The DAVID ALERT and DAVID ALERT Pro are portable hand-held devices to help you manage ADD/ADHD symptoms by settling hyperactivity, promoting relaxation, and improving mood & logical thinking. The ALERT sessions are the result of 20 years of combined expertise and research by Michael Joyce of Personal Resource Strategies and David Siever of Mind Alive Inc. The Alert Pro provides a unique fusion of Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) and Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES).
Michael Joyce completed two studies using the DAVID systems to treat ADD/ADHD. His first study involved 30 primary school children from two schools (which was published in the Journal of Neurotherapy) and his second study included 204 children from seven schools, which he completed while he was the Director of Neurotechnology at A Chance to Grow, a special-needs charter school in Minneapolis.
Both studies showed that ADD behaviours were reduced significantly and reading improved with AVE. Michael used the DAVIDs’ unique patented field stimulation ability to generate a different frequency in each hemisphere of the brain. With this technique and a Symptom Survey checklist developed by Michael, he was able to create DAVID sessions that could stimulate or calm the left, right or both hemispheres depending on the symptoms checked off by the child’s parents.
Over time, Michael refined and developed these sessions based on the checklist to produce benefits in specific areas. Now, all of this expertise has been put into the DAVID ALERT.
ADD/ADHD is a neurological condition that primarily impairs function in the pre-frontal and frontal regions of the brain. As a result, ADD/ADHD children become impulsive, inattentive and distractible. They also often crave stimulation (good or bad) in an effort to excite their brains.
Many of our best entrepreneurs, visionaries, inventors, artists, musicians, scientists and CEOs of corporations have ADD/ADHD. Richard Branson of the Virgin Group of companies attributes his ADHD to his overwhelming business successes! So, properly channeled, the ADHD-induced drive to stimulate and create can be a powerful asset. Without management and direction, it can be excruciatingly difficult for the ADD/ADHD person to regulate him/herself in school, society and in relationships.
All mental functioning involves an element of arousal – the “awakeness” or alertness of the brain. The level of the brain’s arousal dramatically affects how well a particular mental challenge will be performed. For instance, it is almost impossible to pay attention if the brain is making an abundance of alpha or theta (dreamy) brain waves. It’s just as difficult to fall asleep with excessive beta (alert) brain waves being produced when the eyes are closed.
People with attentional problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have particular difficulty shifting their pre-frontal lobes (the part of the brain behind the forehead) into “gear.” The pre-frontal lobes are responsible for attention, intention and logical reasoning. These areas function poorly in the ADD/ADHD brain because of reduced blood flow and the production of too much slow alpha and/or theta brain waves, especially during cognitive (thinking) tasks and passive tasks (reading).
For those with ADD/ADHD, high levels of stimulation have been shown to wake up the pre-frontal lobes, resulting in reduced hyperactivity, improved attention, and less moodiness. People with ADD/ADHD do well with stimulating video games and action sports. Unless the activity is exciting (pushing up arousal), the pre-frontal and frontal lobes quickly lose their attentiveness and activation. Theta and/or alpha brain waves increase dramatically and the person “fogs out.” A lack of stimulation in the typical school setting causes ADD/ADHD children to struggle constantly with mental fog, leading to poor grades.
Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE) benefits the entire brain and body. This is continually evident and demonstrated by those children who have had the opportunity to use AVE in both school and home settings. Many schools have initiated AVE programs for the benefit of their students and staff alike. More and more children are given the opportunity to realize their innate potential that for many would not have been realized. They have come to realize that the biochemical experiment called life is largely a coordinated effort between how life is lived and one’s gene pool. They have personally experienced and realized the profound impact of their innate distress chemicals – versus – their repair chemicals and how AVE has taught them to appreciate the difference. This awareness will influence them to continue making supportive wellness choices in the face of life’s trials and tribulations.
The ALERT and ALERT Pro feature larger easy-to-read, easy-to-operate buttons and allow users to select a session very easily. The ALERT and ALERT Pro session category buttons are lit to allow the user to see them in the dark.
Mind Alive Inc. has been designing and manufacturing mind enhancement products for 30 years, and has conducted extensive research in that time, continually revealing new applications for this ground breaking technology.