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Integrative Brain Training Center in Scottsdale

An enormous amount of information has come out of the scientific community in the last few years about how the brain functions and how it can repair itself. The information holds great promise for everyone dealing with ADHD, mild cognitive impairment, depression and anxiety, memory loss, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for any of our services or to consult with a doctor for brain training. *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.

We now know the brain is able to change and repair itself, even into old age. Neuroplasticity, as it's called, is the brain's ability to reorganize neural pathways based on new experiences. In order to learn or memorize a fact or skill, there must be persistent functional changes in the brain that encode, or show the roadmap to, the new knowledge.

Age-Related Memory Decline

People often start to notice subtle deficits in their memories even as early as their 30s. They struggle to find the right word and have a hard time remembering the names of people they recently met. As the years go by, less and less oxygen gets to the brain. Blood brings oxygen and the basic nutrient, glucose, at life-sustaining levels to all parts of the brain. Our brains have an amazing ability to supply extra blood preferentially to those parts in use.

Brains, like muscles, thrive on oxygen. Increasing the oxygen delivery can result in new neural connections. More neurons make for better memory just as more muscles make for better strength. By increasing the oxygenated blood flow, we can increase the oxygen level in our brain, and hence the neural connections.


Hemoencephalography, or HEG for short, is a simple technique to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood flow to the brain. HEG uses the same principle as the little fingertip clip-on oximeter that reads your pulse rate or your oxygen levels in the hospital. It is clean and quick.

The frontal lobes of the brain are where the so-called executive functions reside, the activities that have to do with paying attention to details and remembering them, organizing, strategizing, and planning. A headband equipped with HEG sensors measures the level of oxygen reaching the frontal lobes. Then you learn how to increase that oxygen in the blood flowing to the brain's frontal lobes with simple biofeedback techniques. Over the course of 6 to 8 weeks of half-hour HEG sessions, you can learn to increase the oxygenated blood flow to this area of the brain permanently. This improves brain function, and increases the speed and accuracy of decision-making.

After about half the number of sessions used for EEG-feedback training systems, people see permanent gains in brain function.

Low function of the frontal lobes has also been shown to be a factor in migraine headaches, some cases of autism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

Treatment for ADHD

Parents are discovering that advances in brain imaging have opened up new horizons to help those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Children with ADHD often have under-developed neural pathways in the part of their brains that directs and focuses their attention; they are distracted by everything they see or hear. HEG neurofeedback helps them make new connections so they can stay focused on the person talking to them, for example, rather than on the cars driving on the nearby freeway - or the bunny rabbit in the front yard.

Studies have found that when a person with autism or ADHD is under stress, the blood flow decreases in the frontal area of the brain and limbic system - areas important for impulse inhibition - so that they are less able to control their impulses when under stress. That is probably not a big surprise to any parent of a child with ADHD.

Many children with ADHD don't hear the same way others do. They hear the same sounds, but their brain has trouble making sense of what they hear. Tuning out unwanted sounds in their surroundings is often difficult. This makes it hard for them to focus and concentrate.

HEG combined with sound therapy stimulates the brain, allowing the child to process information more quickly and have better impulse control. It also retrains the brain's ability to listen receive auditory signals so the child can learn to focus on the desired sounds while ignoring others in their surroundings. With ADHD, the ear has shut down certain frequencies of sound. The ear muscles become unresponsive and must be stimulated to be able to tune in to the desired sound. Attention, focus, learning, and language abilities can all be improved by retraining the ear to listen and communicate with the body.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Since our brain defines who we are, the consequences of a brain injury can affect all aspects of our lives, including our personality. A brain injury is different from a broken leg or ruptured appendix. It won't heal the same. Scans can look normal, yet it is clear that something is very wrong. You have poor attention and concentration, forgetfulness, poor short-term memory, inability to understand what people say to you, slowing of neural processing, disturbed complex thinking and organization, or word substitutions and word reversals.

EEG biofeedback helps with memory loss, balance and motor skills, and cognitive issues. It works faster and better than pharmaceutical medication (anti-depressants, anti-psychotics and anti-convulsants are commonly prescribed for "post-concussion syndrome"), without the unwanted side effects of the pharmaceuticals.

One of our patients, we call her "Chris," was in a roll-over car accident in April 2008. She spent 4 months at the best neurological institute in the Valley, without seeing significant improvement in her symptoms. She was unable to find her way around the city (in which she had spent her whole life). She had severe neck and back pain, unrelieved by any medications. Her neurologist gave her a fistful of prescriptions and told her to go home and wait, it would take a year and half to heal; there was nothing else to do.

