Welcome to CoreBrain Journal
Measure what is measurable,
and make measurable what is not so.
Galileo ~ 1640
CoreBrain Journal Investigates Comprehensive Solutions With Global Experts
You’re looking for answers – I am too. Let’s travel together.
I don’t know it all, but I know where to look. Here at CoreBrain Journal, I share my discoveries with you. After 48 years of experiences in the street trenches as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, psychopharmacologist, medical director in hospital psychiatry, and clinician/author – lecturer in addiction medicine, I belatedly discovered I had to look deeper. After 20 years of national presentations teaching psychopharmacology [regarding bipolar, depression and ADHD], 13 years of experience with SPECT brain imaging, I still needed improved insights.
A traveler sees what he sees.
A tourist sees what he has come to see.
Gilbert K Chesterton
Now after more than a decade using functional medicine measures based on molecular neurophysiology – I’m still looking for even better answers from thought leaders in every global corner of mind science.
In my lifetime diagnostic mind markers dramatically changed from dream objectives to molecular physiology. From direct experience, I can report to you that those essential wheels of change and improved care continue to turn too slowly. I love this opportunity at CoreBrain Journal to share our guests and data-driven solutions with you. It takes a team to drive orthodoxy and limited thinking forward – and translate those insights down to actionable applications – at the street level.
I do hope you’ll join me on my journey to face the reality of neuroscience inquiry – and take my lead to ask questions in the comments on any Episode page – I answer all of them.
Why Markers Matter: Without them, we’re lost in a Sea of Maybes
I am fascinated by the indecisive moment –
and the peripheral view.
~ Doug Aitken
Markers encourage the most efficient, the most comprehensive solutions. CoreBrain Journal is about both the reality/existence of new markers and the consequences of more measured, predictable answers. The ocean of mind-misunderstandings is vast out there – cold, and remarkably challenging. Come on in, warm up, kick off your shoes, and let’s climb these lighthouse stairs together to turn on all the marker lights and monitor the realities we see with these new tools.
The Welcome mat is out, our collective journey is already underway, let’s start to look more carefully at our next travels together. It’s the perfect time to start because new maps make mind journeys far less complicated. Changing, yet measurable, biomedical reality reveals a complex world that requires professional translations and client insights to travel with fewer shipwrecks.
First a few personal words about me and our mission: I started writing about mind complexity back in 1992 with my first book Deep Recovery after years of dealing with addiction/recovery platitudes and emotionally involved imperious recovery demands. Even today recovery from dependency challenges too often misses an appreciation of the underlying mental issues regarding self-esteem, self-management – and the importance of balanced relationships for any recovery process. Now recovery must include additional biological data – beyond good self-management.
In the last ten years, I’ve written over 460 articles at CorePsych.com, exploring new data-driven diagnostic and treatment perspectives for mind health and recovery.
More recently I wrote New ADHD Medication Rules – Brain Science and Common Sense  after years of missing biomedical diagnostic marks in my offices – in spite of using advanced inquiries with new technology such as SPECT Functional Brain Imaging.
Today CoreBrain Journal embraces more than the obvious problems of misdiagnosis and treatment – such as the diagnostic and treatment controversy of “ADHD.” Here professionals and experienced clients dig deeper to discuss encouraging diagnostic and treatment protocols for the entire spectrum of mind science.
Practical, data-driven solutions now support a revision of precision in the global standard of brain care. Good treatment from coaching to medications absolutely requires effective communication about these new target opportunities and new treatment maps.
About you, here at CBJ – Chime in
Now before you climb inside this Bright Light here at Port Clyde, ME, take a brief moment to think about this critical perspective: what you think, who you are, what you already know from your life experiences matters deeply. Your personal experience of self-observation can now ultimately become part of our collective CoreBrain Journal mapping process. Your pain and frustrations can provide anonymous lessons for all of us – so consider this: you may wish to share them here at CBJ. If you have a story of unexpected recovery in the light of new science, please share it – anonymously or not.
Others who haven’t experienced your reality will grow from your improved perspectives. Your share will make a difference in someone’s life.
001 – This Parker Introduction: Why I’m here with you
If you don’t look, you can’t see.
– Parker 2003
This first episode provides a brief personal report about our mission with CoreBrain Journal, and why I’m so deeply involved in our mutual CoreBrain Journal objectives.
Why Links from Episode 001:
- The Experts Agree On Critical Thinking: http://corebrainjournal.com/critical
- CorePsych Articles & Videos – over 460 on improving comprehensive care for more than ten years: http://corepsych.com
- Galileo and Measurement: http://corebrainjournal.com/galileo
- Data Changes Perspectives – & Changes Thinking: http://corebrainjournal.com/de-bono
- Brief Preview Summary – PDF – of First 10 Episodes: http://corebrainjournal.com/preview
Why Topics Mentioned in this Episode
- The inadequacy of our current diagnostic and treatment system, and the limitations of appearances.
