Oberon Biofeedback Before & After

When I was brought in on the Oberon Biofeedback project, I was asked to re-write their website copy. The vast majority of their copy was either non-compliant or so highly technical and jargon-filled that it was useless. Here’s a sample of the original copy:

Bioresonance or Bio Resonance is based on the concept and observation that all living organisms and their components, the cells, tissues and organs, emit measurable electromagnetic waves. The frequency of these waves can vary from cell to cell or organ to organ and from tissue to tissue, based on their biochemical and physiological environment.  Accordingly, these can vary in responses to a variety of stresses from biochemical and physiological responses to pathogens, allergens, chemicals, or alteration in DNA. It has also been shown and measured that electromagnetic waves or oscillations emitted by diseased organs including cancer cells vary from those emitted by healthy cells due to their differences in cell metabolism and DNA damage.

By working with different tissues and organs under different pathological conditions it has been shown that each disease state elicits its own signature resonance frequency compared to the healthy ones. With modern electronic equipment it allows non-invasive scans for diagnosing different diseases. These diagnostic scans are not only non-invasive but can help diagnose even before the disease is full blown.  The BioResonance Machine from Oberon diagnostic is state of the art machine built with industry’s pioneering and most advanced hardware and software technology.

Bacteria, viruses, allergies, fungi, waste toxins, hormonal imbalances, adverse stress responses and electromagnetic pollution from various sources alter the physiology, biochemistry and functions of various organs and tissues which manifests into disease state. This in turn interferes and alters the cell resonance frequencies. Logically it follows that altering the natural frequency of healthy organs will create an unhealthy environment for the cells and tissues which in turn can promotes allergies, illness and disease. It has been determined that resonance frequency emitted in diseased state compared to healthy one is lower and if compensated and increased by external input can help restore the energy deficit and promote healing and reversal of the disease state. In short unhealthy cells or organs emit altered electromagnetic waves and that changing these waves back to normal will minimize the damaging effects of the disease and promote healing and cure of the body. This is the basis of Bioresonance Biofeedback Therapy.

Here’s an example of a re-write that I performed on one of their pages:

Oberon Biofeedback devices are non-linear biofeedback systems (NLS). They combine advanced information technology with the active homeostatic control.

Recent advances in computerized scanning allow for the analysis of a body’s homeostasis. The Oberon system is the most sensitive and active homeostasis control program in the world today.

Scientists at the Institute of Practical Psychophysics proposed a theory. They surmised that the human body had an energetic framework. What if this electromagnetic information framework could respond to external radiation?

Researchers examined many alternative healing methods. They developed a device capable of reading the frequency of this energetic framework. The device uses specially tuned magnetic oscillations, then records these frequencies as data.

Each organ and cell has its own distinct oscillations. This data can be stored in computer memory and displayed on the screen as a graph. As the organ, tissue, or cell interacts with its environment, information is exchanged. If there is any organ or tissue damage, this interaction changes. The Oberon biofeedback system measures the change in this interaction.

Because every person is unique, each person’s energetic framework will vary. The Oberon biofeedback system takes a person’s age, sex, and other variables into account. This allows it to distinguish between a normal state and a damaged state.

The Oberon biofeedback system is unique because of its hardware and software. The hardware correctly gathers information about the body. The software analyzes this information and presents it in a useful way.

In retrospect, I’m still not entirely happy with this copy. The F-K score says that the average reading level for this text is grade 11.9, which is generally much higher than I prefer. However, the target audience for this material consists of naturopathic and medical doctors, so I do feel that the increased F-K score will be less damaging with a better educated audience.

Eating Disorder Book

Eating Disorder Book Excerpt

I was asked to ghostwrite a book about eating disorder (ED) sufferers who did not fit the traditional stereotype. The author conducted research among online ED communities, and this is an excerpt from the book that talks specifically about EDs within minority or unexpected groups.

Eating Disorders in the Trans Community

One factor that greatly increases the risk of eating disorder is being transgender. Trans people are frequently forced as children and teens to live as a gender that feels “wrong” to them, and they develop a sense of hatred for their bodies at an early age. For trans men who had to endure puberty as a woman, the fat deposits of puberty around the breasts and hips can be especially troubling. And since trans people are more likely to endure sexual violence than cis people, trauma can also play a strong role.

Once transition begins, trans people are more likely to focus intently on the condition and appearance of their bodies. This focus can easily inspire or feed an eating disorder. Trans men may be trying to lower their body fat so that their breasts and buttocks will shrink. Trans women may be trying to lower their weight so that they’ll be perceived as being “attractive” (skinny). In any event, the early body hatred and feeling of being out of control of the bodily processes of puberty can create an eating disorder that can last a lifetime.

Eating Disorders among People of Color

As with trans people, eating disorders in people of color may stem from early childhood feelings of being out of control of their bodies. People of color raised in primarily white societies may have a sense of feeling “different” from an early age. Racism (both overt and subtle) can play an important role in encouraging disordered eating with people of color. There may be pressure to “look white”, which encourages everything from skin lightening to hair extensions to trying to be “skinny”. And there is societal pressure on people of color to “look white”, which is reflected in media and marketing.

Non-white models and actresses tend to have more Caucasian features: a narrow face, a slim body, long and straight hair, and lighter skin tones. While media doesn’t necessarily feed eating disorders, it does express a societal version of what is “pretty”.

In addition to racism, people of color are more likely to be victims of personal violence, which can lead to trauma-based eating disorders.

Eating Disorder among Men and Boys

Men and boys are usually considered to be exempt from eating disorders, but nothing could be further from the truth! Socially, muscular men are considered to be more desirable, but even these muscular men tend to have very low levels of body fat. As one male sufferer said, “It’s a lot easier to get laid when you have a six-pack.”

But male ED sufferers are not always looking to get laid, and to attribute eating disorders to an effort to attract a mate is short-sighted and inaccurate. Male ED sufferers among the gay community are common, in part due to some of the same factors that encourage ED in trans people (discrimination, abuse, trauma, body image, etc.).

Even heterosexual men can suffer from eating disorders. Men have body image issues, too, and men also suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, and other mental illnesses that are generally comorbid with EDs.