April 2020

Key Sites for Neuroplasticity Information

Norman Doidge, M.D.
Books, blog, newsletter

Neuroplastix: Relieve the Pain, Change the Brain, Transform the Person
Neuroplasticians Michael Moskowitz, MD & Marla Golden, DO
Free workbook & fantastic resource for people with persistent pain

The Listening Centre
Developing & improving learning, language & communication skills through sound stimulation
Featured in Norman Doidge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing (A Bridge of Sound)

BrainHQ – Brain Training That Works
Brain training system built & tested by an international team of more than 100 top neuroscientists & brain experts
Revolutionary brain training software: Exercises improve cognitive function & attention span, strengthen memory & brain processing times & fortify our capacity for learning
Blog, newsroom, podcasts, videos, webinars, fun brain teasers & much more*

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life
Book excerpts, videos, podcasts on the work of Dr. Michael Merzenich, leading pioneer in brain plasticity research

Bacteria Pain Resources

The Neuroscience of the Gut
Robert Martone, Scientific American

Bacteria Trigger Nerve Cells to Cause Pain
National Institutes of Health

Joint Pain, From the Gut
The Atlantic

Bacteria Can Cause Pain on Their Own
Bacteria can directly trigger nerves that sense pain
Science News

Bacteria activate sensory neurons that modulate pain and inflammation
Nature – International Weekly Journal of Science

Can bacteria use pain to tamp down the immune system?
Los Angeles Times

Link between bacteria and back pain is ‘for real’, has researchers wondering if Parkinson’s, diabetes may be tied to infections, too

Can Bacteria in Your Gut Send Messages to Your Brain?
Science Friday

Gut Bacteria May Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis
Beth Skwarecki, Science Mag

Bacteria Make Us Feel Pain and Suppress Our Immune Response
Science Daily

Autoimmune Research Opening Up New Options for Chronic Pain Sufferers
ProHealth: A look at the vagus nerve hypothesis: CRPS, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

From CRPS to Fibromyalgia to CFS/ME: Neuroinflammation Model
Health Rising: Autoimmunity & infection of the vagus nerve

Can Vagus Nerve Stimulation Decrease Inflammation & Reduce Inflammatory Pain in Some Chronic Pain Patients?
by Sabina Walker, Pain Matters

Educate Your Immune System
New York Times: Importance of microbial diversity in sculpting the immune system & preventing hyperactivity typical of autoimmune disorders


Neuroplasticity, defined by Norman Doidge as the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and function, contradicts long-held theories in science that claim the brain is hardwired or fixed. “It is more like a plant than a machine,” he has said, meaning it is both adaptable and malleable.

Since the origin of pain can be found in the brain’s pain maps, those who suffer from it can find great hope, inspiration and healing through neuroplastic approaches.

Norman Doidge points out that “one of the core laws of neuroplasticity is that neurons that fire together wire together, meaning that repeated mental experience leads to structural changes in the brain neurons that process that experience.” And so, he explains how the competitive nature of neuroplasticity allows us to weaken chronic pain circuits by reclaiming maps “taken over” by pain processing, using touch, sound, vibration and visualization. His book The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity is a wellspring of ideas, and the ongoing inspiration for the development of this site.