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Dealing with the pain of RA

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause prolonged discomfort and can be quite painful. My onset started about a year ago and I am grateful to have found a physician with an abundance of experience when dealing with RA. Centered mainly in my right hand and both feet, it has been another ‘getting old’ lifestyle change. My doctor put me on the correct medicine with the correct dosage and the pain has diminished greatly. However, there are plenty of days I wake up and realize my hand does not want to work my laptop’s keyboard and my daily walks are drastically shortened due to the swelling in my feet. It sucks. As one of the techs told me: “Getting old ain’t for wussies”. I couldn’t agree more.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES

So for those days when the meds aren’t quite enough or I have an abundance of computer work to do, I have found welcome relief by doing one 20 minute session on my DAVID Delight Pro light and sound machine by Mind Alive, Inc. The Delight Pro has 2 “Mood Brightner” sessions that are incredible. Instead of taking opiate-based (and addictive-potential) pain medication I use these two sessions for relief. And they work – usually up to four to six hours. My DAVID Delight Pro has virtually paid for itself a few times over just by the money I have saved from not having to purchase vicodin or some other over-priced medication.

Forget about your RA - use the Delight Pro and RELAX IN COMFORT!

Forget about your RA – use the Delight Pro and RELAX IN COMFORT!

If you have RA I highly recommend checking out the advantages of owning a DAVID Delight Pro. Visit Mindmachines.com. They have the lowest price, they ship to the United States and Canada via Fedex 2 Day service for free and should you have questions or concerns about the Delight Pro system you can call or email as Mindmachines.com is one of the few light and sound dealers that not only answer their phone, but also use the products they sell!

Copyright: Michael Landgraf for Mindmachines.com (2014) CA. All rights reserved.

Need an idea? Try this…

Acquire a DAVID Delight Plus or Delight Pro by Mind Alive. Your choice, they both have the same built-in sessions and feature light and sound stimulation. The difference between the two is the Delight Pro includes an extra modality: CES.

DAVID-Delight_Plus

DAVID-Delight Plus

Next, choose a light and sound session in the theta or alpha/theta range with a 15 to 30 minute length. Set the light intensity at a comfortable level (same with CES intensity if using the Pro) and have the audio stimulation at a volume just below the threshold of your hearing. You may not be consciously aware of the audio, but your mind hears it.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES

Listen to the same session once a day for five consecutive days then set your Delight Plus or Pro aside and wait two days. On that second day inspiration should hit. An idea should appear in your mind. It’s like the thought / idea was always there, just wasn’t able to see it.

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To some of you this may sound like a load of manure, but for over 20 years I have been using this technique to think of new markets to expand into, from law enforcement and the military to the educational and athletic communities. Success with pilot programs has followed along with increased awareness of the benefits offered through brainwave stimulation using the DAVID mind machines. The result: increased sales.

Copyright: Mindmachines.com (CA) 2014. All rights reserved.

 

ADD and ADHD

For those of you who are seeing a clinician utilizing eeg/neurofeedback (NFB) training for targeting ADD and ADHD symptoms realize it takes several visits, oftentimes 30 or more, to see significant gains in brainwave focus. With appointments running $75 per session and higher, our customers are incorporating the DAVID Alert ProAlert Pro mind machine into their NFB training. Most use their Alert Pro as an adjunctive modality at home to the NFB training they are receiving. Results indicate that this method increases their ability to achieve the desired brainwave state more easily, which in turn leads to better, more productive NFB training sessions.

ADD and ADHD affect people of all ages. Many struggle with other issues like depression, insomnia, anxiety and drug abuse. The DAVID Alert Pro by Mind Alive has specific sessions designed for left hemispheric, right hemispheric and whole brain stimulation. These sessions gently guide your brainwaves to a specific brainwave state, editing and reinforcing your neuropathways through pulsed light, sound and cranial-electro-stimulation, with session’s end leaving you relaxed, refreshed and internally invigorated.

Alert Pro

Alert Pro

The DAVID Alert Pro comes complete with: Tru-Vu OmniscreenTM Eyesets and Carry Case, high-quality stereo headphones, stereo patch cord, CES earclip Stim cable, 9v battery, ac adapter, comprehensive owners manual with Symptom Survey Checklist, HRV ready, and Mind States 2 pdf download.

 

Coming back from the dead: Part 4

Coming back from the dead:

Megabrain author Mike Hutchison writes new book

about his awakening & enlightenment Part 4

 

By Nicky Vanvalkenburgh

 

 

“Some people may say that this sounds stupid,” admits Hutchison. “Why would you want to turn off your thinking ability? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! When you are in unconditioned consciousness, you can switch on your mind instantly, anytime you want. There is total absence of thought, resting silently in the deep peace and overwhelming bliss of Consciousness.”

 

Hutchison provides more detail about his awakening and enlightenment his new book, which is tentatively titled, “The Great Adventure.” He says that this awakening has helped him cope with the chronic neurogenic pain that comes with being a quadriplegic.

“My doctors tell me that I’ve made the greatest progress of anyone in history who broke all those cervical bones simultaneously,” says Hutchison. He remains paralyzed, but gets by with helpers for getting dressed, bathing, cleaning and cooking meals.

Hutchison’s hands are also paralyzed, but he is able to use voice-activated software called

Dragon Speak. The software enables him to dictate into a microphone, so that his words appear on his computer monitor, where he can edit them.

 

“I’ve learned to spend much of my time in the void,” reflects Hutchison. “It is infinite in all directions, no beginning or end, no self and no ego, total emptiness, unending silence, and infinite space. This is where I spend most of my time, and it takes away my pain. After awhile, I figured that this pure total emptiness and silence— which is also pure total fullness because everything arises out of it— is God. I’m in this state of bliss much of the time, and I want to let others know that all is One and its nature is bliss.”

 

Hutchison says this bliss is with him all the time, even 10 years after his first Enlightenment experience. “I am still living in poverty, but I’m in Unconditioned Awareness much of the time, and that makes me the happiest man in the world,” he says.

Hutchison continues to work on his book, and is aiming for publication in 2011.

 

Mike Hutchison can be reached at mhutchisonnm@aol.com. Mike is also on Facebook.

Visit his homepage for his latest thoughts.

Writer Nicky VanValkenburgh welcomes your feedback at

Nickyv@bellsouth.net Check out her website, http:///

www.trainyourbraintransformyourlife.com/ which offers a 60-day homebased

brain training program for conquering Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

Article originally appeared in AVS Journal, Vol. 9, #1, copyright: Michael Landgraf, publisher. All rights reserved.

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Coming back from the dead: Part 3

Coming back from the dead:

Megabrain author Mike Hutchison writes new book

about his awakening & enlightenment  Part 3

 

By Nicky Vanvalkenburgh

 

 

Doctors told Hutchison that he would die soon. The 60-foot fall had broken almost all of his cervical vertebrae and damaged his spinal cord. The doctors spent hours meticulously reassembling his vertebrae, like a jigsaw puzzle. His spinal cord was fused together with titanium rods, and he was wrapped in a body cast from head to toe. “I was heavily dosed with pain killers and passed in and out of consciousness. I felt like a prisoner, encased in a skin-tight plastic cast that covered my entire torso, arms, and skull. It included two steel bars that ran from my chest to my chin. The steel bars pushed my chin and therefore my entire head backwards,” recalls Hutchison.

 

Hutchison also felt claustrophobic: “I couldn’t move or breathe; there was nothing I could do to escape this horrible feeling of panic.” The doctors had told him it would take at least four months to recover, and the only thing he could do was stare at the ceiling. Unable to interact with the outside world, Hutchison directed his thoughts inward.

 

“I spent much of my day in a state of pure bliss consciousness,” recalls Hutchison. “Was it escapism, or a clever use of higher states of consciousness? Whatever it was, it worked! This was one of my first steps in learning to use higher states of consciousness and the path leading upward toward the peak.”

 

Over the next four months, Hutchison started to remember the details of his accident:

“As memories seeped back into my mind, it became clear to me that the only way I could deal with this total paralysis— quadriplegia— was to return to Oneness. If there was anyway to recover, I had to use the powers of The One. This meant using my Oneness with all of being to reach Enlightenment. Was this possible for someone like me?”

 

Hutchison found that turning inward took away his feelings of panic, and replaced these negative emotions with peace and bliss: “I could turn off my mind and go into a state of no-mind, emptiness, nothingness, or unconditioned consciousness.”

 

Mike Hutchison can be reached at mhutchisonnm@aol.com. Mike is also on Facebook.

Visit his homepage for his latest thoughts.

Writer Nicky VanValkenburgh welcomes your feedback at

Nickyv@bellsouth.net Check out her website, http:///

www.trainyourbraintransformyourlife.com/ which offers a 60-day homebased

brain training program for conquering Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

Article originally appeared in AVS Journal, Vol. 9, #1, copyright: Michael Landgraf, publisher. All rights reserved.

AVS Journal vol 9.1

 

Coming back from the dead: Part 2

Coming back from the dead:

Megabrain author Mike Hutchison writes new book

about his awakening & enlightenment  Part 2

 

By Nicky Vanvalkenburgh

 

 

While running, Hutchison saw two husky men in the distance. “I could barely make them out through the snow, but they appeared to be talking with each other, and glancing at me. I realized that I’d seen these men before. They had been parked in a pickup truck at the end of my long driveway, where my dirt road turned into a paved road. I’d wondered who they were when I drove away from my house that afternoon. As I looked up at them in the thickness of the snowstorm it appeared that both of them were carrying heavy walking sticks or rifles.”

