Brain Function Informed Mental Healthcare Available in Syracuse

Submitted by Syracuse Neurofeedback


“Brain dysfunction is the number-one reason people fail at school, at work, and in relationships,” states bestselling author Dr Daniel Amen. “When the brain is ineffective, so are we.”  The brain, he points out, “is the super computer that runs your life.” A highly organized spider web of pulsating activity with a consistency like Jell-O, the brain is easily injured by a bump to the head, toxins in our environment, and stress in our lives. You may have never thought of it this way, but anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and ADD/ADHD are clear signs of brain dysfunction.  Medications are designed to reduce symptoms, but do not resolve the underlying cause of these life-altering conditions.

Syracuse Neurofeedback and psychiatric nurse practitioner, Alex Eller, are teaming up to bring cutting-edge, brain function-informed mental healthcare to Central New York. By bringing together Syracuse Neurofeedback’s 14 years of experience optimizing brain function through neurofeedback training and Alex Eller’s expertise in diagnosis and medication management, we aim to offer the highest quality mental healthcare. Psychiatric medications have unpleasant side effects and many studies show that they are often no more effective than placebo. Alex Eller plans to help his patients avoid, reduce, and eliminate psychiatric medications. He will also be offering a new approach to diagnosing ADHD which utilizes a new FDA-approved test, NEBA, which analyzes brainwave patterns to help clinicians determine if symptoms are due to ADHD or another condition.

Neurofeedback, which was originally developed by NASA, is a relaxing game-based learning process that enhances the function of the Central Nervous System by training the brain to self-regulate. New discoveries in the field of neuroscience have revolutionized our understanding of brain development. We now recognize that the brain is able to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life; this is called neuroplasticity. Neurofeedback is an exercise for the brain that harnesses that potential. Impact the function of the brain and you can impact everything from sensory processing to behavioral and emotional control, sleep, movement, pain perception, and learning. The response to this training is often quick and profound. With adequate reinforcement, the effect can last a lifetime. For more information, go to or call 315-492-3789 to schedule your free consultation.

Learn about Ground-Breaking Brain Health Research from Dr. Michael Lewis at Natur-Tyme’s 15th Annual Health Fair

Dr. Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
Sunday, April 19th, 2015   | 11:00 AM–12:30 PM
NYS Fairgrounds, Art & Home Center

Omega-3s: Building Blocks of the Brain 

Omega-3 fatty acids are important nutrients throughout life, from the time a mother is pregnant with her child, through the full scope of adulthood. Adequate omega-3 intake can have a significant impact on mental well-being in children, adolescents, athletes, and the elderly.* While omega-3s are best known for their cardiovascular benefits, research is now exploring the benefits of omega-3s for brain health. Understood as building blocks of the brain, omega-3s consumed in sufficient amounts can have profound health effects, including benefits for brain development, cognition, resilience, and overall health.*

Dr. Michael Lewis, founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute (BHERI), is a pioneer in the field of essential fatty acids and brain health, and will be a keynote speaker at Natur-Tyme’s 15th Annual Health Fair. Dr. Lewis’s work has been featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD Show, and is frequently heard on radio. He will share real-life experiences of how omega-3s can help support the structure and function of the brain, including the amazing story of Bobby Ghassemi, who was left comatose after a 2010 car crash, and whose family worked diligently with Dr. Lewis to support his recovery.*

About Dr. Michael Lewis & BHERI

BHERI was founded by Dr. Michael Lewis in 2011 to pursue educational and research endeavors to further our knowledge of natural and nutritional ways to improve brain health. With Dr. Lewis’s 30-plus years of military experience, a special emphasis is working towards improving the care and outcomes of our military personnel and veterans who have experienced psychological or physical trauma to the brain. BHERI is a not-for-profit organization in Potomac, Maryland.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This is Your Brain on Fish


Hundreds of studies have found that Omega-3 fish oil is excellent for brain health. A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that regular fish consumption actually creates more voluminous brains (more gray matter), protecting individuals from Alzheimer’s disease. The subjects who consumed fish just once a week had hippocampuses that were 14% larger than those who did not consume fish once a week. If you dislike fish, consider an Omega-3 fish oil supplement, to help prevent cognitive decline.

