Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Military Suicides

Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Brain & Body Imbalances,
TBI, Depression and even Suicidal Thoughts
Are these issues that can be helped by diet and nutrition?
To understand this article you will need some basic information on what is happening in the Tug of War between Age Old Natural Healing and the upstart Big Pharma and drug therapy. I say upstart because drug therapy did not rear its ugly head until the 1930’s. It hatched what became a
Billion Dollar money mill.  

Interesting Power Point on the Birth of the Drug Industry: (This may take a minute to load but it is really interesting.)

Note: Please bear with me as I will give you some great info on what this article’s topic is about after a little history lesson.

This is a topic that unfortunately is close to home. I have TBI from a situation that happened to me some thirty years ago.
Being robbed at gunpoint I was forced to jump from a moving vehicle in order to save my life.
I received a concussion and skull fracture. Being a soldier and fighter I thought I would be able to step out of the car and run really fast. Wrong. Don’t try this at home:)
The brain injury was to such a degree that it caused me to even lose my sense of smell.
The subject of TBI did not come up as much with the Vietnam  Era Vets as it has in the Gulf Wars. Probably due to more mechanized units and more Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). I am not sure of this but it seems to make sense.
Through my research I have met many Doctors, Naturopaths, Psychologists, etc. As you can tell I am extremely anti Drug. I have always looked for non drug answers which up until recently for me involved mostly Talk Therapy, Anger Management, and a number of others. Also important was communing with other vets that were going through the same things as me.

Nutraceuticals Vs Drugs:
Over the past few years a shift in the medical community’s thinking has begun to develop. I believe this is due in large part to the research being done outside of Big Pharma which strictly relies on drugs.

Surprising to many is that this research is being done by MLM Companies. This is directly related to the large growth of the MLM Business Model. They rely on word of mouth marketing. They are constantly looking for better products that will pass the test of time by doing a good job person to person. This is how it has been done since the beginning of time and does not rely on million dollar advertising campaigns with their long lists of horrible side affects. It is a much more honest business model.
Why is this?
Some great all natural products that have been around for many thousands of years are basically being rediscovered. Big Pharma and their investors have no interest in this as they rely on their outdated business model.
Due to the cutting edge processes in harvesting, refining, stabilizing and concentrating that is now being done these all natural holistic ingredients, are causing good things to happen.
Why are the processes getting better? These processes are no longer using heat and/or chemicals which until recently destroyed many of the nutrients.
Let’s take Aloe vera for example. This will give you important insight into why things are getting so much better in real healing through nutraceuticals which is something that won’t happen with drugs and Big Pharma. I will be happy to email you my reasons for this. Also in this Veterans Health blog site there are other articles with this topic in them :
Email me for more info: DonP@PTSDHotline.Com

Aloe has been healing and helping humanity for many thousands of years. Due to the release of an enzyme in the Aloe, when harvested (cut), the healing properties rapidly deteriorate. Sadly no shelf life. That is why the US Government gave up on using it to heal radiation burns during WWII. It had been the only thing on earth that was found that could do that but if you can’t store it then it is useless to them.

Thirty years ago some processes were found to help. They involved heat and chemicals.

These process while helping still destroyed part of the healing value. We now have processes that do not require heating and chemicals.

It is extremely important to find Aloe vera products that use this type of harvesting process.

The same thing is happening with many ingredients being used in all natural products. Many times it is well worth it to pay the higher price when we are talking about an extended health life.

Let’s talk about several that are really helping with Brain Health and Healing:

Omega 3 Fish Oil:
I have been learning some important info from several well known Doctors and Authors that have been using Omega 3’s to help our vets and others that have brain injuries and cognitive issues due to it.

Note:These doctors have to be careful in how they speak and phrase things from a legal standpoint. You will see the words “May, Might, Could”. They must also be careful with terms such as Heal or Cure. Please respect their positions and don’t try to put words in their mouths.

Dr. Michael Lewis
COL (Ret.) Michael Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM, is an expert on brain health and the prevention, management, and rehabilitation of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He founded the nonprofit Brain Health Education and Research Institute in 2012 when he retired after a distinguished 31 1/2 year career in the U.S. Army. Dr. Lewis is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Email to me by Dr Mike:
Regarding veteran TBI, PTSD, and suicide, experience shows that the brain needs to be saturated with high doses of omega-3s in order for the brain to have the opportunity to heal. Without an optimal supply of omegas, healing is less likely to happen. Omega-3s are not a drug and not a cure. Omegas may have a positive impact on neuroprotection of brain cells, neuroinflammation, and neuroregeneration; each of those things plays a significant role in TBI, PTSD, and suicide. These three major problems faced by our veteran population overlap in symptoms and, unfortunately, outcome. Every situation is different and some people may respond better to high doses of omega-3s than others.

However, there is no downside to providing optimal levels of nutrition in order to give a patient the best opportunity to regain as much function as possible, particularly when our military population has profoundly low levels of omega-3s. Research shows low levels of omega-3s correspond to a 62% increased risk of a veteran’s suicide.
Something that can be improved with nutrition and for only pennies a day.

