Wild Divine Biofeedback: The science of balanced living

Wild Divine’s biofeedback tools…  Based on Proven Science and Results

Wild Divine’s IOM PE hardware is a scientific instrument made to medical grade standards for precision, fidelity, and accuracy. It connects to your Windows or Mac computer and your earlobe, and serves as your most direct path to instant, personalised feedback on how your mind and body interact . This enables you to see instantly, on-screen, how different thoughts, emotions, breathing, even posture can affect your peace of mind and productivity.

Then, using the software programmes created by Wild Divine, working together with leaders in the field such as Dr Andrew Weil & Dr Dean Ornish and Zen trainer Nissim Amon, you receive instant, personalised feedback – helping to unleash your capacity to restore, grow, and renew your natural ability to deal with stress and difficulty – and saving years versus the old “trial and error” methods to achieving a balanced state of being. It takes three easy steps to begin experiencing the benefits: 1. Install the software 2. Plug in the IOM PE 3. Instant, personalised feedback.

What, exactly, is the Wild Divine system based on?
Dr. Bob Whitehouse & Sunny Turner discuss the Biofeedback Technology in Wild Divine

Dr. Bob Whitehouse

The Science of Biofeedback & Wild Divine: Biofeedback uses electronic equipment to monitor people’s internal physiological states and gives feedback that helps the recipient learn how to control these states, and to activate, balance, release or to recover from them.

Usually this also involves a coach, who guides the process, interprets the results, and makes suggestions. In Wild Divine programs like Zen Journey with Master Nissim Amon or Relaxing Rhythms, however, the game itself gives you information about whether you’re progressing or not. And, if you’re having trouble, you can ask for help from a mentor within the game on how to change your approach. Wild Divine’s Biofeedback component measures a player’s biometric activity and autonomic nervous system activation, which is associated with increased energy levels – both positive, like excitement, and negative, like nervousness.

Heart Rate Variability: The physiological component measured by the Wild Divine Iom hardware is Heart Rate Variability, usually shortened to HRV.  This is calculated from the differences in heart rate from one heartbeat to the next. No two intervals between heartbeat are exactly the same, and you need a device more sophisticated than just taking your pulse to measure this difference. Achieving higher HRV is a very worthwhile goal. In fact, people who exhibit this tend to live more vigorously and generally get more out of life. Parts of Wild Divine’s Programmes require users to attain this goal in order to move forward in the game. Examining HRV is the fastest growing area in feedback training and it can provide important methods of working with our own physiology. The Institute of HeartMath is one of many research groups that has been studying the effects of greater HRV. It combines research-based techniques and unique technology to help people fight the stresses of everyday life. Its research suggests that when you increase your HRV you can reach a state of coherence within the power spectrum frequencies of the heart that then gets the brain to synchronize with the heart and boost the immune system.

The importance of synchronizing heart rate and breath: This coherence pattern in the heart frequencies is also known as the heart’s Resonant Frequency. Meditation, slow and easy breathing, or connecting with positive emotions are three researched ways for getting this desired pattern of both strength and balance. By synchronising your heart rate with the breath (two skills that can be gained through using Wild Divine’s programmes), you can quite easily reach your heart’s Resonant Frequency. Also, when we are in this state of coherence, its desired vibration pattern ripples out around us in an electromagnetic doughnut shape, detectable eight or more feet in all directions. It even shows up in the brainwaves of anyone we touch! Who wouldn’t want to experience the positive effects of such a state more and more?

Moving through the various parts of Wild Divine’s programmes (and ultimately completing them), is dependent upon a person’s ability to regulate their energy or physiological reactions by experiencing the mind/body connection associated with such emotions as joy, hope, excitement, relaxation and patience, to mention a few. The body responds by increasing, decreasing  or synchronising body rhythms, like the Heart Breath, in a positive and healthy way.

Most other feedback games simply tell people whether, for example, their pulse rate is moving up or down, and they have to figure out what’s happening to them when this occurs. Usually these games require players to maintain just one thing – a very stable heart rate. At best, they can create some subtle changes to influence the outcome of the game. To succeed in Wild Divine, players have to learn certain principles, which basically require an “allowing attitude” – a kind of passive will. It’s the difference between saying “I must do this,” and learning that the only way you’re going to progress is by deepening your breathing or being in touch with more positive emotions or imagining that what you want to happen is already happening – bringing the wished-for event into the present.

