April 8, 2017
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Six months ago, I visited the Peak Brain Institute in Los Angeles, California for a special type of advanced brain scan and brain mapping system called a quantified electroencephalography, or “QEEG”…
…and I was shocked at what they discovered in my brain.
Dr. Andrew Hill, who oversaw the test and who you may remember from my podcasts “Can Weed Really Shrink Your Brain” and “The Little Known Truth About Smart Drugs And Nootropics” (and who you also may have seen on The Joe Rogan Experience, the Smart Drug Smarts show and beyond) discovered some pretty severe patterns of excess stressful beta waves, excess theta waves, and excess delta waves in my brain.
What's that mean?
Basically, this suggests that I have had some history of concussions and traumatic brain injury (which I indeed have had, in everything from football to mountain biking to kickboxing), as well as built-up deficits of attention, increased distractibility, limited sleep potential and less-than-optimal cognitive performance from life, travel, toxins, head injuries and beyond. Dr. Hill actually explored much of this in a follow-up article he wrote after my scan, entitled “How To Increase Your IQ, Decrease Your Distractibility, Create Better Sleep, Enhance Cognitive Performance & Maximize Your Ability To Enter The Zone.”
After that initial scan, I hopped on a plane to LA, and went back to the Peak Brain Institute for three days of intensive training to fix my brain, and then I returned from LA with a tiny suitcase full of every piece of neurofeedback technology necessary to transform and rewire my brain.
In today's episode with Dr. Andrew Hill, who is one the leading neurofeedback practitioners and peak brain performance coaches in the country, a UCLA trained cognitive neuroscientist, lecturer, entrepreneur, avid biohacker, and host of the soon-to-be released podcast – Head First With Dr. Hill (stay tuned as one of the first episodes is with yours truly)…
….you're going to discover exactly what happened to my brain over my 4 months of over 60 sessions of neurofeedback training, how this method of brain fixing blows any other form of electrical brain stimulation out of the water, and how I felt while going through what is essentially like “meditation on steroids”.
During our discussion, you'll discover:
-What Andrew discovered on my initial brain scan…[9:25]
-How I was able to engage in neurofeedback while simultaneously watching Shark Tank…[14:10]
-The difference between a “one channel” design and “two channel” design when it comes to how much you're asking of your brain…[25:50]
-How you can be “doing other things”, like typing, and still also at the same time doing neurofeedback and training your brain…[31:00]
-One of Andrew's favorite “kitchen sink” neurofeedback protocols for sleeping like a baby, improving mood, and increasing focus…[33:00]
-How to use neurofeedback to reset alcohol and marijuana tolerance with just one single session…[42:20]
-The shocking results of the second scan that Andrew and I did…[50:15]
-And much more!
Resources from this episode:
–How To Increase Your IQ, Decrease Your Distractibility, Create Better Sleep, Enhance Cognitive Performance & Maximize Your Ability To Enter The Zone.
–Can Weed Really Shrink Your Brain?
Do you have questions, thoughts or feedback for Dr. Andrew Hill or me? Leave your comments below and one of us will reply!
24 thoughts on “How To Rewire Your Brain For Better Sleep, Reset Your Brain’s Tolerance To Marijuana & Alcohol, Fly Spaceships With Your Mind & Much More.”
For anyone looking to become certified in Neurofeedback we have a live stream event forthcoming. Thank you https://youtu.be/1Z3Cn-cn1dU
Hi, any book recommendations to learn more about brain components & functions? (Perhaps something that won’t make me google definitions on every sentence I read.) Thank you!
Hey Marie! Yep, my own book http://www.BeyondTrainingBook.com has a ton of info on that and 2-3 chapters you will especially dig regarding brain performance!
So how does this compare with your Veilight Nuero? Similar results or not?
Apples and oranges. One is for neurofeedback/brainwaves the other (Neuro) is for nitric oxide/mitochondria.
So you think the neurofeedback would be worth the investment for sleep? I’ve had insomnia for 13 years and NOTHING helps. I was hoping the Veilight would help= I have the 810 but I’ve noticed nothing. Don’t know where else to turn…
Totally worth trying it, yes.
Hey Ben- Loving your podcasts… curious whether you are seeing a significant uptick in your sleep quality via the neuro training (both the time to fall asleep and stay asleep). Cheers
Huge, huge change…
Hey Ben, great episode. You mentioned an infrared vape pen/box, can you share a link to this?
Yep, I use this magic flight box: https://amzn.to/2oXoIpt
Hey! I was just listening to a bulletproof radio podcast and he mentioned “Dual N-Back Training”. Have you used it before?
yep. I do. For years.
My daughter has mild autism I would like to how I can help her to improve her behavior, what kind of therapy she should have?
I would start with her diet Maria. Have a read through this and let me know if you have any questions. https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2015/12/how-to-g…
Hi Maria! We have generally good results working with ASD kids. I was initially trained at a center that sees mostly ASD people (in Providence), before moving to California to pursue my PhD.
Feel free to set up a free phone consult if you want to chat about NFB+Autism
www.peakbraininstitute.com/appointments but in general neurofeedback is very useful for all the individual challenges (cognitive flexibility, sensory integration, sleep, OCD and anxiety, etc).
Maria, My son had super-excellent results (after trying lots of other things with a combination of GAPS diet (Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride)
and Kerri River’s protocol.
Both are very affordable.
We went to an ND, we did hyperbaric, neurofeedback, all sorts of things.
These two are where we saw the big gains and got him off the spectrum.
How much did all that set you back? (money)
Depends on what you want. Contact them at http://www.peakbraininstitute.com/bgf and they'll fill you in on options, from a one time visit to a deeper dive like I did, which was north of $4000.