Traumatic Brain Injury - treatments that helped me. PART 1
Hi, the following is bits of information I have typed from time to time. I will post more information about things that helped me recover from Traumatic Brain Injury when I have time to do so.
My very Best Wishes to anybody who is looking for treatments for brain injury. Don't give up. I was told there is no treatment and no cure. I had to cure myself. I'm still not 100%, but I've come a long, long way, all through my own efforts, using things that cost nothing, or next to nothing.
Most people I've met who have a brain injury believe everything their doctors tell them. They have no interest in trying to recover by their own efforts. they tell me it cannot be done. this is such a shame. I have met only two people who are working on their own recovery.
Never give up. Try one new thing at a time, and record the results.
I incurred what doctors called a ‘mild’ injury to the brain after hitting my head, twice, during a fall. The 'mild' injury completely ruined my life.
I didn’t know I had a brain injury. I had constant headache, a ‘foggy’ head, difficulties in speaking, ordering my thoughts, adding simple numerics, managing my affairs. I couldn’t make a cup of tea.
I had poor balance, and was in danger of further falls. I staggered when I walked. My speech was slurred.
I was constantly fatigued, sleeping up to 18 hours a day.
I could not count. I could not cross a road safely. I could barely hold a conversation with another person. I could not remember words. I could not make a cup of coffee.
Not long after learning that these and other problems were symptoms of Acquired Brain Injury, I said to myself: I refuse to accept this injury. Life, in this state, is intolerable. The human brain is an organ of unfathomable brilliance, and I can rely on my once well-oiled brain to help me remedy this untenable affliction. My mind will give me the ideas and guidance I need to find the remedies for this condition. I will not be satisfied until I have regained 100% brain function.
The following are among treatments I have trialled. These gave the greatest success. I hope some or all of these will be of assistance to others. Every brain injury is different -- perhaps none of these will offer others an improvement. However, there’s little to lose in trying, and much, potentially, to gain.
I’m not a doctor and I have no formal medical qualifications. I’ve had a number of health issues over the years, for some of which I was told there was nothing wrong with me. I’ve learned the hard way that when doctors say “nothing wrong” or “incurable”, I have to find my own ways to fix my health.
The opinions I express, and the treatments I’ve found effective for my Acquired Brain Injury, are mine alone. I’m not affiliated to any organisation and I don’t receive any payment from anyone (more’s the pity!) I’ve received no compensation for my injuries, very little assistance and, since my accident, my life has changed completely. I’ve had to seek treatments that are low-cost and easy to obtain.
THE BEST ATTITUDE TO HAVE
Some of the things I’ve learned:
1. When doctors can’t help or don’t know the answers: allow myself to be upset/depresssed/despairing for a while, but then get angry. Get determined and make a resolution to find the answers, and to not stop until the problem is fixed. I have a right to better health.
2. There are people all over the world who’ve managed to cure themselves, or at least improve the symptoms, of a vast range of ailments, including life-threatening illnesses. I can suffer and attempt to cope with my brain injury, OR I can spend my time trying to improve my symptoms and, thus, my quality of life. It’s my choice.
3. Get on the internet. And read, research, ask people. Listen to people AND tell people my own information.
4. Above all, TRY THE THINGS I HEAR ABOUT. I cannot say a brain injury treatment “doesn’t work” until I’ve trialled it, extensively, myself.
DON'T EVER BELIEVE A BRAIN INJURY “WON’T RESPOND TO TREATMENT”
I find many people, who have an Acquired Brain Injury, have no interest in trying to improve the symptoms with self-treatment. They usually tell me they’ll only take things recommended by their doctor or other medical professionals. They also tell me, usually, that their doctor told them there is no treatment for an ABI.
Some have even told me that the things I’m doing don’t work – even though they hardly know me, know nothing about my injury, and have never tried the treatments themselves. At times, I am astounded at the level of negativity and apathy that seems to surround self-treatment for brain injury. It’s as if there is nothing to do but put up with an ABI.
