Brain Injury Therapies
- New Hope for Those Who Have Had a Stroke or Brain Injury
- What is Relox™ and Why Does it Work?
- Relox™ Therapy
- Supporting SPECT Scan and Videos
- The Relox Foundation
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- EDTA Chelation Therapy
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
After a brain injury such as stroke or head trauma, there are the initial life saving measures that need to be taken. Then there is rehabilitation for restoration of various functions. Then, if recovery phase is incomplete, the individual with the problem is told that no more progress can be made. That does not always need to be the case. Often, rapid and profound improvements can take place with some little known therapies that have virtually no side effects.
As a holistic physician, I have been working with a variety of techniques that have restored significant function to patients with weakness or numbness. In most cases, measurable positive changes are seen after the first treatment. The techniques consist of a combination of oxygen therapy,I.V. nutritional therapy, and where appropriate and osteopathic therapy. It was with this approach that a recent patient of mine, Joy M was treated and the right half of her body converted from being numb to having virtually normal sensation during the first day of treatment. This case was presented at the recent conference on Complementary Medicine at Howard University Medical School. It is one of a series of such cases using this new approach.
Relox™ is a nutritional IV therapeutic technique developed by Dr. Rind using vitamins and minerals orally and intravenously while using oxygen. Herbs and other nutrients are taken orally to produce a synergistic effect. The technique was designed to refresh, oxygenate, and "wake up" brain cells that are still alive but not fully functional. This is the probable cause of the positive effects that are usually observed.
Relox™ consists of an intravenous infusion of a vitamin/mineral solution with the simultaneous application of oxygen by mask. The technique can vary from patient to patient depending on the medical condition. Results can vary depending on severity of injury. Results range from minimal (rare) to excellent (see John and Linda below). Most are somewhere in between the two. The procedure’s success is due, in part, to the method of administration of the nutrients and oxygen. Furthermore, additional therapies are often applied to enhance the results. A patent for Relox™ is currently being applied for. A case presentation of three randomly selected patients (Linda being one of them) was recently presented at Georgetown University Medical Center.
In general, improvements seen with the Relox™ procedure range from mild to excellent. It is rare to see no improvement. The usual result range is about 1/3 slight improvement, 1/3 moderate improvement, and 1/3 excellent improvement. Those who start out with the most function (least amount of brain injury) tend to have the best results. If the injury is severe (e.g., complete paralysis of the affected part of the body), we typically observe no improvement.
Mike's SPECT Scan evidence of improved function
Mike H.’s stroke was 2 ½ yrs old when he came in for treatment. A SPECT scan taken before and after three Relox treatments shows a great increase in functional brain tissue. The level of functional improvement seen on the SPECT scan corresponded well to the level of functional improvement seen clinically. In other cases, the SPECT scans show similar changes (some better, some not as good).
|Before Relox™||After Relox™|
John suffered a stroke 19 months earlier that left him with weakness in the right leg and left arm. He had considerable improvement after his first treatment session. Additional improvement was obtained with additional treatments. Excellent results overall. This video clip is 42 seconds long.
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the breathing of oxygen under hyperbaric (air pressure higher than sea level) conditions. This is accomplished by breathing the oxygen inside a chamber where the air pressure can be controlled and elevated to an appropriate level. The sensation is similar to that experienced when taking off or landing in an airplane.
A typical treatment usually lasts one hour although the time can be adjusted up or down as desired. According to a study to be published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulation Physiology, a typical course of hyperbaric oxygen treatments increases by eight-fold the number of stem cells circulating in a patient's body.
There is a broad range of uses for the healing that is facilitated by oxygen. In JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), April 25, 1990 v263 n16 p2216(5), the clinical indications for HBOT are listed as the following:
- Refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection that is not responding to antibiotics and all other efforts have failed);
- Radiation damage to body tissues;
- Acute traumatic ischemia/acute crush injury;
- Clostridial Myonecrosis (gas gangrene);
- Air embolism;
- Stimulation of angioneogenesis (formation of new blood vessels);
- Decompression sickness; and
- Problem wounds.
The same article, states that the rationale for HBOT is to intermittently increase tissue oxygen tension to optimize fibroblast proliferation (i.e., increasing the number of cells that make collagen and promote healing) and white blood cell killing capacity and stimulate angioneogenesis, which also may improve the outcome of moderate to severe burns.
- Diabetic ulcers;
- Severe blood loss anemia;
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections;
- Intracranial abscess;
- Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.
It stands to reason that if it is so helpful in extreme situations such as listed above, that it would also help less extreme situations. High cost and lack of availability used to be the main reason for the underutilization of this excellent medical tool. This is no longer the case. They are becoming more available and more affordable to use. In fact, top athletes are now using HBOT as a training tool to help them improve their health and condition and heal faster from training injuries as well as minor tissue damage.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen for Treatment of Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injuries
- MUMS: National Parent to Parent Network
- Information for Doctors
Chelation therapy has been used by holistic physicians for four decades to help in the treatment of clogged arteries (arterial plaque), hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis), high blood pressure, angina and heavy metal toxicity. Some physicians have used it in macular degeneration, male impotence due to poor penile circulation, decreased mental function of circulatory origin, diabetes mellitus and leg pain on walking (intermittent claudication). Detailed information regarding this therapy can be obtained from the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.
EDTA chelation is used for removing many heavy metals from the body. Other I.V. and oral medications may also be used. Herbal detoxification often may be accomplished using herbal mixtures. Blood levels of heavy metals can be monitored using packed red cell mineral analysis.