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Dr. David Brownstein, M.D
Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.


Can You Suggest a Supplement for Concussions?

Monday, 26 July 2010 08:56 AM EDT

Question: My college-student son, age 19, still has memory difficulties after suffering two concussions back-to-back during a lacrosse game when he was 16. The concussions almost killed him, and now he has severe post-concussion syndrome. Acupuncture and cranial massage helped with the headaches, but I wonder if you can suggest a supplement.

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

As the father of a daughter who plays soccer and who just suffered a mild concussion (a much larger girl ran into her), I am sensitive to concussions in sports. There are supplements that can help the brain heal from a concussion.

A concussion is a bruise of the brain. The homeopathic substance Arnica montana in pellet form is helpful; take three to six pellets four times per day for one week. Also, alpha-lipoic acid (300 mg twice a day) crosses the blood brain barrier and has proved to be very helpful.

Vitamin C also is useful for treating postconcussion syndrome at 2,000 to 6,000 mg/day. Finally, pulsed magnetic therapy is very useful for treating concussions. Learn more about this from your holistic healthcare provider.

© HealthDay

Monday, 26 July 2010 08:56 AM
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