I was given the name of a person who has some interesting theories on concussions through this blog. I wanted to see what he had to say so I contacted him and asked that he write, in his own words, what he is thinking. Not only does the below blog do a good job of that it also can explain why concussions are more of an issue now. It would answer the comments “back in my day it wasn’t a problem”, this reader and now writer deserves our attention world!
With regard to the susceptibility to concussions occurring and the factors involved in helping the brain heal itself–I am reminded of a famous saying from the past by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) “In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” In other words, today many can not see the forest for the trees!
I have spent the last 22 years of my life studying the interaction of essential fatty acid (EFA) metabolism and human physiology and the dietary manipulation of eicosanoids–all thanks to the deceased eminent researcher Dr. David Horrobin and his lovely wife Sherry Clarkson. I would also like to mention Dr. Mehar Manku (current editor Medical Hypothesis), he was instrumental in the early 90′s in introducing me to essential fatty acids and disease.
To keep this brief —
1) A major factor in the increased prevalence of concussions has been all but overlooked by the medical community. The brain is approximately 70% fat and science supports the fact that the cell membranes due to a shift in diet to processed and adulterated fats from “live fats and EFAs” has lost 9-12% flexibility,fluidity,pliability etc. In other words,cell membrane integrity has been compromised making the tissue more rigid inside the skull and leading to increased susceptibility to concussion with the same trauma as compared to earlier generations.
2) The opportunity to help the brain repair itself has been basically overlooked except in the research arena at places like John Hopkins and Harvard. I am referring to dietary manipulation of eicosanoids using EFA derivatives,dietary changes and proven nutritional supplements. The great part of this approach is there is no down side or side effects. I have been helping people recover from many health issues including brain trauma for 20 years. It is a simple concept,namely give the brain what it needs to fix itself and help the raw materials get there (this is the part that is missed–the transport system).
Dr. Patricia Kane who was greatly influenced by my mentor Dr. David Horrobin, has been doing great work in this area and is affiliated with the Lipid clinic at John Hopkins has a great saying–”If you heal the cell membrane,then you heal the body and the brain. It is absolutely the truth –having experienced incredible “miracles” of healing with hundreds of people over the last 20+ years. Another expert that should be contacted regarding lipids and healing the brain is Dr. Mary Enig of the Weston Price Foundation. For those ill-informed–she blew the whistle on dangerous trans fats 10 years before anyone would listen in the 70s and 80s. These fats today still present a major threat to mankind in our food and especially to the destruction of the human brain.
Science is slow and often too bureaucratic today. Most people with traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder can be healed from 50-100% via dietary manipulation of eicosanoids to restore cell membrane integrity, restore the transport system and re-balance eicosanoids especially the critical prostaglandin 1 (PGE1).
Hopefully this blog will open people’s minds and they will go beyond the external obvious factors involved in concussions and start to understand that the unit of life is the cell and without cells functioning properly how can the brain function properly. Please–someone teach the medical profession the basics of EFA biochemistry and nutrition as it impacts human physiology. Wake up world!
Let’s help everyone get healthy,
I really appreciate the time and post from Paul. Please comment on this and pass it along to others so we can explore another avenue in this concussion issue.