This paper helps to underscore the value of Quantitative EEG (QEEG) assessment in the differentiation of memory loss conditions, specifically Alzheimer's, Frontotemporal and Vascular dementia which are the most prevalent forms in our population. It is critically important to be able to corretly identify the nature of someone's symptoms so that specific measures can be employed to rhelp them recover. Our work with neurofeedback and photobiomodulation has been able to markedly improve patients' cogntiive and behavioral functioning specifically becuase we used the QEEG customize treatment to their particular neurophysiological and functional deficits. It also helps to clarify that the QEEG and neurofeedback training are therapeutic in terms of improving neural connectivity but are not tissue-level interventions like photobiomodulation. The combined use of these tools is what we see as the most effective intervention strategy currently available especially when combined with functional and integrative biomedical protocols, e.g., RECODE and Bredesen treatment programs.
This brief segment on Canadian televisin shows the Vielight Neuro device and discusses some of the research being done now to show it has an impact on dementia and possibly PTSD symptoms. We know this to be the case and are glad to see it making it onto the mainstream media outlets.
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I've often been asked about the use of medication in treating emotional and behavioral disorders and my standard response is that one should use medication to make it possibl to work in psychotherapy. The idea that drugs are going to resolve emotional challenges without any need to explore these problems consciously and modify ones thinking and other behavior is hard to fathom at best. I've become involved with the use of nondrug noninvasive methods of treatment for the simple reason that they work and have little to no side effects and are cost effective by orders of magnitude especically when considering them being used by the general population. This doesn't mean that I don't include psychotherapeutic work both cognitive and affective in the course of my working with people. I think it is important to educate teh public as to the corporate drug industry marketing mythology regarding the idea that psychiatric disorders are brain illnesses and can be 'cured' or 'treated' with specialized medications. The Harvard Psychiatry review paper linked here outlines the realities of this myth making effort over the last 30+ years. I'm pleased to see this finally being articulated in an esteemed journal and hope that it has broad impact on the clinicians and those seeking relief from emotional pain that can manifest as physical symptoms. I also hope we can begin to discriminate symptoms born of real biophysical disorders, e.g., traumatic brain injury, heavy metal or mold toxicity, Lyme disease and/or other tick-born illnesses that can cause neuropsychiatric symptoms of almost any that are outlined in the DSMV. We need to get smarter about all this especially now with all the consequences that will result from millions of people having had COVID 19 infection. It is delusional to think there won't be longer term consequences for our society especially as the evidence becomes available regarding the downstream neurological consequences from COVID 19.
For those of us who have been engaged in the field of EEG biofeedback and neurotherapies in general, this announcement has a double edged impact. I am both thrilled and irritated at such an announcement as it offers us some important ways to think and develop strategies for enhancing treatment models and irritated that there wasn't a single reference to QEEG or neurofeedback in the paper or references. Obviously, much more work is needed to engage the neuroscience and biomedical engineering community and the evidence is there to construct more sensitive measurement and feedback systems that can then provide us with machine learning technology that will facilitate continuous iprocess mprovement. QMF is investing in BMI systems that can discriminate and quantize human intention to control digital outputs so the algorithms being established here can be leveraged in developing future generations of neural prosthetics.
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i think we are witnessing a powerful shift in perspective and hope the new administration in Washington can't act definitively to authorize the Department of Education to focus on recruiting competent, trauma-informed integrative health- oriented professionals to take up the challenge of improving public education. The FDA needs to rebuild its credibility and focus on supporting evidence-based treatment models predicated on doing the less invasive before more invasive interventions. Therapeutic methods that can be delivered remotely are now essential and we have shown that neurofeedback and other neurotherapeutic methods are precisely what's needed to promote improved levels emotional and behavioral regulation and academic perofrmance without risking exposure to COVID 19.
Quietmind is promoting the use of near infrared light stimulation as a useful part of a broader CV!9 prevention strategy as well as to reduce the severity and likelihood of post-infection neurological symptoms.
