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- The Mind Revealed
- A New Theory of Consciousness
- The Brain Wave Frequencies of Health
- Alpha-theta Brainwave Training and
- Beta-endorphin Levels in Alcoholics
- Neural Feedback and Brainwave Training
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- Early Development of Alpha and Theta Brainwave Training
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Neural Feedback and Brainwave Training Part 1
By RICHARD ALAN MILLER
Department of Paraphysics and Parapsychology
Experimental College University of Washington c1970, 1982
“Gentlemen, I have a confession to make - half of what we have taught you is in error; and furthermore we cannot tell you which half it is.” - Sir William Osler
A man named Caton first discovered electrical rhythms within the brains of animals in 1875. It was over 50 years later when Hans Berger showed that man also had these rhythms. His original search was in the hopes of finding the physical link between man’s mind and his body.
It was this mind/body question which led him to dedicate his life to finding this link. He became interested in the work of Caton and others and set up his own laboratory to further investigate the electrical activity of the brain. After 20 years of research, he was able to first record the brain rhythms of a human. He spent another 10 years convincing his colleagues that this rhythm came from neurons of the brain, not from blood flow or connective tissue. His original studies also showed that this rhythm changed with age, was vulnerable to sensory stimulation, and was affected by chemistry.
World War II broke out and Han Berger never finished his original work; crack the code of brain rhythms and their link to “psychic functions.” Since that time no one else has either. (1) Later research centered around the more practical applications of the EEG to epilepsy, brain metabolism, brain functions and the levels of consciousness.
(1) A first assumption toward this “link” can be found in 'The Diamond Body' by Richard and Iona Miller. Specific section to see would be “Meditation and Resonance Effects.”
Basic Metabolic Rate (EMR)
Brain metabolism is directly related to body metabolism. One facet of the human body that the EEG will monitor is that of brain metabolism. Such gross metabolic dysfunction as liver or kidney failure are easily seen with the EEG. Epilepsy is also seen as resulting in a metabolic dysfunction within the brain. Because of these and other important factions, the EEG was incorporated into the medical systems of Western society.
The EEG is also a good reflection of how well oxygen is metabolized in the blood. Your body needs oxygen in order to convert food resources into energy. Any deviation in oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output changes the EEG reading. Both hyperventilation and hypoventilation cause the EEGH pattern to slow down. The amount of sugar, as a food resource, also affects the EEG.