From Lee Gerdes
Inventor of Brainwave Optimization to Share Personal Account of Cancer Treatment During Live Webinar
On October 24th, during a live webinar presentation beginning at 2:30pm PDT, Lee Gerdes, founder and CEO of Brain State Technologies®, will offer a candid account of his recent battle with lung cancer. This will be the first time Gerdes has discussed his illness with the general public. Over the course of the 90 minute presentation, Gerdes will discuss how the illness and its treatments affected his brain function and how his own technology helped him find the strength and resilience to endure the long journey back to health.
Diagnosed in April 2013, Gerdes spent the next 5 months in chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Fatigued, nauseated, and in pain, Gerdes admits to falling into periods of despair when his thoughts would turn to self-harm.
“Cancer is traumatic. Cancer treatment is traumatic,” says Gerdes. “The cancer may be in the lungs, but the brain, in trying to cope with it all, is also severely affected.”
He credits Brainwave Optimization®, his own patented process for helping the brain relax and auto-calibrate, with helping him to rise above the despair, maintain focus, and endure the ravaging effects of the radiation and chemotherapy. Originally developed to help Gerdes combat his own post-traumatic stress disorder, Brainwave Optimization® has since been licensed by over 200 providers in 19 countries. Over 50,000 clients, with issues ranging from stress, to depression, to chronic pain, to insomnia have enjoyed the benefits of Brainwave Optimization®.
Gerdes is quick to mention, “Brainwave Optimization® is not a cure. We don’t aim to treat, heal or diagnose any condition. Our process is designed to help the brain find its own optimal state of balance and relaxation. When in an optimal state, the brain is better able to manage all processes of the body and the whole person benefits.”
Those benefits are currently being studied by a team of neurologists at a major medical university. Their first published study, focused on insomnia, appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Brain & Behavior in November 2012. In January of 2013 a methodology paper was published in the same journal. Further research is expected to see publication within the year and the team was recently awarded an additional $1 million grant to continue and expand their research.
Gerdes hopes by sharing his own experience and showing, via his own brainwave patterns, his personal trauma and his own recovery, he may help others facing similar challenges.
“One out of two of us will hear the words, ‘you have cancer’ in our lifetime,” says Gerdes. “We can’t change that statistic, but Brainwave Optimization® can help the brain sustain itself through a really difficult treatment process.”
Additional information about Lee Gerdes, Brainwave Optimization®, and the webinar can be found at http://brainstatetech.com/resources/webinars-braintalk/oct-24-cancer-and-brain.
From Lee Gerdes,
CEO and founder of Brain State Technologies
In sport, it’s said that when you reach the professional level of the game, it's ten percent physical and ninety percent mental.
But what does this mean? In football for instance, does it mean you study your playbook so you know your plays better?
Former NFL player and present-day coach Damian Vaughn explains that top performance isn’t about relying on strategies devised by thought. Neither is it primarily a matter of experience. Rather, it’s a question of whether we allow our innate “flow” to come to the fore by quieting our minds. In other words, the state of flow arises when we cease blocking the quite natural step of permitting flow to take over.
To illustrate, Vaughn tells of Ali McNight, who described a particular track race as “an experience of knowingness, relaxation, calm, and hyper-confidence.” She added, “The funny thing is that I wasn’t even thinking about setting a personal record, it was so automatic. It was that knowingness, that flood of confidence. As soon as my foot stepped onto the track, I felt so light and sprite. I was so fast that I literally could not believe how fast I felt. It was as if I couldn’t keep up with my own legs.”
Brain researcher Dr. Richard Davidson describes “areas in the right prefrontal cortex that are activated during certain kinds of negative emotions, particularly negative emotion that involves a strong withdrawal component like fear.” He explains that this area of the brain is implicated in anxiety, which works against entering into flow. It’s the opposite of the super-calmness and confidence Ali McNight experienced.
Allowing the brain to adjust itself to its original and natural state is what Brain State Technologies® is all about. The breakthrough technology we use in Brainwave Optimization® was originally built on a baseline of the brains of monks who enjoyed a particularly harmonious mental state as a result of meditating. However, as I explain in my book Limitless You, it can require countless hours of meditation to get to the place that the brain quiets itself sufficiently to release its disturbed patterns and enter into flow. What Brainwave Optimization® does is allow people to experience balance and harmony in a fraction of the time. As clients’ anxiety is replaced by a state of balance and harmony, this spills over into their physical performance.
Dr. Richard Davidson studied three groups of people: individuals who don’t meditate, novice meditators, and seasoned meditators. The latter were Tibetan monks who had logged over 10,000 hours of meditation. In terms of brainwaves, they had a great deal more gamma activity versus those of the other groups. This is because they participate in “whole brain thinking,” in which their brain is more balanced and harmonious.
Brainwave Optimization® literally transforms our brain, rewiring it, making it more likely our mind will function in a calm, centered way. Scientific studies have demonstrated that when we aren’t internally relaxed, calm, and centered, to focus requires considerable effort. But if our brain is in a balanced, harmonious state, we are able to accomplish far more with less effort.
