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Translating Mind Insights For Informed Applications On Main Street, Anytown

If you do what you’ve always done,
then you’ll always get what you got.
~ Henry Ford

It’s not about me; it’s about you. Our team mission takes your team to new territories you already wish to travel – in your lifetime, beyond stuckness. Here actions – measurable biomedical dynamics – speak louder than words, in spite of the word-maps we started with long ago. CoreBrain Journal is our chance to discuss the latest discoveries in mind science with policymakers, researchers, and the informed public.

A neuroscience sea-change is afoot, as far too many with cognitive and emotional challenges struggle with the whimsical innocence and associated denial of extant behaviorally-based diagnostic labels with inadequate insights.

Old maps aren’t bad; they’re merely insufficient. Let’s get on it.

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– to identify the causal biomedical realities of underlying mental problems and address the pervasive treatment failure that families repeatedly experience with the current standards of guesswork and vagaries that typify the routine standards of imprecise psychiatric care,
– to hear Guest insights from years of experience with the realities of what does work and how
– what facts and new perceptions that inspired their ideas,
– what decisions improved their insights and their lives,
– how they deal with treatment failure in their work,
– how they struggle to make further progress, even down at the street level in Anytown,
– how remarkable new labs, tools, and techniques improve mental health options

I’m determined and passionate about opening current maps to travel new territories for you and your teams. Let’s get on this train and travel together. Subscribe now for updates that change the game, and dramatically improve your next trips.


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Our CBJ discussions provide maps and markers out on the Reality Road that will help avoid detours, sharp turns, and pitfalls as we travel along life’s way. New plans, with fresh insights, open new doors of understanding with our extraordinary Guests here at CBJ.

Stunning original data points and incredible contemporary technologies dramatically change options for excellent care in today’s mind science.

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Here I share with you insightful, driven researchers and practitioners who repeatedly dig for answers to the complexity of challenges with brain health – including both professionals and concerned mothers who search relentlessly for answers over years of their child’s lifetime. Through CBJ, those cumulative insights will come directly to you with links and references that honor the teamwork of those who’ve come before.

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These New Tools Combat Treatment Failure

Recognition is the first step to change.
Moses Maimonides – 12th Century

Medical imprecision creates treatment compromise, and, too often, treatment failure. I still love my practice, and also spend many hours teaching anyone interested in the details of how to use fresh data and excellent resources now available through dramatic advancements in brain science technology. I’ve offered complimentary solutions for some of the most apparent problems on YouTube for more than nine years. [See my brief YouTube example below.]

Your Paradox:  Treatment Failure Can Now Work For You

The obstacle is the way.
~ Ryan Holiday

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Looking For Details

Today we live at a crossroads, a Galileo Moment in mind-science. Remarkable laboratory tools and recent neuroscience discoveries now show us how those random treatment failures can now guide us to more useful, practical answers. Problems now become instruction tools for advanced solutions. Treatment failure teaches us to ask different questions. Cost-effective laboratory testing is now available to understand molecular physiology on a subcellular level – from transporter proteins on the presynaptic nerves to genetic changes in neurotransmitter cofactor pathways.

These concepts at first sound weird and complicated, but discussions with our Guests make these challenges understandable.  It does sound deep with these new tools – but don’t worry, language is part of the solution, so I’ll make sure I simplify their lessons for you here at CBJ. These challenging issues are also explained a bit more carefully in my Updated Parker Brief Bio, here in PDF.

Real Answers On The Reality Path

‘Seems,’ madam? Nay, it is; I know not ‘seems.’
~ Hamlet, Shakespeare

Every new technology, new measurement tool, and treatment process adds additional, reality-based, potential recovery opportunities. CoreBrain Journal reviews these exciting innovations from both professionals and those who have lived with referenced, improved results. If new answers are out there, we will interview the most experienced thought leaders who teach us their personal views and skill sets on diverse fresh perspectives – how new insights work, and how those unusual interventions have changed their lives both as professionals and clients.

