NEUROFEEDBACK CF/FM plus lyme other diseases (lupus etc)

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  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I got this off one of the yahoo lists I'm on. I found it very interesting, as the 2 different articles offer a bit different perspective.

    My question has always been why CF/FM people seem to feel better doing neurofeedback but have to continue with weekly or at least biweekly sessions (very expensive!) while I don't think those treated for ADD do--

    --the answer seems to be that if there is an ongoing infection, that is why treatment needs to continue -- in order to maintain the gains in brain functioning.


    October 12, 2006 Linda Young - All Headline News Staff Writer
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    (AHN) - A new study reveals that neurofeedback training may help normalize abnormal brain waves caused by some medical conditions.

    The study was published in the latest edition of Biofeedback a journal published by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

    According to Newswise, individuals with Lyme disease, systematic lupus, erythematosus, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and cardiopulmonary bypass surgery patients typically have disturbed electroencephalography patterns. Other conditions that may produce abnormal EEG patterns are fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and exposure to toxic substances or large doses of radiation.

    The study found that 75 percent of patients with Lyme disease had abnormal EEG patterns. After neurofeedback treatment that declined to 54 percent of those treated.

    The report stated that these results could be used as baseline to help therapists treat patients with abnormal brain wave patterns.

    The study focused on children with migraines.
    The study was done by D. Corydon Hammond Ph.D., U of Utah School of Med. © All Headline News

    Source: Alliance Communications Group
    Using Neurofeedback to Aid Medical Patients

    Newswise - A new article reviews the literature of quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) that documents abnormal brain wave patterns accompanying several medical conditions.

    The research implies that neurofeedback training may partially or fully normalize these brain wave patterns, and improve the physical and mental functioning of people with these conditions. The article is in the latest issue of Biofeedback.

    The literature demonstrates that it is common to find disturbed electrophysiological patterns associated with Lyme disease, systematic lupus, erythematosus, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and cardiopulmonary bypass surgery patients.

    Abnormal EEG patterns are also commonly found in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue and in individuals with chemical sensitivities and those who have been exposed to toxic substances or extensive radiation.

    In looking at Lyme disease, abnormal QEEG patterns were found in 75 percent of active Lyme disease patients. With neurofeedback treatment, 54 percent had continued cortical dysfunction. This is one example of how some conditions in which viral agents persist continue to need ongoing treatment in addition to neurofeedback. (my note: altho Lyme is a bacteria)

    The use of neurofeedback training can produce positive results for those suffering from many diseases and disorders that are associated with abnormal brain waves. The article can help to inform therapists using neurofeedback by providing information for comparison with their own assessments.

    To read the entire study, click here:

    Biofeedback is a quarterly journal of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). For more information about AAPB, visit

    [This Message was Edited on 10/13/2006]
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

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