A single concussion can have lasting impact…

The incidence of diagnosed concussions in people under the age of 20 has climbed 71 percent between 2010 and 2015. This is an enormous increase! Some of it is the result of better diagnosis, but most of it is due to a real increase in the number of brain injuries, especially among young female athletes. Unfortunately, recent research reveals that concussions are far more dangerous than previously thought.

A 2016 study in PLOS Medicine concluded that even a single concussion can have a lasting impact on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout adulthood. Multiple injuries increase the risk significantly, and experiencing head trauma after the age of fifteen also increases risk.

Young athletes and their parents need to be aware of these risks and take them very seriously. Young people who experience even a single concussion are at much higher risk to require medical disability payments as adults. They also do less well in school, are significantly more likely to seek mental health care, and are at higher risk of premature death.

Anyone who has experienced such a head injury needs to be especially careful to avoid brain-damaging foods such as sugar, wheat, and neurotoxic glutamates. Neurotoxins like fluoride, mercury, lead, and aluminum must also be avoided, as well as brain-damaging vaccinations.

Brain supporting nutritional supplements are a must to control the ongoing damage that can result from a single brain injury and to help rebuild brain tissue. These include: vitamins B2, B6, B12, C, D, and E. Minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and selenium are required. In addition, acetyl L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, curcumin, glutathione, quercetin, white tea, and essential fatty acids must be part of the regimen. However, as usual, only high quality supplements will get the job done, so be sure to get the quality you need.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can also help the injured brain to repair and should be considered.

The statistics are grim and getting worse as we learn more about the long-term repercussions of brain injuries. These injuries need to be taken seriously and treated aggressively as early as possible. Best of all, do as much as possible to avoid them.