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Different Answers From A Measured Context

Yes, this quote is a favorite and bears repeating:

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.
Edward de Bono

Our shared problem: entropic communications based upon weak, inadequate mind perceptions most often constructed on Paleolithic, Systems 1, reductionistic, reptilian thinking. Today’s mind Realities supersedes the erstwhile value of dreams and dreaming without data. Education changes attitudes. Dogmatically entrenched misperceptions based on hearsay and appearance-beliefs will not move mind care forward for the millions in need of improved mental services. It’s time to connect data-informed professionals with consumers to facilitate any next-mind conversations.

Our CBJ Guests move confidently forward from the periphery of remote systems awareness to the deeper, new Reality Process of systems data, reality, thinking, and planning, beyond reptilian duality. Let’s work together to encourage more careful inquiry. Many discoveries do, at first, sound complicated – but our CBJ translations based on fresh guest insights make hard data more understandable at the street level for everyone in Anytown.

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My Training

By now you know I’m still in training. Everyday. Guests at CoreBrain Journal keep both of us fresh, even after these many years of practice and experience. At CBJ we train together.

Rest assured, if I think I know it all, I’ll hang it up. Sometimes I become a bit too effusive with guests and their new information here, but that’s OK. As a non-recovering Eagle Scout, I’m excited to journey here on similar Paths with these remarkable souls, on different ships with fresh maps to many new destinations. Our global mind-village is traveling together.

Diverse Training Connects Tiny Details To The Big Picture

Dr. Charles Parker

I’m a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Psychiatry, with inactive Board Certifications after ten years in both Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission also licenses me [since ’03] as an Authorized User For SPECT Nuclear Imaging.

In my early days, I graduated after seven years of training in classical Freudian Psychoanalysis in the 70s but stopped providing psychoanalytic treatments a lifetime ago. I lectured nationally for more than twenty years on topics ranging from relationships, recovery, and self-management, to psychopharmacology and biomedical testing/treatments for functional medicine testing companies.

During my pharmaceutical mission days, I set out to teach the informed use of psychiatric medications for hundreds of medical colleagues. I never ‘sold drugs.’ I did teach verified neuroscience answers to improve the informed, correct use of pharmaceuticals. I’ve always worked to understand ‘correct action’ – and hate to see that disappointment in the eyes of those suffering when medical expectations miss the mark.

Current Drug Information Is Woefully Inadequate For Medical Professionals

The inappropriate outcry against that process of dinner meeting training for medical professionals who now update their use of psych meds only through pharmaceutical reps contributes to the errors, misinformation, and stigma against the use of any psychiatric medications.

Stated plainly: we live in a sea of suppositions that ranges from innocence to clear denial that adversely affects thousands of patients worldwide.

The pervasive problem of guesswork with psychiatric medicines increases every day as more medical professionals use outdated appearance criteria for the complexity of more profoundly troubling biomedical issues without knowing essential details about those medications or biomedical factors in the first place. I see these problems every day in a bustling,  often second-opinion practice, exploring the consequences of these treatment failures.

Casual use of psychotropic drugs was a problem back in the ’80’s and remains an even more severe international issue today, almost forty years later – especially in the context of advanced neuroscience discoveries. Superficial assessments prevent informed accuracy. The illusion of safety provides false reassurance.

For those who challenge any use of pharmaceutical agents, I suggest one starting-point answer: Yes, do learn psychopharmacology – then determine the neuroscience details beyond medications that only work if you work to understand the nuances of metabolic impediments.

The Perplexing Global Paradox That Impairs Informed Medical Care

The intelligence, experience, and data of pharmaceutical research now lives in the hands of the money men. The uninformed, economically-driven managed care companies have uniformly decided they are the appropriate gatekeepers and today set out to rule the clinical landscape with directions grounded in economics, not pain.

The contemporary paradox is that money rules the game of clinical care, and uneducated managed care administrators [including medical directors] compound current medical problems with ever increasing different misperceptions that answer to the politic of labels, not the painful realities of the suffering people. Certified, trained, experienced medical, mental health professionals daily go begging as sharecroppers while managed care enlarges their tenet farms – as in the ’30s.

