According to Mental Health America, the prevalence of youth experiencing major episodes of depression has been steadily increasing over the last six years and more than ten million adults in the United States are still in need of mental health treatment. More Americans have health care insurance today, but not all plans cover mental and emotional difficulties.

Mental health is multifaceted, consisting of many factors that make up our physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. Physically, when our body is in good working condition, our mood is typically positive. But when we are suffering from a physical illness, it is difficult to maintain an optimistic viewpoint and easy to slip into a state of depression. This is why it is so imperative that we do our best to maintain our physical health because it impacts our mental wellness.

When we are in emotional distress or elation, we know these states also impact our mood. When we are feeling low from a broken relationship or a lost job, then it is imperative to seek help or take actions which begin the healing process. Expressing our feelings to loved ones, going for a walk-in nature, taking a pause to do a short meditation, or connecting with others of like minds are a few examples.

We are also living on a planet whose frequency and magnetic field intensities are influencing our own biological systems, including how we think and feel. This blog will focus on the therapeutic lifestyle changes that we can implement in order to improve our mental wellness and help maintain it. We will highlight the importance of eating healthy meals, discuss the Earth’s magnetic field, and the crucial role that PEMF Therapy can play in helping to enhance our health.

How Food Affects Your Mood

The more we learn about gut health, the more we realize how important it is to our OVERALL health. The recent investment issue of Forbes Magazine spotlighted the gut microbiome and its health applications. Magazines such as Forbes are recognizing the gut health topic because it has become a trending science.

Recent studies have revealed that our gut microbiome includes more than 100 trillion bacterial cells. Those gut microbes produce more feel-good neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, than the brain itself which is Amazing! These neurotransmitters affect how we feel, signifying that the balance within the gut-brain axis forms the very foundation of our mental wellness.

Learn more about The Road to Wellness Through Gut Health.

NASA, PEMF Therapy, & The Earth’s Magnetic Field

  • NASA is well known for its profound research in the field of PEMF and its impact upon the human body. Their extreme curiosity was a direct response to astronauts experiencing depressive-like states while being away from the Earth’s magnetic field for an extended duration. NASA discovered that our bodies are naturally accustomed to the Earth’s magnetic field and our bodies are not able to function correctly when we are removed from its presence, as if we were missing essential nutrients. The Earth has a base frequency or Schumann Resonance of 7.83 Hz which has remained relatively stable. However, global electromagnetic activity has been steadily increasing and fluctuating since NASA discovered its impact on the human body in the 1960’s.
  • You can see the Earth’s frequency in its current time here: Schumann Resonance Today.
  • Russian Space Scientist, Dr. Alexey N. Dmitriev, has evidence that our planet, the Sun, and our entire solar system is going through an unprecedented energetic shift. In his published paper, PLANETOPHYSICAL STATE OF THE EARTH AND LIFE, Dmitriev states, “Current PlanetoPhysical alterations of the Earth are becoming irreversible. Strong evidence exists that these transformations are being caused by highly charged material and energetic nonuniformity’s in anisotropic interstellar space which have broken into the interplanetary area of our Solar System. This “donation” of energy is producing hybrid processes and excited energy states in all planets, as well as the Sun.”


BEMER Therapy and Mental Health

  • BEMER Application in Children’s Mental Health, Haug Report, p. 19-20. This study evaluated the impact that BEMER Therapy had upon the mental health and emotional stability of youth between the ages of 4 to 17 years of age. The observations showed that BEMER had a calming effect upon the youth. They displayed a decrease in physical aggression and an increase in academic and social participation. In particular, BEMER also had a balancing influence upon the mental and emotional states of these youths as stated by Susan Pickrel, MD.

