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Mikal Vega is a Combat Veteran with 22.5 years of military service, nine of those years in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and 13 years as a Navy SEAL. He was medically discharged due to combat related injuries suffered during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), when a roadside IED low ordered while manning the turret of a HMMWV, causing a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) and severe trauma to the cervical vertebrae.
Mikal was awarded two Bronze Stars with Combat Valor and a Purple Heart from his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights chose Vital Warrior founder Mikal Vega as a recipient of the 2014 CCHR Human Rights Award.
After nearly dying from a cocktail of pharmaceuticals prescribed to him for symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress, Mikal decided to find a better way. Four years ago, he founded Vital Warrior, a non profit organization and system of non-pharmaceutical rebalancing designed by a Mikal himself. This system is geared towards alleviating the detrimental effects of acute stress in its clients without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. www.vitalwarrior.org
This show is a gathering place for anyone seeking recovery from the challenges of life on life's terms. We discuss useful tools that have helped us lighten the load, of our journey through recovery, as survivor's share their experience, strength & hope.
This is a "we" recovery program, because it is in the "we," that we find the new "me."
We focus on the four A's of Recovery: Awareness, Acceptance, Action and Adaptation. This is a place for survivor's striving to become thrivers.
Host is Kim Justus, author of In a Flash: Miracles Here and Beyond found at www.inaflash.org
Kelly Buttiglieri of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts speak with Joyce and Mike about the impact that Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can have one someone's life. Being knocked out cold -- on the playing field, in a car accident, in a fall, or by any other means -- presents a bruising or injury to the brain that needs to be taken very seriously and treated promptly and appropriately.
For more information see http://www.biama.org
Joyce and Mike speak with Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs of MIT's Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. His group is inventing robots -- machines to assist patients with rehabilitation from brain injury - from stroke to cerebral palsy to accidents and surgery. Dr. Krebs describes his research best:
"Underlying my research is one overarching goal: to revolutionize the practice of rehabilitation medicine by applying robotics and information technology that can assist, enhance, and quantify rehabilitation -- particularly neuro-rehabilitation. Unlike the efforts of predecessors who used robotics as an assistive technology for the disabled, my approach uses robots and computers to support and enhance the clinicians' productivity as they facilitate a disabled individual's functional recovery.
"The embodiment of this goal is a new class of interactive, clinical devices. Robotics and information technology can provide an overdue transformation of rehabilitation clinics from primitive manual operations to more technology-rich operations.
"Robot-aids not only are more efficient in delivering certain routine physical and occupational therapy activities, but also provide a rich stream of data that assists in patient diagnosis, customization of the therapy, and maintenance of patient records (at the clinic and at home). Our research group pioneered the use of robots in three distinct areas, and since then has energetically promoted the concept (for more detail check <a href="http://newmanlab.mit.edu/#The%20Newman%20Lab" title="MIT Newman Lab for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation">http://newmanlab.mit.edu/#The%20Newman%20Lab</a>
The Institute of Medicine’s 2013 Concussion Investigation preliminary findings, have confirmed our worst fears. The debate around repetitive brain damage, from contact sports that produce career ending disabilities to longer term brain disease. These brain injuries are dangerous, cause permanent damage, and lead to near-term cognitive deficits, neurological dysfunction and earlier dementia and depression. There has been an absence of evidence-based risk reduction, prevention, and new concepts to help MTBI victims and their families, until now. Brain In Play’s Brain Performance Enhancement™ (BPE) claims to improve athletic/military performance by optimizing macro-level brain functions. It’s worth taking a second look. And regardless of what additional findings researchers discover, pro and college contact sports’ universal challenge is best answered by ongoing optimizing conditions for brain cell functioning, preservation and growth both before and after a concussive event: Learn how brain performance enhancement can aid in the recovery post-concussion, as a responsible preventative measure and towards treatment for those suffering a brain injury. Joining me are Katherine and Bill White of Brain in Play, LIVE on Wednesday, September 11th @ 7PM EST at BEYONDtheCheers on blogtalkradio. Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question, or email in advance.
