One of the early uses of Neurofeedback was to help kids with ADHD function better. Here is a video showing how this works with ADHD.
Autism is so hard on both parents and the child who feels separated from other children, through his inability to read the emotions and reactions of others. The following video explains how Neurofeedback works with autistic spectrum disorders.
Autism and Paracetamol (Tylenol)
Ann Bauer, the author of the attached article tracked me down via the Charleston Gazette newspaper, where based on a webinar that William Shaw, PhD, Director of the Great Plains Labs gave in January 2012 and the sources he cited, I had published a short feature piece with graphics on the connection between the use of acetaminophen and autism. She told me that this article will be part of her PhD dissertation. She is still working on getting more evidence.
The information confirms what Dr. Shaw and I have been saying. She did a very thorough literature review and came up with an 8 country comparison. She also says that the reason that the incidence of ASD is so much higher in males is that the infants are given up to 7 doses of Tylenol before and after the circumcision.
Now if we could only get this information to all the pediatric and OR nurses who so assiduously ply infants with Tylenol. If you read this maybe you can help spread the word. Read more in her research article here.
Autism, PDD, ADD and Nutritional Support
Frequently brain function can be enhanced with specialized nutritional support. After blood tests, specific deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or digestive enzymes can be identified. Holistic physicians taking this information can then order a specially compounded mixture of the needed items from a compounding pharmacy. One such pharmacy with which I have worked is the Health Research Institute Pharmacy.
They have specialized in compounding prescriptions based on the research by the ground breaking research on Autism Spectrum Disorders by William Shaw, of the Great Plains Laboratory, Inc.
Dr Shaw has written a book on the subject of nutritional support entitled Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD. The book can ordered here.
Some excellent information on the latest findings of the developmental changes in the brain from childhood, adolescence to adulthood can be found in a special PBS television series on the brain. It explains how executive functions and rational thinking don’t develop fully mature till age 25, and why this causes problems in children and adolescents. (Did you ever wonder why auto insurance rates are so high until age 25?)
The skull forms a protective shell for the brain. The brain mass is very soft, and has a jelly like consistency, and if there is a sudden blow to the head, it can get slammed against inside of the skull. The result may be bruises, also called hematomas. A sudden twisting motion can also slam the brain against some of the ridges inside the skull, which can cause tears in the covering of the brain leading to bleeding. The brain can also be affected by viral and retroviral infections. These can cause lesions which can damage the neural sheaths around the neural pathways (axons), and can disrupt the electrical connectivity. Any one of these conditions can affect the functioning of the brain, and cause various states of disregulation.
Such disregulation can produce a wide range of symptoms, such as migraines, seizures, personality changes, anger control, loss of concentration, memory problems, coordination difficulties, lowered immune response, anxiety,and depression among others.
There are various ways of scanning the brain. Each scanning technique has a slightly different aim. Which one is appropriate is determined by what kind of problem we are looking at. See more information on the various kinds of scanning techniques.
Controlling brainwaves with Neurofeedback can change the “set point” for experiencing pain. This can be applied for migraines as well as complex regional pain. Here is a video of someone talking about his chronic pain.
Depression: New Research
A January 31, 2012 segment (by Jon Hamilton) on NPR Morning Edition reported on new research of a group of glutamate stimulating drugs that seem to provide fast relief from depression. Among these drugs are ketamine, scopolamine, and riluzole. Ketamine is a FDA approved anesthetic that entered the black market as Special K, a potent hallucinogenic. Scopolamine, is an anti-nausea drug to combat motion sickness. It can be used as a patch. Whereas traditional antidepressants (like Prozac) take weeks to work with the neurotransmitter serotonin to stimulate new neurons, the action of the three glutamine stimulating drugs is much faster. The action of the glutamine enhancers is to increase communications among existing neurons by creating new connections. Neurofeedback is thought to have a similar effect of creating greater connectivity by stimulating action in the astrocytes and glial cells of the brain.
Check out an NPR story: New depression drugs offer hope for toughest cases.
Nutrition and Brain function
Some of the prominent brain researchers say that nutritional factors often play a crucial role in degrading or enhancing brain function. Certain food constituents, like glutens, sugars, or even aspartame, can cause problems in the brain. On the other hand, certain nutritional supplements, like cystine, certain amino acids, and anti-oxidants, can have beneficial effects that can ameliorate symptomatic behaviors.
Nora Gedgaudas is holistic health practitioner who combines neurofeedback with nutritional counseling. Besides being a frequent talk show guest, she has given a day long seminar at the EEG Institute for other neurofeedback practitioners on Nutrition. She is the author of a groundbreaking book, entitled Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and Longer Life. Find out more about her work.
Soldiers and victims of abuse often have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
Neurofeedback and can bring the brain back to normal functioning. This video has several veterans talking about how it helped them.
You can also read about the stunning results of a study where 350 combat Marines at Camp Pendleton used Neurofeedback to alleviate their symptoms of PTSD and TBI. The program which is standard for Marines returning from the AFPAK theatre is called Combat Stress Reset. (Click here to download.)
Sometimes we would like to do the things we do every day in our professional or personal lives.Athletes want to improve their performance. Neurofeedback can help people overcome their internal barriers and reach peak performance in these areas. The following video has people talking about how Neurofeedback helped them get into the “flow” of the “zone” to improve their performance.
Questionnaires for Self Inventory
Here is a website from the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center where you can find what are called Positive Psychology Questionnaires.
Each short questionnaire allows a person to look at the positive aspects of situations, whether it be illness, depression, aging, aging, self-care, etc. Each questionnaire consists of a few short sentences and can be completed in less than five minutes. Check to see how you see yourself, and how you could see yourself more positively.
SPECT stands for Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography. SPECT scans can show us which parts of the brain are working well, which ones are over aroused, and which ones are under aroused or underfunctioning. As such they can be a very effective diagnostic tool. They sometimes are used in conjunction with Neurofeedback. For more, take a look at this gallery of SPECT images of various types of brain disregulation.