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Therapy Changes the Brain

During the past several decades, it has become clear that all mental processes derive from mechanisms of the brain.  This means that any change in our psychological processes is reflected by changes in the functions or structures of the brain. Functional neuroimaging, including single photon emission CT (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), and functional MRI, has made it possible to study changes at the brain systems level (by measuring changes in brain blood flow or metabolisms) and, increasingly, also on the molecular level using SPECT and PET in the living human brain. ...

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EEG Brain Wave Optimization

EEG – Brain Wave Optimization

I did a first session of Brave Wave Optimization, here is a written summary of the EEG test results: Assessment Results: Frontal -  (Eyes Open) low frequencies too active correlates to possible focus problems, memory issues.  right side dominance that is also greater than left central correlates to possible depression. Temporal - (Eyes Open) left side dominance in conjunction with autonomic nervous system correlates to para-sympathetic dominance with possible:   low blood pressure, 'rest & digest stage',  flat line emotions, digestive problems. Temporal, Occipital & Parietal - high frequencies in 70-80 range are greater than 10%, correlating possible low sexual function, obsessive/compulsive problems, sleep problems. 40-50 range (alpha) - lack of right side dominance which could indicate internal anxiety. Quoted from Source:  Center for Optimal Health Grant it, the doctor was...

I did a first session of Brave...

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TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain.  TMS uses electromagnetic induction to induce weak electric currents using a rapidly changing magnetic field; this can cause activity in specific or general parts of the brain with minimal discomfort, allowing for study of the brain's functioning and interconnections. A variant of TMS, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been tested as a treatment tool for various neurological and psychiatric disorders. The exact details of how TMS functions are still being explored. The effects of TMS can be divided into two types depending on the mode of stimulation: Single or paired pulse TMS causes neurons in the neocortex under the site of stimulation to depolarize and discharge anaction potential.  If used in the primary motor cortex, it produces muscle activity referred to as a motor evoked...

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Alpha-Stim® CES

Alpha-Stim®

The Alpha-Stim®'s proprietary waveform works by moving electrons through the brain at a variety of frequencies, collectively known as harmonic resonance. With these waveforms, it minimizes the effects of depression, shifts the emotional reactions of anxiety, calms the body to lessen insomnia and diminishes the levels of pain one may be experiencing.  This waveform normalizes the electrical activity of the brain as measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG).   2013 models: Alpha-Stim® cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) Based on previous and ongoing studies, it appears that the Alpha-Stim® microcurrent waveform activates particular groups of nerve cells that are located at the brainstem.  These groups of nerve cells produce the chemicals serotonin and acetylcholine which can affect the chemical activity of nerve cells that are both nearby and...

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Brainwave Optimization

Brainwave Optimization

By chance I saw this promotion on groupon "Brainwave-Balancing Session and Assessment" Brainwave Optimization measures electromagnetic energy through tiny detection devices placed on a client’s head.  These brain energy detection devices (Intellisensors™) are sophisticated sensors that contain a computer chip capable of picking up the tiny current of the brain in an entirely noninvasive manner.  The brainwaves detected are replicated in a variety of colorful waveforms on a computer screen, the underlying science is electroencephalography (EEG). A typical series of Brainwave Optimization sessions takes place over the course of about a week, beginning with a non-invasive Brainwave Assessment that identifies brain pattern disturbances as well as strategies to re-balance brain patterns.  Based on the individual’s assessment, protocols are identified (from a bank...

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SPECT

SPECT

What is SPECT?  It is an acronym for Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography.  SPECT is a sophisticated nuclear medicine study that looks directly at cerebral blood flow and indirectly at brain activity (or metabolism). A radioactive isotope is bound to a substance that is readily taken up by the cells in the brain.  A small amount of this compound is injected into the patient’s vein where it runs throughout the blood stream and is taken up by certain receptor sites in the brain.  The patient then lies on a table for 14-16 minutes while a SPECT "gamma" camera rotates slowly around his head.  The camera has special crystals that detect where the compound has gone.  A supercomputer then reconstructs 3-D images of...

What is SPECT?  It is an acr...

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Test Brain

Brain Imaging

"His brain imaging work has taught him that our brains typically become less active with age and we become more vulnerable to memory problems and depression. Yet, one of the most exciting lessons he has learned is that with a little forethought and a brain-smart plan, you can slow, or even reverse, the aging process in the brain." Use Your Brain to Change Your Age by Daniel G. Amen I was amazed in learning about Dr. Amen's work.  A test.  A real test that can show your brain's activity and relate it's performance to a psychiatric disorder like ADD. Here's a SPECT imaging of a woman's brain who suffered from severe ADD and dyslexia and the resulting changes after treatment. A classic ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) SPECT's...

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