Well-Being

The members of our Facebook grups have all helped to compile this wonderful ‘Livelist of remedies, tips & supplements which have help them & many others survive the rigors of brain injury. A massive thank you to Gina Hubert especially for putting it all together! :

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Well Being Ideas:
All but marked with * are tried and true in my recovery.
Some of these ideas may help.

Medicinal:
– even though these are natural/herbal
they still must be used as directed.
Rescue Remedy
Herbal sleeping pills – 5HTP 120mg Ultra Serotonin Support
St John Wort
Green tea
Eat healthy
Rest, sleep, rest and think, sleep and dream.
Wake up feeling more alert.

Also research mentions:
* Vitamin B’s – check with a naturopath for the right balance for you. There are many B’s – B1, B2, B6 and B12 are mentioned.
*Also, dark chocolate (in moderation) – research this….as
it may not be good with those who have migraines.

Emotional:
Love & understanding
You are a V.I.P.
Family need time to adjust
Patience and understanding
Make goals
Humour

Brain injury recovery effects the whole well being and this needs to heal. Listen to your brain and take care.

Activities:
Cranial Reiki
Tai-Chi
Soft music
Creativity for mind exercises.
“listen to your body make it your friend and love life”
Walking is very good for time out

Social:
Relaxing and fun with family and friends.
Find a local brain injury support group.
Joining a social connections that meet your needs.

The original Bach Rescue® Remedy
This combination of Bach Flower Remedies is especially beneficial when you find yourself in traumatic situations, such as, stress, emergencies, after getting bad news, before an exam or job interview and all other kind of situations where we suddenly lose balance mentally. The Remedies quickly get us back in our normal balance so that we calmly can deal with any situation… http://www.bachflower.com/Rescue_Remedy.htm and http://www.ausflowers.com.au/cms/details.asp?NewsID=9

Brain Wave Vibration: Getting Back into the Rhythm of a Happy, Healthy Life, Ilchi Lee introduces a simple training technique that has already transformed thousands of lives. Brain Wave Vibration is a powerful, easy-to-follow method that helps people bring their bodies and minds back into balance for total health, happiness, and peace. The simplest form of practice merely requires moving your body to your own internal rhythms… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKwD7oYnYmM

The NIS system is a means of accessing what the brain already knows are the needs of the patient, and is a means of facilitating the brain to make the correction. NIS looks collectively at all areas of the body, rather than focusing on one symptom…
http://www.neurolinkglobal.com/How_Can_NIS_Help_Me_20.aspx
http://www.neurolinkglobal.com/data/media/movies/TheBigPicture/player.html
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Neurolink-Seminars/149871991709696?v=wall

Tuning Forks for Sound Therapy –
Like adjusting a piano, your body can be tuned to achieve optimal physical balance. Tapping two tuning forks will instantaneously alter your body’s biochemistry and bring your nervous system, muscle tone and organs into harmonic balance. In seconds … your body enters a deep state of relaxation. Feeling centered, your mind will be at peace… http://www.toolsforwellness.com/tuning-forks.html

Mercy Oil – Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin Oil)
Analysis: Analysis has shown black seed oil to contain 100 components including vitamins A, B1 and B2, 15 amino acids including 9 essential amino acids, proteins, zinc, selenium, omega 3, 6 and 9 and thymoquinone. Thymoquinone has been the centre of study for many of the research papers written about the pharmaceutical properties of the plant… http://www.mercyoilproducts.com/

Proof that Rescue Remedy works. In Christchurch New Zealand, we had an earthquake – Sept 2010. The people in the province were traumatised and animals. Some pharmacies and natural health shops were open on the second day after the 7.1 mag. and I rushed in for my RR. I took this in the initial days for a fortnight. Then only when needed. At one point RR was difficult to find in the city. The suppliers had to rush new stock in to keep up demand.
I also went for NLP, neuro-linguistic programming. This took one hour. While helping with the jitters, it seemed to help my PCS… http://www.nlpboise.com/what-is-nlp-introduction-to-therapy-subconscious-mind.php “It’s about moving from present state to desired state. It’s about thinking outside of the box, thinking about thinking.” http://www.nlpboise.com/nlp-trauma-process-treatment-of-resolution.php

