Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and her husband Dick, are primary investors in Neurocore, a corporate partner in Windquest, the DeVoses’ private equity investment firm. Operating from twelve storefront locations, in Florida and Michigan, Neurocore claims to be able to “train the brain” to overcome various maladies.
Mr. Ulrich Boser, wrote about his trip to a Neurocore branch store, in a high-end strip mall, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where he went to investigate what Neurocore was all about. The company addresses such diverse problems as: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism, anxiety, stress, depression, poor sleep, memory loss and migraines. The potential magic bullet, which hasn’t been confirmed through peer-review, is “Neurofeedback”—which seeks to help people “optimize” the electrical impulses of their brains.
In a NY Times article about Neurocore, the authors reported that their isn’t any groundswell, within the medical community, to embrace the Neurocore’s treatments.
“(The company)….promotes results that are nothing short of stunning: improvements reported by 91 percent of patients with depression; 90 percent with attention deficit disorder; and 90 percent with anxiety.” There doesn’t seem too be any confirmation, however, within the neurological health care field.
Sandra K. Loo, director of pediatric neuropsychology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, at the University of California, Los Angeles, has written about neurofeedback and quantitative EEG, a brain-wave test that Neurocore performs as part of its diagnosis. She states that the effects are short-term, and haven’t been proven to be any better than a placebo.
Dr. Majid Fotuhi, Neurocore’s Chief Medical Officer, and Timothy G. Royer, the company’s founder, each have good credentials; however, their professional careers don’t appear to have been particularly successful, outside of the DeVos family umbrella. There has also been some reluctance on the part of health insurers to cover Neurocore’s treatments.
Dr. Matthew Siegel, a child psychiatrist at Maine Behavioral Healthcare and associate professor at Tufts School of Medicine, who also co-wrote autism practice standards for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has stated: “If there were something out there that was uniquely powerful and wonderful, we’d all be using it.”
NOTE: Unfortunately, this treatment reminds me of the various for-profit schools, which offer hope, which might nor be possible!
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