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My retort on an extreme view of brain gym's validity:

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On 4/11/05, Brayne Jim wrote:
> As a teacher myself, I am keen to use new techniques... but they have to
> have some 'weight' behind them. Techniques that have a sprinkling of
> independent research, facts, figures and peer-review.
> Unfortunately, Brain Gym does not seem to feature any of this and reeks of
> pseudoscience.
> It's wishful thinking: 'YOU! Yes YOU can transform achievement in schools
> with a few finger and leg movements' It's no different to those ads that
> promise you can lose weight without changing your diet.
> I ought to submit Brain Gym to Penn and Teller's BS show. They would love
> this as it fits in so beautifully with the other non-scientific garbage
> children have been force-fed through the ages. Remember those weird
> spelling schemes from the 70s that wrecked many a reader? Intelligent Design?

Hi Brayne Jim, (cute)

Brain Gym is not meant to be a panacea, and dramatic changes don't happen immediately. Yet some BG exercises do have immediate effects.

Take it from someone who faithly did many and/or all of the exercises every day (rare exceptions) for more than a year.

An instant change: Doing the five basic exercises prior to singing on stage, I performed much better consistently.

Another instant change: The morning of a friend's wedding, I asked her to indulge me, by having her do those five basic exercises. We spent 15 minutes on the exercises. Afterwards, she was extremely calm, relaxed and was able to have fun at her wedding. Days prior to her wedding and the morning of the wedding -- pre-BG exercises -- she was literally shaking with anxiety, unable to focus, not sleeping well.

Extreme change: After more than a year of doing those exercises, I had an appointment with my eye doctor. It had been three years since my last visit. My perscription improved by one level, and my peripheral and depth of field vision tested as that of a 19-year-old. My eye doctor was amazed, and asked me what I was doing to make such improvements.

Can you think of something that could improve my vision this dramatically?


P.S. Not to be snotty, but I know Teller of "Penn and Teller." I could share Brain Gym with him and see what his conclusion is.

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