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No sorcery, just science.
Maybe slightly off topic. Mainly just some gee whiz information. For those interested in the possible areas of the brain involved in stuttering:
Part 1: http://stutter-mind-body.blogspot.com/2011/08/cerebral-cortex-and-stuttering-part-1.html?m=0Part 2: http://stutter-mind-body.blogspot.com/2011/08/cerebral-cortex-and-stuttering-part-2.html?m=0
I just read this, JR, how did it go?
Hello. Today I completed my 12th session. We are really trying to determine where to place the electrodes for treating my stuttering. So far we have settled for one on the left side temporal lobe and the other on the right side temporal lobe. This will hopefully create better left/right hemisphere communication as well as work the speech areas of the brain in the left side temporal lobe.
Emotionally I keep getting better and better. I never realized I had this general state of anxiety. Im so relaxed and at peace it's almost scary.
My speech is still the same, though. The more research I do, the more I realize just how complicated stuttering is. I suppose that is why the medical field has no answer for the cause or the cure.
Hey JR! My name is Andrew. I just now came across this thread and want to ask how the remanning treatments went for you? I hope well! I'm very interested because I too live in Las Vegas and have had a stutter/stammer since an early age. I've tried all sorts of homeopathic remedies, prescription medications, etc, but to no avail has anything seemed to have a lasting effect on my issue(s). Please update us on your progress as I'm sure I'm not the only one eager to hear the results!
Not sure if you have considered trying some of the racetams for this or not, but in regards for better left and right hemisphere communication in the brain Piracetam is purportedly good for this. And another racetam that you might be able to find useful is aniracetam as it is reported to help with verbal fluidity and memory.
Curious as to how the electrode treatments go for you though, never have I considered using electricity to fix something other than a flatline as I worry that the electricity might play tricks/foul up neural activity.
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IIRC this is passive electrodes for tradtional EEG neurofeedback, not tDCS or anything like that.
I actually studdered myself (& still slightly have it).
What helped surprisingly was detoxing myself from metals which I'm currently doing (Also had a bad teeth grinding problem & fillings). The vaccines before 2002 contained mercury which not all of us can detox properly. For me it was a weird unexplainable anxiety especially when talking on the phone and to people I didn't know.
Look into Andy Cutler Chelation, that's what helped me.
Aaron, thanks a bunch for your replies and interest.
Stuttering is a fascinating, yet very frustrating disability. When I'm completely alone, I am 100% fluent. As soon as a listener is introduced, even an answering machine, saying my name becomes a challenge. There becomes an issue with timing between the speech portion of my brain.. and my mouth/tongue/vocal chords. Some studies say stutterers are actually speaking with the wrong portion of their brain.
As I mentioned earlier, there is no cure and speech therapy has a very low long term success rate. Researchers are looking at dopamine antagonists (anti-psychotics) for stuttering treatment, but to be honest their lists of side effects scares men.
I'm looking for other alternatives at the moment and nootropics are my next area of interest.
Hypnotherapy is definitely something I could look into.
If a listener cause the problem, can it be anxiety related? Have you tried propranolol before speaking in public?
They anticipate I may need 40 - 60 sessions. It's insanely expensive. I purchased a package of 20 sessions which was $2K. That by far has been the only downside to this, and a big one at that.
Ill continue to update as I move forward.
For that price maybe there is an affordable device you can buy. Is there anything special in that biofeedback equipment?
Dave has devices here http://www.bulletproof.com/accessories/tech/
There are also open EEG http://openeeg.sourceforge.net/doc/index.html
There are also devices you plug into smartphone.