Feeding Your Brain - A Conversation with Drs. Alarik and Cynthia Arenander

  • Wed
    Mar 23
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Fri
    Mar 25
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

The BrainGREAT TASTE gets a bit scientific this week as we explore the role food plays in feeding the brain.  It seems funny that little attention is paid to this particularly important part of the physiology in the course of general food discussions.  We're always talking about how a particular food affects the functioning of other organs or usually conversing about the sensory titillations we experience when eating.  But, our brain serves as the central hub for everything that happens to us processing information through as many as 1 quadrillion synaptic connections.

If we are really taking care of physiological businesss we need to consider how to keep the brain in prime condition.  Rates of Alzheimer's disease are climbing dramatically, and some health experts believe that within the next 20 years one in every four adults in the US over 65 will contract the disease.  Perhaps the best strategy to combat brain-debilitating diseases is a routine designed to support the brain and its functioning?

Joining us in the studio to look at the challenge of keeping our brains fit are Drs. Alarik and Cynthia Arenander, founders of the Anti-Aging Company.  Four years ago the Arenanders began developing their own products and identified other substances that, when used properly, strengthen the brain.  Alarik, a neuroscientist and educator, has been doing brain research for over 30 years and will share some of his conclusions during our Brain Health 101 discussion.  Cynthia will discuss the  philosophy underlying the creation of their products, which they believe is as critical an element as the actual ingredients.

We'll do some cooking and share a couple of recipes using Betty's BrainGain Miracle Spice, a key "food" to keep the brain running effectively.  I can't wait to see if it tastes good on popcorn plus makes me smarter.

This GREAT TASTE is a "must" listen.  Check out the stream at kruufm.com.  If you miss it live, then tune in Friday at 7:00 AM CDT for the rebroadcast.

 

Dr. Alarik Arenander

Dr. Alarik Arenander is a neuroscientist, educator, national lecturer, and leading researcher into the neurobiology of brain development. His work has helped establish the field of neuroscience as science’s leading area for exploring human potentiality. Dr. Arenander has conducted pioneering research at University of California at Los Angeles, Penn State University at Hershey, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA.

Since 1999, Dr. Arenander has been the Director of the Brain Research Institute at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa. His research focuses primarily on brain development, including both basic and applied research in the relationship of brain and consciousness and the role of the environment and experience on developmental processes.

Research projects include the following:

  • Basic research using powerful neuroimaging techniques, such as EEG, MEG, and fMRI are being used to analyze changes in brain dynamics during meditation and the experience of a cognitive and neural ‘ground state’ at the basis of our thinking and behavior.

  • Applied research to identify “consciousness-based” technologies capable of reversing brain imbalances in children and young adults. The BRI is examining the patterns of growth and expression in the prefrontal cortex of children enrolled in Consciousness-Based education (CBE) programs in comparison with published norms. Findings suggest that CBE programs lead to increasing creativity, intelligence and holistic psychophysiological development, more mature decision-making and reduced risky behavior. These research programs also include investigation of the effects of CBE on imbalances in populations of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), violent behavior, or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

  • The BRI is actively working on a global level to reverse the neurophysiology of violence in the children of the world. In order to counteract the potential for violence in entire generations of children caught in national and global conflict and terrorism, Dr. Arenander, in collaboration with the United Nations and various non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is organizing research projects to help effectively treat children suffering from trauma incurred as the result of armed conflict and natural disasters in different parts of the world, particularly Africa and South America.

Background

Dr. Arenander received his Ph.D. in brain research from UCLA in 1980 with one of the first studies mapping the biochemical language of neural intercellular communication and its modification by stress and reproductive hormones during brain development. Dr. Arenander has been involved in brain research for the past 30 years. His early studies included work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in molecular and developmental biology, than at Penn State University’s Hersey Medical College, and UCLA’s Torrance General Hospital, where he studied neuroendocrine patterns across different states of consciousness and in various disease conditions.

In 1980, he helped establish the first doctoral program in the Neuroscience of Human Consciousness in the world. As leader of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group (CNRG) at MUM, he conducted research into brain mechanics of meditation, as it effects perception and cognition, including the relationship of coherent brain processes and development of intelligence in children.

Returning to UCLA in 1986, he began groundbreaking neurogenetic research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify the complex network of transcriptional control factors that transform the complex changing pattern of environmental signals into decisions that determine the developmental pathways of the mature human brain physiology.

Since 1993, Dr. Arenander has pursued full-time research in consciousness and brain physiology and has toured the U.S. and Canada continuously to present the most advanced knowledge available in this field of brain and consciousness to enhance human potential and well-being and contribute to establishing a peaceful and enlightened future for the children of the world.