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The Brain Gauge is a functional measure

But what is a functional measure?

A functional measure simply tells you how well something works. In the physical world, there are lots of functional measures. How fast can you run a mile? How much weight can you lift? How fast can you swim across the pool? Can you run up 2 flights of stairs without getting out of breath? These measures tell you something about performance and how well your body functions when it tries to do something - when it is stressed or pushing the envelope.

Why are functional measures important? After all, I can get my resting blood pressure and heart rate without doing anything - and those measures are pretty close to identical to what they were when I was in college. But I promise that I can’t swim a mile or run a mile as fast as I could when I was in college. So if my resting blood pressure and heart rate are the same as they were 4 decades ago, does that mean I am in good physical shape?

When I was in college, we had to take the physicals before our training started, so some of us were not in the best of shape and we all passed the test with flying colors. Except for one guy – one of the upperclassmen that the freshmen (that’s what I was at the time) were supposed to look up to. When the nurse was not looking, he held his breath and did jumping jacks for about 90 seconds – plenty of time to NOT have a reasonable blood pressure and heart rate reading. The nurse almost had a heart attack and he ended up having to stay at the infirmary for quite a while. Anyway, it was pretty funny but it does demonstrate vividly the difference between a static measure versus a functional measure. Of course, the nurse had no idea what he had done, so she thought he was about to have a heart attack even though his measures would have been considered normal for the activity he had just done. You need to test the system to see if it is working properly and that is just what functional measures do.

Most people go through life without really thinking about being in good physical or mental shape. If you’re reading this, you’re probably not in that group. It’s easy to tell if you are in good physical shape because there are so many functional measures for that. But how do you tell if you are in good mental shape? Well, the answer is NOT getting your brain imaged or scanned. That will tell you if you have a tumor, but without some relatively large aberration to physically view in the image, it won’t provide you with an indicator that your brain function is altered. You could use the world’s best imaging device and not see any difference before and after taking a dozen shots of expresso – but I guarantee that you will feel difference and you’ll definitely score differently on a properly executed functional test. FYI, the Brain Gauge is pretty sensitive to caffeine, and you can read about that in here.

So what can you do with a functional brain measure like the Brain Gauge? Everyone has a different use. If you are recovering from concussion, when is it safe to return to play? After all, the ct scan is the standard of care for evaluating a concussion, but it does not detect the concussion. It just tells you if there is something worse than the concussion that you need to worry about. Many people worry about degenerative aging and you have probably read about so-called breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s where researchers have detected amyloid plaques with imaging - but that’s a bit too late in the process – you really need a functional measure to detect that problem long before that happens so you can hopefully reverse the trend. Many people are on medications or therapies for some neurological disorder and want to know if they are working. And many are on medications that are non-neurological (such as heart medications) and would like to know if those meds are impacting their brain function. Are your supplements working? Lots of advertisements and blogs out there say that they do, but how much data have you seen from bio-hackers? In short, the Brain Gauge is the ideal tool for someone that wants to track their progress and observe what impacts their brain function.

What if I don’t like my scores?
Believe it or not, we’ve heard this quite a bit. But to me, that’s a bit like saying, what if I don’t like how long it takes me to run a mile? About a year ago, I decided to try to get back in shape, so I just went out for a run. I was so slow that buzzards were circling around me. I did not bother looking at my watch – it was that bad. And I am not joking about the buzzards. The next week I did a bit better and got down to one buzzard. And then the next week I was even better and started to glimpse at the time it took me. Still pretty awful, but I slowly got better. Having trained for many decades in a wide variety of sports taught me to be patient and that it takes time to crawl out of that below normal hole. At first it feels impossible, but eventually you can recover. I spent the better part of 5 decades as a competitive swimmer, and just about everyone I knew in the sport had a pretty good idea about what they needed to do (or not do) to optimize their performance – and we’re talking about very minor fluctuations – in the neighborhood of 1 to 3%. The key ingredient? Measuring your performance.

Why not apply the same strategy to brain function?
We have seen the same type of training progression with many Brain Gauge users and in particular, with some that were recovering from what appeared to be really bad scores for a variety of reasons. The main point is to not get discouraged – there are a lot of good clinicians and researchers that are starting to give very good advice for how to improve brain health, and now you can track your progress as you search for what works for you.
It appears, that in this arena, trained athletes are a lot smarter than academic nerds. But researchers might eventually be catching up. Whereas a decade or two ago the notion that we just keep losing brain cells as we get older and never re-generate them was seemingly gospel, it now appears that we constantly re-wire and re-grow a lot of stuff in our brains. If you want to read about stroke and neuroplasticity, take a look at Bob Dennis’ book “Stroke of Luck”.

