Posts Tagged ‘Traumatic Brain Injury’

Free Docuseries About Brain Health

My mom made me aware of this “Broken Brain” 8-part docuseries of free information for anyone who’s suffering from or knows anyone facing brain challenges like ADHD, Brain Fog, Autism, Depression, and/or Dementia. I would also include people with Lyme Disease, Candida or Traumatic Brain Injury as likely to benefit from this information. I’ve not had a chance to listen through the full first episode, but I’m posting this while you still have time to catch the talk. You can watch the series trailer and sign up here.

The series focuses not only on brain problems, but also on how to foster optimal brain health, energy and mental clarity. I have no connection with this series, but I know a lot of blog readers and clients have found me through Lyme Disease, Autism and TBI support groups. Just wanted to pass along some inspiration and empowerment.

Celebrating 19 Years Post-TBI

Today, May 19, 2017, marks the 19th anniversary of my life altering brain injury, and I am filled with gratitude.

Without that car “accident,” I would not be where I am today, would not be offering intuitive readings, Life Coaching, or teaching Reiki. I would not have explored Tarot or past lives, painted portal doors, learned Runes, explored telepathy, or embraced the enormous volume of energy flowing over, through and around my life. I would not have encountered so many amazing beings as I dead reckoned my way home.

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Joe Dispenza: The Three Brains That Allow Us to Go from Thinking to Doing to Being

In keeping with today’s theme of biology and belief, here’s another fabulous video. Thanks to my friend Ingrid for digging up this little gem. Joe Dispenza talks about how synapses wire and rewire as we learn, then apply, then become new skills, thoughts and beliefs. He mentions creating a holographic brain, which is exactly what I encourage and help other brain injury survivors to do for themselves. You don’t need your own brain injury to benefit from watching this video, though. What Joe shares applies to all of us in our everyday lives as well as in the radical evolution birthing in and through the potent 2012 portal.

Medical Intuitive Diagnosis

Ahhhh, the elusive Diagnosis! That tricky non-entity that drives so many sincere seekers my way. It’s ironic, because from a medical standpoint, I am not legally allowed to provide a diagnosis or “prescribe” treatment. All I can do is read people’s energy, note “dark” or “red” spots, static, blockages, and other aberrations, and share whatever else floats into my brain — be that past lives, herbs for people to investigate, the name of a treatment provider, questions, words or phrases. Sometimes I “see movies” or feel pain; sometimes a map lights up; other times an ignored but crying for attention life path reveals itself. A Medical Intuitive Diagnosis is not the same as a Medical Diagnosis! Not by a long shot. But sometimes, that’s a very good thing indeed.

Traditional Diagnosis Dynamics

As a survivor of a Traumatic Brain Injury and the former spouse of someone with Advanced and Chronic Lyme Disease, I understand the frustration of treatment providers not knowing what to do with you. After awhile, you just get tired of shelling out lots of time, money and emotional investment only to hear yet another professional declare that you are either a) perfectly fine; b) a medical mystery; or c) unresponsive to traditional treatment. Somewhere along the way, others begin to wonder, too: “is it really possible for you to stay this ill or injured without a diagnosis?” “Maybe it really is all in your head.”

In addition to the frustration and resulting self-doubt, this state of affairs begins an unfortunate cycle of focusing all attention on “proving” the problem. Without a diagnosis (a.k.a. “acknowledgment”), the burden of proof rests on you. Suddenly, in addition to symptoms, you’re battling skeptics and possibly fighting for disability payments or insurance claims. Instead of healing, you find yourself focusing on how bad you feel, analyzing each pain or malfunction, scouring for answers, trying to explain yourself until someone, anyone “gets it.”

