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Posted by Sadarpsych on January 15, 2016

Alternative Treatments to Suspend Medication Use During Pregnancy

Research on Decreasing Migraine Medication During Pregnancy

The Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS) Conference was held in November 2015. As always, it was a great Conference. I learned from all of the speakers, but one speaker made a particular impression on me; Dr. Jeff Carmen talked about the use of biofeedback, specifically pirHEG which he invented, in the treatment of migraines for women who were looking to get pregnant or who were pregnant. He made the point that the typical approach for such women was to be told by their physicians to stop their migraine medication and to “tough it out” during the course of their pregnancy.

This was, of course, suggested to avoid exposing the developing fetus to the chemicals that comprise the migraine medications. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on April 30, 2015

Biofeedback Conference (AAPB)

Biofeedback Conference

I recently attended the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) conference held in Austin, Texas. It was an excellent conference, with many informative and useful workshops. I came away from the conference with messages from two of the Keynote Speakers that I thought to be of particular importance for public consumption. What follows is a brief summary of those two:

Anxiety as a Contributor to Mortality and Ways to Combat It

One of the Keynote Speakers, Dr. Julian Thayer, has published over 250 research papers and  (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on February 26, 2015

ADHD Medication Side Effects

 ADHD Medication Side Effects

I am writing this as a follow-up to a prior entry which compared medications commonly used to treat ADHD. I again begin with the declaration that I am not a physician, but our work with children and adults has brought me into regular contact with ADHD medications and their effects.
As the previous blog explained, there are chemical differences between the common ADHD medications. While chemically different, the medications do share a common set of potential negative side effects. In our experience (more…)