Last night I watched Episode 5 in the Broken Brain series about Brain Injury that has been available this week with Mark Hyman MD. These videos are only available online for a limited time. I summarized some key points from the wealth of information offered by one episode in the 8 part series.
The complete series is available to purchase in digital and hard copy.
There are several people on the video who weigh in with their experiences with traumatic brain injury and describe what worked for them. It is well worth watching.
It starts by talking about the process of going to the hospital and having CT and MRI Scans for concussion and brain injury. These scans show structural changes but miss 75% of brain injuries that can only be detected by more sensitive tests, such as EEG, Brain Maps and SPECT. The hospital typically sends you home, tells you not to go to sleep, but if you do, wake up every 2 hours. Everyone ends up exhausted.
They don’t seem to mention many of the other good ideas that have been found to help post concussion recovery, such as taking vitamins, eating healthy and exercising.
Sometime after a concussion, people can be experience related symptoms. They go to their doctor or pediatrician, but don’t necessarily associate the past concussion with their present symptoms: headaches, dizziness and brain fog. There are no drugs to help with the decline in your brain reserves caused by brain injury and the conventional medical approach is very limited.
For NHL players, they are more concerned about “second impact syndrome”, which can cause much more severe injuries if they go back out and play again right after an initial concussion. But they do not focus on the requirements of long term concussion healing.
One of the main things to focus on when healing from a traumatic brain injury is reducing the inflammation. You can do this by:
- Optimizing nutrition – Low glycemic index diet
- Taking supplements – mainly Omega 3 – especially DHA
- Going gluten free for 8 weeks after injury
Although I don’t have experience with people having gone gluten free, I don’t see how it can do any harm. There are some molecules in gluten that can inflame autoimmune process in the brain.
It is important to grow the synapses in your brain, which can be done through neurofeedback brain training. Stress management is extremely important as well.
Your hormones are affected after a brain injury. With pituitary damage, your hormonal output generally goes down, but pain can drive your cortisol up too high.
Dr David Musnick, MD recommends wild blueberries as there are biochemicals in them that help heal the brain.
The bottom line: please take concussion, or any type of head injury, very seriously. Go to the doctor, do your own research, listen to stories that have worked for people and seek out the experts.
At Brainigo Brain Fitness Center we help you balance your mind and body to improve concussion, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and other cognitive issues. If you are ready to start your journey to a better brain give us a call at 250-941-5596 or contact us .
We have seen tremendous results with our concussion patients and neurofeedback. They report feeling much better, some many years after their concussion took place.