For more info: DonP@PTSDHotline.Com

Note from Don: I have had some good input from Dr. Barry Sears regarding TBI and Omega 3 Fish Oil. He is the author of the world renowned Best Selling Zone Diet.

The ZoneDr. Barry Sears
The Zone Diet

Dr. Barry Sears is a leading authority on the dietary control of hormonal response.  A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 30 years to the study of lipids. He holds 13 U.S. patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.        

A turning point in his research occurred in 1982. That year, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for discoveries of the role that specialized hormones, known as eicosanoids, play in the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune diseases, and cancer. Since eicosanoids are only generated from dietary fat, Dr. Sears reasoned that one could apply drug delivery principles to nutrition in order to control these exceptionally powerful hormonal responses with laser-like precision.  In essence, this theory treats food as if it were a drug.

Note from Don: The distinction of food as a substitute for drugs is exceptionally important. The key is finding the source of superfoods because what we get on our grocery shelf is not what it used to be when we lived on or next to the farms and there was no such thing as GMO’s and poisonous sprays coming from places such as Monsanto. All veterans say; “Agent Orange” This article is scary:

Dr Sears Omega 3’s and TBI, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts and Brain Health:
Anxiety and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Posted January 23, 2012 by Dr. Barry Sears & filed under Zone Diet.

Anxiety is one of most the common neurological disorders, but it also is one of the most difficult to understand. Simply stated, anxiety is an apprehension of the future, especially about an upcoming challenging task. This is normal. What is not normal is when the reaction is significantly out of proportion to what might be expected. Over the years, a number of specific terms, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobia, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and separation anxiety disorder have emerged in an attempt to better categorize general anxiety. Any way you describe anxiety, it is a big problem with nearly 20% of Americans suffering from it, thus making anxiety the largest neurological disorder in the United States (1).

If anxiety is worrying about the future, then it has a fellow traveler, depression. Depression can be viewed as an over-reaction about regret associated with past events. Not surprisingly, almost an equal number of Americans suffer from this condition. This leads to the question: Is there a linkage between the two conditions? I believe the answer is yes and it may be caused by radical changes in the American diet in the past 40 years. These changes have resulted in what I term the Perfect Nutritional Storm (2). The result is an increase in the levels of inflammation throughout the body and particularly in the brain. Full Article:

brain issuesOmega 3 & TBI:
Practical hints for helping to manage brain trauma
Posted January 27, 2014 by Dr. Barry Sears & filed under Lifestyle, Zone Health.

Since the recent story on CNN (“He’s going to be better than he was before,” Jan. 18, 2014,) about the extraordinary recovery of Grant Virgin from severe brain trauma, I have gotten a lot of requests for information. Since I have been doing this protocol for more than seven years after first working with Dr. Julian Bailes on the equally remarkable recovery of Randal McCloy Jr. (the sole survivor of the Sago mine disaster in 2006) and others (1,2), I can offer some broad guidelines.

Make no mistake, each case is different, but these guidelines will considerably help your decision-making process.

Full Article:

Dr Chris Morris
Dr. Chris Morris is a world renowned Naturopathic Doctor & Sports Nutritionist.

Dr. Chris is an Author, a former Professional Athlete (NFL), an internationally recognized Naturopathic Physician and Sports Nutritionist. He has helped formulate nutritional products for several emerging Companies worldwide and his expertise is continually sought after in the world of alternative medicine. Dr. Morris obtained his BA degree from Indiana University and over a span of 30 years, he has received advanced certifications and degrees in Naturopathy, Herbology and Nutrition

Dr Chris is Co-Founder and HeaFootball Injuryd of Product Development for Wellmed Global.
With his background in professional sports he is an expert in TBI’s and the inflammation and joint pain that athletes are plagued with for many years.
I am proud to call Dr Chris a friend. His formulation of superfoods has been talked about in several articles on this blog site.
My wife Ginger is now colitis free thanks to Chris’s formulation “stemFit Active”. I am full of confidence that stemFit Active will add many wonderful extra years to our already long lives.
Many issues that we vets deal with are related to brain and body imbalances. This is due to a number of issues caused by PTSD, TBI, Depression, and  in many cases a poor diet and drug and alcohol abuse issues!
As I have said so many times we are hampered by the lack of nutrition in our American Diet and fast-food lives. Even from our grocer’s shelf we are being exposed to anemic fruits and vegetable. We need a healthy fear of GMO’s. Do your own research. Here is something to get you started:
It is now, more than ever, extremely important to search out high quality superfoods. We must supplement our food chain if we wish to live a long and healthy life, free from added imbalances in our physical bodies and our brain activity.
Our veterans issues with PTSD, TBI and especially suicidal thoughts, caused by war, are immensely exacerbated when we can’t think clearly and have a weakened frame of mind caused by poor diet and lifestyle.  

I can tell you with full confidence that my wife and I have that  completely covered thanks to Dr Chris’s formulation stemFit Active. I am also beginning to take Dr Sears Omega 3 Fish Oil.

For more info please contact me personally at: DonP@PTSDHotline.Com

To all veterans and their families: We can do this! There is all natural help that is actually way better than Toxic Drugs!!!

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