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Biofeedback: What It Is and Why You Need It

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Screen Shot 2013-09-14 at 9.50.25 PMI first talked about biofeedback on my blog back in October. It’s been a lifesaver for me the past year. And I’ve had so many conversations with people about it since then, I figured it was worth posting on here again. This is an updated version of my previous post.

After reading, you’ll see what a huge cheerleader I am for this technology. If you have ANY sort of health concerns or conditions, I would absolutely encourage you to check into it. It’s meant a lot to me, and now several of my friends are seeing the benefit as well.

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I wanted to let you all in on a secret that should be shared with the world: biofeedback. I’ve done this at least half a dozen times now. The first time I did it was about two years ago to fix my gluten sensitivity (it worked, by the way). I started gain last fall because of all my health issues the past few months. (mono, kidney infection and gallbladder removal. It was a rough 2012.)

Anyway, I would love for those of you who have any kind of health issues (or simply are interested) to consider going. I plan to start going every year like a physical. After reading, you’ll probably think it sounds like magic, or too good to be true, but of course, I’ve seen it work on myself—more than once.

If you don’t live here, you can find biofeedback all over the country but they may each work a little differently. I go to Atlanta Medical Institute in Buckhead.

Here are some of the things I’ve already asked about with a few of my friends and family in mind:

  • Gallstones
  • Kidney stones/issues
  • Eczema
  • Food allergies
  • Indoor/outdoor allergies
  • Stroke
  • Autism
  • Diabetes
  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Fertility issues
  • Detox/cleanse
  • Liver issues
  • Heart disease
  • Hormones
  • Children’s issues (safe for kids/babies)
The process:
Sit in a recliner. While sitting in the recliner, she puts sensors on your wrists, forehead and ankles. These measure the electrical flow of energy in your body and look for problems. While monitoring on a computer screen, she looks for emotional, environmental, internal and physical issues. So, it’s kind of like seeing a bunch of different doctors all at one time, and in a much friendlier environment. Depending on how long of a session you book, this could be anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. If you opt for a long session, the second hour she uses the biofeedback to help correct the energy blockages in your body. The first part is just for diagnosing. You can barely feel it. Then, if you tacked on the ionic foot bath, which I’ve done three times, you put your feet in a container of water with a little machine that sends ionic particles through the bath. This process pulls toxins out of your body through your feet. The water turns different colors depending on what its pulling out. It’s crazy. (I’ve even seen parasites in my water—yuck!)She always sees more than I ever tell her. She can see what emotions your struggling with as well as foods, environmental stressors and physical issues. I had told her about the mono, kidney infection and gallbladder. She also frequently asks about things I don’t bring up such as tooth pain or lower back pain or sleeping issues, etc. She could see how shot my immune system was, vitamin/mineral deficiencies and major lack of energy. And unlike my regular doc, she could explain why I had headaches when the weather changed for the past year or so. (Turns out it was when my gallbladder became swollen and sensitive to humidity, and that was the result. Since I’ve had the surgery, I haven’t had the weather headaches!)

The cost:
The long process I’ve done twice (outlined above) is $250. If you have to do follow-up sessions they are usually the one-hour sessions at $75, I believe. And then, depending on what she finds, you’ll have nutritional supplements as well. I took home six things supplements last time and it cost around $120. I’ve have to do multiple follow-ups to get my immune system back online since it was completely shot, and there are more supplements to complement the biofeedback each time. Usually the rounds of supplements are about 30-60 days, from my experience.

A lot of people ask about insurance, of course. Currently, I have an FSA card through Blue Cross Blue Shield. My primary care doctor can’t do anything medically for the immune system issues and mono, so she’s been very supportive. So, I pay for my biofeedback and supplements with my FSA card and then email my doctor what I had done/purchased. She then writes me a perscription which justifies the charge to BCBS. I fax that in, and that session is taken care of. I have to do that each time. It’s a hassle, yes, but the folks at Atlanta Medical Institute are super helpful in getting me receipts, and it’s important to me to have it paid for with my FSA card and not out-of-pocket each time. Why not? It’s money I’ve already set aside.
I know it sounds expensive, and maybe time consuming, and it is, for those of us without a lot of extra funds or who can’t get insurance to cover it. However, my only regret is not going back to her earlier so I could’ve possibly avoided some of these issues, or shortened the length of them. Several hundred could’ve saved several thousand, when I include the gallbladder surgery.  And also I’d rather be on supplements for a while then all kinds of Rx meds, short or long-term.
I really do think this would benefit so many people. I can’t understand why more people don’t know about it! She had an answer for everything I threw at her. I know the process sounds a little crazy, though. I’d be skeptical if it hadn’t worked for me. For those of you who are not into the homeopathic thing, I’d encourage you give this a try if what you are doing now isn’t working or is only managing your issue and not curing.

The lady who does my biofeedback here locally has some really remarkable/amazing/unbelievable stories of how biofeedback can help others, both personally and first-hand as well as stories she’s heard. I named all kinds of afflictions and she had a biofeedback answer or story for them all.Quick story:
She did biofeedback on her brother, even though he was resistant. His heart area showed a lot of issues during her session, and she told him he need to go to a specialist right away. He told her he was feeling fine and put it off. She bugged him and he finally went to his general doc, who said he was fine. She kept telling him to see a specialist. So, he finally did, and was admitted to the hospital right away with a 95% heart blockage! He was a heart attack waiting to happen! She has all kinds of cool stories like that.

Final update:

I’d mentioned that she fixed my gluten intolerance, but since I started seeing her last year I have also gone off my allergy and acne medications! Let me repeat in case you missed—I went off ALLERGY meds LIVING IN GEORGIA! It’s amazing!

Other issues have, of course, come up during my treatment so health is always a process. Sadly, I’m not yet through with my mono, and it’s been almost 17 months at this point. But I’ve improved a ton. I was an absolute zombie there for a while. Unfortunately, after everything my body went through last year, I’m basically having to rebuild my immune system. It’s not uncommon to take this long. I’ll be way better on the other side, though, and in a much better place to move forward. With biofeedback, I’m not putting band-aids on symptoms like most other traditional medicine treatments. I’m working on repairing my body so it does what it was created for. It’s really quite remarkable.

Oh, and she also told me recently that several major Atlanta healthcare systems are now exploring the technology! That gives me great hope that this might be incorporated into regular medicine. That is super exciting to see the worlds of natural and traditional medicine intersect.

Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll answer anything I can, but I am a huge believer as you can tell.
Stay healthy!
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Author: kristiporter

I’m a creator, leader, writer, Christian, multi-tasker, filmie, foodie, abolitionist, environmentalist, daydreamer, traveler and entrepreneur, to name a few.

6 thoughts on “Biofeedback: What It Is and Why You Need It

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  3. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand.
    It seems too complex and extremely broad for me.

    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to
    get the hang of it!

    • Well, I guess my hope was to make it easy. But you are right, this is my “Biofeedback for Dummies” version and I definitely still fit in that category. I have a lot to learn. But so far, I’m loving it!

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