There are many terms used to describe injuries to the head. Concussion, mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), mild closed head injury and mild somatic brain injury have been used frequently in the athletic world. This adds to the confusion of the general public when seeking information about concussive incidents. More education is needed. Even in the medical field more education is required. About 160 out of 233 newly graduated chief residents are uncomfortable treating an athlete with a concussion. Who else is affected? Concussions can affect more than the individual who sustained the injury. The negative impact on the family may include risk of suicide, divorce, chronic unemployment, financial duress due to lost earnings and substance abuse. This has a cascade effect on the rest of the family. Spouses and kids report depression and social isolation from broken family relationships.
There are many myths associated with concussions. Join us in conversation with Dr. Don Brady and Dr. Flo Brady LIVE on Wednesday March 13th @ 7PM EST at BEYONDtheCheers on blogtalkradio. Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question, or email us in advance of our show.
Numerous recent cases involving professional athletes bring the issue of mild traumatic brain injuries into the press. I will discuss the definition of a mild tramatic brain injury; diagnostic techology surrounding a MTBI; and MTBI in the context of insurance claims.
Medical research has exposed a brain trauma crisis in contact sports. In sports like football, soccer, and ice hockey, studies show that every season around 50% of athletes experience concussive symptoms after a hit to the head.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of these are reported and diagnosed.
On the second half of the program, you hear it first from the parent of a ten year old boy that suffered two concussions in the space of under two months.
Find out their battle and the traumatic affect it has had on this young lad.It has likely changed their lives…forever.
Let’s put our heads together with Dr. Robert CantuWed Oct 19th @ 7PM EST PLUS hear first hand one parent’s account of her child and the after affects of concussion atBEYONDtheCheerson blogtalkradio.Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question, talk with us or e-mail in advance.
Some feel that the word “concussion” has become a common household term. With repetitive incidents occurring to high profile athletes there has been an effort to create a better level of awareness regarding this injury.
However, there still remains a lack of education towards recognition and treatment of this common occurrence.
A second blow to the head, even if it is a minor one, can result in a loss of control of the brain’s blood supply. It is important to prohibit athletes from returning to a game prematurely. Loss of control of blood supply leads to swelling of the brain resulting in increased pressure inside the skull, which can lead to herniation of the brain. The average time from second impact to brainstem failure is quite rapid, taking only two to five minutes.
Get educated about concussions. Raise your awareness and learn the signs and symptoms. Find out more about concussions LIVE at BEYONDtheCheers Wednesday December 28th at 7PM EST with guests Keith Primeau and Kerry Goulet Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question or join the online chat.
A recent University of North Carolina study showed that the average college football player receives over 300 blows to the head in four seasons. In the pros it is even higher.
Autopsy studies show that NFL players with early dememtia do have significant anatomical changes to their brains. Dave Duerson the former Chicago Bears safety shot himself in the chest, and not in the head, to save his brain for analysis. Before he killed himself he left a note to his family to donate his brain to the NFL-supported Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. After analysis, the Center announced that Duerson’s brain had developed the same trauma-induced disease recently found in more than 20 deceased players.
Dr. Ronald Glasser, in his new book /Broken Bodies/Shattered Minds/ explores the traumatic injuries of soldiers on the battlefield and football players on the gridiron.” The military is now using Tasor-MRI’s to document traumatic injuries to the brain following exposure to shock waves from exploding IED’s that are not found on MRI’s or CT scans.” He says. “It is only a matter of time before the NFL Players’ Association demands Tasor-MRI studies on the effect of a player’s impact on multiple helmet-to-helmet collisions.”
Former U.S. Army physician Dr. Ron Glasser examines the changing tactics of warfare and the resulting wounds focusing on the traumatic effects of concussive and shock wave injuries to the brain. He is a resident of Minneapolis and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Medical School.
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