    “A child with an anxious or agitated affect has clearly observed calming and a child with a flat or blunted affect has an appropriate energizing.”  – Susan Pickrel, MD 

  • BEMER Therapy for Cognitive Impairments, Haug Report, p. 21-23. This study highlights a 57-year-old secretary who filed for early retirement due to cognitive decline. She was making mistakes, having trouble finding the right words, and forgetfulness became apparent. SPECT images showed circulatory deficiencies throughout her brain, and an irregular brainstem that was low in activity. BEMER was applied consistently for 2 years with excellent results:   

    Brain images showed positive changes to the circulatory condition in the brain, including the brainstem. Check-up concluded normal psychomotor speed, a stable mental state, unimpaired thinking, and intellectual-mnestic functions have been preserved. – Dr. med. Eva Csecsel  

Conclusion

There are many factors which contribute to the state of our mental health. These factors include our dietary food choices, the magnetic field and Schumann Resonance of the Earth, and how well we are taking care of ourselves by incorporating complementary therapies into our daily behavior patterns.

In order to experience harmony and remain in a balanced state amidst an ever-developing world, we can choose to integrate therapeutic lifestyle changes to help us maintain a calm and clear mind.

These lifestyle changes present us with the opportunity to eat healthier, supplement our diet with high-quality nutrition products, or invest in a PEMF Therapy device such as BEMER which will improve the quality of our lives. By applying these preventative health measures, we are empowering ourselves to experience optimal well-being in the present moment and well into the future.

 

I am available for your support and to answer any questions you may have, so please reach out.

 

Susan Kapatoes, IBD
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508-282-7877
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Susan Kapatoes, MHA is the founder and owner of Inspire Your Journey, a holistic wellness company. She is a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, the Mental Wellness Company, and an Independent Distributor with BEMER Therapy. She lives in Massachusetts. 

References

Dmitriev, A., Tetenov, A. and Crockett, E., 1998. PLANETOPHYSICAL STATE OF THE EARTH AND LIFE. [online] Mohr-mohr-and-more.org. Available at: https://www.mohr-mohr-and-more.org/downloads/dmitriev.pdf

Garrett-Bakelman FE, e., 2019. The NASA Twins Study: A Multidimensional Analysis Of A Year-Long Human Spaceflight. – Pubmed – NCBI. [online] Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30975860

Goodwin, T., 2003. Physiological And Molecular Genetic Effects Of Time-Varying Electromagnetic Fields On Human Neuronal Cells. [online] Ntrs.nasa.gov. Available at: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20030075722

Mental Health America. 2020. The State Of Mental Health In America. [online] Available at: https://www.mhanational.org/issues/state-mental-health-americautm_content=buffer25f85&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Ochoa, E., & BEMER USA, (2015). NASA-BEMER Space Act Agreement [PDF]. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Available at: https://www.inspireyourjourney.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NASA-BEMER-Space-Act-Agreement.pdf

Pastor Guzman, I., 2017. Tuning In To The Earth’S Natural Rhythm. [online] brainworldmagazine.com. Available at: https://brainworldmagazine.com/tuning-in-to-the-earths-natural-rhythm

Wight, A., 2020. Trust Your Gut: How This Colombian Scientist Found Her Field. [online] forbes.com. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewwight/2020/03/01/trust-your-gut-how-this-colombian-scientist-found-her-field/#166736724bc1

Wylie et al. (2017). The Haug Report, Physical Method IV, Special edition on the anniversary of the 50th Medical Week Baden-Baden. [online] imin-org.eu. Available at: https://www.imin-org.eu/images/science/Haug-Report-Bemer_2016_Englisch.pdf

by Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC  


What are brainwaves? 

In the early 1900’s, it was discovered that our brain emits pulses of electrical signals that form distinctive patterns called brainwaves. The four primary brainwaves are Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta arranged from fastest to slowest frequency. Brainwave speed is measured in Hertz (cycles per second).

Each type of brainwave has unique benefits that are associated with specific states of consciousness. Our thoughts, moods, emotions, and biological chemistry are all impacted by our brainwaves which change according to what we’re doing and feeling.

Since most of us spend our days in the Beta state which reflects our normal waking consciousness, I will be focusing on the Alpha, Theta, and Delta frequencies and how we can incorporate the benefits of these brainwaves into our daily lives.

When are these waves present?

When slower brainwaves are overly dominant, we may feel groggy, sluggish, dreamy or tired; when faster brainwaves are overly dominant, we can feel hyper-alert, anxious, stressed out, or paranoid. Multiple brain waves may occur at the same time, but there is typically one brainwave that is dominant at any given time.

