Posted by: 2in10 | 04/26/2011

feeding helps brain injuries

The Department of Defense issued a report of findings that in the first 24 hours and for the first two weeks people who have sustained head trauma should be given an intensive nutrition regimen. People need protein and calories immediately to reduce swelling and inflammation.

An excerpt from The Wall Street Journal article by Shirley S. Wang on April 21, 2011: “Early feeding was found to mitigate the effects of head injuries and reduce mortality in critically ill people by between 25% and 50%, said Bruce Bistrian, a committee member and chief of clinical nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.”

In battlefield situations it’s often difficult to administer nutrition when so many other things need stabilizing and the focus is on getting people to safety. But the brain regulates body functions and needs energy to repair itself.

According to the article, 1.5 million people come to emergency rooms with head injuries each year, and 3.8 million people experience head injuries playing sports.

Sometimes the simplest things are the most important. I helped my elderly cat survive an infection by bringing him small amounts of food and water several times a day when he was too weak to walk. That simple “treatment” gave him enough strength to recover and heal. Whether we are healthy or ill, using common sense and attending to the basics are important.

When dealing with cancer, it’s important to use nutritional therapies when you can take food by mouth. You may feel and look well, but that is the time to wage your campaign to get well and stay well.

Carolyn

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