 

Hutchison says these men grabbed him and hurled him off a 60-foot icy bridge. “They sent me cart wheeling through the snowy air,” recalls Hutchison. “With a thunderous smack and jolt, I landed on a giant boulder in the water. I felt the bones in my spine getting crushed. My head also smashed against the boulders, and instantly I was paralyzed. As I slipped into the icy water, I felt myself die from hypothermia,” he recalls.

 

Downstream, Hutchison’s body was later discovered. He was underwater, and had been dead over an hour. Miraculously, Hutchison woke up in the hospital emergency room. Doctors resuscitated him with electrical shocks to his chest. Hutchison choked, sputtered and his heart started beating again. “I was alive, but I don’t remember much about this experience. It’s just a montage of disconnected scenes,” he said.

 

Still in the emergency room, Hutchison’s blood was so cold that doctors circulated his blood through a warming unit and then pumped the warm blood back into his body.

When Hutchison was warm enough to operate on, the doctors discovered there was spinal cord damage: “They found an incredible mess of broken and crushed bones, like one of those long multi-car smash ups on the freeway, with cars turned over, flipped up on top of each other, a scene of total chaos.

 

Mike Hutchison can be reached at mhutchisonnm@aol.com. Mike is also on Facebook.

Visit his homepage for his latest thoughts.

Writer Nicky VanValkenburgh welcomes your feedback at

Nickyv@bellsouth.net Check out her website, http:///

www.trainyourbraintransformyourlife.com/ which offers a 60-day homebased

brain training program for conquering Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

 

Article originally appeared in AVS Journal, Vol. 9, #1, copyright: Michael Landgraf, publisher. All rights reserved.

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Coming back from the dead

Coming back from the dead:

Megabrain author Mike Hutchison writes new book

about his awakening & enlightenment

 

By Nicky Vanvalkenburgh

 

About 11 years ago, Megabrain author Mike Hutchison was almost killed by a house fire and fall from an icy bridge. Pronounced dead on arrival, Hutchison stunned paramedics and doctors by coming back to life and breathing again. Today, he is a quadriplegic, and is writing a book about the enlightenment that resulted from his experience.

Hutchison suspects the fire was set by arsonists who doused his home with kerosene and set it aflame. The fire destroyed his unpublished book manuscripts, computer and EEG equipment, plus valuable research that Hutchison been working on about peak performance in the brain.

 

“I woke up in the hospital with a huge tube in my throat feeding me oxygen. I had severe burns and smoke inhalation damage,” said Hutchison, in a private interview with AVS.

“I was in intensive care, with respiratory therapists teaching me to inhale and exhale through various machines. The breathing tube felt like it had taken root inside me. It took two nurses and two aides holding me down to finally yank it out. It felt like they were pulling out not only my lungs, but my entire insides.”

 

Later discharged from the hospital, Hutchison tried to rehabilitate himself by running.

“At first, I could only go about a hundred yards before feeling like I would faint or puke. I was exhausted, wheezing and coughing up ugly crap,” said Hutchison.

 

“My life depended on coming up with a new book, which meant I had to get back to my running, so I was tenacious. Slowly over the next few weeks, I began to increase my distances to 2 miles, 4 miles, 6 miles, and gradually my lung capacity increased. Fortunately, I had been in really good physical shape before the fire and was able to make a rapid comeback. After just a few weeks of running, I took a 12 mile run along a hidden trail through the mountains, and back across the river.”

 

 

Mike Hutchison can be reached at mhutchisonnm@aol.com. Mike is also on Facebook.

Visit his homepage for his latest thoughts.

Writer Nicky VanValkenburgh welcomes your feedback at

Nickyv@bellsouth.net Check out her website, http:///

www.trainyourbraintransformyourlife.com/ which offers a 60-day homebased

brain training program for conquering Attention Deficit Disorder.

 

Article originally appeared in AVS Journal, Vol. 9, #1,  copyright: Michael Landgraf, publisher. All rights reserved.

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RGB Hex Triplet Color Chart

RGB Hex Triplet Color Chart

Many of you who use the ALLcolor Visual System have asked if there is a chart available
that will tell exactly what percentage of red, green and/or blue is needed to attain a specific
color. For this reason, we have provided the following information:
RGB chart from ACVS Owners Guide for Fall 2006
The following is an explanation of the RGB color codes:
Using an RGB Hex Triplet chart and the numbers that appear next to each color will enable you
to set the ALLcolor control console ‘sliders’ at the exact setting to achieve the specific colors
you want.
Colors are identified by using six digits: 2 for red, 2 for green and 2 for blue. The numbers must
be in RED. GREEN, BLUE order to be correct.
[ ] RR GG BB (RR=red; GG=green; BB=blue)
FF = 255 = 100%
CC = 204 = 80%
99 = 153 = 60%
66 = 102 = 40%
33 = 51 = 20%
00 = 0 = 0%
As an example, for “Brown” the number next to it in the color chart is: 996600. This tells you
the following: 99 (red at 60%) 66 (green at 40%) 00 (blue at 0%).
Should you have further questions or concerns regarding RGB-based colors, please contact Michael
Landgraf.

