Gabor Mate: On Mind Body Unity

This a a great podcast with Dr. Gabor Mate speaking about trauma, attachment, addiction, parenting and so much more. As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look […]

Can the Legacy of Trauma Be Passed Down Through Generations?

This is a very interesting article outlining some of the research on how trauma can be passed down from one generation to the next.   The consequences of passing down the effects of trauma are huge, even if they are subtly altered between generations. It would change the way we view how our lives in the […]

Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear

I thought I would share this interview with Bessel van der Kolk.  He talks what happens to the brain when a child is exposed to trauma. He suggests that there are ways to heal trauma and specific ways to help someone “feel what is happening in the body and not run away from it,” “be friends with […]

The Impact of Poverty on Children’s Brain Activity

There are many factors that impact the development of the brain. Wijeakumar, Kumar, Reyes, Tiwari & Spencer (2019) found that poverty is one of them. Children from lower-income backgrounds, where mothers also had a low level of education, had weaker brain activity and were more likely to be distracted. Although the impact of adversity on brain […]

Is My Child Normal?

Over the years, many parents often ask me about if a particular behavior is typical and/or normal.  I came across this list of developmental characteristics in children and thought I would share.  This list is created by The Center for Parenting Education. As you read these lists of typical child behavior, remember he will do […]

Is Porn a Threat to Public Health?

Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, is an internationally recognized psychotherapist, sex therapist, and author of numerous books on sexuality, including The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography.  How porn influences the brain is very important to realize and consider.  In her article, Is Porn a Threat to Public Health? Here Are the Questions […]

A Neuroscientist Explores The Biology Of Addiction In ‘Never Enough’

Terry Gross interviews Judith Geisel on Fresh Air. Geisel is a professor of psychology at Bucknell University, where she studies how addictive drugs work on the brain. Her new book is Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction.” She reviews the neurobiology of addiction and what happens to the brain when certain substances are ingested […]

My Heart Still Beats

I wanted to share this series My Heart Still Beats from Vermont Public Radio. It is a six-part series from Writers for Recovery and VPR, featuring conversation about addiction and original writing from the recovery community around Vermont.” Included is an interview with Kate O’Neill in part six and she speaks about her sister who […]

Healthy Relationships are Important for Our Health

My friend and colleague Dr. Julie Neal just sent out her monthly newsletter and I wanted to share something written by her team of doctors including Dr Rosia Parrish and Dr. Cheri King on healthy relationships.  I would suggest getting on her newsletter and you can do that by going to her website:  They […]

Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain

This is a great article that talks about research and findings of prenatal exposure to cannabis. Children born to moms who smoked or ingested marijuana during pregnancy suffer higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, and inattention.” To read the article, please click the link below. Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain