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The Melillo Method Brain Balance is used to identify brain imbalances and treat many symptoms of mental health, attention and focus, behavioral issues, and learning disorders in people of all ages.
This revolutionary approach is paired with diet and nutritional counseling and lifestyle modification to help promote brain and body balance, effectively correcting the underlying problems common to the entire spectrum of seemingly diverse childhood or adult neurological dysfunctions.
Do You Have A Right Brain Deficiency?
"From the moment the brain starts growing in the womb and up to about age two, brain development is concentrated on the right side. This is a vulnerable period of time for the brain, as it is particularly susceptible to negative environmental influences. Anything that interferes with prenatal development, the birthing process, or healthy growth during the first two years of life can affect how the right brain grows. This is probably the major reason why a right brain deficiency is more common than a left brain deficiency.
Children with right hemisphere deficits don’t feel their bodies well. They have poor muscle tone, especially of the large postural muscles near the spine. The most glaring symptom is an odd gait. They will also have delayed and poor gross motor skills, including poor balance, rhythm, and coordination. This means they will trip and fall a lot for no good reason. This oddness can also be noted in their social skills. They may say inappropriate things without understanding why they are wrong. They often have a hard time making friends. These kids are usually very picky eaters and avoid foods because they don’t have a normal sense of smell or taste; they don’t eat foods that kids normally like, especially sweets. When considering right brain versus left brain, the right brain is about reading people and situations but the left brain is about reading words. So, when children do not develop the right brain’s nonverbal skills, it makes learning verbal skills diffcult or even impossible.
Children with right brain deficiencies may be good at reading words but will not be good at interpreting what they are reading. They may also be good with numbers but be bad at higher-level math skills. Children with right hemisphere weaknesses have poor attention; they are impulsive, anxious, and also tend to be compulsive. They may display unusual or inappropriate giddiness, or they may have out-bursts of anger when they get frustrated. Autoimmune disorders, such as allergies and asthma, often go hand in hand with a right brain imbalance.
These children are often very sensitive to the environment, certain foods, and may have a number of contact allergies. When the right side cannot suppress the immune system, it can cause inflammation in the body and brain. This can become chronic. These children will have poor digestion. A rapid heartbeat is also common.
Right brain deficiencies are often diagnosed as: ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, Autism, Tourette syndrome, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), Nonverbal learning disorder (NLD), Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), and Conduct disorder (CD).
Difficulties that may involve the right brain: Problems with visual memory, Trouble with facial recognition, Lack of flexibility, Struggles with comprehension and problem solving, Issues with understanding emotions, Lack of spatial awareness, Difficulty with visual learning, Creative difficulties."
Do You Have Left Brain
"The signs of a left brain deficiencies are usually more subtle those of the right brain and can often go undetected until a child is in school. These children may appear kind of shy and even withdrawn and may not be as motivated to want to do the things that typical kids like to do. They often prefer to hang out around the house more than going out to play with friends. Some may be kind of sullen and sad. In fact, depression is believed to be a result of decreased activity in the left side of the brain.These are the kids who were usually slow to start speaking. They may not be good verbally and may not like to talk a lot. Or they may mess up their sentences when speaking, making it hard to understand them.
Poor language skills are a hallmark of a left brain imbalance, especially as someone gets older. These children have problems with reading and spelling because they can’t identify the sounds of letters. And this can show up in their speaking ability as well. All this can be the result of a problem with processing words and sound. Not only does this affect reading and speaking skills, but these children can be bad at music and may not be able to carry a tune. They may have problems with many subjects, especially basic math, because they are poor with details. This includes fine detailing they do with their hands. This becomes most obvious as very bad handwriting.
Children with left brain imbalances are often very concerned with how they look and dress and may be hyperaware of what others think of them. They can be overwhelmed by emotions because they are so in touch with their own feelings. They have such a sense of pleasing others that they may feel overwhelming guilt or shame for no reason. This may lead to things like self-harm or eating disorders. They may have unique abilities to read people and situations– leading them to be very social if they get over their shyness and insecurities. They may be very good athletes, and people and teachers usually like them a lot. They tend to be popular and leaders outside the classroom.
Those with left brain imbalances are prone to chronic infections, like colds and ear infections. They may also have an abnormal or irregular heartbeat, called an arrhythmia.
Left brain deficiencies are often diagnosed as: Dyslexia, Eating disorders, Processing disorders, Central auditory processing disorder, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia (poor handwriting), Learning disability, Language disorder, Reading disorder, Acalculia (poor calculating skill), Selective mutism.