Thirdly, I went for some spiritual counselling. The event has effected ‘sensitive people’ a lot. A healer helped to restore my anguish thoughts that I carried physically and then I was given some consultation. This should only be done by a genuine healer. A spiritual centre would recommend one. Gina :-)

Wellbeing options support the journey to manageable PCS and will help indefinitely also.
If we can go for a walk or sit in a garden and listen to nature, enjoy our family and friends comfort. Geting involved in community activties are good as I found out yesterday. I was invited to join a Sit and Be Fit exercise demo at a wellbeing based event. To my surprise……this was truly rewarding.
There was no concern of balance issues.
Good stretching of joints and muscles.
Easy to follow moves. Cognitively friendly.
Social connecting and happy feeling.
Helps the posture.

Also previous to this was the Tai-Chi demo.
This is very good for cognitive skill strengthening.
Relaxing and energising. Refocusing.
Good for balance and social.
This can also be done seated.

Links:
http://www.virtualcancercentre.com/healthandlifestyle.asp?sid=246
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/719401
Tai-Chi: very lovely videos here ~
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRX999O4atQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=TalkingPicturesCo#p/u/11/KlaqGvrhGWw
The ’24 short form’ is the style often taught.
Chair exercise videos – all so different –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kRHuSlApJM&feature=related
The man talks about the health rewards at 1min 45 secs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRWfzMTjOj4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU4BPS3R61o&feature=related
Walking back to Happiness –
http://www.physiotherapy-ireland.com/34/walking-back-to-happiness/
Aqua exercise –
http://www.ehow.com/way_5633178_aquatic-therapy-traumatic-brain-injury.html

There is, I feel a relative connection between the mind, body and soul and the way they work together to heal the brain after trauma. The spirit is also traumatised and the body needs to have the exercise to energise the mind and therefore the brain feels better and – the spirit or soul begins to heal also. There are things like ‘sound’ and ‘colour’ and ‘atmosphere’ e.g. mood, weather, routine, appointments, social and how safe the home is for healing and resting. Sound: has a wonderful immediate healing effect if it is well matched to a person who had a brain trauma. Sounds like Tibetan bowls, waterfalls, didgeridoo perhaps, harp or flute, tuning forks, bird sounds or silence has it’s own wonderful sound :-) Colour: art, being creative as therapy with textures and colour/abstract. The colours of nature, looking at flowers, trees, ocean, going t art galleries. It is very healing to have art that draws out thoughts and harmony ~ for healing.

The 5 Tibetan rites is an ancient exercise system from Tibet. These exercises activate and stimulate the seven key energy vortexes or chakras in the body, which in turn stimulate all the glands of the endocrine system. They also enhance the innate energetic power of the human body and mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juZxrvc8-A4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjtslbrFbLY

When I was doing yoga with an Indian teacher, she showed us a great eye exercise. Sit crossed legged and stare straight ahead. Stretch out an arm horizontal to one side and with the thumb up. Move the arm very slowly to the eye level centre, exchanging this with the other arm and thumb up also, returning this to it’s horizontal point side. Then bring it back and the other again meeting it. Keep repeating about 6 -10 times. Always stare ahead and using your peripheral vision, follow the thumb and hand moving along this eye level path. Remembering always facing front on. Here is a delightful video (it has aged a bit) –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpToCa__HDk&feature=related also other videos for the eye.

Alkaline Water:
http://www.alkawaynz.co.nz/our-water/water-alkalisers/
http://www.naturaltherapypages.co.nz/article/alkaline_water
Homeopathy:
http://abchomeopathy.com/listing/section.htm
http://www.bachcentre.com/centre/38/sclerant.htm

Following is a list of memory boosting and brain power superfoods packed with nutrients high in Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, as well as folate, calcium, potassium and magnesium, and betacarotene. These foods will improve your brain and memory.The % values are for a 2000 calorie diet.