As in the days of slavery, labels, quite regressively, now rule interventions more than ever before. It’s not a healthy system. It supports compromised, ineffective care by supporting pervasive standards of inadequacy rather than informed quality care.

Who now speaks for the patients? No one.

At CBJ we are determined to carry the message/plans and to leap that chasm of denial. Our CBJ mission isn’t apocryphal; it’s authentic. Research, data, and experience drive us to next destinations.

Therefore: Ongoing Training At CBJ To Address Treatment Failure

Roadblocks Abound

…but first let’s do the numbers.
~ Kai Ryssdal, Host of Marketplace NPR

Informed psychopharmacology must involve not only neurotransmitters and receptor sites but all of the metabolic roadblocks along the way. Predictable psychopharmacology practice involves far more than knowing drug actions and interactions for inadequate label-targets. Today anyone using medications must include an appreciation of the entire biomedical, somatic metabolic grid for more efficient outcomes.

Note: Biomedical impediments erect the singular most predictable, now measurable, somatic barriers that encourage treatment failure. The numbers are there; we have to look a bit more to see them.

On the bight side, once understood these same obstacles often present treatment opportunities as we can now set more precise plans to take mental and biomedical roadblocks down. At CBJ our insightful guests regularly target and report findings on those heretofore unforeseeable barriers. They discuss the numbers, the data, and thereby build a foundation of more predictable outcomes.

Critical thinking is in – binary, reductionistic, reptilian thinking is out. Numbers and data are in, metabolic innocence, denial, and inadequate labels are out.

A Ubiquitous &  Obvious Point: Start With The Complexity of “ADHD”

Cognitive disarray is not that complicated. For complimentary video insights to take the mystery out of the pervasive issue of Executive Function challenges from both diagnostic and treatment perspectives, consider this introductory video and connected sets of ~ 287 tutorial videos on YouTube.  About 60 of those address ADHD diagnosis and treatment understandings based upon data from treatment failures.


YouTube Video Intro 3:22 min – with Updates Here


CoreBrain Journal Expert Examples: Issues Beyond “ADHD”

Our psychiatric diagnostic and treatment systems need formal revision. “ADHD” misunderstandings and ineffective treatments represent but a small segment of the contemporary brain and biomedical misunderstandings. If you agree, let’s travel and explore possibilities in these new lands together.

If you don’t wish to connect for ongoing travels together, please nevertheless stay tuned and be prepared. What you don’t know about mind-recovery will eventually visit your doorstep – we’re in this together no matter how you slice it. The reality of mind misunderstandings will likely knock on your door, either personally or with relationships along the way. CBJ expert commentaries offer new hope through peer-reviewed research and clinical experience.

My Paradox: About Changed Perceptions  

It is a very recent disease to mistake the unobserved for the nonexistent;
but some are plagued by the worse disease of mistaking the unobserved for the unobservable.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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It’s About Change

I’ve fielded medical and biomedical questions from hundreds of medical audiences from Brownsville, TX to Fargo, ND, Manhattan, Miami Beach, Boston, LA, San Francisco, Puerto Rico, The Cayman Islands, St. Croix, Paris and Lake Tahoe. With updated pharma training every year for more than two decades, from many of the most experienced researchers and clinicians in the world, I still experienced too much treatment failure in my offices, based on the best pharmaceutical science available.

Why? – Because I didn’t see the complexity of each person’s entire biomedical picture. My misunderstandings and misperceptions based upon that foundation of insufficient data led to my own, always embarrassing, treatment failure experiences. Treatment failures forced me to dig deeper into more informed solutions – and the available numbers.

Here at CoreBrain Journal, I’ll use those counterproductive experiences as grounds for our penetrating interviews to encourage improved perceptions for use with your family and loved ones, now in 102 countries. Seeing and hearing hard data now changes old beliefs and dogmatic labels globally.

