Today, Dr. Emran is joined by Dr. Michael Lewis, a private physician, retired army medical practitioner and researcher, founder of the Brain Health Research and Education Institute, AND established author (wow!) in discussing traumatic brain injuries, or more commonly known as concussions.

Dr. Lewis begins by summarizing his background in the army, stating how he focused on brain research: whether supplementing the brain (a fatty organ) with more lipids would facilitate the recovery of brains. His research was deemed to be a success, saving the lives of many injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Regarded as a hero, Dr. Lewis retired to the suburbs near Washington DC, where he currently holds a private practice. His recent novel, When Brains Collide, consistently boasts high ratings, attributed to its extreme relevancy to people’s’ lives and informational nature. A link to this book will be attached at the bottom.

The conversation then shifts to a discussion of traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Lewis explains that the term “concussion” and “traumatic brain injury” are inherently the same, with the former acting as a euphemism for the latter. Dr. Lewis then describes the characteristics of such an injury. It can occur due to a variety of causes: direct collision, whiplash, etc. Contrary to common belief, one does not have to be knocked unconscious to be diagnosed with a concussion. Next, the direct effects are most frequently bruising and contusions, which lead to swelling. It is absolutely necessary to have the injury checked out, as these symptoms can be subtle and are often overlooked, leading to many months, even years of injury.

Next, they discuss the best ways to help recover from such injuries. Yes, prescription drugs are beneficial, but an important component of recovery is getting the correct nutrients (DHA omega 3), as they will recover any chemical imbalances, ensuring speedier rehabilitation.

Lastly, Dr. Lewis presents his final thoughts, explaining how the medical system in America is very solid in regard to acute care, but not as good with chronic diseases. He states that good nutrition, diet, exercise should be the go-to actions although they are often undervalued in our society obsessed with pill-popping.

When Brains Collide book:

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