Raji et al., Am J Prev Med. 2014 Jul 29 published online.

Issues with the Fish Oil Study

Carol B. Blair, BS, DiHom, CNC148266535

Wellness Educator

By now, most of you know how I feel about many of the “studies” performed in this country. The news coverage regarding the recent study on fish oil and prostate cancer is one more example of misinformation, indeed, that will harm many people.

First, the initial study was not even performed to evaluate the relationship between fish oil (Omega-3 EPA and DHA) and prostate cancer. The information was obtained retrospectively without knowing how many people were eating fish, flax, chia seeds, hemp seeds, or taking fish oil. For that matter, they didn’t even know if they were even eating fried fish with its known carcinogenic trans-fats. In fact, in a study published in Prostate in 2013, regular consumption of fried fish showed a 32% increase risk of prostate cancer!

Additionally, if fish or fish oil is harmful, why do China and Japan, who have the highest fish consumption in the world, have the lowest cancer rates in the world? Here in the US, meanwhile, cancer rates are off the charts!

Another thing to consider is that all fish oil supplements are not created equally. Many cheap supplements contain toxins such as PCBs, mercury, and other heavy metals and chemicals—many of which are known carcinogens.

Several other studies that were designed to evaluate the relationship between fish oil and prostate cancer showed protective benefits. As you know, I prefer foreign studies which I find to be more unbiased so I will start with one from New Zealand. Here are some examples:

  • In a very well designed study in New Zealand, a 40% reduced risk of prostate cancer was shown with higher levels of EPA and DHA. This study was published in British Journal of Cancer 1999.
  • As reported in the American Journal of Nutrition in 2008, The Physicians Health Study, which took place over a 22-year period, found that high fish consumption reduced the risk of dying form prostate cancer by 36%.
  • A 12-year study of 47,882 men conducted by Harvard revealed that eating fish more than three times a week reduced the risk of both prostate and metastatic prostate cancer. Indeed, for each additional 500 mg. of fish oil consumed, the risk of metastases decreased by 24%. This study was reported in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention.
  • All in all, don’t let this “study” scare you as I believe it was designed to do. Fish oil has many benefits for vision, brain, skin health, joints, blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, reducing arrhythmias, and yes, even cancer! I want to remain healthy so I’m still taking my fish oil every day. Learn more about the benefits of fish oil in our supplement series blog on fish oil.

The Benefits of a High-Quality Fish Oil Supplement

By The Natur-Tyme Wellness Team148266535

Fish oil. It’s no longer the foul tasting oil of your youth. Not only do high-quality fish oils smell and taste good, they provide the nutrients, thus health, the body craves—literally!

The nutrients in question are the Omega-3 fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Extensive research connects DHA and EPA deficiencies to heart disease; brain disorders, such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s; diabetes; stroke; depression; arthritis; allergies; circulation problems; skin disorders; and gout just to name a few. By simply adding high quality fish oil to your health regime, you can vastly improve the health of your eyes, skin, digestive and immune systems, joints, and especially your heart and brain.

Our highly processed Western diet has drastically changed America’s nutritional landscape. The use of vegetable oils in processed foods caused an enormous increase in Omega-6 fatty acid consumption, elevating the Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio from its ideal 2:1 to an estimated 20:1. In some cases, it’s even as high as 50:1. Omega-3s can reduce inflammation, while Omega-6s may increase inflammation. Omega-3s can prevent excessive blood clotting, while Omega-6s may promote clotting. Omega-3s can moderate immune system reactions, while Omega-6s may often make it over-react. So you can see how an imbalanced intake can create imbalance in the body, leading to disease.

