Virtual Reality Gave Me My Brain Back

No, this is not a joke. It isn’t a set up for a routine or comedy.  It is a real title for a very real and nerve wracking experience I had.

On May 20th, 2015 I was in New York City.  Like I love to do on a nice day, I took a long walk through the city. When I say long, I mean long.  From Columbus Circle down to the Alphabet Streets and back.  My step count was through the roof:).

I got back to my apartment, showered and soon after I had a headache. I rarely get headaches so I thought maybe it was dirt and grime and whatever that had accumulated on my contacts. Took them out. I was tired. So I went to bed. Expecting to feel better in the morning after a good nights sleep

May 21st, 2015. I woke up dizzy.

My initial reaction was that I had a form of Vertigo.

I had experienced Vertigo multiple times before.  Once when I was staying in Manhattan Beach, I woke up with Vertigo, thought we were in the middle of an earth quake and rushed to alert my neighbors. All of whom made it clear that there was no earthquake. There hadn’t been an earthquake. And maybe I had too much to drink the night before

My most recent Vertigo experience was a good 10 years ago and with a trip to the doctor I was given a few pages with a series of head movement exercises.  By the next day I was fine. It was  as if nothing had happened.

So on May 21st, 2015 my expectation was that all would be fine shortly. I did my exercises. Unfortunately they didn’t work. At the end of the day I was still was what is easiest to describe as being dizzy, but it was far more than that.

My brain was in a fog, I felt hungover. i felt some nausea,  without having had a drink. My face and ears felt full. I can’t fully describe it  or give justice to just how off I felt.  My balance was fine. My body below the neck was fine. I never felt better. But inside my head something was definitely wrong.

I headed back to Dallas still believing it was Vertigo related and I was just missing something.

I visited my doctor who suggested I get more electrolytes and see if that helped. It did a tiny bit, but not much. After which I started “the rounds”

He sent me for an MRI of my head, nothing. My neck. Nothing. An MRA. Nothing. All of which was obviously good news at the highest level. It didn’t appear to be anything life threatening.

Then I made the rounds to Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors. Nothing. I was in tip top shape. Then my doctor suggested I visit a Neurologist. She immediately concluded that it was not physical and was completely stress related and that I should  see a Psychiatrist, but first here is some Klonopin for you to take to help you.

That made me even worse. I would take dizzy and nauseas over how the klonopin made me feel any day and I knew it wasn’t a psychological issue. So I got off of those meds quickly.

Then I found another Dr who had more experience in treating Dizziness and related issues. To his credit, he pushed me to do the full battery of tests  that are normal for these types of issues, but unfortunately it was now the second week of June and I had to head to LA to start shooting Shark Tank in a couple days.  I don’t remember how we got to it. but he suggested Valium.

Boom. It worked. Mostly.

I was no longer dizzy. I actually felt alright. When I took 9mg of Valium. The problem of course is that I always wanted to lay down and take a nap.

But it got me through the first shooting pod of Season 7 of Shark Tank. So when you are watching, if you notice I look really, really relaxed and maybe a little tired or sleepy, now you know why.

While the Valium certainly helped, it became obvious to me that taking 9mg of Valium a day was no way to go through life. So I began trying to reduce my dosage. I got it so that within a couple weeks I could take half a mg in the morning and half in the afternoon and get to an acceptable state.  I also found that the busier I kept myself, the less I thought about it and the better I felt.

Of course the doctors were sure at that point that if valium worked (as did drinking. Drunk felt like every drunk night before it ), that it must be stress.  It wasn’t

I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was concerned as my family headed off to Southern California for a vacation.  I didn’t want to drive with my family in the car.  Every terrible possibility I could conjure in my head as a problem, I did. I read everything and anything that I could about dizziness. Unfortunately, dizziness is a symptom for almost everything. I found nothing.

I was miserable.  Valium was not a solution. Not a way I wanted to go through life.

Then I stumbled onto a website, http://www.dizziland.com . It claimed to cure 95% of patients who come in with dizziness.  I was desperate. It was a 30 minute drive from where we were vacationing, so I made an appointment . It was for first week of August.