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I am laughing that you put up a link where the paperback copy of Bob Dennis’ book is selling for $80.36

Here is a link for it for closer to $15.36 with Kindle unlimited having it for free.

Heat shock proteins? I believe that was what they think caused the Autistic person with fever to suddenly have improvement in the ABC scale.

I watch a lot of Dr. Greger videos. His are short enough and entertaining enough and numerous enough for helping me think things through.

Are heat shock proteins why I don’t feel social anxiety?

I am riding it out to see if it lasts for a few days.

I was reading this post again and I am not discouraged. I think I feel more compassion for myself because I am beginning to understand that my brain is really broken and that I am micromanaging it so that I can function enough to live my life, but people run away when people have brain changes. Heck, people run away from marriages 50% of the time and from children and from jobs, so I shouldn’t feel badly if I scared them. I feel like I have a strategy. Heat shock proteins will be part of it.

I bought the book for <$10 on kindle.
Perhaps it was a combination of luck and how many of those books sell when they price.

P.S. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it.

Question Heat shock proteins? I believe that was what they think caused the Autistic person with fever to suddenly have improvement in the ABC scale.

A: Yes that is likely correct.

Statement: I watch a lot of Dr. Greger videos. His are short enough and entertaining enough and numerous enough for helping me think things through.

A: Dr. Rhonda Patrick has a far better video (more information and credible on the topic.)

Question: Are heat shock proteins why I don’t feel social anxiety?

A: Probably not.

I was reading this post again and I am not discouraged. I think I feel more compassion for myself because I am beginning to understand that my brain is really broken and that I am micromanaging it so that I can function enough to live my life, but people run away when people have brain changes. Heck, people run away from marriages 50% of the time and from children and from jobs, so I shouldn’t feel badly if I scared them. I feel like I have a strategy. Heat shock proteins will be part of it.

A: You positive attitude is to be commended.

She has a video on heat shock proteins? Or are you talking about the Broccoli Sprout video?

His has a lot more mechanisms and I have been able to use that. Hers has a lot more studies.

Honestly, people around me aren’t running away now.

Self-consciousness makes people uncomfortable and they back up.

Being cognitively off makes people back up, too.

Right now, I have people drawing near and I do think it is because the self-consciousness is gone and because I am not as far off cognitively…

I still am off cognitively, but people just don’t want me making them uncomfortable.

I get that part.

Dr Greger is someone I won’t ever put down. He saved my life.

Yes, I watch every doctor and researchers’ videos, but I have learned more mechanisms from him and his videos being shorter and more entertaining made them even more effective.

Genuinely, he saved my life.

So don’t go dissing him.

I don’t mind that you like Dr. Patrick better.

I don’t mind that you like Keto better.

Just know that these people like Dr. Greger and Bob don’t even know me and both of them have answered a hundred questions of mine. Dr. Greger is such a busy man, but he reads my comments and answers my questions over and over again. He has a kind heart and is nonprofit and gives all the money from his books and speaking engagements to charity.

I don’t need you to agree with him at all, but I need you to know that I am a protective person and won’t like it at all if you put the people who have helped me down.

I know that you are discerning between different teachings and that you have taken classes at how to evaluate studies and things like that.

I have been watching videos and changing things and I got rid of horizontal nail ridges and out of control eyes which were losing the ability to focus at all and I got rid of a lump on my breast and I got rid of eczema on one nipple and I got rid of hallucinations and night terrors and the list goes on and on and on and on.

He gave me such practical information. Bob’s device is the same thing.

I bought the Sota Magnetic Pulser and liked the sensation of it, but with Bob’s device I have healed thing after thing after thing. The weeks I used the Sota Magnetic Pulser, I didn’t have any testimonials and that could be because I have so many with the ICES, but, when I got the C-5 in, the testimonials started coming back again.

Yes, it might be that I understand how to use it more or that it has all the neuromodulation settings and I can match it up to studies, but Dr. Greger did that for me, too.

And I am not trying to say that you would pick on either of them. You are a nice person from what I see. I just know that Keto and Whole Food Plant Based people tend to start arguing but they are 90% the same diet.

You and I haven’t been arguing and I don’t think we will, but I need you to know that I am not going to want to be any part of tearing down anything about Dr. Greger at all.

Yes. That is a good example of a good video. Focuses on primary research. She also interviews one of the lead researcher’s.

