Traumatic Brain Injury–IASIS, a promising treatment

Transcranial Electrical Stimulation Shows Promise for Treating Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

September 28, 2017  |  Scott LaFee

​Using a form of low-impulse electrical stimulation to the brain, documented by neuroimaging, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) and collaborators elsewhere, report significantly improved neural function in participants with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Their findings are published online in the current issue of the journal Brain Injury .

TBI is a leading cause of sustained physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems in both the civilian population (primarily due to motor vehicle accidents, sports, falls and assaults) and among military personnel (blast injuries). In the majority of cases, injury is deemed mild (75 percent of civilians, 89 percent of military), and typically resolves in days.

But in a significant percentage of cases, mild TBI and related post-concussive symptoms persist for months, even years, resulting in chronic, long-term cognitive and/or behavioral impairment.

Much about the pathology of mild TBI is not well understood, which the authors say has confounded efforts to develop optimal treatments. However, they note the use of passive neuro-feedback, which involves applying low-intensity pulses to the brain through transcranial electrical stimulation (LIP-tES), has shown promise.

In their pilot study, which involved six participants who had suffered mild TBI and experienced persistent post-concussion symptoms, the researchers used a version of LIP-tES called IASIS, combined with concurrent electroencephalography monitoring (EEG). The treatment effects of IASIS were assessed using magnetoencephalography (MEG) before and after treatment. MEG is a form of non-invasive functional imaging that directly measures brain neuronal electromagnetic activity, with high temporal resolution (1 ms) and high spatial accuracy (~3 mm at the cortex).

“Our previous publications have shown that MEG detection of abnormal brain slow-waves is one of the most sensitive biomarkers for mild traumatic brain injury (concussions), with about 85 percent sensitivity in detecting concussions and, essentially, no false-positives in normal patients,” said senior author Roland Lee, MD, professor of radiology and director of Neuroradiology, MRI and MEG at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VASDHS. “This makes it an ideal technique to monitor the effects of concussion treatments such as LIP-tES.”

The researchers found that the brains of all six participants displayed abnormal slow-waves in initial, baseline MEG scans. Following treatment using IASIS, MEG scans indicated measurably reduced abnormal slow-waves. The participants also reported a significant reduction in post-concussion scores.

“For the first time, we’ve been able to document with neuroimaging the effects of LIP-tES treatment on brain functioning in mild TBI,” said first author Ming-Xiong Huang, PhD, professor in the Department of Radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a research scientist at VASDHS. “It’s a small study, which certainly must be expanded, but it suggests new potential for effectively speeding the healing process in mild traumatic brain injuries.”

Co-authors include: Ashley Robb Swan, Annemarie Angeles Quinto, Scott Matthews, Deborah L. Harrington, Sharon Nichols, Charles W. Huang, and Dewleen G. Baker, UC San Diego and VASDHS; Barry J. Bruder, IASIS Technologies, Los Angeles; and Corey C. Snook, Mind-Brain Training Institute, Mount Dora, FL.

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OnOctober 9, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

IV Nutrition Therapy

Our first introduction to intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy was reading about Myers Cocktails.   No, this isn’t a drink. It is a ‘cocktail’ of IV vitamins and minerals given intravenously to improve a variety of health conditions.  The theory is that giving vitamins and minerals through the vein and bypassing the gut would result in better nutritional access to the cell by achieving higher concentrations in your blood stream.

John Myers, MD, a physician from Baltimore, Maryland, pioneered the use of intravenous (IV) vitamins and minerals as part of the overall treatment of various medical problems, including general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, relieve acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance athletics.  He treated patients with IV nutrition therapy for about 25 years with good benefits.  While it can be used for a variety of health conditions, it can also be used to proactively maintain health.

