Center For Brain Mental Health Service

In my review of Center For Brain Mental Health Service on Facebook, I posted:

I’m incredibly grateful to have discovered the Center for Brain, thanks to conducting internet research on PTSD in an effort to help someone I love. That led to Ted and I attending an informative seminar, where we met the wonderful Michael Cohen and his amazing staff. At that point, I felt skeptical and hopeless about our chances of restoring my fiance, whose PTSD stemmed from early childhood trauma (abuse) and military service. But after listening to Mike’s presentation, chatting with him afterwards, and seeing the remarkable changes in my guy after a few sessions, I’m a believer.

Everyone at the Center for Brain cares deeply about their patients — as evidenced by the welcoming atmosphere and the pride they take in their work. I cannot thank Michael and his staff enough for all that they have done for both of us. I am thankful to have discovered neurofeedback and the Center for Brain and highly recommend them to anyone suffering from PTSD and their caretakers.

I’m looking forward to experiencing neurofeedback myself for better creativity and productivity in my work and business. In the meantime, a heartfelt thank you to everyone there for helping someone I love dearly to reclaim his life. You are THE BEST!

Michael Cohen, Director.

In my review of The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma, I mentioned someone had recommended the book to me. That person was Michael Cohen of The Center For Brain the evening we attended his free, informational seminar in Jupiter Florida. After his presentation, I told Mike a bit about Ted’s background of horrific child abuse and his combat experiences in the Navy. That’s when Mike recommended Dr. Bessel van der Kolk’s book and assured me that neurofeedback would work, along with the caveat that it might be a longer term process, given Ted’s history. Thankfully, Ted remained open to the help and started treatments shortly thereafter. And I went on Amazon.com to order the book at my earliest opportunity. You can read my book review here.

As noted in my Center for Brain review, I cannot recommend them highly enough — especially for people coping with PTSD and those who love and care for them. Without going into detail, it hasn’t been a straight line to transformation since he and I got back together – a la Water Signs – but I can now fully understand the real-life significance of the word “renewal” in the subtitle, because this is has truly been “a story of love and renewal.” I’ve developed more patience and compassion (definitely a good thing!) as I’ve learned what love truly means.

Once I complete some major projects currently in production, I plan to write a nonfiction sequel to Water Signs, which I hope will be helpful for everyone affected by PTSD. Aside from Center For Brain and recovery coach Don Prince (who has been an incredible source of support), the book will also include the spiritual aspect of Ted’s healing journey, thanks to Ima Sumac Watkins and DC Love, whose insights helped me more than I can ever express.

If you live in Florida –  or even outside of the state but are willing to travel to gain relief from a multitude of mental/brain issues, check out Center For Brain.com. And discover for yourself that renewal and healing are truly possible, even for the worst cases of trauma.

 

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A Recommendation of Dr. John Carrozzella of Florida Hormones and Wellness

In a departure from my usual posts on writing and publishing, I’d like to make a recommendation of Dr. John Carrozzella of Florida Hormones and Wellness in Orlando Florida.

My work as a copywriter for SMART Growth Marketing creates an ongoing opportunity for me to discover new industries and professions, and hone my persuasive writing skills. A few months ago, I wrote copy for Dr. C’s (as he’s known by his patients) digital marketing campaign, which included an informative eBook on Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

In 2002, I discovered the benefits of bio-identical progesterone cream through Arbonne, which became the solution I’d been seeking for most of my life. But until I wrote the eBook with medical information provided by Dr. C., I had no clue about the widespread impact of hormones and hormone deficiency on every aspect of health and well-being — from heart disease to diabetes — not only menopause or anything relating to sex. Having spent decades seeking alternatives to synthetic hormones, e.g. the pill, the panacea most gynecologists prescribe for irregular periods and other female health problems, I welcomed the discovery of bio-identical progesterone, which regulated my cycle with no harmful side effects.

Even back in the day at the age of 19, I remember challenging the doctor who explained that Provera, a synthetic version of progesterone, would not solve my problem, but would instead create a “false scenario” in my body so I’d get a period every month. “What’s the point of that? And why can’t we solve the problem so my body functions the way nature intended without putting synthetic garbage into it?” I remember asking.

I’m paraphrasing slightly, but I intuited at a young age that nothing good could come from taking synthetic hormones that failed to address and correct the issue — and worse, had the potential to inflict more harm over time. So began my decades-long journey from doctor to doctor, with the same frustrating results. Eventually, I learned to smile, say “thank you” and take the prescription for the pill, then rip it up as soon as I left their office.

Years later in 1998, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a complex condition that affects women in various ways. In most cases like mine, it’s not obvious by looking at someone’s physical appearance that they even have PCOS, which is characterized by acne, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial and body hair, and — as the name suggests, ovarian cysts. For me, it began with a strange outbreak of cystic acne on my chin (something I never dealt with as a teenager), prompting my first visit to a dermatologist, who took one look at me and declared, “I’ll give you something to clear up the acne, but this is a hormonal problem. You need to go back to your doctor and get to the bottom of it.”

