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Info for Clients in Minnesota, USA

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Hi, the below is information that I share with clients. It has information on a heart monitor that you can use at home that shows you when you have your brain rhythms more balanced. It is easy to use while you work. The page below also has information on some other things, including a list of neurotherapy practitioners for people who live around Minneapolis. Please don’t contact the neurotherapists for services if you aren’t in or around Minneapolis.

Online Tools:

Here is a video to something called progressive muscle relaxation. This technique is a good way to practice relaxing and changing negative thinking patterns.

https://youtu.be/ihO02wUzgkc

Home Biofeedback Tools:

Here is a list of home biofeedback tools that are easy ways to train biofeedback and brain rhythms. Brain rhythms can be trained through heart rhythms.

Heart Math Inner Balance- You can buy this home biofeedback tool at http://www.HeartMath.com or www.Bio-Medical.com for around $135. It is an ear clip that measures blood flow and heart rhythm steadiness while showing real time results in a phone app. It trains steady heart and attention rhythms that correlate with calm, even blood flow in the brain that is developed when there is less anxiety and overall higher functioning. This device shows a graph or green light (or plays sounds) when your brain is calm. So, you can put the device somewhere that you can see it while you work, walk, meditated, pray, etc. You can upload a sound, like a creek sound, and when your brain and heart are dysregulated the sound goes down. There are multiple levels of sensitivity that you can control from easier to the most challenging in the Sessions/Settings section of the app.

One option with the HeartMath device is to use a creek sound that gets quiet when your heart shows anxiety or struggling attention. This is an easy way to use it at work. In the app there is a sound setting called “sound track” where you can use a sound on your phone from your music library. Here is a link to a creek sound that you can use for this if you use this device:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0734CY9HJ/ref=dm_ws_pr_fl_dp_B0734CY9HJ?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1640285629&sr=1-7

Mightier- This is a system for kids or adults, that works like the above, but instead of graphs and sounds or lights showing when a person is in a good flow, this system has good games that people like to play (like Tetris and other games), but the games slow down or change when a person is not calm or clear. The user then increases calm attention to make the games work. This is great for kids and helps with anxiety, attention, trauma, and overall awareness or performance. It also lowers oppositional behavior. I hope this goes in every school (or something like it). The system makes the challenge level progress as the user increases control. The system costs about $50 for the sensor (a wrist or arm sensor that measures heart rhythms and the brain rhythms in it), and the access to the apps and data analysis is around $35/month. They have a professional trainer that can work with families, and parents or users can see their data as they progress over time. You can learn more at www.mightier.com.

Supplements:

Also, there is research on the following supplements that you can review with your doctor. Some supplements trigger allergies in some people and some affect medication for things like mood, attention struggles, etc. So, please check with your doctor if you are on medications or have allergies or sensitivities before using them. I have seen research and good results from them. I put general information by them, but it isn’t what is best for everyone.

Turmeric- It is shown to lower inflammation in the intestines and other places, so it would lower anxiety. Most bottles I see say a maximum of 1800 mg per day is recommended. There is also research saying that Turmeric with black pepper has a higher level of one of the key chemicals. There are research studies showing that it treats anxiety and depression like SSRIs or other medications. There is a link below for that. One study referenced in the research below shows that if rats took 20-40 milligrams per pound of body weight, it decreased lethargy, boosted mood, lowered distracted thoughts, and healed damage of chronic stress to a significant degree in memory and other areas of the brain. If you use the math of the dosing for humans, a human weighing 200 lbs would take 200 X 20-40 Milligrams. That would be around 4000-8000 milligrams a day. Most research uses doses of 2500mg for long term use. The higher doses increase more feel good chemicals and chemicals related to reward (like dopamine), and increase the other effects. There are some studies that used 8000mgs for short term (a few months), and no studies on the safety of 8000mg long term. I say these things because I don’t want people to hurt themselves by taking too much. Here is the research study that reviews other studies if you want to read it- https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.572533/full

Fish oil- I have read research saying that 1000 Mg (around 10 pills) heals or reverses damage to brain regions affected by anxiety and ADHD.

Mushrooms- I have read research showing that mushroom supplements prevented major symptoms in the first phase of dementia. So, it would also help memory in other times of life. There is research showing it relates to lower Alzheimer’s rates. around 20% of people over 65 get dementia in the US, and over 35% of people over 80….

PQQ- This is a supplement shown to correlate with better memory and brain health in older age.

NAD and NMN- These supplements are shown to relate to healthier gene duplication, and keeping genes in a “younger” that relates to less disease.

Stinging Nettles and other supplements like it have an effect on allergies related to anxiety.

