Brain Health and Aging in an Unhealthy Society with Peter Whitehouse MD-PhD & Daniel George, PhD MSc

[Episode 70 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Paul Krauss MA LPC speaks with Peter Whitehouse, MD-PhD and Daniel George, PhD MSc about their new book “American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society.”

Dr. George is a medical anthropologist and an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Whitehouse is a professor of neurology at Case Western Reserve University and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. He is co-founder of Intergenerational Schools, a network of unique public, multi-age community schools in Cleveland, Ohio. These professionals have merged their skills to write several books and present a scholarly, evidence-based approach to understanding neurodegenerative processes and their treatment. Previously, the two contributed to the book: “The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis.”

In a conversation with these professionals, Paul discusses some of the myths about Alzheimer’s “disease” and brain health as well as preventative measures we should be taking at a societal level to reduce the risk of brain deformation. Taking an eco-psychosocial lens, Dr. George and Dr. Whitehouse also discuss how those in power shape the public’s views of health, preventative care, and treatments. Further, they discuss how the misunderstanding of Alzheimer’s has mostly locked in efforts to treat it to a single pill. Instead, they suggest focusing on certain aspects of the healthcare industry with Person Centered Care, Life-Long education, Age-Friendly Communities, and basic preventative measures that communities may implement as ways to prevent and help those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Previously, the two contributed to the book: The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis.

Buy their new book here. (American Dementia)
More information:
Twitter: @drgdanielgeorge / @WhitehousePJDoc
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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency” [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“I Remember in the Time of Dangerous Groups” by ttypes (Spotify)

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