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F. Frank LeFever flefever at ix.netcom.com
Tue May 20 22:42:22 EST 1997


        Another day, another slice.  Is this guy under the jurisdiction
        of any state licensing commission or professional society that
        we could complain to?



In <5lr3b2$rh0 at sjx-ixn3.ix.netcom.com> flefever at ix.netcom.com(F. Frank
LeFever) writes: 
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>        I'll repeat, to match each slice of spam.
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>In <5lgk05$3tg at dfw-ixnews3.ix.netcom.com> flefever at ix.netcom.com(F.
>Frank LeFever) writes: 
>>
>>    I will insert a few comments.
>>    Frank LeFever
>>    New York Neuropsychology Group
>>
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>>In <01bc619a$9b700940$265f12cf at persever.ccia.com> "Med/Aid, Inc."
>><persever at ccia.com> writes: 
>>>
>>>                        HOPE FOR SERIOUS PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
>THROUGH
>>
>>>                                       DR. BRUCKER'S BIOFEEDBACK
>>>                                                           
>>>    There is now hope for spinal cord injuries, strokes, and
cerebral
>>palsy
>>>patients that has resulted in paralysis or loss of motor skills. 
Dr.
>>>Bernard Brucker, internationally known for his Biofeedback
>treatments,
>>has
>>>developed a biofeedback program which helps restore function to
>people
>>with
>>>physical disabilities.
>>>
>>>    Dr. Brucker's program is designed to locate faint or previously
>>>undetected motor 
>>>neural signals from the brain to the paralyzed limb.  Often, the
>>signal is
>>>so faint it is undetectable except through Dr. Brucker's testing
>>process. 
>>
>>    I have done a some biofeedback treatment of patients with 
>>    hemiplegia and even quadriplegia.  Like most people doing this
>>    I used EMG to detect the "faint or previously undetected motor   

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>>    neural signals...".  How does "Dr. Brucker's testing process"
>>    differ from this? (Does it?)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>Once the signal is located focus can be directed toward
strengthening
>>the muscle
>>
>>    What does that mean? ("focus can be directed toward"?????)
>>    Focus what? focus your attention?  STANDARD biofeedback
>>    procedure (not some special Dr. Brucker secret) is to use
>>    the EMG to drive a visual or auditory feedback signal to 
>>    the patient, telling him he's going the right direction
>>    in his efforts, reinforcing the latent or weak response
>>    so that subsequent ones may be stroonger, etc., etc.
>>
>> it is attached to
>>
>>    The muscle it is "attached" to???  Maybe you mean the muscle
>>    the impulse is directed to? The muscle at which we record
>>    the EMG?
>>
>>
>>
>> and developing other motor neuron signals to aid
>>>in the process.  This becomes a powerful tool in the treatment of
>>certain
>>>physical disorders.
>>>
>>>     Mike Utley, Detroit Lions Professional Football Player, was
>>carried
>>>from the field with a C6-7 spinal cord injury affecting the arms,
>>hands,
>>>trunk, and legs.
>>
>>  With Biofeedback Mike made large gains in learned control
>>>of the muscles in his legs.
>>
>>    Well, maybe it was biofeedback, and maybe it was resolution
>>    of some of the acute tissue reactions which impaired function
>>    of intactneurons for a while.  There is no way we can be sure
>>    about this, since time and biofeedback training are confounded.
>>    However, I don't know the history of the case, and perhaps if
>>    there had been a long, stable baseline period with no change
>>    and change began only after treatment, the argument is a little
>>    better (although not conclusive).
>>
>>    I can understand their not wanting to do it, but biofeedback     

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>>    treatment of one limb but not another would have allowed a test
>>    of the biofeedback vs. natural healing question...
>>
>>  He has also gained the use of signals to the
>>>muscles in his fingers, back, which he is now strengthening.  Mike's
>>>prognosis is good to continue to gain control over his muscles
>through
>>>these Biofeedback techniques according to Dr. Brucker.
>>>
>>>    Dr. Brucker has found that not all spinal cord injuries are
>>>neurologically complete.  There may be some neural tracts, perhaps
>>>duplicate ones not used before, or some tissue that may be recovered
>>after
>>>injury but has not been trained for use.  In many cases we find
there
>>is
>>>undamaged neural tissue in the spinal cord that is not efficiently
>>utilized
>>>by the brain.  In short, Dr Brucker's program recruits motor neurons
>>with
>>>the patient learning how to voluntarily recruit a motor signal in
the
>>>brain.
>>>  This produces a motor signal to the muscle site... producing
>action.
>>>
>>
>>
>>>     Currently, Dr. Brucker has a year waiting list
>>
>>
>>    However, he is not the only person doing biofeedback with these
>>    sorts  of conditions, so people interested in this should check
>>    other possibilities.  Rusk Institute (NYU Med Ctr. NYC) has done
>>    some of this sort of thing, to cite one example.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> but has developed a
>>>satellite laboratory in New Castle, Pa that is accepting new
>patients.
>>  For
>>>more information please e-mail us
>>
>>    Who is "us"?
>>    The tone of this announcement does not inspire confidence.
>>    Its ballyhoo and mystery sounds more like snake oil selling
>>    than anything else. 
>>
>>
>> at PrayHard99 at aol.com with your mailing
>>>address to receive a free packet of information.
>>
>>    I would not be interested in a packet of "information"
>>    from anyone who neglects to state up-front what the procedure 
>>    is in terms that lets one compare it with standard biofeedback,
>>    to say nothing of saying explicitly  whether it does differ
>>    from standard biofeedback, and if so, how.
>>
>>    I m no knocking biofeedback, although my own experience and
>>    reading in the field leads me to make very modest claims for
>>    its power.  It is possible that Dr. Brucker is using it in
>>    a responsible and competent way; but the tone of this
announcement
>>    must raise some doubts among people who know something about this
>>    field.
>>
>>    It would help if you would post something about where Dr. B. got 
>>    his training (and Dr. of what? Ed.D? J.D.? Ph.D.? Psy.D.? M.D.?
>>    D.O.? etc.), what professional organizations he is a member of
>good
>>    standing in, where he has published (exact citations, please),
>etc.
>>
>>
>>    Frank LeFever
>>    New York Neuropsychology Group
>>    
>>    
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