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Violence: The Inoculation Remedy

October 6th, 2015

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

Once again the nation goes into reflexive agonizing over yet another mass shooting, in the face of which we feel so helpless.

The obvious remedies are not available as a practical matter. The attachment to our firearms has deep roots in our nation’s history, going back to the British attempt to strip the colonists of their weapons in Massachusetts. The quarter million that are in private hands will remain there, by and large. This is a bountiful resource for anyone seeking to accumulate their own arsenal, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.

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The High Cost of Ignorance

September 10th, 2015

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

The-High-Cost-of-IgnoranceThe National Academies Press has just published a volume on the topic of the huge unmet burden of neurological disorders. The report covers a recent workshop dedicated to this topic. Appraising the state of affairs is the relatively easy part of the task:

”…malfunctions in the central nervous system (CNS) instigate a wide range of devastating symptoms. The associated illnesses include developmental, psychiatric, and neurodegenerative illnesses, many of which are chronic and cause serious and long-lasting disabilities. Together, they are extremely prevalent and have an enormous impact from cradle to grave.”

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The New Protocol Guide: 2015 Edition

September 3rd, 2015

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

The New Protocol Guide: 2015 EditionIt has been two years since the latest edition of The Protocol Guide, and much has happened in the interim. In fact, the pace of progress in instrument development and in protocol decision-making is such that we are likely to be issuing an update on an annual basis in coming years.

The 2015 edition has been significantly altered throughout. A new section has been added to cover two-channel training, including ILF-HD, Alpha-Theta, and synchrony. The ILF-HD frequency range has been extended lower in the software, which has implications for the clinical strategy. There are special sections that highlights the key concepts underlying assessment and training. And there is a new section that covers the multi-sensor for the tracking measures of peripheral physiology: finger temperature, GSR (galvanic skin response, or sweat gland activity), heart rate, and finally scalp EMG (electromyography, or muscle activity).

The Protocol Guide is available in several formats. The hard copy is robust enough to withstand wear and tear in the clinic room, so it can be kept handy there for reference. On-line access is provided through an e-book version. The Protocol Guide is also fully integrated with our new professional forum, which is replacing the list server. The search function will cover not only the Protocol Guide but also relevant list messages over the past several years as well as our other on-line resources such as the training course.

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We Have an Audio Book of Brian’s Legacy!

September 1st, 2015

by Siegfried Othmer, PhD

Restoring the Brain by Siegfried Othmer, PhDBrian’s Legacy is now available as an audiobook, and for many if not most this will be the best way to take it in. I read the text that I had written, and Kurt read the part of Brian. Sue stepped in for her own parts, and a friend of Kurt’s, Efrosini Constant, read the many section headings and did character voices. I was surprised just how big a deal it turned out to be to produce this book. Even the initial recording process was much more involved than I expected. It turns out that sensitive audio microphones are a good illustration of what it is like to be ADD. It picks up every little noise in the room or hallway or out on the street with annoying fidelity. One has to record in a thoroughly sound-controlled environment. We did much of the recording in my office, with blankets everywhere to muffle reverberations, and we did so only on Sundays when the building was totally quiet. The remainder of the recording was done in Kurt’s closet at his house, where the clothes served to muffle reverberations. Kurt monitored the electronics in another room.

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Advanced Brain Technologies Conference

August 28th, 2015

By Siegfried Othmer, PhD

headphone-familyWe recently returned from the Annual Conference of Advanced Brain Technologies, meeting in Ogden, Utah. Roxana Sasu and I were on the program, and Kurt handled the exhibit. The conference had a lot of the same tone and flavor of our own Clinical Summit in that a large body of enthusiastic practitioners had gathered for the occasion. Here was an opportunity for them to interact with like-minded practitioners, hear about the latest findings from clinical studies, listen the academic researchers on related topics, and just luxuriate in each other’s company.

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A Veterans’ Report on Recovery

July 24th, 2015

Shared by Siegfried Othmer, PhD


Restoring the Brain by Siegfried Othmer, PhDIam a 55-year-old woman from Metairie, Louisiana, who served 20 years in the United States Army from August 10, 1978 to August 31, 1998. I enlisted to become a Parachute Rigger but first I had to pass airborne school. In October 1978, during the third week of airborne training, I witnessed a parachutist fall to his death. Needless to say, I did not graduate from airborne school.

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