness30:31 Ivermectin – its place in treating parasites, fungi, etc. Links to important information: Claim your gift of Five Key Steps to Improving Your Brain Health HERE.   And to learn more ways to protect your brain against toxic foods, chemicals, and much more, check out Kate's book, 'Don't Let the Memories Fade' HERE
Welcome to Brain Health Matters, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia. This week, Christopher Manning, the Mindfulness Man, joins Kate Kunkel to share the many ways that meditation can help us concentrate, learn, and deal with stress. Some highlights of the interview:2:31 Do you have to sit cross-legged with your fingers in circles to meditate “properly”?4:37 Why it is so powerful to pay attention to, vs. control, your breath9:03 Alleviating the suffering from ADHD with meditation13:09 BDNF: A cure for ADHD and depression14:10 How meditation protects and enhances brain matter15:00 Steps to start a meditation practice and overcome doubt17:01 Is mindful eating helpful?20:19 Achieving real joy doesn’t happen in 5 minutes a day22:15 How to tap into Chris’s guided meditations online23:32 Resolving real-life difficulties with the Loving-Kindness meditation25:15 If you struggle with loneliness – meditation may be the answer28:04 Meditation as a way to detach from circumstances and events that cause distress. Suffering is optional. Tap into Chris’s meditation podcasts HERE.Join Chris’s Facebook community HERE.To learn more about the healing power of meditation, mindfulness and music, claim Kate’s gift, Five Key Steps to a Better Brain HERE.Dive into Kate’s book, Don’t Let the Memories Fade, which includes a complete program incorporation mindfulness, meditation, and a healthy and compassionate lifestyle for a better brain. Available on Amazon everywhere.
Welcome to Brain Health Matters, a podcast dedicated to helping you connect with the people and resources that will help you improve your memory, boost your brain, and reduce the risk of developing dementia.This week’s very special guest is Craig Goldberg. Craig is the president and co-founder of Inharmony Interactive, a company dedicated to creating VAT technology that enables us to experience sound and frequencies in a unique and powerful way.Some important points in the podcast:3:30 Death by a thousand cuts – how the myriad of toxins in our environment band together to make us sick9:30 A healing dream comes true with the experience of sound directed to the body13:45 The effect of vibroacoustic sound on the central nervous system17:24 Stress, the brain, and how to retrain your nervous system to be in parasympathetic – rest and relax – state19:46 Alleviating the debilitating tremors of Parkinson’s Disease21:00 Anti-spasmodic effects of VAT26:20 Improving blood circulation in a pleasant and drug-free way28:00 How vibroacoustic therapy or jumping up and down can be powerful tools for lymphatic drainage31:00 What is Brain Tap?  Contact Craig through IamHarmony.comFor a look at the technology Craig was referring to, click HERE. If you are interested in purchasing a system, claim the 5% discount Craig referred to by using the code BrainHealthYou will also find InHarmony on Facebook and Instagram and many other social media channels. You’ll find them all linked on the website.And for information on Brain Tap – Click HERE. To learn many more powerful ways to use music, frequencies AND silence, check out The Musical Brain.
This week on Brain Health Matters, Kate Kunkel interviews Dr. Bonnie J. Kaplan. She is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada.Dr. Kaplan’s interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health, especially the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function, including in her book, “The Better Brain”.This powerful passage from the book is the perfect introduction to this discussion“We are in the midst of a mental health crisis. An estimated one in five American adults suffer from some form of mental illness. Despite the billions of dollars spent in pharmaceutical research and the rising popularity of antidepressant drugs, we are more depressed and anxious than ever before.What if we’re looking for solutions in the wrong places? What if instead of treating mental illness with prescriptions and medication, we changed what we eat and how we feed our brains?”Be sure to tune in to this powerful discussion - Some highlights of include:02:09 Psychiatric medication’s place in nurturing better mental health08:04 ADHD – Turning it around with nutrition10:30 How proof of mental health improvement is ignored or maligned in major media12:25 Startling success with B vitamins14:4 Why the “Magic Bullet” approach to vitamins cannot work to improve brain health16:24 How mood regulation can be achieved with dietary changes and micro-nutrients21:11 Organic or no? Is there a difference to the brain?31:32 Withdrawal from any substances can be alleviated with broad spectrum micro-nutrients34:00 It all begins in the soil  Books that Bonnie referred to:“Hooked” by Michael Moss “Metabolical” by Robert Lustig A video by Dr. Kaplan explaining how nutrients control brain synthesis and metabolism of neurotransmitters Canadian micro-nutrient companies that Dr. Kaplan referred to are:Truehope.comHardynutritionals.comLearn many more ways that improve and protect your brain in Kate’s book, Don't Let the Memories Fade, available in paperback and as an eBook on Amazon everywhere.To begin your journey toward a healthier brain, claim your free copy of Kate's Five KeySteps You Can Take Right Now to Improve Your Brain 
