FAQs

What is the technique for brain mapping?

Our approach uses the well-studied Brain Electrical Activity Mapping (BEAM) technology in combination with, CNS-VS, TOVA and other neuropsychiatric tests. The BEAM is based on the electroencephalogram (EEG), but it samples many more points for longer durations than the standard EEG. The BEAM computer will clear extraneous (artifact) measurements prior to collecting your data, and then process it via statistical analyses to report altered brain wave functions.

Who should get their brain mapped?

The brain is a complex network of nerve cells (neurons). These special cells relay messages between areas of the brain tasked with important functions such as cognition, memory, attention, perception, emotion, and processing external stimuli (such as what we hear, touch, taste and smell). When neurons fail to perform optimally, the entire network – the brain – may fail to function normally. Because the brain also signals and regulates the body in man ways, abnormalities that originate within the brain may contribute to, or worsen, physical illness anywhere in the body.

What will the brain map reveal?

The procedure reveals critical data about how the brain processes signals on three levels:

1. Neurological: have the neurons been subjected to degeneration or damage?
2. Biochemical: do neurons receive adequate cellular nutrients?
3. Electrical: do the neurons process signals without distortion or delay?

How is BEAM data analyzed/evaluated?

Throughout the entire procedure, the BEAM compares your data to a control group, matched to you for your age and sex. If at any time your data deviates significantly from the controls, a printout of that information, as a “map”, is generated.

Why is the BEAM unique?

BEAM is the only clinically validated medical technology that provides full colour, real-time images that depict overactive and underactive regions of the brain. MRI and CT procedures assess the anatomical (structural) aspect, not the signal activity of the brain. Information from MRI & CT can supplement BEAM results.
Functional MRI’s (fMRI) are also providing good data, however they are currently only being used for scientific research.

How does Gaia Clinic integrate brain mapping into my healthcare program?

Your maps form an essential element in your comprehensive head-to-toe functional protocol at Gaia Clinic. As a medical facility that focuses on mind/body health, we find that the condition of your brain is intimately related to the condition of your overall well-being. By addressing the underlying causes of illness – which frequently relate to brain health – we’ll start you on your path to prolonged wellness.

Does the BEAM hurt?

Absolutely not. Our clinical team ensures your comfort during the process (which takes less than an hour) Brain Mapping is non-invasive – you will not receive any injections in conjunction with the test. Electrodes will connect you to the recording apparatus, but you will not receive any electrical current. You remain completely alert during and after the process.

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