I took his advice, which led to a referral to the Fertility and IVF Center of Miami in the spring of 2000, where a specialist determined I had simple ovarian cysts and endometriosis. After my outpatient procedure, the doctor handed me a prescription for the pill, which I accepted and never filled. By then, I knew it was pointless to engage in debate on the topic. Thankfully, the acne and the simple cysts cleared up and dissolved on their own, and once I discovered Arbonne’s natural progesterone cream, I experienced regular cycles. Problem solved. Or so I thought.

Dr. John Carrozzella

Fast forward to a few months ago. The acne on my chin returned with a vengeance, though this time it was not cystic. However, it recurred in an endless cycle, creating redness, discomfort and itching. Combined with the onset of insomnia, which is especially difficult for a deep sleeper like me, and low energy levels, I realized it was time to book an appointment with Dr. C. I called Jody, his Chief Operating Officer and former partner in SMART Growth Marketing, to start the process, which began with detailed blood work, followed by an office visit with Dr. C. to review the results and decide on a plan forward.

I spent about 30 minutes in his office, during which he explained that PCOS is a complex problem involving sugar metabolism, progesterone, thyroid, and androgen sensitivity. He noted that PCOS people tend to have insulin resistance but since my blood sugar was really good (72), that was not the case with me. While I was not a “clear-cut” case, Dr. C said it was rare for him to see patients who were 50 pounds overweight, with significant acne, noticeable hair growth and spots on their skin, high testosterone, zero progesterone levels, and a blood sugar of 120.

He also explained that other things can mimic PCOS, including gluten sensitivity. Not only does gluten play a role in skin manifestations, it is the number one reason people have autoimmune thyroiditis, a condition my blood work also revealed, along with a B12 and vitamin D deficiency.

I appreciated his thoroughness in not only explaining the causes and cures for my health issues, but in prescribing a course of treatment that incorporates medical-grade supplements, a gluten-free diet, bio-identical thyroid and progesterone, and Spironolactone for its secondary effect of blocking testosterone from the skin.

During our conversation, Dr. C was forthright, knowledgeable and open to answering my questions. He took his time, explained everything clearly, and made me feel as if my concerns were important. I wish every doctor practiced medicine in the same way, where they consider the unique needs of each patient and create an individualized protocol to solve their specific health issues. In six weeks, I’ll return to determine if we need to make any changes to this regimen, based on blood results. It’s another example of Dr. C.’s attentiveness to detail and concern for his patients.

It was definitely worth the drive to Orlando from South Florida to spend some time with Dr. C. and his wonderful staff.

For more information, visit www.hormonesandwellness.com.

And don’t forget to take the BHRT quiz.

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The Kitchen Chemist Author Frances Castelli on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Do you have kids dealing with anaphylactic allergies?

Tune in on Monday, March 12 at 5 PM Eastern when I interview The Kitchen Chemist author Frances Castelli on Your Book Your Brand Your Business. Frances will share her journey from concerned mom to knowledgeable food scientist in the aftermath of discovering each of her three children had broad spectrum, life-threatening food allergies.

A native of Australia, her forthcoming book tells her personal story and includes 30 mouth-watering, allergy-free recipes designed to offer information, hope, and inspiration to parents and children that you can thrive with food allergies — even if you never outgrow them.

With contributions from her husband Ralph Castelli; children Anthony, Hope, and Natale; and others closely involved with their family, The Kitchen Chemist: How I Became a Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anphylactic Food Allergies is a comprehensive reference, cookbook, and ally for every family affected by broad spectrum food allergies:

It is said that children don’t come with an instruction manual. Imagine standing by helplessly as your baby gasps for air and clutches her throat on the floor, unable to communicate, or breaks out in hives when a relative gives him a hug and a kiss at a holiday gathering. While most parents juggle school and work schedules, quality family time, and extracurricular activities, feeding their children is rarely a matter of life or death.

For Frances Castelli, such traumatic events were common; the adage took on an entirely new meaning when she discovered all three of her children had multiple anaphylactic food allergies.

In the Castelli household, even food we consider “healthy” could be fatal.

What would you do?

In The Kitchen Chemist, author Frances Castelli recounts her unanticipated journey into the world of broad spectrum anaphylactic allergies with humor, grace, and honesty. From consultations with endless medical specialists to in-depth research into the composition and interaction of food, you’ll discover how this devoted mother transformed from distraught parent to confident kitchen chemist. She debunks the myths, offers practical advice for parents and kids, and shares 30 safe, delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes (yes, even desserts!). Now grown-ups with lives of their own, her children, Anthony, Hope, and Nat prove that life with food allergies can be full and enjoyable, even if they never go away. They are passionately living their dreams and want others to know they can too.

During the live show, Frances will share her experiences and take questions from the chat room. To listen, go to www.w4cy.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE button on the home page. The episode will be archived on iHeart Radio sometime after the live broadcast. I’ll post the link when it’s available.

Follow @KitchnChemistBK on Twitter and like The Kitchen Chemist Facebook Page.

UPDATE: Missed our live interview? Click to listen.

Listen to “The Kitchen Chemist Talks Food Allergies” on Spreaker.

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