FOCAL BRAIN DYSFUNCTION
limbic system in our brains serves as an organizer of information presented
from sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. In fact, all of the information
presented to the brain, either sensory, imaginative,
verbal, motor, invisible (electromagnetic, trace chemicals, etc.), internal
from hormones, chemicals, etc. and external is processed at some point through
the limbic system. It is a pathway between the thinking and acting part of your
brain (cortex) and the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus in turn regulates water
balance, hunger, thirst, body temperature, circadian rhythms, and hormone
production by the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland in turn influences the
thyroid, adrenal, testes and ovaries. One can describe it as a communications
network between that which is automatic (unconscious or autonomic) and that
which becomes physical or emotional behavior.
injury to the limbic system might cause an abnormal communication of
information to higher centers and cause an inappropriate response. For example
a slight chemical exposure might be interpreted by the brain as a toxic
chemical. Where the limbic system is injured determines the kind of disturbance
you might experience. The organic evaluator questionnaire developed by Jay Seastrunk, M.D. II helps direct us to where the brain may
be impaired. For example, a temporal lobe injury might cause problems with recalling
memories at will. The more items on the questionnaire that apply to you, the
more likely you have focal brain dysfunction. A brain SPECT
scan may also show a focal brain injury.
limbic system can be injured by trauma such as a fall, auto accident, an object
striking the head, concussion, etc. It may also be injured by a transient lack
of oxygen that might occur during surgery, a stroke, overexertion at high
altitude, a seizure, childbirth, etc. The limbic system may be injured during
an infection either in the brain or near the brain such as meningitis,
encephalitis, a severe ear or deep sinus infection, etc. It can be surprising
the number of possible initiating or exacerbating events identified with a
careful review of your own delivery, childhood, adult life, etc. Many may have
seemed minor at the time and taken for granted. Stress, lack of sleep, intake
of certain foods, and weather changes seem to make the limbic
system more susceptible to improper functioning.
the nose allows chemicals to enter the brain directly (olfactory center),
chemical sensitivity can develop through a process described as
"kindling" and cause the limbic system to send messages making you
feel ill. Very low levels of chemicals can thus influence the way we feel.
Common symptoms include a sense of imbalance, gastrointestinal disorders,
insomnia, being overly emotional, a sense of feeling overwhelmed, poor sleep,
impaired memory, etc.
management of focal brain dysfunction presently includes the use of gabapentin (Neurontin®), a
medication licensed by the F.D.A. for epilepsy. Neurontin at relatively high doses seems to allow the brain
to function more appropriately and allow healing of the injured or
mal-functioning part of the brain. Gabapentin looks very much like the amino
acid (leucine), which is essential to humans. It is not metabolized, does not
interfere with other medications, is not addictive, and does not cause any long
term injury to any of the body organs.
addition to Gabapentin, a protocol using Frequency
Specific Microcurrent has been very helpful for many patients who have had
a head injury. Even those who report
that the head trauma was minor and they had no symptoms of a concussion are
amazed at the response to the Standard Concussion Protocol. They report better mental clarity, sleep,
focus, etc. We see changes in their
responsiveness to therapy and long standing conditions that had not responded previously.
final consideration in patients with focal brain injury is the use of Activated Air. See the webpage on this powerful tool that
appears to increase brain oxygenation similar to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.