This study supports our view that diagnosis of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions require ruling out any presence of tick borne diseases including Lyme and all co-infections, heavy metal and mold toxicity. Anyone who works outdoors or participates in field related sport activity who then develops PTSD should be checked for the presence of these neuroinfalmmatory agents. Traumatic events may trigger the expression of symptoms in those who are sufficiently compromised to impair full recovery. QMF has long employed and advocated for the use of Quantitative EEG and heart rate variability (HRV) indices as neuromarkers that allow empirically validated injury assessment, thus leading to highly individualized treatment planning and efficacy assessment.
The prevalence of Lyme disease and associated co-infections in people with a chronic post-concussive syndrome
Azzolino S, Zaman R, Hankir A, Carrick FR.
Psychiatria Danubina. 2019 Sep;31(Suppl 3):299-307.
There is increasing awareness that Lyme borreliosis (LB) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) may cause mental health symptoms. TBI and Lyme disease compromise the health and activities of millions of patients per year. The chronic symptoms and disability of TBI and Lyme disease share a similar clinical presentation. We have identified an alarming number of individuals suffering from post-concussion syndrome (PCS) that are refractory to care and that have serologically tested positive for Lyme disease.
Subjects and Methods
A single-center retrospective review of patient charts that were symptomatic a minimum of one year after a TBI that were tested for Lyme disease to ascertain if there was a relationship.
217 PCS patient records (93 females with a mean age of 34 years, 120 males with a mean age of 40 years and 4 individuals with unknown gender) were included in the review. 38% had a positive Western Blot Igenex IgM. There was a statistically significant relationship of a positive Western Blot Igenex IGM predicting chronic PCS Pearson χ2(1)=6.8866, P=0.009, Fisher's exact score p=0.015 and φ=0.2813 representing a moderate effect size.
Long term PCS over one year's duration is associated with undiagnosed Lyme disease. There was statistical and substantive significance between individuals with chronic PCS having a positive Western Blot Igenex IgM. Males were more likely to have a positive Western Blot Igenex IgM than females.
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We can see now a growing body of evidence underscoring the relevance of photobiomodulation (PBM) and neurofeedback (NFB) as immediately applicable interventions for remediating the damage caused by COVID 19 infection. PBM has been shown to effectively reduce inflammatory markers throughout the brain, and promte improved cortical perfusion thereby improving tissue-level brain health and resistance to further injury. NFB can then be employed to repair the damage done to neural network connectivity allowing for a renormalization of overall brain activity.
This paper offers an opportunity to the neurotherapy community to build the bridge between functional MRI and QEEG analysis especially with the availability of swLORETA and DTI analytics. The findings from this study suggest that trauma decreases the robustness of internetwork communications, thereby lending support to what I've suggested regarding the CNS's response to trauma involving a 'regression' shift to a more primitive (lower glucose demand) organizational algorithm that predates the development of bilateral connectivity through the corpus collosum. These data would be helpful in organizing a treatment model to support the renormalization of internetwork connectivity and a corresponding reduction in dissociation which is a primitive (primary process) object-relational mechanism for discriminating similarities and differences.
AbstractObjective:Dissociative experiences commonly occur in response to trauma, and while their presence strongly affects treatment approaches in posttraumatic spectrum disorders, their etiology remains poorly understood and their phenomenology incompletely characterized. Methods to reliably assess the severity of dissociation symptoms, without relying solely on self-report, would have tremendous clinical utility. Brain-based measures have the potential to augment symptom reports, although it remains unclear whether brain-based measures of dissociation are sufficiently sensitive and robust to enable individual-level estimation of dissociation severity based on brain function. The authors sought to test the robustness and sensitivity of a brain-based measure of dissociation severity.
Methods:An intrinsic network connectivity analysis was applied to functional MRI scans obtained from 65 women with histories of childhood abuse and current posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The authors tested for continuous measures of trauma-related dissociation using the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation. Connectivity estimates were derived with a novel machine learning technique using individually defined homologous functional regions for each participant.