Peer-reviewed evidence punctuates each show notes page for each guest’s insights.

Global Neuroscience Curiosity Grows Daily

Stats Updated: As of 5-21-18 CBJ continues to appear on iTunes New and Noteworthy under Science and Medicine. Accomplished expert Guests At CBJ [>222] now inform interested listeners in those 102 countries with more than 16 thousand downloads a month.  We know our exceptional Guests serve a pervasive need for a curious and increasingly well-informed global citizenry.

When the public understands the absolute necessity for improved, measured, functional data, those new target recognition options, and predictably improved outcomes will help resolve the ambiguity of outdated, polemic dogma.

About The Roads Beyond Meds

That broad diversity of medical speaking experience, completed training, multiple certifications – and the process of missing underlying diagnostic markers in spite of those “traditional” credentials make me an outspoken proponent of comprehensive, biological assessments. Esteemed colleagues have taught me that it’s essential to diagnostically dig more carefully with research based on available neuroscience discoveries.

Yes, I am opinionated. But I remain humble in the face of what I didn’t know in the early 70’s, and what I still don’t know today. Our learning together at CBJ  builds a dedicated team to move the markers forward from those old superficial patterns of diagnosis and treatment.

The Critical Thinking Community

And remember this, I’m not the only professional concerned about the limitations of current psychiatric diagnostic and treatment practices. Other Critical Thinkers agree on the importance and necessity of more comprehensive, data-driven understandings:

When we talk about the brain, it is anything but unidimensional, simplistic or reductionistic.
Thomas Insel, Past Director NIMH

Beyond My Office

Winter in Yellowstone

When I’m not writing, interviewing or teaching, I’m thinking of that next family trip to Maine or California for fly-fishing with my wife, son, and daughter and their delightful, always intriguing families.

Our adult children married two remarkably bright and discerning travelers with wisdom beyond their years. Our two grandchildren in California are insightful boys who love the outdoors, and I’ve enjoyed fishing with them in North Carolina, Florida, California, and Virginia. Our granddaughter in Maine is already a water bug kayaking with her parents and looking for her boots to go out in the snow. She’s already carefully reorganizing reality in play even at 1.5 years old.

I’m looking forward to that dream trip when we all drift fish for trout in the beautiful Flaming Gorge on the Green River in Utah.  Our nuclear family [my wife, son, and daughter] still remembers that special March trip to Yellowstone Park in the 80s. First, we drove snowmobiles about 70 miles to see Old Faithful blow steam from the frozen stones, and then fly fished all the next day [with wet March Browns] on the Madison River for beautiful brown and rainbow trout. That trip was life-changing for all of us.

Looking Back: Personal Gratitude Details On My Launch  


Launch To Sail

If you’re curious to know a bit more about me personally, and my other trips:

