These 6 Therapies Are Repairing The Damage Of Brain Injury Right Now!
In May of this year, an expert in neuroscience delivered exciting news to a roomful of medical professionals. It was a watershed moment for one of today’s fastest growing and most challenging neurological dilemmas: traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI has been brought into public focus because of the devastating effects of NFL brain trauma like chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative disease caused by TBI.
Chronicled by true-story movies like “Concussion” in 2015, and the latest reports on the PBS Newshour, we know today that traumatic brain injury is a widespread emergency. It is not something only experienced as NFL brain trauma by professional players. It is found on the playing fields of our schools and colleges, affecting our children, and suffered by the soldiers who dedicate their lives to our defense.
Good news based on sound research
But there is good news. And it was first delivered by Kristen Willeumier, Ph.D. just this year. Dr. Willeumier is a neuroscientist with years of experience in the effects of health, nutrition and the impact of concussions on the brain. In 2009, Dr. Willeumier headed a clinical trial that followed the progress of 170 pro NFL players –both active and retired- who played professionally for at least three years and had been diagnosed with concussion repeatedly during their careers.
What Dr. Willeumier and her colleagues discovered was amazing. The damage of traumatic brain injury, even that as extensive as CTE, could be repaired dramatically through a series of safe, non-invasive therapies. NSI National Stem Cell Institute takes a closer look at six effective therapies for brain injury based on Dr. Willeumier’s findings. The simplicity of many of them just might surprise you!
The Basics Of Traumatic Brain Injury
To better understand how the six therapies work, it is helpful to first understand some basics about traumatic brain injury. There are two classifications:
Traumatic brain injury is classified as “mild” when the injury results in a loss of consciousness and/or confusion lasting less than thirty minutes. An MRI or a CAT scan may show no physical damage to the brain, but the person may still exhibit cognitive difficulties like the following:
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Trouble with memory
- Difficulties with attention span
Keep this in mind, though. The medical classification of “mild” traumatic brain injury does not mean that the resulting complications are not serious. They most certainly can be. Yet, often, cultural norms cause both the sufferer of TBI and his/her family to believe that “shake it off” is the right approach. But when left untreated, “mild” traumatic brain injury can be devastating. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with “mild” TBI, don’t hesitate to seek out medical professionals who will take the diagnosis as seriously as it deserves.
When loss of consciousness exceeds thirty minutes and memory loss lasts longer than 24 hours following a head injury -such as a blow, violent head shaking, or a penetrating skull injury- the TBI is classified as “severe.” Resulting complications can include:
- Impairment of higher level cognitive functions
- Becoming comatose
- Limited functions of the limbs
- Abnormal speech or language
- Reduced ability to think
- Emotional problems
The results of “severe” TBI can be profound. The victim may suffer long-term, unresponsive states. There are a variety of injuries that can cause “severe” TBI. This is one of the reasons why traditional therapies and drug treatments have only gone so far in relieving the symptoms of traumatic brain injury, whether classified as “severe” or “mild.”
So you can imagine how much excitement Dr. Willeumier’s discoveries caused when she presented her results to her colleagues.
6 Therapies That Repair Brain Injury
A nutrient is a substance that provides essential nourishment for growth and the maintenance of life. Nutrient-dense foods are those that provide high quantities of vital nutrients which help us maintain our health and increase brain function. In Dr. Willeumier’s brain injury study, focus was put on nutrients that nourish the brain.
- Vitamin D3
D3 is the type of vitamin D that is formed when the body absorbs sunlight. Dr. Willeumier’s study showed that the athletes in the clinical trial were virtually all vitamin D deficient. It’s well-known that vitamin D is critical for regulating calcium levels and the healthy formation of bones. But vitamin D played an equally important role in Dr. Willeumier’s study of brain injury. Vitamin D is involved in the differentiation of tissues and in the proper functioning of the immune system.
Foods rich in vitamin D include:
- Fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, and salmon
- Foods fortified with vitamin D, such as dairy products
- Beef liver
- Egg yolks
Vitamin D can also be taken as a dietary supplement in liquid or capsule form.
- Vitamin K
Vitamin K is most associated with regulating blood clotting. It also assists the transport of calcium throughout the body, making it an important aid in bone health. But Dr. Willeumier was most interested in vitamin K’s connection to brain health. This nutrient reduces inflammation, increases blood flow, and is vital for overall cognitive function. It’s believed that sufficient vitamin K intake may be a factor in preventing or slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.
Foods rich in vitamin K include:
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Brussels Sprouts
- Sour Cream
Vitamin K can be taken as a supplement in liquid or pill form.
Chromium is a trace mineral, meaning the body generally only uses it in small quantities. Nevertheless, chromium is essential for body functions like food digestions. Chromium is an aid in the process of moving blood sugar out of the blood and into the body’s cells, where it is used as energy.
Chromium’s function in processing blood sugar appears to be a great benefit to brain health, as well. Studies show that improving the effectiveness of insulin has a positive effect on the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is an essential control mechanism in the brain, helping it perform at a more “youthful” level.
Foods rich in chromium include:
- Whole grains
- Calves’ Liver
- Freshwater Fish & Sea Food
Many herbs are also a great source of this trace mineral. Chromium can be taken as a supplement in capsule form.
