04 Apr 2019

Seizure Reduction through Neurofeedback

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Healing Young Brains by Robert Hill, Ph.D. and Eduardo Castro, M. D.

This may sound like an awesome task, but Dr. Sterman and his colleagues were able to train cats to make more SMR.  This is not fantasy or magic, it is simply a training program.  If we give the brain information about how inside-the-skin events are occurring we can modify those events.  We might not know exactly how we do this, but we know we can.

It is still amazing that a cat can be trained through the use of reinforcements to change its brainwaves.  Once it was demonstrated that cats could learn to increase their SMR, therefore becoming more seizure resistant, we moved on to work with humans.  It has now been demonstrated and replicated many times that by training human beings to make more SMR and inhibiting the low frequencies, their seizure threshold increases.  That translates to fewer seizures and less intensity when a seizure occurs.  Many patients learn to stop a seizure when they feel the first signs of an onset.”

“Even more remarkable than being able to successfully treat seizures with neurofeedback is the fact that this knowledge has been available for more than thirty years and it is still not mainstream medicine.  We are still treating patients with powerful drugs that could possibly be eliminated with neurofeedback and we are still allowing drug-refractory cases of epilepsy to suffer through multiple daily seizures.

At this point, we would like to make a political comment.  There should be a government agency in charge of investigating every reported treatment for every disorder and disease and when one proves successful, it should be mandated for use in the medical mainstream and covered by insurance companies.  In the long run, it would save millions and probably billions of health-care dollars.

Over the thirty years that neurofeedback has been used in the treatment of epilepsy, there have been a stream of reports and dozens of studies indicating that brainwave training reduces the number and intensity of seizures.  Drs. Sterman and Friar published a single case study in 1972, in which they reported that not only was there a dramatic reduction in seizures, but there was also a positive personality change.  The young subject became more confident and outgoing and her sleep improved.  This reflects the idea of a cluster of problems resolving with a single treatment modality.  We are not basing our judgment on a single case; the same results have been replicated many times with similar results.”

The first step in helping reduce seizures is to perform the brain map (qEEG).   The brain map will show the Drs. where the brain is disregulated.  Then the training is to teach that area to regulate itself  normally