She came to the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. After the first brain training session, she asked us if people really feel better after the first session or was it her brain playing tricks on her? After three sessions, she regained her ability to find her way around the city. After ten sessions, she regained her balance, was able to drive, and help her son with his trigonometry homework.*

On November 18, 2008, Chris went to meet Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, the Harvard brain researcher who recently suffered a stroke. Dr. Taylor was amazed, said she could not believe how well "Chris" was doing just after a couple of months. It took Dr. Taylor eight years to fully recover from her stroke. Our patient's ability to drive, work, think and function has been completely restored.

It is not uncommon after a brain injury to experience a feeling that you are a "different person." Dr. Taylor shared that the day of stroke, the person known as Jill died and someone else was reborn. "Chris" was also struggling with some degree of personality change after the brain injury. It has been our experience that when the brain is given the ability to repair itself, people sometimes shift how they view the world. They are liberated from having to function in the old ways, and are given the opportunity to see themselves, and their relationships with others, in a new way. This can require some adjustment.

Depression & Anxiety

Traditional cognitive/behavioral therapy - "let's sit on the couch and talk" - is a long process that often includes antidepressants, anticonvulsants, stimulants, and other mind-changing pharmaceuticals. If you or a loved one has experienced depression or anxiety, you know that symptoms typically continue despite the drugs. In fact, the definition of successful pharmaceutical therapy is "relief of at least 50% of symptoms" - not "cure."

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, our Scottsdale integrative medical center, we first like to rule out medical causes such as food allergies, heavy metals, fatty acid imbalances or hormone imbalances which can inhibit neural functions. Then we look at neural function within the brain. With depression, sometimes the brain doesn't work very well because some wires are crossed or the connections are poor - too much static.

With EEG and HEG biofeedback, we can realign the neural connections, reopen neural pathways (think: rebooting your brain.) It can change the color of life from gray to sunny yellow. By speeding up brain processing, information can be absorbed more quickly and accurately. Anxiety is relieved, because the sensory input is no longer so overwhelming that you just want to shut down and pull the covers over your head. Life can become interesting again, instead of merely overwhelming.*

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common disorder seen in war veterans. Soldiers have lived with constant fear of death and have witnessed unspeakable things on the battlefield. Some of them come out of the battlefield relatively unscathed. Others are so severely traumatized, it can take years to recover. But PTSD can also affect those who have experienced violent personal assaults, natural disasters, and accidents. Some people with PTSD have persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal. Others may have no memory at all of the experience, because they were so young - or so overwhelmed - that the entire experience went directly from their amygdala to their autonomic nervous system and back to their bodies, completely bypassing the cortex.

With EEG and HEG biofeedback, we can help these people release those long stored memories - whether from their bodies or simply from their neural pathways - so that the memories can be processed completely. In this way, the scarring is released, and the person is freed to simply react to whatever challenge they are currently facing - rather than having to deal with the whole original traumatic episode as well.*

Schedule a free 15-minute phone appointment to discuss the program by contacting us.

*Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.

Recent Testimonials
From Our Previous Patients

  • I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call!

    “In 2011 I realized that it was time to do something about my memory. I knew I needed the right kind of help, the right doctor. On I chose 3 possible naturalistic doctors and showed the names to my integrative doctor who was retiring. Then, I showed the names to my highly respected dentist as well. Both immediately said, “If you can get Martha Grout, she’s the one!” I called her office and learned that I could have a no-charge 15 minute telephone conversation with her to get my questions answered. I made an appointment to start testing and treatment.* Dr. Grout tested me and the test results showed 7 or 8 metals in the danger zone. My mother had died of Alzheimer’s disease when she was 74 years old. I wanted to live much longer than that! Chelation was the answer to reduce the dangerously high levels of deadly metals.* After a series of chelation, with tests taken at intervals to evaluate how I was progressing, my memory, and the tension I was feeling about it, is greatly improved.* AND, another possible effect of metal toxicity, the awful muscle, ligament, and joint pain I had been suffering from for so long has also been greatly diminished in the past few months.* Now, at 72 yrs. old, I am riding my bike 7 – 8 miles up and down hills, hiking and doing gardening…all without pain.* Oh, I may get some of the natural stiffness if I overdo after missing several days of exercise; this is normal to anyone. But the pain used to follow the slightest work/exercise.* Dr. Grout said that I lack certain enzymes which has caused the build-up of heavy metals. I take some supplements for my digestion and I will soon be on a reduced, maintenance chelation schedule to maintain my health.* I also chose to have sensitivity testing and learned that I needed to avoid dairy and wheat, which has improved how I feel.* Another benefit of all this has been the marvelous, kind, caring doctors, nurses, patients, everyone at AZ Center for Advanced Medicine.* I always look forward to being there. I have made new friends.* We share our stories and what we’ve learned. Dr. Grout and staff answer our questions and care about each and every patient. It’s an uplifting atmosphere.* I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call,* and/or a visit to learn what can be done about any health problem you’re having. I’m so glad that I found this place.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”


  • I am so thankful to you this Thanksgiving weekend for giving me my health and my life back!