Milk = Vitamin B6: 5%, Vitamin B12: 15%, Calcium: 28%, Magnesium: 6.5%, Potassium: 11%
Spinach = Vitamin B6: 11%, Vitamin E: 5%, Folate: 33%, Calcium: 12%, Magnesium: 20%, Potassium: 12%
Others foods sthat are rich in anthocyanins, formidable antioxidants are blueberries, strawberries, jambu fruit (jamun)
Black-eyed beans (peas) = Vitamin B6: 3%, Folate: 26%, Calcium: 11%, Magnesium: 11%, Potassium: 10%
Acorn squash = Vitamin B6 : 12, Folate: 6%, Calcium: 6%, Magnesium: 13%, Potassium:16%,
Pink salmon = Vitamin B6 : 13, Vitamin B12: 62%, Vitamin E: 6%, Calcium: 18%, Magnesium: 7%, Potassium: 8%,
Kidney beans = Vitamin B6 : 6%, Folate: 29%, Calcium: 3%, Magnesium: 10%, Potassium: 10%,
Orange juice, calcium-fortified (3/4 cup) = Vitamin B6 :5%, Vitamin C: 103%, Folate: 8%, Calcium: 23%, Magnesium : 5%, Potassium: 11%
Papaya = Vitamin E : 17%, Folate: 29%, Calcium: 7%, Magnesium: 8%, Potassium: 22%,
Bock Choy =
Potato, baked (1/2 cup) Vitamin B6: 9%, Vitamin C: 13%, Folate: 1%, Magnesium: 4%, Potassium: 7%
Broccoli = Vitamin B6: 6%, Vitamin E: 7%, Folate: 10%, Calcium: 4%, Magnesium: 5%, Potassium: 7%
Wheat germ = Vitamin B6 : 7%, Vitamin: E 13%, Folate: 12%, Magnesium: 11%, Potassium: 4%
Banana (1 medium size) = Vitamin B6: 34, Vitamin C: 18%, Magnesium: 9%, Potassium: 13%
Vegetable juice, low sodium (6 oz.) = Vitamin B6: 9%, Vitamin C: 56%, Vitamin E: 2%, Folate: 7%, Magnesium: 4%, Potassium: 7%
Mango : Mango is rich in glutamine acid, which is an important protein for concentration and memory.
Tofu = Folate : 6%, Calcium: 3%, Magnesium: 6%, Potassium: 5%
Honey= The research carried out in 2007 on rats at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand shows that diets sweetened with honey may be beneficial in decreasing anxiety and improving memory during ageing. Honey may boost memory due to its antioxidant properties, which help to prevent free radicals damaging cells in the body.
Water = Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. 85% of brain tissue is water. Dehydration can cause energy generation in the brain to decrease.

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are in a category of brain vitamins that are referred to as antioxidants. Antioxidants are known for their cell-protecting properties. Search for Vit E foods and here is a link for more info – http://www.brainhealthandpuzzles.com/brain_vitamins.html

Start a progress calendar and get some gold star? stickers and put them at points in the days ahead. A 6 week point, 3 month point or 6 month…. An anniversary, an important appointment. Write down the reasons/notes. This is your gold star reward to yourself ???

Coconut boosts brain function
http://www.naturalnews.com/030971_coconut_brain_function.html
Coconut oil is considered one of the best fuels for healthy brain function. Outside of mother’s milk, coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are not processed by your body in the same manner as long chain triglycerides. Normal fat metabolism depends on bile salts that have been released from your gallbladder before it can be broken down in your digestive system. MCTs bypass bile metabolism and go directly to your liver where they are converted into ketones. The liver then immediately releases the ketones into the bloodstream where they are transported to the brain to be used as fuel. Research has shown that the ketone bodies produced by MCTs provide a stable source of energy for the brain…

“the right food, or the natural neurochemicals that they contain,
can enhance mental capabilities”
http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/brain-food-diet-1387493
http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/slideshow-brain-foods-that-help-you-concentrate

This treatment range is comprised of herbal means. I have no direct experience of their produce although traditional pharmaceuticals can generally only worsen or exacerbate
PPCS. FYI. http://www.herbchina2000.com/therapies/NCS.shtml

This cold pressed organic Black Cumin Seed Oil is essential as a morning pick-you-up & evening relaxant from the harsh pressures of PPCS. I use this oil & it makes a big difference to everyday life……. http://www.mercyoilproducts.com/

I’ve attached the link to Mercy Oil’s official website as their information is much more comprehensive
& interactive. The particular Black Cumin Seed Oil which I refer to is organic & cold pressed for
extreme purity; also Cumin’s healing properties have been known to be effective for many centuries.
Now I’m not saying that this oil is a treatment, simply a supplemental that has helped Me personally
& many people I’ve spoken to also as a way of alleviating feelings of depression whilst also helping
various systems of the body.

