• March, 2009 Scientific American "Saving New Brain Cells" by Tracy J. Shors. New neurons form in the hippocampus, the brain nucleus for the functions of learning and long-term memory, but if not challenged by new learning experience, they die off. Experiments with rats involving various types of learning tasks suggest that not all training prevents new neurons from dying off, but new neurons are preserved by learning that requires a concerted effort to remember and integrate into the brain for use.
    Read more research on Adult Neurogenesis

  • A report on All Things Considered broadcast on NPR, Dec. 13, 2008, interviewed PD patients in a Brooklynn dance studio. They described themselves coming into the studio "doing the Parkinson shuffle" and observing the moment when they slipped into dancing to their favorite music.

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Brain Wellness Innovators, LLC

Sarasota, FL
Phone: (941) 952-9902

We translate the latest research into innovative therapy to help the brain heal itself.

Why does their tremor seem to subside when people with Parkinson's Disease (PD) are engaged in creative work?

Brain Wellness Innovators, a medical research and practice group in Sarasota, FL, has made answering this question the focus of our work. We are investigating the power of the brain to heal itself. Using the 21st-century Systems Medicine approach to protein synthesis and axonal transport, we believe the brain can forge new neuronal associations, or pathways, using consciousness -- the very function the brain performs.

Brain Wellness Innovators combines research and practice to achieve the best possible underlying matrix of health for patients suffering brain injury or illness. We are investigating clinical therapeutics by starting with Parkinson patients, to address the phenomenon (or more precisely, since this is a reality manifesting from the mind, the "noumenon") that so many have noticed -- the diminution of symptoms while performing challenging, skilled work that deeply engages their interest and enthusiasm, more simply, creative work. We use a protocol for the synergistic effect, combining Acupuncture with Neurofeedback, Tibetan Yoga, nutrition, eastern energy-exercise (Tai Chi and Chi Gong), and arts and crafts.

Acupuncture (based on the Energy Theory from Physics and Neuroscience of modern oriental medicine) brings the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system into phase, or harmony. Neurofeedback trains the brain to recognize and prolong the harmonious state of bodily energy meridians induced by acupuncture. The Tibetan discipline of Yoga trains the mind of the individual to learn to re-cognize, literally, how optimal neurotransmitter production overcomes clinical signs that once were thought to be manageable only by drugs; and the arts -- music, dance, painting, craftsmanship -- mobilize the skilled motor pathways in synchrony with the cardio-vascular system for the brain to follow and, reciprocally, to orchestrate optimal or healthy rhythms and frequencies, exercising mind and body systems.

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Pet scans of brain and organs of two patients, showing enzyme (protein systems) activity -- courtesy NIH.
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The firing of the single neuron, when a discrete level of potential energy transmitted from the cell body is reached at the threshold to the axon (the axon hillock), is the crossing of the mysterious border between energy and consciousness. Billions of neurons perform in concert to define a nucleus in the brain for the instrumentation of our body systems. Like a conductor of an orchestra, the brain synergizes the music of consciousness from the performance of neurons in each nucleus.

During the 1990s, which is known already to medical history as "the decade of the brain," research identified hundreds of microscopic differences defining nuclei of brain neurons with complex interactions governing body function from the internal environment to the outer world. Lord of this inner and outer interaction is the "mind" with its supervising unity of "self."

The biggest surprise from this research was that the brain and spinal cord neurons have a limited capacity to heal -- adult neurogenesis -- and since then, research into protein systems has proceeded specifically to investigate delivery of nanomolecules to target neurotransmitter production and gene repair for inherited illness. Rehabilitation medicine translates research into therapy for minimization of injury at the time of trauma or stroke, or during the chronic disease process, as well as for best practices in the "use-it-or-lose-it" neuronal training phenomenon.

Practicing hand-eye skill through the arts, music, painting, and craftsmanship, and learning by engaging in meaningful work or creativity, attune the brain to a deeper developmental stage that is the natural goal of the human lifespan -- a wisdom in aging, which is the "endogenous brain-repair mechanism" of the brain healing itself.