This is wonderful news for anyone who has suffered from the results of chemotherapy induced brain fog commonly called ¨chemo brain.¨
The article mentioned below is from the NeurOptimal® website and is the system I offer in my practice:
¨Zengar Institute, Inc. today announced the results of a new peer-reviewed study measuring the effects of NeurOptimal®Neurofeedback on patients suffering post-cancer cognitive impairment (PCCI) or “chemo-brain”. The research, conducted by the Applied Brain Research Foundation of Ohio, reported a 91% success rate for PCCI patients using NeurOptimal®Neurofeedback’s brain training system. 21 of the 23 participants in the study reported a complete reversal of the cognitive impairment or “mental fog” commonly associated with chemotherapy treatments.
The results of the study were published online April 12, 2013 in Integrative Cancer Therapies, a professional research journal. “Almost everyone improved and returned to normal levels. That was surprising and gratifying”, research director Jean Alvarez told The Cleveland Plain Dealer earlier this week. The neurofeedback system’s designer, Zengar Institute, Inc. released a statement through Operations Director, Samantha Diavatis, “The results are exciting, but behind the numbers is the fact that our system provided real relief for people struggling with cognitive impairment.”
As many as 70% of patients who undergo treatment for cancer experience diminished cognitive function side effects, including impaired memory, loss of verbal fluidity, or increased anxiety or depression. While the cause of PCCI is largely unknown, chemo brain has become a subject of growing interest within the medical community.
The NeurOptimal® neurofeedback (aks EEG biofeedback) system used in the study was not altered or customized to treat chemo brain specifically, nor does the training software target specific neural areas to ‘fix’ cognitive performance problems. Instead, the unique NeurOptimal® program prompts the brain’s own natural resources to self-correct any impairment, regardless of cause. As a result, NeurOptimal® neurofeedback can be effective across a broad range of conditions and complaints beyond chemo brain.
The 23 study participants – women aged 43 to 70 who had all undergone previous treatment for breast cancer – received biofeedback/neurofeedback sessions twice a week for 10 weeks. Changes in sleep quality, cognitive function and energy levels were monitored and recorded. At the end of the study, test results showed 21 of the 23 participants experienced a reversal of their cognitive impairment. Zengar Institute, Inc. Director Samantha Diavatis added: “The fact that Dr. Alvarez’s results were run through a rigorous peer-review system is further proof that NeurOptimal® is a superior neurofeedback system.”
The link to the published edition is
Please share any thoughts you have concerning this information. Do you know of anyone who suffers from chemo brain ?
How I came to create Arkansas Neurofeedback
I had been in the banking industry for over 25 years at the creation level of companies such as Capital One Financial, United Healthcare and the creation of Health Savings Accounts. More recently I crossed over to credit unions because I preferred the personalization of one on one relationship building to help families and individuals improve their lives.
I discovered Neuroptimal(R) after having a total hip replacement and suffering extended short term memory loss. The stress of feeling like I was losing my mind and the fear I had developed early onset dementia or Alzheimer's caused increased muscle tension throughout my body to the extent I could not hold my head up normally and I was in excruciating pain. With all this I was unable to function appropriately in my career at the credit union and I had to go on disability. I was miserable and depressed but determined I had to do something because this boulder in the road of my life had to move.
After 12 -15 sessions of Neuroptimal(R) neurofeedback my short term memory returned as well as improved sleep, the ability to speak up for myself, improved self esteem and joy in life! With this also improved my muscle health and with the help of my physical therapist and massage therapist my agonizing muscle pain diminished. I learned that many professional athletes, attorneys, business owners, students and artists also use NeurOptimal® neurofeedback for bio-hacking their way to peak performance.
I decided to offer this wonderful brain training to others so they may experience improvements in their lives as well and so I began a new career. This advanced neurofeedback training improves the central nervous system and I have seen clients helped with anger issues, anxiety, brain fog from medication and chemotherapy, fears, focus issues, low self esteem and much more. If you improve your central nervous system, you improve your life.
Each of us is different and so each of us will notice different changes but the commonality is improvement of your life!
I look forward to sharing your journey to a better life. Welcome to Arkansas Neurofeedback!