Alphabiotics Testimonial Neurophysicist Christian Opitz, Tries Alphabiotics! Sept 1999
I have been developing and teaching various methods to awaken the incredible potential of whole brain functioning for several years. Naturally I have also researched everything in this field from A to Z. In my opinion and experience, Alphabiotics is the single most effective method to directly eliminate the stress response from the deep limbic system, the storehouse of our survival urges. The stress response distorts our perception of life by inserting a painfully personal relationship to events, behavior of other people and circumstances. Hence we take the happenings of our lives personal, i.e. as indications of our self-worth, completion and happiness. We experience a compulsive struggle, trying to make good experiences last and resisting those that we label as bad. True happiness and self-worth, however, are intrinsic to our being and not caused nor diminished by the events of life unless we interpret life as a struggle. Very often, the very attempt to break free from the patterns of stress is in itself another pattern of struggle, which is one major obstacle in many self-help approaches. Alphabiotics is not confined in it’s effectiveness by any pattern of self-sabotage, since it induces an effect on the brain/nervous system that we simply have no possibility to resist. Technically speaking, an Alphabiotic alignment reverses the piezoelectric waves emanating from the limbic system so that the wave patterns of stress response collapse on themselves. In that moment, much neurological energy is freed up from stress patterns in the limbic system and naturally gravitates towards the cortex, our ‘higher brain.’ This interruption of stress allows clear seeing and although the many side benefits include enhanced physical well-being, there is a lot more to it than just feeling good. In clear seeing the possibility to cultivate a truthful outlook on life is greatly enhanced, and instead of just making the nightmare of struggle a little nicer, we can begin to wake up from it and release into the freedom that is inherently ours. The alignment itself may feel awkward at first, but this is simply due to a mistaken interpretation of passive head movements as dangerous. When the movement is simply allowed to happen, it can be quite delightful. In the moment of the alignment, the brain is very open to input of any kind, and since brains of different people exchange information through brain waves, the inner attitude of the alphabioticist is very important. I hope that in the future, many more people will benefit from Alphabiotics as much as I do. Note by Susan Davidson Alphabioticist, Santa Barbara, CA: Christian Opitz lives in Germany and is the author of five books. He lectures extensively in Germany , Austria and Switzerland . He saw my web site and on his visit to the USA he made a trip to Santa Barbara specifically to experience Alphabiotics. He is an amazing man with incredible knowledge and insight into the development of and understanding of the workings of the brain.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2009) — Does stress damage the brain? In the March 1st issue of Biological Psychiatry a paper by Tibor Hajszan and colleagues provides an important new chapter to this question.
This issue emerged in the 1990’s as an important clinical question with the observation by J. Douglas Bremner and colleagues, then at the VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), that hippocampal volume was reduced in combat veterans with PTSD. This finding was replicated by several, but not all, groups. In particular, it did not appear that this change was associated with acute PTSD.
The importance of this finding was further called into question as a group associated with the Harvard Medical School found that reduced hippocampal volume predicted risk for PTSD among twins, rather than emerging as a consequence of PTSD. Yet limitations of this twin study reduced the strength of this inference, as there were relatively high rates of early life trauma in the twins without combat-related PTSD, i.e., a potential environmental source for the reductions in hippocampal volume associated with later risk for PTSD. This group also showed that cortical volume reductions in other brain regions, such as the pregenual anterior cingulate cortex, were more clearly linked to trauma than were the hippocampal changes in these twins.
“This collection of clinical findings highlights an important limitation of clinical neuroimaging studies. These studies have the ability to raise important questions about brain structure in a general sense, but we still rely on studies of postmortem human tissue and animal research to determine the specific nature of neural changes,” explains Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry and affiliated with both Yale University School of Medicine and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
This is where research conducted in animals has provided critical information. Initial data by investigators, such as Robert Sapolsky at Stanford University, suggested that stress might promote the death of neurons, suggesting that the volume reductions in patients with PTSD might reflect the loss of nerve cells. More recent research by Bruce McEwen and colleagues at Rockefeller University indicates that stress can cause neurons to shrink or retract their connections. This could be critically important to the ability of these neurons to work together in highly inter-connected networks. But what is the link between this type of “neural remodeling” and the behavioral changes that follow extreme stress exposure?
The new paper by Hajszan and colleagues at Yale University suggests that in learned helplessness, an animal model for depression and PTSD, stress-related reductions in synapses in the hippocampus are directly related to the emergence of depression-like behavior. These data help to make the case that stress-related changes in the structure of nerve cells may have important behavioral consequences, explains Dr. Hajszan.
“The importance of our findings is derived from the well-known fact that synapses have a great potential for rapid changes, which may underlie sudden mood swings. More importantly, it is feasible to restore hippocampal synapses in a very short period of time (hours or even minutes), which opens up exciting new avenues for developing rapid-acting antidepressants that may provide immediate relief from depressive symptoms.”
It cannot yet be said that reductions in cortical volumes in patients with PTSD reflect reductions in the number of synapses. However, these findings underscore the potential importance of studying post-mortem human tissue to determine whether humans also show this pattern of neural changes. Dr. Krystal notes that “settling this issue could help us to better understand recent epidemiologic data suggesting that most of the adjustment problems of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-concussive syndrome are attributable to PTSD.”
He adds, “We have tended to think of PTSD and mild TBI as unrelated at the neural level. However, with growing evidence from animal studies that PTSD may be associated with loss of neural connections, it may turn out that PTSD and mild TBI are two distinct, but interacting, ways that soldiers might be affected by their combat experience. “ Research is ongoing in the authors’ lab and in others as they continue to make progress in understanding how the brain is affected by depression and stress, and in developing targeted medications.
Elsevier (2009, March 16). Stress May Cause The Brain To Become Disconnected. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 10, 2011, from http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/03/090316075845.htm