The Brain Warrior's Way Podcast

New York Times bestselling authors, Dr. Daniel Amen and Tana Amen are your personal Brain Warrior Guides to help you win the war for your health and defeat anxiety, depression, memory loss, ADHD, addictions, disease, and obesity. Learn how you can take control of your brain and body for the rest of your life.
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Feb 28, 2017

NOTE: If you have not yet listened to the first episode of this five part series, we highly recommend that you get back to The Toxin Solution Part 1.

In this episode, we'll be talking about the importance of being aware of the things/products that we are using or consuming and ensure that we don't expose ourselves to unnecessary toxics. 

Feb 27, 2017

Today's episode is first in five parts of our interview with Dr. Joseph Pizzorno. Dr Pizzorno is the founder of Bastyr University and best selling author. He wrote the book , The Toxin Solution, which will be the center of this five part series. 

Feb 24, 2017
Whether it's in business or personal communication, your voice matters. But there's really something more you can do to get the best voice you can possibly have and it all starts with being mindful of simple things such as your breathing.
In today's podcast, you'll learn some of the techniques to get that voice you probably never thought you could have.  
Feb 23, 2017

Can your brain be affected by your voice? Listen to this episode and learn what Roger Love thinks about your voice in relation to your brain.  

Feb 22, 2017

Did you ever think about your voice as an asset? Well, you might not be a singing sensation or a diva, but today we'll talk about why your voice matters. In this episode, we'll be joined by renowned voice coach who've handled celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, and many other Grammy winning artist, Roger Love. Roger Love is also the author of the book Set Your Voice Free. 

Feb 18, 2017

Wondering what the new trends are in dealing with ADHD? Listen to this episode and get to know what Neurofeedback is and why it's gaining popularity.  

Feb 17, 2017

Do you ever find yourself asking if you should take medication for an ailment or just leave it because of your perceived side effects? That's what we're going to discuss today. In particular, ADD and ADHD and we'll weigh the pros and cons of taking Ritalin.

Feb 16, 2017

There are many things that can dilute the intimacy between couples. In this episode we'll talk about how sleep apnea and snoring can be detrimental to your intimate relationships and your brain's role in it.

Feb 15, 2017

Today's episode we're going to talk about love and sex and how the brain is affected by these two charged emotional events in our lives. We've talked a lot about sex in this podcast and if you haven't heard our previous episodes, check out episodes 16 and 61.

Feb 14, 2017

Losing someone is hard, emotionally, but does it have any impact on your brain? That's what we're going to find out in today's episode. 

Feb 13, 2017

Since we are on the love month and only a day away from Valentines, we're starting a series called The Brain in Love. So today, we're going to talk about, what if you can choose the one you love?

Feb 10, 2017

Today's episode is the episode for every female who just wants to make something different in her life and in her health. We'll be discussing about some interesting topics on genes, diets, and how you can turn things around with your old school health plan to something that's workable, possible, and believable health and wellness strategy. 

Feb 9, 2017

There are people who suffer from chronic illnesses who take a handful of medicine every day. It's like a common scenario that we've learned to accept as the norm. However, as people become more aware of using food as a medicine and not just as a way to nourish their body, diet as treatment has gained popularity.

The question now is, can diet help treat chronic illnesses? Listen to this episode and know the answer. 

Feb 8, 2017

Hormones are what makes our body's processes work like a well oiled machine. When one of the many hormones suddenly gets disrupted whether it shoots up or goes down, we'll see and feel the effects of it. 

Similarly, the lifestyle that we have can either make things better or it can also make things worst. 

In today's episode, we'll talk exactly about how these two factors play an important role in our brain health.


Feb 7, 2017

There are a number of ailments and injuries that can greatly affect our brain functions, and probably the two most common which we're going to talk about today is head trauma and cardiac arrest. 

If you want to know how these two can affect your brain functions, be sure to listen to this short podcast. 


Feb 6, 2017

Today's episode, we're going to answer another set of questions that I think is essential for our understanding of our brain health. Please be sure that you subscribe so you don't miss out any of the new episodes we release everyday, except Sunday.


Feb 4, 2017

We are on our third episode for this series of questions and answers and in each episode, we hope that you're learning new things to help you be more aware and conscious about your brain health. 

In today's discussion, we're going to answer a couple of questions on who and when should you get yourself a brain scan and why you need it specially during the advance years starting at 40. 



Feb 3, 2017

In this second part of our Q&A, you'll learn why contact sports should be shunned by your kids and what alternative sports you should choose. We've also answered the question on what is the role of inflammation in Alzheimers


Feb 1, 2017

Dr. Daniel Emina is a child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist who earned his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine, and completed his general residency in psychiatry and child/adolescent fellowship at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry. His training was modeled on a bio/psych/social/spiritual/cultural understanding of an individual and featured a diverse patient population.

In this brief interview, we'll get to know Dr. Emina's three most important lessons he has learned while working at the Amen Clinic. 


Dr. Amen: Hey everybody. Dr. Daniel Amen. I'm here with Dr. Daniel Emina.

Dr. Emina: Two Daniels.

Dr. Amen: We are here in our Northern California Clinic in Walnut Creek. We are going to talk about the three biggest lessons that Daniel who has worked with us for the last two and a half years has learned working at Amen Clinics. Daniel is double board certified psychiatrist. He trained at UCLA and at the University of Hawaii. You know I did my child psychiatry training at Tripler along with University of Hawaii. In both of our psychiatric training they never taught us to look at the brain. Isn't that nuts? When you think about it, it's nuts. When you think after being here two and half years, what are some of the big lessons you've learned? What comes to mind?