In this episode of Brain Health Matters, Amen Certified Brain Health Professional Kate Kunkel shares some of the latest important research on risk factors for dementia and other brain disorders including dementia and anxiety.Knowledge is power, and Kate has given you several powerful steps based on this research to help you protect your health and lower your chances of developing cognitive decline.You can follow up on this research with the links provided here:Sleep and Noradrenaline Antibiotics and depression and anxiety: Neuroscience News for a healthier brain: disease and dementia risk: and dementia risk: and brain health risks: many more ways that  improve and protect your brain in Kate’s book, Don't Let the Memories Fade, available in paperback and as an eBook on Amazon everywhere. To begin your journey toward a healthier brain, claim your free copy of Kate's Five Key Steps You Can Take Right Now to Improve Your Brain 
Dr. Tanya English has been working for 30 years in the healing field, first as a massage therapist, then as a chiropractor and energy healer. Dr. English has been inspired by the idea that we have been born with power to heal but people have not been shown how this works in real life.In this episode of Brain Health Matters with Kate Kunkel, Dr. English helps us understand how to tap into our own inner knowing to heal ourselves body, mind and spirit. And wait ‘till you hear how The Blues can help you heal!Some highlights from the interview:·       A demonstration of the power of the mind to change physiology·       Tapping away Kate’s horrific memory·       Muscle testing is a great way to confirm if something is good for you·       Why The Blues can be so healingTanya’s contact information: many more ways that music, including the Blues, can help you heal AND improve and protect your brain in Kate’s book, The Musical Brain.To begin your journey toward a healthier brain, claim your free copy of Kate's Five Key Steps You Can Take Right Now to Improve Your Brain
This week, Kate Kunkel guides you through what she calls the “minefield” of nutritional supplements by sharing gems of information released in the recently broadcast docu-series, “Supplements Revealed”.Remember, supplements are just that – supplemental to your diet. And the steps you need to take before you begin supplementing are important. Kate lays them all out for you here.Experts referred to in the podcast:Dr. Edward F. Group IIIDr. Anne ShippyBrian VaszilyDr. Dale BredesenDr. Joel FuhrmanKiran Krishnan  is the research microbiologist who talked about probiotics.  check out his explanation of the gut/brain connection in THIS WEBINAR.  Greg HornLoren D. Israelsen, who is with the United Natural Products AllianceDr. Daniel AmenThe article Kate referred to on magnesium is HEREHERE is a  video by Kate sharing some of the more obscure nutrients and herbs for brain health.Removing toxins for a healthier brain: Palmer shares the benefits of a plant-based diet to get the nutrients we need’s blogs on the topic: Omega-3 Fatty Acid product Kate mentioned is HERE, provided by Juice Plus+     Kate’s books with more information on nutrients from food and supplements:Don’t Let the Memories FadeThe Vegan Brain, 2nd Edition: Will be delivered July 7, available for pre-order now.
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 TBI05:43 A diagnosis from an unlikely source06:37 Testing does not equal healing and how the allopathic system failed her07:52 How fermented turmeric offered support13:46 stimulating the vagus nerve for better brain health17:29 How a beloved cat’s illness led to another level of healing19:00 How essential oils can help with brain health21:37 Healing does not happen overnight. Do not be discouraged. Marita’s blog:’s websites:  or Learn how a whole foods vegan diet can improve brain health with The Vegan Brain, 2nd Edition. Pre-order now at Amazon for delivery July 7th.
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 eyes4:22 How eye and brain diseases are essentially vascular diseases5:34 The tests and measures we can use to determine what’s going on in the eye and the brain7:00 Which types of cataracts portend Alzheimer’s Disease9:00 How pharmacological treatment of tau proteins makes Alzheimer’s Disease worse11:00 Cholesterol is NOT the enemy12:01 How allowing pharmaceutical companies into medical schools perverted standard of care14:33 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 Contact Dr. Lewis at Visit his website at Subscribe to Brain Health Matters by visiting If you’d like to take action RIGHT NOW to nurture the health of your own brain, claim my free guide, “Five Key Steps to Take Right Now to Improve Your Brain”. CLICK HERE to get the download. 
Our guest this week, Dr. Felice Gersh, explains how our hormones, what we eat, and how we sleep make a difference.PLUS – what is the real danger in taking birth control pills and what about soy? Dr. Gersh received her medical degree from USC School of Medicine and then studied obstetrics and gynecology at the Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles. After graduating, she launched a private practice founded in her passionate belief in holistic women's health care. From the earliest years, her practice included acupuncture, massage, and Chinese medicine, leading to a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Gersh became one of the first dual board certified integrative gynecologists in the United States. Dr. Gersh is a passionate speaker and the best-selling author of Menopause: 50 Things You Need to Know. Some highlights of this episode:Why Alzheimer’s drugs don’t workCan hormone replacement therapy workWhat about synthetic hormones?What are the real dangers of birth control pills?Defeating autoimmune diseases and dementia with a vegan dietHow sleep affects hormone functionYou can find Dr. Gersh through her website: Integrative Medical Group Irvine Gersh's book, Menopause, Fifty Things You Need to Know is available on Amazon Dive into more ways to protect and enhance your brain by claiming Kate's free guide, FIVE KEY STEPS to Improve your Brain and Create a Healthier, Happier, More Successful Future. 
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