What Happens After Brain Trauma?
At Sponaugle Wellness Institute, we specialize in treating brain disorders including Brain Trauma, commonly called TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury. Many of our brain injury patients have been professional athletes whose brain “took a beating” in their careers; Wrestlers, NFL players, Hockey players and even nationally ranked martial arts professionals.
The Background On Brain Trauma
The bruised arteries on the surface of the brain will scar down about 7 weeks after any event that slams the vessels against the hard skull. If the event precipitated enough G-Force, there is a significant impact on the brain which is a soft cottage cheese consistency.
This causes a reduction in cerebral blood flow in that specific traumatized brain region, subsequently causing a marked reduction of excitatory neurotransmitters, (Dopamine, Glutamate etc ) to the region.
Therefore, the traumatized brain region becomes markedly less electrified, about 7 to 8 weeks after the trauma.
In healthy brains, the cerebral blood flow follows the electrical current. The higher the electrical current in a specific brain region, the more blood flow is delivered.
Patients with significant brain trauma will subsequently suffer from subnormal electrical activity in the trauma zone. Grasping this concept elucidates the patients need for a drug that will up-regulate electrical activity in the trauma zone.
What Are The Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?
We have been very successful in reversing their TBI symptoms of Dementia, Depression, Brain Fog, Memory Loss, Moodiness, Irritability, Anxiety, Insomnia, Panic, Rage, Head Aches, Tinnitus [Ringing in the Ears], and feelings of disassociation, feeling like you are disconnected from your loved ones, watching the world go by, but you are not in it.
These are common symptoms experienced by brain injury patients, symptoms that America’s neurologists mistakenly believe are irreversible because they refuse to learn the biochemical and physiological reactions, that on a microcellular level, control the electrical activity of our brain, our brain function. To restore normal brain function in TBI patients, we must use biochemistry to heal the brain on a microcellular level, from the inside out!
Brain function and mental performance depend on the adequate delivery of brain chemicals to each individual brain cell. The brain is an electrical organ, but the brain‘s electrical current is controlled by chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. They constantly move from brain cell to brain cell-activating electrical energy.
Herein lies the problem with brain injury. With today’s high-tech Brain scans, we have learned that the small blood vessels on the brain’s surface suffer bruising as they “slam against the skull” during an event with enough G-Force. Approximately 7 weeks after the head trauma, the bruised blood vessels “scar down” delivering less oxygen, glucose, and brain chemicals to the brain cells in the traumatized brain region.
Before the advent of brain scans that measure blood flow and the brain’s metabolism of sugar, both of which correlate with electrical activity in the brain, we didn’t know that patients could sustain serious brain trauma without losing consciousness. We were clueless that the brain moved around inside of the skull and, that with enough impact and G-Force, the soft brain would slam up against the hard skull, causing Brain Damage.
Superbowl NFL Quarterback Bernie Kosar Heals from Traumatic Brain Injury
Before Dr. Sponaugle treated Mr. Kosar, he suffered from daily headaches, ringing in the ears, short-term memory loss, difficulty with speech, and insomnia. A comparison of Kosar’s PET scans, before and after treatment at Sponaugle Wellness Institute, demonstrates dramatic improvement of global brain function with the most improvement, 97 percent, in those brain regions that suffered the most injury.
The PET scan computer provides a mathematical calculation of brain activity. This allows for objective validation of improvement in brain function. Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment produced 97 percent improvement in the back of Bernie’s brain and 67 percent on the left side of his brain. Dr. Sponaugle’s clinical research has proven that quarterbacks sustain more trauma to the posterior brain regions in the back of their heads. When sacked by larger linemen and linebackers, they tend to fall backward, “slamming” the back of their head on the hard turf. This correlates with Bernie’s pre-treatment PET scan, demonstrating that he suffered the most brain trauma in the back of his head, the occipital, visual, and vermis brain regions.
Also, a right-handed quarterback like Bernie typically sustains more “helmet to helmet” hits on their blind side, their left side. Indeed, Bernie sustained more brain trauma on the left side of his brain as seen on his initial PET scan. Note the most improvement derived from Dr. Sponaugle’s treatment was on the left side of Bernie’s brain, the side that sustained the more injury.
Bernie Kosar was notorious for throwing long “Hail Mary” passes which gave defensive linemen and linebackers more time to breach his offensive line, Bernie’s longest pass during an NFL game was 96 yards. Numerous pictures were taken when Bernie played for the Cleveland Browns depict “larger than life” defensive tackles broaching Bernie’s left side while his right arm is still releasing the football.