The advantage with IV nutrients is that concentrations in the blood stream can far exceed what you would get orally.  With Vitamin C, for example, if you take too much, you can experience diarrhea so this can be the rate limiting effect of oral Vitamin C.  With IV Vitamin C, you can achieve much higher concentrations in the blood stream thereby having a significant antiviral or antihistamine effect that one can’t achieve with oral doses.  If cells are repeatedly “flooded” with nutrients, the improvement may be cumulative in their ability to heal, and improve their condition.

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for humans as we do not make this.  High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970’s. A Scottish surgeon named Ewan Cameron, MD,  worked with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus Pauling to study the possible benefits of vitamin C therapy in clinical trials of cancer patients in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The anticancer effect of vitamin C in different types of cancer cells involves a chemical reaction that makes hydrogen peroxide, which may kill cancer cells.  It is Ideal for toxicity, hepatitis, acute and recurring infections, cancer, fatigue, weakness, Mononucleosis, and other chronic viruses.

Hydrogen peroxide intravenous therapy is a powerful oxidant. When administered intravenously, an enzyme in the blood called catalase splits the hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water.  A small amount of hydrogen peroxide can supply large amounts of oxygen to the tissues. As we all know, hydrogen peroxide foams when it is put it on a wound or cut. The foam is oxygen being produced by the action of the enzyme catalase on the peroxide.  The singlet oxygen has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects.  Hydrogen peroxide intravenous therapy is also helpful for asthma, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, degenerative spinal disc disease, vascular heart disease and high blood pressure.

With powerful IV tools at our disposal, we can assist in facilitating healing using nutritional therapy at concentrations that are significantly more than what can be achieved through oral dosing. IV nutrition is especially important in this day and age where gut related issues can create malabsorption or malnutrition.

 

 

 

 

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OnJuly 5, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

IASIS, a new type of Neurofeedback

Coming soon to Health Builders PC is a Micro Current Neurofeedback technology, IASIS.

https://microcurrentneurofeedback.com

Micro Current Neurofeedback is an FDA registered EEG amplifier and is extremely safe.   It is being used in the following conditions:

  • ADD and ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  •  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  •  Dementia
  •  Depression
  •  Eating Disorders
  •  Epilepsy
  •  Fibromyalgia
  •  Headache
  •  Insominia
  •  Lyme Disease
  •  Memory Disorders
  •  Migraine
  •  Parkinson’s Disease
  •  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  •  Raynaud’s Disease
  •  Stroke
  •  Traumatic Brain Injury

Unlike traditneurofeedback systems, Micro Current Neurofeedback does not use “operant conditioning” for training like its predecessors, nor is it symptom based as it is not the goal of IASIS to intentionally treat symptoms.

IASIS MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback is a revolutionary, dynamic, non-invasive, highly effective technology. Currently research is under way at University of California at San Diego (UCSD). A team of researchers at the Brain Imaging Center have agreed to donate their time to study the effects of IASIS treatment/training after having received Institutional Review Board approval to study Marines with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Why? They wanted to evaluate the evidence themselves. They will report their discoveries from the very first Marine they observe.

There is currently widespread TBI among military, first responders, athletes, and civilians. At no time in our country’s history has the need been so great to find a real solution/viable, lasting relief for these individuals. Even our government is committed to using brain mapping.

Stories about the efficacy of IASIS MCN come from two retired Marines, Greg Gillispie and David Carrasquillo who speak on their experiences after having undergone IASIS MCN for injuries sustained fighting for our country in the Middle East.

IASIS is a game changing approach to re-train and balance your brain and nervous system.

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OnMay 22, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

Thermography

On August 4, 2015, from 1-5 PM, Health Builders PC will be offering thermography through The Longevity Center.  

What is Thermal Imaging?

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging creates images that illustrate heat patterns in the body.  The thermal images are analyzed for abnormalities which may be signs of disease in the body.

Annual Thermograms allow you to map changes in the body’s heat patterns, which may reflect inflammation, over time and can alert you to any deviations from your norm.

