This is a good summary of current alternative approaches to treatment of brain injury.
They mention neurofeedback and photobiomodulation using near infrared laser and LED devices. Quietmind Fdn. is listed as one of the providers on the BART Foundation's website.
This is a pioneering effort that will change the game in behavioral healthcare. This is the first behavioral intervention for a a psychiatric disorder using operant conditioning principles driven by physiological measurement and feedback.
Quietmind Foundation has been using the Freespira program with very positive results with our patients who wish to learn to modify their anxiety and panic symptoms without medication or psychotherapy.
We are offering people with panic or anxiety symptoms the opportunity to try the Freespira system for a reduced fee in exchange for allowing recording of their brainwave activity before and after the one month trial period. Quietmind will continue to collaborate with Palo Alto Health Systems as the only clinic offering Freespira training in the Delaware Valley.
Call 610-940-0488 for details.
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We can now see further evidence that near infrared light stimulation can positively influence beta amyloid production and this can have a significant impact on people with cognitive decline from neurodegenerative Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Quietmind Fdn. is using these technologies in our current clinical trials. Call 610-940-0488 for details.
The model for treatment developed over my career as a body-centered psychotherapist included training in The Feldenkrais Method with Moshe Feldenkrais and it has remained a stabilizing pillar of how I conceptualize both my clinical and research activity in the neuromodulation field.
The article that appeared in the NYT this week focuses on the use of Feldenkrais techniques to reduce chronic pain symptoms and provide a very useful alternative way of thinking and responding to pain. The inclusion of neuromodulation techniques has given me an additional method for helping to release and re-educate our nervous system from the inside out.
Quietmind will be collaborating with Joann Fagersrom, PT, CFP who owns Mindful Physical Therapy, LLC to integrate the use of neurofeedback with Awareness Through Movement exercises in the treatment of chronic pain and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Our experience is that it can and this article by my co-author Michael Hamblin breaks it down very clearly how it works. Our clinical trials are making the technology available to people with age related memory problems and Parkinson's disease. Please contact us directly for more information 610-940-0488.
The underlying causes of neurodegenerative diseases being rooted in infections by microbes has gained more recognition of late which is great news for the alternative treatment community which has been promoting this view for many years. Alan Macdonald's important studies of beta amyloid tissue in the brains of Alzheimer's patients showing spirochetes in 100% of the samples he obtained is a significant indicator of this perspective.
Here's a review that underscores this idea and pionts to new research that is needed to better understand the infectious nature of neurodegenerative disease. Its imperative that we become more aware and vigilant to the potential for the infectious origins of our patient's symptoms whether they are behavioral, perceptual, psychiatric or expressly physical in presentation as choices for treatment options will differ in this regard. Photobiomodulation with near infrared light and neurofeedback training can be useful in these cases as well along with appropriate antimicrobial and immune system support protocols. Our collaboration with Montgomery Integrative Health Group in Wyndmoor PA (215-233-6226) was established to assure that we can determine the underlying causes of problems and then construct treatment models that address those causes as safely and directly as possible.
Marvin Berman PhD
This is one of the better compilations of information on the use of near infrared light for health purposes along with an outline of the basic science. Click here: valtsus.blogspot.fi/2017/05/the-therapeutic-effects-of-red-and-near.html
It is about 6 hours since my first transcranial stimulation session, and I am rapidly forgetting what it was like. I don’t want to forget because it was so interesting, but trying to set it in my memory, it begins to ossify. It helped to compare it to the appointment I had an hour later, which involved a trip to the hairdresser for a touch up of my graying roots, something I do every 5 weeks. Waiting for the color to set takes about 20 minutes, and usually I ask the colorist to put plastic side pieces on my glasses so I can read while I wait. This time I forgot about the glasses, as the colorist disappeared, cell phone on ear. So I just waited, and although I have a pretty busy mind, it was really really boring, and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Unlike my transcranial stimulation session which was like maybe a kind of trip or journey, and always interesting. Maybe even a “trip” in the other sense of the word, during which my brain was behaving interestingly. Early on, I noticed my eyes seemed to be competing for space on the wall, which bothered me less as the session continued, and sometimes I closed my eyes. I noticed musical phrases, didn’t hear, but imagined them, at first dull ones, later Pavarotti singing "La Donna E Mobile”, then phrases I guess I made up. That didn’t interfere with noticing other phenomena - like having a new insight into my writing of a screenplay, clarifying the premise, which has to be clear for the story to work. And knowing I should find a writing group. I had some realizations about my own past insecurities, but as though they were gone, replaced by a kind of “who cares” feeling, more than that, a feeling of solid confidence. And there were periods of just noticing different states, feelings, hard to describe but all interesting and not at all negative. In fact it was lovely and fun. Like a mind romp. It started somewhere, went other places, started small and got more interesting, changing, at times feeling deeply relaxing. So how do I feel now? Like getting together with a few friends to celebrate.
This study showed that exposing middle aged mice to brief (6 min) stimulation with infrared light over 10 days could markedly improve memory and mood stability. The study completed by Quietmind Foundation has shown this same effect is achieved in similar timeframes with human subjects diagnosed with dementia in the same amount of time using a broad transcranial and intraocular exposure technique. Ongoing trials are being conducted using this device combined with brainwave biofeedback training. Contact Quietmind Fdn. for details. click here for the full paper. original mouse study
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