- Diagnosis and Treatment based on appearances are helpful but in the context of modern neuroscientific discoveries: Excellent, but not enough.
- Stay here at CBJ for insightful, compelling assessment solutions and treatment options.
- Extraordinary researchers and experienced clients document their experiences with new mind discoveries.
Items in this Episode You Will Learn:
- Why and how we should work together to connect others with these new data points.
- Personal notes: what drives me to ask the hard questions. Also, see the link to the CBJ About Page.
Join our CBJ Social Communities
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- Twitter: http://twitter.com/drcharlesparker
- Visit our CBJ Veteran and Family Page for extraordinary reports on TBI, PCS, PTSD, PTS, Combat Stress
- Visit the CBJ Neuroscience Clubs Page for your school
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- Mindset experts make a difference: CBJ/Mindset Page
CoreBrain Journal Welcome
001 Parker Intro
Welcome, this is Dr. Charles Parker with an intro to tell you about our mission here at CoreBrain Journal – and why I’m with you at this moment.
Core brain science is dramatically changing.
Today’s mind science provides for all of us a Galileo Mind Moment as we leave the Dark Ages of how things used to look to now see how they are in reality. The sun does appear to rotate around the earth, but new telescopic technology, both then and now, enlarges our universal vision. The biological brain is currently talking to us through a variety of incredible modern telescopes.
Why so many mind problems?
In a word: complexity. The mind, and the body that carries the mind lives in a dynamic balance. Over time it changes and grows in the context of many unexplored, rarely discussed, biologically driven, active, molecular and cellular networks.
So what exactly is the problem you ask?
When mind targets and treatments do work, there is no problem. When they don’t work, relationships & wasted lifetimes result in extreme confusion and emotional turmoil that can endure for generations. Lives are lost. Just glance back for a moment at previous generations, and you’ll see what I mean. The particular problem, the exact problem, is medical treatment resistance and treatment failure – with the relentless downstream effect of denial, psychiatric stigma, and the capricious use of psychotropic medications for labels that way too often miss the reality, the details of human biomedical complexity.
Consider these essential features not adequately addressed in the current DSM-5 Diagnostic Manuel: brain function, biomedical reality, change, context, time, and thinking – cognition. Labels are reductionistic and static, but the brain is a dynamic complexity of moving parts over time.
Reality changes as well. Context matters for diagnosis and treatment.
Consider this inarguable paradox: while ADHD is a predominantly a thinking problem, cognition – the process of thinking – remains out of the diagnostic discussion while superficial, observable behaviors continue to rule that imprecise diagnostic landscape. Too often specific treatment targets are overlooked because we’re treating thinking, without thinking about thinking.
Too often what looks like ADD, “Attention Deficit Disorder,” is AAD – Attention Abundance Disorder, far more functionally accurate and less disrespectful than Deficit, but not yet in the DSM-5 in 2016. Yes, New Rules are in order. With new patients, I often discover treatment opportunities missed for decades by looking beyond the limitations of labels.
The good news
Exciting recent discoveries in core biomedical sciences now measure persuasive details for both brain and body activities. These new data points create fresh opportunities for more precise mind outcomes.
But balanced resources for open discussion, for translation, for understanding, and for actually using, applying, those discoveries, often don’t reach the street level – for either providers or their clients. Useful information is available, but too few understandable; teaching connections keep us in the Dark Ages.
Our mission at CoreBrain Journal: To connect and translate new, useful mind information for street-level applications there, in the trenches, for both providers and clients, at every level of brain engagement. Main Street wants improved answers.
From the macros of brain imaging to the insightful micros of presynaptic transporter proteins, from addictions to neurofeedback and transcranial magnetic stimulation – at CBJ we’ll bring insights for your commentary and review. Let’s move past gossip and conjecture and talk about what’s happening today in mind science.
And let’s immediately stop calling people names – then throwing meds at old labels. The time has come to dig down into the specifics, the universal reality of this new biomedical complexity. Together we must improve the dialogue and bring an end to guesswork, mystery, dreams, and labels based upon simplistic appearances.
Together we can make a difference.
We do hope you’ll join us in our frank discussions – as together we will search for more likely answers. Your contribution to thinking and experience will prove valuable to others looking for answers. CoreBrain Journal connects measurement and treatment tools with the experiences of real people.
Our Core Mission at CoreBrain Journal is this collective opportunity for all of us to embrace and effectively communicate those current data-driven changes – to foster and forward improved, more precise thinking for CBJ listeners and participants everywhere.
