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COVID-19 and the brain

COVID-19 and the brain
Neurofeedback therapy

By Dr. Annemie Peche
Recent research indicated that the Covid-19 outbreak affects the body in different ways. Covid-19 has neurological effects and impacts the stability and functioning of the brain causing symptoms such as seizures and confusion.Dr Majid Fotuhi in Northern Virginia noted that a MRI should be performed before a patient is discharged from the hospital.The development of seizures, confusion, fatigue, cognitive decline, attention deficit, dizziness, brain fog, headache, stroke, and occasionally brain bleed, and experience of spaciness which includes alteration of the mental state has been indicated as symptoms after recovery. He did not exclude the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s Disease in the future.Dr Majid Fotuhi reported the findings from a study in France and noted 3 stages of Covid-19 development:

Ø Neurological effect-COVID Stage 1: During this stage, the patient experiences loss of olfactory senses (smell and taste). The epithelial cells of the nose and mouth are affected and patients lose their sense of taste and smell

.Ø Neurological effect-COVID Stage 2: During Stage 2, the immune system is affected and results in inflammation which is transported via the blood flow and affect body organs, which can cause blood clots, and do not exclude the development of vascular dementia.

Ø Neurological effect-COVID Stage 3: the immune system reacts by releasing cytokines that cause inflammation, which damages the blood-brain barrier, that serves as a protective barrier for the blood vessels in the brain. This makes the invasion of the virus possible and may cause symptoms such as seizures, confusion, or a coma. Corona is an RNA cell according to Dr Coenie Hattingh (Lecture on Genetic, Toxic, and Acquired Metabolic Diseases – UCT) The Primary role of RNA is to convert the information stored in DNA into proteins. The main effect is not the virus itself but the immune response that causes the damage, as the virus needs the individual’s metabolic machinery to grow. The virus is found in infected droplets, invected food, nasal and respiratory discharge.The necessity of a MRI to rule out brain damage has been underlined in research. Long-term effects include depression, insomnia, Parkinson’s disease, memory loss, high-stress levels, or accelerated aging of the brain. With the neuro-immune impact, the frontal or executive functions are affected.

Ø Except for regular exercise, a healthy diet, improving the sleep pattern, stress release, and to address the depression that has been recommended, Neurofeedback is an alternative, augmentative and beneficial modality of treatment in conjunction with other therapies such as psychotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and psychiatric support.The role of NF or Neurotherapy (NF)

Ø NF does not destroy a virus but is implemented to address a number of symptoms and has indicated a positive affect in terms of high tension levels, panic, anxiety disorders, PTSD, poor sleep onset and sleep maintenance, depression, and has been implemented in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and stroke. In the latter 3 conditions, the focus is on maintenance and an attempt to improve the quality of life.Dr Annemie Pechéapeche@vodamail.co.za / Website: www.neurfofeedback-therapy.co.za / 011 675 6138 / 082 3356 133