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Brain/Gut Connection and Neurofeedback With Auto Train Brain To Improve Auto-Immune Related Brain Conditions


The brain and the gut are intimately related on both an electrical basis as well as a biochemical basis. The brain speaks to the bowel and the bowel speaks to the brain. For instance, the insula is an area of the brain that has to do with somatic perception. Somatic perception is our feeling in the gut, and this area is tightly linked to the biochemical and inflammatory state of the bowel. When there is inflammation or increased lipopolysaccharide exposure in the blood stream, turning on an inflammatory process, you will often see effect in areas like the insula and the anterior singular cortex. There is a bidirectional mechanism. Individuals with electrical instability, as recognized on qEEG in these areas, are more susceptible to the impact of toxins and inflammagens from their gut. By being aware of the bidirectionality of the gut-brain axis we get to choose the most direct method to improve a person’s health.

Stress has been shown to increase the amount of bacterial toxins in the blood stream. Our perception of stress plays a very large role in the expression of inflammation that comes with exposure to that stress. Individuals under chronic stress are going to be more potently affected by a dysbiotic bacterial/fungal population in their bowel.

We can change the brain’s set point using neurofeedback and biofeedback and decrease the level of perceived threat from our environment. By doing so, we decrease the amount of endotoxin exposure to our system, decreasing inflammation and creating a positive feedback cycle with regard to the gut-brain axis. That is very exciting because in integrative and functional medicine we recognize the health of the gut is central to well-being and the process of disease formation.

Neurofeedback is the training of higher brain-wave functions; it is biofeedback for the brain. When using cortical-neurofeedback, you have the central nervous system moving toward a state of perceived safety in the world. With regard to stress-related chronic illness, perception is reality. The brain is the center of health. The brain defines what we experience. It is our organ of perception. If our organ of perception is not functioning well, then we cannot perceive accurately. If we cannot perceive accurately, we are going to have a hard time moving forward in our health and well-being. The behavior comes from our brain, the function of that organ, and our learned cues. Either it is a problem with its functioning or with the learned cues and exposures that we have been presented with.

One can learn to shift your brainwave patterns if we can just show you your brainwave patterns via neurofeedback. Because neurons that fire together, wire together, we can actually help people heal, long term, via feedback. We can help individuals create a more efficient functional brain that they then take out into the world and continue to build upon in a way that continues to increase in function and continues to foster well-being. By addressing the brain and improving its electrical efficiency, we open up tremendous capacity for the body to heal in levels we had not been able to achieve before such training.

Auto Train Brain is a neurofeedback and multi-sensory application. It reads EEG signals from 14 channels and process these signals to give visual and auditory cues. Upon continuous usage for more than 20 times 3 times a week, the brain performance is improved, the left hemispheric dominance is established and the inflammation is reduced. Because neurons that fire together, wire together, those pathways become reinforced and, therefore, more efficient in the long term. Those pathways become more likely available for that person to use in their everyday life when they are actually processing thoughts and stimuli and information.

The therapies in which the longer you use them, the less you need them are the ones known as healing therapies. Neurofeedback definitely falls in that category because neurons that fire together, wire together. Once the brain learns a new trick, unless that brain is injured or metabolically severely compromised, it gets to keep that trick. Not just keep it, but it gets to build upon it, which is remarkable. Depending upon the technology, the necessary number of training sessions can be anything from 20 to 80 sessions. Not only do you typically get to hold onto the results that you achieve, but the brain can then build upon those results to overcome barriers that it has had in the past. That is why these kinds of interventions need to be done as early as possible in life. Brain mapping on kids and neurofeedback to deal with processing disorder, learning disorders, and attention disorders early in life allow what can become more functional pathways to be incorporated into learning, long term. We cannot even begin to measure how important early intervention is.

Life is neurofeedback. If we understand that concept, then everything we do is training our brains to become more efficient to do that thing again. If we learn how to play the piano at a very early age, it is not that difficult to pick it up again later in life. Early childhood development gives us a good model to understand this pyramidal understanding of neurologic function. As you improve your foundations, you have more and greater opportunity to build upon those foundations.

Coming back to the gut, again, if that individual who is engaging in brain training of some sort has an increase in intestinal permeability and high inflammatory load as a result of a gut dysfunction, then that individual is going to be impaired in their ability to learn most effectively, and neurofeedback, while it may still be effective, may not be as efficient in the learning process. Neurofeedback combined with a diet is the most impressive as we address conditions of the brain. A hallmark of brain-supportive therapy is a diet that is low antigen, low simple carbohydrate, high nutrient density, and high in essential fatty acids. Nutritional supplementation is used to build the wall of the bowel or augment the healing capacity of the surface of the bowel.