In Biofeedback terms, the game is set up so that players might actually have to raise their heart rate in order to get through one particular barrier, while moving into a more balanced, or even calmer, state to successfully navigate another area. Progress in the game depends upon how well players integrate these biofeedback skills to accomplish the varying events. At some point in the game, if a player has learned how to control their internal states to a degree, they can have an internal shift – something akin to an “aha” moment, where they just know how to do things.

The game actually begins to occur in their minds. For example, they might just automatically let the inhale and exhale become equal in their breathing and deepen it a little bit. This would result in their going into the desired pattern of increased heart rate variability. Or, they might accomplish the same thing by connecting with positive emotions. Continuing to play can result in a training effect, improving the capacity of the body to healthfully regulate itself. The games gives players more awareness of the emotional, mental – and potentially spiritual – correlation of physical states. When players acquire enough awareness of how to make the shift from one state to another, they can begin to do this voluntarily. They can have integrated what we are often referred to as our B.E.S.T – our Body, Emotions, Spirit and Thought.

About the Authors: Dr Bob Whitehouse (pictured above) is a Psychologist certified in Biofeedback and a former board member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Sunny Turner is a MA and Biofeedback practitioner

Please note:

The intended use of Wild Divine products

Biofeedback machines are clinical medical instruments designed to assist professionals who cure, treat, or diagnose medical conditions. Biofeedback training should be conducted by a trained, accredited practitioner. Wild Divine products employ biofeedback, enabling users to explore the mind-body connection in real time, but they are intended primarily for educational purposes and are not sold as medical instruments. Wild Divine products should not, therefore, be regarded as a medical device, and should not be used in place of professional medical care. We strongly urge you to discuss any and all medical therapies with your doctor or other health professional.

The Wild Divine unique (IOM) along with the interactive software allows users to explore the mind-body connection. The IOM is a consumer electronic device that uses earlobe sensors to transmit, in real-time, your levels of stress, tension, excitement, or calmness to the software installed on your PC or Mac. Depending on the desired outcome, your thoughts, emotions, levels of stress, tension, or excitement cause things to change on the computer screen. Some training events may require you to meditate and relax, others will ask you to raise your energy level. Training your mind and body to adapt to different desired states is called “Adaptive Coherence”

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Press Watch: The Alpha-Stim AID

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NHS to try using Army technique of giving mild electric shocks to treat depression

The shock treatment is hoped to help improve serotonin levels without the side effects experienced by using anti-depression drugs

 

By DAVID JARVIS, 15th September 2016, 10:24 am

ELECTRIC shock treatment is being used to treat depression and anxiety in a major NHS trial. The gadget being trialled, which is the size of a mobile phone, works by sending micro-currents of electricity to increase a patient’s naturally occurring “alpha waves” that are believed to create a more relaxed state of mind.

The devices have already been handed out to 120 patients at the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for a 24-week-long study.

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Alpha-Stim AID available in the UK & Europe from: www.PeakHealthOnline.com

If deemed a success, the gadget could be rolled out by the NHS within two years.

Peter Caunt, of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, said: “We know this type of therapy works.

The key to this study is to find out how cost-effective it can be compared to conventional treatments involving tablets and cognitive behavioural therapies.”

The Alpha-Stim gadget uses mild electric shocks, aiming to stimulate the brain, is already in use by the British Army and US military for post-traumatic stress.

Those involved in the NHS trial, which began in September, are required to use the device for 20 minutes a day.

Patients clip the two electrodes to their earlobes with wires running to a machine.

The hands-free device then delivers a tiny, painless electrical current, measuring less than one milliampere, to the brain. It is believed to have a therapeutic effect that can also help insomniacs.

It is hoped that the trial will help to establish the clinical and cost effectiveness of the treatment of those who have tried basic psychological therapies without success.

Dr Lesley Parkinson, a consultant, clinical-psychologist and specialist in Neuropsycho-Physiology, who uses the Alpha-Stim regularly to treat patients said: “The Alpha-Stim helps with the physiological symptoms of anxiety including sleep disturbance, because anxious people have too much fast-wave activity in the brain.

The Alpha-Stim encourages the production of alpha waves, which is a calming, soothing wave.”

