Neuroplasticity: How to Heal a Broken Brain


We interviewed Raymond Escalona MD about neuroplasticity and how to fix a broken brain with a functional-medicine approach. You can watch the replay below. Please note that you will be asked to provide your email address at the 30-minute mark to continue viewing the replay.

What Is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is the concept that the brain can change in structure or function in response to experience. It stands in contrast to the older theory of localization in which researchers believed that only a certain part of the brain was responsible for a specific function.

Although neuroplasticity was first proposed in the late 19th century, foundational research began in earnest in the 1980’s with the work of Paul Bach-Y-Rita’s sensory substitution theory. Dr. Bach-Y-Rita’s experiments showed that parts of the brain that were initially only thought to control one function or sense could, through repetition, be trained to compensate for the function of a damaged part of the brain. Norman Doidge MD popularized the concept of neuroplasticity to the masses with his book, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.

In This Webinar

Dr. Escalona helped us answer the following questions in this webinar:

  • What is neuroplasticity?
  • How can a functional-medicine approach help to heal a broken brain?
  • How does looking at a broken brain through the lens of mitochondrial dysfunction help us understand how to heal the brain?
  • What is the sequence of interventions for healing a child with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder and other neurological conditions?
  • Which supplements and interventions have the most evidence-based medicine backing them up?
  • What are some therapies that can help heal a broken brain?

Resources Mentioned in This Webinar

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About Raymond Escalona MD

Raymond Escalona is a graduate of the MD-MBA program from the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. He then took further studies at Bastyr University California completing a Masters in Nutrition for Wellness.

In 2019 he completed further training at the Institute for Functional Medicine elevating him to be one of the first certified Functional Medicine practitioners in Southeast Asia and the first to undergo clinical mentorship also in San Diego, California.

He specializes as a medical detective and focuses only on complex chronic disease management because he underwent special training in autism, autoimmune diseases and neuroplasticity.

He has been an educator in Southeast Asia for more than eight years and has lectured in over 400 venues across the region. He co-founded organizations and companies that develop and deliver nutrition and lifestyle education and implementation programs helping bridge the scientific knowledge gap between patients and practitioner communities across all socio-economic classes.

Apart from his clinical practice, Dr. Raymond currently works as a technical advisor and consultant to government, non-government and corporate organizations under the categories of nutrition, lifestyle change, integrative health and wellness projects. He hopes that through all these efforts we can one day see an end to chronic disease.


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