On a more personal note:
Today’s provocative mind measurement tools create new solutions that just weren’t available when I started psychiatric training 45 years ago – and were not available for Main Street office applications even five years ago.
My passion for discoveries is born from my many years of office frustration.
I hate treatment failure, especially with patients on my watch, and I know that my history of missed targets, what has happened to me, can happen to you. I especially hate to overlook any mark in the context of my lifetime of multiple attempts with the best education available. My world-class training in every corner of mind health has too often missed the mark when applied on the street level, in my offices over my lifetime.
It’s a complexity thing.
The variety of frustrating unknowns drives me to dive deeper. In fact, I’m a non-recovering Eagle Scout still searching for the right paths – and hate it when I do get lost. I’ll tell you more about my misses, those “learning opportunities,” as we travel together.
Why have I missed any of those marks? – Because I didn’t know then what I do know now. But even now I also know… there’s still much more out there. I look forward to our search together as discoveries arise.
After years of frustration, of not knowing – I’ll be your host, your guide, and your student-traveling companion, as we travel even more and different landscapes on our CoreBrain journey together. I do still look forward to learning every day – and the insightful guests we’ve scheduled are now available to all of us as personal resources for years to come, at no cost.
To our discussion, we’ll add downloads and references for even more complete review. “Peer reviewed” works if you work it.
So take a moment right now to subscribe and review [at iTunes or Google in the footer below], or comment on any of our episodes or posts here at CBJ. Please do contribute your observations to our conversations and forward links for our mission to your tribes, your medical teams, and your family, wherever they are. The best thing about technology for this CoreBrain dialogue is that it’s available globally, both immediately and asynchronously, anytime.
Your Thought Contributions Are Welcome Through These Easy Tools:
– If you’re a professional with a message that you wish to share at CBJ from experiences that pushed you to dig deeper – do leave your bio notes at http://corebrainjournal.com/guests
– Or, if you’re a client with improvements experienced through techniques that at first appeared out of the box – and wish to share your observations – leave your notes at http://corebrainjournal.com/clients
Let’s start our journey now. The mooring lines are cast off. Hoist the mainsail – let’s go!
Thanks for connecting.
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About Our Next: 002 Monica Cassani – An unhappy Client looking for better answers. Beyond Meds: Monica Cassani has seen the system from both sides – as a social worker and as a person whose life was severely ruptured by psychiatric drugs. She writes critically about the system, as well as about holistic pathways of healing without medication.
Tune in here as she works to understand her challenges with fresh perspectives.
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- Interesting, Important and helpfulApril 28, 2018 by J.M.I from Sweden
I am listening in from Sweden, and I learn so much from Dr Parker and his interesting guests. Sadly, information like this is hard to find amongst practitioners here, and underlying factors to symptoms are of little interest. I am thankful to Dr Parker dedicating time in spreading word about helping people with psycological dysfunctions from a non conventional angle. Thank you!
- Core Brain Journal--NeuropsychologyMay 25, 2017 by Dr Terry James Gingras from United States
Just finished session 118 with neuropsychologist, Dr. Braun. Excellent content presented in a relaxed style. I'm a neuropsychoogist with a specialization In ADHD so I appreciate both Dr. Parker's and Dr. Braun's efforts demystifying the practice of neuropsychology.
- Exceptional interviews !!May 16, 2017 by MCVGRL from United States
Core Brain Journal, with Dr. Charles Parker is a must listen for a wide audience. If you are either the individual, suffering from complex personal medical/ psychological issues; or a family member, friend... please tune in often.
- Podcast 107 (Brain Health) - Very informative!April 13, 2017 by ad1978mke from United States
I especially liked this Podcast because it provided a wealth of valuable brain health research and tips in an approachable, easy-to-listen-to format. The rapport between the Guest Speaker (Dr. Braun) and Host (Dr. Parker) was evident, and I hope to hear another Podcast with this Guest Speaker!
- Top quality informationFebruary 5, 2017 by MD Ireland from Ireland
As a functional medicine doc I found this iterview stimulating, inspiring and it is full of clinically useful information
- FascinatingFebruary 1, 2017 by jinki1 from United States
If you love science and psychology, then this is for you. The brain is such a mysterious machine, and listening to experts discuss how it works is fascinating. This seems like a pick-and-choose type podcast: I'll skip the shows focusing on estrogen and alzeimer's and go for creativity, anxiety, music, and others. But what I've listened to so far is great.
- My Brain Thanks You!January 13, 2017 by B. Keenan Johnston from United States
Thanks for shedding some much needed light on issues of the brain. I recently became interested in the subject when I was listening to NPR do a segment on neuroplasticity. I could never remember the name of the author, but it helped me find this great podcast!
