The Project

Our goal is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the 21 Day Brain Detox Program through the use of the latest brain imaging technology, blood tests and wellbeing scales as an affordable, easily accessible and applicable alternative to psychotropic medication to help relieve mental ill-health problems such as anxiety, depression and intrusive thoughts.

The primary aim of investigating the psychological and neurophysiological effects of a non-pharmacological intervention in subjects with mental health and neurological symptoms. 

To be specific, the non-pharmacological intervention will be the 21 Day Brain Detox with the Switch On Your Brain with the 5-Step Learning Process®, specially using the version in the SWITCH app developed by Dr Leaf based on her theory, research, and clinical practice. 

The subjects will be adults with mental health and/or neurological symptoms who are part of a clinical neurology practice (Network Neurology located in Charleston SC). 

The psychological effects, such as subjective psychological, physical, and social well-being, will be measured by the modified BBC Subjective Well-Being Scale (BBC-SWB). 

Depression and anxiety will be measured on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), respectively. 

Surface Electroencephalography (EEG) with quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) functional analysis will be used to measure functional neurophysiological effects in the subjects (see description below).

The secondary aim is to determine the extent to which the knowledge, attitude, and skills of the subjects increased their ability to self-regulate and control their reactions to the events and circumstances of life causing the feelings of anxiety and depression. 

I am on day 13 of this program and I can’t believe how much happier I feel. I especially have more joy with my three kids, and am having fun with them again. I was walking in fear constantly in the past. Thank you so much for getting this information out there!
— Sarah

Meet the team

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Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist with a Masters and PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc Logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s she has researched the mind-brain connection, the nature of mental health and the formation of memory. Her theory (called the Geodesic Information Processing theory) of how we think, build memory and learn, into tools and processes has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), learning disabilities (ADD, ADHD), autism, dementias, and mental ill-health issues. MORE


Dr. Robert Turner


Dr. Robert “Rusty” P Turner is Owner and CEO of Network Neurology LLC, an integrative neuroscience center in Charleston SC. As a neuroscientist with 30 years experience, Dr Turner is a clinician trained in clinical neurophysiology, child neurology and neurodevelopmental medicine, adult neurology, epilepsy, and electrodiagnostic medicine, as well as pediatrics, clinical research, biostatistics, and epidemiology. MORE


Dr. Peter Amuaquarshie

Peter Amua-Quarshie MD, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor specializing in Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience.


Dr. Jason Littleton

Dept. Chair of Family Medicine, Board Certified Family Physician, Author, Speaker, Media Personality, Health Coach, CEO. Dr. Littleton earned his MD from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan. MORE

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Advisory Board

Lori Volkman, JD, Attorney at Law

Dr. Irinel Stanciu, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD

Dr. Darlene Mayo, MD, Neurosurgeon, Neuroscientist

Dr. Lillian Robertson, OB/GYN

Dr. Avery Jackson, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Peter Breggin, MD, Psychiatrist

Dr. Mercy Amua-Quarshie, OB/GYN

I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.
— Charles de Lint