I am a writer, journalist and brain-enhancement aficionado who has been researching this subject for several years. I have personally tried many brain enhancing technologies and techniques, from high-tech devices to the ancient practices of meditation. My initial interest in brain enhancement arose out of a need to handle stress and multiple work-related demands with greater ease. I also wanted a stronger sense of self and peace of mind as I dealt with stress within my family around mental health and addiction issues, in addition to my mother’s dementia.
I found a solution in neurofeedback, which is biofeedback for the brain. I was amazed at how much happier and higher-functioning I could be, without the external situations changing at all. This was so exciting that I vowed to learn more about brain enhancement and to help others do the same. I also found a different kind of solution in the ancient practice of mindfulness, or Vipassana meditation. Since those initial experiences I have tried many other brain enhancement devices and practices. Surprisingly, my brain is still working! I have learned a great deal and met many wonderful researchers and scientists who are bringing real value to the world.
I started BETTERBRAINBETTERLIFE in July 2010. My path of discovery has also involved seeking solutions for JoAnne Sommers who sustained a concussion in May 2011 and for various friends and other family members.
In the course of this journey we have encountered a range of brain-enhancement solutions and non-solutions. We have been through a lot of trial and error and spent plenty of money investigating dead ends. We have also encountered many people in this field who are full of ego, write inferior books and will say or write just about anything to get recognition and sell their ineffective products.
The good news is that our search is paying off in better brains, and better lives. There was no guarantee that this would happen – it’s been an adventure and believe me when your brain doesn’t feel right life can be pretty scary. So we have a lot to be thankful for and want to share this good news with you. If you are feeling confused about brain enhancement options, I hope we can help.
I started life in southern Ontario and now reside in British Columbia. When I was in my early thirties, and already with a family, I attended university and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in an independent study degree program in which I focused on creative writing. I enjoy my extended family of three sons and their partners, and three grandsons. Thankfully my parents are still with us. I relish time with friends, the beauty of my surroundings and the fact I am engaged in interesting work that is part of a larger vision of making a contribution to others. As for the ‘name’ thing….I began life with the surname Jeffries, married into Barclay and chose Kamen as a last name many long years ago. Kamen apparently means ‘rock’ in the Czech language. I simply liked the look and sound of it, and there were only two in the local phonebook at the time. So here I am, for now, trying to keep aware and present!
Join Our Mailing List
Promise: Just interesting stuff
and not too often!