The thing these people may not realise is that Western medicine seems to have decided on our behalf, a long time ago, that we are not going to get better, and that chronic brain injuries don’t respond to treatment. Western medicine, however, is not the only medicine.
OUR BRAINS CAN GROW NEW CELLS, AND HEAL, WITH OUR HELP
I often wonder if any funding is given to the research of treatments for brain injury, other than for treatment during the first hours and weeks after the injury is incurred. Western medicine is saving many lives, but it seems it is only now beginning to discover a very important thing: the brain can grow new cells at any age, at any time, given the right conditions. I already knew that, and i hadn't realised it was a radical idea. I thought everybody knew that the brain grows and changes.
A QUESTION I ASKED MYSELF
Upon learning I had an injury to the brain, and pondering upon the best course of action, I asked myself:
If the brain can grow new cells, new brain tissue – and thus, potentially, recover partially or fully – what do I need to do, eat, take, in order to create the right conditions for this new cell growth to happen?
To me, the answer is this: I need to try everything I can find, everything I can think of, that will give oxygen, vitamins, minerals and stimulation to the brain, and/or will reduce the trauma to the brain.
It is often said that fish is ‘brain food’. Perhaps the fish I consumed in my youth could be considered thus, however the fish I today find available is loaded with mercury and other poisons. Since acquiring a brain injury, I don’t experience any benefit to my brain after eating fish; in fact, I find my now-sensitive brain reacts rather poorly to fish and seafood, so I avoid them.
Beans, on the other hand, are beautiful music to the brain. Beans and bean sprouts are packed with nitrogen, which fuels new cell growth and cell repair. Garden fertilisers contain nitrogen because it makes things grow big and strong.
(A tip: I tried this many years ago, after being told by a keen gardener: Plant beans, of any kind, around the base of another plant, and chop them off once they reach a height of 5-10 cm. The central plant will grow more quickly and robustly. The beans will release nitrogen into the soil and the nitrogen will power any plants planted near the beans. Such is the power of nitrogen in the growing beans that they enrich the soil around them.)
BEAN SPROUTS of all kinds ie.alfalfa, mung sprouts et al. are not only rich in nitrogen but also very rich in Vitamin C, which repairs cells, is needed for the growth of new cells, flushes toxins and prevents illness.
All beans are beneficial to the brain, and broad beans seem to be particularly good.
I have found broad beans, either fresh or frozen, seem to give a pronounced boost to my brain function, within a few days of consumption. I mix cooked broad beans with seeds, and/or nuts, cashew spread, hummus, tahini, cooked vegetables, grated cheese, tomato, or anything I can think of, to enhance the rather bland (some would say unpalatable) taste. I also add them to soups and stews.
I don’t know why cashew nuts are effective in helping my injured brain. I understand they are rich in Vitamin E, which assists in healing/repair, and also rich in natural fats and oils that are necessary for good brain function.
I regularly purchase cashew spread, and aim to consume 1-2 tablespoons daily, either on toast or straight from the jar. I find a spoonful of cashew spread is a good pick-me-up, between meals, when I’m tired but haven’t time to rest.
Walnuts don’t seem to be quite as effective as cashews, but still give a noticeable benefit. Someone told me, upon learning of my brain injury, that walnuts, which are shaped like the brain, are a good ‘brain food’.
I find they are best eaten from the shell, so as to eat the whole walnut. Half a dozen organic walnuts, eaten from the shell, several days in a row, seems to give my brain a definite boost for days afterwards.
I keep hearing good things about all kinds of nuts, so I try to eat a variety. Macadamia nuts, in particular, are supposed to be a total food, containing just about everything the body needs – but only if they’re grown organically.
Avocadoes provide Vitamin E (one of the two ‘healing vitamins’, Vitamins A and E, recommended to a friend of mine by a pharmacist, and prescribed to heal cuts and abrasions without scarring) and natural fats that are essential to the health of cells in the body. These natural fats are absolutely essential for healthy brain function. Eat as many avocadoes as you can!
