By Ian Hebeisen My mom never considered herself a morning person. I inherited her night-owl nature, and often the two of us will stay awake after everybody else in the house is asleep. She’ll work on a puzzle; I’ll...
By Ian Hebeisen When discussing changes in her life after receiving her traumatic brain injury, my mom mentions all sorts of physical symptoms: vision problems, nerve spasms, the whole nine yards. One of the most dramatic changes she describes...
by Ian Hebeisen In September 2012, celebrity nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin answered a phone call that no parent should ever receive. Her 16-year-old son, Grant, had been the victim of a hit and run car accident that...
by Ian Hebeisen My mom’s TBI started the way most do: unnoticed. Six-and-a-half years ago, she stopped at a red light only to realize the car behind her wasn’t slowing down. On instinct, she braced for impact, causing severe...
Life Lessons Learned from a TBI
by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief Connection. Feeling connected, whether through personal contact or virtual, is so important to our mental health and overall wellbeing. The pandemic made connection a bit of a challenge, but most of us learned how to navigate new technologies and made an effort to connect with others. Now that we have started […]
By Ian Hebeisen Animals have aided mental health and physical therapies for decades. While dogs traditionally serve as the most common assistance animal, the roster continues expanding. Now, the list of therapy animals includes dolphins. Dr. Michael Bagnell is one such doctor working with dolphins to conduct therapy. Practicing for over 31 years, Bagnell first […]
By Aanika Parikh For those of us who were fortunate enough to remain medically unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccines brought an end to the stagnancy of what had been our three-hundred-something dreary nights spent staring at our living room walls. For many, the term “brain fog” became an everyday phenomenon that had been […]
by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief What You Need ¼ cup liquid egg whites (around 4 eggs) 1 scoop (25g) of vanilla whey powder ½ banana, mashed almond milk, if needed ¼ cup (25g) fresh or frozen blueberries ½ coconut oil Recipe Whisk together the egg whites and protein powder. Stir in the mashed banana and add […]
By Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief Essential oils are a complementary tool that can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. They are easy to use, smell great, and are versatile. All oils are not created equal. Young Living is the only brand I personally trust because I know they have complete control over their product from seed […]
By Kristen Brown When you feel foggy, unfocused, or distracted, it’s time to get grounded. Hematite is a perfect stone to bust your brain fog because its energy is both calming and activating. Plus, the silvery black color provides a visual message to your brain to get back to the present moment, while the stone’s […]
By Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-chief Yoga is a powerful tool for recovery after brain injury. Contrary to some beliefs, everyone can do yoga — you don’t need to be super flexible, have great balance, or even be able to stand up. The beauty of yoga is that every pose can be modified to accommodate anyone. An […]
by James Heuer, PA In the age of COVID-19, a symptom that comes along with having contracted the virus is brain fog. This symptom of COVID-19 is comparable to the cognitive issues that traumatic brain survivors experience after their initial concussion. Brain fog, which is not a medical term but a description, can have a […]
By Deborah Zelinsky, O.D., Executive Research Director at The Mind-Eye Institute Healthy brains are able to interpret and respond to the environment at many different levels almost instantaneously. So, it is not surprising that patients who have sustained a traumatic head injury or concussion, which oftentimes damages or scrambles brain circuitry, may exhibit information-processing (neurocognitive) deficits […]