DrSwede wrote:I hold that my book is a good resource to protect and empower parents from the fraudulent behavior of Brain Balance. […] I thought we were on the same side, protecting these poor children and parents from the fraud of Brain Balance.
There is (and has been) plenty of information critical of Brain Balance available on the internet by people who actually are knowledgeable, who are qualified to evaluate the claims, and who actually do
have credentials – all free of charge and easy to google. Here are a few:
From Neurologica – written by Steven Novella, a neurologist at Yale:Brain Balance http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/brain-balance/Brain Balance Centers: total and utter neurobollocks https://neurobollocks.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/brain-balance-centers-total-and-utter-neurobollocks/Brain Balance Centers: An insider’s perspective https://neurobollocks.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/brain-balance-centers-an-insiders-perspective/
From Science-Based Medicine: Brain Balance http://sciencebasedmedicine.org/brain-balance/
You seem to be all about taking down Brain Balance -- but protecting us from “fraudulent behavior?” Obviously not.
I can only read the “see inside” preview pages available on Amazon, but what I can see appears to be a report comprised of common knowledge about some available programs, your uninformed explanations of disabilities, along with your opinion and “recommendations” (posing as a PhD-level expert) interspersed. This is not research.
Connecting the dots – when you posted here that “we have finally made the research available to the public” with a link to your Amazon sales site, you were apparently working for Brain Works, LLC. The date on the Amazon page beside your paperback version is November 6, 2016, (link
). Also at this time you were featured on the Brain Works, LLC website with false credentials and as teaching the Brain Training 101 course (as the feature on Brain Works LLC appeared on November 10, 2016 link here
The other programs appearing in your book are competitors of Brain Works LLC. And interestingly, you recommend BrainWorks -- from Pg 89, “look inside” preview of paperback version on Amazon (fair use):
In all cases, I would recommend attending John’s former partner’s program at Brain Works. He pays his educators substantially more, at $20-25 per hour, garnering more qualified teachers, and he charges quite a bit less for the program. BrainWorks may also be capable of applying insurance in some cases. BrainWorks is also the only program represented in the book that has been interested in conducting scientific research on the product they offer, which is currently underway.
In the world of real research, this would be considered an undisclosed conflict of interest, which is a huge no no. Also, having a family member, like a spouse, for instance, who works for Brain Works, might also be considered a conflict of interest.
I can’t see the chapter about Brain Works in the Amazon preview, but I can see plenty about Brain Balance. Under the circumstances, this was amusing – from page 92 in your paperback preview (fair use):
There are a few red flags that arise when examining Brain Balance, specifically the credentials of Dr. Melilo and his research.
Yes, that credential thing can be a red flag.
So the bottom line, in my opinion -- this seems to be an advertisement for Brain Works, LLC, written by an employee of BrainWorks, who uses false credentials, to sell the ad promoted as research to parents, in order to further profit from “desperate parents.” What a business plan.
This stunt is not exactly a positive endorsement for BrainWorks, LLC – quite the contrary. In my mind, Brain Works, LLC and Brain Balance are in the same category – pseudoscientific junk to AVOID.