Dr. Emina: First thing is, I think I'm extremely spoiled being here. It's drastically changed the way I understand mental health. I don't even think of it as mental health anymore, I think of it as brain health. I think that almost everyone should come in and start to think of how can I make my brain better? No matter what diagnosis you may have had before, I usually start to think well, don't think of it like that, just think of it as how can I optimize my brain? You could come in and be a CEO of a company doing extremely well technically in life but there's things you can always do to optimize your brain. Lesson one for me is it's not really mental health anymore. I'm not necessarily a mental health doctor now, I'm a brain health doctor now.

Dr. Amen: So whether it's ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and addictions, schizophrenia, or you're fighting with your wife or you're irritable with your kids-

Dr. Emina: Or don't sleep as well or you just want to be even better at the tasks you do everyday, whatever that may be at home, at work, whatever it may be because ultimately it's your brain that controls everything you do.

Dr. Amen: Okay so you see mental health as brain health. I think that's like a huge 'aha' for me. I've learned nobody really wants to see a psychiatrist. Nobody wants to be labeled as defective or abnormal but everybody wants a better brain. Nobody would argue with you, "No I don't want a better brain." They do. It decreases the stigma which is one of the things that hooked me early on with scans is patient stops thinking of it as a moral problem, as a problem of not trying hard enough, but as a medical problem.

Dr. Emina: Yes. I should add that as being my second biggest thing in some ways. I've been so spoiled to have this tool. I'm trying to imagine not having this tool, practicing without this tool. It completely changes the way I see clients as they come in with whatever concern they may have. Even concerns related to people who have been labeled as personality disorders and things like that. Now you get to see what they were trying to deal with all this time. A lot of our coping mechanisms whether good or maladaptive, a bad coping strategy, are based on how we try to manage that brain we have. Lesson number two for me, the biggest was, you have to look at the organ you're treating. I'm trying to imagine if, you definitely talked about this, if I'm a cardiologist I have to kind of imagine, well based on what you're telling me potentially this is what's going on with your heart. This has completely changed the way I understand clients.

Dr. Amen: Not acceptable. It's just not acceptable. I remember working on a new book and writing about chronic fatigue syndrome and back in the early '90s when I started doing scans the idea of chronic fatigue, oh you're a psychiatric patient, you're histrionic or there's secondary gain. There's a gain from being sick and then when you saw their scans, they were just devastated like the infectious scans you see. And all of the sudden it just completely changes everything on how you deal with this person. Of course they're hysterical. Their brain is not working right and they can't think. That'll make you terrible, act that way.

Dr. Emina: In some ways that actually connects into my last big lesson is that because now that I can look at scans you tend to see that the other things that contribute to whatever someone is coming in complaining about. All of the sudden if you see a brain that looks extremely unhealthy, you probably have to think that this person isn't just depressed. Maybe there's something else that's happening in their life and whatever situation, something they've been exposed to that's now leading them to present with whatever illness. Things that I wouldn't have even fathomed or thought contributed to mental illness or whatever before now I have to start thinking about. It's actually even expanded my thinking even greater than that because now I'm doing pharmacogenomics which is looking at how your body reacts to supplements, medicines and such based on your genetics. It's completely changed the way I think of brain health just because I get to see ...

Dr. Amen: So what are some of those things you've seen that have surprised you that can cause anxiety, depression, ADD?

Dr. Emina: One really important one is head trauma. Take a hit to the head, the one that you forgot about. There's no family history of any brain disorders or mental illness or whatever. All the sudden you're the one that has severe anxiety and anger outbursts. We take a look and everyone thinks it's something wrong with you. Also we take a look at your scan and you see significant damage to the temporal lobe. Now everybody in the family can say this is what's going on, this is the medical condition. If you had a broken leg, people wouldn't get angry at you for having a broken leg and not being able to walk as quickly as them. It now gives you an opportunity [inaudible 00:06:33] this is why you actually abuse substances because you were just trying to cope and this became a maladaptive or bad coping strategy. Now let's work on creating better coping strategies.

Dr. Amen: And often in the history they say they didn't have a head injury. You see it in the scan and then we have to ask over and over again and then we find they were in a bad car accident. They were thrown from a car ... whenever.

Dr. Emina: And one of the other biggest errors I'm actually learning about and this is actually in this last year I've been picking up more knowledge related to this are infectious type processes that can lead to presentations again whether it's you were exposed to mold or exposed to lime or even just kind of chronic based infectious or inflammatory responses that lead to the presentation and just continue to have these symptoms. I'm depressed, I'm anxious, I'm tired all the time and it's related to this potential infectious process or the thing that was going on for a long time. I've even started to see a connection with that and how to treat headaches too. You see certain things on the scan and there's a tendency that the genes or the genetics will match up a certain way. And that changes the way you go about treating that client too. It's amazing stuff.

Dr. Amen: Here at Amen Clinics we actually do a formal outcomes study on everybody we see. We have, 'cause people go what's your success rate using this scan? It's really high. If we treat you it's 84% of complicated people. On average, our patients and you know this, at 4.2 diagnoses, nobody's simple. They have failed 3.3 providers and 5 medications. That's our average. Daniel actually has one of the best success rates in the whole company so thank you. I'm very proud of you for that. But if you don't look, you don't know. Learn more about Amen Clinics and about our Northern California Clinic at Have a great day.