The brain is exquisitely sensitive and responsive to its inner and outer environment. New neural pathways and new brain cells are continuously forming, and, at the same time, the brain is constantly pruning unused connections. It’s extremely complex with its multiple feedback loops, redundant protective mechanisms, its vast number of interacting and mutually regulating neurotransmitters, hormones, and neuropeptides. Cortright says, “Taking care of our brains includes refraining from brain damaging foods, environmental toxins, emotionally destructive forces, as well as ignorant and inaccurate theories about brain health.” He reminds us that the brain is under sustained assault from many directions, so it’s no wonder there is an epidemic of cognitive decline in today’s world. It’s a toxic jungle regarding pollutants in the air, water, and foods we eat, as well as the negative media we take in. Here our guest touches on how to protect ourselves as we navigate the neuro-toxic forces that are currently pitched against everyone on the planet. The good news is the brain has a great capacity for healing and growth. This deep dialogue highlights how to protect and enhance your brain health.