Results:The models achieved moderate ability to estimate dissociation, after controlling for childhood trauma and PTSD severity. Connections that contributed the most to the estimation mainly involved the default mode and frontoparietal control networks. By contrast, all models performed at chance levels when using a conventional group-based network parcellation.
Conclusions:Trauma-related dissociative symptoms, distinct from PTSD and childhood trauma, can be estimated on the basis of network connectivity. Furthermore, between-network brain connectivity may provide an unbiased estimate of symptom severity, paving the way for more objective, clinically useful biomarkers of dissociation and advancing our understanding of its neural mechanism
This is the latest publication showing the impact of safe, self-administered infrared light therapy as an effective treatment neurotrauma and related neurodegenerative conditions. The device used in this study was the Vielight Duo which provides both 10hz and 40hz stimulation to the brain as well as the body's blood supply through intranasal stimulation. The study results suggest that the 8 weeks of stimulation resulted in increased brain volume in an number of regions and a decrease in hippocampal volume and overall network connectivity in relation to the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). The assumption that the intranasal stimulation would stimulate hippocampal activity is not supported by this study's results as the power density of the intranasal applicator is lower than the transcranial diodes and the amount of photons that could reach the brain would be rather limited. The intranasal unit does provide an excellent vehicle for stimulating the entire body's blood supply as it passes through the facial region every 4 minutes and thereby can irradiate all the free floating mitochondria now found to be in the blood stream.
"Along with other data, the results suggested that the free-floating mitochondria
in healthy blood were in fact functioning, respiring organelles. The team estimates
that there could be between 200,000 and 3.7 million cell-free, intact mitochondria
per milliliter of blood plasma."
Z.A.A. Dache et al., “Blood contains circulating cell-free respiratory competent mitochondria,” The FASEB Journal, doi:10.1096/fj.201901917RR, 2020.
Quietmind Fdn. has been a long time advocate of PBM treatment and has taken a leading role in the integration of Vielight and other forms of PBM with neurofeedback and functional medicine. This study further illustrates the need for careful titration of stimulation dosing in order to avoid negative reactions (headaches) which can result from overstimulation. QMF provides consultation to Vielight users to optimize clinical results while minimizing adverse response potential.
The documented lack of improvement in delayed recall after 8 weeks of treatment while free recall did improve suggests the lack of neural connectivity improvement. This is not surprising and has been discussed in previous publications and underscores the relevance for an integrative treatment approach that seeks to improve both tissue level pathology with PBM and neural connectivity using brainwave biofeedback or neurofeedback training. This therapeutic combination leverages the value of increased perfusion, oxygenation and ATP production while renormalizing neural connectivity.
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The growing recognition of serious neurological damage happening to people who were infected with COVID 19 is now growing and scientific findings are struggling to answer the question as to its viral or inflammatory cause. Treatment choices will turn on the underlying causative factors but the need for a quick and safe treatment is considerable now. I can speak from my personal experience with having had CV19 starting in late March and being tested as free of virus in late April about the impact this illness can have on neurological functioning. I had several spike of fever to above 103F and severe chills and productive cough and fatigue. I thought originally I had pneumonia until the test proved it was CV19. My neurological symptoms included ataxia, impaired cognition and was occasionally unable to organize my communication adequately, particularly with word finding and auditory processing.
I was fortunately had the Cognitolite 1068nm pulsed (10hz) transcranial infrared unit at home and used it 2-4x daily for well over a month and then tapered to 3-5x/week now. I also was taking 2G VitC q2hr and tapering by half when my urine turned bright yellow. I never had GI distress during this period of high dosing nor afterward. I also was taking 5-10K D3 and Zinc daily and flushing my system with filtered water and electrolytes.
It would seem likely that my symptom severity was decreased by this regime and it would now seem reasonable from further investigation that the use of transcranial photobiomodulation could be used as an initial intervention with minimal side effect potential while patients are evaluated for viral or parasitic and other neuroinflammatory markers that would indicate the need for antiviral or anti-inflammatory treatment.
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