    “I am so thankful to you this Thanksgiving weekend for giving me my health and my life back! Good news- I am still good and not reacting to fluorescent lights anymore. Also I seem to be reacting to chemicals less than before. I have lost that totally grounded feeling, but no more panic attacks and I can work all day without any neurological symptoms. I have had no neuro symptoms at all since I had the [Chiren] treatment in September. This is so amazing!!! I can even drink coffee and wine in small amounts now. Yeah! But have to stick to the gluten free/dairy free diet because I now get asthma symptoms when I eat anything that has gluten or dairy in it. Also my stomach can’t handle dairy any more since I’ve been off it so long. So I can’t put milk in my coffee – oh well. Had a few no-nos yesterday for the holiday and am feeling it in my chest today. Also itching- ears, eyes and skin on my face. Weird- it’s almost like I get when I am exposed to a cat. The best thing is that I am not getting any neurological symptoms anymore and I feel totally normal. I can handle a little respiratory reaction every now and then and I have my inhaler if I get into any breathing trouble. So far it has been mild and just annoying. My whole family is now gluten free and everyone is doing great! No one has been sick for the last 6 months. : ) My son, off gluten, is amazing. He just brought home a report card of straight A’s and has no more twitching or tics. *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    Patient MDC

  • Definitely a game changer!

    “I just wanted to take a moment to email you to say thank you for your very detailed testing and even considering Lyme as a possible suspect to my ailments.* Had I not gone to see you I would have never even thought of Lyme as a reason for my weakness on my right arm and leg.* In your recommendations you had stated you wanted me to possibly get checked for Lyme and I asked and asked and not one insurance doctor would do the test.* Everyone said that there was no reason to check. Well, we moved to Virginia at the end of November and finally about three weeks ago the neurologist that I went to see for my migraines here tested me for Lyme. The results came back equivocal (1.10 on Elisa) and she simply stated that they found antibodies in my blood. And she started me on Doxycycline (100mg 2x day) for 21 days. I don’t know much about Lyme but will be seeing an infectious disease doctor on Wednesday. In the meantime, we had our newborn (born 1/21/13) tested with the Western blot and another test and per the pediatrician the results were negative. We will continue praying that he will not be affected. … Thank you very much for being that little guiding light that led us in the right direction.* Once again Dr.Grout, continue to do what you do.* You were definitely a game changer for sure.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”


  • Never in my life had I met a doctor that was so knowledgeable and thorough.

    “You so kindly took the time to talk with me about all of my concerns and you honestly left no stone unturned! Never in my life had I met a doctor that was so knowledgeable and thorough.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”


  • I can now truly feel like the healing has begun!

    “I wanted to let you know that I am enjoying the Brain Advantage Program tremendously but it was not very enjoyable on Day One of the Program! This is just an FYI in case you have any of my relatives or close friends take the Brain Advantage Course and have similar results (which I hope they do not!)* During the first 30 minutes of the Brain Advantage Program I started hearing a tremendous amount of negative self talk, negative images and negative childhood thoughts. My mind started putting out messages like: “You stupid idiot, you can’t do anything right.” “No one wants to look at you or be with you.” “You can’t do it.” “You are so f____ed up!” I wanted to be invisible because each thought, fueled my low self-esteem and made me want to walk out your door and not come back. In fact, after I left and drove back to my hotel, I called my husband and spoke to him in an angry tone. I told him that “I was going to come back home to Overland Park, Kansas and that I didn’t want to be here at ACAM.” In fact I said, “I wasn’t going to even get my things from the hotel room, I was just going to leave all my stuff in the hotel and fly back home.” “I wasn’t going to return your calls because I didn’t like being here…..” The emotional pain was too much. But, MANY HOURS AND MANY TEARS LATER, I realized that these were most likely past tapes or childhood messages that I had heard in the past and they were not occurring right now at this moment. But boy, they felt like they were in the here and now. Somehow, later, by the grace of God, I returned to ACAM the next morning and Dr. Reese had me talk to a former client Martina, who had gone through some similar problems ….. So, after talking to Martina, then Stephanie and Chris, and then, in more serious depth to Dr. Steven Swerdfeger…. I was able to resolve and make sense of some of these EMOTIONS being stirred in my mind via The Brain Advantage Program.* And it is a good thing that all of this happened because I can now truly feel like the healing has begun (and the ADD is being solved.)* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”