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Today in Brain Training: Peace in the Middle of the Anxiety Storm…

A client reports, after 10 sessions, that her appetite for food and life have opened up again, she’s now enjoying quality sleep without the aide of any medicines, and she’s got a calm sense of confidence even though she’s navigating through a very difficult personal matter (storm). Here is her survey report:Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 2.59.25 PM

Posted in: ADD (ADHD), Anger, Anxiety, Brain Mapping, Brain Training, Brain Wave Optimization, Concentration, confidence, Depression, Fatigue, Focus, Health & Exercise, Memory, Neurofeedback, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Sleep Issues, Stress, Trauma, Weight Issues

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the entire month of October, receive a 10% discount and 10% of what you spend will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Posted in: ADD (ADHD), Addiction, Anger, Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Brain Mapping, Brain Training, Brain Wave Optimization, Chronic Pain, Concentration, Depression, Fatigue, Focus, Fybromyalgia, Health & Exercise, Neurofeedback, Panic Attacks, PTSD, Sleep Issues, Stress, Tourettes Syndrome, Trauma, Uncategorized, Weight Issues

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Today in Brain Training: My Mind Feels Quieter & More Relaxed!

http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/03/24/us-memory-brainwaves-idUSTRE62N4VJ20100324 

A 54 year old hispanic male that we reported about earlier tells us that he is feeling much more relaxed. He shared that he’s able to listen and absorb more because his mind is quieter. It’s a great and rewarding day here at the Brain Training Centers of Florida!

Want to learn a little more about the benefits of a quiet mind? Call 305-858-6616

Posted in: Anxiety, Brain Training, Brain Wave Optimization, Concentration, Focus, Stress

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Today in Brain Training: Executive Transcends His Fear!

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An executive who lost his job recently and went into an emotional tailspin says “Not only have I experienced a full recovery, I feel like I am now better than I was ever before!”

Marc Taylor, a psychologist for the US Navy, conducted research on Olympic athletes to see what kind of positivity tactics they employed (like repeating positive affirmations) and how this affected their performance. Taylor found that athletes who practiced visualizations and positive self-affirmations were better able to cope with the pressures of high-level competition and were more likely to succeed, Psychology Today reports.

“Our process here at The Brain and Body Training Centers allows our clients to get 10 to 20 years of practice in a matter of weeks!” says Geoff Cole, Clinical Director of The Brain and Body Training Centers. (aka The Brain Training Centers of Florida)

Posted in: Anxiety, Brain Mapping, Brain Wave Optimization, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sleep Issues, Stress, Uncategorized

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Daniel Ruano Testimonial

January 3, 2013
Brain Training Centers of Florida
Re: Daniel Ruano DOB: 11/3/2011

Daniel was born with certain abnormalities. After surgery to correct one of his conditions Daniel “coded” in the recovery room. All his MRIs revealed severe brain trauma and damage to all four hemispheres of the brain and the medical prognosis was not very hopeful.

This was a very stressful time for the family and we sought comfort and solace in prayer and by placing our trust in God’s care and guidance.

Daniel’s mom, Kenia saw a news spot on Univision and at the same time another relative also saw the program which spoke of brain training performed at The Brain Training Centers of Florida. Relatives began calling relatives and we all sensed that this was more than just chance but an answer to prayer.

We contacted Geoff Cole explaining Daniel’s medical condition. Geoff was cautious in not giving us any false expectation because of Daniel age and his medical history. But Daniel was destined to become the first infant under 2 years old to receive brain training.

Baby Daniel to everyone’s surprise began to react positively after the first session with Geoff. The first notable change was that Daniel began sleeping at night which was a relief for the family and for Daniel.

After a few sessions Daniel began to focus his eyes and began tracking moving objects and became more aware of his environment. He observed object on the walls next to his bed and even began making new vocal sounds. He began to cry to express his discomfort, hunger and the desire to be cuddled.

We have seen improvement with each session but we also understand that brain training is not a cure but a means to enhance Daniel’s quality of life.

We are very grateful to Geoff Cole and the wonderful staff at Brain Training Centers of Florida for their care, positive attitude and support. We would recommend any parent hoping to improve the quality of life of their child; no matter what their handicap to seriously consider brain training as a supportive therapy

For the Family;
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Rev. Frank A Cebollero, M.Th.

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Menopausal Hot Flashes

Despite all of the Edith-directed menopause-related laugh lines of All In The Family (a reference many readers may be too young to understand), menopausal symptoms are no joke – especially when they are severe. And, now there’s evidence that exercise might help to limit them for some women.

In fact, evidence appears to indicate that women who are relatively inactive or are overweight or obese tend to have an increased risk of symptoms perceived as “hot flashes,” according to Steriani Elavsky, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Penn State University.

While some readers will object, “There’s nothing perceived about them; they’re as real as can be,” “perceived hot flashes” do not always correspond to actual hot flashes.

And Professor Elavsky’s research may be the first study to look at “objective” versus “subjective” hot flashes.

The Penn State researchers studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days. “Our sample included women with mild to moderate symptoms and they were recruited for a study of physical activity, not of menopause,” noted Elavsky. The researchers recruited women – ages 40 to 59 years old, with an average of two children, who were not on hormone therapy – from the community through a variety of outlets frequented by women – libraries, gyms and advertisements in local newspapers.

