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Audio-Visual Entrainment and Diffuse Axonal Injuries

 

This post is copyright: Dave Siever (Edmonton, Canada) 2016. All rights reserved. Posted with author’s permission…

Audio-Visual Entrainment and Diffuse Axonal Injuries

By Dave Siever, C.E.T.

Dave Siever is the President of Mind Alive, Inc. and creator / manufacturer of the Delight and Alert series of audio-visual entrainment mind machine models.

Introduction

Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) is a technique using flashes of lights into the eyes and pulses of tones into the ears at specific frequencies. The frequency of the lights and tones used are in the brainwave frequency range from .5 to 40 Hz. AVE is one of the most intriguing stimulation technologies as AVE devices have been shown to influence, in varying degrees, brain activity by a myriad of influences, not simply frequency driving. As a result of these other effects, we could ponder if we should simply rename the technique as audio-visual stimulation (AVS). Our senses are constantly bombarded by AVS. Consider watching TV or sitting on a street corner watching the traffic. These activities consist of abundant quantities of AVS, yet they don’t have much of an impact on the brain. For instance, when AVE is randomized at ± 1 Hz (for example, 10 Hz would randomize from 9 to 11 Hz), entrainment is reported to provide a significant clinical impact, at ± 2 Hz, the clinical effect is poor and at ± 3 Hz, the clinical effect is all but lost. So it appears that the myriad of effects from AVS only occur when the stimulation is kept fairly rhythmic and therefore entraining, hence AVE. For this reasoning, we will use the term AVE throughout this article. Because AVE affects such a diverse range of neurological processes, it has applications spanning from simple meditation and boosting cognition to the treatment of complex issues such as depression, pain and diffuse axonal injuries (the most common type of brain injury). But first, let’s understand the physiology of AVE.

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View Holes

View Holes

 

Most light and sound brainwave entrainment devices are used with your eyes closed, but there are many situations when having your eyes open during a session can be advantageous. This is when open-eyed lightframes, known as View Holes, come in quite handy.

View Hole lightframes have been around since the mid-90’s and can be used with the DAVID Smart, Delight, Delight Plus, Delight Pro, Alert and Alert Pro mind machines manufactured by Mind Alive, Inc.

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Mindmachines.com began selling View Hole lightframes since their first introduction for all kinds of applications. Examples include using them in conjunction with EEG Neurofeedback training, computer work, reading, for meditation, yoga, working out at the gym, in weight rooms, and are surprisingly popular at Raves. I suppose I’m really not that surprised considering what many of my rave-going customers use them for.

What I like about these View Hole lightframes by Mind Alive is how well built they are. There are some really cheap looking open-eye lightframes out there that pale in comparison to the View Holes. View Holes are sturdy with solid construction, have white overlays covering the LEDs that are situated around the periphery of your vision and are made to last, especially with everyday use. And their cost is minimal, only $20 more than the normal closed-eye lightframe variety.

So if you are looking for that extra edge, whether it is for academics, athletics or for accessing deeper states of consciousness during meditation, consider purchasing View Hole lightframes for your mind machine. They offer a whole new experience in light and sound brainwave stimulation.

Copyright: Michael Landgraf (CA) 2016. All rights reserved.

 

Creativity & the California Drought

Creativity & the California Drought

Water conservation has been at the forefront of local news for several months because of the extreme water shortage here in Southern California. So I put my DAVID Delight Pro mind machine to the test, using an alpha / theta light and sound brainwave frequency session and thinking ‘creativity and the California drought’.

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I came up with an idea that saves my household over 150 gallons of water per week. We have rain barrels connected to the gutters surrounding our home for those rare moments when it actually rains and after that one alpha / theta brainwave entrainment session, I had an ‘aha’ revelation…

Since I rarely use bleach-based laundry detergent when I wash clothes and such, why not connect the washing machine grey water to one of the rain barrels?

So I did. Behind the washing machine I changed the pipes so I could either let the grey water flow directly into the rain barrel or flip a switch and have the water flow into the drain pipe like before. It took less than three hours of labor and $40 for parts.

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The result has surprised us all and gotten the attention of our neighbors. Since the retrofit, I have not had to use tap water for inside or outdoor plants or for washing our cars. And concerning the plants, we’ve noticed that affids and other unwanted bugs no longer find our plants to their liking and have gone elsewhere, yet ladybugs and the occasional preying mantis’ still call our yard home.