I call this an unfortunate cycle, because this dynamic actually promotes worse symptoms. Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus upon increases. If you focus on healing and nurturing yourself, you will begin to attract more healing and nurturing experiences. If you focus instead on proving how injured or ill you are, then you will get more of the same. This is a tough one to swallow, and I understand that, having gone through both a Worker’s Compensation battle and a personal injury lawsuit after my 1998 car accident. I understand the fear of not having the necessary funds to heal and the anger that arises when no one seems to recognize your struggles. I often need to pause severely ill or injured clients and say something like this:

“I have scanned your energy, and I see clearly that you are not making this up. I recognize something amiss in your energy field, and I have no doubt that what you’re sharing with me is true. Forgive me for interupting, but this is your time, and I want to give you the most I can during our time together. Before we go further, I need to ask you which is more important to you: getting well or having everyone around you acknowledge how ill or injured you are? Because right now you’re splitting your energies, and that slows down your healing. In some cases, it may even prevent your healing.”

Many times, just having one person (in this case me), recognize and acknowledge the struggle allows people to shift gears. I do not give Medical Diagnoses, but I have no reason to doubt what someone shares as their experience. In my work, the physical manifestations matter less than the underlying energetics and chosen focus. Bodies are designed to heal themselves; health is our natural state. I view my job as helping people to get out of their own way. Once someone can release the need to hammer away at the negativity they feel, they can begin to examine those core emotional, spiritual, soul, or mental issues appearing in the body.

I always say, “Your body never betrays you. Your body and soul are lovers, and your body has completely devoted itself to your soul’s greatest growth and pleasure. Your body loves your soul so much that it will sacrifice anything, even its very life, in order to bring you a message from your soul’s deepest desires. Let’s take a moment to thank your body for its devotion. Once you accept the message, your body can begin to release the symptoms because it will not need to carry them in order to get your attention.” A Medical Intuitive Diagnosis decodes the message(s) from soul to body into language your conscious mind can understand and begin to address.

But I Already Have a Diagnosis!

Well, this certainly relieves much of the frustration above. It does, however, occasionally bring its own difficulties. It all depends on what you choose to do with your diagnosis. Some people adorn themselves with this new label and filter all experience and opportunity through that pathology. Used as a springboard to effective treatement, diagnosis offers hope. When used as a permanent excuse for every negative or uncomfortable thing in life, diagnosis loses much of its healing value. Once diagnosis becomes “identity,” it becomes very difficult to shake. People who have spent many months or years with a diagnosis often need to forge new identities for themselves before they can truly recover. Change can be scary — even good change — and I find that many clients appreciate clear instructions on how to get back in touch with themselves. Who are they underneath all the symptoms, diagnoses, pain and disability?

Finding Joy

Given the beautiful, and sometimes tricky relationship between body and soul, simple steps work best, especially in the beginning. One of the best things anyone can do, ill or not, is start making note of whatever brings joy. Start a gratitude journal, giving thanks for what you have, but also allow yourself to be bold in noticing other things that light your happy fire. What gets you super-excited? What childhood dreams have slept dormant for decades? What kind of food do you love? What’s your favorite color? Your favorite smells? Do you long for romance? Travel? Children? Freedom? A cozy home life?

Start making note of what you love. Your soul will thank you. In some cases, this shift in focus and an eventual commitment to a more soulful life may catalyze spontaneous healing. In other cases, you may need more clarity on subconscious blocks like past life issues. Feel free to contact me if you suspect something more is going on. In any case, know this: your health issues have notified you of some wonderful opportunities to enjoy life from a more abundant, loving, peaceful and satisfying perspective. You are loved. So very loved. And you are free. You hold all the keys!

Many Blessings!

Physician’s Round Table Conference

In less than a week, I will be speaking to the Medical Community regarding an insider’s experience of brain injury, as well as sharing information I’ve gleaned from coaching and other sessions with many survivors of brain injuries, Lyme Disease and other “Medical Mysteries.” The talk will include some insights shared in my book and video series. I feel honored to join such a prestigious group of professionals and leaders in these fields, and I also look forward to learning more information, resources and referral sources that will help me help my clients more.

