Dr. Mark McLaughlin, board-certified neurosurgeon, speaker, and Hall of Fame collegiate wrestler, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Dr. McLaughlin talks about his fascinating work operating on the brain and the myriad conditions affecting it, how to improve the health of your brain, and how to perform optimally under the highest levels of stress. He also shares with us his top tips for stress management and using stress to your advantage in virtually any area of life. If you’re wondering how to improve your brain health, get ahold of your stress levels, and perform at an elite level no matter how stressful a situation may be, check this episode out now!
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In our episode we go over:
- How Dr. Mark McLaughlin became a renowned neurosurgeon and why he thrives in the exciting nature of this job
- The key difference between neurologists and neurosurgeons and the specific conditions that Dr. McLaughlin treats
- What happens in the brain during a stroke, and the two main strokes – the ischemic stroke and the hemorrhagic stroke
- How to improve the physical structure of your brain and thus its health
- The easiest ways to damage your brain and what you should avoid or dramatically minimize
- Reshaping blood vessels and the structure of them
- The power of exercise in keeping your brain healthy and vibrant
- What it was like for Dr. McLaughlin to work with a true pioneer in brain science, Dr. Peter Jannetta
- How The Jannetta Protocol was ingeniously formulated
- The importance of stress in your life and why you actually need it
- How to harness the power of stress and use it to your advantage
- The meaning of “Always place a drain” and how this applies to neurosurgery, but also everyday life
- Having a safety valve and the reason why this can dramatically help you perform better and reduce your stress
- The importance of “Never cutting what you can’t see”
- Seeing through a problem or stressful situation and understanding all the aspects to it beforehand
- The hard lesson I had to learn about literally not cutting what you can’t see
- “Never worrying about a patient alone” and how this philosophy can be profoundly applied to any challenge you face
- Sharing your problems with others and bouncing your ideas off them
- What this does to your psyche and mentality towards facing the problem
- The term cognitive dominance and what it means
- Where Dr. McLaughlin’s cognitive dominance stems from and how he was able to cultivate it
- Our growing ability to actually tangibly see fear and courage in fMRIs and new, developing technologies
- The intimate relationship between courage and fear and how to master both
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