Note: she does not skip over a primary article and draw sweeping conclusions that appeal to an agreeable audience like Dr. Greger does.

I am sure he is a nice man, however he does Not come across as an objective scientist like Dr. Rhonda Patrick does.

My goals is not to “disrespect your hero”, but to point out a good example of a scientific approach versus a ,“non-objective approach.”

There are a set of rules to follow in the scientific approach.

If the evidence goes against one’s beliefs, one has to be open to accept the evidence and be willing to change.

Something a committed vegan will probably not do.

Finally I test plant based and Keto on myself using blood tests.
Fasting blood glucose, HgbA1c, Cholestrol panel etc to compare how each diet is impacting my health.

I have not seen studies or even several credible case studies which support ,“The argument that a plant based diet can heal a pancease in diabetic patients”.

It would be wonderful if true, however what seems to be the truth is that patients who have been diabetic for a certain time period seem unable regenerate their pancrease and reverse their condition with diet.

What also seems to be the case, is that a keto diet seems significantly more successful at reducing sugar levels in the body as measured by HGbA1c and other measurements.

There are studies.

People are getting healed of Diabetes and are not going back.

Type 2 Diabetes, not Type 1.

You aren’t exposing yourself to the studies and case studies.

That is all I am going to say about that.

Like I said, my friends and family went Keto, but none of them did it perfectly enough and my friend and her husband spend thousands of dollars on insulin, plus other meds and really struggle to control their Diabetes and my brother and his wife, who both went ridiculously low carb, but ate too many animal products both moved from prediabetes to Diabetes.

I have never seen Keto work, except on TED Talks and I do understand the mechanism and believe that they can work, but I know that my friend, for instance, started just eating meat and her blood sugar still was out of control because she didn’t know that animal products could cause blood sugar spikes.

My cousin is on Dialysis now and Keto didn’t only not help him.

I am not saying that you can’t do it. It just is something you have to do forever.

Whole Food Plant Based uses getting the fat out of the Pancreas as how to heal people.

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You are using the word, “vegan” and none of the doctors that I watch consider themselves “vegan” they are “Whole Food Plant Based” and, yes, Dr. Greger would point to the Adventists longevity studies and would say that Whole Food Plant Based with less than 5% of calories from animal products and even vegan can reverse diseases.

Dr. Ornish’s last studies have all been vegan and he is reversing things like the need for heart transplants. These men are reversing Diabetes. You just aren’t following that stream and I am not going to push it on you and don’t want to talk with you about it because I know that people who are biased against it won’t analyze it neutrally.

You have found something you like and I have found something, which is changing my life thing after thing after thing and I haven’t seen those changes in either of my brothers or either of my sisters-in-law or my friends and their spouses, but I have seen it online and I do believe that it is sincere and I know that if people cheat, they don’t get into Ketosis.

People do the same thing with Whole Food Plant Based, though if they can stay below 5% animal products, they can get most of the healing.

But people eat processed vegan and Oreos and Twizzlers and think they are Whole Food Plant Based, but they are just vegan.

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I also don’t know how you are doing Whole Food Plant Based without knowing the doctors and Dr. Greger isn’t one of the researchers.

Are you doing Dr. Ornish’s plan or Dr. Esselstyn or Dr. Barnard?

I can’t tell because you are talking words like carbs and Whole Food Plant Based doesn’t deal with carbohydrates as a concept at all - other than no refined carbohydrates.

Nothing like white pasta, white flour, sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Some of the doctors, like Esselstyne and Barnard are pretty low fat, but they are reversing diseases and they have learned the mechanism of reversing those diseases that way. They are both careful even with having people eat nuts and avocado, but they are reversing specific diseases and the truth is that you have to choose a mechanism and actually do the mechanism or it doesn’t work.

That is true whichever mechanism you choose.

My family thinks the ICES is a scam with no real studies, too, and I can tell them all day long how many things I have reversed with it, but they aren’t open to the concept and I can show them PEMF studies and they still aren’t open and my dog’s vet thinks water fasting is a scam and my dog still being alive over a year after an end stage Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis isn’t something he will ever acknowledge as anything because he is biased against water fasting as a mechanism. I gave him studies and articles and he isn’t open and I am not doing this process with anyone anymore.

I have found things which radically are changing my life and I am so passionately happy about both things and that is that.

I am not going to talk diet with you because I am looking at it from both sides and you are only looking at it from one and are looking down on the doctors from the other side. For me, not looking down on the doctors, any of them, is how I stay open to learn from all of them and Dr. Greger has taught me so many useful things. His information has been so practical and easy to apply. I like that.

