Using the Brain to Conquer ADHD

teen brain, adhd, learning disability, brain trainingThis guest post is by: VanValkenburgh’s book, “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: Conquer ADHD In 60 Days, Without Ritalin” was voted “Best Self-Improvement Book of 2011” by the Mom’s Choice Awards and “Best Motivational Book” by the Reader’s Favorite Awards. It is available at online retailers, such as Barnes &, as well as her

If you’re looking for a drug-free way to tackle Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD,) then you might be interested in brain training.  It’s been described as the “lazy way to get rid of ADHD,” and advocates claim it’s safe, reliable and effective.

It looks like something out of a science fiction movie. A pair of “omni-screen” eyeglasses, headphones, and a control box with pre-programmed sessions. How it works is that you put on the gear, cover up with a blanket, and zone out. You wake up 22 minutes later. That’s when you discover something amazing has happened.  Now, you have laser-like concentration, focus, better memory, increased organization, and it’s easier to get things done during the day.  In effect, you have trained your brain using “light and sound” technology.

It’s called the ALERT 60-day home-based “brain training” program, and it promises to help you conquer Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity.  It’s used by children and adults, and it’s a natural alternative to drugs (which are traditionally used to treat ADHD).

“The system uses mild flashing lights and synchronized heartbeat sounds. It’s audio-visual and it works to stabilize, fine tune, and normalize brainwaves,” contends Nicky VanValkenburgh. She has written  a book on this subject called “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: Conquer ADHD in 60 Days, Without Ritalin.”

Evidently, the ALERT program stimulates and arouses the brain, and VanValkenburgh goes so far as to say “it gives you the same effects as Ritalin, without swallowing pills.” She contends that the ALERT brain training program increases oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Plus, it “replaces your ADHD with the Rhythm of Peak Performance.”

In her book, VanValkenburgh explains that her brain training system teaches you the Rhythm of Peak Performance, which was discovered by UCLA neuroscientist Dr. Barry Sterman, as far back as 1968.

“It’s the rhythm of a person who is optimally listening, focusing, remembering, tuning out distractions, and getting things done. It’s the person we all want to be,” she said.

VanValkenburgh explained that the brain training system works with the principle of “practice makes perfect, and repetition creates mastery.”

“By using the machine, you’re actually practicing the Rhythm of Peak Performance, until you master it. That is when it becomes an automatic response, and you can do it without the brain training machine. “

Although VanValkenburgh wrote the book on this natural remedy for ADHD, her “brain training” system was invented by a school psychologist, Michael Joyce, and a technican, Dave Siever, who also manufactures the device in Canada for Mind Alive, Inc.  VanValkenburgh is a licensed retailer of the brain training system, and sells it online at

ADHD is a behavioral disorder that affects up to 1 in 20 children in America (according to World Psychiatry, 2003.) Other statistics suggest that 4 out of every 6 adults have ADHD (USA Today, 2011.) The ADHD diagnosis is based on a subjective behavioral and clinical evaluation, and drug treatment is the most common form of treatment. The ADHD treatment market exceeds $4 billion, and ADHD affects over 12 million Americans, with less than 25% are currently diagnosed and treated.

“The problem with ADHD drugs such as Ritalin, Dexedrine and Adderall is that they’re amphetamines and chemically similar to cocaine,” says VanValkenburgh. Her book lists 12 compelling reasons to avoid ADHD drugs, all backed up by references, including government warnings published by the FDA and CDC.

“The problem with Ritalin is that it covers up the symptoms, much like aspirin masks the pain of a broken leg. If you have a broken leg, you can take aspirin to numb the pain, but it isn’t doing anything to heal your leg,” said Vanvalkenburgh.

“It’s the same thing with Ritalin; it’s like sitting on a tack. You could take medication for relief, by the best treatment is removing the tack. If you want to get to the root of the problem, once and for all, grab that tack and pull it out!”

She contends that her brain training program is a way to make permanent and lasting changes in the brain. Plus  it’s so easy that “you can do it lying flat on your back, with your eyes closed.”

“It’s been described as the lazy way to get rid of ADHD, but it’s also a brain training method that’s based in neurotherapy, and is supported by a review of scientific literature.”

VanValkenburgh’s book, “Train Your Brain, Transform Your Life: Conquer ADHD In 60 Days, Without Ritalin” was voted “Best Self-Improvement Book of 2011” by the Mom’s Choice Awards and “Best Motivational Book” by the Reader’s Favorite Awards. It is available at online retailers, such as Barnes &, as well as her 

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One Response to “Using the Brain to Conquer ADHD”

  1. Laura Atwood
    September 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I completely agree with this article. Brain State Technologies ( has helped people with ADD and ADHD with a 85% success rate.

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