I understand there are still some openings for interested parties who can get to Virginia Beach this week. If you’re already attending, please do stop by to introduce yourself! If you’d like extra guidance and insight while recovering from Lyme Disease, brain injury, MS or any other chronic condition or life transition, please also feel free to contact me for a private session. The easiest email to reach me at is brunoleaf @ yahoo.com.

Blessings and thanks for all the enthusiasm people have expressed about my involvement with the Physician’s Round Table.

The 2011 Physician’s Round Table
Doubletree Hotel, Virginia Beach, VA
January 27 – 30, 2011

The Physician Round Tables were started by Sue Vogan, journalist and health radio show host, in 2008. They were created as a learning tool where doctors, researchers, and other health care professionals could come together to discuss technology, protocols, and cases in a non-invasive, Gordon-style fashion. This elite group of professionals brings cutting edge information — the round table discussion sessions have produced research projects and have cemented professional relationships.

H.P. Albarelli, Jr
Dr. Lesley Fein
Nancy Guberti
Dr. Chris Hussar
Jerry Leonard
Dr. Mindy Beth Lipson
Dr. A. C. Matin
Dr. Judith Mikovits
Dr. Donald Robbins
Laura Bruno
Alice Shabecoff
Dr. William Shaw
Dr. Leo Shea, III
Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker
Jacques Simon, esq
Mary Tocco
Dr. Renee Tocco
Dr. Warren Levin
Dr. Jeff Wulfman
Jane Hersey

The theme is Common Denominators, a Physician’s Round Table initiative to explore the association between infections and chronic illnesses, using common denominators. This year’s conference is a well-balanced gathering of experts in their fields that work with and research well known common denominators that are observed in chronic illnesses – such as CFS, MS, ALS, FM, etc.

Our presenters will deliver scientific, evidenced based research combined with practical clinical experience for a better understanding of the common denominators seen in chronic illnesses. The physicians attending the round table discussions will be able to interact with Gordon-style freedom and perhaps provide missing pieces during the discussions. It is our hope that such exchange of information will lead to discoveries of new treatments and cures.

Subjects
XMRV
Biofilm
Vaccines
Autism
Morgellons
Lyme
CFIDS
CFS
Fibromyalgia
Stress
Testing Methods
Physician’s Rights
Treatment Guidelines
Dentistry – going green, infections, etc.

Admission

Included: 2 Executive breaks per day, literature, opportunity for door prizes/drawings

Physicians 275.00
Med Students 200.00
Advocates 250.00 (only 12 seats are made available for this event)

For more information, please send an email to Peerobmagazine@aol.com

Raw Food and Traumatic Brain Injury: Interview with Chef Mia Dalene

Today I have the pleasure of featuring Raw Food Chef Mia Dalene! This is part one of a longer interview, and I’m excited to share Mia’s story with you as she combines two strong interests of mine: raw foods and traumatic brain injury. For more on Mia, please see: SmartRawFood.com and http://www.meetup.com/Seasonal-Raw-Vegan-Cuisine

I hope you find her story both interesting and enlightening:

For those readers who don’t know, please share a little background on how you discovered the healing powers of raw and living foods. In July 2001 I was struck by a car while riding my bicycle to work. Although I went to the emergency room to get checked out, no major injuries were detected, although I was plagued with persistent pain and inability to pay attention to tasks. Co-workers began to find me irritating as I asked them the same questions over and over (not remembering I had already done so) and my personality switched from the corporate world survivor the Driven Type A to the more quiet, needing calm and peace Type B.

I was trying to cope with living in physical pain 24/7 and thought my new memory issues were related to being in so much pain, then thinking it was pre-menopausal, then that I was just no good at my job anymore, when before I excelled in the driven corporate world and getting ready for a promotion. Then, reviews began to point away from the shiney reviews and promise of my place in the company to tarnishes of not completing simple tasks and concerns of off the wall comment that began to tumble out of my mouth.