  • Alpha (7-13 Hz) – when you are meditating or fully present in the moment with a quiet state of mind. You are aware of your surroundings with a calm but alert focus.
  • Theta (4-7 Hz) – on the threshold of sleep, upon waking up from sleep, or deep meditation. You are aware of your surroundings in a trance-like focus.
  • Delta (0-4 Hz) – deep sleep, unconscious and subconscious realm.

What is Brainwave Entrainment?

Brainwave entrainment is a method that can be utilized to help you reap the benefits that each type of brainwave has to offer. It is a process of stimulating the brain into a specific state by using a pulsing sound, light, or electromagnetic field. The pulses elicit the brain’s ‘frequency following’ response, encouraging the brainwaves to align to the frequency of the given beat. This is called Brainwave Entrainment. I will be focusing on audio brainwave entrainment which uses sound, i.e. music, to deliver these frequencies.

How does Brainwave Entrainment Music work?

Audio brainwave entrainment works in two ways. The first method is delivering music incorporated with binaural beats. For this type, you need headphones because the left and right ears need to receive two separate frequencies for the brain to perceive the third frequency. Let’s say we feed 400 Hz into one ear and 404 Hz into the other. The brain then perceives a third frequency at the mathematical difference between the two, which is 4 Hertz. The brain then follows along at this frequency and is entrained. This is known as the frequency response process. Binaural beats have a rhythmic and hypnotic sound-like quality, which is well suited for Meditation and Reiki sessions.

The second is isotones. Isochronic tones differ from binaural beats in that they use a single tone, not two. Because they use a single pulsating tone to penetrate the left and right hemispheres of the brain, they do not require headphones. Isochronic tones have a sharp, pulsating sound quality.

How You Can Use Brainwave Music

There are two ways that you can listen to music embedded with specific brainwave frequencies in order to benefit from their qualities: with headphones or without headphones. Which is better?  

  1. With Headphones – In order to obtain the maximum benefit from your sound tones, you need to listen to the brainwave music with headphones as the binaural audio layer of the technology needs stereo headphones in order to work correctly. For those of you who are serious about healing yourselves and have committed to making lasting changes to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, I recommend using this method and contacting me for a free Health Coaching Consultation to find out more information about brainwave entrainment.
  2. Without Headphones – Listening to brainwave entrainment music without headphones still brings you the benefits of relaxation as the ambient background music has a calming effect on your entire nervous system. The isochronic audio layer of the technology does not require headphones and can work with regular open-air speakers. This method can be used by anyone who is curious about brainwave entrainment or as an introduction to the sound quality of the music. It can be used as an ongoing support system for both novices and seasoned clients.    

Overall Benefits

Relaxation – There are benefits that you will consistently feel from all three brainwaves (alpha, theta, delta) which include a soothing calmness and relaxation, leaving you with a feeling of greater inner peace and tranquility. They will help you cope with everyday anxiety more efficiently by helping you to stay more calm during stressful situations. This ability to handle our emotions more intelligently is a reflection of our state of Emotional Intelligence (EQ).  

Whole Brain Synchronization – In addition to increasing our Emotional Intelligence, meditation has been proven to strengthen the link between our two brain hemispheres, according to a NeuroImage study. The right and left hemispheres of our brain communicate via neural pathways which is known as neural plasticity. We have the ability to develop new neural pathways which means we have the ability to change our behavior patterns and develop healthier habits.      

Healthier HabitsResearch from the University College of London shows that it takes approximately two months to form a new habit. This is why practice makes perfect when it comes to changing behaviors, improving your thought process, or integrating a physical task into your daily routine such as exercise.   

This is why it takes commitment and dedication to rewire our brains so that we can make lasting changes to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The good news is that you can form healthy habits and break unhealthy ones once you’ve made up your mind that you will persevere. Over time, the new behavior will start to happen automatically.   

Specific Benefits

In addition to the overall benefits, the Alpha, Theta, and Delta brainwaves offer specific benefits as they have a direct impact upon our state of consciousness and physiology. As a result, there are certain conditions that these brainwave frequencies have the potential to dissolve, eradicate, or lessen:

Alpha Waves (7-13 Hz)

  • Alpha waves are known to help with concentration, studying, and learning. They help to focus the mind by quieting mental chatter. When we are able to maintain a calm focus, we can think more clearly and make better decisions.
  • Alpha waves can help to dissolve phobias and release fears, especially dysfunctional thought patterns that are sabotaging your personal growth and self-confidence.
  • Studies have shown that Alpha waves can help people to release addictive behavior patterns. See more information below on how brainwave entrainment can help to combat addiction.