FRESH, ORGANIC FRUIT (AND VEGETABLES)
I’m recently trying more and more organic fresh foods. The cost can be prohibitive. The difference, however, to my brain, is marked. Not only is there much more flavour, but also I can literally feel my body’s gratitude upon consumption of organic goods.
Re: Traumatic Brain Injury - treatments that helped me. PART 1
When I learned I had a brain injury, I began treating the injury with anything I could think of, to reduce the trauma to the brain and to encourage growth and repair of brain tissue. My symptoms began to improve immediately, and they continue to improve.
Some things work for me, some things don’t. My goal is 100% recovery.
THE FIRST TREATMENT I TRIED
The first treatment I tried was what I now call Water Pillow Therapy. The results were astounding and instantaneous. I was exhilarated and very relieved to have found a simple way to reduce the trauma and the shock that my brain was carrying since the accident.
I found I needed to repeat the therapy as often as possible, and that improvement was gradual. After about six months of lying with my head on a water pillow, for at least half an hour each session, on as many days as I could, my aphasia (speech problems and word problems) was almost completely gone, and all my other symptoms also improved dramatically. I no longer staggered when I walked.
I then slept with a 'water pillow' on top of my usual pillow, (and with a blanket or cloth on top of the water pillow, as the water pillow was too cold to be directly under my head) every night for more than five years.
Water Pillow Therapy is perhaps the easiest and most fundamental
treatment for a Traumatic Brain Injury. For me, six months of doing this treatment every day for at least 30 minutes cured the staggering, slurred speech, aphasia, inability to count numbers, double vision, unreasonable anger, moodiness, frustration, depression and dyslexia caused by my brain injury.
The gradual dissipation of these dreadful symptoms was like being let out of prison. A relief beyond description.
Water Pillow Therapy was suggested to me by a friend who had played rugby while at school and who said that this treatment was used for any player who incurred a concussion during a match.
Quite simply, the coach would lead the player to the side of the pitch and make him lie down with his head resting on a half-empty pillow/bag filled with fluid, for at least 20 minutes. This would ensure that the concussion was healed, or almost healed, and that there would be no permanent injury.
The “trauma vibrations” would pass from the concussed player’s head to the pool of fluid upon which the head lay. A physics graduate told me that this is a principle of physics. Vibrations will pass from one pool of liquid to another pool of liquid placed next to it.
The brain floats in fluid, so it stands to reason that putting another pool of fluid next to the brain might enable the brain to pass accumulated trauma vibrations to the other pool of fluid/liquid.
I did not believe my friend's story about water pillows fixing head injuries. After several months of repeatedly suggesting this remedy to me, he said to me, "Why don't you just try it? What have you got to lose? It will cost you less than $10."
So, I tried the Water Pillow Therapy: I bought a box of wine, removed the inner “bladder” from the box, emptied about half of the wine and lay in a quiet room with my head on the half-empty “bladder”. (I put the “bladder” on top of my usual pillow, then a folded towel on top of the “bladder” which felt very cold, too cold for me to place my head on it directly.)
I tried to relax and to just let my brain do whatever it wanted to do. I could feel my brain “swinging” from side to side, in a most unstable way. It felt like a lump of hard jelly swishing back and forth in a washtub.
I just let my eyes go where they wanted. They swung from side to side, with the brain. I just allowed this to happen.
After about 10 minutes, my brain became still. It was like a pendulum that had swung from side to side, gradually getting slower, and gradually swinging a smaller distance to each side, until it came to a standstill in the centre of its field of movement.
When my brain came to a gentle stop, in the "centre", my head cleared instantly, and my brain began to “load in” information and to “wake up”. I just let it do what it wanted. I just observed.
My eyes went from left to right, then down, and from left to right again, as if they were quickly reading loads of written information on a page. Line after line, down the page. I just let this happen.
Eventually, my eyes began to focus on distant points on the ceiling, then on points near and far. It was as if they were remembering all the things they could do, and running through a test program, doing those things.
My head felt remarkably clear.
I was a bit stunned. I could not believe this was happening. It was exciting and overwhelming. I felt I had gotten my brain back.