Light, Sound and the 515 MP3: “Not Just Another Sleep Aid”

Light, Sound and the 515 MP3: “Not Just Another Sleep Aid” 

Virtual 515 MP3

“My wife has had a severe insomnia problem for about 7 years. We’ve tried everything:herbs, light therapy, over-the-counter sleeping aids, melatonin, and a lot more. We’ve read experts’

books on what causes insomnia, and we’ve followed the guidelines for trying to resolve
it. My wife is a very light sleeper, and once she awakens in the middle of the night has serious
difficulty getting back to sleep.
At your suggestion we purchased a light and sound instrument and also the 
515 MP3. We’ve had

more success than with anything else we’ve used in the past. Sometimes its difficult to find the
right frequency to help her get to sleep, but we nearly always succeed, and sometimes in a very
short time period. I’ve done some novice programming of my own and have found that a 3-
minute ramp from low beta to the delta-theta range with a 2 Hz offset works very well. We’ve
also had success with the delta track on the 515 MP3, and with several of the programmed sessions
in our light and sound instrument.
We appreciate your help and recommendation to use these tools, with which we hope to totally
resolve the insomnia problem with more practice. Incidentally, I also find that using the alpha
track of the 515 MP3 just feels good throughout the day while I’m working at the office.”
– H. E., Oklahoma

AVS Journal 4.3

The Application of Audio-Visual Entrainment for the Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Application of Audio-Visual Entrainment for the Treatment of
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Part 4
By Dave Siever
Results
The pre-test BDI score for both groups was 20.1. A score above nine indicates at least mild
depression. Depression within the CG increased by 28% to a score of 26.1. A reduction in depression
for 36% of the participants was observed in the TG during the placebo condition and
during actual treatment (the beta AVE group) 100% of the participants had reduced depression
(BDI = 7.3, p<0.001), as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Comparison of BDI Scores Between Controls, Placebo & Treatment Groups
Of these, 84% became clinically non-depressed. The AVE male population anxiety sensitivity
(AS) decreased significantly from 21% to 60% (p<0.001) from post to post-post, respectively
while the control male population had a 7% increase in AS. The AVE female population
showed decreased AS, from 15% to 34% (p<0.001) from post to post-post respectively, while
the control group showed a mild reduction of 6%.

Figure 2. Comparison of ASI Scores Between Pre, Post and Post-Post Results.
Daily diary results (Figure 3) indicated marked improvements. Positive moods improved by
20%. Sociability at home with the family and at work improved by 22% and 40% respectively.
Figure 3. Comparison of Measures From Pre to Post-Post Conditions.
As shown in Figure 4, AVE participants’ food intake changed; over-eating decreased by
18%, appetite decreased by 12%, and carbohydrate intake decreased by 15%. The participants
also reported happiness with their increased energy (avg. increase of 18%).

Figure 4. Comparison of Pre and Post-Post Measures.
The daily diary results also showed that by using AVE, some participants lost considerable
weight. A group of 12 participants (8 females and 4 males) reported that their average weight
gain during the winter months was 15 pounds. During the placebo condition, they had an aver
age weight loss of 3 pounds (1.36 Kg) plus an additional average weight loss of 6.5 pounds (4.3
Kg) during the two-week treatment condition.
Conclusion
White light AVE at 20 Hz produced significant results. Although sub-delta frequencies are
non-effective at generating entrainment, sub-delta frequencies can affect both dissociative mind
states and cerebral blood flow (Fox & Raichle, 1985). In addition, the “placebo effect” could
also explain the sub-delta significance. The “placebo effect” has been shown to reduce anxiety,
increase endorphin production, conditioning, and expectancy (Godfroid, 1998). Being that inadequate
light elicits depression in SAD sufferers, the “placebo effect” via photic stimulation is
possible.
The AVE Group’s depression decreased while the Control Group’s depression increased.
Sensitivity to anxiety decreased in both male and female AVE groups. Although the female
control participants had decreased sensitivity to anxiety, the female AVE population showed
significance between the 1 Hz and 20 Hz stimulation.
Most control group participants claimed that they gained weight whereas an additional benefit
of AVE is weight loss. One participant claimed that, “after using the 20 Hz session for 2
weeks, the taste of sweets in my mouth was repulsive.” Follow-up reports indicate participants’
SAD symptoms returned within an average of 2 weeks after discontinuing use of the DAVID
AVE device.
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Copyright: Dave Siever (2013) CA. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.