Valerian root helps with attention struggles that relate to stress or moodiness, and it helps with situational anxiety. People also use it for sleep. It increased the absorption of brain chemical called Gaba. Like any supplement that can help, too much can hurt, and your system adjusts to it by eventually make less of certain chemicals coming from the supplement.

I have heard some people say it is best to take about not use a supplement about 1/6 or 1/7th of the time, so the body doesn’t become dependent on it. You can check with your doctor about what the impacts could be.

Diet Testing Resources

There are companies that do testing to see what supplements a person needs based on their intestine biome. They customize supplements based on that, and one respected one is called Viome.

Types of Doctor, Recommendations:

If you want to find a type of MD that is usually more aware of supplements and who can bill insurance for more extensive blood and diet testing, a type of doctor to look for is a Functional Medicine Doctor or Integrative Health Doctor, they are becoming more common in hospitals. In the Twin Cities, Abbot Northwestern and Woodwinds Hospital are two examples of places with functional medicine practices.

Documentary on Creating Heart and Brain Coherence to “Rewire” the Brain and Body:

There is a documentary that has 13 25-30 minute episodes on Amazon Prime called “Rewire” by a doctor and best selling author named Joe Dispenza. You might have to buy the series to watch it. He has written best selling books, and this video has guided meditation and explains different things in a useful way. It does talk about neuroscience and the bodies electrical field, including energy centers in the brain and body. The research he references is from medical research on a meditation technique that he teaches, how to balance the heart rhythm, how we work with the brain’s electrical patterns, electromagnetic fields, and how our minds affect particles around us. Everything I have seen in it is something he connects to research that backs it up. It could be worth watching.

Sleep Aid for Brain, Mental Health, and Dementia Prevention:

For sleep, I recommend people try listening to an ocean sound app at a level that is just loud enough to hear (with Airplane mode on). This rhythm is in Delta brain rhythms, and that is shown to deepen deep sleep, and clear out plaque that blocks memory and is a part of Dementia. It also lowers anxiety by deepening sleep, where the brain processes memories to “put them away” and flushes out chemicals as we sleep.

Assessments:

There is a brain health assessment that people can take from a respected clinic. It is based on thousands of brain scans, and helps people understand what brain regions are strong or struggling. It is about 60 questions, and clients consistently say that it is accurate for them. It is part of the Amen Clinics, and they do ask for your email (they send you information). I think it is worth taking, and talks about brain regions that can be helped. It can help guide choices with biofeedback and sound training for your brain that we do with the websites in this email. You can take it at http://www.brainhealthassessment.com.

The same clinic also developed an assessment called the ADHD Type Test that has 7 types of ADHD if that is something you want to take. You can take it at https://addtypetest.com

Another personality assessment that is based on brain research that helps people understand what motivates them based on brain research is an assessment that looks at how people are in relationships. It is also about 60 questions, and you can take it at
https://theanatomyoflove.com/relationship-quizzes/helen-fishers-personality-test/

Research and Technology About Electricity in the Body:

“Grounding or Earthing” –
There is research at the National Institute of Health showing that something people call “Grounding” or “Earthing” lowers inflammation in the body, and that in turn lowers anxiety, pain, and improves attention. I put a link to a study on it under this paragraph. There are a lot of techniques for this and people selling technology for it. It helps people as they age too. Grounding or earthing are words used to describe using connection to the ground by walking barefoot on the ground or doing more technological things like connecting a blanket to an electrical ground to “ground electricity in the body. I just wanted to share the idea in this email, since it lowers inflammation and therefore lowers anxiety, pain, and improves attention. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/

Electromagnetic Frequencies from Cell Phones, Etc –
There is a growing body of research that shows that electromagnetic frequencies and radio frequencies increase stress responses in the body, and that is known to also affect attention. Some people are curious about this, and I have looked for technology that helps this that is proven in research to help block the negative effects of electrical frequencies most people have affecting their bodies. One device I found that has a couple of research studies supporting it is called EarthCalm. I thought it was interesting, and wanted to share it. If you want to learn more about it they explain the research on their website at http://www.EarthCalm.com.

A List of Neurotherapy Providers in Minnesota, USA:

If you want to find another provider for neurofeedback, neurotherapy in the Twin Cities, you can find a list by clicking the link below to a secure file in Google Drive (should be free of malware).

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yzdqbOpjpL8EiDUM0muLoSh-cppxBqXj/view?usp=sharing

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I know this was a range of information, but I thought it may be helpful. I don’t make any income from the technology mentioned above. It is easier for me to share it in an organized way (since different things get left out in conversations).
Thank You, and I am Glad to Help,

Peter Meilahn, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Biofeedback, Neurofeedback Therapy Services
Clinical Director, Franklin Family Services, St. Louis Park, MN
Clinical Biofeedback, Staff Trainer, The University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Health Services

 

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