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Michael Cohen is the founder of AboutNeurofeedback.com and Director of Training and President of the Center for Brain Training. He has specialized in Applied Psychophysiology and EEG Biofeedback for over ten years. As Director of Education for EEG Spectrum, one of the main training organizations in this field, Mike organized and taught courses around the world to psychologists, therapists and MD’s on the use of neurofeedback. He helped organize and teach courses introducing neurofeedback to psychiatrists at the annual American Psychiatric Association conference. He has also taught neurofeedback at many of the annual industry conferences. Mike has served on the Board of Directors for two of the main organizations in the field of neurofeedback. He has produced over 36 monthly audio CD interviews with top people in the field of neurofeedback and related fields. Called the Phone Forum, the CDs are distributed to neurofeedback professionals around the world. The Phone Forum targets clinicians who've already been trained in neurofeedback. It's a very practical one hour audio interview that comes on CD. It brings the experience and expertise of clinicians for PTSD, depression, ADD, autism, etc. - by really digging into how they apply neurofeedback protocols or other adjuncts to their clients/patients. It's been a very popular series, as it allows both relatively new and experienced clinicians to understand the rationale of some of the top clinicians, as well as other experienced clinicians. Mike entered the field after neurofeedback training helped a close family member with major depression. That problem had not responded to any medications or even ECT (electro convulsive therapy). When he found neurofeedback and got his family member to try it, the response was remarkable - especially considering that nothing else had worked. Since then, his goal has been to make these tools more accessible to people who need it and can benefit from it. For the last three years, Mike has been co-chair with Tom Brod, MD for the neurofeedback CME workshop at the annual American Psychiatric Association. He is currently the secretary of ISNR, the neurofeedback/qEEG professional association. He's also taught workshops at ISNR, the Clinical Interchange and other conference workshops for the last few years.

Can Pesticides Contribute to ADHD?

PesticidesA study recently released by Pediatrics (the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics), entitled “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of Organophosphate Pesticides” finds a possible link between childhood exposure to pesticides and a child developing ADHD.  Sometimes studies are able to be dismissed because one says that the exposure levels necessary to be influential are unrealistically high.  Unfortunately, this study finds a link “at levels common among US children”.  Continue reading

Taking Statins Can Cause Memory Loss

StatinsThe statin family of drugs, most commonly used to treat high cholesterol, can cause a number of potentially serious side effects.  One side effect you may not know to look for is memory loss.  If you know someone that is experiencing such a problem with memory, find out if he or she is taking a statin – it may be an easy cause to determine or rule out.

According to an article on www.statinanswers.com, “Some people experience memory loss, report an inability to concentrate as well, and feel that they are developing Alzheimer’s disease when taking statin drugs.”  Interestingly, the article also mentions a study which seems to prove the opposite effect; in that study “simvastatin (Zocor) actually lowers the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.” Continue reading

Getting Creative Until Insurance Companies Increase Reimbursement

Unfortunately, despite the research supporting it (click for books, research, and articles on neurofeedback), mosInsurance Reimbursementt insurance companies offer limited, if any, reimbursement, although the situation is improving.  Given that, I read with interest The Detroit News’ recent article “Westland Parents Secure Autism-Related Aid”.  Looking to make neurofeedback treatment more financially accessible for his children as well as other children on the autism spectrum,  father Neil Carrick formed an organization that raised funds and looked for a provider that would provide a group rate.  End result?  Carrick’s organization will provide 30 children with up to 20 weeks of neurofeedback.  Impressive!

Lead in Blood Relates to Depression, Panic

How many psychiatrists or MD’s ever even screen for lead exposure?  This study referenced in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, suggests they should.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/173076.php
Young adults with higher blood lead levels appear more likely to have major depression and panic disorders, even if they have exposure to lead levels generally considered safe, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

“These findings suggest that lead neurotoxicity may contribute to adverse mental health outcomes, even at levels generally considered to pose low or no risk,” the study’s authors conclude.

Want to Help Your Child Like Math? Try Some Music!

Many parents have a lack of confidence in their own math ability, sometimes even a math anxiety.  Is it realistic fTeddy bear listening to musicor those parents to encourage their children’s math abilities from a young age?  According to Ohio University professors Gene and Kamile Geist, the answer is a resounding YES, and music is the key.  Just like music, math is full of patterns – a child’s brain may first be stimulated “mathematically” when he or she processes the rhythms in music.  So, not only is it relaxing for your baby to hear you sing lullabies, those early musical experiences are promoting math ability as well.

Feeling Impatient? Maybe Fast Food is to Blame

We all have heard much about the nutritional issues with lots of fast food… but does fast food also make us more impatient?  A news study from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, featured in an article on Ivanhoe.com, says the “fast food culture”  actually affects our “psychology and behavior”.  The study found that people even exposed even subconsciously to the symbols of fast food did tasks more quickly, even when there was no advantage; people are having a harder time slowing down for their leisure time.   Now we have another health reason to skip McDonald’s for lunch!

Study Shows New Evidence of the Effectiveness of Neurofeedback

ScienceDaily.com reports that University of London researchers have found the “First Direct Evidence of Neuroplastic Changes Following Brainwave Training”.  This is a major step forward in recognizing the signficant benefits that can be achieved through neurofeedback therapy.  The researchers found that “[r]emarkably, these after-effects are comparable in magnitude to those observed following interventions with artificial forms of brain stimulation involving magnetic or electrical pulses.”  Continue reading

RDA for Vitamin D? At Least 5 Times Too Low

An organization that specializes in researching nutritional medicine,  www.Orthomolecular.org, reports that Vitamin D level recommendations by the government are way too low to prevent some basic health problems. The organization, made up of a number of MD’s, is one of the most credible sources for information on nutritional medicine.

Anxiety and depression can be affected by low Vitamin D levels. Continue reading

More Good News about Fish Oil

The Beyond Meds blog alerted me to a BBC article, “Fish Oil Supplements ‘Beat Psychotic Mental Illness'”, that describes yet another research study that has found beneficial effects from fish oil.  This time, a preliminary study has shown that taking fish oil can help prevent psychotic disorders in young people at high risk for to develop such disorders.  In fact, according to the BBC article, “A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter.”  A chance to keep the brain healthy naturally is always good news.

Children Sleep terrors solved – by 5HTP

What an incredibly impressive study from the European Journal of Pediatrics.   5HTP supplementation (precursor to Serotonin, available at any health food store) virtually eliminates sleep terrors in kids.  It’s a very well-done ,controlled study.  Unfortunately, few studies count unless they are marketed.  This one wasn’t.   MD’s who read this study should agree – the data is quite compelling.  But if no one markets a study – it’s as if it doesn’t exist.  So pass this one on! Continue reading