Actual good carbohydrates exist!
You'll be happy to know that there are lots of really tasty and enjoyable foods low in carbohydrate content. Let’s start eating them now!
Rule #1: Eat breakfast
Rule #2: Eat protein for breakfast
You need protein first thing for breakfast. Listen, you are healing from MTBI, and your body is making new brain cells and
Your ball cap is your friend. Keep one handy in the car, keep several within reach in the house.
Wear one when you go into any public building, grocery store, medical or dental office, restaurant.
The brim on that ball cap will shade your eyes from up to 40% of the obnoxious glare and incredibly stressful brilliance of fluorescent overhead lights.
Fluorescent lights may not bother most people, but they burn valuable...
Supplement caveat: My statements about supplements, general dose suggestions, brand names or general benefits have not been evaluated by the FDA, and my opinions are not intended to be viewed as a diagnosis, treatment, cure or preventive against any disease.
CoEnzyme Q 10 (CoQ10)
This supplement is highly valuable as an antioxidant and is a crucial component in the primary energy production cycle. For MTBI, this supplement offers support for cognitive energy increase.
Phosphatidyl Choline (Phos. Choline)
This lecithin-based supplement is a main component of cell membranes and is critical for brain function.
In my opinion, a vital cornerstone of MTBI recovery is the treatment known as CranioSacral Therapy. This therapy is based on the principle that your body, especially your central nervous system, and specifically your head, spinal cord and the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that moves within this system, functions most effectively when the pressure and flow of CSF are in balance.
When an MTBI is present, this balance of flow and pressure is generally disrupted. Symptoms of this imbalance can include but certainly are not limited to...
Every day you vote with your fork at least three times. This is a predictable act, a repeated, consistent therapeutic act. You choose your fuel, and you add it to your body regularly.
You watch which grade of gas you put in your car because fuel grade makes a performance difference. I’ll save the diet lecture, and jump right to the reasons your brain injury recovery will work best with a few attentive menu behaviors.
Water keeps you hydrated, helps your brain work as well as possible. Optimal water consumption: 8 glasses a day. All other beverages you consume do not contribute to this total.
Eat protein 3 times a day.
Or more. You have a brain injury, and eating protein frequently gives you a sustained supply of the building blocks your body needs to repair your brain. So, an egg with breakfast. Cheese sandwich for lunch. Or a cup of chicken broth. Dinner of fish with veggies. As a snack, a dip with veggie sticks. A handful of walnuts...
Do not buy or eat anything with Aspartame, NutraSweet, Splenda or other excitotoxin sweeteners in it. Excito-toxins are very stressful on brain function, and much more so with MTBI. For beverage sweeteners, use liquid or powdered stevia—no carbs there! For baking, use crystallized Xylitol. Use 1/4-cup to every cup of sugar called for in a recipe. This product is low-glycemic and very sweet.
Recently published studies suggest that hormone imbalances within the body after an MTBI can be linked with the traumatic disruption of function of the hypothalamus gland.
This gland, the master gland for hormone functions, is located in about the center of the skull, deep inside the brain.
Traumatic jostling of the brain with injury holds a high degree of possibility that the hypothalamus gland has been...
Gail’s Infamous Low-Carb Baking Mix
This is the lower carbohydrate baking mix I invented. It has about half the carbs of regular baking mixes.
It also has lower protein content than the soy flour based natural mixes, so it's kinder to your digestion and tastes better, too.
Click "Read More" to see the recipe.
Fluorescent lights are ubiquitous in our modern world. Not just the banks and banks of them in the grocery store, flickering and buzzing. Everywhere you go from the gas station at night to your doctor, your dentist and yes, various brain injury therapy offices.
And those compact fluorescents, meant to be economical? They're still fluorescent.
Needless to say, fluorescent lighting is painful to the eyes of MTBI folks. The squinting from the glare adds to headaches, eye strain, fatigue and overall sensitivity responses. Wearing a...
It is quite common for an MTBI person to exhibit signs which appear to mimic Attention Deficit Disorder. So much so that they are diagnosed with ADD instead of the broader MTBI. Many are even medicated and treated with ADD-specific therapies.
If you did not have clinically-diagnosed ADD before your MTBI, then it's entirely possible your symptoms of MTBI are mimicking ADD in part. This is what I call 'Fake ADD'.
The signs are there. Buzzy attention span, nervous feelings, short attention to detail, easily distracted, forgetfulness, hyper demeanor and all the rest. Yes, lots of symptoms are shared with the ADD diagnosis.
Curiously, however, your Fake ADD symptoms can go away with classic MTBI therapies, such as CranialSacral Therapy, Vision Therapy, supplementation. The same therapies are not so effective for classic ADD.
In modern medicine, we're learning more everyday about traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether caused from sports, workplace accidents, car collisions, military service, or any other incident, brain injuries—even mild ones—can change a person's life forever. In this episode of Breakthrough, Michael Pipich, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, talks with Gail Denton, Ph.D. about her book, Brainlash, Maximize Your Recovery from Mild Brain Injury. Dr. Denton not only shares her expertise, but also her life story of survival from her own brain injury and the struggle to find the right path to healing.
Don't miss this episode of Breakthrough with Michael Pipich...
Welcome to the Living Well with Brainlash Blog. This blog will provide you with useful information about recovery options for MTBI. This blog will also form the basis for my next book on MTBI recovery.
Each post will offer tips and insights in five categories that you can easily apply to your lifestyle, and enhance your daily life as well as your overall lifestyle approach.
The first category is Symptoms Of MTBI. This conversation will highlight a commonly understood aspect of living with a mild brain injury, and offer suggestions and strategies for treating the issue. Many of these symptoms, which you may have found yourself reporting to various health care providers with varying degrees of success, are quite common. You are not making anything up!
This category will arm you with terms and descriptors that will aid you in making yourself better understood and hopefully lead...