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Being critical of a video is not to be taken personally.

Constructive criticism is a norm taught in graduate school when analyzing any scientific paper.

The idea of having more quantitative numbers which are objective and measureable is a reasonable and valid criticism.

It is also often much easier to convince skeptics when you use a valid numerical argument based on valid repeated and universely accepted Tests versus general qualitative arguments.

While it does not mean that the other video has no learning merits, it is fair to say that if that is an acceptable way of differentiating between videos, and based upon this approach the one video is more useful than the other video.

Separately : If I had to suggest that Dr. Bob improve his wonderful videos of his discussion with Aaron:

  1. labelling them according to a sequence and
  2. maybe providing an index table to make it easier for (PEMF-ICES users) to use and potentially improve the scope of audience who view his youtube videos.

You might regard this as a personal attack on Dr. Bob, who has helped us all.

I would guess that Dr. Bob might be grateful for the constructive criticism and might see merit in my theoretical suggestion?

On principal I find much greater practical value in instructional medical videos to include actual results of repeatable, recognized, scientifically valid tests, with target numbers preferably conforming to Functional medical standards.

Those kind of videos are generally much better and in my opinion generally show a much greater boldness, as well as knowledge of a subject versus a video that is targeted at a certain audience using qualitative adjectives.

It is much easier to be wrong when you use numbers, then generalized statements!

(Functional medical standards are the generally stricter norms for various measurements versus the “abnormal norms used by the vast majority of medical doctors”. )

For FBG Fasting Blood Glucose a score of 99 would be classified as Normal according to the ,“abnormal Norms”.
The Norm for FBG for according to Functional MD’s is 75-84., so 99 would be considered outside the norm.

If I used only a qualitative approach-," my Fasting blood sugar was within control limits", then clearly my approach gives far less infornation than had I said my fasting blood sugar was 99.

Saying that a video that mentioned the FBG number, combinined with the functional range of 75-84, is of far greater practical value and clearly superior to a video that uses mainly general qualitative statements is a fair objective criticism.

Ideally one brings in these criticisms w/o mentioning names,

If I inadvertedly offended you I apologize.

You haven’t offended me.

I don’t mind your process.

I am looking at things from many directions. I am following doctors who approach things from many directions.

I listen to Dr. Greger, yes, and Dr Ornish, and Dr. Barnard, and Dr. Esselstyne and Dr. Mercola and Dr. Seyfried and Dr. Berg and Dr. Fung and Dr. Longo and Dr. Patrick and Dr. Bredesen and Drs Sherzai, etc. I read PubMed article after article and listen to T.Colin Campbell and Dr Hyman and the list of doctors I listen to every day is quite long and I read Discover Magazine and Science Digest and I look at the Alzheimer’s sites and they list a lot of research and the Parkinson’s community lists a lot of research and so does the Autism community and the Diabetes communities.

My only point to you is that you are throwing out Dr. Barnard’s research or not including it and I don’t know if you really tried his process.

You gave me a Diabetes master from the Keto perspective and I was already aware of it and I gave you Mastering Diabetes from the Whole Food Plant Based perspective and I don’t know if you are really aware of the Whole Food Plant Based perspective or what your thoughts on things like the Blue Zones are. The Okinawans or the Adventist longevity studies., etc. Being in the Whole Food Plant Based communities, I read comments by people who have reversed all kinds of diseases.

You mention brain issues and I take that very seriously. The Sherzai’s approach versus Dr. Bredesen and I am waiting for Dr. Ornish’s study and have kept Dr. Barnard’s thoughts in the back of my head and I am fully aware of the war between these communities.

I guess, I just find staying neutral and not trying to figure out which one is better even but just listening and trying things and, yes, measuring things like A1C, and blood sugar, which I am aware both Whole Food Plant Based and Keto can lower, but I do believe the science that you can reverse T2D with diet and I believe fully that I have done that. I am watching my brothers and their spouses and my friends do Keto, but my younger brother and his wife moved from prediabetic to diabetic using Keto and my diabetic friends didn’t get off their meds, but they might not be disciplined enough to succeed with Keto and that is a really big deal to me. They either have to get more disciplined and use intermittent fasting or switch to whole food plant based, but they don’t like vegetables and fruit all that much and, right now, their blood sugar spikes any carbs, because keto makes you more sensitive to carbs.

The Whole Food Plant Based on-line communities have so many people who have gotten off of all their diabetes meds and that is something I don’t throw out.