A balanced brain allows us to run faster, lift heavier weights, shoot better on the basketball court, play a better game of golf—indeed, achieve better performance in all areas of life.
From Lee Gerdes,
CEO and founder of Brain State Technologies
If you’ve been staying in touch with the news, you know that this summer has been a momentous time in terms of the space exploration taking place with Voyager I. In this blog, I want to link this to the equally important and amazing breakthrough happening with regard to the inner space of the human brain and our understanding of why we do the things we do—and how we can bring real change into our lives that can vastly improve them.
In my book, Limitless You: The Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain, I likened the brain to an atom. “Consider a proton,” I wrote, “which resides in the nucleus of an atom. This nucleus is orbited by an electron. Were we to make the proton the size of a basketball and the electron the size of a softball, how far apart do you suppose the basketball and the softball would be? Would they be arm’s length perhaps? A football field? In fact, the electron’s orbit would be twenty miles away.”
How does this relate to the brain? Again, as I explain in Limitless You, “In the Newtonian approach to the cosmos, scientists saw the stuff of the universe—atoms and molecules—as objects that had a distinct existence and that acted upon and reacted to each other. The quantum approach is radically different in that it looks at how everything in the universe is dependent on everything else. In a quantum view of the world, the most profound part of reality isn’t the small bit of matter that is seen; rather, it lies in the space that isn’t seen. The most important and largest part of existence is the energy and information that lies between the particles, rather than the particles themselves. In this view, the particles are almost trivial. It’s the relationship between them that’s crucial.”
In a similar manner, it’s the information holding the proton and the electron together in the “emptiness” between them that makes brainwave optimization possible. Again, “the focus isn’t on what the neurons are doing. Nor is the focus on the dendrites and axons, which are the arms of the neurons, by means of which they connect. These arms make up what‘s commonly called ‘white matter,’ in contrast to the ‘grey matter’ that forms the neurons themselves.” Brainwave Optimization® measures the information in the spaciousness of the brain, examining the electromagnetic energy the brain uses to perform its tasks. “It’s the information within this energy stream that influences how the neurons connect and how patterns are formed.”
Let’s relate this now to what we are discovering currently about space from the Voyager I spacecraft. Other than our electronic signals, in the form of such phenomena as radio and television waves, nothing humans have made in their entire time on this planet has ever gone beyond our solar system and into interstellar space. But this is about to change.
In June this year Voyager 1 experienced its 35th birthday. It comes at a significant moment. This spacecraft that has gone further than any other—some 11.5 billion miles so far—has entered a zone of our solar system known as the “depletion region.” This is marked by a fundamental change in the data Voyager is collecting. Low-energy charged particles that get accelerated in the heliosphere’s turbulent outer layer have pretty much vanished now, whereas the magnetic field lines that emanate from our sun are intensifying.
This huge change in the information Voyager is receiving comes thirteen years after the spacecraft passed through a shockwave at which the solar wind suddenly slowed. As our sun became too distant to maintain a strong solar wind, the energy streaming toward our solar system from outer space began to equal that of our sun’s output. It’s as if the solar wind had all but “blown itself out.”
We might think of it in terms of two opposing winds blowing toward each other with equal power, and the turbulence this generates. Or we could liken it to the stormy water that occurs where two different oceans meet, such as the Cape of Good Hope (strictly speaking, the region between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point, though close to the Cape of Good Hope). Such has been the cause of many a shipwreck.
Scientists believe that once Voyager 1 crosses this turbulent region, it will enter interstellar space. The data points to the spacecraft’s closeness to what’s known as the “heliopause,” the point at which the influence of the sun is no longer significant.
Since August 25, 2012 there’s been a dramatic decrease of solar particles, which in a single day dropped by more than a thousand times what they were. There was also a nine-percent increase in cosmic particles. This means that any day now—or within a year or two, no one knows for sure—the spacecraft will find itself traveling at some 38,000 miles per hour (relative to our sun) in “empty space.”
Well, we still refer to it as “empty” space in popular jargon, but that’s now known to be far from what it is—as in the case of the white matter of the brain. On the contrary, far from our solar system being an isolated system, it’s part of a vast quantum soup. We might liken it to a pea or piece of carrot in a vegetable broth.
Voyager I will transmit until about 2020, when gradually its weakening power will force a shutdown of information by 2025. By then, we will know a lot more about that all-important “soup” that holds everything together and through which so much energy flows.
As for the vast distances in the atom, the brain, and space, consider that it will still be 40,000 years before Voyager 1 is at last closer to another star than the one that gave it its birth. But it will still be two light years from that sun, an unbelievable distance when you consider that light travels 186,000 miles every second.
We are in breakthrough territory in space, with the atom (the discovery of the Higgs-Boson), and with the brain. If you haven’t yet read Limitless You, it’s time to do so—and time to share it with others. You’ll discover information about your brain that will revolutionize how you look at life, other people, and yourself—information as revolutionary as what’s coming back to us from the Voyager space program and that can lead to tremendously improving the quality of your time here on earth.
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