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Re: Extremely skeptical WeeWilly

Posted by Iansf on March 22, 2005, at 18:48:45

In reply to Extremely skeptical, posted by WeeWilly on March 22, 2005, at 14:43:16

> This smells like snake oil. Where are the studies to back up these claims. The main problem with the treatment of mood disorders is we do not know what are the causes of mood disorders. In my case I am certain it is an endocrine problem and not a serotonin,ne or dopamine imbalance. I suspect that many others have a endocrine problem that is the root of their mood disorder. Maybe I am wrong but something about this rEEG system sounds phony.
Calling rEEG snake oil seems rather harsh. In my opinion, it's always wise to be somewhat skeptical of new approaches, but as described by Dr. Hoffman it certainly sounds like rEEG has reasonable scientific grounding. It may not be THE answer, but generally it looks to be heading in the right direction.
And the fact that problems show up in brain wave patterns doesn't necessarily rule out an endocrine imbalance as a cause of mental imbalances. After all, everything going on in your body is ultimately tied to the brain.
It's conceivable that in some - perhaps all - cases, using meds that re-regulate the brain is treating a symptom, not a source. But surely tracking down a source outside the brain would be helped by looking at brainwave patterns, then tracing them back to the body systems most likely to affect the brain in that way.
All innovative therapies need polishing to achieve their full potential. Dr. Hoffman's approach holds promise. Be skeptical, but don't dismiss it out of hand.




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