A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. A concussion is considered to be a mild TBI, but is the most common. However the aftermath of many concussions are NOT mild.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), concussions are the most common traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The leading causes of concussion are falls at 28%, motor vehicle accidents at 20%, struck by/against objects at 19% and assaults at 11%.
Additionally, the CDC estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities annually. However, they believe that these figures vastly underestimate total TBI numbers, since many people suffering from concussions don’t seek medical advice.
Up to now, the majority of neurologists and MDs, when asked to treat concussions have a monolithic answer: rest. In most cases rest constitutes 5 - 7 days of complete total rest from cognitive and physical activities. This is called “cocooning.” People are ordered to stay home from work or school. They have to stay away from all activities as much as possible and “rest” the brain. Though many people do recover within one year from a concussion on their own, there is a large minority (estimated up to 20%) of concussion sufferers who do not recover and then become diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS).
If you’ve ever been in the personal blogs of PCS sufferers or read the entries inside TBI forums, you get a real sense of sadness, hopelessness and fear. Fear of never being able to return to their once active and vibrant lives.
Something that really shocked me recently is the fact that one researcher pointed out that there has been NO research studies that have actually studied the effectiveness of total complete cognitive and physical rest as a treatment for acute concussions. Now, I’ve been skeptical about this so-called do-nothing “treatment” for some time now. When I read the research report, I had to read it a few times for it to truly sink in because at first I couldn’t believe my eyes!
But finally my own suspicions were vindicated. It turns out that once was a 1 - 2 day rest period turned into something called cocooning. It became a more is better protocol. But in my mind, doing nothing only made me more uncomfortable. Because I know that the brain isn’t any different from any other part of the body.
Besides we have this mountain of research in neuroscience and neuroplasticity. We know so much more about the brain over the last 25 and counting years. We can CHANGE the brain. We do it unconsciously or we choose to do it consciously which is what we want to do. this is how you will heal the brain.
It just so happens that what we learn about the human condition in Classical Chinese Medicine dovetails perfectly with modern neuroplasticity, using modern techniques that I discovered and developed in my clinical practice. We can apply all this great research now!
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"Dr. Joanny is a brilliant physician who is pioneering the treatment protocols for those who suffer with PCS. Her research will hopefully influence current practitioners with standards of care and help improve the quality of life for those afflicted with this syndrome. I endorse her research and look forward to hearing the results."
James Miller, LPC
Licensed Psychotherapist and host of nationally syndicated podcast Lifeology
"I enthusiastically endorse Dr. Joanny’s crowdfunding campaign to fund clinical research for post-concussion treatment. The sad fact is that research that helps us understand how to get people well again with a minimum of cost and effort, no longer tends to be funded. This is because Big Pharma and Big Medicine tend to be driven more by potential for big profits, than by the potential for more quickly and easily getting people well again. They have little interest in funding studies that test treatments that allow people to recover quickly and thoroughly, because healthy, fully functioning people are not a profit center for them. In contrast, Dr. Joanny, who has had unusually good success in treating concussion, including with her own son, is passionate about running these clinical trials because she cares deeply about people actually getting the very best post-concussion treatment, which is not what is widely offered as the current standard of care. This clinical trial is an important step towards creating the shift needed for all people who suffer a concussion getting the best care possible."
Barbara D Allan
Author of the bestselling book, Conquering Arthritis
"What a fantastic program. I am excited to endorse Dr. Joanny Liu and her program, and have no doubt that this will change lives and make a tremendous difference!"
Dr John DeGarmo
Leading Expert in Foster Care
The Foster Care Institute
"Dr. Joanny Liu practices comprehensive medicine that seeks informed answers and evolved treatment options beyond the current reductionist methods in conventional medical practice. It's time to use more insightful and evidenced based understandings and proactive treatment protocols for management of head/brain injuries. This utilitarian research project encourages a more accurate, more positive prognosis for those suffering from either acute or chronic brain injury."
Dr. Charles Parker, Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist
Host: CoreBrain Journal - To Change Your Mind, Details Matter
American Psychiatric Association, Certifed For SPECT Brain Imaging - NRC
This is about saving lives! I am grateful for this opportunity to help people, that I can show them a way to help themselves. This opportunity has been extended to you!
With your help you will help countless others get their lives back - maybe it's someone you know or love. Maybe it's you that's suffering right now from PCS. I am grateful that you are here to make a difference, because it's not just about one single life. It will improve the lives of their spouses, children, siblings, parents, team mates, employers and employees.
It's about hope. If there is no hope, there is no healing. This is the brain we are talking about so we have to think differently to heal the brain!
I will of course, keep you up-to-date on the progress of candidates during the online brain training. We'll share the journey of hope and empowerment to take control of one's life. At last! Please help change lives. Please help save lives. Let's do it together. Please read more about the research project and donate NOW.
Dr. Joanny Liu, TCMD, RAc, PEng