Dr. Mango and his crew put me through about 5 hours of tests. From what I understand they were traditional, for the most part.  I got spun, turned, twisted, ballooned and then they put me in a dark room, strapped me in to a chair and asked me to use a joy stick to demonstrate that I could align a red line absolutely vertical, and absolutely horizontal.

My vertical was no problem. Horizontal ? I was convinced I was laying the line down so it was absolutely flat.  As it turns out I wasn’t close. I was off 38pct.  That was good.

The audiologist, Dr Pearce, told me that was the information they needed. She was confident she could get me back to normal. When I asked what caused the problem.  There was no answer. It could be an inner ear infection or something else.  But she was fairly certain that an Otolith in my vestibular system had been damaged.

The way she explained it, and Im paraphrasing , I was dizzy because my eyes, the otolith in my vestibular system and brain were out of whack.  My damaged otolith was telling my brain I was falling or off balance, but my eyes was saying everything was normal. So my brain was confused and working overtime , resulting in all the problems I was experiencing.

Obviously I was thrilled. But getting back to normal wasn’t a quick process. Below is a video I asked to do for Dizziland to tell people who were experiencing what I was experiencing that there was hope.

 

What you can’t really see is that I’m in front of what is called an Epley Chair.

If you watch the video below, you will see the spinning chair. For my case, the chair was in a dark enclosure.

 

Dr. Mango had created the special enclosure for the chair, but more importantly, he created a protocol of videos that would be projected against the walls.  While I watched the videos there were cameras looking at my eyes, measuring the response of my eyes . It was a solution that he had integrated and it was working.

In the dark room,  the protocol would sometimes show star like objects projected against the walls of the room. Sometimes I would be still. Sometimes I would be moving.  Sometimes they would be slow,  sometimes they would be faster.  All in all I would be in the chair about an hour. Every day.

I was making progress.  But my time in Southern California was coming to an end. I had to get back to Dallas. Which was a problem because my brain really benefited from daily treatment.

There were not chairs available to me in Dallas.  There were only 20 in the entire country.  Almost all in Veteran’s Hospitals where they were used to treat servicemen and women who had suffered various types of head trauma resulting in dizziness. The closest to me was in San Antonio and it did not run the protocol Dr Mango had created.

I literally was desperate.

I was making progress. I was getting closer and closer. So I looked into buying my own chair and enclosure and hiring one of Dr Mango’s audiologists to move to Dallas to start a Dizziland branded office in Dallas.  It would help not only me, but also others who could benefit from the same therapy.

It was September going into October at this point and I was at what I would call about 60pct. But unless I could just go back out to Southern California and stay until i was fixed, I was going to have to wait several months to put all this together.

To try to mitigate the problem and buy time, the Docs gave me videos to watch on a laptop screen in the dark.  It didn’t help. I wasn’t getting better and on some days it was much worse.

Then it hit me.

Why not put the videos on my phone and look at them in the Samsung VR set I had bought just to try to learn more about VR

Bingo.

I started using Dr Mango’s protocol in the Samsung VR Glasses every morning and every night and started making progress nearly every day. Day after day, night after night I was in my bedroom or a hotel room with my Goggles on watching white boxes on a black background scroll past my eyes. My doctors had me standing sometimes. Laying down sometimes. Standing on a pillow in the morning, rolling side to side while watching at night.

By November I was 75pct, by December 90pct.  By the end of January and in to February I had days where I felt completely normal.  I was able to reduce my use of the googles to every 3rd day. Then every week.

Today, I use them for maintenance every couple of weeks just to play it safe, but I’m back to normal and happy.

Virtual Reality along with Dr Mango,  his protocol and some amazing Audiologists in Dr Pearce and Dr Nava gave me my brain back. I can’t thank them enough

VR worked so well, Dr Mango and I are now patenting the entire protocol and program and he is already testing it with great results with some of his other patients.  Hopefully it can have the same impact on others that it had on me.

