Traumatic brain injuries sustained by more than 200,000 U.S. troops may be fueling the military’s suicide crisis, according to a letter co-signed by 53 congressional members who are seeking additional data to investigate the new theory. [Note: Really? This a new theory?] Read full article.
It may not seem surprising that a sport that involves gigantic men slamming into one another goes hand-in-hand with head injury. But in American football, the severity of the life-long consequences has gone under appreciated until recently. And there are other sports that should be concerned. Soccer players who head the ball could be injuring their brains, as well, according to a recent paper in PLoS ONE… Read full article.
As the number of omega-3 sources in the market increases, including fish, krill, squid, algae, and plant, suppliers are increasingly using the omega-3 form to differentiate their products. But where does the science currently stand, which questions remain, and is cost a factor?… Read full article.
In March 2010, high school student Bobby Ghassemi was in a terrible car accident and airlifted to a nearby hospital. He had experienced severe brain trauma and was considered more dead than alive.
Bobby family believes an experimental treatment using high doses of fish oil helped him recover from his traumatic brain injury. His father, Peter Ghassemi, was frustrated at lack of progress and desperate for help. A friend connected him with Dr. Michael Lewis, the Founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute. Here is there story:
Itʼs been an exceptional past few weeks, mostly because I continue to hear from people who are desperate for something, anything, to help a loved one in a coma from a brain injury, traumatic or anoxic. However, there have been a couple situations recently that have really upset me, mainly because of the use of science by doctors as a roadblock not to do anything for their patients. Continue reading
I’m often asked if a person should take flax seed since it is very high in omega-3s. And yes, flax seed is a good source of short-chain 18-carbon length (ALA) omega-3s and a fantastic food. However, the elongation process to make 20 and 22 carbon length (EPA and DHA) in mammals is very poor (<1%) and even worse in the face of competition with omega-6s. Subsequently, flax does very little for the brain where DHA is the most important of the omega-3s. Continue reading
It’s been eight weeks since the Sanjay Gupta MD show featured how fish oil was used to help Bobby Ghassemi recover from a severe traumatic brain injury two years ago. I had a chance to see Bobby this weekend along with his family. He is doing great, even better than when I saw him in March. His father, Peter, reminded me that all we asked of the family is to help spread the word about using omega-3s for TBI. In addition to the CNN segment < http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/19/health/fish-oil-brain-injuries > that received almost 12,000 recommends on Facebook, the Ghassemi family has received numerous calls asking for help and guidance in similar situations. Continue reading
It’s been a few weeks since the Sanjay Gupta MD segment aired on CNN and even longer since my last blog. The response to the CNN article and 8-minute segment that aired on October 20th and 21st has been fantastic. There have been over 11,000 “recommends” on Facebook, 883 “tweets, and 376 comments in response to the article. People from literally all around the world Continue reading