- Flipping Junkie ReviewDecember 23, 2016 by Danny Johnson -Flipping Junkie from United States
Awesome podcast! I really loved the bipolar episode. Wonderful insight into these issues. Keep up the good work!
- “How I Found Myself” Dean RobertsDecember 2, 2016 by Don Hutcheson from United States
I just had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Charles Parker’s latest interview with Mr. Dean Roberts on the topic: “How I Found Myself.” The thesis of this remarkable podcast is that the difference between treatment success and failure for conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD and others is often the result of omitting crucial brain, biomedical, and functional neuroscience information and insights. Well done and much-needed. Wish you continuing success!
- I may be a geek...November 19, 2016 by JHHealy from United States
But as an addictions recovery coach I find this brain science utterly amazing! Great show, love it!
- Keep up the Great work Dr ChuckNovember 18, 2016 by imupat3am from United States
Just finished listening to the lateste episode with Dr Kelly Morrow-Baez the epsiode was about her and working with women ages 45-60.... Great podcast will be listening to more
- GROUND SHAKINGNovember 13, 2016 by Restlesstaxpayer from United States
Your shows are always very informative but the last two with Tom O'Brien andDavid Siever are absolutely revolutionary every doctor in the country should listen to both of them twice a day I cannot overstate how important this information is I am sending links to everyone I care about Thank you
- 21st Century PioneerSeptember 16, 2016 by Louis Di Bianco from Canada
Dr. Charles Parker offers us cutting edge knowledge in our rapidly changing world. The episde on music healing si a breath of fresh air. We need more natural healing alternatives like this one. It's easy to understand how music heals when you know that everything in our world is energy. Thank you for this important show.
- Episode 46 - such important work!September 16, 2016 by Michelle at Inner North Star from United States
I have done quite a bit of work around Post Traumatic Stress, being a Veteran and First Responder myself. This work with music/sound therapy is very interesting and this episode is well worth the listen. This podcast has relevant information we can all benfit from!
- Good StuffJuly 1, 2016 by namtrok from United States
While this is stuff I don't think of each day, Dr Charles presents it in a great way and I feel smarter each episode. Thanks! Paul from NomadTogether.com
- Very informative and filled with valueJune 19, 2016 by Jimwj from United States
This is an excellent podcast which provides smart, science-based, information which focuses on the mind and body. Great podcast. Check it out.
- Very informative!June 13, 2016 by Thomas O'Grady, PhD from United States
I’ve listened to a few episodes and this was an interesting podcast.
- Loved the episode with peggyJune 11, 2016 by Courageous1 from United States
Great work Charles - Love the episode with Peggy about anxiety. Keep it up!
- Fresh Mind ScienceJune 10, 2016 by ADHD reWired from United States
This is a great podcast for anyone interested in learning more about the brain and are looking for solutions. Great for clinicans, coaches and consumers. Thank you for creating this podcast!
- Valuable InformationJune 10, 2016 by dannytay92 from United States
Dr. Parker is a friendly, easy-to-listen to host, and this content is so valuable. All of us know people who could benefit from the specific topics of each episode.
- Truly Meaningful ContentJune 10, 2016 by No More Obstacles from United States
If you have a loved one with bipolar disorder or live with it yourself, do NOT miss that episode! Dr. Parker brings serious science to specific issues in an accesible, applicable way. Really, really good.
- Stellar podcast!May 27, 2016 by Tara Williams Phone from United States
I'm all about the mind and body connection, it's time we American's realize the power of both. There are so many amazing things to do in this world and I love that Dr. Parker is reminding us!
- This helpsMay 27, 2016 by JenRiday from United States
My brother-in-law has bipolar and it's interesting to listen to this and hopefully better understand him. Very helpful!
- The Complex made Simple - #PWpeeps - Doc and JockApril 29, 2016 by JoeShu2326 from United States
The brain is complex and the issues surrounding often convoluted. Not on this podcast! Dr. parker breaks it down simply and concisely!
- FantasticApril 22, 2016 by HappyCoffeeLady44 from United States
Finally someone who brings the mind and body together!
- ExcellentApril 16, 2016 by M_Glover_88 from United Kingdom
This is a fantastic show. Really great info about a subject I have a huge interest in. Looking forward to more!
- Very smart podcast about the epic mind.April 16, 2016 by dustspecks from United States
Very smart host with very smart guest. This is a great show that can be utilized to dive into the inner workings of the mind and get up to date information about the mind.
- Excited!April 15, 2016 by SeeinADHD.com from United States
As an ADHD Coach, I'm excited to have another quality podcast to recommend to my clients. The mind and body are indeed connected, I'm looking forward to more!
- Excellent!!April 15, 2016 by Italykittyjc from United States
Excellent podcast with awesome content. Very well done. Very informative. Looking forward to listening to more episodes. Great job.