  • My mother was a family practice physician [Med School Grad ’39] who later in life followed my lead and completed a residency in psychiatry. I followed her passion, her drive to learn and help others, and she in later years followed mine. Harriet’s positive attitude was contagious, and she consistently supported our next steps. My younger brother is also a physician, now retired, who specialized in family practice.
  • I read Science and Sanity by Alfred Korzybski in 1969.  His careful review of Non-Aristotelian thinking, labels, language and the Field Theory of General Semantics dramatically changed my life. His point: Reductionistic thinking prevents the advancement of science and creates unnecessary limitations for Critical Thinking. Korzybski appears with full attribution in both of my books. Korzybski’s keywords: change & time [which in the equation of life = process].
  • I met Anna Freud while a training candidate, finishing studies at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis, following her presentation at the University of PA. She was quick with her conversation and carried a beautiful twinkle in her eye. Today Reality is far more interesting to me than fantasies of yesteryear, but I respect the contributions of those who came before. Her influence on my evolution in child psychiatry – in a word: inspirational.
  • I loved psychoanalytic training in Philadelphia and chose only the brightest and most highly respected supervisors for my control cases. One of my favorites was Homer Curtis, MD, President of the American Psychoanalytic Association – a man with considerable depth and rigorous thinking. We spent many delightful hours of supervision in his office at the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital in West Philly.
  • My tours with Nobel prize nominee Dr. Edward de Bono, both at his presentations in ’92 in Norfolk and as his special guest for his consultations in ’93 at Electronic Data Systems in Dallas, remains memorable to this day. As a creative thinker, with a keen awareness of the thinking process needed to reach consensus and action, his CBJ Video Summary underlines the importance of his concerns for accuracy and improved perceptions. Must listen!
  • My administrative and clinical tour with Dr. Ronald Dozoretz at Center Psychiatrists in Portsmouth, VA [’74 – ’82] significantly contributed to my understanding of both the usefulness and limitations of hospital psychiatry and the developmental importance of team play on the professional’s side of treatment. Today, unlike those innocent days, hospital work and trying more/different medications is not the primary standard of care for treatment failure. Now more accurate biomedical testing provides a new imperative requirement for improved target recognition following treatment failure.
  • Working as Chief Psychiatrist with Dr. Daniel Amen in Washington DC [’03 – ’07] provided stimulating connections with many forward-thinking, data-driven mind science colleagues. Amen is right in one sense: brain evidence from SPECT brain imaging does change the rules. Yes, it’s true, any evidence is helpful. Amen’s search for brain evidence profoundly encouraged my curiosity about the more discerning, predictable underlying neurophysiology, the biology of mind science. Today more precise, molecular and cost-effective evidence supersedes the more costly macro-diagnostic limitations of those early SPECT days and can provide answers there in your Anytown, globally. To quote de Bono: SPECT is “Excellent but not enough.”
  • Today improved molecular evidence from remarkably available laboratory assessments learned through my most valuable work with Dr. Bill Walsh at the Walsh Research Institute, takes everyday mind inquiries down to a molecular level. Bill is a brilliant yet humble guy, a remarkable researcher with surprisingly accurate biomedical/molecular data, who daily contributes to the necessary evolution of global psychiatric practices. Dr. Walsh’s first Special Introductory Interview is here at CBJ/115 on Methylation. That interview is the first of four Walsh Specials: 2: CBJ/137 on Copper & Kryptopyrrole,  3. CBJ/042 on Bipolar & Schizophrenia, and 4: CBJ/141 on The End Of Autism[Ed note: CBJ/025, the first edition of updated CBJ/115, is by far our most downloaded interview to date.] A lab we frequently use for Walsh testing: Direct Health Lab with broad experience and readable, useful reports. Ed Note: It’s an honor that Dr. Walsh has invited me to speak at his Walsh Research Institute Practitioner Education in April 2018. [This was another remarkable conference and strongly recommended for any of our professional audience. I’ll interview many colleague-guests I met here in the coming months. If you attend his conference you also get daily updates on this training list – on ongoing boon.]

About Teamwork & Comprehensive Solution

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
~ Thomas Paine

Team up with our mission and travels here at CBJ to discuss global solutions that arise from provocative new technologies, new diagnostic and treatment options, and new preventative measures for those who suffer in the darkness. I value your partnership on this journey. Get on it, own it, and pass it on.

Thanks, together we can make a difference. 


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YouTube Videos on ADHD Diagnosis & Treatment – For > 10 Years on YouTube – Executive Function: Details Beyond Appearances. Executive Function insights improve diagnosis beyond outdated static labels. ADHD misunderstandings open the door for more careful reviews across the psychiatric spectrum.
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Dr. Parker For Clinical Evaluations

How: CorepPsych Clinical Evaluation in PDF with Links
Brief Parker Bio in PDF with links – 3 pgs
Full Parker CV in PDF with links – 8 Pages, Updated 9-1-17

If you’re interested in a complimentary, well-organized summary with searchable PDF links to more than 90 ADHD audio and video tutorials on YouTube and elsewhere you can download that updated and helpful list here: http://corepsych.com/details

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