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357 The Diabetic Brain In Alzheimer’s Disease With Author Ralph Sanchez

September 13, 2018

Ralph Sanchez is the author of The Diabetic Brain In Alzheimer's Disease, a book that connects the dots between type 2 diabetes, type 3 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. Ralph has spent nearly two decades intensively researching the risk factors of Alheimer's and his passion is sharing his insights on the AD pandemic and how it can possibly apply to your own risk for cognitive decline as you age.

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Effect on Emotions

  • Mindfulness has made me more present. It's about understanding those emotions and having nothing attached to them; allowing them to be.
  • It's not about shoving those emotions away.
  • It's about seeing those emotions and being present with them and just allowing them to have their light. Not to be attached to what they are or what I'm feeling about them.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Whenever I get into an emotional state, the first thing I start doing is noticing my breathing.
  • A mindfulness practice is usually centered upon noticing your breath and your belly rising and falling.
  • The first thing I do when i get tense or stressed or really upset, I start really feeling my breathing. The worst thing you can do in those moments is to get into shallow breathing.

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Bullying Story

  • I had some experiences as a child where I was bullied a little bit. I was a smaller guy, and of course, you know people will pick on you because you're smaller sometimes.
  • I had good friends and they were always around to help take care of me if it was needed. I was  really good at standing up for myself.
  • One time I was up the block from where I used to live in Santamonica. I saw this guy walking quickly down the sidewalk and he had a dog on a leash. It was a smaller dog and he was almost dragging it. The dog was suffering. I thought, this was not right, so I stopped him and said, what the hell are you doing, this dog is not able to keep up with you.
  • I had the presence to intervene and I really made it a point that what he was doing was not okay. I think he heard it. He was very upset about something.
  • What I regret was that I didn't take more control because he continued on. I thought afterwards, he might have just continued on with that and I thought I should have done more. I had the presence, which is all about being in mindfulness mode, to do something, but I felt I could have done more.
  • When I think back to being present, or not being present, it's about being fully present to actually see the experience through to a conclusion somehow and now just let it take on it's own life.

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