Neurofeedback and Bipolar

I began wondering what neurofeedback would do for someone who suffers from bipolar disorder. I have only one client who has trained with us who has bipolar, and the results were very impressive. She had no manic episodes during her two months of training. She told me that she normally has two to three episodes per month.

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Henry Lanham
Differences in US vs EU food

I had the same experience. I took a 14 month hiatus from ice cream. I avoided it like someone might avoid alcohol. If friends wanted ice cream I’d wait outside the shop and avoid keeping it in the house where I might find it in a stressful moment. I did this because ice cream truly fucked me up. I couldn’t have it without having an adverse reaction to the sugar, the cold, and, of course, the dairy. But on a three week trip to Italy two years ago I decided to try out a little gelato. I expected the worst. I was ready to spent the rest of the day in bed. But I was fine. Then I ate bread and pasta, foods that I had mostly avoided for a year and ate only with moderate repercussions. Also fine…wtf.

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Henry Lanham
The Symptoms in Alzheimer's Patients

We always have our eyes open for new treatments that help brain-related diseases and other conditions. For some of these, unfortunately, there simply isn't a cure. Alzheimer's been described as the Great Morbidity of the 21st Century and it currently affects an estimate of 5.8 million Americans. Even tough we have not found a cure for it yet, great medical advances have helped us get closer. A recent study, for instance, found that mice with some Alzheimer’s-like brain plaques were positively impacted when shown flashing lights and clicking sounds.

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New Innovation Helping Lives

We're big fans of technology that improves our daily lives. Neurofeedback therapy, when done frequently and consistently, can have a great impact in the way we feel on a daily basis. By just sitting back and relaxing, this technology can prompt the brain to draw from its existing resources and pull itself out of these mental “ruts”. The result is a more open and positive mindset in which obstacles are more manageable and problems more resolvable.

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7 Steps to Help You Beat Depression

One of the most widespread mental health issues of our time, depression has affected more than 16 million adults in the US alone last year. We have found evidence that Neurofeedback training has helped people struggling with depression in the past, and continuous research helps us understand how this new technology can help patients struggling again this condition.

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Alternative Therapies in San Francisco

We at the US Neurofeedback Center are big fans of alternative therapies! In his long search to mitigate an old health condition, our founder Henry has tried many different, alternative treatments, from osteopathy, to breath work, to Ayahuasca. More and more people are willing to experiment with non-traditional therapies, so we've compile a list of effective, alternative therapies that can be found in San Francisco so you can restore your balance and lead a more mindful, healthier life.

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Where to Meditate in San Francisco

We believe that Neurofeedback therapy works best when it's undertaken together with other treatments that can help improve your life. Building a balanced, healthy routine is an important part of healing your brain. With this in mind, we decided to create a series of weekly posts on our favourite spots in our hometown of San Francisco where you'll find different ways to ‘recalibrate’ your brain waves. This week, meditation!

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Brainwaves 101

We at the US Neurofeedback Center often speak of brainwaves. They are the frequencies that are read by our biofeedback machines and translated into information our brains can use to function more effectively. Their definition, however, may feel a little unclear sometimes and we believe it's important to understand them in order to know how neurofeedback works. Here are some facts you never knew about brain waves:

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A Good Night's Rest

We at the US Neurofeedback Center are big defenders of sleep. We know a good night's sleep directly affects your energy leves, your humor and you general health. Besides recharging your brain, sleeping helps us absorb new skills acquired doing that day and save fresh memories. Deprivation of sleep can affect your production of insulin (which can deregulate the sugar levels in your blood), weaken your immune system and have a significant effect on your mental health.

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How Neurofeedback is Helping Students

We often discuss the impacts of Neurofeedback treatment on patients looking to cure or heal a specific condition. But more more often than not, this revolutionary technology also helps healthy individual boost their brain potential. People looking to destress after a hard day, to improve their sleep quality or just to expand their cognitive capacity all benefit from training with Neurofeedback for a couple of minutes a day.

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Our Minds in Control

The practice of training your brain with neurofeedback is a relatively new one, but the technology behind it has been around for a while. Neurofeedback machines work by using real time real-time displays of brain activity to teach self-regulation of brain function. The brain activity is measured by an electroencephalography (or EEG), which monitors your brain waves.

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Healing in Croatia: Hypnosis

I want to talk about my experience with hypnosis-induced talk therapy without invading my own privacy or the privacy of the man I received the treatment from. I came to Croatia expecting to receive one type of treatment but I ended up practicing yoga (antigravity and vinyasa), Plasma-wave therapy, sound-wave therapy, and hypnosis talk-therapy. I strongly believe in the synergies of using several modalities at once. Of course, the downside is that you cannot determine which modality caused your improvement and which, if any, did nothing at all. 

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Healing in Croatia: Plasma Saal (2/2)

The presence of parasites (or what I think are parasites) is the most persistent and greatest problem that I face. I've tried a half-dozen MDs, osteopaths, a dozen acupuncturists, a TCM parasite specialist, bodywork, chiropractors, craniosacral, Ayurvedic, Amazonian shamans, specialized TCM practitioners in South Korea, and I tried remedies from an intuitive homeopath over the internet.

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Healing in Croatia: Plasma Saal (1/2)

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to spend almost four weeks in Zagreb, Croatia receiving treatment from the PlasamaSaal team. The team of four is run by Aaron who became interested in medicine after contracting a seemingly incurable parasite that migrated to his brain. Doctors told him that there was no safe pharmaceutical for him to take. Any pill might carry the side-effect of death, and thus there was no remedy. He eventually found a machine called the Plasma Wave, a German-made machine based on technology that’s nearly 100 years old. They have since expanded into using other machines that sit between Western Medicine and alternative medicine as well as hypnosis-talk therapy and aerial yoga

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How to Get a Parasite

For seven years now I have been fighting and testing positive for parasites. In 2011 I went to Mexico City for an internship. Two days after I returned I began bi-hourly diarrhea. Several tests for pathogens including parasites were all negative but after two weeks spent in the bathroom and bed I was given the commonly prescribed anti-parasitic, Flagyl, from an infectious-disease doctor. 

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Healing in Croatia: Zagreb

Zagreb might be where you have your layover, but it’s probably not on your itinerary. The beach cities like Dubrovnik and Split seem to get all of the love. An acquaintance stopped by for four hours during a layover and told me that she felt like she’d seen everything. I had to tell her it’s one of the rare cities that gets better with time.

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