Why Astronauts Have Ice Water in Their Veins

jet packImagine this… you are 203 miles above the Earth, traveling at 17,000 miles per hour and you are attached to nothing.  For most, this would conjur feelings of absolute terror but not if you work for NASA.  Why?  For the past 50 plus years NASA has made Neurofeedback a quintessential component of astronaut training.  By utilizing Alpha – Theta Brain Wave cross training or “Deep States” Neurofeedback, astronauts are capable of harnessing their emotions, clearing their minds of “chatter” and focusing like a laser beam.  They do not obsess and are able to quickly move forward following a negative incident.  Does it work?  On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were descending towards the lunar surface.  This was to usher forth Man’s first steps on the moon but something went terribly wrong.  Armstrong and Aldrin realized they had over shot the landing zone by several miles and were heading towards a field of massive boulders.  The situation presented two options: abort or crash.  With 100’s of millions of people watching the descent on television, Armstrong made a fateful decision… he disengaged the auto pilot and took manual control of the Lunar Module.  After spending several minutes surveying the surface for a landing spot, Mission Control began counting down, “60 seconds, 50 seconds, 30 seconds.”  The entire planet heard this but no one knew what it meant.  Mission Control was warning Armstrong of how long he had until he was out of fuel.  With 20 seconds of fuel remaining, Armstrong safely landed and the rest is history.  The amazing thing is not that he safely landed but his demanor when reporting it to Mission Control, “Houston… Tranquility Base here.  The Eagle has landed.”  Stated like just another day at the office. Cool as a cucumber. Neurofeedback Peak Performance training provides this level of focus and control.  To hear the the final moments of Aldrin and Armstrong’s descent, click the link below and go to 2:52 of the video.  Listen for the Mission Control countdown and Armstrong’s landing announcement.

To learn more about Neurofeedback Peak Performance Training visit our website at http://www.nfcenters.com

About the Author: Greg Warden is Executive Director of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah in St. George


What’s in a Name? How Neurofeedback works.

questionEvery day I receive calls from people asking, “Does Neurofeedback treat this?  Does Neurofeedback treat that?”  The conditions range from Adult ADD to Anxiety to Depression and everything in between.  What Neurofeedback is effective in treating is much easier to understand once we drop the “labels” for specific conditions.  Neurofeedback is used to address symtpoms associated with Brain Wave Dysregulation Syndrome (BDS.)  BDS occurs when Brain Wave levels depart from accepted normal magnitudes, be it high or low.  When this occurs, specific symptoms are manifested.  For example:

A) Higher than normal magnitudes of Alpha Wave activity may produce symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia such as pain, irritability or depression.

B) Higher than normal magnitudes of Beta Wave activity may produce symptoms associated with generalized anxiety, panic attacks, migraine/tension headaches, chronic pain or insomnia.

C) With higher than normal magnitudes of Theta or Delta Waves, the person will likely experience attention and focus issues such as those associated with ADHD, cognitive decline, learning disorders, or symptoms related to concussion.

These are just a few examples of Brain Wave Dysregulation Syndrome.  So, the more appropriate question when calling would be, “Do the symptoms associated with depression (or any other condition) fit the known pattern of any form of Brain Wave Dysregulation?”

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About the author: Greg Warden is the Executive Director of Neurofeedback Centers of Utah.