 

 

Oklahoma City townhomes for rent

OKC Townhomes Available are some of the mostlavish things that individuals can buy. Withhouses ranging in the thousands to the countless dollars, houses may cause a big dent in a bank account. Fortunately, there areways to locate homes which are affordable in cost.Locating affordable residences will take a little time and skill,but it’s likely to discover a dwelling that is underneath yourprice range. Lowing the price of housing enables you to keep more of your take home income.If you get a property that’s beneath that which youcould afford, you may also possess the chance to remodel the house toyour individual preferences.

 

Wait to get a Buyer’s Market

One of the best items to do when looking at houses available would be to ask the real-estate agent what type of market it really is. Both kinds of marketplaces are buyers markets and sellersmarkets. A buyer’s market means that things are tipped in favor of thepurchaser. A seller’s market means that sellers are placing their homes available on the market for higher than market costs and receiving more cash. When possible, you would like to purchase when you are in abuyer’s market. Every area will get into buyers and sellers markets at different times. Keep abreast of changesthrough your realtor. When it’s a buyer’s market you’ll get the most bang for your buck and perhaps purchase in a much better placeor get more square footage.

OK condos for rent

First, decide how much space you desire. Ordinarily a townhome will offer more space than a condo. Plus, a townhome by definition may have at least two floors in which a condo will usually be flat. See related video: https://youtube.com/watch?v=YG0Wcd7r5ms Multiple floors offer better compartmentalization of living spaces, where bedrooms could be separated from living and kitchen spaces, etc. Also, townhomes usually offer more bedroom and loft alternatives than condominiums. And townhomes usually have attached garages whereas condominiums often use common area parking lots. Next, determine on which part of the area you would like to live in. Though the region is somewhat streamlined, you can find several choices. It is possible to live in the middle of the “action” or you can live off the main areas of activity. More info: https://youtube.com/watch?v=YG0Wcd7r5ms This is the wonder of Uptown Dallas townhome living… lots of options. Second, determine in your financing alternatives. For those who have good credit along with a reasonable down payment, you should have no trouble buying your dream townhome in Uptown Dallas. It is best to pre-qualify for a loan (until you’re paying cash) so that your Realtor® will have maximum negotiating flexibility. If your credit is less-than-perfect, an excellent Realtor® might help you explore your funding options as well.

ScanDisk Extreme Class 10 Problems on 60D

 

 I recently purchased a Canon 60D form Digital Review.

Images taken with Canon 60D ScanDisk Extereme HD Video SD Card

 

When I first got the camera I started out using a ScanDisk Class 4 SD card and noticed that a few pictures where coming out a bit weird.

 
The specs that Canon provide are for Class 6 plus.
 
So no problem, I went along to Argos and purchased thre ScanDisk Extreme which accoding to the
catalogue is ideal for a high performance DSLR such as the 60D.

Still about 10% of the pics where comining out like this, some good some bad:
 
I sent it back to Digital Review, who sent it back to Canon, whi tested it and said the card was faulty.

So I went back to Argos and got another ScanDisk Extreme Class 10 HD Video SD card.

Still the pics were coming out with issues.

In all cases they looked fine in the LCD screen, but when I come to processing them the come out corrupt.

So now I have ordered a Transcend Class 6 from Digital Review, who say they will be sending me a Class 10.

What a mess – lets see what happens.

If the pictures are still corrupt them I will be sending the camera back for good.



Why Apple Must Win vs the FBI

In this country we have rights.  Under the 6th Amendment we have very specific rights

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

In the current case facing Apple, the terrorists who had possession of the phone are deceased. However, in one of the next times Apple is called upon to open up a phone to enable access, chances are good that the person in possession of a phone during an illegal and possibly heinous act will be alive, be an American citizen and demand “to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence”

In the event Apple loses the current case to the FBI, setting a precedent that they can be compelled to unlock phones for the FBI and other government agencies,  each and every defendant in such cases will have the assistance of counsel for their defense. What do you expect every defense lawyer to do in order to protect their client who has had a phone opened ?