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So if you are like us, living in a drought and looking for ways to decrease your water consumption, think about redirecting the used water from your washing machine. You’ll notice a huge drop in water usage on your next Department of Water and Power bill and feel good about saving water wherever possible. And to come up with original ideas of your own for conserving water, try a creativity light and sound session on the DAVID Delight Pro mind machine!

Copyright: Mindmachines.com (2016) CA. All rights reserved.

 

Tru-View Omniscreen Multi-Color Eyeset by Mind Alive, Inc.

Tru-View Omniscreen Multi-Color Eyeset by Mind Alive, Inc.

 

Multicolor EyesetsThe most experienced light and sound mind machine users choose Tru-Vu OmniscreenTM Multi-Color Eyesets by Mind Alive.

 

Mind Alive’s unique patented Tru-Vu OmniscreenTM Eyesets are designed to provide you with the most effective and safe light and sound experience. These Tru-Vu OmniscreenTM Eyesets are made to allow for the left and right visual fields of each eye to be individually stimulated rather than the entire eye. Tru-Vu eyesets use eight blue-tinted white, wide angle LEDs mounted over a silver reflector hidden behind a translucent screen which disperses the light stimulation evenly and protects your eyes from the LEDs.  These LEDs are extremely efficient and last for over 100,000 hours.  Because they draw so little power, they also allow for longer battery use.

 

OmniscreenTM Eyesets are comfortable and built to last! They are made from sturdy, high quality sunglasses. The LEDs are protected and securely fastened behind the screen layer. This makes the OmniscreenTM Eyeset very popular with parents using DAVID Delight models with their children.  Also, the cord is detachable from the eyeset, reducing the risk of damage to the cord.

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truvupicEnhance your AVE experience with the benefits of color therapy with Mind Alive’s multi-color eyeset featuring: blue, cyan, green, yellow, red and magenta, with ability to select separate colors for each left and right visual field and for random color selection:

Blue – Calming and relaxing

Cyan – Shown to reduce risk of seizure

Green – Effective for pain reduction and meditation

Yellow – Improve cognition and focus

Red – Increase physical arousal and energy

Magenta – Best for contemplative meditation and enhancing creativity

Selecting which color or colors you wish to experience during a mind machine session is very easy. As the two pictures illustrate, all you have to do is lightly press each lens near the eyeset bridge with your thumb and index finger.

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Once you try these multi-color eyesets by Mind Alive you will never go back to the technologically outdated lightframes still offered by other light and sound mind machine manufacturers.

 

 

Easy Meditation

Easy Meditation

photo 2[11]Meditation is easy with the Bluetooth mindLightz by Mindgear. With 83 ready to access light and sound programs, over 2 dozen specifically designed for meditation, the mindLightz Bluetooth mind machine enables you to meditate anywhere: at your office desk or breakroom, in the park or your yard, even while laying in mountain meadows or sandy beaches.

The mindLightz offered by Mindmachines.com comes complete with wireless lightframes and headphones. The lightframes generate over 500 different colors and shades, while the headphones transmit a variety of audio frequencies via binaural beats, monaural beats, isochronic and more. And with the Manual Mode function you can change the audio/visual preset modes very easily, even creating your own sessions to match the goals of your meditative needs. An example would be using predominantly blue/violet colors with frequencies in the 0.5 to 3hz range.

The mindLightz by Mindgear is specially made for Apple iDevices and the free App is available at the Apple App Store. With the Bluetooth Color Matrix lightframes and excellent (no crackling!) Bluetooth Headphones adding brainwave entrainment to your meditation sessions can improve the quality of your meditation sessions while simultaneously aiding you in reaching your meditation goals more quickly.

 

Copyright: Michael Landgraf for Mindmachines.com (CA) 2015. All rights reserved.

 

SLEEP

SLEEP

 

A third of our life is spent sleeping. Like eating, it is crucial to our health and wellbeing. The reason why we need to sleep so much (but seem to never get nearly enough!) has not always been understood.

Sleep improves both our energy level and frame of mind. When we are asleep what is really happening with our brain and body? Research studies have pinpointed several factors that identify what is occurring within our brain and why sleep is crucial for a healthy life.

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The brain is quite active while we sleep. Almost as active as when we are awake, judging from neuronal activity measured via EEG / neurofeedback. During sleep the brain performs a number of ‘vital’ neuronal functions which affects our cognitive abilities.

