Traumatic Brain Injury

January 28, 2013 at 6:14 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I want to share an “alternative” view to aiding in the healing process for those affected by traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), also known as post-concussive syndrome. This is spawned by an article my brother sent me from CNN regarding repeated TBIs: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/22/health/cte-study/index.html?hpt=hp_c1.  One of the professors, Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis, at my school, National College of Natural Medicine, “empowers and teaches his patients to gain conscious influence over physiology through general biofeedback, neurofeedback (brain-wave biofeedback), and other therapies. These methods work well with conditions ranging from head injuries and chronic pain to mood disorders and attention difficulties”.

His profile: http://www.ncnm.edu/ncnm-faculty/faculty-directory/s-to-z/sandberg-lewis-bio.php

Here’s an article he put out a few years back addressing TBIs, including diffuse axonal injury (DAI), neural plasticity, Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS): http://ndnr.com/naturopathic-news/addressing-traumatic-brain-injury/

More on TBIs from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/research/tbi/

Recommended Readings per Dr. SSL:

rimmins C: Where is the Mango Princess? A journey back from brain injury. New York, 2001, Vintage Books.

Larsen S: The Healing Power of Neurofeedback: The revolutionary LENS technique for restoring optimal brain function. Rochester, 2006, Healing Arts Press.

Osborn CL: Over My Head: A doctor’s own story of head injury from the inside looking out. Kansas City, 2000, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Stoler DR and Hill BA: Coping With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A guide to living with the challenges associated with concussion/brain injury. New York, 1998, Avery.

Thompson M and Thompson L: The Neurofeedback Book: An introduction to basic concepts in applied psychophysiology. Wheat Ridge, 2003, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

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Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease

January 28, 2013 at 4:17 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Hi all! I’m back to my blog after several months of trying to find my balance of school, work, and life.

A friend posted an article that I want to share. It’s quite appropriate because I’m learning about heart disease right now. It’s an article from a heart surgeon speaking on the topic of heart disease. 

 
http://www.sott.net/article/242516-Heart-Surgeon-Speaks-Out-On-What-Really-Causes-Heart-Disease?fb_action_ids=10151383919208749&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
 
I found it interesting for several reasons discussed:
 
1) mechanism by which arteries (the system by which blood goes away from the heart; vein take blood back to the heart),
2) description of acute and chronic inflammation and how the foods we ingest can cause inflammation, and
3) call for change in diet: meat, veggies & fruits (Paleo diet???)
 
In health, 
 
Venessa

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