[EPISODE] The Courage to be the Best Version of You
This week on Voices of Courage, host Ken D. Foster is joined by Dr. Harold Levinson, a world-renowned psychiatrist and neurologist credited with bringing about a dramatic breakthrough in the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of dyslexia and its related syndromes, and Johann Ilgenfritz, the founder of UK Health Radio a health information station with the most in-depth information on the widest range of health and wellness topics available anywhere today, to discuss stepping into our greatness and becoming the best version of ourselves.
Dr. Levinson talks about treating dyslexia’s hidden origins through a groundbreaking medical treatment that offers rapid and often dramatic help to suffering dyslexic/ADHD children and adults. Johann shares his emotional journey through cancer to a life on purpose, and the importance of staying informed, being empowered, and taking responsibility for our own health and wellness.
Ken opens the podcast posing the question to listeners “What does it take to become the best version of yourself?” He introduces his new book The Courage to Change Everything which focuses on the question and topic, which is also the topic of the podcast. He introduces his guests: Dr. Harold Levinson, a world renowned psychiatrist and neurologist who made dramatic breakthroughs in the understanding of dyslexia and related syndromes; and Johann Ilgenfritz, founder of UK Health Network. But before formally starting their discussion, Ken reflects on the topic of empowering oneself and what that may entail.
Ken starts his talk with Dr. Levinson who explains what dyslexia is and what it isn’t, who among children and adults suffer from it, and the syndrome’s supposed causes. Dr. Levinson discusses some of his early research and observations, primarily on old misconceptions (such as the idea that it’s a result of brain damage) and how an individual’s sense of physical balance is related to the syndrome. The segment ends with how listeners can get Dr. Levinson’s book on dyslexia, Feeling Smarter and Smarter.
Ken asks Dr. Levinson if dyslexia is a lifelong syndrome or if it’s something that changes. Dr. Levinson goes on to comment that it is a lifelong syndrome but can easily be dealt with and patients can improve quickly with treatment. He muses how nuanced and complicated the syndrome can truly be outside of difficulty reading or writing. Dr. Levinson then lightly discusses his book, Feeling Smarter and Smarter, and how it is a comprehensive text about dyslexia and listeners can find everything there is of his thoughts and research in it. Ken asks how a parent can know if their child has dyslexia and how dyslexia relates to ADD. Dr. Levinson then provides ways in how readers and listeners can contact him. The segment ends with a last piece of insight from Dr. Levinson about treatment of co-existing inner ear problems.
Ken introduces Johann Ilgenfritz, touching upon the creation and inspiration of UK Health Radio. Ilgenfritz goes into detail about his thoughts and experience when he was first diagnosed with cancer, and how it was a wake-up call to make a huge turnaround in his lifestyle. Ilgenfritz muses on how, in some ways, he’s “grateful” for his experience with cancer and how it motivated him to spread health related information to everyone via UK Health Radio.
Ilgenfritz goes into further detail about the creation of UK Health Radio, highlighting the thought that cancer was simply a symptom of an unhealthy body. Ilgenfritz explains UK Health Radio’s mission whose basis lies in helping individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle by informing them what they can do for themselves, embracing natural and mainstream health practices. Ilgenfritz then goes into his and UK Health Radio’s response to coronavirus. Ken and Ilgenfritz then discuss prevention against the virus. The segment ends with how listeners can access UK Health Radio.