Professor Amit Sood: Happy Brain — How To Overcome Our Neural Predispositions To Suffering

Twenty years ago, Dr Amit Sood, a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, moved to the US thinking he was coming to the Disneyland of the world. He expected everyone here to be very happy. What he saw surprised and shocked him. In this funny, fast-moving, and deeply insightful talk, Dr Sood shares his journey over two decades and across two continents, finding a way to help us outsmart our neural predispositions to suffering. In the process, he takes us on a back-stage tour of the human brain and outlines the gist of a structured program he is taking globally to decrease stress and improve focus, resilience, and happiness. Read More

Privatisation Of The NHS: Professor Allyson Pollock

The Abolition Of The NHS In England

15 March, 2016

On Friday, the cross party NHS Bill returned to the Commons for its second reading. The Bill was filibustered by the Conservatives, and following only 17 minutes of debate, it was adjourned. The second reading is unlikely to continue.

Most people are probably unaware of what’s happening. But increasingly the market is invading. Virgin now has over 300 NHS contracts, and an active litigation department. They have successfully prevented commissioners in Hull from allowing local GPs to run primary care services, and are facing a legal challenge from the local trust in Kent to their £128 million contract because of concerns about patient and staff safety.

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Torrae And Ivan Owen: Weird Can Be Wonderful

This past April, e-NABLE Volunteers and designers, Ivan Owen and 10 year old daughter Torrae, were invited to speak at TEDxFoggybottom in Washington DC and share the e-NABLE story as well as some of their other often crazy and very messy collaborative projects – with the hopes of inspiring people to “Think Next” and find ways to make a difference in the world!

Ivan shares, “A few years ago, Torrae and I helped to develop the first 3D printed prosthetic hand, which has helped many around the world. For us, it’s been a lesson on how creativity, imagination and knowledge can pass between generations – and the positive effects that process can have on the world.”

Torrae stood beside her father, who was holding a large, worn hammer and began the talk by simply stating – “Some of you are probably wondering why my dad is holding a big hammer…well, there is a story behind it…”

“There once was a little boy who was bored on a hot summer day.

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Mileha Soneji: Simple hacks for life with Parkinson’s


Simple solutions are often best, even when dealing with something as complicated as Parkinson’s. In this inspiring talk, Mileha Soneji shares accessible designs that make the everyday tasks of those living with Parkinson’s a bit easier. “Technology is not always it,” she says. “What we need are human-centreed solutions.”

Mileha Soneji is a trained strategic product designer, originally hailing from the city of Pune in India. She currently works in the Netherlands as a strategist. Her work entails combining the fuzzy front-end of the design process with emerging technologies to answer the question of what needs to be designed in the future. Read More

Dr Jocelyne Bloch: Bringing Brain Cells Back Home


Through treating everything from strokes to car accident traumas, neurosurgeon Dr Jocelyne Bloch knows the brain’s inability to repair itself all too well. But now, she suggests, she and her colleagues may have found the key to neural repair: Doublecortin-positive cells. Similar to stem cells, they are extremely adaptable and, when extracted from a brain, cultured and then re-injected in a lesioned area of the same brain, they can help repair and rebuild it. “With a little help,” Bloch says, “the brain may be able to help itself.”

Dr Jocelyne Bloch Is Helping To Unlock Potential Self-Healing Capacities Of The Human Brain

Swiss neurosurgeon, Dr Jocelyne Bloch, is an expert in deep brain stimulation and neuromodulation for movement disorders. Read More

Jack Andraka: My Three Cents On Cancer


Jack is a fifteen year old freshman in high school. He developed a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer in five minutes for as little as 3 cents. He conducted his research at John Hopkins University. This research could change the face of cancer and promote early detection. He has been selected as the Intel 2012 ISEF winner and has won awards at multiple national and international mathematics competitions.

In preliminary tests, Andraka’s invention has shown 100 percent accuracy. It also finds cancers earlier than current methods, costs a mere 3 cents and earned the high school student the 2012 Intel Science Fair grand prize. Read More

Julia Rucklidge: The Surprisingly Dramatic Role Of Nutrition In Mental Health


In this critically important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. Read More

Astroturf And Manipulation Of Media Messages: Sharyl Attkisson


In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grass-roots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages. Attkisson opens her talk with an example of how such widespread, fraudulent, methods can be used within the pharmaceutical industry. This may not be interlay surprising to many of us, but it is enlightening to have the process laid bare, and clearly explained.

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. She is currently writing a book entitled Stonewalled (Harper Collins), which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere. Read More

Food As Medicine: Christa Orechio


Christa Orecchio is a clinical and holistic nutritionist and founder of The Whole Journey, a private nutrition practice and informational website established to help people live healthier, happier, and more energetic lives through whole food nutrition, quality supplementation, and healthy lifestyle guidance. Christa’s goal is to holistically heal chronic health concerns from the root cause, in lieu of addressing individual symptoms. She also focuses on elements that nourish other than food, including honest and open relationships, a meaningful spiritual practice, a career or creative outlet that inspires, and physical activity that is enjoyable. Read More

The Shocking Truth About Your Health: Dr Lissa Rankin


What is the most important part of your health? You may think you have it all, including your health but what if we were to tell you that these indicators may not be the truth about your health? In this TEDx Talk from Dr Lissa Rankin we discover a little more insight into what true health is really about.

What if I told you that the medical profession had it all backwards, if the body doesn’t shape how we live our lives? What if the body is actually a mirror of how we live our lives?

Dr Lissa Rankin

Perhaps, some of these things are affecting all of us though how often do we stop and check in to see… Lissa tells her personal story of the moment in her life that made her realize her ‘health’ and her life had to change. Read More