How about Making Healware?
The following is an appeal written by my friend Melinda Pillsbury-Foster. In essence, she proposes an application of OpenBCI hardware and the development of neurofeedback software to bring self therapy through neurofeedback to the masses of people suffering from such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I am opening this discussion in the hopes of attracting support for this effort.
Out of problems, we can 'Make' solutions and spread the benefits to many.You hear people talk about the present upsurge of alcoholism and drug use. More 12-step programs are popping up all the time as people try to cope with these 'addictions.' Returning veterans are heavily represented in these programs—if they are not stoned out with a cornucopia of pharmaceuticals issued through the Veteran's Administration that all too often kill them.One trauma adds more traumas, and more people are impacted every single day now.Add to this the problems children are struggling with, including ADHD, another neurologiccal condition.People are phobic and traumatized in more ways than you can shake a stick at because so many unexpected and horrible things are happening in every part of our lives.As a result they become fearful, angry, or passive, and their ability to innovate and solve problems is severely impacted.These very real problems transform people who were once productive into welfare recipients, dependent on food banks as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.The core problem is actually Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There are dozens of other names for the neurological impact on the brain. It creates anxiety which makes it impossible for people to function normally.Because the symptoms look to us like being lazy, addicted, incompetent, or too stupid to be believed, we lump them all together. But 76% can be returned to normal, optimized functioning. Think about that. Think about how different our country would be today if we could free up people ready and able to do something productive. Instead of being a problem, which absorbs resources from society.Cure is possible. The solution grew out of biofeedback research that started decades ago. The US military has been using this technology since the 1980s for high-end specialists who need to have split-second reactions and optimal functioning. But they don't waste it on returning veterans, even though their problems could be solved this way.High end executives, floor traders, people with high-end jobs use this solution routinely, as do professional athletes.So what does this have to do with Makeware? Everything.We can produce a unit which puts HealWare into the hands of every one who is facing the problem of PTSD.What if we could get people off welfare by enabling them to heal the neurological condition at the source of drug addiction and alcoholism?It is not true for most of these people that they are just stupid and lazy. They are using drugs and alcohol to cope with anxiety. This is why you see the radical change in so many returning veterans. This is the cause of those suicides and the violence which is destroying military families.Neurofeedback is already in use, and its use is growing at the high-end: people from the military, finance, and other arenas. But it is still too expensive for those struggling to survive. All in all, the treatments can cost thousands of dollars and take a lot of time.But like so many technologies, neurofeedback has been maturing. Technology now exists that is automated and takes just a few minutes to learn.The human brain is amazingly plastic. It can, and does, heal itself.This is HealWare. A small unit with three small contacts, so the brain can rebuild. The individual can build new pathways in the brain, stilling the loops caused by trauma.Once one experiences the difference, the loss the fear and anxiety, the world is a different place, productivity increases dramatically and drugs and alcohol lose their attractions.Imagine handing a unit, costing $100 or less, to a returning veteran suffering with anxiety so intense they destroy everything around them, their family, their job, and their hope for the future.Imagine a child on pharmaceuticals became of ADHD who no longer needs to take any pharmaceuticals.Today, most people who get neurofeedback therapy, do so because they have heard about it from someone else who used it. Word of mouth advertising sells.HealWare yourself clean, sober, relaxed, optimized, no longer fearful. Now go find others and help them HealWare. This is not big money. It is get-back-on-my-feet money opening the door to an opportunity for people around the world to heal and make money at the same time.The open hardware can make this happen.The FDA currently requires no training for neurofeedback, even when someone is giving the therapy. That is how far the automation has come. It can cause no harm.Instead of killing themselves, either through suicide or through their chosen method for self medication, they start earning money by Healwaring others. We can begin rebuilding lives.I see explosions in productivity and activism, a path which can become a superhighway to change in every part of our world.Healware. A small unit with three small connectors allowing each who needs it to heal the traumatized brain.