Other Essential Nutrients
Seven other nutrients were also introduced into the test subjects’ diet to study how they affect the symptoms of traumatic brain injury. They are:
- Digestive Enzymes
As a way to alleviate “brain fog” which may present as light-headedness, dizziness, trouble with vision focus or blurriness, obsessive thoughts, an inability to speak or form proper sentences, and memory problems.
As an aid to cognitive function
As a protection for neurons against injury from neurotoxins, to help suppress neuro-inflammation, and promote memory, learning and cognitive functions.
As an aid in reducing anxiety and brain inflammation, and helping to increase neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections).
This nutrient is known for improving memory and brain function
Essential for motor performance, coordination, memory and cognition.
Works as a mood modulator and in relieving depression. It also improves memory.
- Ketogenic Diet Regimen
A ketogenic diet (also known as a keto diet) focuses on the benefits of a low carbohydrate, high fat nutritional program. And while this healthy, new lifestyle change certainly does wonders with weight management, the advantages go far beyond that. Dr. Willeumier’s team discovered a strong connection between obesity, the body’s natural ability to repair brain injury, and a keto diet regimen.
A ketogenic diet burns fat efficiently and helps increase muscle mass. This, of course, results in a number of benefits, the most well-known being healthy weight management. But a keto diet is also known for improving cognitive functioning. As a diet regimen that is rich in essential fatty acids, it includes a multitude of menu items known as “brain food.”
A keto diet also fights free radicals, which are molecular elements that damage our mitochondria, an integral part of cells in both brain and body. When they’re damaged, cell death may occur. The reduction of free radicals, particularly in the case of traumatic brain injury, helps with neurological stability and cellular performance. Whether in the brain or body, more energy efficiency allows stem cells –the body’s most essential building blocks- to focus on re-growing and regenerating healthy tissue and repairing damage. That includes brain damage suffered due to repetitive concussive events like those common to NFL brain trauma cases.
By and large, any exercise that’s good for the heart is terrific for the brain as well. In the case of Dr. Willeumier’s brain injury study, many of the participants –especially those retired from the game- lacked adequate exercise. Often this was due to chronic pain and stiffness as a result of injuries throughout their careers.
While aerobic exercise is greatly beneficial for both body and brain, people who have back, hip, or knee problems often won’t or can’t do it. But exercise regimens like yoga and tai chi improve muscle tone and strength, burn fat, help lower anxiety and stress, increase energy, and boost mental focus and brain function.
- Stress Reduction
Stress exacerbates the symptoms of brain injury. All of us too often shrug off the effects of stress, but adding healthy habits that reduce it is an essential brick in the road leading to the repair of TBI.
Meditation has become more and more mainstream in the U.S. as people learn for themselves the mental and physical benefits of this simple yet highly effective stress reducer. Most first-timers are surprised to learn that as little as 10 minutes a day results in real results. There are many effective meditation techniques. Explore them to find the one that works best for you.
Where most people go wrong is in thinking of meditation as a “fast fix” that will be felt instantaneously and can be done in fits and starts. To feel the healthy effects, meditation should be done consistently and maintained as a healthy habit just as regular exercise is done. If you’re new to meditation, you should expect to feel its effects on your mood and mental focus within two weeks to 30 days.
Other stress reducers include:
- Increasing activities that give you pleasure
- Moderate to high activity exercise
- Exercise that requires concentration, such as yoga or tai chi
- Deep breathing sessions
- “Quiet time,” such as listening to favorite, calming music or reading
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) proved to be highly beneficial for brain injury during Dr. Willeumier’s study. HBOT is known to stimulate “dormant” brain tissues and help restore them to better quality. Cognitive function and spasticity (a condition in which certain muscles are continuously contracted). are shown to improve. The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in conjunction with the therapeutic regimens outlined above resulted in real, measurable results in the rehabilitation the brain.
- Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy use in cases of brain injury is on the rise. Dr. Willeumier’s study showed a proven connection between the increase in stem cell activity and particular regimens used in the clinical trial. Stem cells are at the core of the body’s and brain’s abilities to heal. They repair damaged brain tissue, stimulate neuron growth, and creating new blood vessels.
The most common type of stem cell used in U.S. medical facilities is the adipose-derived stem cell. This is a multi-potent stem cell that is stored in the fatty layer that lies just beneath the skin. It is roundly accepted by a growing number of medical professionals that adipose-derived stem cells are more potent than stem cells derived from bone marrow. Because adipose-derived stem cells are stored in this easily accessible fat layer, the ability to harvest them is far easier and considerably less traumatic on the body.
The discovery of adipose stem cells and the ease of harvest have led to the development of a wide array of safe and effective stem cell therapies, including therapy for brain injury. NSI National Stem Cell Institute exclusively uses adipose stem cells in its regenerative medicine practices.
In therapeutic use, the adipose stem cells naturally migrate to the area of traumatic brain injury, where they continue to copy themselves and go to work at the site of damage, accelerating the growth of new, healthy brain cells and repairing damage.
The Future Of Reversing Traumatic Brain Injury
The comprehensive study conducted by Dr. Willeumier and her colleagues offers conclusive evidence that brain injury, whether induced through the cumulative effects of NFL brain trauma or single impact events, can be significantly reversed.
TBI is no longer untreatable. Through a regimen of multiple interventions that include diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, stress reduction, and therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and stem cell therapy, traumatic brain injury need no longer destroy the lives of patients or their loved ones.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.