24 Jun 2019

Seizures, SMR Natural Recovery Protocol

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From Biofeedback for the Brain by Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D.     

“The use of SMR for clinical purposes was discovered by chance.  Barry Sterman, now professor emeritus at the University of California School of Medicine, found that SMR in cats could be increased in amplitude by experimental procedures that quieted the cat’s body.  He further found that cats could be taught to increase the strength of SMR, and he and one of his graduate students subsequently published the first paper on the operant conditioning of brainwaves in 1968.  Shortly thereafter he obtained a contract from the U.S. Air Force to examine the seizures produced by rocket fuels containing hydrazine compounds.  The military was concerned because of the potential danger to personnel exposed to the fuels.  In the initial phase of his research, Sterman used some of the cats previously involved in SMR studies.  After exposing these cats to the Hydrazine compound, he observed a most curious phenomenon.  Some of the cats were more resistant to seizures after being exposed to hydrazine than others.  After analyzing the results, he made a remarkable discovery.  Cats that had been more successful in increasing SMR strength in the previous experiment were more resistant to seizures when exposed to hydrazine.       After this discovery, Sterman began working with human clients and successfully treated epileptic clients with neurotherapy that enhanced SMR.  More recently, I published my finding that neurotherapy, in addition to producing positive clinical results for epilepsy, also effectively treats “pseudo-seizure” disorders.  These seizure-like episodes do not appear to be related to brain activity commonly found with seizure disorders.  Pseudo-seizures include fugue states, grand mal-like thrashing, and fainting.”   Pages 50-5l.  SMR is sensory motor rhythm.  In Drs. Kelsey’s office, a successful epileptic improvement program begins with a brain map (qEEG.)  Finding the sites of dysregulation provides the path of corrective training.