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Zero-Second Brain Cycle Explained

I want to further explain what a zero-second brain cycle is with two stories.

In 2004, it was my first day of work at The Family Hope Center, a local brain-injured center. The director had taken the training and was excited for me to start.

Most of our patients were from Europe and, for some, English was a second language. I saw a young German child with a zero-second brain cycle. I do not remember my exact explanation, but I very quickly got called on the carpet in the director’s office.

The parents interpreted my explanation that their child would soon be in a vegetative state and were totally freaked out. I could have been fired right on the spot with justification, but the director knew my intent. He told me that I had to figure out a good way to explain this situation to parents.

The brain cycle is the expansion and contraction of the brain in seconds. A zero-second cycle is one so minuscule and faint that I cannot measure it precisely. 

I explain to parents that their child has a tight head and living with a lot of pressure. The goal is to feel a long calm expansion and contraction of the brain.

I am ending with an emotional story that I remember vividly. In 1995, my dad was in a coma in the hospital, and I sat with him quietly. When I came back from lunch, his doctor said that he had passed.

I went back into his hospital room and stood by his bed, crying. I remembered the older cranial osteopaths had said that the brain was the last organ to die.

His heart had stopped, and he had been declared dead, but I went around to the head of the bed and put my hands over his head. He used to love for me to check his brain cycle.

Surprisingly, he did have a good brain cycle—he was still alive. I followed his cycle for a number of minutes until he had a great expansion cycle and then it stopped completely.

I experienced his exact moment of death, when his soul left his body. Even now in 2023, I still have tears. It was my dad’s final gift to me.

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