Dyslexia

Having a child diagnosed with dyslexia can be a traumatic experience. While dyslexia can make reading more difficult, with the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read. Many people with dyslexia have gone on to accomplish great things. Among the many dyslexia success stories are Thomas Edison, Stephen Spielberg, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Schwab.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition caused by a different wiring of the brain. There is no cure for dyslexia and individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies. Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.

In public school settings where many teachers are not knowledgeable about this condition, students with dyslexia may be considered stupid or lazy. Parents who have children diagnosed with dyslexia should seek out reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics.


Autism, Dyslexia

Ground-breaking work with  AutoTrainBrain techniques is yielding results that are re-writing the book on what is possible in brain development.

Autism spectrum, dyslexia and developmental disorders are complex, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Rewiring the brain is a step by step process; there are no quick fixes, but steady progress can be made.

We begin with a comprehensive intake to determine which brain systems are struggling, and what therapies are the most likely to yield results. We will then send you a reading list so you can better understand the various approaches.

Parents know what is working and what isn’t, where their child struggles and where they don’t. A bit of self-education on brain training principles goes a long way in determining the best way forward.

We recommend an integrated ‘back to basics’ approach; retraining the brain from the ground up. Neurofeedback might be one component of the programme, but is seldom the place to begin.

In broad terms, our approach has three stages. None are easy; all take time. Patience and dedication to the process are key.

WHOLE BRAIN APPROACH

  • First Nutrition and Digestive health programme to reduce toxins and help restore neurotransmitter balance. The goal is to get the brain chemistry into a position where learning and change comes easier. Hypobaric oxygen can also be helpful at this stage.
  • Second Sensory Integration to train basic sensory skills that may have been missed or incomplete in early brain development.
  • Third AutoTranBrain to help deeply entrenched brain patterns become more flexible, and neurofeedback to help restore function, emotional balance, increase processing speed and improve communication between brain areas.


Neurofeedback: The activity in your brain determines everything you feel and do.

While most people have normal brain function, they still have brain imbalances or chronic emotions that affect their day to day life. This is where neurofeedback can help.

Neurofeedback is a way to train brain activity; it is biofeedback for the brain. To understand neurofeedback, first we need to understand a little about brainwaves.

Brainwaves are the electrical impulses produced as your brain cells communicate with one another. Brainwaves tell us a great deal about how you feel and function; your thought habits, stress levels, underlying mood and overall brain function.

Using sensors on the scalp, we can measure and monitor this activity. With brain analysis software (QEEG brain map), we can identify what specific activity is giving rise to your symptoms.

Once we know the areas of concern, we can create a training plan to help draw your brain into a comfortable, efficient state. That brings us to neurofeedback.

During a neurofeedback session, we compare what your brain is actually doing to what you’d like it to be doing. When your brain is nearing a more comfortable state, you are rewarded with a positive response on a computer screen. Usually this ‘neuro-feedback’ is in the form of a video game, music, or movie.

The sounds and images tell you immediately when your brain approaches a more efficient place and when not. When the movie plays, it is because your brain is approaching the desired state. When the movie stops, it is because your brain is heading the other way.

Much like physical exercises develop specific muscles, the more your brain is exercised into reaching a more comfortable, more efficient position, the better it gets at it (see neuroplasticity). As with learning any new skill, it simply requires time and repetition.


More on Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects your ability to read, spell, write, and speak. Kids who have it are often smart and hardworking, but they have trouble connecting the letters they see to the sounds those letters make.

About 5% to 10% of Americans have some symptoms of dyslexia, such as slow reading, trouble spelling, or mixing up words. Adults can have this learning disorder, as well. Some people are diagnosed early in life. Others don’t realize they have dyslexia until they get older.

Kids with dyslexia often have normal vision and are just as smart as their peers. But they struggle more in school because it takes them longer to read. Trouble processing words can also make it hard to spell, write, and speak clearly.

What Causes Dyslexia?

It’s linked to genes, which is why the condition often runs in families. You’re more likely to have dyslexia if your parents, siblings, or other family members have it.

The condition stems from differences in parts of the brain  that process language. Imaging scans in people with dyslexia show that areas of the  brain hat should be active when a person reads don’t work properly.

When children learn to read, they first figure out what sound each letter makes. For example, “B” makes a “buh” sound. “M” makes an “em” sound. Then, they learn how to put those sounds in order to form words (“C-A-T” spells “cat”). Finally, they have to figure out what words mean (“Cat” is a furry animal that meows).

For kids who have dyslexia, the brain  has a hard time connecting letters to the sounds they make, and then blending those sounds into words. So to someone with dyslexia, the word “cat” might read as “tac.” Because of these mix-ups, reading can be a slow and difficult process.

Dyslexia is different for everyone. Some people have a mild form that they eventually learn how to manage. Others have a little more trouble overcoming it. Even if children aren’t able to fully outgrow dyslexia, they can still go to college and succeed in life.


