Dr. Kurt Vreeland and his method: “Using the brain to heal the brain”

POSTED: 01/22/14 1:33 PM

St. Maarten / By Jason Lista – Tucked away in the corner of Great Bay Marina, upstairs from Chesterfield’s restaurant, Dr. Kurt Vreeland offers a “complementary” approach, as he calls it, to traditional Western medicine. It is not an alternative to using prescription drugs and other treatments, as in either one or the other, but a way of helping a patient change their lifestyle through better nutrition and a holistic way of living.

A portrait of a Buddha in meditation hangs right inside. Vreeland is polite when he opened the door, and wearing green medical scrubs. He spoke calmly throughout, with the measured precision of a veteran in the medical field. Vreeland, an American from Maine, has been coming to St. Maarten for over 20 years with his wife, he said. And he has been actively volunteering in the community, schools, and foundations for the last 5 years.

“My wife and I love it here,” he smiled as he peered out the glass sliding door of his office, taking in the sunlight reflecting off the waters of Great Bay, and thinking about the poor souls who suffered the wrath of the recent polar vortex that chilled millions in the US and Canada.

“The brain is involved in a lot of health issues,” he explained. Vreeland is a trained chiropractor with an advanced degree in neurology. His emphasis is on a dietary approach, and the talk shifted to the overconsumption of bad carbohydrates that are dense in modern diets. He advocates something similar to what is called the “Paleo diet,” one that cuts out refined carbohydrates, like high fructose corn syrup found in many sodas and cereals, as well as avoiding starchy foods, like potatoes and other ground tubers.

The idea behind the Paleo diet is to eat as our ancient ancestors would have eaten, before the invention of agriculture around 10,000 years ago and certainly before industrially processed foods. In other words, to eat only what would have been available to our wild ancestors, such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, eggs, fish, and moderate amounts of meat, and minimally processed. Our bodies, according to its proponents, did not evolve to eat starchy, sugary, and carbohydrate dense foods many now eat. They point to archeological evidence that Paleolithic humans – about up until 10,000 years ago – were taller and stronger than humans after the advent of agriculture, who became smaller and suffered more chronic diseases as a result of the shift to a calorie rich, but nutrient poor, diet.

But for Vreeland it’s not simply a diet fad, but a lifestyle change. “It used to be the fat free thing.” He has been advocating this change in eating habits for over 40 years, he said, when it was thought that all fat was bad, and a diet rich in cereals and grains, like rice, pasta, and bread would be better for you. “It’s what I’ve been trying to do all my life. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle.”

“Like the laws of physics, such a diet goes against the laws of physiology,” he went on. “You really want to leave out the refined carbohydrates.” The long term effects of excessive sugar intake are “deadly to human physiology,” the doctor warned, citing the modern phenomenon of chronic diabetes and heart disease. “Nuts are important,” though he quickly added the right kinds of nuts, like almonds and walnuts, for example, which are rich in the right kinds of fat the body needs. Peanuts don’t really qualify, as they are not technically a nut, but a part of the legume family, like lentils.

The body will naturally respond in time to this change, he said. “It’s eating according to human genetics.”

Part of his methodology, along with adjusting a person to a healthier lifestyle, is to use the brain itself to treat a lot of chronic symptoms. He uses a technique called electroencephalography (EEG), a non-invasive method of measuring electrical and thermal activity in the brain by connecting numerous electrodes to the scalp, and having the patient go through various exercises to reconnect the neurons in our brains, the electrically excitable cells responsible for consciousness, memory, and thought processes.

“You’re not going to get shocked or anything,” he laughed, as he mentioned how people have the wrong idea about it. “It’s very well thought of in Holland, and the States,” Vreeland explained of the method. “We’re using the brain to heal the brain,” and treat symptoms like depression, anxiety, and memory loss. “The signature of the brain is its elasticity,” he said, meaning that it can be re-taught, and is continuously learning. “The brain is always involved in most ailments,” the doctor said.

But he has another interesting instrument in his holistic arsenal, something called the dark field test. He opened the door to a dimly lit room with a large microscope attached to a large computer monitor. On the screen suspended red blood cells could be seen floating, as if each individually illuminated from inside by a tiny UV light.

From a single drop of blood Vreeland uses the method to measure the health and nutrients found in an individual’s blood cells. It also shows deficiencies in the cells that standard lab tests may not show. The test goes hand in hand with his other recommendations, like what to eat and in what ratio. Because “the blood going to the brain has to be good blood,” he said.

“Not everybody does as much nutrition as I do,” Vreeland said of the way he works. “I want to enable and empower people as to how their body works, and change their lives.”

Dr. Vreeland’s office is located on the second floor of Great Bay Marina, above Chesterfield’s. He can be contacted at 581 – 7570 or .

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  1. Elizabeth Troy says:


    I came to the Vreeland clinic years ago in VT.

    I sent clients up too & we all had great experiences. I run a healing ‘center’. I have a client that I’ve been working with for 2 years that has a tape worm from fish & “rope worms”.
    She is willing and able to come to your clinic in St. Maarten.

    Do you know how to treat this?



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