Acidity, Alcoholism, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Backache, Candidiasis, Cholesterol, Colds & Flu,
Colitis, Constipation, Depression, Diarrhoea, Dry Skin, Ear Infection, Gastritis, Headache, High Blood
Pressure, Hypertension, immunodeficiency and opportunistic infection, Liver Care, Liver infection,
Menopause, Menstruation, Migraine, Prostate, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Sciatica are just some of the
sometimes related areas that mercy oils are used to ease & alleviate symptoms & provide relief too.

It sounds as though you could be suffering with some type of breakthrough/chronic pain from your description of your energy levels & bodily states throughout the day. Being a sufferer of said for over 4 years I can recognise similar problems & empathise; chronic pain aspect of PPCS also causes FATIGUE! Not many people understand how bloody tiring it can be (especially those who
suggest Yoga (you can put the Prod away you’re safe here!)) 8o)

http://mercyoilproducts.com/index.php/Mercy_Products/Mercy-Drinking-Oil-Organic-Black-Cumin-seed-oil.html

John Stuart Reid and Annaliese Kohinoor illustrate how sound is fast regaining its place as the pre-eminent healing modality. Having been first used by the ancients, sound therapy has undergone a period of re-discovery and is now poised to reveal the intricacies of healing both at the cellular and psychological levels.
http://www.cymascope.com/pdf/Caduceus%20article-1.pdf
Dolphins:
http://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/oceanography.html

Davids Links:
Herbs that attack inflammation to techniques that leverage the brain’s remarkable healing powers, nature offers many treatments for conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even muscle strains. Here are eight natural remedies that may enhance or replace conventional antidotes, and leave you happier, healthier, and pain free. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26136767/ns/health-alternative_medicine/ Certain foods that offer more nutrients to the brain help you think more clearly and protect the brain and keep it functioning optimally, as well. What you eat helps to fuel both your body and your brain, and eating the right foods can boost brain performance, improve mood, stabilize emotions and sharpen memory. http://www.suite101.com/content/foods-that-increase-brain-power-a142135 I’m (personally) nearing the end of a 15 session programme of sound therapeutic energetic healing sessions aka tuning fork sound therapy which have empwered me in ways that I cannot explain rationally or as a skeptic. Will check the links, as always thanks Gina, you empower us all here! 8o)

Recommended by Melody S. Wright
http://www.naturalfactors.com/ca/en/products/727/vitamin-b12-methylcobalamin-5000-mcg

Feldenkrais – http://www.feldenkrais.org.nz/Site/About_Feldenkrais/Default.aspx

Art Therapy –
http://www.the-philosopher.co.uk/healing.htm

Laura Brydges: Here is a great video by a highly respected physio and researcher whose expertise is in myofascial release through unwinding. It is a demonstration in this video –
http://www.facebook.com/groups/113072042059485/364358153597538/

5HTP 120mg Ultra Serotonin Support http://www.drugstorechemist.com/5htp
Info: http://5htp.co.nz/ &
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffonia_simplicifolia

Probiotics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2KsxTi-Suc good advice here. He also has a webpage and blog.PP

B12 SL 5000mcg –
http://bioclinicnaturals.com/ca/en/products/143/b12

Cold laser treatments was mentioned by Shelia Willis –
http://www.brainandbodysolutions.com/cold-laser-therapy.html

Kathy Beyer Kinmonth posted this great link:
“I played him the No.1 song-of-the-year from when he was 10 to 60, to see if the songs could help bring to mind personal memories associated with the music,”
http://www.theage.com.au/national/songs-may-hold-key-for-injured-brains-20120518-1ywfx.html

Online book –
http://www.tbiguide.com/getbetter.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasgow_Coma_Scale

