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Notes from The Broken Brain

Published: January 28, 2018

Notes and comments from The Broken Brain Series produced by Dr Mark Hyman

I’ve been watching The Broken Brain, in this case, episode 6 which is about brain injury. It seems to me that many benzo people have a brain injury of sorts though their brain injuries are different to those people suffering from the effects of stroke or car accidents. Some of the doctors spoke about using Neurofeedback, a technique that some psychiatrists use which show the areas of the brain that need treatment – that could be very helpful! Another form of treatment they mentioned was Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I tied Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy about 4-5 years ago but at the time my brain and body weren’t ready for the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments and I had to discontinue them.

Healing is a Journey

This leads me to the point of saying that healing is a journey.

At first, we have to take very small steps and build on them. Many of the suggestion in The Broken Brain series would not be suitable for people in the early stages of healing. People with brain injuries from pharmaceutical drugs such as benzodiazepines or anti-depressants have a different kind of injury to someone who was injured in a car accident or suffer from stroke injury for example, so, although I am loathe to say these suggestions aren’t suitable for benzo people, because I don’t believe that to be true, what I am saying is that what I couldn’t do in the beginning of my healing journey, I can do now. So please be very cautious about these tips and evaluate them for yourself because only you know where you are at in your healing. Please don’t be in a hurry. Take your time because as you probably know by now, if you do too much, you can set yourself back in to a severe wave of debilitating symptoms.

Some other tips on brain recovery were:

1. Essential oils help a lot of people to calm their Central Nervous Systems down. I tried Lavendar essential oil on the soles of my feet at my doctor’s suggestion and that sent my body into a tail spin. I later developed an allergy to lots of plants, scents and essential oils – I don’t suffer from these allergies anymore.

2. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – it trains the CNS with hard, easy, hard, easy etc. It encourages growth hormones and anabolic hormones, apparently it has less impact on the immune system and doesn’t take as much time as other forms of exercise. When you do it, everything is growing and communicating in the brain. My comment to HIIT is that this is definitely something you would must tackle slowly. I walk a lot and swim in the ocean, activities that I had to build up to, and I will be doing HIIT at a beginner level when the weather begins to cool down and even that I will test and measure to see how my body copes with this approach.

3. Meditation will calm the amygdala – I suppose if you are very ill, a guided meditation could be a a good option. I did a lot of walking meditations going through withdrawal and in recovery
which can be done both indoors and outdoors because I found meditation impossible on those days when my brain was chaotic. I wrote how to do walking meditations in my book Tranquilizer Free.

One point that I found very interesting is that when people begin to recover from brain injury the first thing that wakes up is flight/fight mechanism and meditation helps to counteract that.

4. CBD – cannabinol helps calm the brain


The suggested strategy:

1. Reduce brain inflammation
– fish oil
– exercise
– Curcumin

2. Stabilise the brain
– ketogenic diet
– MCT oil
– Balance the blood sugar

3. Get blood flow to the brain
– Ginko
– Fish oil
– Exercise

4. Recovery and rest. Stimulate yourself then rest and repeat this throughout the day – lots of sleep is good but you also need stimulation, both mental and physical. Your body needs to move to be healthy again.

This is what one doctor said about the recovery about her son after being left for dead on the side of the road… ‘It is never too late and there is always something that you can do’.
Ask yourself ‘what do I need to do?’ ‘Open your mind up – anything is possible. Have a miracle mindset because it is key’.