Once the phone is “cracked” by Apple or any device or Operating System developer, whatever is found by the FBI or whatever government agency is involved, is going to be labeled “planted” or false evidence.  The defendants lawyer is going to scream as loud as they can that whatever was found was not originated by their client. That Apple, in cahoots with the government agency, modified their software to not only unlock the phone, but to also write to the device everything the government agency needs to gain a conviction.  Pictures. Texts. Logs. Files. Videos. All originated and/or imported by the code in order to gain a conviction.

The best way to disprove this allegation by the defense attorney ?

Line by line publication of the code used to open it.  Reviewed by who knows how qualified and how many “experts” who will pass judgement based upon who paid them. Possibly a line by line presentation of the code to a jury of the defendant’s peers.  

Yes, the FBI and Apple would do everything possible to try to stop this presentation, but what if they can not ?

Which is exactly why Apple must win the current case against the FBI.  There is a near ZERO chance that the code created by Apple to break into their phones can stay private under current laws.

I also want to address the notion that we let the police or government agents  into our homes or that we allow some of our digital data to be acquired using warrants and subpoenas.  The difference is in the ability for a defense attorney to be able to determine whether or not physical or digital evidence is false evidence.

With physical evidence, there are always risks of planted evidence, but the processes are in place to contest that evidence.

With digital evidence as direct data, the best, if not only way to prove that the code was not written to plant digital evidence is by showing the code. Which is exactly why I think this Apple vs the FBI case is nothing like any of the current search and seizure examples being given in the media.

In those examples, the software that creates, collects or aggregates that data can be presented to an open court without risk.

Want to see the devices, code and databases that collect, process and store your Easy Pass driving data ?  No problem. Seeing the process doesn’t open a door for you to hack into it and change it.  A defense attorney can question the credibility or accuracy of that data and no one else except Easy Pass users are impacted or care. The same concept can be applied to the phone meta data about us that is collected by the phone companies, our social media footprint, whatever.  We may not like it. In fact we may hate it, but reviewing and questioning the process or the data doesn’t create risk if that specific code or process is presented in court.

If Apple, or any digital device or Operating System provider has to write code that breaks into their own phones and then present that code in open court to prove that the code is clean and has not planted digital evidence, then the door is wide open for bad actors to do as they please to our devices. No one can play whack a mole with code fast enough to keep them out.

All that said, there is a possibly better option if we only had lawmakers who cared more about solutions than grandstanding.  We have 3 Senators running for President and not one has moved a fingernail to even begin to deal with this issue let alone find a solution. That is sad in and of itself.

What should they propose ? As I wrote in a previous blog post, lawmakers should be working very quickly to write and get passed a law that limits the scope of what Apple must respond to.  Here is what I suggested:

“A company can only be compelled to remove any type of security or encryption from a smartphone or tablet,  and only a smartphone or tablet,  under the following circumstances:

  1. There has been an event, with casualties, that has been declared an Act of Terrorism
  2. There is reason to believe that the smartphone was possessed by a participant in the Act of Terrorism.
  3. The smartphone must have been on premise during the event.
  4. The  terrorist who was in possession of the smartphone or tablet must be deceased.

It would seem to me that if such a law could be proposed and passed, then the All Writs Act, currently at the heart of the Apple vs FBI dispute would no longer apply.  By eliminating the All Writs Act as a catch all then we significantly flatten out the slippery slope.  I’m not saying we will completely eliminate all privacy issues. We won’t. I’m not saying there isn’t risk of unintended consequences. There always are when we ask politicians to fix complex problems.

More importantly, passing this law or something similar gives both Apple and the FBI a means to resolve the dilemma they face.  Apple could comply with at least the hope that the circumstances under which they will be forced to create software to open a device is strictly limited in scope.

As always, this is my opinion. I’m not an attorney, so I welcome all constructive criticism and feedback so i can become smarter about the subject at hand.  You can reach me to discuss 1 on 1 on the Cyber Dust app under user name Blogmaverick