Theta Waves (4-7 Hz)

  • Theta waves are known to help combat depression and boost inspiration. They allow intuitive insights to flow to the forefront of our consciousness while in this deep state of calmness, giving us access to our own higher wisdom.
  • Theta waves can help to dissolve phobias and release fears, especially dysfunctional thought patterns that are sabotaging your personal growth and self-confidence.
  • Studies have shown that Theta waves can help people to release addictive behavior patterns. See more information below on how brainwave entrainment can help to combat addiction.

Delta Waves (0-4 Hz)

  • Delta waves are known to help with insomnia as they are present during stages of deep sleep. They offer a refreshing sleep, allowing the body and brain to rest and repair.
  • Delta waves can help us feel younger and combat the effects of anti-aging as we release the most Human Growth Hormone (HGH) when Delta waves are present.
  • Delta waves can help us to restore our immune system and make it stronger. These waves offer deep healing to the human body and a sense of renewal.

When To Use these Brainwaves

ALPHA  – Use Alpha brainwaves when you want to study for exams, focus at work, be more present, increase your creativity and problem solving skills, release fears/phobias/addictions.

THETA  – Use Theta brainwaves when you want to feel inspired, combat depression, strengthen your intuition, increase your creativity and problem solving skills, release fears/phobias/addictions.

DELTA – Use Delta brainwaves when you want to sleep better, have more energy, restore your health, feel younger, rejuvenate your immune system.

ADDICTIONS

A 2005 study published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Scott et al) looked at 121 patients going through an inpatient substance abuse program. Alpha & Theta brainwave entrainment technology was used to put the patients’ brainwave patterns into the Alpha & Theta states. After one year, 77% patients were completely drug free.

  • Common Traits of People with Addictions (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, caffeine, food)
  • Lack of GABA
  • Beta waves dominate
  • Dopamine levels rise & crash
  • Common Traits of People who Meditate (especially with brainwave entrainment music)
  • Optimal Levels of GABA
  • Alpha & Theta waves dominate
  • Dopamine levels increase but remain steady

GABA: The calm brain chemical. Reduces nerve cell excitability throughout the central nervous system.

Beta Waves: Normal waking consciousness.

Dopamine: The euphoria-producing brain chemical.

  

Using Brainwave Entrainment 

Do you suffer from addiction? Are you feeling sluggish due to a lack of motivation? Do you feel tired upon waking from a full night’s sleep? Are you combating bouts of depression? Do you need to study for an exam and have problems concentrating?

Brainwave entrainment technology can help to improve these conditions and more.

Interested in learning more?

 

 

Susan Kapatoes, MHA, CPC  is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Nutritionist, Reiki Master, Meditation Instructor, and published author. She is the owner of Inspire Your Journey and a Wellness Partner with Amare Global, the Mental Wellness Company. She is available for appointments at the SheBreathes Balance & Wellness Studio in Walpole, MA. 

 

References:

EOC Institute – 7 Compelling Reasons Meditation Can Conquer Any Addiction. (2018). Retrieved from https://eocinstitute.org/meditation/7-reasons-meditation-can-naturally-beat-addiction/

EOC Institute – 7 Key Meditation Chemicals: Melatonin, Serotonin, GABA, DHEA, Endorphins. (2018). Retrieved from https://eocinstitute.org/meditation/dhea_gaba_cortisol_hgh_melatonin_serotonin_endorphins/

How long does it take to form a habit?. (2009). University College London. UK Health Behaviour Research Centre. Retrieved from https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0908/09080401   

Luders, E., Phillips, O., Clark, K., Kurth, F., Toga, A., & Narr, K. (2012). Bridging the hemispheres in meditation: Thicker callosal regions and enhanced fractional anisotropy (FA) in long-term practitioners. Neuroimage, 61(1), 181-187. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.02.026