One year and one week after the life changing accident/injury I was properly tested and the diagnosis of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and my rehabilitation process began. Four days before my appointment, the testing and the diagnosis, I was terminated from my beloved job for “unsatisfactory progress”. By this time I had lost my job as I was suddenly no longer able to do the tasks which required troubleshooting, multi-tasking and busy office skills and the company that loved me could suddenly not utilize me anywhere as the skills I needed to perform the job I had held were needed in every position throughout the company. My new inability to initiate, prioritize, follow through and follow up coupled with my short term memory problem was observed by everyone but me. And when I did notice I wasn’t doing so well anymore, I would become easily distracted and simply “forget” it was happening only to meet this reality head on again a short time later in conversation and comments from managers and coworkers.

When I received confirmation of the diagnosis I wasn’t sure what to do… Should I invest in drool buckets? I didn’t know what having a traumatic brain injury meant and even 2 years later found myself asking my vocational counselor if “this [was] a lifetime injury?”

Cut to 2006

I’m 50 pounds heavier, heavily depressed and being told that this is part of TBI. But I thought it was supposed to be “Mild”, as the diagnosed name implied. Come to find out, Mild refers to the amount of time unconscious and since I could not remember being unconscious at the scene (until a year later when realizing I had no memory from time of first head hit on the hood of the car to what I deduced was the second hit on the pavement when I “woke up” hearing the sound of someone getting the wind knocked out of them… then realizing that “someone” was me.

I was 50 pounds heavier and miserable for a myriad of reasons. I was looking for a way to lose weight. A friend told me about something called the Master Cleanse; a combination of water, lemon juice, Cheyenne pepper and maple syrup. I was supposed to bring only this for several days.

I lasted about 6 hours! I was really tied to eating and so went to the Master Cleanse website to see how I was going to succeed, when I came across the book, The Raw Family, by Victoria Boutenko. Upon reading it, a spark ignited, 4 people of the same family each with their own illness, turning to raw food and all of them healing those ailments.

I then read every other personal case study on how raw foods healed a variety of ailments, some of them I was experiencing as symptoms of my brain injury; chronic fatigue, depression, obesity, hypertension, etc. The spark exploded into questions and I wondered, if I could simply change what I ate… could I get my brain back? That started my 3 year experiment to see what, if any, brain function I could get back. I welcomed the pleasant side effect of losing the excess 50 pounds and I believed that at the very least, I would lose the weight.

I watched my body closely for signs of a shift. The whites of my eyes got whiter and healthfully glossy. At about 4 days I was in my kitchen eating an orange bell pepper when I noticed a vibration – like increasing frequency vibrating faster and faster until- Pop! All the sudden I was filled with Joy/bliss and the depression was gone. The clinical depression I was told 99.9 % of people with TBI have (and for their entire lives).*As long as I eat raw vegan cuisine I am 99.9% joy-filled. Within 7 days I had no more headaches. Until that point pain has been a “normal” part of my life with TBI and injuries to my neck, back and left shoulder. Now having a headache or bodily pain became a non-common occurrence again. At 5 months, a tremendous pain occurred in my brain at one of the injury sites. So much so it brought tears to my eyes and I thought “this is it, I am going to die.” I was at a holiday party and found myself whispering to my companions – about my head pain. I laid down on the floor, then sat up with nausea. Then, Ping! The pain released and I had access to more memory, more verbal communication. It was estimated that before the injury my IQ was about 140 and after the accident I was about 101; slightly above normal but at this level I was not able to function! (I have not been retested yet to see what my IQ is now.) Since this first episode, I have had three others – separated by a few months in which after the release I have more and more brain function. At 7 months my body weighed 64 pounds less; normalizing my weight.

Mia Before

Mia After

We’ll be hearing more from Mia in other posts, so please stay tuned. This was a detailed interview. Mia is also in process of releasing some recipe books and ebooks. For more information, please see:

http://SmartRawFood.com and http://www.meetup.com/Seasonal-Raw-Vegan-Cuisine

or email her at miadalene at yahoo.com

Thanks, Mia! If you, or someone you know is suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, you might also want to read If I Only Had a Brain Injury, a resource guide I created to support people on this often difficult to navigate journey.