Dr. McDougall, who would be the most controversial of the Whole Food Plant Based diet said that when Diabetics go on his diet, he needs to talk with their doctor immediately, because their meds have to drop so fast and he is white potatoes and people have lost hundreds of pounds on his diet.

I don’t do better or worse because people need to be able to do the diets and succeed.

The Okinawans were living into their 100’s only eating 6% of their calories from fat, so Keto isn’t the only game in town is what I am saying to you.

I know that you will be more capable of analyzing the research better than I am even capable of and I can see that you judge Dr. Greger as less than people like Dr. Patrick, but he has walked me through so many things and everything he has given me to try has worked, so I just consider him a friend even though I don’t know him.

I watched Bob’s interview with Dr. Mercola and I am sure he feels the same way. If someone helps you through something like a stroke, you don’t even want to be part of any discussion throwing them under the bus ever.

I do respect your approach.

I am not against critical analysis of things.

Dr. Greger, for instance, often has videos showing how statistics are mis-used and he shows how industry can design studies in ways to make themselves look better. He has picked even on the people who designed blueberry studies comparing them versus candy. Or the avocado growers designing study after study to make them look better. There have finally been some studies with better designs. He points out who funded the studies and to look for the double-blind studies and points out the P-values and all sorts of information like that every single week. He and a few of his followers, multiple of whom are doctors, have helped me to understand how studies are faked more than anybody. He shows how graphs can be manipulated, just by not starting at zero and all sorts of other tricks.

Anyway, I do respect that you are doing a very sincere process and that you are trying to be objective.

Honestly, I don’t mind even if you analyze people like Dr. Greger and Bob, but this whole “This doctor is better than that doctor” is a process I don’t find useful at all.

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@PEMFenthusiast2 You may find dr delgado’s vids on keto to be interesting:

Thank-you Deb, for your impressive and detailed response.
You certainly follow several very respected, and incredible personms who may often contradict each other.

Dr. Thomas Seyfriend is one of many great Keto exponents and arguably the most respected source in using diet to combat cancer. Like Dr. Longo (intermittent fasting guru) he is well known and respected throughout the world as leader’s in their fields.

To honor your viewpoint, I will read Dr. Barnard’s book as you suggested.
I am familiar with many medical exponents of the High carbohydrate Vegetarian view-point, but I have not read his book, or even watched enough of his videos to have earned an opinion of him.

When researching whether to use different dietary or PEMF treatments, it is very helpful to have a quantifiable way to determine one’s progress and follow points of views from opposing camps, as you seem to be doing.

An ideal goal is to maximize one’s health and be open to different or combining different approaches.

I would think that a Doctor who is interested in helping a patient, will place patient progress ahead of ideology or one’s own personal interest.

If I point out a conflict of interest, where a scientist or clinician are being significantly funded directly by a vegetarian or Keto organization, it is not to disresprct the individual/organization but to weigh their statements accordingly.

Example Loma Linda is a seventh Day adventist University.

Seventh Day adventists allege that the Almighty spoke with one of their four Church founders Ellen White (some allege that it was durring an epileptic episode, as she suffered from several epileptic bouts.)
And told her to tell people to refrain from meat and eat grains instead.

Kellog Company and many other Cereal companies were founded and run by seventh Day adventists who campaigned vigorously against eating meat and replace it with grains later to take the form of processed cereals (full of sugar).

Seventh Day adventists are well established (over one hundred years) well financed, very sincere in their religious beliefs and run several large medical Schools in North America including Loma Linda which teach their philosophy and arguably may have a financial and more importantly ideological bias with regards to a vegetarian diet and elminating meat (including organic grass fed meat) from the American and Universal diet.

Hi, thank-you for your input.
I have watched Nick Delgado on youtube.

I am glad that the Vegan diet seems to be working well for you.
Cross Fitness have a keto-based quality food diet.
They might re-write several assumptions regarding Heavy weight lifting and old age.
I look forward to seeing what new information they can add to the longevity argument.
They have a very impressive and dedicated organization, who follow recomended weight lifting protocols as well as recommended diets.

Their diet has changed over the past decades from one encouraging high Carbohydrate fruit towards the Paleo- Keto philosophy.

I am vegan from Nathan Pritikin’s era, so I had not even heard of Dr. Greger until your posts here. Thank you. What a character. And he wrote the book… “How Not to Die”? Seems very clear to me…if we don’t want to die, then we should do what he says in his book!! :rofl::laughing::upside_down_face:

I love Pritikin!

I listened to his old interviews and smile inside.

The engineer shows up and kicks butt in medicine.