Archive for January, 2010

More News on Obesity

      A new and important label has made its way into the national struggle against obesity thanks to a psychiatrist and obesity researcher at Canada’s McMaster University.

             While the causes of obesity remain complex, it has become clear that chronic overeating is not only a primary culprit but, especially when it is compulsive and out of control, it can be classified as a “food addiction.”

             In the December 2009 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Valerie Taylor, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at McMaster and director of the Bariatric Surgery Psychiatry program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare (Hamilton, Ontario) argues that food addiction in some individuals may be a reality and needs to be considered in the management of weight problems.

            At present, there’s considerable debate about how to define “food addiction” and despite a lack of consensus on a definition, researchers agree that it involves a compulsive pattern of use, even in the face of negative health and social consequences – part of the standard definition of most addictions.

             Ultimately, as with addictive drugs, individuals develop a tolerance – they need an increased amount of a drug or food in order to achieve the desired high or feel full.  And, as with withdrawal from drugs, when individuals begin to limit or modify their food intake – even with only a day or two of dieting, the food addict experiences withdrawal symptoms including mood changes.

             Dr. Taylor argues that the concept of addiction may help to provide some insight into why certain obese individuals continue overeating and are unable to accomplish appropriate weight loss.

             It is important to understand that the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the US National Institutes of Health, defines addiction as a disease of the brain. Dr. Taylor’s observations and the concept of addictive overeating may lead to the development of new counseling and medical techniques that may help obese individuals and food addicts to achieve control over their addictive processes. In the meantime, individuals who believe they are addicted to food may benefit from participating in a traditional 12-Step program and from Cognitive Behavioral counseling.

             At the Brain Training Centers of Florida we are assisting people with breaking the addiction by reducing their urges and cravings. Utilizing our emergent technology of brain wave optimization with real time balancing we have been successful in assisting people with recognizing detrimental brain patterns and changing them. This process provides enhanced motivation and desire to eat right and exercise.

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In Brain Training Today: January 14, 2010

In the Brain Training Centers of Florida office today we are brain training eight (8) different people. This may be a record for our office. We are performing brain wave optimization on six people and completing two assessments (including brain mapping EEGs) on new clients.

The issues we are assisting our clients with today include, but are not limited to; anxiety, depression, addictions, hyperactive brains, focus issues, sleep issues, trauma recovery, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and anger issues. Everyone of the addicts coming in today (3) report that they have not used since they started with us. That is a 100% success ratio just for today.

I have learned a new word today, Aumakua. Aumakua is a Polynesian word which means the lineage of love which comes from our line of parental ancestors. This is also the energy which we are helping our clients generate and tap into through our brain wave optimization. Have a great Day!

Posted in: Brain Mapping, Brain Training

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In Brain Training Today: January 11, 2010

According to my car thermometer, it was 31 degrees when I walked out of my house at 6:30AM this morning. I had to be out that early in order to get the children to school in and in to the office in time to prepare for our completely full day. Yes we are booked for all 14 two hour slots today from 8AM until 10PM tonight. I am starting out the morning with an 8AM assessment (with brain mapping) while performing a session on one of our returning clients. We are brain training seven different people today (including the assessment).  Four of the clients are with us for their first ten session intensive training program, while three are returning clients performing follow up sessions. The issues we are helping our clients with today include, but are not limited to; anger, stress, sleep issues, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, addictions, panic attacks, bi-polar disorder, trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.

It is another fantastic day here at the Brain Training Centers of Florida utilizing our brain wave optimization technology along with rational emotive and cognitive behavior therapy to enhance peoples lives.

Posted in: Brain Training, Brain Wave Optimization, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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