Video –
http://bcove.me/zbkewlwr

Videos, e-book & book “You Look Great!”
Strategies for Living Inside a Brain Injury
Authored by John C. Byler
Authored with Laura Ricard Ph.D
http://www.tbistrategies.com/

http://www.neurosymptoms.org/

Brain Injury Info:
http://www.brainline.org/content/2009/06/tbi-basics.html

Michael Paul Mason Talks About What Happens to People Post-TBI
http://www.brainline.org/content/multimedia.php?id=812

Michael Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., discusses how diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) shows that concussion victims have unique spatial patterns of brain abnormalities that change over time.
http://neurosciencenews.com/concussions-diffusion-tensor-imaging-ez-map-mri-technique/

HELPFUL USA LINKS:
http://www.nashia.org/ – National Association of State Head Injury Administrators USA.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Accommodation Information by Disability: A to Z: http://askjan.org/media/atoz.htm

Americans with Disabilities Act:
http://www.ada.gov/

http://www.headway.org.uk/common-brain-injury-terms.aspx

http://www.headinjury.com/

http://www.upmc.com/mediarelations/experts/pages/expertspage.aspx?expertid=52

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Criminal Justice Professionals:
http://www.brainline.org/content/2010/03/traumatic-brain-injury-a-guide-for-criminal-justice-professionals_pageall.html?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=BrainLineSM

Terry Moore, a Guelph-based Cardiovascular and Neuromuscular Physiologist…”As I have treated concussions for over 15 years, I have found that 100% of the individuals treated do have soft tissue injuries in the neck. I therefore feel that there should always be an assessment of the neck to investigate soft tissue (muscular) components.” … “Based on our clinical research over the years working with PCS patients we have been able to delineate specifically which neck muscles are causing which symptoms. In fact, I have found that specific muscles are responsible for many of the symptoms attributed to a concussion” says Moore. “This allows us to individualize each patient’s treatment and focus on what specifically is causing their symptoms.” http://www.mmtr.ca/neuromuscular-physiologist-finds-soft-tissue-injuries-in-100-of-concussion-sufferers/

https://brainsong.site-ym.com/?page=Organizations
BrainSong – Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Community for Women. The Micah Jones Foundation – TBI

http://www.neurorehabinstitute.com/pdf/QEEG_Testing.pdf
‘QEEG Testing Can Discern Reason for Cognitive Disorder:
Digital EEG Recordings of Brainwaves Can Determine TBI Etiology’

Hear what people with TBI are really thinking and want their friends, family, and others to know. – http://www.brainline.org/content/2011/07/lost-found-what-brain-injury-survivors-want-you-to-know.html

Types of Brain Injuries:
http://www.abi-rehab.co.nz/types-of-brain-injuries-information-for-clients-and-families.html

Nonepileptic Seizures: mild head injury and posttraumatic headache: http://www.neuropsychologycentral.com/interface/content/resources/page_material/resources_general_materials_pages/resources_document_pages/mild_head_injury_and_posttraumatic_headache.pdf

Video – Neurosurgeon Dr. Ian Armstrong explains how Tony’s brain injury affected his behavior and personality http://www.thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/6382
PDF – Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent Symptoms – http://www.onf.org/documents/Guidelines%20for%20Mild%20Traumatic%20Brain%20Injury%20and%20Persistent%20Symptoms.pdf

Victimization of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury or Other Disabilities: A Fact Sheet for Friends and Family – http://www.brainline.org/content/2010/03/victimization-of-persons-with-traumatic-brain-injury-or-other-disabilities.html?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=BrainLineSM

Check your meds and side effects – http://www.drugs.com/ link
‘You must apply for ss disability as soon as you are declared disabled. You will receive your first check 6 months after you apply. You do not have to wait 6 months after you are disabled to apply.’

Degeneration of brain tissue and the accumulation of tau protein – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurofeedback

The prevalence, course and clinical features of post-concussion
syndrome in children – http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/pdf/Facts_for_Physicians_booklet-a.pdf
Facts for Physicians About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) –
http://medicina.kmu.lt/0506/0506-01e.pdf

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Well-Being

  1. What a wonderful list! I have tried many things listed, and I am big on meditation and herbs. Its also been key for me to discover my limits and truly listen to my body to know when I need to stop all activity and regroup mentally. Thanks for sharing this list, its great.

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