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August 2005

The Brain Protocol: For the Healing of Our Planet

by Gary Cools, Ph.D.

Early in the 1980's, a Dr. Gerard Gueniot, M.D., of France collaborated with twelve specialists in various fields that concern human development: brain development, endocrinology, neurology, psychology, recovery specialists and more. The "committee" set a goal of formulating a unified outlook on human development as it progresses toward adulthood and to embrace the setbacks that occur when traumatic events are experienced. Then they approached homeopathic remedies that are known to assist in targeted cellular growth and intercellular connection - all focused around brain tissues and brain functions.

They established a set of patterns that they hold to be true, that from one week old to 18 months old, a child develops in a survival or adrenaline phase. The person does not need a great deal of space; a crib and mother's or father's arms are enough. Digestion and respiration develop then. This is also when they establish bonding to the parents, the parents imprinting their love and their fashion of responding to the baby's needs.

In the second phase, from age 18 months to 7 years old, the child develops in the thyroid phase. In fact, the thyroid functions at its highest at age 4. At this phase, the person explores beyond the crib and the parents' arms. Energy abounds, growth is perpetual, play comes in many forms to help form memory, comprehension, and imagination.

From 7 years on, the individual develops in the final pituitary phase. The more complex symbol systems are acquired. Math, music, art, acquiring extra languages, computer skills on a more 'adult' level begin here. Vast platforms of integrated thought and feeling come together. Complex socialization evolves and becomes second nature.

An additional phase has been developed for young adults that have addictive behaviors, called the juvenile phase. This is only used as needed.

Each phase has neurological factors, endocrine factors, specialized brain development, and specific socialization principles.

Phases can be interrupted by a traumatic event: losing a parent, going through a major surgical procedure, having a closed head injury, struggling through a major disease episode, or enduring the effects of toxic exposure. When these things happen, the child's brain development often goes dormant, they become psychologically numb, the corpus callosum shuts down and one hemisphere does most of the processing. Feelings are buried and expression of emotion is delayed far into the future. If there is no breakthrough with the trauma, the child moves on to the next phase without the previous phase being completed. This accounts for much of the ADHD, ODD, autism, and panic response that we see today.

With these observations brought together, Dr. Gueniot and his colleagues felt the challenge was to formulate an approach for helping individuals of any age to finish the brain development that was interrupted by the trauma, and connect it to the rest of the brain. The memories and history would be the same, but the capacities and integration would change remarkably. With this plan in mind, they developed a homeopathic regimen called the Brain Protocol. This approach is now at least 15 years old, and has gone through hundreds of case studies. The first system worked, but was too slow for anybody but the most dedicated to complete. Over time adjustments were made and progress is now swift enough that brain recovery can outpace the patient's comfort zone. Colorful dreams ranging from exploration of self to the border of 'dream overload' is a possible outcome of the treatment. Daytime emotions may well up in ways that the patient has rarely seen before.

Today, the Brain Protocol involves a week's treatment in each regular phase for three weeks, and then a week off. This is repeated for four months, possibly more. If the patient advances past the point of their relative comfort zone, there are interruptions in the Brain Protocol, replaced by other, milder support as things move forward. The patient and practitioner become very interactive at this point. The progress is maintained until clinical judgement determines that the patient has filled in the phase features that were absent.

Imagine a family whose great grandfather died in a prairie conflict. And let's assume that through the generations, this caused the family with their traumatic phase 'voids' to express themselves in alcoholism, joblessness, superficial bonding, low esteem, depression, and gullibility. The transference of phase 'voids' from one generation to another can be stopped with a 'reboot' of the computer, and a generation can begin a history of greater wholeness.  

And some of the madness can stop.

This is the most striking and measurable regimen I have seen in complementary medicine.

Gary S. Cools, PhD, N.D. is the director of Health eFX with offices in Ludington and Suttons Bay, MI. He is a nationally certified massage therapist, acupuncturist, master herbalist and naturopathic consultant. The Brain Protocol is available through Gary's office in Ludington at (231)845-1250; Evergreen Integrated Health in Suttons Bay at (231)271-2002.

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