Inflammation is a precursor to many diseases such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension.  Early detection of inflammation may help you prevent many negative health conditions from developing.  Lifestyle changes, detoxification, stress-reduction, nutritional supplementation, acupuncture, etc can help reduce inflammation.

Breast thermograms, specifically can detect irregular patterns in the breast, conditions that occur before a noticeable lump is formed.  In some cases, such as Inflammatory Breast Cancer, there are no lumps to be detected by self exam or mammogeram. This is why adding thernmography to your annual routine can help with early detection.  With breast thermography, it is important to have 2 scans done within a 3-4 month period due to the fact that active cancers double in size and heat approximately 100 days apart.  If there is no changes, annual thermal scans are appropriate. If there are increased heat patterns from the first breast scan to the second, additional modalities will be requested.

Mammograms look at anatomical changes in the breast.  Thermograms look at vascular changes in the breast as they detect blood flow patterns, inflammation and asymmetries.  The two detection methods can complement each other.

Thermal Imaging is painless, involves no compression, non-invasive and emits NO RADIATION.

If interested, call the office to schedule an appointment, 703-256-2600.  We will be offering thermography every 2 months.  Please call for dates.

 

 

 

 

 

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OnJuly 26, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

Trace Amount

We had the privilege of seeing a recent documentary showing, Trace Amount, in Arlington, VA April 16, 2015.  It features a story of Eric Gladen who became acutely ill from mercury poisoning after receiving a tetanus shot.  This documentary chronicles his painful journey and the revelations of how thimerosal, the mercury containing preservative, impacted his health.  The message was to educate the public on the potential health hazards of mercury as a neurotoxin.

After the viewing, many questions from the audience touched on the controversies of thimerosal containing vaccines.  As a preservative, it is not an integral part of the vaccine.  Single dose vaccinations are available which are thimerosal free.   Even trace amounts of ethyl mercury can be harmful as a neurotoxin as proved by scientific studies.  The controversy with vaccines and autism continues as thimerosal, aluminum, environmental toxins, etc. have been implicated.

The more enduring truth from this story is the human quest for survival.  Eric Gladen sought help from multiple medical doctors and specialists to no avail.  Ultimately, he put the pieces to his puzzle together, linking the timing of his symptoms soon after receiving his tetanus vaccine.  The myriad of odd symptoms resembled symptoms from mercury toxicity.  Finding Dr. Andy Cutler online and following his heavy metal detoxification protocol was what brought him back to normalcy.

What I am reminded from this story is that we ultimately determine our health and wellbeing.  Our health practitioners are the guides to help us navigate our own health journey.  The more we can find the answers from our intuitive self, the closer we can come to understanding how best to help ourselves.

Please check out the website and the trailer:  http://traceamounts.com/

 

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OnJuly 26, 2015, posted in: Uncategorized by

Preconception Counseling

Medical Academy Pediatric Special Needs Conference, Tampa FL, Oct 3-5, 2013

 

I had the privilege of attending a conference where I met many practitioners from the US, Jordan, Egypt, India, and other countries worldwide in the pursuit of finding ways to help our pediatric special needs population. 

 Many of the attendants as well as the speakers of the conference have been personally affected with their kids on the spectrum.  It was inspirational to see the collaborative spirit in which research and clinical applications were shared. 

 With the vast amount of material covered, I wanted to post some helpful highlights.

One of the areas of prevention regarding autism is optimal preconception counseling.  Many times, as physicians, we don’t have the opportunity to see women in this phase.  The physical and mental health of the mother is vital to the health of the infant.

