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Journey to Health Interviews
Beginning in May 2021, Dr. Cirino launched the podcast Your Health Forum. The featured series Journey to Health explores health and the future of healthcare by interviewing researchers, authors, physicians, and health advocates. The video files for the interviews are posted here.
Dr. Cirino has offered several conferences online. Below are the recordings. Stay tuned for a future online course in Finding Wellness in the Fall of 2021.
Dr. Cirino presented this talk to the Stroke Focus Group on Friday, April 24, 2020. Dr. Cirino gives an overview of COVID-19 infection, and he identified risk groups. He discusses the immune system components and the association of the immune system and vascular health. He then discusses key points in optimal health that protect from severe infections, including COVID-19.
Our neural circuitry enables quick thoughts and actions, often before our consciousness can interpret underlying meaning. These actions fall in our “blindspot,” which can lead us away from healthy relationships and wellness. Dr. Cirino explores the many ways that our central processing system, the brain, receives inputs from the environment and projects a perceived reality. He discusses how understanding the concept of neuroplasticity can empower one toward a path to your best future self. Additional remarks/question section
3. Health and Behavior 101: Seeing the Forest and the Trees
What are the constituents of health and disease? What is behavior? How does an organism interact with its environment, such as a human, with the external surroundings?
In many ways, behavior is an adaptation from prior experiences. The process of behavior is a conserved interpretation and output. The brain attempts to predict external cues from the only methods that it has available: the senses and past experiences. Another process is a dynamic interaction with the signals, as the brain attempts to decode the signals from the environment. Much of our behavior has been conditioned upon us from prior experiences exerting neurotransmitters that enable neurocircuitry and adaptive cycles. In this way, understanding behavior is not about weighing “right” versus “wrong” but gaining an appreciation of the source of the behaviors, the triggers, and understanding if it is adaptive or maladaptive, conservative or propagative.
We will discuss the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. We will use egregious examples such as drug abuse to illustrate the strength and amplitude of behavioral cycles. Comparing our growth with trees can help uncover an analogy and important messages about the growth and maintenance of all organisms. Important insights on the ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study are discussed. Finally, we will provide recommendations, or brain hacks, on ways to produce growth and modify behaviors toward optimal health.
5. What is a Pandemic? (5th-grade presentation)
This is an interview of Dr. Cirino by Mrs. Danielle Forrest. Dr. Cirino provided this talk for children who may have questions about the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- What is a pandemic?
- How does a virus spillover from one animal to another?
- Describe the sequence of events in COVID-19?
- What are the steps to re-opening?