I just lay there and let it happen. I didn't want to interrupt the "re-boot" my brain was doing.
Lots more happened. All of it beneficial.
When I finally stood up, after about 30 minutes, my whole body sort of screamed in protest. My brain only felt good when lying perfectly still, cushioned by the water pillow.
From that day onward, I began to use the water pillow. Every single symptom of my brain injury began to improve.
IF YOU HAVE A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY, TRY THIS THERAPY. IT COSTS LESS THAN $10 TO TRY IT!
IT WORKED FOR ME. I'VE TRIED IT WITH ONE FRIEND WHO HAS A BRAIN INJURY. HE SAYS IT MAKES HIM "MORE ALERT".
That was an AMAZING testimonial on Water Pillow Therapy. I have never heard of it before. I did ...
That was an AMAZING testimonial on Water Pillow Therapy. I have never heard of it before. I did a quick search and couldn't find any information on this on the web. Do you have any website info? Or is this just a healing method that is an old-wives remedy?
Hi, I do not know if this is an established therapy. No-one seems to have heard of it, as a treatm...
Hi, I do not know if this is an established therapy. No-one seems to have heard of it, as a treatment for brain injury.
It was something suggested to me by a friend, in the months following my accident. He said that when he was at school he played football, and that whenever a football player hit his head during a game, the coach would make the player lie on his back on the side of the field, with his head on a half-empty wine cask, for at least 20 minutes, to clear the concussion and prevent permanent head injury.
Maybe the coach was an old-school kind of guy who knew some old-fashioned remedies. I don't know.
About 2 years after I began using this therapy, I went to a community day for people with a brain injury. It was there that I got talking to a physics graduate who told me the name for the theory, in physics ( - the theory that vibrations will pass from one pool of liquid to another pool of liquid placed next to it or on top of it).
This theory has a one-word name, but I forgot to write down the name and I can't remember it.
I just call this treatment 'Water Pillow Therapy'. My friend who has tried this treatment said I should give it a name, to make it easier to describe it.
He also said I should "tell doctors and scientists all the things that have improved your brain injury. They can use these treatments to help people." I replied to him that most doctors seem to think that those of us who have a brain injury are m*o*o*ns, and that we are the last people they are going to listen to, about anything.
I no longer tell people (especially "medical professionals") that I have a brain injury, unless absolutely necessary. I am sick and tired of the insults, discrimination, weird attitudes, ignorance and condescension. The nastiness and ignorance of most medical professionals is astounding.
I decided to post some info here on curezone, just in case it is useful to somebody who is trying to self-treat a brain injury, or is wishing to assist a friend or family member who has a brain injury.
The Water Pillow Therapy could be used by anybody, to improve concentration, memory and other brain functions.
I am glad you got the help you needed. Do you feel a hundred percent better now? Did you have sur...
I am glad you got the help you needed. Do you feel a hundred percent better now? Did you have surgery for your brain injury? I have some links with a few healing modalities that could help further improve and reconnect the neural patterns in your brain and spine if you are open to new ideas.
I would love to use your testimonial on my website to bring awareness to other people. How do you feel about that?
Yes, please post all information here. Yes, I am very open to trying new things, so please post an...
Yes, please post all information here. Yes, I am very open to trying new things, so please post any information you have. Thank you! I look forward to reading new info. and hopefully the things you might suggest are things that I will find affordable and accessible.
No, I am not 100% cured; the fatigue is the biggest problem to conquer. Still working on that. I have other health issues, too, and if I could just fix those ..... I might be 100%. Hopefully.
No, I did not have surgery for my brain injury. I was initially told that I have no injury! Apparently I have no structural damage to the brain, which is fortunate, but what that means is that the damage is microscopic.
One of the things I have learned is that when there is an impact to the head, the soft brain slams (usually forwards, then backwards etc.) against the hard casing of the skull. This can stretch, break, bend, stress, bruise or sever the tiny fibres (axons, neurons and all the other tiny fibres) in the brain. Even a tiny bruise in the brain can kill. Or have no effect whatsoever.
