Untreated and unresolved trauma is now considered to be a risk factor and contributor to Alzheimer’s dementia.

Trauma can be defined as any event that alters how we process, react to, and recall memories, by overwhelming the individual’s central nervous system. Additionally, trauma is defined as any event in which a person feels helpless and unsafe. It is not only an occurrence that happened in the past; instead, trauma is an event that leaves an imprint upon the body and the brain which persists to the present day.

Our guest for this episode, Dr. Ilene Naomi Rusk completed her Ph.D. in Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology in the UK, and Fellowships in Neuropsychology.  She has dedicated her career to studying novel treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s Disease and sees trauma as a root cause of many illnesses. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Rusk co-founded the Brain and Behavior Clinic over 25 years ago and currently directs the Healthy Brain Program in Colorado.

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