Benzodiazepines Tied to a 41% Increased Mortality Risk in Alzheimer’s

Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW

November 28, 2017

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) who use benzodiazepines and related drugs (BZRDs) have a 41% higher risk for death than patients who do not use these drugs, new research shows.

Mortality rates in patients with AD who use BZDRs was 13.4 per 100 person-years, vs 8.5 per 100 person-years in nonusers during the 6-month study period (adjusted hazard ratio [HR], 1.4). The association was significant from initiation of use.

“I was surprised by how big the increased risk was,” lead author Laura K. Saarelainen, a PhD candidate at the Kuopio Research Center for Geriatric Care, University of Eastern Finland, told Medscape Medical News.

Severely autistic girl speaks and recognizes brother

A severely autistic young girl stunned her parents by speaking and recognising her little brother for the first time after pioneering treatment.  After 20 sessions of neurofeedback, they have seen a dramatic change in her ability to relate to others and her level of happiness.

Here is the LINK to the article.

Dr. Val Brown professional trainer webinar on NeurOptimal®

Val Brown, Ph.D. and developer of NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback presented this webinar to the professional trainer community. In it, you hear from the horses mouth what NeurOptimal does and how it does what it does.  Let us know if we can answer any further questions.

What is the difference between linear & non-linear neurofeedback?

Princess Leia from Stars Wars speaks to Obi Wan and Luke in the form of a hologram that R2 is projecting on the table.


The difference between linear and non-linear neurofeedback is ‘huge’ (as Bernie would say). And there is only one system that I know of that utilizes non-linear physics and math and that is NeurOptimal®.  As I understand it, the traditional field is reading only 4% of the electrical activity (often throughs away 96%), based on the Shannon math that is utilized.  And then there is the digital signal processing which is the same that was used from the 1960s.  It is all based on linear physics and math, or a reductionistic science model. The idea that we are not a machine with parts but a unitary organism is key to understanding the chasm that exists here.

Neurofeedback brain training for the performing artist

One of the biggest benefits I have seen from neurofeedback brain training for the performing artist, be it musician/singer, dancer or actor, is enhancement of cognitive and physical resilience, reduction of anxiety and ability to more in the moment, more present.  I have had clients who are on the road many weeks and months during the year and this can be very difficult, even for someone who loves the lifestyle.  The travel alone is tedious, not to mention food and sleep issues, lack of daily routine and loss of social life- to name only a few.

Why Become a NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback Trainer?

When you purchase and receive your NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback System, you can begin helping people the next day.  With most of the traditional neurofeedback systems today, they are modeled on the “reward and inhibit” or entrain and migrate (push and pull) approach, there is a lot of training and certification that have to be accomplished before you can even begin to work with clients.  I was recently told that it can take 6 months to receive a Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) certification.

Mother-Child Prenatal & Post-Partum Depression Link

Higher levels of maternal depressive symptoms prenatally and postpartum have been linked to the thinning of the cerebral cortex in young children, new research shows.

The findings suggest that maternal depression in pregnancy could adversely affect a child’s brain development, underscoring the importance of treating depression in pregnant women, lead author Catherine Lebel, PhD, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has stated.

They have found associations between degenerative brain structure in the children and the Mom’s depressive symptoms. It has been known through observation for a long time that Mom’s depressive symptoms in the prenatal and postpartum phases has negative consequences for their children .