Why does BrainBoosterPlus care so much about stress?
Because stress can cause us many problems!
How do we deal with stress?

Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor or stressor.
Anxiety is stress that CONTINUES after the stressor is gone.

“It is not stress that kills us; it is our reaction to it”
--Dr. Hans Selye (founder of the concept of stress)

Stress and exposure to toxins can change the workings of your brain by reacting to stressors.
Those changes can lead to:

Sleep Issues, Pain Disorders Chronic Fatigue, A.D.(H).D, Emotional/Behavior problems, Drug Use and Abuse, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Bipolar, Depression and Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Sleep Disorders, TMJ, Bruxism (teeth grinding), Reflux or GERD, Breathing Issues (Asthma), Headaches, Migraines, & Bowel Issues.

Have you been on medication and you either experience that your issues never go away, that the medication stops working, or that the side effects are intolerable?

Have doctors told you there is nothing else you can do? 

Have you been to therapy and you still are having these problems?

Read on for help...

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How We Deal With
How Stress Can
Our Brains, Plus

Stress physically changes your brain like drugs can!

Then it changes your life for the worse..............


America at the top of the list of nations who spend the most time at work.  We even beat out Japan! 

So, between work and travel, getting home to the family, chores and life--people have little down time. 

Let's face it, do you get time to whittle wood, knit, stare at the fire in the fireplace everyday?  Do you get at least half an hour a day, or a week to really just not think about anything?

Do you actually take a breaks during the day?  You are not alone if you say, rarely, if ever.

Stress is one of the biggest killers among Americans.  It causes illness, bad behavior, mental illness and family strife.  People do poorly at work, school and at home.  It can also affect your immune system.

Standards are impossibly high now--everywhere we turn.  We have employees and employers working hard at jobs that require overtime--just to get their 125% done. 

People are tired and stressed out. Do you feel this way?


People are stressed, so they fight with their loved ones!

They get depressed, and their self-esteem plummets, so they isolate themselves from friends and loved ones....

Or they involve in a form of addiction or excessive use!  That includes 12 things, leading to the need for the
12 step programs:

1.   alcohol
2..  drugs, including pot, RX
3.   food, over or under eating
4.   gambling
5.   smoking
6.   sex
7.   shopping
8.   stealing
9.   internet
10. video games
11.  television
12. spending--maxing credit!

Some people
experience long commutes, work problems, communication problems, family problems.  Basically, just issues in life that sometimes seem overwhelming.  It could all just push them past the brink of keeping together.

..And they just snap from the stress!

That is usually when they visit their doctor for medication.  Our program can help prevent the snapping.

Next page, how stress affects students and sleep....


Learning to relax can help addictions too!

Substance Abuse: Alcoholism, Addiction and How to Quit

Why do people use alcohol and other drugs?

Basically, people use substances such as alcohol and other drugs (even shopping, sex, and food) because they like the way these substances make them feel.

Pleasure is a powerful force. Your brain is wired in such a way that if you do something that gives you pleasure you will probably want to do it again. All drugs that are addicting can activate and affect the brain's pleasure circuit.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and your behavior.

When you become addicted to alcohol or other drugs, your brain actually changes in certain ways.

Someone who is addicted uses drugs without thinking of the consequences (hence the term, "denial."), such as problems with health, money, relationships and performance at work or at school. What drugs can cause addiction?

People can become addicted to illegal drugs, over the counter drugs (alcohol,cigarettes and caffeine, as examples), and to drugs that doctors prescribe.

People can also become addicted to things they may not think of as drugs, such as alcohol and the nicotine in cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.

How do I know if I have a problem?

You have a problem with drugs or alcohol if
you continue to use them even when they cause problems with your health, money, work or school, or with your relationships.

You may have a problem if you have developed a tolerance to drugs or alcohol. This means you need to use more and more to get the same effect.

Can addiction be treated?

Yes, but addiction is a chronic (going on for a long time), relapsing disease. It may take a number of attempts before you can remain free of your vice, drugs or alcohol.

What treatments are available?

Addiction is believed to change the brain's pleasure circuits and pathways. A complex cascade of signals within the brain creates the craving that characterizes addiction. Thus, an addiction to a substance may be both psychological and physiological, as the body creates demands that are out of the person's control.

As a neurofeedback provider, I have come to see that people have a drug of choice based on their issues.  So, depressed types and ADHD children require speed (upper) type medications to self medicate themselves.  People with anxiety, tend to like downer type medications (like alcohol) to feel better. 

Neurofeedback can be used to fill in the gap for those needs.

Treatment can include counseling, medication or both.  Your doctor will help you find the right treatment that works for you. 


Neurofeedback can help regulate your brain and work with addiction and habits such as this. 

Learning to relax, through the help of neurofeedback, diet, yoga and meditation is a treatment that often gets overlooked.....and with neurofeedback, there are few to no side effects. 

Read more about medication side effects.

Caffeine and other substances are used to deal with stress. Read about them here!


How Yoga Can Regulate Our Brains, Plus

Yoga and Meditation: For Stress and/or Pain Relief

Yoga and meditation act as a de-stresser by harmonizing the nervous system.  They help promote communication between your conscious and unconscious selves, and serve to bridge the left and right hemispheres of the brain. 

People can reduce anxiety, stress panic attacks and some medical conditions with yoga and meditation. 

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, in his website, DrWeil.com (4/20/06), it is well documented that chronic pain can lead to feelings of depression, and for most of us this connection is common sense. But the reverse appears to be true as well.

A recent study at the University of Alberta, Canada, followed a random sample of nearly 800 adults who reported they had no pain in the neck or low back.

Researchers found that the participants who experienced depression during the study period were four times as likely to develop intense pain in these areas than were those who were not depressed.

This is just one example of something I have stressed for years: that physical and mental health are commingled in complex ways, and many physical
diseases, perhaps the majority, have their roots in emotional distress

This, in fact, is good news, because therapies and practices that help improve mental outlook can address pain as well.
Yoga, which involves learning to breathe slowly and deeply as one assumes various poses, may benefit those with chronic back pain – this benefit is typically ascribed to the postures, but Dr. Weil feels that the relaxing and calming effect of conscious breathing is probably even more important.
Continue reading and find out the top 10 things yoga can do for your mind and body.  Bet you didn't even know all of them!

We can't always just go away to on a cruise or to a tropical island to relax. 
But, there are other ways to relax that are natural, and without medication.
Yoga is one of them. 

Neurofeedback uses a machine, but sit there and participate--working to retrain the brain. 

This is a proactive approach, with 
little side-effects.

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