Brain/Gut Connection and Neurofeedback With Auto Train Brain To Improve Auto-Immune Related Brain Conditions

The brain and the gut are intimately related on both an electrical basis as well as a biochemical basis. The brain speaks to the bowel and the bowel speaks to the brain. For instance, the insula is an area of the brain that has to do with somatic perception. Somatic perception is our feeling in the gut, and this area is tightly linked to the biochemical and inflammatory state of the bowel. When there is inflammation or increased lipopolysaccharide exposure in the blood stream, turning on an inflammatory process, you will often see effect in areas like the insula and the anterior singular cortex. There is a bidirectional mechanism. Individuals with electrical instability, as recognized on qEEG in these areas, are  more susceptible to the impact of toxins and inflammagens from their gut. By being aware of the bidirectionality of the gut-brain axis we get to choose the most direct method to improve a person’s health.

Stress has been shown to increase the amount of bacterial toxins in the blood stream. Our perception of stress plays a very large role in the expression of inflammation that comes with exposure to that stress. Individuals under chronic stress are going to be more potently affected by a dysbiotic bacterial/fungal population in their bowel. 

We can change the brain’s set point using neurofeedback and biofeedback and decrease the level of perceived threat from our environment. By doing so, we decrease the amount of endotoxin exposure to our system, decreasing inflammation and creating a positive feedback cycle with regard to the gut-brain axis. That is very exciting because in integrative and functional medicine we recognize the health of the gut is central to well-being and the process of disease formation.

Neurofeedback is the training of higher brain-wave functions; it is biofeedback for the brain. When using cortical-neurofeedback, you have the central nervous system moving toward a state of perceived safety in the world. With regard to stress-related chronic illness, perception is reality. The brain is the center of health. The brain defines what we experience. It is our organ of perception. If our organ of perception is not functioning well, then we cannot perceive accurately. If we cannot perceive accurately, we are going to have a hard time moving forward in our health and well-being. The behavior comes from our brain, the function of that organ, and our learned cues. Either it is a problem with its functioning or with the learned cues and exposures that we have been presented with. 

One can learn to shift your brainwave patterns if we can just show you your brainwave patterns via neurofeedback. Because neurons that fire together, wire together, we can actually help people heal, long term, via feedback. We can help individuals create a more efficient functional brain that they then take out into the world and continue to build upon in a way that continues to increase in function and continues to foster well-being. By addressing the brain and improving its electrical efficiency, we open up tremendous capacity for the body to heal in levels we had not been able to achieve before such training.

Auto Train Brain is a neurofeedback and multi-sensory application. It reads EEG signals from 14 channels and process these signals to give visual and auditory cues. Upon continuous usage for more than 20 times 3 times a week, the brain performance is improved, the left hemispheric dominance is established and the inflammation is reduced. Because neurons that fire together, wire together, those pathways become reinforced and, therefore, more efficient in the long term. Those pathways become more likely available for that person to use in their everyday life when they are actually processing thoughts and stimuli and information.

The therapies in which the longer you use them, the less you need them are the ones known as healing therapies. Neurofeedback definitely falls in that category because neurons that fire together, wire together. Once the brain learns a new trick, unless that brain is injured or metabolically severely compromised, it gets to keep that trick. Not just keep it, but it gets to build upon it, which is remarkable. Depending upon the technology, the necessary number of training sessions can be anything from 20 to 80 sessions. Not only do you typically get to hold onto the results that you achieve, but the brain can then build upon those results to overcome barriers that it has had in the past. That is why these kinds of interventions need to be done as early as possible in life. Brain mapping on kids and neurofeedback to deal with processing disorder, learning disorders, and attention disorders early in life allow what can become more functional pathways to be incorporated into learning, long term. We cannot even begin to measure how important early intervention is.

Life is neurofeedback. If we understand that concept, then everything we do is training our brains to become more efficient to do that thing again. If we learn how to play the piano at a very early age, it is not that difficult to pick it up again later in life. Early childhood development gives us a good model to understand this pyramidal understanding of neurologic function. As you improve your foundations, you have more and greater opportunity to build upon those foundations.

Coming back to the gut, again, if that individual who is engaging in brain training of some sort has an increase in intestinal permeability and high inflammatory load as a result of a gut dysfunction, then that individual is going to be impaired in their ability to learn most effectively, and neurofeedback, while it may still be effective, may not be as efficient in the learning process. Neurofeedback combined with a diet is the most impressive as we address conditions of the brain.  A hallmark of brain-supportive therapy is a diet that is low antigen, low simple carbohydrate, high nutrient density, and high in essential fatty acids. Nutritional supplementation is used to build the wall of the bowel or augment the healing capacity of the surface of the bowel. 

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