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Here are some very good reasons for getting a good night’s sleep: the brain continues to make decisions; the brain generates and compartmentalizes memories; and the brain edits, repairs and establishes new neuronal pathways while clearing out unwanted toxins.

 

Getting a good night’s sleep is not always possible. Environmental noise, brain chatter, even too much dinner can determine how easy or difficult it will be for falling asleep. This is one very important reason for owning a mind machine.

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A mind machine generates pulsed audio and visual frequency stimulation for gently guiding your brain through the relaxed brainwave state of alpha, down through the twilight brainwave state of theta and in to the deep sleep brainwave frequency state of delta.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro Mind Machine including CES

 

The DAVID Delight Pro by Mind Alive is the leading mind machine available for the promotion of beneficial R.E.M. sleep. Your thoughts dissipate, your body relaxes, and you awake refreshed. The DAVID Delight Pro is the most effective and beneficial light and sound mind machine made.

To learn more visit Mindmachines.com

 

Mindmachines or Pain Pills?

 

I just got the invoice for the adapter. You are awesome. I said before that you’d be hearing from me more in the future. If I didn’t use an exclamation point, go ahead and add 3 of them after that statement now. I look forward to purchasing my next mindmachine through you. I am sort of new to this technology. Back around 1985, I explored hemispheric synchronization using binaural beats on a “Brain Supercharger” cassette tape from the Monroe Institute. I used it everyday until it hissed so badly that it was really just 20 minutes of white noise. Then in 1988, I lost interest in self-improvement when I was diagnosed with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of about 16 months. Needless to say, [omitted as unnecessary]. HEHE

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro Mind Machine including CES

After a couple decades of death expectancy (and a few doctors “firing” me for refusing to follow instructions), I am more optimistic regarding my survival. I got back in touch with Monroe and purchased a CD with binaurals. When I tried it a man’s voice kept coming on telling me how to relax or some crap and interfering with the experience. I decided to look elsewhere for binaurals and discovered mindmachines, which also eliminated my need to listen in a closet with a strobe light! I just purchased the Proteus in October and love it. When my serial to USB adapter gets here, (not my fault this time) I will succeed at building my own sessions. (or should I say, try to) haha I had no idea so many tools are available now, and I really appreciate your “straight talk” about them. My newest doctor prescribed HGH (growth hormone) when I lost 33 lbs in a month (24% of body weight) and sent me to a nutritionist. Insurance required a $4400. (decimal is correct) co-pay for HGH, so that wasn’t happening. I was at 1.1% body fat and on my deathbed. (8th time, I think) Insurance did approve payment for an ‘assisted living center’ hospice deal, which I refused to go to. Further, I resolved to discontinue all medications (against doctor’s orders again) in August after she agreed not to fire me for non-compliance. She said she would be willing to just ‘keep me as comfortable as possible’ while I died. She also sent me to a psychotherapist for PTSD treatment and ‘end of life’ counseling. Oops! Didn’t mean to write a book… Fast forward … My nutritionist is shocked at my progress (+20 lbs and 6% body fat) and wants to learn about entrainment. I let her try a short session and she liked it. I will tell her about your site. My psychotherapy consists of my updating him on my progress with the mindmachine. I know that a portion of my many symptoms were iatrogenic, but all are resolved now except for some pain from nerve damage. Quitting the pain medication was premature so I went back on Percocet, but I am needing less and less. I’m up and about in such a way that you can’t tell there is anything wrong with me, and neither can I. I even work out with weights and bicycle for miles. I don’t know how much is from quitting medications and how much my brain health contributes but I won’t be finding out because I’m not going to stop working on it again. Thanks again. Again. One more time. Talk to you later. B.W.

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Being Forgetful

Being Forgetful

 

I have CRS. My wife believes I just have selective hearing, but seriously, if I don’t write down what it is I’m supposed to remember more often than not I forget. Of course there are times I forget to write down what I’m supposed to remember. But that’s CRS for you!

Losing your short-term memory ability?

Losing your short-term memory ability?

 

Oh yes, I forgot to say what CRS is. ‘CRS stands for Can’t Remember Stuff’. Could be anything, like remembering a good joke, forgetting what a screwdriver is called and ending up calling it a thingamajig, or what we ate last night for dinner. There’s a million of ‘em.

