John Mekrut's Broken Brain Interview Part 2

In part two of the John Mekrut's Broken Brain Interview, we will focus specifically on infra low-frequency training and more of the connections between neurofeedback and Mark Hyman MD’s Broken Brain docuseries.

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Continuing with Mekrut’s journey with neurofeedback and his response to Mark Hyman MD’s docuseries, “Broken Brain”, there seems to be a clear connection between the brain and the gut. Mekrut explains that “neurofeedback can absolutely change the connection between itself and the gut”, based off of Steven Porges’ polyvagal theory. This theory is about the balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. This balance is important, because the longest nerve in the body goes from the brain all the way through your gut. This explains how the brain and gut are immediately connected. Therefore, any neurofeedback that is being sent to the brain is not only affecting the brain, but the gut as well. Children with autism spectrum disorder often have gut issues as well. This makes sense because the communication in their brain is irregular which extends down to their gut. There is even qEEG analysis that has shown irritable bowel syndrome just by analyzing the brain.

Mekrut explains another type of neurofeedback that he uses called deep state training. This works with the alpha state, meditation state, and the theta state, which is much deeper than that. The theta state is hard to reach because we are required to really separate ourselves from the world ignoring what is going on outside or in the technological world. Mekrut answers the question of whether technology is “good or bad for you”. He explains that even though there are many useful applications and opportunities, it is up to us to internalize things and find the answers within us. Deep state training helps you to find that state of separating yourself from the outside world and listening to yourself instead. The easiest way to reach the theta state is while sleeping, but today with all of the responsibilities, electronics, and other worries, we are not sleeping long enough or deep enough to reach that state. On a biological perspective, getting enough sleep is important, because it allows us to rid of waste materials. If this waste is not release, it will build up like plaque on the brain and can cause illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s.

Overall, Mekrut’s experience with trying everything for his daughter was not successful until he discovered neurofeedback. He encourages people to try different things that may work for them, but he believes medication is not the answer. Between neurofeedback, a good diet, and a healthy lifestyle, you will be able to find what works for you or your child. His daughter was not diagnosed until she was nine-years-old, however he has treated patients as young as two-years-old. It is a long road, especially for people with autism spectrum children. It could take 10 years, or it could take 20. Either way it is worth it to start as early as possible.

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~Written by Allison Parker and Tanya L. Hilber, PsyD

Reference: Mekrut, John. "Broken Brain". Hyman Digital, 2017.