The idea behind the treatment is to help stimulate the brain to produce Serotonin, the chemical that stabilises mood. It is also thought it may bring about a permanent positive change in neurological make-up. Anti-depressant drugs do the same but it is hoped the device would limit side effects.

One in four people in the UK will experience mental health problems during their lifetime.

The device, which has been successful in treating US war veterans, is also used by the British Armed Forces rehab centre at Headley Court, Surrey.

To view the full range of Alpha-Stim products, please click on the following link, which will open a new page in your web-browser: http://www.peakhealthonline.com/alpha-stim-40-c.asp

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The main text of this blog post has been reproduced from The Sun Newspaper, news website. The original article may be viewed here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1787634/nhs-to-try-using-army-technique-of-giving-mild-electric-shocks-to-treat-depression/

It’s the new academic year… so should you study hard or study SMART?

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A report published in the journal Nature indicates that learning how to relax and, more specifically, being calm enough to generate theta brain waves, helps to increase the brain’s ability to remember new information.

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and the first lesson is….

The study comes from a Californian-based team of researchers. Eight volunteer subjects were recruited, each of whom was shown 100 photographs. Thirty minutes later, 50 of the same photos were shown to subjects, along with 50 new ones. The subjects had to indicate which of the photos they had seen before.

Electroencephalography (EEG) recordings of brain activity were made during the task, with electrodes placed to capture events in the medial temporal lobe, the area of the brain believed to be crucial to this rapid form of learning.

The findings showed that recognition was highest when the volunteers were in a relaxed state and, specificly, if they were relaxed enough to show theta brain wave activity.

Why is this finding so significant?

Well, in the 24/7 media-driven lives which so many of us now lead, it has become all but impossible to find time or space that is sufficiently free of stimulation to allow for the depth of calmness required for efficient learning.

And the moral of the story is…?

Well, clearly, there is a need to create space for relaxation and, for many of us, to also learn afresh how to relax to the degree required for optimal brain performance in general, and efficient learning in particular.

Fortunately, whilst technology seems largely responsible for the information “haze” which too much stimulation produces, it may also provides us with the means to limit and even reverse its negative effects.

There is now an array of commercial products – ranging from home-use biofeedback devices to computer-based training programmes – which are highly effective in teaching relaxation, meditation and mindfulness. Perhaps the single most exciting technology, however, is audio-visual entrainment or AVE.

Brain hacking

This is because AVE not only offers the possibility of promoting relaxation, but it provides a means of “hacking” the brain, to gently induce the brain-wave states which bring-on relaxation and learning. smart-with-pho-title

AVE does this by the use of sound and light pulses, delivered through earphones and specially designed goggles, which are timed at the desired frequency. The brain begins to “follow” the frequency of these stimuli (that is, it becomes“entrained” to them) and this leads to feelings of calm and relaxation. This effect is much like the calm which people experience when listening to soothing music – the key difference being that the frequency of stimulation provided by an AVE device is carefully controlled, and specifically tailored to produce a particular effect (in the present case, relaxation). This is in contrast to music which, by it’s nature, is far less focused in the effects that it can produce.

SMART by name and smart by design

The “SMART” device, from leading AVE manufacturer, MindAlive in Canada, has been specifically designed with entrainment programmes geared towards supporting and optimising academic performance. The SMART is now available in the UK and Europe through Peak Health Online and details may be viewed here

To view other non-pharmaceutical and health tech products to help with peak performance and relaxation, please click here

To view the report of the original study discussed in the article, and published in the journal Nature, please click here

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Metabolic Deficiencies May Underly Hard-to-Treat Depression

Study highlights importance of physical causes in refractory illness

Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant (refractory) depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission. These are the findings of new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.university_of_pittsburgh_school_of_medicine_739276_i0

Speaking about the findings, Dr David Lewis, Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the University stated: “What’s really promising about these new findings is that they indicate that there may be physiological mechanisms underlying depression that we can use to improve the quality of life in patients with this disabling illness.”

Study leader, Dr Lisa Pan, also of the Pitt School of Medicine says that the major depressive disorder, which is also referred to simply as depression, is one of the most common mental disorders; with at least 15 percent of patients not finding relief from conventional treatments such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy. Depression is also the cause of more than two-thirds of suicides that occur annually.

The groundwork for the current study was laid five years ago when Dr. Pan was involved in treating a teenager with a history of suicide attempts and long-standing depression. “Over a period of years, we tried every treatment available to help this patient, and yet he still found no relief from his depression symptoms,” Dr Pan explained.

