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Multiple Traumatic Brain Injury :The NFL's Headache

It appears that getting hit on the head a lot isn’t good for your health!

Multiple Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI), also called Repetitive Head Injury Syndrome, is finally being addressed by the NFL. Concussion generally occurs when the head either accelerates rapidly and then is stopped, or is spun rapidly. MTBI becomes more likely the more concussions that someone suffers.

This concussion causes brain cells to become depolarized and fire off all their neurotransmitters at once in an unhealthy cascade, flooding the brain with chemicals and deadening certain receptors linked to learning and memory. The results can include confusion, blurred vision, memory loss, nausea and, sometimes, unconsciousness.

What’s worse specialists say that once a person suffers a concussion, he is as much as four times more likely to sustain a second one. Moreover, after several concussions, it takes less of a blow to cause the injury and requires more time to recover. This sounds like a typical football game to me!

It has been known for a long time that many pro football players & boxers suffer from depression, erratic behaviour, and early dementia. There have been many documented cases of this, with suicides linked to this problem. These athletes also appear to be at risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), or what some countries call Motor Neurone Disease. This is a degenerative condition of the nerve cells that control muscle movement.

Now a team in Boston, that have carried out autopsies on 12 former athletes that had suffered repeated head injuries during their careers, have demonstrated the presence of an abnormal protein in their brain which goes some way to demonstrating that a physical change takes place if you have your ‘bell-rung’ too many times.

Also a study was published in late 2012 in Brain, the journal of neurology, linking head trauma to long term degenerative brain diseases.

How widespread is it?

Anyone who plays a contact sport is at risk of developing this condition, though obviously NFL players & boxers are most at risk. The NFL is currently facing thousands of courtcases from former players arguing that they weren’t adequately informed about or protected from the effects of repeated concussions. For many years sportsmen have probably regarded it as just a risk of the job

How are they addressing this problem?

Helmets have been redesigned, & the NFL has also pledged $30 million for research into the subject. However a cynic may ask whether this has more to do with mitigating possible losses from all those law-suits!

How Can Homeopathy Help?

At present there is no known conventional cure for this condition, however there is a little-known treatment from the world of homeopathy that I believe could help in a great many of these cases. It is known as Natrum Sulphuricum and has been used successfully for the past two hundred years or so to treat severe head traumas. I would like to see this avenue being explored & a small pilot-study carried out.

If you know anyone that is suffering from the long-term effects of a head injury, please drop me a line. I can treat people from all over the world using Skype.

If you want to try giving the remedy yourself, I’d give the person Arnica first of all & only if there was no improvement to then try  the Nat sulp.

As always I appreciate any feedback or emails on my posts & I’ll endeavour to respond to everyone 🙂