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Infra-Low Frequency Training for PTSD: A personal story

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

My name is Peter B. I have worked the past eight years as an Emergency Department staff nurse. About eighteen years ago, I was attacked by unknown assailants and struck in the head repeatedly with a telescoping steel baton. Showing what I now know to be signs of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and skull fracture (Battle’s sign, raccoon eyes, and a massively swollen occipital region of my skull), I lay in bed for a week recovering, and eventually returned to my life. This event was followed by a series of concussions over a period of a year and a half. Even prior to the attack, I had already been suffering from anxiety and PTSD.

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A Veteran’s Story, told on Veteran’s Day before a large audience.

Monday, December 17th, 2018

First and foremost, thank you for this opportunity. I am here today to tell you my story.

In early Spring of 2005, I was enrolled in college of the Redwoods in the automotive program. I was struggling with things personally in my life. My grandmother had just passed and I had been trying to cope with her death by drinking all the time. Had a girlfriend and a year earlier my first child was born. But my life was in shambles. I was in my early 20’s and had no real direction in my life at that time.

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A parent’s report: Asperger’s plus Lyme disease

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

My teenage son started Neurofeedback with Melissa Sklar in October of 2017 because of issues he was having with anxiety, depression, Asperger’s, and suicidal thoughts. He was having significant issues with functioning at school, and several doctors and psychologists were recommending that we try Neurofeedback to help deal with his various issues. My son has had various other interventions over his entire life that have each in their own way helped somewhat, including occupational therapy, high-dose supplementation, gluten-free diet, B-12 shots, psychotherapy, etc. But when he contracted Lyme disease about six years ago, everything changed. Almost immediately he started having suicidal thoughts, and talking about suicide has continued on and off over those 6 years (as we have not been able to kill the Lyme bacteria).

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Bill Gates abandons search for the “Big Idea” in Education

Friday, September 28th, 2018

So reads the feature article in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 29. Unfortunately, he does not know about Infra-Low Frequency (ILF) Neurofeedback, because if he did, he would realize at once that this is what he has been looking for. As a software guy, he realizes that the brain is the singular entity in the universe that writes its own software—the software that supports its own function. This is a long-term bootstrapping operation. And since brain function is not gifted equally to everyone, it follows that some brains are better at writing their own software over the course of development than others. Are we compelled to live with that situation, as we have been doing forever, or can that process be aided?

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The Domestication of Neurofeedback

Friday, September 28th, 2018

At the fall meeting of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society (NRBS), Roger deBeus will report on the status of a ‘multi-site double-blind randomized clinical trial of neurofeedback for ADHD,’ a study that was actually funded by the NIH. We look forward to seeing the results. The study involves quite a cast of characters: Eugene Arnold, psychiatrist and authority on ADHD who has been in emeritus status for years already at Ohio State University; Keith Conners, author of the Conners CPT and one of the original critics who hounded Dan Chartier early on for doing neurofeedback; Larry Hirshberg, who tried to use our old protocols in a study of PTSD; Vince Monastra, who undertook the largest-ever study of NF for ADHD; Joel Lubar, and of course Roger deBeus, who conducted an earlier attempt at a blinded study (one that is not fondly remembered).

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“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

This little gem of a documentary is worming its way into the hearts of people in Hollywood with the impetus of an Academy Award nomination in the category of short documentaries. It has superb competition, but that’s all to the good. Some hard-hitting stories are being told this year.

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