In 'mild' brain injuries, there is no consistent relation between the damage caused and the subsequent effects on the person. With brain injuries generally, doctors are loath to predict the outcome on the person's life. It is all quite unpredictable.
I fall in the category of those who are told they have a 'mild' brain injury, even though the injury's effects are drastic and life-changing. 'Mild' basically means that I can walk unaided and I can feed myself. It does not indicate quality of life!
Please provide a link to your website. Yes, I would be very happy to get the information out there on other people's websites, but I would like to look at the website first -- and I would quite probably write a bit more about myself if posting the info elsewhere (depending on the website).
One thing that I would probably mention is that I have created and run support groups for people who have brain injuries. Had I not self-treated my injury, I would barely be able to write a shopping list, let alone design and implement support projects for other people with health issues.
I try to motivate others, but unfortunately one of the symptoms of many people's brain injuries is lack of motivation/crushing apathy. So many people just dragging themselves through each day, never realising their potential.
Also, I saw a documentary about U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. (I live in Australia). Many service personnel's lives are being saved, but they are returning home with permanent brain injuries, which is a tragedy.
I watched the programme as veterans (a huge hall filled with several hundred of them sitting at tables), were handed five $1 notes and and were coached to count out the dollars, one by one, on the tables in front of them. I was almost shouting at the TV, "I used to be like that! I couldn't count two cents! Get them to lie down on a wine cask bladder! There is no need for them to be like that!"
I was 36 when I had my accident. Seeing young people aged in their early 20s, with brain injuries, makes me so sad.
If I were well enough, and could afford it, I would open a clinic that brings together all the therapies that actually work.
I will post more info, more things that worked for me, when I get the chance.
Also, before I began self-treating the injury, my vision and spatial awareness were so bad that, w...
Also, before I began self-treating the injury, my vision and spatial awareness were so bad that, when eating with a fork and knife, I regularly stabbed myself in the face with the fork! Accidentally, of course...
A brain injury is a degrading, terrifying, outrageously unfair disability to endure. It is as if your mind has turned on itself. It is truly terrifying.
It is wonderful that you run a support group for people with brain trauma. It doesn't seem that many people are helping others who experienced Stroke, Alzheimer, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, or other brain related injuries as much as it should be. It seems like it is all swept under the rug with a 'live with it' the rest of your life attitude.
It is quite sad indeed. So, I don't accept that there is nothing we can do. Hopefully, the new information that I sent you will be useful for yourself and others that you are helping. You write well, like an expert in bio-feedback. We need more people like you - learning new therapies, healing yourself, and sharing your story.
>>This theory has a one-word name, but I forgot to write down the name and I can't remember it.
It would be nice to know more about the name and-science behind this Water Pillow Therapy. It is quite unique and looks very effective.
Perhaps it may solve some or all of your friend's problem. She has only better health and well-being to gain by applying its recommendation. What has she got to lose?
These two quotes are instructive:
"There are more than ten thousand scientific papers that make it quite clear that there is not one body process (such as what goes on inside cells or tissues) and not one disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy) that is not influenced - directly or indirectly - by vitamin C." -- Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., Dr. Marshall Ringsdorf, D.M.D., and Dr. Emily Sisley, THE VITAMIN C CONNECTION.
“I have never seen a patient that Vitamin C would not benefit.” -- Dr. Frederick Klenner, M.D.
I wish you BEST success, Caspy, in your search for a solution to your friend's health issue!
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Hi everyone. I'm thinking of try andy cutler's protocol for my mysterious brain disorder. I believe my brain disorder may be caused by heavy metals or mineral toxicity(eye drop medication seeped into my brain and reacted intensely). I'm just wondering if I should start dmsa/dmps first before ala? If yes, how long should I take dmsa/dmps before I start ala? I read that ala can cross the blood brain barrier, what other chelators can cross the blood brain barrier? Should I do a hair analysis test? Should I take a multivitamin and maybe lechiten? How about methylation protocol? 12.5mg ala is a good start?