 

So when I’m close to a pen and paper, I’m able to keep track of my ‘gotta remember’ list. Not around pen and paper? Then I’ll need reminding. What I do find amusing is my wife rarely remembers what some of her website passwords are, so she asks me. We sure have a good chuckle when that happens!

 

CRS has kind of crept up on me as I’ve gotten older. I never had a concussion or brain injury, its just my memory is not as sharp as it once was. So I have begun to concentrate on ways to improve my memory skills.

 

I have begun to train my brainwaves to remain focused longer by using a DAVID Delight by Mind Alive for my primary goals: concentrating on assimilating new information to memory, being aware of my breathing and level of relaxation, and improving my quality of sleep.

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The DAVID Delight Light and Sound Mind Machine for Memory Improvement.

 

I used my DAVID Delight three to fives times a week for the first month and I noticed actual improvement. I was aware of having better listening ability, less brain chatter and thought-drifting on my part, I was less tense because I felt more confident that I am remembering and as for sleep… I began to fall asleep faster and wake up downright refreshed – not groggy.

 

The DAVID Delight has impacted my life in a positive way. I wanted to improve my ability to remember short-term things and now it happens without need for pen and paper.

 

The DAVID Delight light and sound mind machine by Mind Alive is available through Mindmachines.com – Your Relaxation Superstore.

 

 

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Drawing a blank?

Drawing a blank?

Drawing a blank?

 

Within 5 minutes that empty cloud hovering above you could change into the idea you have long been seeking. All it takes is a DAVID Delight Plus Meditation session by Mind Alive, Inc. Relax your mind and good things can happen. Check out the DAVID Delight Plus light and sound mind machine. Find out how successful thoughts happen…

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DAVID Delight Plus

To learn how we use the DAVID Delight Plus to come up with new ideas and how our techniques could benefit you, contact Michael and Christopher at Mindmachines.com – Your Light & Sound Mind Machine Superstore.

Michael Landgraf and Mindmachines.com are proud members of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association.

 

 

Plan B

So I devised a Plan B (continued).

 

My goal was twofold: to reduce the pain that was centered around the repairwork and to loosen the muscle stiffness/tightness in the surrounding area. I found those muscles would tighten up whenever I stayed in one position for a while and went to move or stand up.

 

Plan B in action...

Plan B in action…

This is where I’d like to interject that I really like being with my HMO. Yes it took almost three months to have my hernia repaired, but it’s done and the outpatient procedure deductible was very reasonable.

 

Now back to the pain and muscle tightness. The money I saved by ‘jumping through my HMO’s medical hoops’ enabled me to afford a DAVID Delight Pro with Multi-color eyeset by Mind Alive, Inc. A couple of friends who went through similar procedures used a Delight Pro and found the light, sound and cranio-electro stimulation sessions in their DAVID mind machine helped deal with the ‘stabbing’ pain and also helped with the muscle tightness by guiding their brainwaves to a more relaxed and comfortable state of mind.

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES Mind Machine

DAVID Delight Pro w/ CES

 

They were right. I didn’t realize how tense my body was, even while laying prone. Once I was able to relax, my attitude changed. I do believe I might have been whining a bit. So I went to Mindmachines.com and they sent my Delight Pro by Fedex 2 Day for free. There are seven sessions on my Delight Pro that have helped me: the Alpha Relaxer, Schumann Resonance and Theta sessions under the ‘Meditate’ category; the Schumann for Sleep, Alpha and Theta for Sleep, and Delta sessions under the ‘Sleep’ category and session two Mood Booster 2 in the ‘Feeling Better’ category. That last session really helped with the pain.

 

Being skeptical by nature, yet becoming more and more leery of the adverse effects prescribed medications have been known to produce, I am glad I took my friends advice and purchased a DAVID light and sound machine. The left/right independently controlled colors for light stimulation, being able to use the Delight Pro’s really nice and soft fitting headphones (or for sleeping I went to Best Buy and bought a cheap pair of laptop speakers and plugged those into the Delight Pro’s audio port for entire bedroom delta entrainment), and having my choice of using any combination of light, sound and/or CES stimulation along with all the various color choices is going to last me for years.

 

Stuff happens, most of you have experienced outpatient procedures or have helped care for someone who has. I recommend adding the DAVID Delight Pro to your post-op treatment routine. It has helped me feel better faster, my friends have felt better faster and my three fairly-recent transplanted Kahili Ginger plants are happy and healthy with plenty more room to grow…

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