A fish oil supplement can help create that needed balance. In regard to cardiovascular disease, the benefits of Omega-3s are so well understood and accepted that the American Heart Association published statements recommending increased fish intake and/or the use of fish oil supplements. One study even showed that the Omega-3s in fish oils cut your risk of sudden death from heart disease in half.

At least one epidemiologic study has shown that patients with Alzheimer’s disease have significantly lower levels of Omega-3s than healthy seniors. Researchers report that older people can reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by increasing their intake of fish and fish oil (DHA).

Omega-3s from fish oil are also a great choice for optimal nutrition during pregnancy, not only for fetal development, but for the mother as well. DHA is the most abundant Omega-3 long-chain fatty acid in breast milk and studies show that breast-fed babies have IQ advantages over babies fed formula lacking DHA. Research also shows that by adding DHA to her diet, a new mother can significantly decrease the possibility and/or effects of postpartum depression.


  • Protection against symptoms of hay fever, sinus infections, asthma, food allergies, and allergic skin conditions, such as hives and eczema
  • Inhibition of the production of the inflammatory compounds related to psoriasis and improvement of the health of skin, nails, and hair
  • Reduction in insulin resistance
  • Improvement of immune function (research links the intake of fish oil to a lowered risk of breast and prostate cancers)
  • Lowered risk of age-related macular degeneration—an eye condition which is the leading cause of severe visual loss in people over age 50
  • An anti-inflammatory effect on inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)

When selecting a supplement, choose a product that delivers a high concentration of DHA and EPA per serving. Finally, be sure to look for oils that are clean. Some brands that we recommend for their high-quality fish oils include: Nordic Naturals, Carlson Labs, and NutriNeeds.


Beta-alanine and Whey Protein as Part of a Mens’ Supplement Regimen

By Kevin Duerr136147555_Small

As a supplement educator at Natur-Tyme, I often have male fitness enthusiasts ask me what they can do to increase power, strength, energy, endurance, and focus through their supplement reigmen. I will be devoting three blogs to this subject. In the first blog I discuss Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC. In the second blog, I discuss Creatine, and in the third blog, I discuss Beta-alanine and Whey Protein.

Beta-alanine is a unique version of the amino acid alanine. Beta-alanine supplements are taken to help increase intracellular levels of carnosine. Carnosine is a dipeptide that consists of the amino acids histidine and alanine. Increasing intracellular levels of carnosine helps protect your body against uncontrolled oxidation and glycation. Carnosine is also a powerful intracellular buffer that reduces acidity. This fact is of interest to athletes. During exercise, your muscles produce a pH-lowering byproduct known as lactic acid. Lactic acid interferes with muscular contraction due to its high concentration of hydrogen ions. The hydrogen ions that are released from lactic acid cause a painful chemical burn within your muscle tissue. Carnosine reduces the acidity and keeps your muscle pH up by absorbing these hydrogen ions. The net result of increased carnosine levels is an increase in your ability to extend a set of given exercises beyond normal limits. You can train harder, run longer, and obtain better results. Preformed carnosine is available in supplement form, but it can be pricey and difficult to absorb intact. A better strategy is supplement with beta-alanine. Beta-alanine increases intracellular carnosine levels better than taking oral carnosine supplements. If you desire to push yourself to your absolute limit; beta-alanine supplements are crucial.

Whey protein is a superior form of protein due to its ideal aminoacid content and its high bioavailability. The body better utilizes and retains the amino acids from whey protein when compared and contrasted to other protein sources. Whey protein is rich in the amino acids valine, leucine, and Isoleucine. These amino acids comprise roughly one third of your skeletal muscle structure. Supplementing your diet with whey protein provides your body with the building blocks to recover from intense workouts. Whey protein is also high in the amino acid cysteine. This amino acid helps boost immunity by boosting glutathione levels. Whey protein is also very low in fat so you can use it while dieting as well. If your mission is to build a better body, you better be training hard and supplementing with whey protein.