Difficulties That May Involve the Left Brain: Difficulty understanding language, Inability to control reactions, Difficulty putting things in order, Low self-esteem and lack of confidence, Difficulty expressing oneself, Faulty logic, Problems with verbal memory."
Do You Have Allergies?
I walked outside yesterday to find my car covered with a yellow film of pollen.
It reminded me of how I used to have terrible allergies and how encountering this level of pollen on my car would have made for a horrible day. Growing up, I never actually had allergies. It wasn’t until after I got married and had my kids that I developed terrible symptoms that would come and go.
Now, I no longer deal with allergies– so the pollen from my car yesterday didn’t bother me at all. How exactly did this happen? Why do some people have terrible allergies and others don’t? And how do some people tend to “get rid” of their allergies or start to develop them later on in life? As a specialist on the brain, I understand the factors that can cause allergies, make them worse, or make them practically disappear. Allergies are fluid; they aren’t necessarily fixed symptoms that we either have or do not. And that is because the brain is a major source of allergies. The brain regulates everything regarding the immune system. And very few doctors or immune experts understand this fact.
I remember I was giving a lecture in Chicago several years ago to a group of various medical specialists, and in the middle of my discussion on the how the brain hemispheres control immune response, one MD shouted out “How do I not know any of this? How did they not teach us this in medical school?”. He was right to be frustrated. This seems like a pretty vital concept when treating and diagnosing allergy conditions. Years of research show that the brain is the controller of all things– including the immune system. And, as with all phenomena regarding the body, the two hemispheres play different roles in how they regulate or “balance” the immune response.
The left hemisphere activates the immune system and regulates the system’s reactions. It does this by mobilizing the white blood cells, particularly the T-cells (also known as lymphocytes and natural killer cells), to kill off antigens. The left hemisphere also activates the antibodies (also known as the B cells) that help find and mark antigens so that the T-cells can kill them and learn them in case they return. There are five different types of antibodies that trigger different responses within the immune system. For example, IgE antibodies produce full-blown allergic reactions and IgG antibodies produce hypersensitivities and more inflammatory reactions– such as a food sensitivity to gluten.
The right hemisphere of the brain controls the more inhibitory behaviors of the immune system. It shuts off the immune response once it has completed its job, reducing the sensitivity of the antibodies so that the body doesn’t register the good ones as bad and overreact. Food sensitivities– like a gluten sensitivity– are a perfect example. Gluten is not bad for us; it is just not an antigen. Yet, for someone that has a gluten sensitivity, their immune system is overreacting. It has created antibodies against gluten and then reacts when it is eaten. In theory, this shouldn’t happen– yet, it does. Why? One of the major reasons is a possible brain imbalance between the two hemispheres. If the left hemisphere is too active relative to the right, the immune system may be overactive. And this can lead to allergies and hypersensitivities. When the right hemisphere is underactive, it can’t stop the immune attack or dampen the sensitivity of the antibodies. So, you may become hypersensitive to many environmental allergens that you are exposed to all the time or seasonally. Other examples are conditions and autoimmune diseases like hypothyroidism, eczema, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis that occur when the immune system fails to recognize our bodily fluids and tissues as our own– resulting in the body developing antibodies against itself. It all starts with a brain imbalance. Autoimmunities are more extreme versions of an immune system and brain imbalance; allergies are a little less severe.
There is, however, good news. If your allergies are being caused or made worse by an imbalance in your brain, you can help it by simply creating more balance. If you have an underactive right hemisphere you may be more likely to have allergies, ADHD, OCD, tics, autism, anxiety, and more. They are all a result of decreased activity in the right hemisphere and overactivity of the left. In my experience, people with these conditions are much more likely to suffer from allergies and hypersensitivities. And for me, personally, stimulating my own right brain and taking supplements helped me eliminate the very allergies I mentioned before.
There are active paths you can take to help create balance in your brain. In general, stimulating the right hemisphere and taking high doses of Vitamin D3, which naturally helps balance the immune system, are two of the best ways to naturally deal with allergies. At my medical practice in New York, I diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions that are related to brain imbalances in both children and adults. Many of them regarding food and environmental sensitivities, allergies, and autoimmune issues. After treatment and consultations, when we have successfully balanced their brain, over ninety-percent of all the other issues and symptoms are reduced or eliminated. We have even seen these differences in before and after blood tests. Even those struggling with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, excessive fear, poor attention, memory, or anger management– it may not be coincidental. Imbalances in the brain are usually the root cause. When you are able to identify these issues, you are then able to effectively treat them without the need for extensive medication.
By Dr. Robert Melillo
May 23, 2019