Average Global Improvement With 16 Days Of Uninterrupted Treatment
*Average = 58% Highest= 97% in the occipital and visual regions*
In respective order coinciding with the numbers on the right of the scans
|Right Parietal – 43 percent improvement|
|Left Parietal – 60 percent improvement||Left Temporal – 57 percent improvement|
Occipital is back of head
|Right Occipital – 97 percent improvement||Right Frontal Lobe- 16 percent improvement|
|Left Occipital – 83 percent improvement||Left Frontal Lobe – 70 percent improvement|
Posterior Cingulate is back of head
Right – 91 percent improvement
Left – 90 percent improvement
Anterior Cingulate was quieted intentionally with natural Serotonin enhancement [5-htp] When overactive, patients suffer excessive worry – when under active, decreased impulse control – overall still improved electrical function
Right anterior cingulate – 22 percent improvement
Left anterior cingulate – 33 percent improvement
Right Medial Frontal – .5 percent improvement – negligible
Left Medial Frontal – 16 percent improvement
Right Medial parietal – 25 percent improvement
Left Medial parietal – 28 percent improvement
Right – 12 percent improvement
Left -40 percent improvement
Visual – [back of head]
Right -97 percent improvement
Left – 99 percent improvement
Right – 12 percent improvement
Left – .5 percent negligible
Right – 22 percent improvement
Left – 12 percent improvement
Vermis – On posterior or back of cerebellum – most vulnerable part of cerebellum to trauma, especially to backward falls
Right – 82 percent improvement
Left – 77 percent improvement
Global Average – 58 percent increase in function
Collateral Damage And The Domino Effect
The “bruised” brain region develops significant inflammation on a micro level, producing Alzheimer’s like TAU bodies and abnormal plaque development. Trauma-induced inflammation causes excessive activation of the blood clotting cascade, which causes a further reduction in blood flow by narrowing the “pipes” of the brain’s microcirculation.
The injured brain region receives less vital nutrients for repairing damaged brain tissue and less oxygen delivery to the injured brain cells that need it most. With less blood flow going to the traumatized brain region, there is less delivery of excitatory or electrifying brain chemicals needed to “turn on” the lights, if you will.
With the reduced electrical current running through the injured brain region, brain function in that region essentially “shuts down.” To make matters worse, brain blood flow follows an electrical current, thus a self-perpetuating downward spiral.
However, using the Sponaugle protocol for brain healing, the brain trauma process, the mechanism by mechanism, can be reversed with the resultant healing of the injured brain region. With the Sponaugle Brain Wellness program, including our proprietary intravenous therapy, we can reverse the TBI changes on brain scans and rid patients of TBI symptoms in a few weeks.
Why Brain Trauma And Traumatic Brain Injury Causes Addiction
These patients will “feel more normal” if they can increase Dopamine activity in the traumatized brain region.
For this reason, they will be attracted to and suffer biochemical craving for any drug that releases extra Dopamine from the storage units (vesicles) to the synapse between two brain neurons.
Via chasing dopaminergic drugs, the brain trauma patient “feels more normal” because he/she has found a way to self-medicate with drugs that stimulate more electrical activity.
Nicotine Use In Brain Injury Sufferers
Nicotine is the most potent Dopaminergic drug. Dopamine is more potent in releasing Dopamine from the brain cell storage units in Neuron A to the synapse where the Dopamine molecule can attach to Dopamine receptors on Neuron B.
This Dopamine activation of the Dopamine receptors on the subsequent Brain neuron, Neuron B, increases the electrical energy of Neuron B.
Based on a 2000 study by a brilliant British scientist, Elliot Garner, Nicotine releases far more Dopamine from brain cell storage units to the synapse than any other drug.
The Downward Spiral Of Alcohol, Opioid, And THC Use
Other Dopaminergic drugs that will temporarily correct the reduction of electrical activity in a Brain Trauma region are; Alcohol, Opioid Pain pills and THC.
This consortium of drugs and alcohol stimulate a temporary release of Dopamine from the brain cell storage vesicles to the synapse.
Once a Brain trauma patient “bumps into” a dopaminergic drug from a friend or at a party, they will experience a quick and temporary “feeling of more normalcy.”
This pleasant experience often begins the patient’s continuous chase for Dopamine through a variety of drugs and alcohol – every sip of alcohol causes a temporary release of Dopamine into the synapse, the space between two Brain neurons.
Brain Trauma Treatment Testimonials
Take a moment to watch these amazing stories of healing and know that we are always ready and eager to make a difference in your life or the life of a loved one who may be dealing with brain trauma or traumatic brain injury.