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.

Stress and Your Health

By Laurel Sterling Prisco, MA, RD, CN

StressedI have read that stress-related issues account for 90% of doctor’s visits per year. Oh my! Now…is anyone TRULY stress-free?? I highly doubt it, but how we choose to manage it plays a huge part. Some people release it in healthy and constructive ways and others do not. Some individuals may internalize their stress, and in these individuals it will eventually manifest in one way or another in their body. For instance, have you ever noticed when you’re stressed out and you suddenly feel an ache (headache, backache, stomach ache, etc.) somewhere in your body?

Stress is not only emotional, but also, it has many physical and chemical effects.

How does the cascade happen?? Well, in the brain, the hypothalamus signals the pituitary gland, which then increases its production of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The ACTH signals the adrenals to release the stress hormone cortisol and cortisone; these tend to inhibit white blood cells and suppress the immune system. This entire process initiates a pro- inflammatory cascade of events. This response triggers the body to excrete amino acids, and many minerals/electrolytes. The body ends up becoming deficient in many nutrients and it cannot replace them quick enough!

How do you prevent this cascade from causing such brutal effects?

  • First of all, a high-quality, well-absorbed multi-vitamin should be the basis of your supplemental regime.
  • B-vitamins are crucial in these higher times of stress. They replete the adrenals which use them up at a fast rate. All B vitamins are necessary in the proper functioning of the nervous system. A well-absorbed B-complex like Nature-Tyme’s B-Healthy would be a great recommendation.  Take one in the mid –afternoon with a meal.
  • Magnesium regulates more than 325 enzymes in the body. This mineral is actively involved in enzymes’ energy production, helps synthesize protein, aids in the transmission of nerve signals, and helps relax muscles. It helps to keep adrenal stress hormones under control. Our soil is severely depleted in this mineral, and thus our foods are as well. That is unless the food is organic (Rutgers University study). Start with 300 mg of a citrate or glycinate form at bedtime, and then gradually add 300 mg more in at another point in the day as bowels tolerate.
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is essential to the adrenal gland functioning. Try anywhere from 2-4 g/day in divided doses. Too much of this can cause the bowls to loosen similar to the magnesium; therefore, start with 1 g and then work your way up.
  • Try adaptogenic herbs, which help the body to adapt to various stresses. Ashwaganda assists the adrenals in normalizing stress levels and acts as a sedative and nerve tonic. Holy Basil helps lower cortisol levels and regulates blood sugar. Rhodiola rosea supports the functioning of the adrenal glands and also helps normalize cortisol levels and other stress-related hormones.
  • Relora is a blend of Phellodendron and Magnolia extracts. Researchers discovered a synergistic anti-anxiety effect, as well as, improvement in sleep, and a decrease in sweet cravings.
  • L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that exerts a relaxing, yet non-drowsy effect.
  • PS phosphatidylserine is a natural phospholipid that is an essential component of our cell membranes. It protects against stress and decreases cortisol levels.

There are combination formulas as well like: Stress Assist by Futurebiotics, Adrenal Health by Gaia Herbs, MegaFood’s Adrenal Strength, and others. These formulas coordinate many of these elements into a single formula making the effort to relieve stress a bit easier.


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