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#82: 🎙️ INTERVIEW | The Holistic Approach to Brain Health with Dr. Sabine Krofczik-Wilhelm

#82: 🎙️ INTERVIEW | The Holistic Approach to Brain Health with Dr. Sabine Krofczik-Wilhelm

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🎙️ INTERVIEW | The Holistic Approach to Brain Health with Dr. Sabine Krofczik-Wilhelm

In this episode, my guest is Dr. Sabine Krofczik-Wilhelm, the Head of the Neurodegenerative Disorders Pillar for PPD, part of Thermo Fisher, where she is responsible for the strategic and operational delivery of clinical trials in dementia. 

Sabine is passionate about brain health and longevity, and is actively working on de-stigmatizing dementia.

In our discussion, we explore a multifaceted approach to brain health, emphasizing its connection to overall well-being through physical, mental, social, and spiritual practices. 

Sabine shares her personal journey with lifestyle interventions like fasting and the ketogenic diet, while also highlighting the cutting-edge research and therapies currently being explored for neurodegenerative disorders.

She advocates for building cognitive reserve through lifelong learning and highlights the benefits of sleep, diet, and fasting on mental acuity. The importance of social bonds and community engagement is underscored in her discussion about maintaining cognitive health. 

Sabine addresses the challenges posed by an aging population and the stigma surrounding dementia, advocating for increased awareness, acceptance, and proactive measures to prevent neurodegenerative diseases. 

Additionally, she is enthusiastic about advances in technology such as health-monitoring devices, like CGMs and the Oura Ring, and the use of digital therapeutics in psychiatry.

Key Takeaways:

  • Brain health is a holistic concept that encompasses physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being.

  • Building cognitive reserve through lifelong learning is crucial for maintaining brain health.

  • Quality sleep and a healthy diet, including fasting, can optimize cognitive function and brain health.

  • Social connections and community involvement play a significant role in maintaining brain health. Raising awareness and support is crucial in destigmatizing dementia and improving the lives of those living with the disease.

  • There is a need for literacy, acceptance, and inclusion in communities to provide better support for individuals with dementia.

  • As the aging population increases, it is important to take action to prevent neurodegenerative disorders and find ways to integrate and include older adults in society.

  • Healthy living, sustainable housing, and connecting with nature are important for brain health.

Listen now on Apple Podcasts.


  • 00:00: Introduction and Background

  • 01:56: Clinical Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • 04:16: Understanding Brain Health

  • 06:14: Signs of Poor Brain Health

  • 09:06: It's Never Too Late for Brain Health

  • 11:46: Small Changes for Big Impact

  • 14:03: Aging and Brain Health

  • 21:07: The Importance of Sleep for Brain Health

  • 24:19: Optimizing Brain Health through Diet

  • 31:32: Social Connections and Brain Health

  • 35:27: Destigmatizing Dementia: Raising Awareness and Support

  • 42:35: Challenges of an Aging Population and Stigmatization of Dementia

  • 45:54: Preventing Neurodegenerative Disorders and Integrating Older Adults in Society

  • 52:08: The Finger Brain Health Institute: Advancing Research in Brain Health

  • 56:36: Healthy Living, Sustainable Housing, and Nature's Impact on Brain Health

  • 57:06: Monitoring Personal Health with Technology

  • 59:42: Digital Therapeutics in Psychiatry: A Promising Field

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