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A Little Bump on the Head: 6 Tips for Brain Healing

Posted Sep 16 2008 4:57am

So often we hear the phrase: "Nothing big, just a little bump on the head."Braininjury1_2

-But the question still arises: what else can we do? These tips address concerns after an injury, even if you didn't get knocked out, knocked unconscious - even if you think all is well.

First a fundamental point:
Here at CorePsych we have often reported: one doesn't have to be knocked unconscious to find brain injury on SPECT scans. Often SPECT will show problems with brain function post injury even though they don't show on MRI or CT scans. These remarks are not set to help you minimize symptoms.

For post concussive injury see this list of symptoms to watch for.

It seems like the guys like to stay in denial about head injury. I once clinically reviewed an ex-Olympic Skier with a bad fall who presented as unpredictably angry with everyone. No, he didn't get knocked unconscious, and, no, he didn't have a problem...

And, yes, his marriage and his company [very successful] were both nearly on the rocks because he had these outbursts of anger - out of the blue - that he always minimized, and denied. The SPECT findings: Brain injury - Left Temporal Lobe. And, yes, he did have a problem.

Let's dig just a bit deeper:

Let's place "the bump on the head" in a larger perspective from The Brain Injury Resource Center:

"...during the minutes to few days after concussion injury, brain cells that are not irreversibly destroyed remain alive but exist in a vulnerable state. This concept of injury-induced vulnerability has been put forth to describe the fact that patients suffering from head injury are extremely vulnerable to the consequences of even minor changes in cerebral blood flow and/or increases in intracranial pressure and apnea....

     " Experimental studies have identifiedmetabolic dysfunction [sound familiar?] as the key postconcussion physiologic event that produces and maintains this state of vulnerability. This period of enhanced vulnerability is characterized by both an increase in the demand for glucose (fuel) and an inexplicable reduction in cerebral blood flow (fuel delivery). The result is an inability of the neurovascular system to respond to increasing demands for energy to reestablish its normal chemical and ionic environments. This is dangerous because these altered environments can kill brain cells."

In light of these few remarks this brief review for some "metabolic supports" - to diminish this noteworthy dysfunction.
                           Mother's Helpers: 6 Tips for "Little Bumps"

  1. Help with vascular integrity: Vitamin C, dose depending on the individual, - I will tell you how to calibrate Vitamin C needs on a cellular level in a later post - most say that C is the one of the most potent antioxidants.
  2. Alpha Lipoic Acid another remarkable antioxidant for the brain cells post injury, take a look at this link
  3. Phosphatidylcholine also known as PC, a phospholipid to restore cell membranes - read the link for many important references
  4. Hyperbaric Oxygen, mHBOT, can be significantly helpful keeping the oxygen fresh to damaged cells - not immediately available to Mother, but should be on your check list.
  5. Piracetam increases blood flow and oxygenation in the brain
  6. Coenzyme Q10 increases brain energy and repair through the brain energy factories: mitochondria

Well, this isn't all of it, but a starter -

You may also refer to Perlmutter's Better Brain Book for more info on specific levels of injury or brain dysfunction.

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