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Successful Treatment of Slow Brain Disorders Using EMF’s August 10, 2006

Posted by healthyself in ADHD, Attention Deficit, Beneficial frequencies, Blogroll, Cell changes, Cell phone safety, Children's health, EEG, Electrosensitivity, ELF, EMF Research, EMF's, EMR, Health related, Medical Research, Parenting, radiation, Research.

“It is proposed that there is a group of disorders characterized by excessive low frequency EEG activity. For example:

Disorder Abbr. Reported Brainwave Characteristic
Attention Deficit ADHD Excess theta/beta ratio (Lubar 1991, etc.)
Chronic Fatigue Syndr CFS Slow alpha, excess theta (Lindenfeld et al 1996)
Minor Head Injury MHI Diffuse slow activity (Duffy et al. 1989, Ayers 1987, both also quoted in Byers, 1995)
Toxic Trauma TT Excess slow activity (Heuser 1994)
Premenstrual Syndrome PMS Excess delta, slow P300 (Toner 1995reported above)

Treatment of Slow Brainwave Disorders with Photic Stimulation
The preliminary trial reported above shows the efficacy of photic stimulation as a treatment for PMS. The treatment of ADHD with photic stimulation has been developed extensively by Harold Russell and his associates, using frequencies of 18 Hz and 10 Hz alternating for two minute periods, with demonstrable improvements in IQ scores and behavior (Russell and Carter, 1993). Many clinicians appear to be using photic stimulation informally for ADHD and the other slow brainwave disorders….Many neurofeedback (EEG biofeedback) practitioners report successful treatment of some or all of these slow brainwave disorders. …A reasonable explanation that is commonly proposed for the above experimental and clinical results is that the key to treating these disorders (all characterized by excessive slow brainwave activity) is to speed up the brainwave frequency….Unfortunately there is evidence, both from photic stimulation research and from neurofeedback training, that undermines this brainwave frequency hypothesis.

In the trial of PMS and photic stimulation reported above, the patients were free to adjust the frequency of the flashing light at will, between 0.5 Hz and 50 Hz….Of those patients who achieved a greater than 50% reduction in symptoms, about half chose to operate the flashing light in the range of 5 to 10 Hz, ie, theta-alpha frequency, not beta frequency…. Hoffman et al. (1995) list six different neurofeedback protocols (including alpha training) that have been used successfully for minor head injury.”


Note that the frequency often chosen by the patients was close to the Schumann Wave frequency.



1. Tooth-Grinding - November 26, 2008

Do you know of anyone who has done experiments with photic stimulation as a way to interrupt an in-sleep habitual pattern such as bruxism? I know that different forms of pattern interrupts (ranging from adding a mattress pad to ones bed, to changing diet, to putting a soothing sound machine in the room, to hypnosis) have proven helpful to different people in kicking the tooth grinding (bruxism) habit. It seems there could be potential in photic stimulation.

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