In the analysis process, participants were divided into normal weight and overweight/obese categories and higher fit and lower fit categories; the categories were not mutually exclusive. Participants wore accelerometers to measure their physical activity and monitors that measured skin conductance, which varies with the moisture level of the skin. Using personal digital assistants, participants recorded the individual hot flashes they experienced throughout the 15-day period. This data collecting combination allowed researchers to study the frequency of objective – recorded by the monitors – and subjective – reported by the individual — hot flashes. When a recorded and a reported hot flash occurred within five minutes of each other it was considered a “true positive.”

Contrary to the popular false myth that performing physical activity could increase hot flashes because it acutely increases body core temperature, researchers found that on average women in the study experienced fewer hot flash symptoms after exercising.

The researchers noted that it is not yet possible to determine if a woman could use diet and exercise and become more physically fit as a means of experiencing fewer hot flashes; that remains a topic for future studies.

However, “For women with mild to moderate hot flashes, there is no reason to avoid physical activity for the fear of making symptoms worse,” noted Elavsky. “In fact, physical activity may be helpful and is certainly the best way to maximize health as women age. Becoming and staying active on a regular basis as part of your lifestyle is the best way to ensure healthy aging and well-being, regardless of whether you experience hot flashes or not.”

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

Brain Training Centers of Florida, through brain wave optimization with real time balancing, can be very helpful to individuals experiencing hot flash issues. Our Centers are open from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM for the convenience of our clients. For further information, please call (305) 412-5050.

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Obesity Battle

Thank you, Albert!

Einstein, that is.

After all, he’s the one who so infamously gave use “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

And, just on time for the Fourth of July obesity researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine calling for a new national battle plan to fight obesity – one that replaces the emphasis on food restriction and weight loss with achieving “energy balance” at a healthy body weight.

In the journal Circulation, published July 3, James O. Hill, PhD and colleagues at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center moved the debate in a new direction, using the idea of “energy balance” – which combines food intake, energy expended through physical activity and energy (fat) storage – to promote the concept of a “regulated zone,” where the mechanisms by which the body establishes energy balance are managed to overcome the body’s natural tendency to preserve existing body weight.

The researchers’ goal is accomplished by strategies that match food and beverage intake to a higher level of energy expenditure than is typical for many Americans, allowing the biological system that regulates body weight to work more effectively.
And the new study is supported by other research that shows that higher levels of physical activity are associated with low weight gain, while comparatively low levels of activity are linked to high weight gain over time.
Hill, professor of pediatrics and medicine and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the UC Anschutz Medical Campus, is the lead author of the paper. He argues that “A healthy body weight is best maintained with a higher level of physical activity than is typical today and with an energy intake that matches.” “We are not going to reduce obesity by focusing only on reducing food intake. Without increasing physical activity in the population we are simply promoting unsustainable levels of food restriction. This strategy hasn’t worked so far and it is not likely to work in the future.”

As Dr. Hill explains, “What we are really talking about is changing the message from ‘Eat Less, Move More’ to ‘Move More, Eat Smarter.’”

In a burst of common sense that contradicts fast food chains’ preoccupation with jumbo and extra-jumbo sized portions, the authors argue that preventing excessive weight gain is a more achievable goal than treating obesity once it has developed. They stress that reducing calorie intake by 100 calories a day would prevent weight gain in 90 percent of American adults – and that goal is achievable through small increases in physical activity and small changes in food intake.

In part, the Colorado researchers’ results reflect basic math: People who have a low level of physical activity have trouble achieving energy balance because they must constantly use food restriction to match energy intake to a low level of energy expenditure. As perpetual dieters already know, constant food restriction is difficult to maintain over time and when it cannot be maintained, the result is positive energy balance – the calories consumed are greater than the calories expended through daily living and exercise, there is an increase in body mass, which elevates the energy expenditure and helps reestablish energy balance.

It’s somewhat different than the proverbial “see-saw” phenomenon that so many perpetual dieters complain about. It’s more like perpetually digging an ever deeper hole and not being able to understand why you can’t get out. And that’s because 60 to 80 percent of the weight gains that follow diet failures is usually body fat. In fact, the researchers speculate that people become obese because that may be the only way to achieve energy balance in a sedentary lifestyle and a food-abundant environment.

After reviewing the scientific energy balance literature, the researchers calculated that it is not realistic to attribute the current obesity crisis solely to caloric intake or physical activity levels. They noted that energy expenditure has dropped dramatically over the past century as American lives now require significantly less daily physical activity. However, they argue that this drop in energy expenditure was a necessary prerequisite for the obesity epidemic. Part of the response to that epidemic must be reinserting more physical activity into American lives.

“Addressing obesity requires attention to both food intake and physical activity, said co-author John Peters, PhD., assistant director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. “Strategies that focus on either alone will not likely work.”

The authors also explained part of the failure of food restriction in reducing obesity. Although caloric restriction produces weight loss, it also triggers hunger and the body’s natural defense to preserving existing body weight, which leads to a lower resting metabolic rate and changes in how the body burns calories.

A 10 percent weight loss can produce a 170 to 250 decrease in energy requirements; a loss of 20 percent of body weight can result in a decrease in energy requirements of 325 to 480 calories. These figures provide some insight into weight loss plateaus and the common see-saw (weight gain) effect following a weight loss regimen.

Francis J. (Skip) Flynn, Psy. D.

Brain Training Centers of Florida can help individuals overcome weight issues using brain wave optimization with real time balancing. We are open 7 days per week from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM to accommodate our clients.

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