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Mar 09, 2018

Sexual Crimes and the Mind

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Yesterday was international women's day: a time to reflect on the roles women play in our lives, the power they have, and, unfortunately, the marginalization and abuse they face on a day-to-day basis. How can we make sure that our daughters grow up in a world where they are empowered, loved and safe? How do we prevent them growing up in a world where rape and sexual harrassment are commplace? Why do some people commit sexual harassment or abuse? What drives a human being to forget their humanity?

Mar 05, 2018

My Response to the Increase in Mass Violence and Shootings

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Like everyone else, I was utterly devastated to hear of yet another shooting at a school in the U.S. 17 innocent children dead. On Valentine’s day. In a school—a place where children should be safe.

Almost immediately, people on both sides of the political spectrum started voicing their opinions about what must be done. The “liberals” shouted for stricter gun control. The “conservatives” blamed mental health care. Thousands of emotional posts were shared on social media calling for action.
Can anything actually be done to change the situation? Can we change things? Can we make this country a safer place? Indeed, many people are so busy arguing for one solution that they often forget to look at the whole, complex picture. But solutions are desperately needed. Just seven weeks into 2018, there have already been eight shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death.

I have dedicated my life to studying the mind-brain connection, especially focusing on mind issues such as thinking, learning, memory, dementia, ADD, ADHD, autism, TBI, CTE and trauma. I spent 25 years working in some of the most disadvantaged and dangerous parts of South Africa and the USA with students, businessmen and ordinary individuals, training people to reach their full potential and overcome negative thinking patterns. You could say my specialty is focusing on the ways we misuse and damage our mind and brain, and how to use our minds to change our brains (and lives) in a positive direction.

Since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, many people have asked me why this is happening and what can we do.

Here is my answer:

Feb 19, 2018


Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Starting this March, thousands around the world are joining the THINK & EAT YOURSELF SMART Challenge, including my family and me! Every day for 63 days I will post updates on our journey on my social media accounts, AND we will release weekly podcasts on all things related to food, healthy eating, the mind-body connection and more!

Feb 12, 2018

Love, Relationships & the Mind

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

With divorce rates rising at an alarming rate, we have to ask ourselves what went wrong?

Relating with members of the opposite sex can be frustrating and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be! Successful relationships begin in the mind - through the choices we make.

Feb 05, 2018

Dealing with Grief

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Losing a loved one is hard, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, dealing with the loss of a spouse may be especially difficult. Below are tips I developed to help my patients deal with grief, which are based on my research on the mind-brain-spiritual connection and my clinical practice.

Jan 29, 2018

Social Media and The Mind

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Today, most people can access vast amounts of information, yet few people know how to process this information and use it to be successful at school, work and life. We now have the world at our fingertips, yet, paradoxically, more and more of us live solitary, futile lives. Indeed, more and more of us, of all ages, prefer aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, online shopping apps or random things on our smart phones or devices than just sitting and thinking. Although we are more connected, literally, we are more isolated than ever before. As a result, problems in schools, universities, corporations and institutions and people’s lives abound as we lose sight of the power that is in our minds.

Jan 24, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury & Recovery: Tips, Tools and Resources

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

During my years in clinical practice, I saw many patients who suffered from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, many were told, by doctors, that they would never be on the same cognitive or functional level as before the accident. The dominant belief at the time was that the brain could not change. I was considered radical in my belief that the mind could change and heal the brain; however, I persisted in my research and the results were nothing short of miraculous. It was not easy; my patients worked long hours and pushed through tough challenges. Yet they chose to persist, which was a key factor in their healing. I am still asked for help in this area, and although this is a very complex and unique subject, I have listed some of my tools and techniques that I used in my practice and that you can find in my resources listed at the end.

Jan 19, 2018

New Podcast Series!

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf

I am so excited to announce that my new podcast series is now available on iTunes and YouTube. Now you can listen to my message wherever you go!

Nov 01, 2017

Mental Health News, November 2017

Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf
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