Invisible Wounds of War

March 25, 2016 0 Comments

Dr. Cagan Randall is a co-founder of Cerebrum Brain Centers, with extensive training in treating concussions and neurological disorders with receptor-based therapies that enhance brain function. He specializes in Functional Neurology (FN) and treating traumatic brain injuries, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and sports- and PTSD-related concussions. Dr. Randall also is working with a colleague and the state of Texas on a study assessing the benefits of Functional Neurology for military veterans with PTSD. He will be speaking April 1st and 2nd at our Raider Project Military Transition Seminar in the Wilmington Convention Center.

“The first really big explosion I was in, in 2013, we were doing an operation, and we were clearing a compound, looking for a mid-level bad guy – I’ll leave it at that – and he wasn’t there in the house, and then we found the house wired with explosives. It was also booby trapped, so I deemed it that we weren’t going to try to mess with it at all, so I just set up explosives to blow it in place, and at about that time a complex ambush started.
“So we were taking heavy fire, AK, RPGs, stuff like that, and it was coming from two different sides. It imploded that house – which was awesome normally – but being about 50 feet away from it, just totally rocked us and knocked me out. I came to and I was just covered in a plume of just complete blackness – dust and smoke and debris.”
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Retired US Army Special Forces Andrew Marr’s description of the day he received his TBI is vivid proof that our nation’s heroes often experience severe head trauma in the line of duty. And yet, when the wounds from such an event are invisible, like Marr’s were, and brain health problems ensue, they are usually classified as psychological rather than physical, and treated as such by doctors.

Dr. Randall is working to change that.

Having worked with countless professional athletes and Olympians over the years, he understands intimately the physical causes of the mental and emotional challenges that TBI patients face. So why are veterans with TBI usually treated so differently than athletes with TBI?

Cerebrum Brain Center decided to perform a study, putting our new brain and vestibular rehabilitation treatment to the test in helping veterans with TBI and PTSD. The results were dramatic.

After just two weeks of treatment, there was significant improvement in the severity of combat veterans’ symptoms – enough so that lives have been changed forever.

"My body never had time to heal itself, and I had trouble with the meltdowns I was having. I quit sleeping, was drinking heavily, irritable… I just went to a dark place for a while. That Tuesday after the 1st round of treatments, I fell right asleep when I wanted to go to sleep, within 5 minutes. I slept the whole night through – slept 8 hours for the first time in maybe 10 months. I just couldn’t believe it.”

The results of our study have now been published in a medical journal in the hopes of spreading the word about our success. More studies and trials are needed, of course, and are in the process of being set up, but from the looks of this first one, our new treatment could truly help to combat the suicide rate, depression, sleep apnea and other symptoms that veterans with PTSD and TBI suffer.

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