pink paper to help brain?

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   Posted 9/21/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
hey everyone.  i rarely get online here anymore, but have come to a road block and would like some input.  my body is slowly capable of doing more, it's just my brain that isn't seeming to get better at the same rate.
my chiro/naturopath tested my brain by having me read ONE line of text on a piece of paper, and my brain "blew out".  He uses muscle testing and visual neurological tests to determine this.  He suggested buying some light pink paper and writing my notes for class on that and also copying my textbook pages onto the pink paper to help me read and comprehend it easier.  The black and white contrast of regular paper was messing with my brain.
Anyone heard about pink paper helping concentration?  If you've used it, has it helped you?  Thanks.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teenlymer,

Welcome to the forum! I used to work for a Chiropractor and he used different techniques similiar to what you're discribing. I'm assuming the pink paper would be better for your eyes if you have neuro problems. I'm sure lines on a paper make it much harder for people who have neuro problems. I know for me, I would struggle reading anything in a notebook. I'm not sure why he picked pink. Maybe it has something to do with the way your brain responds to the color.

Try it out and see if it helps.
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   Posted 9/21/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teenlymer ~

So glad to hear that you have been improving! It is certainly a long road for all of us. With each step forward comes new challenges.

When I started back at school, I had a terrible problem with black/white contrast with reading and writing - also word documents ont he computer. The contrast is really hard on the brain. I got a really good suggestion (although not as a result of asking for help in this area) from the woman at my school who helps students with disabilities. She says that students with ADD and other attention focusing issue (which I realized applied to my lyme brain as well) sometimes have improved concentration by placing something over the paper to change the contrast.

Based on her suggestion, I bought some really inexpensive binder dividers at Staples - they were clear and tinted in a variety of flourescent colors. They orange and yellow helped me the most. The pink, blue, and purple were not helpful to me. It probably varies a bit from person to person. I used to put them over everything I read and also over my laptop screen. That would save a lot of trouble by not needing to copy the things that you are reading.

In terms of writing, you could try to get recycled paper which typically is not as bright and a little closer to newsprint. Or get colored paper. Or try writing in different colors to see if it makes a difference to your eyes and brain.

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   Posted 9/21/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi teenlymer,

I haven't head anything about pink paper, but I have also had trouble with reading stuff with black/white context, and stuff on the computer. Even a slightly tinted page makes a big difference. I haven't tried actually using different colored paper, or colored binders. I might have to try.

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   Posted 9/22/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Teenlymer, My 10 year old son has ADHD, and trouble reading. He gets extra help in school. Any way one of the teachers started putting yellow, or other light colored binder dividers on his books and he did better. I think they also used the things you use for overhead projectors, just colored ones. ( cant think of what they are called)

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   Posted 9/23/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi teenlymer,
I have heard of color therapy from people that went to Dr. Jernigan's clinic in Kansas, it seems like certain colors do set off certain emotions or something like that.  I have Dr. J's book but I didn't read the color therapy section..  
I did find this link that I found interesting about color therapy:
So maybe there is something to this, I don't know...
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