Blog Post September 2011
- Practice non-judgmental self-observation. Observe how you are thinking and feeling without judging. (I call this practice “WD-40” for the working parts.)
- Be aware and purposeful with regard to your breathing. Encourage oxygenation. Take a few times during the day to consciously force deep breaths. You can clean your air out by exhaling deeply; then just inhale naturally.
- Let yourself by rhythmic. Like a rocking chair. Dance, sway or tap your feet to the music.
- Realize that the other people are acting out of a brain patterns, too. There’s a good chance they are equally “stuck.” Catch yourself in judgment and stay in a place of forgiveness of self and others.
- The most important thing you can do is remember your brain has saved your life and even though it may be stuck now, it is simply a brain pattern and not a life sentence.
…and it goes without saying, get yourself to your nearest provider of Brainwave Optimization. You’ll find a location near you by clicking here.
Sept 22, 2011 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Problems making a decision?
Inability to concentrate?
These are the signs of anxiety - the most common mental disorder in the world - and one that is but often ignored and left untreated. Without help, those who wrestle with anxiety or stress may find themselves moving into depression, chronic pain, fatigue and inability to sleep. Some turn to meds or illicit drugs - or addictions like over-eating or alcohol - in order to achieve temporary peace.
Anxiety and stress is an “equal opportunity” affliction: It can attack anyone, of any age, at any time. It can show up as panic, social phobia, compulsive activities and post-traumatic stress. The common denominator is that anxiety is a result of an imbalanced brain.
In this webinar, Lee Gerdes will explain what’s going on inside a brain in the grips of anxiety and how you can change your brain with Brainwave Optimization to restore it to harmony and balance.
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Unconventional brain treatment aiding injured Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Kurt Sauer
by Sarah McLellan - Sept. 17, 2011 03:27 PM
The Arizona Republic
It was business as usual Friday when the Coyotes reported for medical testing, one of the first official steps toward kick-starting the season.
There were familiar faces, captain Shane Doan and defenseman Keith Yandle, wandering the bowels of Jobing.com Arena, and there were more than a few new faces. Goaltender Mike Smith was there, alongside sparkplug forward Raffi Torres and journeyman Daymond Langkow.
And then there was a face that was recognizable but hadn't greeted the locker room in almost two years.
Injured defenseman Kurt Sauer arrived for his physical, since he is still under contract with the team for one more season, but don't expect the 30-year-old to don a Coyotes sweater anytime soon.
"Unfortunately his injury has not changed at all in a couple years now," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. " ... You just feel more for the person."
Sauer is still suffering from a neck injury he suffered in a preseason game in September 2009, but a return to the ice still rests within the realm of possibility thanks to an innovative method of treatment that targets Sauer's brainwave activity.
"I still have a lot of hope in feeling better, feeling 100 percent, being able to play with my kids and maybe even a chance to play hockey again," Sauer said.
For the past four months, Sauer has been undergoing brainwave optimization at Brain State Technologies. The Scottsdale-based company attempts to restore the balance and harmony in the brain that was lost due to a physical or emotional blow.
A new approach
Sauer discovered Brain State Technologies after the company's public-information coordinator, Dianne Price, commented on a story The Republic published in April on Sauer's status at the time.
"I thought we could probably help this guy," Price said.
Sauer's wife, Carmen, saw the comment, as did a Jobing.com Arena employee who contacted the Sauers to make sure they saw the post. After several visits with specialists who were not able to help, Sauer figured he'd give this method a try.
"Basically I had nothing to lose," he said.
In May, Sauer received a general assessment of his brain from Brain State Technologies founder and CEO Lee Gerdes. In these initial scans, Gerdes inspects hundreds of areas of the brain and expects to see about a 10 percent differential in brainwave functioning between the left and right sides of the brain. The difference in function in Sauer's brain was anywhere between 20 and 80 percent.
"Every area we looked at was really, really out of balance," Gerdes said.
Still, Gerdes couldn't guarantee that he could help because some brains are too traumatized to be responsive. That worried Sauer because nothing else had been able to help him, and time kept skipping along.
"I had tears in my eyes just thinking about it because I don't want to stay in this state," he recalled.
But, the treatment was effective.
For the first week, Sauer went for two sessions a day for five consecutive days with each session lasting approximately an hour and a half. During the session, Sauer sat in a chair with sensors hooked up to different parts of his head, depending on what area of the brain Gerdes wanted to target. The electromagnetic energy from his brainwaves is picked up and displayed on a computer screen, and it's the sound from that activity that is sent back to Sauer via headphones. That tone is what corrects the imbalance of the frequencies between the left and right sides of his brain.
Sauer has NHL insurance to help with the financial challenges. An initial assessment and 10 sessions of treatment costs $2,000.
After his third day of treatment, Sauer slept through the night - something he had not been able to do since the injury. After five days, he played football with his sons and the neighborhood kids.
"I must have been feeling good because I took on the whole team," Sauer said.
It was the first time he had run since 2006.
He's had about 40 sessions, and Sauer's brain is 80 percent of the way to being at the normal, healthy, functioning level.
A Mayo Clinic spokesperson said neurologists with the hospital weren't familiar with the treatment, but Sauer has experienced concrete results.
The headaches that plagued him incessantly throughout the day have diminished. He can now play hockey with mini sticks in his family room with his children. His four boys can hug their dad without hurting his neck.
And over the summer in Minnesota, Sauer skated for 40 minutes with his kids and his brother, New York Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer. He was passing the puck and firing one-timers at the net. Sauer felt a bit of a headache, but he didn't have to recover with a nap afterward like he used to.
"It's getting better," Sauer explained. "There's still more to go, and I'm excited for it. . . . I keep frustration at a minimum because the hope there is much higher."
Like he was five months ago even without a method of treatment, Sauer isn't ready to give up hockey.
"When my brain comes back, my body can come back," he said. "And do I have to start all over? Definitely. But who does start at the top? I never started at the top my whole hockey career."
While Sauer remains hopeful of restarting his NHL career, the reality is that he faces long odds - especially considering the current climate of increased vigilance for head injuries. The hurdles also include finding a team willing to take a chance on him.
But if the most glory he'll ever get again is from a game of mini sticks with his boys, that's not too shabby of an option either.
"I'm focused on myself, trying to get rid of my pain, to get going so I have a chance to play again," Sauer said. "Whether it's to play again competitively or just fun with my boys, at this point it's a win-win situation for me."
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