As a digital watchtower for all things health space, it is our duty here at Health Horizons to also address any possible snake-oil out there. It is important to do your due diligence in something, especially when it sounds too good to be true. Lately, we have spent a lot of our virtual breath talking about Dr. Mark Hyman’s new docuseries Broken Brain. It pitches how to heal, correct, or… well, fix a number of crippling psychiatric disorders. Is this some sort of broken brain hoax? Our research is pointing: No. Here’s why.
Broken Brain Hoax? Nope
The reasoning some might have in suspecting that Broken Brain might not be as legit as it claims is easy to understand. It is important to be a little skeptical when it comes to anything out there. When it applies to something like brain health, a function that a wide swath of the populace has a misunderstanding on. Hey, no blame! We were right there with you!
The misconception: Brainpower is fixed. You have it or you don’t. You get what you get and you make due. This binary, yes or no understanding of it has failed us. We see research on things like neuroplasticity and do a double take because the idea that our brains can keep learning, being healthy and sharp, even into old age does not track with what we have been sold before. But that was all wrong. That fear is unfounded. We can improve our brains!
In the course of the docuseries, Dr. Hyman lays out a plan that illustrates the number of different avenues anyone can take to not only better their brain health, but future-proof it from the possibilities of degenerative brain diseases.
How to Fix Broken Brains
So, if we assert that there is no such thing as the Broken Brain hoax, what gives us the ability to decide? Like we mentioned, Dr. Hyman lays out a plan to see faster, clearer function, improved brain health, and the healing of a number of psychiatric disorders. In doing so he provides concrete, actionable steps. Anyone can pick up this series, take notes and begin seeing cognitive improvement.
The plan consists of things like brain foods, exercise (mental and physical!) and supplements as factors to address when it comes to the myriad of possible cognitive impairments. Often these are symptoms of an underlying cause that needs to be addressed to see any real improvement.
Why Should You Trust Dr. Hyman?
Aside from being a medical advisor to a former president, Dr. Hyman has a whopping ton of credentials and collaborating experts to support what he has on offer. You can find out more at his own website but to put it briefly, aside from being a practicing physician and Director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, he has also contributed to a number media outlets including Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CNN, The Today Show, The View, Dr. Oz, and Katie.
Perhaps more importantly than all that social proof, Dr. Hyman has lived through it!
Seemingly overnight, Dr. Hyman went from dictating dozens of patient charts flawlessly to struggling, as if his mind could no longer recall the data he needed. Frustrated he did what millions of other Americans do, he entered into the long chain of doctor to specialist to doctor to pharmacy to a specialist and back all around again. The first doctor says, ‘Oh, you’re simply stressed.’ The next ‘It’s depression, here’s an antidepressant.’ And so on and so forth with each new expert came to a new pill meant to counter symptoms. But none of them went deeper and addressed whatever the root cause of these symptoms was.
Not liking the lack of clarity, the lack of a real answer to his ailment, Dr. Hyman set out on his own research to discover just what had suddenly stricken him low. Through that process, he arrived at the factors laid out in Broken Brain. By adjusting nutrition, engaging in exercises both physical and mental, and detoxifying your life you can drastically reduce the everyday harm your brain endures without complaint, so you don’t wake up brought low by the unknown assaults.
When your brain is healthy and working you will experience a sense of clarity, of vitality, you will be optimistic. When any one of those senses is not there, the others soon crumble as they often work in harmony. And so, some sort of broken brain is developing.
But now, no longer do people have to bounce from doctor to doctor to receive medications that combat symptoms while never fixing the underlying issue. Dr. Hyman’s Broken Brain demonstrates the methods for anyone to get started. There is no run around from doctors or insurance. This is simply a program of actionable steps to have your best brain health, ever and you can begin immediately.