As the National Football League continues to face scrutiny and litigation over concussions, new evidence shows that brain injuries may be a problem at the collegiate level too. According to a study published today in PLOS One, college football players who sustain hits to the head may experience long-term brain damage even if they aren’t
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,
Omega-3 oils are known to be beneficial when it comes to joint and cardiovascular health, and now scientists from the University of Manchester say that the oil could also play a role in helping to prevent skin cancer… 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,
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
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%)
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
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
(NaturalNews) In March 2010, high school student Bobby Ghassemi was taken out of his crashed vehicle and airlifted to a nearby Virginia hospital more dead than alive with severe brain trauma. He was so much more dead than alive that the physician who eventually advised the Ghassemi family on using fish oil, Dr. Michael Lewis
Research published last year by Brain Health Education and Research Institute’s Michael Lewis, MD, in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reported that active duty military with lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids were 62% more likely to have committed suicide compared to those with higher levels. The case-control study was reported widely in the
I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about supplementation versus eating wild caught Alaskan salmon. As you can imagine, this type of conversation usually get pretty testy as opinions overrule. Yes, it would be great if everyone could get everything they need from what they eat, but at some point,
I often get phone calls and emails asking advice what someone should do after a concussion or other brain injury. In January, I received the email below from a concerned mom who attended one of my talks: “My son is an Army EOD (bomb guy) and will be deployed to Afghanistan this February. I’d love
The potential benefits of omega-3s to reduce the long-term effects of brain trauma may be optimized by early administration, ‘in the emergency department or sooner’, says a new report. Co-written by Dr. Michael Lewis, the founder of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, Parviz Ghassemi, and Joseph Hibbeln, MD, and published in The American Journal
My 12-year son started tackle football practice this week, full pads, helmets, and everything. Given my focus on concussions and TBI over the past couple of years, how could I let my son play football?!! There is risk in all sports. But in my mind, the benefits far outweigh the risks. Life is a team
Missy Chase Lapine, creator of the Sneaky Chef series of books, wrote a wonderful article about how she added omega-3s to her daughter’s food after a concussion. She learned about using omega-3s from Dr. Michael Lewis, founder of the Brain Health Education & Research Institute. Read her article here
With about 4,000 New York children treated at hospitals each year for sports-related concussions, according to the state Health Department, the state and school districts are taking steps to increase awareness of concussion symptoms and implement policies to ensure proper treatment and prevent re-injury. The state Legislature enacted a law during the summer that requires
Dr. Oz recommends 5 key nutrients we don’t usually get enough of in our diet. Number 5, and most important on his list (he even says it’s his favorite of the 5) is Omega-3 fatty acids! He explains it’s great for so many things, but especially important for the brain and memory function. Watch here
Dr. Lewis was the special guest of Dr. Garko on TalkZone’s “Let’s Talk Nutrition” for the full two hour show Wednesday, March 28th. It was an amazing show with tremendous information to help understand the correlation between TBI and Omega-3s. Here are links to recordings of the two one-hour segments of the show: Dr. Lewis