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Stress, Memory and Healing the Brain

Feb 05, 2016 09:55AM ● By Dr. David Witkowski

Jill walked out of the psychiatrist’s office, baffled and upset. At age 54 her spotty memory and muddled thinking were problems she could no longer ignore. The prescription bio-identical hormones did little to alleviate the mental overwhelm, memory challenges and anxiety she felt on a constant basis.

When the psychiatrist recommended medication for ADD and depression Jill felt even more hopeless.  She couldn’t imagine being a hostage to drugs for the rest of her life.  
“I hear a version of this story every day in my practice,” says Dr. David Witkowski, the founder and director of Cognition Ignition in Encinitas. “Very few people know there is an effective alternative for memory loss and depression that doesn’t involve drugs or talk therapy.”

Witkowski, or “Beba” (pronounced BEE-bah) as his clients call him, has been working with individuals of all ages to regenerate and restore brain function without drugs or other standard therapies for nearly 20 years.  “These are only Band-Aids.  They don’t heal the brain, nor do they affect lasting change.  Symptoms are masked, not reversed.”

In 1952 Dr. Ruven Feuerstein, a world-renowned cognitive psychologist and Israel Prize laureate began using new learning and cognition strategies to help young Holocaust survivors release trauma and move on with their lives in Israel.

Dr. Feurstein’s work—known as Instrumental Enrichment or IE—is based on the concept that humans of any age can change their brain patterning at a subconscious level, where all learning takes place.  Witkowski, studied directly with Dr. Feurstein and is one of the few recognized IE experts in the United States.

“Subconscious patterning works very much like the operating system (OS) in your computer or smart phone,” Witkowski explains.  “It is the ‘invisible’ background software that makes the phone work.  Sometimes the software develops a glitch, and updating is necessary.  That’s what IE does.  In essence, we’re able to restore the cognitive software so that the brain ‘relearns’ how to function properly.”  

“There’s been a lot of media attention about traumatic brain injuries in athletes and how damaging TBIs can be,” Witkowski explains, “from headaches, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings and frustration—and the dramatic impacts they have on one’s life.”

However, according to Witkowski, far more common brain injuries are all around us—including chemical (stress) and emotional related traumas.  ADD, ADHD, autism, depression, dyslexia and an entire encyclopedia of disorders fall under a similar umbrella.  Whatever the label, at the root, the brain and its chemistry have become unbalanced.

“The great news is that science is now confirming what my colleagues and I have known for a long time—that the brain is modifiable. It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are.  Memory and cognitive ability can be regenerated with permanent results. There’s no going backwards once the brain is shown how to relearn,” says Witkowski.

To connect with Dr. David “Beba” Witkowski, Director of Cognition Ignition, call 760-436-2408.  His office is located at 165 S. El Camino Real, Ste. F, in Encinitas. Read dozens of remarkable success stories at