 Suggestions:

  1.  Prenatal vitamins—to assess whether your prenatal vitamins are the right type, assess your methylation status (MTHFR).  With this SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) or gene mutation analysis, you may need specific types of folate (L-MTH-folate or folinic acid) and B12 (methyl or hydroxyl-cobalamin).  Elevated homocysteine, an inflammatory marker, and a marker associated with miscarriages can give you clues to this mutation.
  2.  Assess thyroid status—hypothyroidism is associated with infertility, depression and depressed immunity.
  3.  Optimize immune status— assess Vitamin D levels, zinc, ferritin, gut health for dysbiosis, leaky gut, food allergies, etc.
  4.  Minimize toxins—eating organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, wild sources of low mercury containing fish, etc.  See Environmental Working Group for the dirty dozen.  Their SkinDeep Cosmetic safety database is an important resource for products that don’t contain pthalates, parabens, etc.
  5.  Exercise and stress reduction—sweating out toxins via exercise is another way to minimize your load, create healthy endorphins, modulate mood, optimize appropriate weight and promote stress reduction.  Meditation, yoga and other mindful techniques are very helpful for stress reduction.
  6.  Consider waiting at least 2 years before conceiving again.  It takes time to recover from the effects of a prior pregnancy.
  7.  For a history of postpartum depression, high doses of EPA fish oil has been helpful.  Freeze dried encapsulated placenta has also been anecdotally shown to be helpful.  Methylated B vitamins, including higher dose folate has been shown to be helpful in those with methylation problems.

 

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OnNovember 24, 2013, posted in: Uncategorized by

Nutrition and the Brain

The International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain in Washington D.C. was July 19-20, 2013 highlighting some important points on the role of nutrition and brain disorders.

1.  Alzheimer’s dementia risk is increased with insulin resistance, obesity, Down’s Syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, uncontrolled hypertension and hyperlipidemia at mid-life.

2.  Apolipoprotein E4 acquired genetically connotes an increased risk.

3.  Aerobic exercise, at least 40 minutes of brisk walking three times a week, decreases risk for Alzheimer’s dementia.

4.  Excess saturated fat intake (>20 g fat, more than half being trans fats) can affect blood brain barrier function and vascular injury.

5.  Trace metals, excess free unbound copper and iron (as defined by elevated ferritin) can increase risk of  free radical damage in the brain.  Trafficking of these metals may be impaired in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

6.  Sleep disturbances can increase risk for cognitive impairment.

7.  Cognitive decline following chemotherapy, otherwise known as ‘chemo brain’ is a defined entity thought to be caused by cytokines induced by chemotherapy.  This can persist 5-10 years post chemotherapy.  Cognitive Rehabilitation may be helpful.  Improving Cognitive Function After Cancer by Shelli Kesler, PhD merges cognitive training and rehabilitation exercises in a workbook format.

8.  Neurocysticercosis, a pork tapeworm, is the most common cause of epilepsy, world wide.

9.  Essential tremors have been associated with beta carboline alkaloids which are found in meat products.

10.  B12 deficiency is the most common deficiency in vegans and vegetarians.  It is also commonly seen in >50 year olds.

11.  Leroy Swank, MD, neurologist studied Multiple Sclerosis and a diet devoid of animal protein.  He also advocated a <8g saturated fat diet (animal and vegetable fat).  His research has produced the most significant positive effects to date rivaling any pharmaceutical.  McDougall’s diet is a starch based diet that embodies Dr. Swank’s research.

 

 

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OnJuly 21, 2013, posted in: Uncategorized by

Welcome to Health Builders

Welcome to Health Builders, an unique multidiciplinary health based organization dedicated to helping you discover your optimal health potential. This encompasses understanding you within the context of your genetic makeup, your environment and the summation of your life experiences–building health from this foundation.

Our best clients are the ones who realize they are unique and bioindividual, that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t always work, that responses vary from person to person, that treating symptoms are secondary to finding the root source of a problem, and that pharmaceuticals as a ‘solution’ may not be the solution.

We are here to provide an integrated approach to health by offering traditional and nontraditional methods of diagnosis, treatment and management of disease as well as promoting wellness.

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OnAugust 29, 2012, posted in: Uncategorized by