Chronic Illness: Have You Had A Knock On The Head?

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This is a new one on me, I have to say. Doing my Neuroinflammation training course, I have recently been astounded at the impact a trauma to the head can have on future illness. Think playing footie and being knocked out momentarily or smacking your head a good one during a car bump; even being hit around the head violently, God forbid. They can all have a major impact on how your brain – and your body – functions in later life, mainly because it causes an inflammatory and sometimes immunological glial priming cascade which then causes damage later on. Importantly, this is a common precursor to brain degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia so we need to take note of any clues.

There are sort of two levels of inflammation that can occur:

Level One Inflammation

If you are suffering from reduced brain endurance (ie. you get tired doing normal stuff like reading, driving, writing) and can’t do them for as long as you used to, have brain fog that comes and goes or is there all the time and some loss of cognitive function/memory, you may have some degree of brain inflammation that needs addressing before it progresses in later life. This can be quite simple to treat.

Level Two Inflammation

If you are more progressed, you might have unresolving depression that just doesn’t respond to the usual treatments, have significant brain type reactions (dizziness, vertigo, vision changes, brain shutdown etc) to immunological things like colds, food proteins or chemicals (not the smell of them, the actual chemicals) and generally feel like you need to sleep or rest a lot to escape from all the stimuli overwhelming you. You might also suffer chronic pain. This is much more challenging to treat (understatement….), obviously, but often until someone lowers the fire in the brain, other interventions are just not going to work.

Useful to think about it, I think. Of course, there are many causes of brain inflammation. TBI (traumatic brain injury) includes a bang on the head (even more significant if you lost consciousness even for a few seconds), strokes/TIAs and certain infections that can cross the blood brain barrier.  Or, there could be a blood brain barrier breakdown from high oxidative stress or a loss of zonulin. Tip: if your gut zonulin shows low and you recognise yourself above, test your blood brain barrier with a Cyrex 20 too in case! Otherwise, some kind of systemic inflammation from eg. the stomach, liver, gut, joints, skin etc can trigger brain inflammation in various ways, not least hitching a ride up the vagus nerve straight to the brain stem, eek!

With regards to treatment, I learned that the normal anti-inflammatories I might give are not going to hack it for brain inflammation. I now have a good idea of what to do and a protocol to help lower the various forms of brain inflammation if  I find it in patients. A useful extra tool in my healing toolbox!

Always working on stuff for us all… 🙂


5 Replies to “Chronic Illness: Have You Had A Knock On The Head?”

  1. it would be very interesting to know the treatment for low level inflammation. You have said that it can be quite simple to treat so more details would be greatly appreciated.

  2. I have had a knock on the head! I was mugged.knocked unconscious back in the 80’s and I have had brain function problems for many years.memory concentration spelling.I have got high mercury and aluminium levels I think this is the cause..major brain inflammation.Does thus article help me? I am not sure what else I can do to heal my brain?

    1. Oh that’s not nice Jackie! I am sorry to hear that. I am just completing my training on brain inflammation treatment so watch this space – yes, I do have a way forward for you. I just wondered if I said this about head knocks, whether it would resonate with people and it clearly has from some of the messages I’ve received. So, I’ll get going on a solution for us 🙂

  3. Thanks Micki a treatment programme would be so helpful My son has had concentration problems following a head injury after a mountain bike accident 6 weeks ago and little info or advice has been given by doctors. so any advice would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Sue, sorry about your son. I have just completed the protocol now for brain inflammation. It’s not something I am finding easy to just write down for you all yet as there are so many variables – he would need to book an initial chat so I can get more info/send some brain forms to assess. Then I would need to do a protocol prep for him to follow. The first thing to think about is to make sure he is not drinking alcohol or eating gluten currently as those will make things far worse at this point. Time is of the essence to limit any future symptoms, especially if he lost consciousness even if only for seconds, so do talk to him/book in if you can. Hope that helps x

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