On this episode of HealthMade Radio, Dr. Michael Karlfeldt interviews Dr. Jon Harmon of Clear Mind Idaho about neurofeedback. Neurofeedback allows an individual to reshape the networks in the brain with long term results and none of the side effects of Pharmacological treatment. In this episode learn:
- Why early reading and walking are not necessarily beneficial in brain development
- The difference in Alpha, Beta and Gamma brain waves and their affect anxiety, depression and attention span
- The targeted effects of Neurofeedback Versus Stimulant Medication
- Why Clear Mind uses the Cold Laser/Low Level Laser prior to a neurofeedback session
- Evaluation Process for Neurofeedback
Dr Harmon discusses how in Neurofeedback the brain waves are monitored in real time by a computer, which can then use that information to produce changes in brainwave activity. The process of adjusting brainwave activity is known as operant conditioning, which is a method where rewards for positive behavior increase learning capabilities. Brain science has shown that repetitive exercise of brain networks reshapes the brain.
Neurofeedback Versus Stimulant Medication
Pharmacological treatment with methylphenidate, amphetamine, and atomoxetine is the most commonly provided treatment for ADHD to date, its disadvantages and limitations include side effects, reservations against medication and the control of symptoms but not addressing the source of the problem.
Training the brain using neurofeedback can change brainwaves over time, adjusting them into normal, healthy ranges. It can improve alertness, attention, emotional regulation, behavior, cognitive function, and mental flexibility. When the brain moves back into normal ranges, users will often see a reduction in symptoms.
“Neurofeedback develops the long term learning process, similar to learning to swim or ride a bike. The brain’s patterns of activity are improved sustainably. According to detailed MRI studies brain structures continue to regrow for up to a year after training.” – Dr. John Harmon
Dr. Jon Harmon
Dr. Harmon is Board Certified in Neurofeedback by the BCIA. This is the board that certifies MDs, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, DOs, DCs and all other healthcare professionals.
As a young boy, Dr. Harmon received so much benefit from Chiropractic that he decided he wanted to be a Doctor of Chiropractic. This has always been his passion!
He attended the University of Utah and has a BS degree in Human Biology. After graduating summa cum laude from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1989, he settled in Boise where he has been practicing ever since.
After experiencing the severe family emotional trauma of the suicide of his eighteen-year-old niece in March of 2010 and the murder of his eldest daughter’s husband in March of 2011, his younger daughters started to experience depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Three years of counseling and prescription drugs weren’t helping as he wanted, so he decided to find things to help his own family. He has been helping others with similar problems ever since.