Looking for answers, Dr. Pan discussed the case with Dr Jerry Vockley, and Dr David Finegold, both of whom have backgrounds in genetics. Though a series of biochemical tests, the three discovered that the patient had a cerebrospinal fluid deficiency in biopterin, a protein involved in the synthesis of several brain signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters. CSF is the fluid which surrounds and bathes the brain within the skull.

The patient was then given an analogue of biopterin to correct the deficiency, the his depression symptoms largely disappeared, going on to be a thriving college student. This success prompted the researchers to examine other young adults with depression who were not responding to treatment.

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Dr Lisa Pan of UPMC

In the published trial, the researchers looked for metabolic abnormalities in 33 adolescents and young adults with treatment-resistant depression and 16 controls subjects. Although the specific metabolites affected varied amongst patients, the researchers found that 64 percent of the patients had a deficiency in neurotransmitter metabolism, compared with none of the controls subjects.

In almost all of the patients, treating the underlying deficiency improved their depression symptoms, with some patients experiencing complete remission. Dr. Pan noted that the further along the patients progress in this metaboilic treatment, the better they became.

It’s really exciting that we now have another avenue to pursue for patients for whom our currently available treatments have failed. This is a potentially transformative finding for certain groups of people with depression,” said Dr. Pan.

This blog post has been produced from original material provided by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. It has been edited for style & content and posted by staff of Peak Health Online’s Well-being Library & Information Centre. Visit us at: www.PeakHealthOnline.com

The UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences source material for this blog may be viewed here: http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2016/Pages/l-pan.aspx

The full study, by Dr Lisa A Pan et al, published by the Amercian Journal of Psychiatry, may be viewed here: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/abs/10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.15111500?journalCode=ajp

Adults with ADHD found more susceptible to binge eating, alcohol abuse

Study highlights need for parallel treatment of co-occuring disorders in adult ADHD

Whilst much of the research conducted into ADHD to date has focused on various aspects of the condition in children, the persistence of the ADHD into adulthood is now also widely recognised. Yet, despite this acknowledgement, there remains a dearth in understanding of how ADHD manifests in the adult population.

One area in particular need of research is that of the condition’s co-morbidities. The term ‘co-morbidities’ refers to the range of other problems which are frequently found to occur alongside a particular disorder.Genrally speaking, problems that tend to co-occur do so because they have a common cause – usually a shared genetic or environmental factor – but whatever the reason, identifying the range of problems which tend to ‘hitch’ themselves to adult ADHD is vitally important. Thdynamiccontent-properties-jsfis is because, if these ‘fellow-travellers’ of adult ADHD can be treated effectively, this could go a long way to reducing the overall ‘burdon’ of challenges faced by individuals with ADHD and their families.

Now, new research, from the University of Linköping, in Sweden, has begun to shed light on some of the conditions that frequently accompany adult ADHD. The research was conducted by psychiatrist, Dr Andrea Johansson Capusan, as part of a doctoral thesis whose overall aim was to study adult ADHD symptoms and investigate any associations with a range of other conditions.  that may exist with substance abuse disorders and binge eating.

Dr Capusan’s findings showed that some individuals may inherit a susceptibility to develop both ADHD and substance abuse disorders or binge eating. This discovery led to the recommendation that ADHD in adults should be treated at an early stage, and that steps be taken to help prevent adults with ADHD from developing these, now recognised, co-morbid disorders. This may, for example, include offering closer monitoring of adults with ADHD to help spot the signs of co-morbid problems developing and offering help before these problems have had time to become established.

The converse of this is, of course, also true – namely that when adults are diagnosed with ADHD, the presence of alcohol abuse or eating disorders should be routinely screened for, and any such co-morid problems treated in parallel to help for the symptoms of ADHD. This will ensure the best possible outcome from the treatment and support offered to the individuals and their families.

This blog post has been produced from original material provided by Linköping University, faculty of medicine and health sciences, Sweden. It has been edited for form and content & posted by staff of Peak Health Online’s Well-being Library & Information Centre. Visit us at: www.PeakHealthOnline.com

To read about medication-free options for managing the symptoms of ADHD, please see here

Dr Capusan’s research my be accessed through the Linköping University website here