New study about weight gain from lack of sufficient sleep

BrainBecause sleep loss is widespread in modern society, in the last few decades it has become better understood that it can have serious negative health consequences.  Just a half hour of missed sleep during weekdays was enough to cause problems, researchers at the Endocrine Society found. It is now crystal clear that nearly everyone needs at least 8 hours nightly in order to be able to regenerate and clear the toxins from the nervous system.

This new study by the Endocrine Society suggests that missing just 30 minutes of sleep during weeknights could increase your weight and disrupt your metabolism.  The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other functions.

Neuroplasticity and confidence.


I was reading this morning some research on brain neuroplasticity related to confidence from Mount Sanai Hospital School of Medicine. They call confidence ‘life’s enabler’ or the quality that turns thoughts into action. Taking small steps in daily life adds up, they say in other words. Also, viewing failure as new information to be accepted as part of learning, versus sense of failing.

Good posture, too, plays a part in how confident we feel. This is innately known with practices like Tai Chi or yoga; feeling confident physically imports into feeling confident emotionally and mentally.

Neurofeedback podcast interview with Upgraded Ape organization

If you want to hear what NeurOPTMAL neurofeedback does from the developer himself, this is a wonderful interview.  He gives his background and how he got into this field.  He also provides a simple explanation about how NeurOPTIMAL can improve resilience in life.  When your brain sees what is has been doing electrically, it improves itself because this is its design. This is the neuroplasticity.

After 8 years of using MeurOPTIMAL with clients as well as using it myself, I am still learning new things each time I hear Val Brown be interviewed.  He is a great teacher and able to synthesize very complex information into simple ways of grasping how NeurOPTIMAL can do what it does across so many symptoms and presentations.

Brain-Mind: Society of Neuroscience, Dali Lama’s 2005 attendance…

Learn to function from the ‘inside-out’!

(More Flexible) Brains:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Probing the Partnership Between Buddhism and the Brain Sciences

Brain Freeze…

Sharon Begley’s article in the March 7, 2011 Newsweek magazine says it all: “How the deluge of information paralyzes our ability to make good decisions”!

This is what I am seeing from clients, many of them children.  People are contacting me because they or their children are overwhelmed in work and at school and in life in general.  This overwhelm, known as unresolved stress, is causing them to behave in ways that do not make for successful outcomes.  When we become overloaded, our systems can at times go a little ‘haywire’, it appears at first sight, though our Central Nervous System is actually behaving as designed in an intelligent way in order to keep us from blowing up or burning out.


by David Delaney

I get calls from potential clients on a regular basis who are out of work, have anxiety and need help improving their focus, motivation, and ability to be stay calm in the face of challenge, and present when they interview for jobs.  Another way to say this is that they need improved peak or optimal performance.  This is a very difficult economy for many folks and losing a job can have devastating effects on a person’s confidence and financial worries, on top of family, social obligations, and the pressures of an intense life what we all experience.

What exactly is Neurofeedback?

What exactly is Neurofeedback?

Changing your brain wave patterns, which is the interaction of electrical and chemical activity in your brain, produces changes in how you feel, how you act, as well as how you interact with people and the world around you.