Creatine as Part of a Mens’ Supplement Regimen

By Kevin Duerr136147555_Small

As a supplement educator at Natur-Tyme, I often have male fitness enthusiasts ask me what they can do to increase power, strength, energy, endurance, and focus through their supplement reigmen. I will be devoting three blogs to this subject. In the first blog I discuss Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC. In the second blog, I discuss Creatine, and in the third blog, I discuss Beta-alanine and Whey Protein.

Creatine is a tripeptide that can be biosynthesized from the amino acids methionine, glycine, and arginine. In other words, your body can make creatine as long as the appropriate building blocks are available. If you are deficient in any of the three aforementioned amino acids, your body’s ability to synthesize creatine will suffer. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely solely on those amino acid building blocks to form creatine. Preformed, supplemental creatine is available. Once in the body, creatine is phosphorylated (forming creatine phosphate) and is ready to be used by skeletal muscles, cardiac tissue, and the brain. Creatine phosphate increases strength by regenerating ADP into ATP (It does this simply by donating it’s phoshate to ADP). ATP is the universal energy molecule that allows for muscular contraction. The heart, brain, and skeletal muscles demand a constant supply of ATP. Numerous studies have clearly indicated that supplemental creatine boosts strength and athletic performance. Creatine keeps your muscle cells in a hydrated state, creating an anabolic environment. It has also been shown to act as an antioxidant and to decrease mental fatigue. Creatine monohydrate is the most studied form of creatine. Creapure is a trademarked form of micronized creatine monohydrate. The particle size of this micronized version of creatine is substantially smaller than the traditional monohydrate form. Creapure is also devoid of contaminants and is the purest form of creatine available. Creatine is clearly conducive to muscular gains, greater energy levels, and increased strength.

Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC as Part of a Mens’ Supplement Regimen

By Kevin Duerr136147555_Small

As a supplement educator at Natur-Tyme, I often have male fitness enthusiasts ask me what they can do to increase power, strength, energy, endurance, and focus through their supplement reigmen. I will be devoting three blogs to this subject. In the first blog I discuss Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC. In the second blog, I discuss Creatine, and in the third blog, I discuss Beta-alanine and Whey Protein.

Acetyl L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is readily absorbed and has been shown to cross the highly selective blood-brain barrier. Once in the brain tissue, it has demonstrated the ability to increase acetlycholine levels. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is paramount for cognition, mental acuity, memory, and muscular contraction. Acetyl L-Carnitine also boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone testosterone. This indicates that you should feel more energetic and stronger while taking this supplement. Acetyl L-Carnitine also enhances fatty acid oxidation. So not only does this supplement boost brain health, energy, and male hormonal output, it also can result in a marked reduction of body fat. Acetyl L-Carnitine is a potent antioxidant, protecting the brain from free-radical attack. In addition, it guards the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species. Protecting the mitochondria is vital because it is the site of ATP (energy) synthesis. Taking Acetyl L-Carnitine should help you: think clearer, have greater energy, and get leaner.

Alpha-GPC is a naturally-occurring, water-soluble phospholipid. It absorbs extremely well and readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. Alpha-GPC supplies a highly-bioavailable form of choline to the brain. Alpha-GPC is a potent precursor to the neurotranmitter acetylcholine. It has been shown to increase cognitive function, alertness, memory, attention, and even faster reflexes. Alpha-GPC increases human growth hormone levels (HGH) as well. It does so by potentiating the effects of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). HGH is the hormone of youth that helps maintain a youthful appearance and a strong, lean body. Through a hormonal cascade, maintaining optimal growth hormone levels will help maintain healthy testosterone levels as well. Lastly, Alpha-GPC increases strength and muscular power through its effect on cholinergic transmission. Bottom line—You should think faster and feel stronger when taking Alpha-GPC.


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